From the Media Center

October 2013

Another Busy Month!

The media center saw a lot of traffic yet again this month! The biggest activity it hosted was, of course, the Fall Book Fair during conferences. Aside from that event though, the media center was used by teachers 18 of the 20 days school was in session in October. Fifteen different teachers brought 103 classes in to use the media center computer lab, 4 teachers brought in 17 classes to use media center space for other non-computer work, and 4 teachers brought in 22 classes for book checkout. Whew! With the Book Fair also in the media center for a chunk of the month it made for a very busy space!

Wii Love to Read Book Fair!

Lucky Locker

This year the Book Fair committee decided to try Lucky Locker. Three Lucky Lockers were chosen at random during preview week. Students received a $5 coupon toward the purchase of a book if they found a winning "ticket" in their locker. Winners were chosen from all three grades.

Another Successful Book Fair

October saw another successful Book Fair completed. This year we really tried to increase the visibility of the book fair to our parents. A slideshow was created and played in the cafetorium during folder pick up to highlight RMS events and the Book Fair. Although we aren't sure if this did in fact attract more parents to the Book Fair, it did add a little extra to conferences. Flyers for the All School Read were also distributed at conferences to entice parents down to the book fair. Our sales were a little down compared to last fall, so marketing will continue to be a focus for the Book Fair.

Fourteen students planned and prepped the media center for the Wii Love to Read Book Fair. Students created the video game themed decorations, flyers, signs, and commercials that aired leading up to the Book Fair. Many hours were put in after school getting ready for this event! Students also worked shifts during the Teacher Preview, before school and during conferences.

Kids Corner was again offered this year during conferences. The book fair students staff this area, providing activities for children ages 2 and up. Fifty-eight children were cared for in Kids Corner during conferences this fall. Monday was the busier day with 43 children cared for. Kids Corner was publicized in the Messenger newsletter and blasts, as well as in morning show commercials.

And last, but not least, we had 10 different parent volunteers that helped make our Book Fair a success! Parents helped run the cash registers during the preview days before MEA break and during conferences on October 21st and 24th. Kristine Niznik does an incredible job recruiting and scheduling our volunteers so a thank you to her as well!


Seventh grade students have been busy learning their way around our new catalog, Destiny Quest. Take a peak at what they have been learning during enrichment time! Click HERE.

By The Numbers....

October saw 1,410 total circulations of books and equipment in the media center. Fiction is still our biggest seller, which is no surprise with how much our students read!

Month-to-Month Comparison

Circulation numbers were less than September, but that shouldn't be surprising. We had a number of classes that came in to the media center in September to kick off the year with book check out. Now that the year is in full swing, many teachers rely on students to check out books during passing time, before and after school and during study hall. It is actually impressive that we still have such high circulation numbers with fewer dedicated book check out visits.

Upcoming Events...

Book club will be starting November 12th! Students have been asking when book club will start since the first day of school, so it should be another successful year.

The media center will also be getting some new shelving in the coming months. Be on the lookout for some changes!