Glass Library Staff Newsletter

May 2016

Collaborative Efforts

Here are some of the lessons that were taught in April:

  • How to export notecards in Noodletools to Mr. Wood's advanced English literature students
  • How to cite sources in MLA format with Noodletools to Mr. McDonald's world lit I students
  • How to export a works cited to a source slide in Google Sheets to Mr. McDonald's world lit I students
  • How and when to use an in-text citation for research projects to Mr. McDonald's world lit I students
  • How to cite sources in MLA format with Noodletools to Mr. McDonald's advanced world lit I students
  • How to paraphrase information and create notecards with Noodletools to Mr. McDonald's advanced world lit I students
  • How to determine the reliability of a website to Ms. Graves's English class

Other collaborative efforts for the month of April included:

  • Collecting money and/or materials for Destiny obligations
  • Filming Mrs. Rivers 2nd period Biology class
  • Filming Mrs. McCormick's advanced world literature I classes
  • Filming the student-faculty promotional dodgeball video
  • Setting up the SMART board and projection unit for calculator tips in the lecture hall
  • Providing a space for pre-administration of AP tests
  • Scheduled time for Mr. Bowling's College Comp students to "Drop Everything and Read" in the library

Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

Book Review

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Salt to the Sea tells the heartbreaking story of World War II refugees trying to escape from Poland as the Soviets advance through Europe. This historical fiction books highlights the sinking of the Willhelm Gustloff which is the single greatest tragedy of maritime history. As a history major, it is an event that I had never heard of but one that people should know about. The author, Ruta Sepetys, does an exceptional job of weaving multiple stories together by using alternating chapters. Her book explores the dangers and incomprehensible events that people must face during war but also highlights the indomitable spirit and selflessness of humans. I highly recommend this book.

Technology Spotlight

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Google Keep is a great app to help organize the multitude of responsibilities we all have to deal with especially as the year comes to an end. I wanted a list tool that crossed platforms and I was on a mission to find the best option. I already use Evernote for lengthy notes but I wanted something to organize "post-it" sized items. Google Keep was the solution. Lists and notes can be color coded and shared with other people. Pictures along with notes can be added to your Keep to remind you of ideas. Reminders can be added to notes to alert you of pressing "to do" items. Labels can be added to further organize your notes. Google has also launched a Keep extension that can be added to your Chrome browser.

Student Obligations

Students with Destiny obligations for textbooks, library books, calculators, and/or Chromebooks may return items to the library or pay for items at the following locations and times:

Obligation Collection Times:

Morning: 7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m.

During lunches: 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.; Wednesdays: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Obligation Collection Locations:

Cash/Check: Library

Credit Cards: Bookkeeper

Please note this is for obligations only. Textbook, calculator, and Chromebook returns will begin after Memorial day.

During testing, a desk will be set-up in the hallway outside of the front doors to collect items and money during the specified times.

Testing Schedule

The library will be closed at the following times due to AP testing:

  • May 3 - AP Spanish - 7:45-11:30
  • May 5 - AP Seminar - 11:45-3:30
  • May 10 - AP French - 11:45-3:30
  • May 13 - AP Latin - 11:45-3:30
  • May 18 - AP US Makeup - 7:45-11:30

The library may also be closed on the following dates for SOL testing:

  • May 11 - World History I
  • May 16 - Reading Expedited Retakes and Make-ups
  • May 17 - World History I Expedited Retakes and Make-ups
  • May 19 - Algebra I
  • May 20 - World History II Make-ups
  • May 23 - Earth Science
  • May 24 - Geometry
  • May 25 - Chemistry
  • May 26 - Algebra 2
  • May 27 - Earth Science Expedited Retakes and Make-ups

Please see Ms. Bucklew's May testing spreadsheet to see if the library is being used before sending students and remind students that if the door is closed then the library is being used for testing.

Follow Us on Twitter

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The E. C. Glass library is now on Twitter. Follow us @ECGLibrary to see what is happening in the library and to learn about exciting opportunities.

Circulation Statistics

The library circulated 388 items in April.
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Library Usage for March

There were 2818 instances of people logging into the library for the month of April. That's an average of approximately 141 people a day.
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