LEE HS Library

October 2021

LEE HS Library 2021-22 School Year

Welcome to the October newsletter! The LEE Library had a busy month as we welcomed learners for book checkout, inquiry lessons, and collaborative lessons to support college admissions essay writing. A huge thank you to the LEE and ISA teachers that partnered with the library this month!


LEE Library Hours:

M, W, TH, F: 8:10 AM - 4:40 PM

Tuesday: 8:10 AM - 4:30 PM


Highlights in this newsletter include:

  1. Instructional collaboration in October
  2. Ongoing and upcoming reading promotions
  3. Native American Heritage Month: resources for teachers
  4. Podcasting: using podcasts to promote engagement and learning

Library Instruction Highlights

Reading Promotions & Resources for Students

Big Library Read: Coming November 1st

The November #BigLibraryRead digital book club is almost here! Borrow the ebook or audiobook of Five Total Strangers by New York Times bestselling author Natalie D. Richards. During the #BigLibraryRead (November 1-15), this title can be checked out from Sora (accessible through Launchpad --> Library Resources folder) with no waitlists or holds. ALL students and staff members are eligible. Never checked out an eBook or an audiobook? Let us help or watch this video for more assistance.

Spooky Reads

Great reads to celebrate the spooky season: The LEE Library is currently promoting "seasonal" reads from our nonfiction collection. These spooky reads highlight books that encourage students to connect to their creative side, explore seasonal topics, or to just have fun reading something unexpected. Please stop by to see what we have available! We welcome suggestions and requests.

Curriculum & Instruction Support for Teachers

Native American Heritage Month: Educator Resources

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Resources for educators gathered by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are available by visiting the Native American Heritage Month website. Use this link to access lesson plans, primary sources, collection guides, and research aids.

Teacher Choice Opportunities in November:

Discovery Education

Mark your calendar! LEE Librarian Rachel McDevitt and Science Dean Megan Castro will co-facilitate a Discovery Education teacher training (eligible for teacher choice) on Wednesday, November 3. The training will show teachers how to take advantage of new features to enhance their instruction and increase engagement. Register now in STRIVE: https://northeast.schoolobjects.com//wshop/default.aspx?cid=35580

GALE Databases

From Library Services:


Enhance Instruction with Gale Resources

Discover Gale resources to support your classroom including Gale’s In Context suite and eBooks resources, with the full-text magazine, newspaper, and reference books, along with videos, images, and primary sources. Explore features that include TEKS alignment, accessibility features including reading aloud and translations, as well as filtering results to differentiate instruction with Topic Finder and reading levels. NEISD Launchpad access through the Library Resources folder is an easy way to connect students and incorporate online content into your curriculum. Explore Google Classroom integration of assignments while using our robust Gale resources!

Enroll in STRIVE today: https://northeast.schoolobjects.com//wshop/default.aspx?cid=35403

Podcast Lowdown

Podcasts and TEKS-Based Instruction

Podcasts can be another method to expand understanding of a particular topic. If you are looking for ways to engage students and enhance your TEKS-based instruction as it relates to U.S. History, podcasts about Native history issues made by Indigenous podcasters may be worth considering. The New York Times published this article recently to feature some of the podcasts recommended by Native podcast-makers.


Listen to Indigenous People


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OverDrive eBook & Audiobook Circulation

The LEE Library thanks all LEE and ISA teachers who promote the library's electronic collection!


OverDrive Checkouts (eBook and Audiobook combined)

October 1 - October 28, 2021: 11

Coming in November:

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Big Library Read: November 1 -15
  • ABC-CLIO Resources for Educators
  • Media Literacy Resources for Educators and Students

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