Library Annual Report 2015-2016

Flushing High School School Library June 2016

Highlights from the Year

  • Presented databases and Flushing High School libguides to support our students in research and homework.
  • Collaborated with Queens Public Library through Lisa DeLange, MyLibraryNYC librarian.
  • Taught students to use Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Templates and Google Slideshow.
  • Assisted students to apply online for Queens Public Library cards.
  • Taught teachers how to use MyLibrary NYC to order books for classroom use.
  • Introduced teachers to Kahoot.It and how to use Kahoot.it with our students.
  • Taught students how to prepare for a career and write resumes, research careers and prepare for interviews.
  • Taught students how to analyze and annotate picture books.
  • Encouraged independent reading and encouraged students to choose independent reading selections based on "cultural literacies."
  • Presented Healthy Food Smoothies and introduced the "Healthy Eating Collection" to parents at a Parent Teacher night in March.
  • Awarded a Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant to create a "Healthy Eating Corner" in our library.
  • Awarded a Library Reach grant to increase our collection of independent reading books.
  • Awarded a NYCReads365 grant to purchase books noted in the NYCREADS365 brochures.
  • Won several Donor's Choose Awards to provide engaging learning materials for our students, which included highlighters, post-its, construction paper and post-it pads.

Collaboration in the Library

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Successes

  • We increased our collection of coming of age fiction and nonfiction books to reflect the rigor of the common core standards.
  • Increased class visits from 92 visits in the fall to 108 visits in the spring.
  • We supported learning by creating graphic organizers to help students use a variety of language and sentence structures to improve their writing.
  • Awarded over $8500 worth of furnishings, materials and books to support our students.

Flushing High School Library by the Numbers

Circulation:

887 items circulated this year.

New books added: 758

Libguide Usage: 4240 views

Library student visits this year:

140 visits each day during the busiest periods (periods 3-7 each day)

Class Visits:

Between October and May the library hosted 180 class visits.

Goals for 2016-2017

  • Create book clubs to encourage independent reading.
  • Increase the usage of MyLibrary NYC teacher sets to supplement classroom resources.
  • Improve library usability and circulation with increased signage and redesign of space.
  • Continue to provide PD to teachers about library resources.
  • Secure additional funding to modernize technology.
  • Work with different academic departments to create a uniform citation style for research.
  • Increase the number of librarian teacher collaborations.