ECMA Learning Commons

Come to the LC to read, study, relax, create, and LEARN!

The LC during Covid

Things look a little differently right now but we are still proving access to books. Please scroll down for a video on how to request books from the library to be delivered or available for pick up!


You can also use a pass from your teacher to visit the LC.


We are currently not open before or after school.

Welcome to the ECMA Learning Commons!

The ECMA Learning Commons houses certified teacher, Mrs. Bookins, the library, a full classroom space, a game collection and materials for making which include a 3D printer, Spheros, Ozobots, Cublets, circuit kits, Strawbees, Keva planks, Legos, magnets, art supplies and more.


When Covid is no longer an issue, the LC is open before school (8:05-8:35) on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Morning passes can be picked up in the front office or the LC.


Students can visit the LC anytime during school hours with a pass from their current teacher.


Book Check Out:

Students can have three books checked out from ECMA at a time. Students proven responsible can have more, with permission from Mrs. B. ELA classes visit every other week. Students can visit the LC at any other another time with a pass. If the LC is closed for some reason, books can be returned using the book return door in the hallway.


Fines:

Students can work off lost book fines for ECMA by reading and filling out a short book report form, by replacing the copy, or paying the fine. There will be several volunteer days near the end of the year to earn $ off fines as well.

Request a book!

Use Destiny to place a hold on a book (or three) that you would like to either pick up from the school OR have delivered to your classroom! Every pick up will include a new fun bookmark! Click the link below for a "how to" video.
Place a hold in Destiny
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Destiny - Library Catalog

Students should click on East Columbus Magnet Academy and log in using the "Log In" button with their GTID and school password.

Public Library Free Access Resources

Free access to Tumblebooks (e-books), Brainfuse (homework help) and Learning Express (online practice tests for various skills improvement)

EPIC E-Books

Educators can sign up for FREE and parents get a 30 day FREE trials. Epic has thousands of wonderful e-books to explore.

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Podcasts for Kids

Want some great kid friendly podcasts to listen to while you are at home?


First, you can find kid friendly podcasts on the following free apps:

-Apple Podcasts

-Kids Listen

-Overcast

-Listenwise


Check out these recommended podcasts:


-Brains On

-Tumble

-6 Minutes

-Smash Boom Best

-Eleanor Amplified

-Ear Snacks

-Wow of the World

February 2020

February was all about Figurative Language. Ms. Arnold's classes visited the LC to scavenger hunt for different types of figurative language using picture books, play Figurative Language Jeopardy and play Figurative Language UNO. Ms. Lumpkin's classes are visiting in early March to participate in the same activities!

January 2020

This month we celebrated our new books! Mrs. Lumpkin's classes visited Cafe Read-A-Latte to taste test books of different genres in order to help Mrs. Brookins develop the best menu possible. Students requested their favorites and Mrs. Brookins checked them out and special delivered them to their classes the following day.


Then, ELA classes also had the opportunity to visit the LC to view all 600 new books, make a wish list and learn how to request holds using Destiny.

3D Printer

See Mrs. Brookins or Mrs. Cooper for details if you want to print something using the Makerspace 3D printer.

About the library collection and YA novels

The library collection is curated to serve all students based on ALA selection guidelines. Books are chosen based on grade recommendations, interest, school standards and relevance. Books that are recommended for grades 8 and up are marked with a YA (Young Adult) sticker. Students are welcome to switch any book for another if they find it is too difficult or just not their thing.


Mrs. Brookins is often teaching a class or helping students and staff members so the circulation desk is set up for self check out and self check in. The students are taught correct procedures at the beginning of each year and their account is their responsibility. Account notices are given to students several times a year to remind them what they have checked out at that time. You may access your child's Destiny account using the Destiny link above or by going through Clever. Mrs. Brookins encourages parents to discuss the books students are reading and even read with them or come pick one out themselves! We have a lot of great books to share.



Students are encouraged to recommend any titles for purchase that are either not in the collection or are often checked out. Please use the form below to request books or other LC materials (such as games or supplies):

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Graphic Novels

Just because a book has pictures does not mean it is not quality literature for older students. Graphic Novels are a big hit right now and are extremely beneficial. If you have doubts, check out the presentation by Lee Ann Perry, the Media Coordinator from Catawaba County School District!


Graphic Novel Presentation

Order your Yearbook today! Turn in your form with payment to Mrs. Cooper in 709 or Mrs. Brookins in the LC

The ECMA Learning Commons welcomes and respects all students, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect.
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About Mrs. Brookins

Mrs. Brookins is ECMA's Media Specialist. She values student choice and loves connecting students with books that they enjoy. If you want to raise test scores, reading is key. If you want to raise children who think outside the box, problem solve, and are empathetic to those around them, reading is key. Read, read, read!


Mrs. Brookins teaches classes, runs the library, organizes morning announcements, coaches Reading Bowl club, manages the Makerspace/Game Center, is the ECMA technology contact, is the "Chromebook Queen" of ECMA, and more. If you have any questions related to any of the above, please email Mrs. Brookins at brookins.jamie.m@muscogee.k12.ga.us


Mrs. Brookins is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris, and together they have a daughter, Leah, who is in first grade at Britt David Magnet Academy. They also have a furry family member named Melo, a dachshund who likes to chew holes in dog beds and dump his toys out of the toy basket without ever cleaning up. Mrs. Brookins loves fall, football (Go Dawgs!), reading and shopping. She also loves to binge watch her favorite shows.

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