MS 51 Library Annual Report



Our library had an amazing year! We opened our new Innovation! Mobile Makerspace and Feminism & Women's History special collection through grants supported by NYC DOE Office of Library Services, held summer checkout for the first time, more author visits and reading motivation programs than ever, and still kept up a busy schedule of classes and instruction.

How Do We Use Our Library?

Materials & Databases

There are 8,526 copies in our collection, with 1804 new books added this year.

We checked out 17,679 books and DVDs (69% increase from last year!), including 705 books to 80 students & staff in our first summer checkout.

Research Databases

  • BrainPOP Total logins: 6447
  • World Book Content views 8460, Searches 5202
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Total sessions 6155
  • SIRS Issues Researcher Content views 954, Searches 394
  • Culturegrams Total sessions 1926

Library Technology

  • 16 desktop computers, 24 laptop computers, 6 Chromebooks, 4 iPads
  • The library printer continues to be a valuable resource for students.
  • 4955 pages printed on library B&W printer
  • Color printing introduced for first time, free for teachers, $.50 a page for students
  • Library photocopier heavily used by teachers and students

Classes & Events

  • Hosted Maker Mondays during student lunch using our new Innovation grant supplies

  • Ran two Scholastic book fairs for students and parents during the weeks of parent-teacher conference

  • Hosted author visits from LAMBDA Literary, Children’s Book Week, Brooklyn Public Library, and others

  • Held our inaugural Feminism & Women’s History open house for our new collection, featuring a guest from League of Women Voters and a documentary film screening

  • Ran a month-long Battle of the Books in March & Read 18 in 2018 reading challenge

  • 291 instructional classes visited the library this year

  • Gmail and Google Apps orientation provided for all 6th graders; new students and account issues monitored and corrected daily throughout the year
  • Set up blogs for all 8th grade ELA classes and provided technical support and instruction throughout the year
  • Taught lessons on citation, better Googling, website evaluation, database research, plagiarism, notetaking, finding the next great book to read, instructional writing, Google Docs, and Google Slides to ELA, social studies, and science classes
  • Hosted Hour of Code classes for science and math teachers
  • Held public librarian office hours with our MyLibraryNYC liaison supporting student and staff use of ebooks & audiobooks and library web site and arranged for summer reading booktalks from public library for 6th & 7th grade ELA classes
  • Ran staff book club with cross-department participation during Monday PD time
  • Added multiple resources to, including summer learning resources, summer reading challenges and recommendations, pathfinders for our Feminism & CCD collection and our research databases, and tech tips for staff and students

Grants & Special Recognition

Total library funding received: $14,719

NYC Reads 365 Grant, CCD grant for Feminism & Women’s History Collection, Innovation Mobile Makerspace grant, Reading in Action teen activism grant, PA funding, Scholastic book fair profit, and ten DonorsChoose grants

Our Instagram account was selected as one of the “school librarians to follow” in New York and NYC School Library Association School Library Month Promotion winners, demonstrating the many ways the library serves our school community and Ms. Ahart was a presenter at the inaugural Sexuality, Women, and Gender conference, highlighting K-12 feminist resources and ways to incorporate women’s history into every curriculum