GCS School Library Media News
Banned Book Week at WC Friday
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the right to read, usually held the last week in September. This year at WC Friday, books from our library that have been challenged around the world were put on display along with the reasons they were challenged. Students were surprised to find many of their favorites under lock and key on the display table.
The display became a starting point for conversations among students as to why someone would want to ban a book and why they did not agree with the reasons listed. After seeing The Diary of Anne Frank on the table, an 8th grader commented that "it shows history. It's sad but it is true." A 6th grader commented " if you don't like what it is about, just don't read it!" A 7th grader returned to the library to share a conversation she had with her parents about the display and books. The students are looking forward to the release of the book but they have also gained insight into their "right to read."
Submitted by Anna Taylor, SLMC WC Friday Middle
Hugo brings the book bus to Kiser
Book Fair News!
Ahoy Mateys! North Belmont just completed their most successful book fair ever! We kicked it off at a school-wide reading night! There was a pirate themed table, complete with pirate music flowing through the hallways, where students could visit to find out their pirate name and receive a reading ticket to turn in at the book fair for a chance to win a free book! For the second year in a row Family Day was a huge success with parents making purchases to enter their student for a chance to win a large book fair gift basket! With daily drawings and giveaways for students and teachers, this book fair was most definitely a spectacular start to the school year!
Submitted by Brandi Maples, SLMC North Belmont Elem.
Cuneiform in the library!
Hawks Nest Connects with Authors
Mrs. Grant’s 1st grade joined Mrs. Crook in the HNSA media center to celebrate the book birthday of Shy on September 27th. Mrs. Crook shared Blue Chicken and The Story of Fish and Snail before our Skype read aloud to familiarize students with Mrs. Freedman’s writing and illustrations. Students investigated the whoisshy.com website to guess which character they thought would be Shy. Finally, the big day arrived and Deborah Freedman read Shy to students via Skype. There was cheering and clapping when it was revealed which character was Shy. Students shared birthday cards they had created for Shy with Mrs. Freedman and she talked about her studio, her writing and drawing with the students.
Would you like to take a guess? Who is Shy?
Happy Book Birthday, Shy and Deborah Freedman!
Submitted by Edie Crook, SLMC Hawks Nest STEAM Academy
Submitted by Audra Pressley, SLMC Mt. Holly Middle
Submitted by Shay Whitlow, SLMC East Gaston High
Book Wars at Sherwood
Submitted by Deborah Hastings, SLMC Sherwood Elem