Media Minute

A newsletter of the Avon High School Libraries

September 2013

Library Newsletter

This is a new format for the library newsletter using a site called Smore ( Let me know what you think of it by sending me an email at or by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.

The purpose of the newsletter is to share some of the opportunities that the library has available for students and teachers.

Things that Robyn Young Can Do For You

  • Compile websites and e-books for your class assignments
  • Talk about books
  • Co-Teach a lesson/unit (in your classroom or the library)
  • Assist with research
  • Teach web programs and tools
  • Order videos, books or other materials
  • Design tutorials and lessons
  • Help in any other way!

When the Lab and the Library Get Together

written by Jennifer Eckert, Science Department

In Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) we spend a lot of time in our classroom investigating science through labs and activities, but another big focus of our class is also exploring careers in the biomedical sciences. This is where Robyn Young comes in to help us get this ongoing research kicked off for the year. At the beginning of each year we bring all PBS classes to the library for a class period with Mrs. Young so she can offer them information about finding reliable resources, avoiding plagiarism and writing citations in the form we require for PBS. This may sound pretty standard, but Robyn has a very interactive lesson for the students, which includes taking some notes, a little acting, watching a crazy video, using their cell phones and playing a game. This is not what would be considered a typical visit to the library to get information.

Robyn and I have been doing this lesson together for several years now and we work together as she teaches the lesson and I help to support the ideas that we need conveyed for PBS. The students use computers during the lesson, but also get to get up and interact with each other. It always seems like we have just enough time to finish the lesson because there is so much information to be learned, but the students leave with a resource sheet that they can use for the year, a better understanding of how to evaluate Internet resources and some links to resources that they know are reliable. It’s a great way to start the year and gives the students and great foundation to be able to research many careers throughout the year.

More New DVDs

Teachers may request new videos at any time. These have recently been added to the collection to help support your curriculum.

  • The Fever of ’57: The Sputnik movie
  • Get off the SoFAS!: Avoiding Solid Fats & Added Sugars
  • Irena Sendler: In the name of their mothers
  • Cuban Missile Crisis: Three men go to war
  • Lee & Grant
  • Hiroshima: why the bomb was dropped
  • The Time Compass: Classical Greece
  • Secrets of the Dead: The man who saved the world
  • A Bug’s Life
  • What will the Future be like?
  • The Dust Bowl
  • The Atomic States of America
  • Big Fish
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • The Fault in our Stars (Audiobook)
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Chocolat

If there is a video you would like to have ordered, please let Robyn Young know. We can order from Amazon or has great educational videos.

What is being checked out in the library?

Non-Fiction Reading to Support Common Core

The AHS/ALC Library Home Page is a great place to search for non-fiction articles that can support your curriculum and help you meet the Common Core Literacy Standards. Go to and click on any one of our databases to search for information on any topic.

You can also ask Robyn Young to search for you! She will put together articles that will help your students with a particular topic and promote reading comprehension.

Teen Read Week - Seek the Unknown @ your library

When: October 7th - October 11th

Look for exciting events for you and your students during this week. We will have popcorn and more!

Professional Library?

Did you know we have a professional library located within the AHS Library? You will find professional reading and new ideas for your classroom, along with a really pleasant place to spend your prep period.

Stop by any time to use this, or email to reserve it for a meeting.

Orientation Video

Need to know more about the library? Watch the orientation video that is shown to most English classes. You may see some of your students too!

Opening video 2013 2014

Robyn Young

Robyn Young is a certified School Librarian (grades K-12) who has been the librarian at Avon High School for 13 years. Prior to that, she taught Social Studies and English for 10 years.

She is the National Honor Society co-sponsor, Newspapers in Education Past-President for the state of Indiana, an Eliot Rosewater Committee member and a member of the National Digital Learning Day Educator Work Group. She also contributes to the High School Soup Blog for the Alliance for Excellent Education (