Spartan Media Center Updates

May 2015

May Library Goings-On

May is "Get Caught Reading Month"

1st - 7th: Choose Privacy Week

4th - 8th: Teacher Appreciation Week

4th - 10th: Children's Book Week

5th: Poverty training for staff

18th: Ceiling date for library materials (students)

25th: Memorial Day

*All month: Collecting books for "Give Five Read Five" JCS elementary schools

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"Choose Privacy Week" May 1st -7th

Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.

Information will be available in the media center for staff and students. Teachers feel free to use the embedded video and corresponding resources with your students in order to bring attention to this growing issue.

Viewer survey -

Discussion questions -

Choose Privacy Week website -

Choose Privacy Week Video

"Give Five - Read Five" School Wide Book Drive

The NCDPI first launched the statewide Give Five - Read Five campaign in 2013 to address summer learning loss. As a part of this annual campaign, parents, business leaders and community members are encouraged to donate five new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year. We focus on providing five books because research from Harvard shows that reading five books helps students to better retain literacy skills over the summer.

During the first year of the campaign, 74 elementary schools collected 123,152 books. The 2014 campaign built on this success as 150 schools from 53 school districts collected and distributed 277,334 books—more than double what was collected in the previous year.

This year, the goal is for every elementary school in the state to participate so we can send 500,000 books home with students when the school year ends!

This is where Spartans come in... There will be a collection box in the media center for books for JCS elementary students. We will collect books throughout the month of May. Students and staff who bring in five new or gently read books will be entered in a drawing for a goody bag.

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May Digital Citizenship Tip of the Month: Copyright

Copyright is a very important area for school libraries! Here is the JCS digital citizenship tip for students:
Mr. Barrett's 21st - Century Safety Topics

Links to great resources by month...

Changes in the Public Libraries of Johnston County System

The Town of Clayton has announced that the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will be leaving the Johnston County affiliated library system effective June 1st, 2015.

An active library card issues by any JoCo public library beginning with 2895 will still work in the remaining JoCo affiliated libraries. Anyone with a Johnston County system card with Clayton as the home branch will be reassigned to one of the other remaining libraries based on zip code.

Teacher Tools & Resources

Destiny Universal Search

Most students are familiar with our online library catalog, Follett Destiny Library Manager. One of the most useful and convenient features of Follett Destiny Library Manager is Universal Search. Your media coordinators will be happy to demonstrate for classes. Just let us know if you would like to schedule a class to come in and check it out.

Universal Search is a lightning fast way to find materials to adhere to your specifications. It is a student's one-stop shop for research resources both print and online! Some pros of this new resource is that students are not distracted and overwhelmed by Google searches, and students can appreciate ease of access of resources.

16 Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animations

Here is the list:

Library Procedures & Equipment Reminders

  • Please call to check availability before sending students to the library to work on class assignments using computers.
  • The Media Center will be closed to students on Tuesday, May 5th for staff training.
  • When you have the opportunity, please begin labeling any classroom desktops, monitors, printers, and any other device that is assigned to your classroom.
  • Please do not move computers/monitors/etc without first checking with Media/Tech staff.
  • The ceiling date for library materials is May 18th for students and June 3rd for staff.
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