WKMS Library Newsletter Dec. 2021

Librarian: Dr. Russ Conrath & Assistant: Mrs. Mary Padgett

Mrs. Patterson Retires

Earlier this semester, Mrs. Wanda Patterson Retired from WKMS after being the librarian here for over 14 years. She served Lexington School District One for over 19 years, and she is now looking forward to spending more time with her family and traveling to the mountains. Mrs. Patterson will be greatly missed. We thank you for all of the service and support while working at White Knoll Middle School.

New WKMS Library Book Podcast Show: For Students, By Students

This is a book review promotion podcast program for students by students in The While Knoll Middle School library. These recordings are a greater extension of a library‘s literacy initiative to encourage WKMS students to be lifelong readers. By students talking about books, it is the hope that student peers will be inspired and encouraged to find reading fun and exciting.

After all, readers who read for pleasure on a regular basis will expand their creativity; reading is the portal to success in all academic subject areas, and it helps learners of all ages to live a richer life through expanded knowledge and enhanced imagination. This semester, many students have volunteered for this podcast program, and we are looking forward to its continued growth.

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Dr. Conrath, NBCT
WKMS Librarian

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The WKMS Library program is now providing Comics Plus, a graphic novel subscription through MackinVia; this year the database of these graphic novels and comic books includes over 12,000 titles that range from kindergarten through eighth grade. This resource can be accessed through the students' launchpad on their Chromebooks. Checkouts are limited and Covid free.

The Reviews Are In:
Comics Plus Is Great!

Library Journal reviewed Comics Plus in their October 2021 issue and gave it a positive review!

"Comics Plus is an excellent resource to build and expand both sequential art collections and public awareness of the format's diversity and appeal. The content is broad, deep, rich, and nuanced and offers high-interest options for dedicated and novice comics readers alike."

School Library Journal's August 2021 review was equally positive.

"This is probably the strongest manga subscription service available in English outside of Shonen Jump and Crunchyroll."

With Comics Plus, students and patrons can have unlimited, simultaneous access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga from 100+ library-friendly publishers without worrying about holds, monthly limits, or hidden fees.
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The Library Has a New Assistant, Mrs. Padgett

Mary Padgett is our new Media Center Assistant. She has been in our district for 24 years. She comes to us from Pelion Elementary School where she was a classroom instructional assistant for 16 years. Prior to that, she was a secretary in the District’s Building Maintenance and Facilities Office.

Mrs. Padgett has been married for 31 years to Doug Padgett. They have a daughter, Meg, who is 29. They have a dog named Meeko and a grand-dog named Hudson.

Mr. Padgett and her husband are Jeep enthusiasts who enjoy traveling and hiking. Mrs. Padgett enjoys birdwatching, baking, and homemaking.

DISCUS, SC's Online Library: Check Out This Free Service For Kindergarten Through College

South Carolina's Virtual Library

Discus provides all South Carolinians with access to an electronic library of essential information resources. This set of core resources is made available to every citizen through South Carolina's schools, colleges, and public libraries. Discus ensures equal access to information and learning resources regardless of race or socioeconomic status.

Two great ebook programs in DISCUS are TeenBookCloud & TumbleBooks:


Includes eBooks, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks.

Subjects: Literature & Language Arts


Contains over 1,400 read-aloud storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, songs, and National Geographic videos. Books are available in English, Spanish, and French.

Subjects: Famous People, Geography, History, Literature & Language Arts, Science & Technology, Spanish

Junior Library Guild Digital Ebook Service Returns!

To access JLG Digital, go to your launchpad and look for the jlb Digital icon; click on that image, and it will take you to 150 ebooks and audiobooks to experience. New books are rotated into this database each month.

JLG Digital Highlights

  • Truly simultaneous, multi-user access from any device. An unlimited number of users can access any book in your stream at any time, meaning your readers don't have to wait for their favorite books to become available.
  • Rotating selection of Gold Standard eBooks and audiobooks. New eBooks and audiobooks circulate into your stream each month, giving your students access to new genres and authors, just like their favorite television streaming services!
  • Built-in tools for classroom success. With Google Classroom integration, bookmarks, highlighting tools, interactive indexes, and multiple formatting preferences, your educators will love teaching from the stream.
  • Exclusive access to Lerner classics. JLG Digital is one of the only platforms where you can purchase digital classics, bringing these long-standing favorites into a contemporary format perfect for classroom instruction.
  • Enjoyable anywhere, at any time. With Google Single Sign-on, logging into the stream is super easy and quick. And, since students have 24/7 access from any internet browser or through iOS and Android apps, they'll always have the books they love at their fingertips.
  • User reporting and circulation measurement. JLG Digital analyzes usage to identify which streaming books are trending, giving you circulation confidence before you permanently add a digital (or print) title to your collection.
  • JLG Digital is cost-effective, too. With JLG Digital, you'll get 150+ rotating titles each year for less than the cost of one classroom set of digital books. Just see for yourself!

Winter Scholastic Book Fair in The WKMS Library

For the first time ever, the WKMS Library hosted a Winter Book Fair by scholastic. The fair has been a major success with over $2,900 worth of books sold to teachers, parents, and students.

The library will hold another book fair to continue its outreach services this coming spring. The library program greatly appreciates all of the support for the fair given by school faculty, staff, and custodians.

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WKMS's Most Recent Library Newsletter Reaches 4,999 Views

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The WKMS Learning Commons Mentored Two Library Interns This Semester

During the fall semester, Dr. Conrath mentored two library interns in our Library. Mr. Jordan Henry, WKMS's own chorus/art teacher, recently completed his requirements for his Master's of Library Media degree from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.

In addition, the library program also mentored Mrs. Robein Reeves who is working on her Master's of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina. It was a pleasure to serve and host both of these outstanding librarians at White Knoll Middle School this year.

WKMS Library

For access to thousands of print and eBooks, please visit Destiny Discover and MackinVia on the WKMS Launchpad.

For more library program information,

please contact Dr. Conrath, WKMS's Librarian.