T.C. Williams Library

December 2012 Monthly Report


Minnie Howard students participated in author – Neal Shusterman’s live webcast on December 4, 2012. Students participated in the live polls and surveys during the webcast by logging on to the website and also called in questions to the author.

Scenes from the library

Instruction & Collaboration

We had 27 classes use library services during December. Classes include:

o Research Skills (Bylen)

o Research & databases for 1850’s “Meeting of the Minds” (Hudgens)

o Literary criticism of “Streetcar named Desire” and ebook access for “The Awakening” (Zahn)

o Literacy (Martin)

New Initiatives

o Outreach to Stonewall and the Satellite campus continued with lessons on online research tools and library loan.

o Introduced second wave of TC celebrities’ “READ” posters to be produced by Advanced Photography students. (Sidley)

o In an effort to improve our “brand”, we’re asking Graphic Design students (Elkins) to redesign print and electronic graphics for the library.


o Purchased $6,000 of new books and processed approx. $1,300 of books previously ordered.

o Created displays for new materials, Abraham Lincoln, Astronomy, Anna Karenina, The Hobbit, and popular author John Green’s top picks.

o We visited Woodson HS. Library and learned of some innovative programs which we hope to introduce here.


We intended to have a staff development webinar on Discover Streaming on December 7th, but had to cancel due to other conflicts. We have started one-on-one instruction and expect to broaden this to larger groups of teachers soon.

Minnie Howard

Students continue to be excited about reading their favorite fiction and graphic novels on their laptops and iPads. Some students have also downloaded digital readers on iPhones to read at home. Ms. Gross is meeting with reading classes twice a week to highlight e-Book features. Students were asked what they liked most about having e-Books. Their responses included that they loved having quick access to books they wanted to read, not having to wait in lines for check–out and not paying late fines since books are automatically checked in.