One for the Record Books

October 2017

O. Garza Elementary Celebrates Summer Readers

O. Garza students who chose to participate in the 2017 summer reader program were rewarded with an incentive trip to the Main Event in Pharr. Students were asked to keep track of the books read over the summer and turn in the list of books the first week of school. O. Garza students were treated to pizza, bowling, laser tag, and video games. The trip was an O. Garza library and O. Garza SPTSO funded incentive. Special thanks to our SPTSO parents who gave our students a memorable trip!
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B. L. Gray Librarian Develops Student News Team

"I am incredibly pleased to take the live announcement student news team under my wing this year," says Librarian Wenndy Pray. B. L. Gray recently added courses like News Production, along with other similar elective courses. In order to be ready for the first six weeks of news, Mrs. Pray used the library's Remind feed to recruit its first members. Eighth graders Rafael Candelas, Cecilia Medellin, and Samira Salinas were the first to respond and have proved to be a great team. Officer Paniagua serves as producer behind the scenes and facilitates a smooth session. "The librarian's role is quickly changing," shares Mrs. Pray. "It is in a librarian's best interest to keep up with the versatility that our profession demands. And that includes wearing the hats of instructional facilitator, trainer, library administrator, co-teacher, cataloger, and even news anchor." "Besides," adds Mrs. Pray, "what better way to mentor students on presentation and public speaking?" Mrs. Pray also composes the scrolling announcements that appear on the schools big screen TVs.

Wenndy Pray

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Powered Up with Banned Books @ PHS

Jackie Thatcher's Family & Consumer Science class created promotional ads for Banned Books Week at David Garcia Memorial Library. Students researched book summaries and other relevant information using TeachingBooks.net and BRITANNICA: ImageQuest to arrive at a visual representation of their book selection using Google slides software. Fernando actually checked out his book "Lovely Bones" which was challenged because it was considered "too frightening" for middle school students. Librarian Janie B. Flores compiled the slides into one presentation and ran the ads for two days at the library. Thank you, students, for your community project contributions!
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Ruben Hinojosa Elementary Collects Box Tops

Librarian Elizabeth Moreno is partnering with parents to collect Box Tops for Education. She showcased items that have Box Tops and encourages total family participation.
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Congratulations Diamondback Reader

Julieta Gonzalez is the first student at Jessie Jensen Elementary to successfully read one million words. Julieta has reached a milestone early in the school year. Keep your eye on this top reader. We expect her to keep reaching new goals.
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South Texas Literacy Coalition & Literacy Champions

SA3 Librarian Nicole Cruz was celebrating heroes along with Rio Grande Valley literacy patrons including elected officials, school district superintendents, UTRGV faculty, school district library coordinators, public library staff, and engaged citizens. Mrs. Cruz nominated two librarians for recognition. Brenda Huston, South Texas College weekend librarian and McAllen ISD Library Coordinator was recognized as was Roland Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez is the Palm View Branch Library Director for MPL. He has partnered with many Sharyland ISD librarians over the last several years. He was invited to the Meet the Teacher Night in September for SA3 and SHS.
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SNJH Parent Nutrition Classes

Parents are attending nutrition classes at Sharyland North Library. New Parent Liaison Alejandra Clark has set up 8 sessions with the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension. Meetings are on Mondays from 1:30-3:00. All parents are welcome.
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Power Up with MackinVIA


R.D. Martinez students Power Up in the library with MackinVia eBooks. MackinVia allows the students to have easy access to eBooks, audio books, digital resources, and videos. Librarian Oneida Aleman taught students how to access all of the resources by logging into their accounts.

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John H Shary Scholastic Book Fair

Book Fair Week was a success at John H. Shary. We had many activities going on throughout the week to encourage students to participate in our book fair. We had Pajama Day to encourage students to snuggle up with a good book, book raffles, and Family Reading Night. We love uniting students with literature and bringing in the parents to engage in reading with their children. We would like all kids to make reading their passion.
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Feed Your Body & Feed Your Mind Service Project @ Shimotsu Elementary

During Power Up At Your Library week we launched the "Feed Your Body & Feed Your Mind" service project by having some of the club members create a flyer. The first 40 students who donated at least 5 cans of food received a book or small prize. More books and food will be donated to The Salvation Army. The project will run through October 27, but thus far, the response from students and parents has been amazing!
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Power Up @ Wernecke Library with a Book

Students took book selfies during our Power Up at your library week: Book Selfies were a huge hit! The students really enjoyed it. Librarian Patricia Ramos plans on replicating this project in the future.

