Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Friday Focus for Week of May 2 - 6, 2016

In this Friday Focus:

  • OverDrive Summer Read Program
  • Summer Checkouts

  • SAPL Summer Reading Program

  • MakerBot 3D Printer Smart Extruder+

  • 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

  • Reminders & Updates
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OverDrive Summer Read Program

We are excited to announce the annual OverDrive Summer Read program, designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. This program helps prevent the summer slide by providing exciting titles for your students to read that are simultaneously available during the summer.

The below collections will be automatically added to your OverDrive-powered website in eBook format with unlimited access from June 1 midday EDT to June 30 at 11:59PM EDT. The titles will be automatically added at no cost, and will be featured prominently on your homepage.

Juvenile Collection

Justice and Her Brothers

Tales of an Alien Invader

The Perfect Summer

Green vs. Mean

Young Adult Collection

Paranormal Properties

Live and Let Shop

The New Wild

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone

Marketing materials to help promote this great program to your school community will be provided soon. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.

Note: Titles can be weeded from your website during the program in OverDrive Marketplace.

Thank you and happy reading,

Karen Jakubczak


Summer Checkouts

Below are some suggestions for checking out books to students or parents for the summer.

  1. Email Kim, letting her know you will be checking out items for the summer so she can change the due dates.

  2. Decide if a parent must be present to check out books.

  3. Decide if you are going to require a form to be signed. See example.

  4. Decide on the number of books each student/parent may checkout.

  5. Set and communicate a date to parents/students/staff when you will be checking out summer items. This date should begin the week of May 22nd.

  6. Decide if you are going to set up circulation times in June while the front office is open. Parents and students can come exchange books during this time. OPTIONAL.

  7. Communicate the due date to parents/students/staff Aug. 26, 2016.

  8. Communicate the dates the front office is open throughout June and the beginning of August for book drop-off.

  9. Run overdue reports of summer items during the first week of school.

Reading by the Lake. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 May 2016.


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SAPL Summer Reading Program

Reposted: Viki Ash Coordinator of Children’s Services, San Antonio Public Library

GREEN. Forest green. Sea green. Lime green. Pea green. This summer the San Antonio Public Library is all about GREEN.

The 2016 Mayor’s Summer Reading Club kicks off on June 1 with the option of registering online ( or at your neighborhood branch. Members of the Reading Club receive a reading log (featuring a friendly green frog) to track the titles of the books they read. Students who read eight books (or who listen to 16) receive a summer reading certificate signed by Mayor Taylor and can select a free paperback book to keep. Completed reading logs can be submitted through the end of August.

Encouraging children to read over the summer months is one of the best ways you can support the reading skills they developed during the school year. So, make reading a family priority and don’t forget to GO to the San Antonio Public Library this summer!


MakerBot 3D Printer Smart Extruder+

Continue to use the original extruder if it is running well without any errors or filament clogs. If errors begin to occur, replace the original extruder with the new Smart Extruder+, following the directions below for successful printing.

  1. Update the MakerBot software by downloading 3.9.1 from the Software Center.

  2. Enter a Help-Desk ticket to update the firmware for the printer. Only a tech can do this.

  3. If you get an error while printing, log in using your account on the MakerBot Desktop software.

  4. Click on the EXPLORE tab in the menu at the top.

  5. Click on the item you would like to print.

  6. Click on the red PREPARE button on the right.

  7. Scroll down and click on the red PREPARE button to the right of the file you would like to print (some have multiple files).

  8. Once the item appears in the virtual printer, click the SETTINGS button in the menu bar.

  9. In the window that appears, check the Extruder type. If necessary, click the drop down to select the Smart Extruder+ and click OK.

  10. Click on the EXPORT PRINT FILE and save to a jump drive (if the computer is not hooked up to the printer).

  11. Print by selecting PRINT in MakerBot Desktop if the computer is attached with a USB or save file to jump drive. Insert the jump drive into the 3D printer to print file.


2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

(Reposted - Lorrie Roussin - TLC)

The 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee is looking for teen feedback on our current nominations.

The Quick Picks list identifies titles (fiction and nonfiction) aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for whatever reason. As such, we rely on what our teens specifically say they are interested in as well. This survey is for teens in grades 6-12 to share their opinions on teen interest books published between July 2015 through December 2016. Teens who complete this survey will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Survey closes on June 18th. Winner will be contacted by the end of June. Please share the following link with your teens:

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. We look forward to reading their responses.

Lorrie Roussin

Library Media Specialist

Judson High School

Phone: 210.945.1100 ext. 19030

Twitter: @RocketLibrary1 or @BiblioTrekkie Maverick Committee Member

2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee Member


Reminders & Updates

Dylan Days at Roosevelt HS - Celebrating the 75th birthday of Bob Dylan and his influence on American music and culture

Kickoff event - May 20, 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Prof. David Gaines book signing & birthday cake - May 24, 1:30 p.m.

No Direction Home movie viewing - May 25, 4:30 p.m.


Save the date: October 10, 2016

NEISD will host a workshop by popular author Donalyn Miller from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Molly Pruitt Library at Roosevelt HS. This event is sponsored by Scholastic Book Fairs and will be open to 70 librarians and reading teachers. October 10 is a Staff Development day in North East, but hopefully you will be able to get away late in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more details!



The Library Annual Report was opened on April 24th at 9:00 a.m. The report will close at the end of day on Friday, May 13th. Once the report is complete please email Kim Green and Faye Hagerty. The report will be reviewed, published, and linked to the Library Welcome Page.



All books are due in Sirsi on May 18th (Castle Hills May 9th). Checkout should continue beyond this date for staff who need materials until the end of the school year. Use an override code to check out books. The library will remain open for service through the last day of school.


OverDrive Graduations

On June 7 all 5th and 8th grade students will be graduated to 6th and 9th grades for checkout in OverDrive.


End of Year Celebration June 6 at 5:30 p.m. at La Hacienda de los Barrios

More information coming soon!