Fall/Winter, 2017


  • "Stranger Things Than Fiction" - November Spotlight on Nonfiction
  • Try CommonLit!
  • "Read an Abe, Win an Abe" Winner
  • Escape the Library
  • Digital Citizen Podcast Awards
  • Green Screen Projects
  • Book Fair Coming Soon!

November Spotlight on Nonfiction

Stop by the IMC this month to check out the "Stranger Things Than Fiction" display featuring a few strange and unusual nonfiction titles.
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Try CommonLit!

CommonLit is an awesome reading resource site that offers a free online collection of Common Core aligned news articles, poems, historical documents, and short stories all selected for students by grade level. With hundreds of fiction and nonfiction reading passages available, you can browse by book pairings, genres, grade levels, literary devices, text sets, or themes. Questions are also available for each selected text as well as analysis and reports for assessments.

Abe All-Star Reader x 2

For the second consecutive year Leah Monagle has read all 20 of the current Abe Book Award nominees! She's a voracious reader, a member of student book club, and the Library Advisory Board. Here's a picture with two of her favorite books from this year's Abe nominees.
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"Read an Abe, Win an Abe" Winner

Congratulations to Asia Quizon-Colquitt! She is October's winner of “Read an Abe, Win an Abe!” Asia read Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and shared, "I would highly recommend this book to everyone because you will definitely learn something new about WWII. I didn't realize how much the war affected the people of Prussia, Lithuania, and Poland. The author does a great job of making you feel connected to the characters and makes you feel invested in their stories."

Wildcat Book Selections

Looking for a new book to read? Check out this display of student recommended reads!
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Using the IMC Green Screen!

Using the IMC green screen for student projects is easy and perfect for all subject areas! Mrs. Lord used the Green Screen to show her students a creative way to present information about their selected countries for the Spanish Travel Project. The IMC Green Screen and DoInk App allows students to create images and video placing students anywhere in the world! It's great for research reports, presentations, and student created book talks! We've had students in health, Spanish, science classes as well as sports teams create some amazing presentations, images, and videos using the green screen!
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Digital Citizenship Podcast Projects

Following a three-day presentation that focused on being a responsible digital citizen, health students worked together in groups to research a current topic related to digital citizenship. For their final product they used their research to plan, outline, and create a podcast to convey their research findings. At the end, students voted on their favorite group podcast.
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McLean County History Museum Visits the IMC!

As an introduction to WWII, US History students had the opportunity once again to come to the IMC to engage in conversations about life on the home front in McLean County during WWII through WWII era documents, photographs, propaganda, and additional artifacts on loan from the McLean County History Museum's Education Collection.

Student groups completed an artifact analysis write around activity by rotating to various stations arranged by themes (i.e. women on the home front during WWII, WWII propaganda, rationing during WWII, etc.). At each station groups analyzed and discussed the artifacts and responded to the artifact analysis questions on large paper at each table.

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Escape the Library

Challenging freshman students in their English I classes to Escape the Library proved to be a fun way to revamp freshman library orientation. Students were put through a series of puzzles and tasks in order to become familiar with the IMC, its layout, and discover many IMC resources available to them!
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Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars! The Blue Ribbon Book Fair will be here December 4th-8th! Books make great gifts so get your holiday shopping done while you're at school! Feel free to bring your classes in to browse the selection of great books. All purchases help the IMC get new books!
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Booked for Breakfast

Booked for Breakfast (West student book club) meets every other Friday at 8:00 a.m. in the IMC office. New students are always welcome to join!
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Tera Hafermann

Normal West Library Media Specialist

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