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Camp Read A Lot Literacy Night @ Bentsen Elementary

Bentsen Elementary had its first Camp-Read-A-Lot literacy night. Students and their family were welcome to camp out and read throughout the school. Students brought their sleeping bags and camping equipment to create a camping atmosphere. Students snuggled with their favorite book and enjoyed an evening in celebrating literacy.
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SHS Students Power Up with new Charging Stations

Students are able to use their devices during lunch for academic pursuits at the BYOD station. The station has not been equiped with Simspeak charging stations. Librarian Nicole Cruz purchased the charging stations through the library budget. Students can connect and Power Up while they work. Students pictured are bottom: Jimmy Lee & Gisselle Valades and Top Jorge Morales and Cordero Lopez.
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Jessie Jensen Library Events

A Family Reading night was held at the library. Students could read with their parents or grandparents or siblings and then take AR quizzes. Mr. Ramos, librarian, also hosted a Scholastic Book Fair. Check out the library to see what events are coming up in November.
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B. L. Gray Jr. Students Kick Off Student Book Club

B. L. Gray Rattlers enjoy helping in the library. It is from these students that the idea for a book club emerged. "I was incredibly pleased with the demand for a book club," says librarian, Mrs. Pray. "Students are excited to share about their reading autobiographies through sketchnoting, and to ultimately create videos, interviews, graphics, and book trailers about the books we will read. Ultimately, I want to teach them that reading can be fun and hope to teach them how to embrace literature in a way that is uniquely fun for them." Want to learn more about sketchnoting, click here: https://youtu.be/4ItcHag3agE.

Wenndy Pray

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Rapid Review by SNJH Librarian Darvin Koenig

BLUESCREEN by Dan Wells

It is 2050 and technology has advanced to the point that almost everyone has a smart device implanted into their head, so they can be online 24 hours a day. Drugs are still a problem in this world, and now there is a new drug on the streets called Bluescreen, which is a virtual drug that plugs directly into people’s smart device and promises a completely safe high. When Marisa’s friend Anja uses this new drug and has a bad reaction, she and her friends set out to find out who is behind it, and they are quickly wrapped up in something bigger and scarier than they could have imagined.

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Sharyland ISD Librarian Zulema Bewley Presents at the Region One Fall Media Fair

Kate Steffer Harlingen CISD Librarian and Zulema Bewley presented on the Texas Bluebonnet Award. Both librarians are hoping to generating interest among attendees to apply to be on the committee. More representation from the Texas Library Association District 4 is one of the goals of the presentation. We had a slide presentation with information and a fun activity related to the books on this year's master list. Thanya Montemayor also participated by teaching attendee's how to craft a bluebonnet flower using construction paper and a pencil.

SISD Librarians Monica Silva, Thanya Montemayor, and Zulema Bewley attended a session together.

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TAYSHAS POWER UP @ PHS!

PHS Book Club members each selected a 2017 TAYSHAS book to read for October.

Each student will create a Google Slide ad for their book to submit to the TAYSHAS Project presentation.

The TAYSHAS Project presentation will be viewed at the library through the TV monitors.

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Reading Celebrations at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary

Students who met their AR Goals were invited to a Pirate Ice Cream Bash!


Students learned about "Dia de los Muertos" during library lessons and concluded the festivities by making masks and bringing pictures of loved ones to display.

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Custodians Appreciated by SA3 Library Staff

The Penny Payte McLeaish LRC staff made created appreciation notes with a snack and a pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the SHS and SA3 custodians. Librarian Nicole Cruz says, "Our custodians are the best. They are always ready to help with any projects. We definitely would be lost without them."
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JHS Power Up in the Library: Escaped Library Halloween Edition

John H. Shary's Library participated in Power Up in the Library Week. Students were read a Halloween story, in which they had to escape before it became night time and the vampires awoke. Students had 15 minutes to escape four stations in which they had to solve puzzles in order to obtain a code to move on to the next station. Students used various skills such as sequencing and math in order to escape. Students were geared to use critical thinking skills and creativity.

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Region One Fall Media Fair Participant


On October 13th, RD Martinez Elementary Librarian Oneida Aleman had the opportunity to attend the Region One Fall Media Fair at South Padre Island. "It was a great opportunity for librarians to meet and learn different techniques that are great tools to use in the library. One of the sessions I chose to attend was the Texas Bluebonnet Award 2017-2019 presented by fellow SISD librarian, Mrs. Bewley."

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SHS Students are Caught Reading

More than 15 students were recognized for being "readers." Students were given an invitation to come to the library 10 minutes before their lunch began. Students could choose to make a decorated pumpkin using nail polish, distilled water, and their imagination. Each winner was also given the chance to select a new book for their personal collection. How can students be "caught reading?" Any SHS or SA3 staff member can give a student a sticker. Students bring the Caught Reading sticker to the library. Library staff and office aides also catch students checking out books for pleasure and "just because it looks interesting." Do you need Caught Reading stickers-call extension 1106.
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Accelerated Readers Celebrated @ O. Garza

O. Garza celebrates the 1st 6 week Accelerated Readers with an incentive party! Students were treated to popcorn, pickle, and a movie. We are especially proud of our 1st grade students who tackled Accelerated Reader for the first time ever! More than 60 of our 1st grade students met their AR goal!
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Nicole H. Cruz, SISD Lead Librarian

"One for the Record Books" was recognized by the Texas Library Association for a PR Branding Iron Award in 2016. Submit photos and stories by the deadline each month to be included in "One for the Record Books." Please make sure any students are not on the "Do Not Photograph List" before submitting their photos for publication.