Kilgore ISD Libraries Update

Volume IV 6th 6 weeks

KISD Elementary Libraries

Check out each campus below to find out what has been happening in April and May.

CES Students- My Summer's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

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Spring Jingo at the CES Library

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KISD Secondary Libraries

Student Research at the KMS Library

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Kilgore Middle School Library

The KMS Library has had a lot of activity in the library with several classes coming in for research help. Students have been able to choose their own research topics and it has been very interesting to see the topics they choose. Many classes have been utilizing the library iPads and laptops.

Texas History teacher, Mr. Sneed, is retiring this year and his reception was held in the KMS Library. Library mascot, Tony Boney, paid homage to Mr. Sneed by wearing his Texas shirt as you can see in the picture below.

Currently, Mrs. Wimberly is working hard to make sure all library books are returned and that the library inventory is completed.

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Kilgore High School Library

In mid April, I was able to attend the Texas Library Association annual conference in Austin, Texas. It had been several years since I attended this event. It was a wonderful conference and I was able to learn more about what is currently trending in public, school, and academic libraries across the state. Based on what I learned, I hope to implement a makerspace and 3D printing in our library next year. To find out more about what I learned at this conference, please see my notes (linked below).

At the end of April, we celebrated National Library Week in the KHS Library. We had two contests: Library Putt Putt and First Lines of Books. The Library Putt Putt was extremely popular. Each day we changed the putt putt course. Anyone who got a hole in one in three tries or less got their name entered into a prize drawing. Players could try each day for a hole in one.

The First Lines of Books contest required participants to figure out which books each first line came from. On the last day of National Library Week, we handed out free books, book marks, and cupcakes! Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the activities.

We have had several visitors to the library recently. In April, we hosted David Covnant as he spoke to our health classes about First Aid and CPR. Last week, we assisted Coach Dean's Pre AP biology classes with research (books and databases), digital presentations, and citing sources. We also hosted the Kilgore Police Department while they presented to health classes on their K9 program. This week, we are hosting the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) as a representative comes to talk to students about possibly attending this conservatory and about financial aid.

Thanks to Donna Mathis, we now have beautiful painted chairs and a table based on books. The cost of library furniture is extremely expensive but we really wanted to find a way to update our look and make the library a little more colorful. I initially wanted to repaint and recover some of our chairs but Christy McElyea came up with an even better idea-- to paint the chairs based on books. I proposed the idea to Mrs. Mathis who agreed to let her students participate provided that the library provide the necessary supplies. The results are marvelous. Please come by and take a look at our new and improved chairs and table when you get a chance. Some pictures are below.

We had four students qualify for the Bulldog Reading Club prize drawing. Each of these students read at least five books from this year's Bulldog Reading Club list: Karla Rodriguez, Quavion Hollins, Rachel Johnson, and Samantha Colburn. Samantha's name was drawn and she won a Samsung tablet. The others won $10 Walmart gift cards.

As the year winds down, we are working to get all of our materials back in the library and will soon begin an inventory of our non-fiction, reference, and video sections. It has been a great year and we are looking forward to the 2015-2016 school year.

Library Chairs Painted by the KHS Art Students