LEE HS Library

February 2021

LEE High School Library & Hybrid Instruction

Welcome to the February newsletter! Please read to learn more about programming and resources offered by the LEE Library during the shortest calendar month of 2021 (that month went fast!). Highlights include:


  1. EXPANDED book checkout for in-person students.
  2. Collaboration with ISA & LEE teachers to support student researchers.
  3. Reading promotions for in-person and virtual students.
  4. Library databases and web resources designed to promote equity and access for all students.

Book Checkout is Available!

The LEE Library had its first class of in-person students check out books in February. Thank you to Mrs. Moore/ISA Digital Media for bringing her 9th grade advisory students for checkout. These students had first pick of our vast collection of NEW fiction and nonfiction titles! Teachers may arrange to bring classes for checkout. Please contact Ms. McDevitt for more details.


Most of our in-person students will continue to checkout using the on-line hold system. Need help? Please see below for directions:


  • To access Destiny Discover (the online catalog ), students need to login to Launchpad, select the "Library Resources" folder, and then select "Catalog/Destiny." Once the catalog is open, students may search by title/author.
  • Not sure what to checkout? Students may browse "Recently Added Books" or "Popular Titles."
  • Once a student has selected a book and placed a hold, checkout is available each morning before the first period of the day in front of the LEE Library's main entrance. Any student who needs additional help with the process is encouraged to stop by the library's main entrance during the checkout time to arrange for assistance.

Virtual Instruction Collaboration Highlights

Electronic Resource Highlights for Students

Black History Month: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Students and staff interested in further study of the contributions and history of Black Americans may wish to visit the New York Public Library's renowned research library, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. As stated on its website, "The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture advances the knowledge of the global black experience through dynamic programs and exhibitions."
Looking for a book to continue the celebration initiated during Black History Month? The Schomburg Center published a YA reading list with 23 books. The majority of which can be checked out from the LEE Library!

Reading Promotion for In-Person & Virtual Students

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month Celebration: The LEE Library welcomes the opportunity to highlight books that educate readers about and celebrate Black American culture. This February, in partnership with LEE Social Studies teacher Mr. McCusker, LEE students in his classes contributed their ideas about books to promote during the month-long Black History Month celebration. Due to the school closure during the week of February 15 - February 19, the LEE Library will maintain its display of Black History Month books into March and encourages students and staff to checkout the books we have curated any time of the year.

Chinese Lunar New Year: Year of the Ox

LEE Library and the LEE High School Chinese Culture Club partnered to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. Books about Chinese culture and written by Chinese authors were highlighted in the display space in the library's windows. In addition, Ms. Xu, LEE and ISA Chinese teacher, and Ms. McDevitt designed "take and make" kits for in-person students. Fun Chinese New Year crafts were selected specifically to allow students to use their creativity as they learn more about the Year of the Ox.

Curriculum Support for Teachers

Equity & Social Emotional Awareness: Virtual Resources for Teachers

Discovery Education Channel now offers two valuable curriculum resources for teachers in seeking additional resources that address equity and social emotional awareness. Please login to Launchpad and visit the Discovery Education Channel. Once on the channel, search for either (or both) of the following:


  • Social-Emotional Learning Center


  • African American Experiences Channel


Teachers will find simultaneous use content in a variety of forms: video, text, and activities. Not sure how to integrate the resources into your lessons or Google Classroom? Please ask Ms. McDevitt for a quick intro.!

Podcast Lowdown: Resources for Women's History Month

Encyclopedia Womannica: Looking for podcast resources to enhance your curriculum and celebrate Women's History Month? Discovery Education (accessible through Launchpad) now features a podcast series from Wonder Media Network that offers "bite-sized audio biographies."


From the Discovery Education Channel:


"Get to know the incredible stories of groundbreaking women whose legacies have stood the test of time...Gain inspiration and spark curiosity by listening to the contributions, successes, trials, and triumphs of phenomenal women from a variety of backgrounds including scientists, activists, actors, teachers, poets, philosophers, scholars, politicians, comedians, and more."


Want to learn more about how to integrate a podcast into your curriculum? Ask Ms. McDevitt for a quick introduction to the podcast resource or use the link to go straight to the page in Launchpad (must be logged in for access privileges).

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 promote the library's electronic collection!


OverDrive Checkouts (eBook and Audiobook combined)

February 1 - February 28, 2021: 39

Coming in March:

  • Women's History Month
  • More Podcast Lowdown

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