Library Media Center Newsletter

Sept 2014 -Procedures, Pics, GCSReads 20, & Rick Riordan!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, I hope everyone had an awesome summer and a fun Labor Day holiday. Hopefully we are all in the swing of things, and ready to improve literacy (information, technology, reading, and research) for all of our students!

Remember, I am a resource that is here to be used! Please utilize me and let me know if you ever want to collaborate on a unit, project, or activity.

Send me your photos for the website!

GCS Reads 20

We do not have AR this year. Instead, we will have students log the minutes that they read. The goals:

-Read at least 20 minutes a night

-Monthly goal of 400 minutes per student

-Log the minutes!

Please encourage students to log their minutes daily! Once we get tablets, there will be an app they can use to log minutes, in the meantime, they can either log online or on paper logs.

To log online, go to our homepage and click "Record your GCS Reads 20 Minutes Here" under quick links.

If they use paper logs, please give them a chance once a week to either come to the media center to log their minutes or the chance to use your classroom computers or tablet. Minutes need to be logged digitally for them to count.

Additionally - there is now an app on everyone's tablets called "GCS Reads 20 Minutes." Please encourge your students to log their minutes on your tablet when time permits so that they may practice logging their minutes in this format.
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Library Procedures

Please never send more than 2 students at a time, and please ensure they always have a library pass.

FYI : Students may check out 2 books, and keep for 2 weeks. Students may not get new books if they have any overdue books or owe any fines.

Technology Issues: When you have a technology issue, please email me a detailed description of the problem. For example, you could write to me : "When I try to login, it give me the following error message : 'There are no logon servers available.' I have restarted my computer and I am still getting the error message." This will save both of us time emailing back and forth trying to figure out what the exact problem is and will expedite getting the problem fixed.

Computer Lab: Since an encore class (Math Impact) is held every day during 6th and 7th grade encore time, the computer lab is unavailable to classes from 9:48-1:40. You may use it before or after the previously stated times, and you may book the media center computers from 9:48-1:40. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, as this means only 1 teacher may book the computers a day. Please email me to book the computers. Also, let me know what you will be working on and if I can assist in any way!

Laptop Cart: We DO have a laptop cart that you may checkout to use with your classes. The laptop cart contains 9 laptops for your class to use. Please see me to check out the laptop cart.

iPod Cart: We also have an iPod cart that you may checkout to use with your classes. Please see me to check out the iPod cart.


The AMS News Team have "contracts" which state that they may not have any behavioral referals and they must keep at least a C average. Please let me know if anybody on the News Team does not meet these requirements, as they will be put on probation.

Stream This Webinar In Your Classroom!

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Rick Riordan Live from Mount Olympus

Tuesday, Sep. 23rd, 1pm

This is an online event.


Few people are allowed on Mount Olympus (a.k.a. the Empire State Building, 600th floor), but literary demigod Rick Riordan can bring you along with him—virtually, of course. Think you (or your classroom or school) can stump Rick Riordan when it comes to Greek mythology? We’ll be testing him live! You’ll have a chance to submit a question when you register, and if your question is chosen you’ll receive a signed copy of Rick Riordan’s new illustrated collection, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods. SLJ Reviews Editor Kiera Parrott will be on hand to ask the questions.

You’ll also get to hear an exclusive excerpt from the final book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus – all broadcast live from New York City’s legendary Empire State Building.

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Encourage your good readers to join BOB. We have practice EVERY Monday after school until 3:45.