Olathe East Library
Building confident, creative information users and producers
Library News: January 2014
Interested in seeing what titles we offer? Visit http://destiny.olatheschools.com/ and choose: FollettShelf. When prompted, enter the login and password you use when you login to school computers. All available eBooks offered by Olathe East will appear. You may read them directly from your screen, or check out titles that interest you. When you check out an eBook, you can read it on your eReader or iPad or other tablet device. eBooks check out for three weeks and then will be automatically "returned" so that other readers may access them.
eBooks are a versatile way to enjoy your reading experience, because you can carry your reading on-the-go, highlight passages, discover word meanings through the built-in dictionary, and easily place bookmarks when you need to pause reading.
Readers, You've Got Books!
We Love the Olathe Public Library!
Ms. Parks provided students with new public library cards during her visit. All that is needed to access the above resources is a current library card and a student-created PIN. Library materials may be requested online, and students can opt to receive an e-mail or text message when materials arrive. The Indian Creek Branch, located on Blackbob Street near our school, has ongoing teen programs that serve the needs of our students. Check out what the public library can do for you!
National History Day Projects -- Work Continues!
Students from Mrs. Britton's class had terrific questions, and their queries required precise research to find the correct answers. For example, one group wanted to insert a video clip from the film "Titanic" into their documentary, and wondered whether this was permissible per copyright law. They were especially interested in showing viewers what types of issues faced the steerage class travelers so that they could successfully board the ship. After research, and discussion, it was suggested to them that they might find authentic photographs instead, through sites such as the Library of Congress, which would help them to create a more meaningful and historically accurate presentation of health practices aboard the ship.
Our students will have the opportunity to share their projects locally when all Olathe Schools students meet in late February for a NHD field trip at Mahaffie Heritage Center.
Pro v. Con - Learning About Viewpoints
Students received instruction from Dr. Franklin about how to use this powerful and comprehensive database, and also learned why they need to cite their sources and give credit to authors. They learned how easy it is to locate database citations, and how to use them to create an accurate Modern Language Association (MLA) Works Cited page. The work they did in our library will serve them well throughout their years at Olathe East, as several classes require both database usage and MLA formatting. Several students remarked how easy it was to find and use citations, and having them work on this assignment was a pleasant, no-stress way to introduce them to scholarly reading and writing! Classes visited with the following teachers: Mrs. Stephenson, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Earnshaw, and Mrs. Jacobsen.
Forensics Class and Literature Appreciation
474 library items were checked out to students
202 library items were checked out to faculty
Total library circulation = 676 items
Total school textbook circulation = 1.084 items
The top 10 check outs for January were:
1. The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
2. Ready Player One
3. Beloved: A Novel
4. Bread Givers: A Novel
5. The Handmaid's Tale
6. Purple Hibiscus: A Novel
7. XXX Holic (manga)
8. Cutting for Stone: A Novel
10. Native Son
Class/Individual Visit Stats
Subjects areas receiving instruction included:
AP American History
College Prep Language Arts
AP English IV Language Arts
English IV Language Arts
Sophomore English II Language Arts
During the same month, 321 students visited the library individually to work on assignments and projects.