MCMS Library Monthly Report

March 2014

March Library Usage

This month there were 21 school days - in that time 95 classes visited the library. 62 of those classes did book checkout. 56 of those classes came in for instruction and to use the library resources as well as to complete benchmark assessments.

March Library Stats

2,326 books and library materials were circulated.
332 students signed in to the library on their own.

172 books were added including class sets of Diary of Anne Frank, The Outsiders, Monster & Where the Red Fern Grows.

Library Happenings

- Moved out of office to better supervise library and assist classes

- Projector screen moved to news room, pole installed to better display news show backgrounds

-Biography and Fiction sections were weeded for irrelevant and multiple titles.

-Multiple titles will be placed on fine shelf for students to utilize when fines are too high or they have overdue materials.

-Laminator moved into office to ensure that only library staff operates it.

-Plans to move the poster machine and create a more open work space for library staff in work room.

March Promotions

Women's History Month

Students could check out and read any of the titles available in the "Readbox" that highlighted great women throughout history.

Reading Road Trip

This March, MCMS Library kicked off its "Reading Road Trip." A title featuring each of the 50 states is available in a display space. Students may check these out and once they read the book, may fill out a "Reading Road Trip Itinerary." This itinerary will be kept at the circulation desk - current 6th and 7th graders may continue their "Reading Road Trip" while at MCMS.

MCMS BOGO Book Fair

Monday, April 28th, 7:45am to Friday, May 2nd, 4pm

6794 U.S. 76

Prosperity, SC

Come check out the Buy One, Get One Book Fair!! Amazing new titles will be available!

South Carolina Association of School Librarians

March 12-14

On Wednesday, March 12 I attended the SCASL Conference in Columbia, SC. I attended 3 sessions:

  • Common Core State Standards, Math & the School Librarian

The goal of this session was to understand Common Core Math Standards, create a plan to integrate, and then act on my plan. This session was eye opening into how math is taught through CCSS. I worked with another librarian and discussed ideas on how to provide supplemental materials to math teachers that support the new standards as well as how to be on the look out for new materials to purchase for the collection. I would like to attend a math content meeting and reach out to the math teachers at MCMS to better understand their needs.

  • Afternoon Tour of the Teen Scene @ Richland County Main Library

I got a behind the scenes look at some of the amazing programs available at the Teen Scene. RCPL has 3-D printers as well as a sound/recording booth and computers set up with the entire Adobe Suite for teens to utilize. They've revamped their teen space to be just for teens and are employing lots of new technologies to connect with teens.

  • Now, More Than Ever - Advocacy Strategies for School Librarians

This session was conducted by two of the faculty members of the USC SLIS program. It was extremely informative and I took a number of awesome ideas to utilize here at MCMS to advocate and share information about the library and my role as the school librarian in new ways. (This infographic is one of those ideas!)