MHS Library Newsletter

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The First Library Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of the library newsletter. In this issue you will find information on:
  • Events going on at the MHS Library
  • New technology offered by the MHS Library
  • Featured online tools to support student learning
  • Statistics on library usage

COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK

The Hour of Code December 8 - 12

Dear Parents,

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.


That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14). Last year, 15 million students tried computer science in one week. This year, we're joining students worldwide to reach 100 million students!


Our Hour of Code is a statement that Marblehead High School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. Please encourage your children to come to the library this week and participate!



See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.


Sincerely,


Maia Hajj

Library Media Specialist

Marblehead High School

Code and Win

To participate:
  1. Come to the library during the week of December 8th and complete at least one hour of code.
  2. Print out the certificate and show it to either Ms. Hajj or Ms. Klipper and get entered into a raffle to win prizes.
  3. Prizes include: A month long library pass and iTunes gift cards.


Visit the library website for more details!


Lets make an hour of code a success at our school!

NEW TECHNOLOGY

iPads

Thanks to the Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (FMPS) and the Senior Class of 2014 the library is now pleased to be able to offer iPads for teacher and student use.
  • Art classes have used the iPads to photograph their work
  • Foreign Language classes have used them to conduct research
  • English Classes have used them to write essays using Google Docs
  • History classes have used them for group research projects

FEATURED ONLINE TOOLS

Growing Ebook & Audiobook Collection

Thanks to two (2013, 2014) FMPS grants the library has a growing collection of eBooks and Audiobooks through Overdrive, which the library continues to support.
  • What titles are available? The titles range from popular YA authors to award winners & classics to summer reading titles, as well as some English curriculum titles.
  • Recommendations Encouraged! Don't see a title? Some funds have been set aside to support requests. Ask the librarian, and, if funds are still available and the title is appropriate, it will be added to our growing collection.
  • How to access Overdrive: Go to the library website, click on eLibrary from the top tabs, and select Overdrive from the drop down menu. Follow the instructions on this page to see available titles.
  • Direct link: http://mhslibrary.marbleheadschools.org/overdrive
  • What devices can I use to read/ listen to the books? Overdrive supports multiple devices from Smart phones to tablets to eReaders. The books can also be read immediately in your internet browser.
  • Have a question? Email the librarian at hajj.maia@marbleheadschools.org

24/7 Streaming Video Collection

The library now subscribes to Classroom Video on Demand, which provides students and teachers with access to over 5,000 educational programs that can be viewed at home or in school. The collection spans the following subjects:


  • Science and Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Literature and Language Arts
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Business and Economics
  • Visual and Performing Arts.


Each full-length video has been segmented into predefined clips, making it easy to find specific pieces of content quickly.


These videos align with educational standards and can be used to extend learning on school related topics, as well as personal interests. The clips are great to use to enhance projects or instruction.


Featured Producers Include: BBC, ABC & NBC News, National Geographic, History Education, and more!

Classroom Video

Click here to access Classroom Video from the library website. For at home access email the library staff for the username and password.

Sample Titles

LIBRARY STATISTICS

Student Use of the Library

The library has been even busier so far this year with approximately 4500 students visiting per month (see below chart) to work on projects, homework, and utilize the computers and space.

The library is open from 7:30 - 3:00 M-Th. and until 2:30 on Fridays. Students are encouraged to sign up to use the library during study halls.

Student Usage Fall 2014

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Student Usage 2013 - 2014 School Year

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MHS Library Website

For more information visit the library website by clicking above. Need book recommendations or have questions? Please email Ms. Hajj at hajj.maia@marbleheadschools.org