Northern Hills Library News

December 2016 Happenings

Hour of Code

Students in grades K-5 enjoyed taking part in the International Hour of Code along with students around the world. Our students utilized the library iPads and various apps in the library. Hour of Code is sponsored by Code.Org.

Code.Org is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing knowledge in the computer sciences. They also hope to increase interest by women and underrepresented students of color in coding.

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Makerspace Club

In observance of Hour of Code our Makerspace Club members used binary code and beads of 2 colors to make a necklace of their name written in code. A discussion and a short video was watched to help understanding of the operations of a computer and binary code.

Skype Author Visit

Mrs. Pack's 2nd grade class participated in our first ever Skype author visit. Her class visited with author Larry Brimner. Prior to the visit, we read aloud one of his books titled Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo. The students had a discussion with Mr. Brimner and also were able to ask him questions. This experience was done in conjunction with our wonderful ITS Jennifer Heine.

Virtual Snow Globes

Kinder students made their own versions of snow globes after reading the story Snowie Rolie. In the story Snowie Rolie, the main character receives a snow globe as a gift. The students used the app Doodle Buddy on the library iPads to create their own special snow globe.

Library Information

  • 1,036 total items checked out.
  • 15 instructional days.
  • Checkouts by grade level: PK-55, K-54, 1st-148, 2nd-351, 3rd-112, 4th-128, 5th-128, Staff & Parents-60.
  • 56 classes taught. Classes were taught on coding, library resources, story extension.
  • 20 classes came in for check out only.
  • 83 walk-ins. See graph charts below for a breakdown.
  • 290 check outs on Overdrive.


Upcoming events-3rd grade research, Bluebonnet Voting, Book Fair.



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