Making Connections

The Rockwood Library Newsletter - March 2018

Reading Celebrations

March was a month full of reading celebrations in Rockwood libraries! Libraries at all levels participated in Readers' Award voting and in Read Across America Day. Here's a look at events in six Rockwood libraries.

By the Numbers: One Day in RSD Libraries

What happens in RSD libraries on a "typical" day? Rockwood librarians recently decided to take a "snapshot" of activities on a random day. On February 28, each librarian collected statistics on library usage. Then, they compiled the results and created the infographic below to show #WhatWeDo.
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Planning for the Future: STEM Jobs

Fifth graders at Blevins have been working with librarian Trish Lueken a research investigation into careers that they may choose to pursue as adults. After completing lessons about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism, the students began investigating STEM-type jobs through research using Pebble Go Next. Then the students took an extensive interest inventory and based on those results are now doing research on their top two career fields. They are applying what they know about citing sources and avoiding plagiarism while doing their research. In a few weeks they will explore a reliable online database, Missouri Connections, for even more career opportunities.
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EHS Library Art Show

Each Spring the EHS library has the honor to host the student Art Show over several days. The library is open after school and during one evening for parents and family to attend, and there is full day when students and teachers come in to browse the exhibit. Librarians Dawn Jerger and Janie Pickett say it is always amazing to see the talent of students whose exterior appearances seldom give clue to their nuanced talents!
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Want to Know How School Librarians & Libraries Make a Difference for Students?

In the article below, researchers Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel look at studies about the impact of high-quality library programs on student achievement. Reading it will make you say, "Hooray for Rockwood for investing in good school libraries and certified school librarians!"