Northern Hills Library News

August/September 2015

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Welcome Back!

We were so happy to see all of the eager readers in the library again this year!

We started doing orientation and digital citizenship the first week. Students reviewed library rules and procedures and proper book care and then checked out books.

In addition, the third-fifth grades had lessons on digital citizenship. The students reviewed their knowledge of rules and procedures by playing the game Kahoot.

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International Dot Day

This year, we participated in International Dot Day. This day is inspired by the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. The book is about a girl who is encouraged by her teacher to believe in herself and make her "mark".

Students and staff were wore clothing with dots on the day. Students and staff also created their own dots.

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PAWsitive Reading Buddy

For four years now, we've been so fortunate to have Rowdy the Golden Retriever at our campus. Rowdy is a PAWsitive Reading Buddy and he visits our campus once a week and two third graders read to him.

The goal of the PAWsitive Reading Program is to improve children's reading and communication skills with use of therapy animals. This proven method encourages learning, makes reading fun and helps to raise the self esteem of the children with reading challenges.

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Nexus Readers

Our fifth graders are becoming experts at using the Nexus Readers. They are getting one on one instruction on how to use the device and check out ebooks using the OverDrive app before taking the devices home. Increasing the usage of purchased OverDrive content is a Library Services improvement goal.
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Library Leaders

Each year we "hire" five 5th graders to be library leaders. These students must apply for the job by filling out an application, doing an interview and passing a hands on test on shelving books. They help by checking books in and out, shelving books, setting up for special functions and delivering items to teachers.

Having helpers like these students enables us to focus on more instruction and technology integration. We appreciate their help so much!

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PK Bilingual Class

This is the first year at Northern Hills for PK bilingual classes. It was wonderful to see their excited faces as they checked out their very first library book.

Library Information

  • 3,172 items were checked out. PK-106, K-276, 1-439, 2-876, 3-341, 4-410, 5-611, staff-113
  • 466 walk ins
  • 95 lessons were taught. Lessons were taught on copyright, book care, animal migration and library rules and procedures.
  • 41 classes came in for check out only.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 19-Lucas Miller, The Singing Zoologist
  • Bluebonnet book kickoff (3-5)
  • Battle of the Books kickoff (4th grade)
  • Read for the Record
  • Literary Pumpkin Patch
  • Book Fair

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Northern Hills Elementary LibGuide

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