GCS School Library News

November 2015

GCS Media Centers . . . where the books come to life!

Character Day at Bessemer City Primary

As part of Red Ribbon Week, students at Bessemer City Primary showed their good character by dressing up as their favorite book character. The day's festivities included a book character parade and guest readers.

Submitted by Kim Beam, BC Primary SLMC

Beam Intermediate and Pinewood Sponsor Pumpkin Decorating Events

Beams Intermediate had a Storybook Character Pumpkin decorating contest. Students did an awesome job of creating their favorite storybook characters! Pumpkins were voted on by the students. Grade level winners received gift certificates to spend at the book fair - 1st place was $20, 2nd place $10, and 3rd place $5 - I picked winners for both 4th and 5th grades!

Submitted by Shaunda Camp, WB Beam Intermediate SLMC

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Submitted by Sherry Adams-Wilson, Pinewood Elementary SLMC

Spooky Reads

In keeping with the Halloween season, the John Chavis Middle School media center dared our students to read! My assistants and I pulled scary,spooky, and creepy books to display around the media center. We added spiderwebs for affect and promoted these books through class visits and a message on every window and door in the school. As part of the promotion, students were encouraged to come to the media center to take the AR quiz on their books; if they made a score of 80% or above, they received a ticket to be redeemed at the Candy Cauldron and a Halloween bookmark. Even though we promoted seasonal books, any book and AR quiz was accepted for prizes!

Submitted by Terri Hoyle, Chavis Middle SLMC

Students at Grier Middle School enjoyed the chilling classic, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe on October 22 and 23. The media center provided the backdrop for the storytelling by Media Specialist, Casey Reese, with haunting red lights and eerie heartbeat sound effects that spooked the unsuspecting 7th and 8th grade students.

After the storytelling, students engaged in a discussion of the suspense genre, mood, and setting. They made inferences from the text and then interacted in small groups to develop their own scary story elements.

The read-aloud brought the short story to life and the students really enjoyed getting into the festive spirit!

Submitted by Casey Reese, Grier Middle SLMC

South Point Celebrates Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week at "The Point" was fun! Library Science Students shared their favorite books and put them on display in the library. They gave out early Halloween treats to anyone who checked out a book during Teen Read Week, Oct. 18 - 24. Book Circulation almost doubled that week.

Submitted by Elaine Gentry, South Point High SLMC

It's Book Fair Time!!!

Parent Conference time means book fair for many elementary and middle schools. SLMC's and students alike enjoy the new books and opportunities this time of year brings.

Cramerton MIddle Gets Ready

This year we decided to create Voki book talks for our fair. Voki's were place directly on our Media Website and can be accessed at viewing/listening stations set up in the library. The students created an avatar and completed a recorded book talk. Take a look how cute they are with this link:


We also are trying to build excitement for the fair and the theme of “Monster Book Fair” with our bulletin boards this month.

Submitted by Carmen Wallace, Cramerton Middle SLMC

Did You Know?

BCMS Media Center has a permanent display that poses this question about different topics! It is used first to peak students interest, but can also serve to feature some under- circulated titles, refresh memories of the various Dewey Decimal Classifications, and hone book location skills. Inexpensive picture frames in assorted sizes have been purchased, spray painted school colors, glass removed and laminated cardstock inserted. Topics are chosen to coordinate with curriculum or according to season, current events, popular culture, etc. One frame presents the question while the others offer interesting factoids and the Dewey Decimal Area where more information can be found on the subject. These are then attached with double-faced tape to the laminated cardstock making it easy to change the display at a moment's notice! Currently, BCMS Media Center visitors are learning that “some spiders’ brains extend into their legs and that spider silk is used to make fishing nets in some countries!” Want to learn more about spiders? The Dewey Decimal Classification for spiders is 595.4!

Submitted by Alyssa Dodd, Bessemer City MS SLMC

Hispanic Heritage Month

Elaine Gentry, Media Coordinator at The South Point High School Library collaborated with the Spanish teachers to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15th. The colorful book display, using books available for student checkout in the library, was created by library students who also take Spanish with Mrs. Pilar Mageau.

Submitted by Elaine Gentry, South Point High SLMC

GCS SLMC Visits the Library of Congress

On Tuesday October 20th, I visited the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Springfield Elementary applied and was accepted for the Surplus Book Program. The Surplus Book Program is a program which the Library of Congress will donate books which are no longer needed at the LOC, to any full time educational institution or public library. On your application you add the names of individuals who will select for your school. Then whenever you are in the Washington DC area, you can go select books for your school. By contacting our Senator Richard Burr, you can get your books shipped back to your school for free.

The target audience for the Surplus Book Program would be public libraries and high school libraries. High Schools will have a wide variety of books to choose from. The children’s books are in high demand and the selection is limited. You can find books for your professional libraries here as well. I recommend any librarian who is ever in the Washington D.C. area to apply and attend! Here is the link to the application: http://www.loc.gov/acq/surplus.html

Here is a link to a video created by Senator Joe Donnelly about the Surplus Book Program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKUjQX2M8Sk

Submitted by Laura Campbell, Springfield Elementary SLMC

Woodhill Elementary Makes their Mark

Read all about it in this Gaston Gazette article .

Submitted by Edie Crook, Woodhill Elementary SLMC

Classroom Library Book Drive

Lowell Elementary is on a mission to become a model school for reading. Our staff noticed a shortage of books in classroom libraries. We decided to use our existing incentive program, Cub Bucks, to help fix this problem. We decided to start a book drive in November which will bring in books for our classrooms and pay the students in cub bucks. Even though these books will not be in the library, this program will support the classroom teachers and be an important way to advocate for the library program. Teachers will want to support the library even more when they see how hard the librarian is working for them. I am excited about the reading buzz that is growing at my school!

Submitted by Melanie Burton, Lowell Elementary SLMC

September's Numbers

Missed a month . . .

Missed any of the monthly highlight? Check out past issues to see what has been going on in the media centers in Gaston County: