Putnam City West Library Newsletter


March 2016

Library Hours:

M,T,Th,Fri: 7:30 am - 3:40 pm
Wed: 8:15 am - 3:40 pm

Library Stats

Total Students in the library so far this year: 11,244

Total Classes in the library so far this year: 376

Please see Mrs. Stevenson to schedule library time for your classes! Remember that every subject is welcome & we can provide a Research Guide for your project if you so desire. Check them out on our website pcwlibrary.weebly.com

Need Something?

Materials Request

Are you looking for something specific? Does the library not have the video or text you need? Submit a Materials Request to Mrs. S and we'll do our best to purchase it at the next opportunity!

New Databases!

Don't forget that we have FOUR new databases this year! Check them out and see how they can support your curriculum! If you would like help learning to navigate them or would like to set up a class-time to walk your students through them, please contact me at x2358.

Issues & Controversies

Science Online

Modern World History Online

Biography Online

They can be accessed through the Library Website.

Use the Login: pcwest and Password: patriots if accessing off-campus.

Safari Montage

Be sure to check out Safari Montage again this year --- a lot was added over the summer especially in Science. If you're looking for great videos to show your classes, Safari Montage is a fantastic resource. Use your regular school login at: https://safari.putnamcityschools.org/

Library Schedule

Did you know you can view the library schedule online?

Check out our Google Calendar from the comfort of your classroom.

Mrs. Stevenson Recommends:

The Light Between Oceans

by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel. (Goodreads)

Book Club

Tuesday, March 22nd, 3pm

PCWest Library

We will be meeting in the Library right after school --- Come enjoy coffee and hot chocolate as we discuss the latest books we've read. New members welcome!

A Prime Co-Teaching Opportunity by Tara N. Jones

Check out this interesting School Library Journal article on collaboration between classroom teachers & school librarians:


It’s a word that’s always thrown around in professional development discussions. The concept sounds simple enough, and I thought I had a handle on it. Turns out, I never really understood how to best collaborate.

When I was an elementary school librarian, I asked teachers to meet with me. We discussed what they were teaching. Then I would go back into the library and plan future lessons for the students. Later, I would present these lessons in the library, without the presence of the classroom teacher.

I considered this effective collaboration at the time.

A new opportunity

I learned that my district, which did not have secondary teacher librarians, was redefining that role, renamed research technology specialist—and I was one of the first teachers hired. Currently, an additional such position is posted for the 2016–17 school year.

A research technology specialist is only required to have teaching certification and experience with research and technology. A MLS, though recommended, is not mandatory.

With that new position, I moved from a fixed-schedule library, where I had classes come to me on set days and times, in an elementary school, to an office beside the library at a combined middle and high school. Most of the time, though, I’m co-teaching lessons in classrooms. The library itself is on a flexible schedule, with teachers scheduling sessions at their discretion, and is staffed by a classified professional.

This new staffing structure required that I integrate the research and technology skills into the curriculum and work closely with staff during this process. This new position expanded my views of teaching, thinking, planning. I began to rethink how a 21st century librarian should collaborate.

Collaboration feels very different without predictable library classes containing the same students. My challenges soon became clear." (School Library Journal)

View the rest of the article here.