SWA Library Monthly Report

September 2015

What's New?

We have had a great start to the school year in the library! We have implemented the new Library Trac sign in stations to track individual student use and class use of the library. We have also implemented a self-circulation station for students to use to do their own book checkout. We are continuing to update our space to be even more student-centered.

The library was also the temporary habitat for Ms. Natale and Ms. Olson's Monarch Butterflies, which they received through a professional development experience with the Monarch Teacher Network.


Student & Class Use

Individual Student Use

This month, 150 students visited the library individually for a variety of reasons as represented on the graphs below. (This month's data may be slightly lower than accurate as students are still becoming familiar with the sign in process.)
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Class Use

Class Use:

A total of 70 classes (1300+ students) visited the library this month as depicted on the graph below. Among these classes were 6th grade ELA classes who visited the library for Library Orientation. Ms. Natale & Ms. Barrera's classes were introducted to the EasyBib online citation tool for creating MLA bibliographies for their research papers on a legend or phenomenon. Also included in this data are Ms. Natale's AVID classses which will provide data for Mrs. Brown's Library SLO. The students participated in the TRAILS-9 assessment created by Kent State University; this assessment will measure the growth of student research and literacy skills from September through February.

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What's Next?!

  • Mrs. Brown's Donor's Choose grant was funded and has received 3 giant boxes to get the library's Makerspace launched. WINGS and MESA will be helping to build custom Makerspace tables for the library in October. Students may come to the library during lunch to play with the Legos, create Origami, play board games, or color.
  • Introductions to EasyBib will continue for students and staff to ensure that bibliographies for PBAs and other other projects are accurate.
  • The 8th grade AVID classes will be working on their Magnet school applications.
  • Ms. Barrera and I will collaborating with students on the National History Day and Oral History projects.