LEE HS Library

October 2020

LEE High School Library & Hybrid Instruction

Thank you for reading our October newsletter! It has been a busy month at LEE High School. Based on the daily needs of the campus, the library offers classroom space for a rotation of virtual learners. We also provided space for students taking the PSAT (October 14) and SAT (October 29). As each new opportunity arises to serve both our in-person and virtual students, the LEE Library is grateful to support the LEE and ISA community. Please read on to learn more about:

  1. LEE librarian and LEE/ISA teacher collaborations to support student inquiry.
  2. Library reading promotions for students during the month of October.
  3. Library databases and resources designed to assist teachers as they support a variety of learners.

Virtual Instruction Collaboration Highlights

Electronic Resource Highlights for Students

TeenTober offered teen readers access to a wide array of electronic resources and virtual programming. Each year, this month is designed to highlight teen services at both school and public libraries. As part of the celebration, Students were encouraged to participate in a poll to indicate their top choices of YA literature from a list of books nominated by teens from all over the country. The results of this poll, YALSA's 2020 Teens' Top Ten, were announced Friday 10/30/20 and can be found here.
TeenTober Gaming & Tech Week provided the LEE Library an opportunity to connect readers with the vast number of ebooks and audiobooks that focus on the worlds of gaming and tech. Promotions conducted via Instagram featured works of fiction that center around narratives and characters involved in gaming. Nonfiction works that impart strategies and skills to improve one's gaming techniques were also promoted. Biographies of tech giants, such as Steve Jobs, were also highlighted.

Reading Promotion for In-Person Students

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) is a time to celebrate the impact that those with Hispanic heritage have had on U.S. society. Throughout the entire month of October, the LEE Library continued to highlight authors who share experiences and stories about those with Hispanic or Latinx heritage. A huge thank you to Mrs. Wood, library assistant, for creating the display pictured here. Students attending virtual classes in the library enjoyed the titles curated in her display.

Curriculum Support - Virtual Resources

Looking for collected resources for literary works? TeachingBooks is a database that provides "one-stop shopping" for resources designed to engage readers. Teachers can search by title, author, or illustrator. Collections have been curated to include short movies, audiobook readings, book discussion guides, differentiated activities, and assessments. And TeachingBooks is not just for English teachers! There are collections for other core content areas.

Simultaneous Use - Virtual Resources for Teachers

Teachers looking for books that can be used simultaneously (unlimited learners at the same time) are encouraged to consider the following resources:

Gale eBooks: Using this database, teachers are able to search by subject or title. For example, if a teacher wants all students to read the same title about Greek myths, she may find a simultaneous use book in this database. OR - NEISD Library Services has curated eBook collections to make resources more readily available for content-area teachers. Collections are browsable by content area. Gale eBooks also offers users the following features:

  • Integration with G Suite for Education tools
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology
  • Content delivered in more than a dozen languages

Look for the Gale eBook app on Launchpad. Or - ask the LEE librarian for more information or for a quick how-to session!

New Technology & Equipment

New Displays for Library Visitors! The LEE Library now has two wall-mounted TV monitors. These monitors are located in the entry and at the circulation desk. Reading promotions, library programming, and announcements will circulate on these displays giving students and staff opportunities to be made aware of what the library offers. We are so grateful for the assistance of Gabriel Carrillo (Instructional Technology Specialist) and Mark Reed (Head Custodian) for assisting with some of the final touches to get the monitors up and running. True team effort!

OverDrive eBook & Audiobook Circulation

The LEE Library continues to see a huge increase in eBook and Audiobook checkouts (based on the same time periods in the 2019-20 School Year). A huge thank you to all LEE and ISA teachers who have promoted the library's electronic collection!

OverDrive Checkouts (eBook and Audiobook combined)

October 1 - October 31, 2020: 62

Coming in November:

  • Native American History Month
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving

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