Lucy's Library Blast

May 9, 2016

All Star Computers and Other Technology

Anyone who received a laptop upon completion of the All-Star training should contact me to request an extension for another year.

Any staff who are retiring or otherwise leaving the district, will need to notify me to set a due date coinciding with their departure, and they must return the laptop to their administration before the end of the employment. All All-Star laptops from departing staff need to be returned to the MNPS Inventory Department.

All laptop and iPad carts must be returned to the library be the 24th. (I will not be here on the 26th) Please check to make sure what condition they are in and make a note of those that need attention. You can tape the note to the top of the cart. Also, make sure to return the key to the carts and any chains/locks that connect the carts to the classroom as everyone is moving this year. BE SURE to write down where the cart is coming from (room number). Thank you for giving your attention to these important steps.

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Last day to return books is Wednesday, the 11th!

All students who have turned in all their library materials and/or paid for lost items will be eligible to attend the first annual West End Quidditch Tournament. The houses will be as followed:

5th Grade - Hufflepuff (yellow)

6th Grade - Griffindor (red)

7th Grade - Ravenclaw (blue)

8th Grade- Slytherin (green)

We encourage banners, costumes, etc. for your house. This includes Harry Potter fans who are teachers! One way of encouraging excitement could be by having a Harry Potter quiz bowl, showing clips from the movies of quidditch tournaments, or having kids design their house emblems to display.

I will email out a list on Thursday, the 12th, of students who have NOT returned their items and will not be allowed to attend.

World Book and Tennessee Electronic Library...the perfect union of research love

I am pleased to announce that World Book was selected to continue to provide the Tennessee Electronic Library a suite of encyclopedia products for the residents of Tennessee through May 31, 2021. World Book offers unique content and features for patrons of every age, ability and interest. Using the same expert information found in the World Book Encyclopedia, these easy-to-navigate websites offer 24/7 access on smartphones, tablets and personal computers.

  • Early World of Learning encompasses playful interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades including Trek’s Travels, Welcome to Reading, and Know It. Each environment is designed for easy integration into classroom and library programming.

  • World Book Kids offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger library patrons.

  • World Book Student features all the articles from the print version of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools to help older elementary and middle school students develop their research skills.

  • World Book Advanced includes full encyclopedic and multimedia databases supplemented with online books, primary sources, website links, back in time articles, special reports and more to meet the research needs high school age patrons.

  • World Book Discover offers engaging reference resources for patrons reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, including reluctant readers, English language learners, ESL, and adult literacy patrons. Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, activities, research and translation tools, multimedia, and interactive videos to engage patrons of varying abilities with curriculum-related topics and subjects.

  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos offers World Book’s content, rich media, and engaging features in a Spanish language interface designed for grades K–4 as well as older patrons and adults learning Spanish as a foreign language.

  • World Book Info Finder is loaded with practical features that will help upper elementary and middle school patrons develop their research skills at the library, such as Dynamic Interactive Earth, which includes the World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, Outline Maps and Flags.

  • World Book Reference Center is designed to meet the needs and skills of library patrons of high school age and above. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia, an atlas, a dictionary, e-books, and local and country research guides.

I hope that you will encourage your students to use the World Book sites often to help with homework, special projects, at-home learning, and information seeking. Open our default internet explorer page to the library, click on research resources (on the left), click on TEL. The blue World Book icon is in the middle of the page.

Happy researching!


We are having a field trip on Thursday, May 12th for the following students. The field trip will include a scavenger hunt at the Tennessee State Museum, lunch at the Farmer's Market, and free time at Cheekwood. The students include Book Club members who received a permission form and returned it with $3. The participants of Battle of the Books including: Dani Gomez-Delgado, Gentry Hollis, Evee Corbin, and Liyun Lu. Also the students who entered 15 or more books into the Reading Incentive log who may attend are; Bailey Beller, Madison Mabry, and Jennifer Li.


FInal report for the year:

The Following students have earned NO SSA for this week. Have them come by the library to pick up their bands:

Bailey Beller

Jennifer Li

Asher Israel

Students may continue to fill in the Reading Log but we will not be collecting orr reporting the results.

Summer Reading Program by the Nashville Public Library

I am putting the brochure and sign up forms in your mailbox this week for the Summer Reading Program, This is a great way to keep the reading momentum going. Please share with your students.

Speaking of Mailboxes

I am putting one last notice of overdue books in your mailbox on Tuesday. PLEASE impress on the students their responsibility to return or pay for lost items to the library. Thank you!!