T.C. Library

October Activity Report

Highlights: Taste of things to come.

  • We’ve been working with English teachers to encourage their students’ independent reading and have had increasing success with “Book Tasting” exercises to give them a sample of diverse books and genres at the beginning of the year.

  • We partnered with Laurel Taylor for the culmination of these events last month – a combined lesson for two classes with a dozen adults “book talking” their favorite three narrative nonfiction titles.

Instruction & Collaboration

We had 49 classes use library services during October. Classes included:

o Science advanced search strategies (Nutter, Mirto)

o Literacy “Book Tasting” (Zahn, Martin, McKay, Kratovil, Taylor, Gulden)

o Special Ed book checkout (Madsen)

o Bioethics - Research & Citation (Moshier)

o Writing Reviews using Library Catalog (Kratovil)

o Criminal Justice - iPad instruction using Haiku Deck (Gulden)

o AP US History 19th Century Reform Movements Research & Citation (Hudgens)

o MH had 25 library orientation classes in the month of October. Orientation included a library overview & organization, highlighting databases, e-books & 2.0 tools that can be used in lit presentations. Students used mini iPads and used Researcher and Follett Shelf apps to access the catalog and e-books

o Advanced Science Research students went to NOVA campus to meet with college librarians and learn of resources available to them there.

New Initiatives

  • We began using the iPads for instruction beyond library orientation. Math tutors have been developing lessons with them (Handel, Trunzo). Criminal Justice II students have been creating projects using iPad apps.
  • We briefed PTSA on library transformation.
  • For “Teen Read Week” we hosted lunch time screenings of “Doctor Who” episodes and gave out free books in a daily drawing.
  • We will continue a weekly book giveaway drawing for the remainder of 1st semester.


Ordered and processed approx. $ 3,500 of new books, magazine subscriptions, and library supplies. Created displays for new materials, Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBT literature, Teen Read Week, & new Science titles.

Minnie Howard campus

Author Visit: Science Fiction author, Cristin Terrill visited Minnie Howard Library on October 22, 2013. The author shared her New York Times Best-seller – All Our Yesterdays with about 60 STEM students. She discussed tips on creative writing and how they could include “quirky” and fascinating things about science into their writing.
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