Driscoll Library

October 2015

A Month in Review

October was another wonderfully busy month in the library!

Every morning the library is bustling with about 75 students who are doing a variety of things such as reading, working on homework, checking out books, playing games, or just hanging out with friends.

In addition to the bi-weekly checkout visits from Reading and AIM classes, Mrs. Flood's students conducted research on Child Labor in the library, and Mrs. Sosa and Mrs. Simpson's classes used the library's print and digital resources in their unit on Energy Resources. Mrs. Reece's Technology class also came to the library for a lesson on copyright and plagiarism.

New after-school library programming began this month with Maker Mondays and Tech Tuesdays, and Driscoll held it's 1st Annual Fall Literacy Festival, which was an amazing success! Check out the rest of the newsletter to learn more about these awesome events!

Fall Literacy Festival

To further promote Driscoll's Reading Revolution, 40-Book Challenge, and goal to build a community of life-long readers, the Reading, English, and Library departments collaborated to put together a Fall Literacy Festival. This fun family event was a hit! With student book projects on display, games, food trucks, a book character costume contest, professional storyteller Miss Anastasia from The Twig Book Shop, and representatives from the San Antonio Public Library and Bexar County BiblioTech sharing their information about their services, there was something for everyone!

See the feature article fromt he NEISD website: Driscoll's Fall Literacy Festival A Success

Maker Mondays & Tech Tuesdays

This month the Library began offering these two programs weekly after school. Both give students the opportunity to think critically and creatively while collaborating with their peers. Activities are completely student-led, and they consult each other and library resources to generate ideas and for problem-solving.

During Maker Mondays students had the opportunity to participate in the following activities

During Tech Tuesdays students experimented with iPad apps Toontastic and PuppetPals2 to create and animate original stories.

Lunch Bunch Book Club

This month's Lunch Bunch Book Club genre was Horror. On October 30th each grade level club met during lunch to book talk the horror books we read this month. There was a great turnout!

Next month's genre is Historical Fiction! We will meet during lunches on Friday, November 20th. There are still a few spots left for 7th and 8th grade!

Things to come...

Author Visit with Jake Halpern - Nov. 12th

Lunch Bunch Book Club - Nov. 20th

Scholastic Book Fair - December 7th-11th

October Library Stats

# of School Days Open: 21

# of Classes Served: 74

Students Before School

Daily Avg. = 75*

Total = 1,224

*The library was only open before school for 16 days due to meetings and award ceremonies.

Students on Library Pass

Daily Avg. = 58

Total = 1,228

# of Students After School

Daily Avg. = 11

Total = 195

*The library was only open after school for 17 days due to meetings and early closures.

Daily Avg. of Individual Students Served = 121

Total # of Individual Students Served = 2,547

# of Checked Outs

6th Grade: 933

7th Grade: 491

8th Grade: 477

Faculty & Staff: 130

OverDrive: 35

Total Checkouts: 2,066

Meet the Librarian

Greetings! My name is Mrs. Murray, and I am delighted to be the librarian here at Driscoll Middle School! My passion is getting students excited about reading and learning and helping them discover and explore their own passions. I love working with teachers to help create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students. I'm looking forward to a full and exciting year!