๐Ÿ“šThe Library Lowdown

September, 2022 Issue 25

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had the perfect summer for youโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“–! This is going to be a fantastic year, I can feel it! As you prepare lessons throughout the year, please reach out to me if there is any way I can support you. You can find a menu of library services here. Below is a link to a slide deck with links to resources, library information, and anything else having to do with library services. If there's any other way I can support you, please reach out. If I can't help, I'll find someone who can. I hope the year ahead is rewarding. You're doing incredible work and are so appreciated!

4J Welcomes Three New Elementary Teacher Librarians!!

On June 22nd the 4J school board approved the pilot of three elementary teacher librarians! It has been over 15 years since 4J has had elementary teacher librarians in schools! The role has evolved tremendously in that time. Today's teacher librarians not only curate a diverse, responsive collection but also build instructional partnerships, curate digital resources specific to teachers' needs, empower students as creators, provide safe places for all students and SEL support, and inspire the reading lives of students and teachers.


Please join me in welcoming Martha Dyre, teacher librarian at Chavez, Robbie Cortez, teacher librarian at Holt, and Debbie Pfeiffer, teacher librarian at Howard.

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4J Summer Reading Challenge Success!

This summer was the first year of our 4J Summer Reading Challenge in elementary schools. We partnered with the World Athletics Championships youth program and the Eugene Education Foundation to encourage students to read all summer long. Elementary students that participated logged their reading minutes in Beanstack. Thanks to the Eugene Education Foundation, the top six schools with the most minutes read (total school minutes divided by total student enrollment) earned books for their school library and the top twenty readers earned books for their teacher's classroom library.


Below are the top six schools in order.


  1. Willagillespie
  2. Edison
  3. McCornack
  4. Gilham
  5. Adams
  6. Holt



The top individual student readers will be contacted via their school. Congratulations to all participants!

Student and Teacher Check Out!

Help students learn how to search for and find books in the library. Show them this short tutorial on Destiny Discover and then provide them time to explore the tool. Students will need to know their 4J usernames and passwords to log in, but these can easily be printed out along with their Clever QR codes or separately on Avery labels. Check out Kellyclare Gardner's new tutorial on printing usernames and passwords. It's easy peasy! Once students learn to use Destiny Discover they can bring their devices with them to the library to search the catalog and find books they want to read for their reading pleasure or for research projects. If you would like assistance with this, invite Amy Page to visit and get your students up and running in no time.
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Sora: Ebooks and Audiobooks Wherever You Go!

Sora is where all students and teachers can access our district's digital library collection. This collection is filled with diverse, engaging, high-interest ebooks and audiobooks that can be accessed 24/7! Bookmark Sora for easy access all the time!


Please support students in accessing this awesome collection. There are books for all levels and interests. There's an incredible comics collection, high-interest diverse books, read-alongs for non-readers and so much more! The collection is curated into collections so readers can find what they're looking for. Students log in with their 4j username and password. K5 students will need to know this information. Watch this quick tutorial to learn how. Contact Amy Page or Kellyclare Gardner if you need assistance printing out this information for your students.

The September Choice Board is Here!

There is plenty to celebrate in September! From Dot Day on September 15th to Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th - October 15th there are resources to support all your explorations. And check out "Be Who You Are Day", a celebration of Todd Parr's awesome work! Have fun exploring the coding and virtual maker space boards too. You can find it all in the September Choice Board below. Have fun!

Awesome Resources at Your Fingertips!

We have some pretty awesome resources that will support your students in inquiry and research that provide students with trustworthy places to start any research! Here is a link to our K5 and 6-8 choice boards that guide students through research and are filled with resources to get students started with research.
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PebbleGo Monthly Calendar of Holidays and Celebrations

PebbleGO is a fantastic resource for K-2 learners to being research and explore a wide variety of topics. It's perfect for non-readers too, as all the articles have a read-aloud feature. Articles are organized in a way that makes accessing information easy. The monthly calendars highlight articles that tie into holidays and celebrations. Calendars can be found on the PebbleGo Website by clicking on Resources at the top and then selecting "Promotional Material" or clicking here for a direct link. Here is a link to September's calendar.

Students and Teachers, Get Your Eugene Public Library Card for Free!

Let's get our students connected with the Eugene Public Library! Not only do they have a huge selection of books, but their digital resources are abundant! Students (16 and older)/parents can call to get an "online use only" (OUO) card that will be good for one year or they can go in person to receive a full card and verify with student ID and parent signature (if 16 and under).


Eugene Public Library phone (541-682-5450 - digital access only). Contact Amy Page (page_a@4j.lane.edu) if you need any assistance.

September 15th - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Find all kinds of great lesson plans and resources to support the teaching of Hispanic/Latino American cultural influences in the resources below.



Staff Library and Ed-Tech PD

We plan to host regular library and ed-tech PD this year mainly through short video tutorials delivered through our Weekly Library Connection. Check out this quick example of how to use Classroomscreen.com to make managing lessons and your class easier.

Virtual Field Trips

If you would like to visit a place in or around Eugene this year but can't get your class there, I am happy to collaborate with you to take them there virtually. Reach out to me if you have ideas and we'll make a plan.