Lydia Middleton Learning Commons


Super September!

There has been a lot happening in the Learning Commons! Student Self Checkout, and Dot Day! All classes and teachers have had an introduction on how to use the Destiny system and scanner to self checkout. Yes, it's true. The students checkout their own books.

Happy Fall Everyone!

~Mrs. Stevenson

Book Checkout - The How

Mrs. Schmitt will make sure that there is a barcode label for every student in the school. We are going to tape the barcodes on old card catalog cards. This way each student will have individual cards to scan at checkout, which is much easier. These cards will be kept at the circulation desk. The students come in with their books, check that the Destiny tab is set to Check-In and begin scanning.

When the students are ready to check out, they come up to the circulation desk, scan their card, then scan their books. The Destiny system shows students' names and photo after they have scanned their cards.

At Lydia Middleton the re-shelving of books is a huge task... 2 books x 300+ kids = a whole lot of books coming and going every week.

Another benefit is that the teachers will be able to really see what the students are checking out and help them make good choices. :o)

Dot Day!

Lydia Middleton students love celebrating DOT DAY each year! The official Dot Day is on September 15(ish)...we celebrated 3 weeks long this year! Students created 3D (Augmented Reality) dots, talking dots, and the culminating activity was a Gumdrop Challenge! Their materials: toothpicks and candy Gumdrops.

K-2 challenge was to build the tallest free standing structure.

Third - fifth challenge was to build a structure, with a set number of toothpicks and gumdrops, that would support the weight of a book.

Oh yeah, stickiness was involved and the kids wanted to eat them.

Creating, Engineering, Problem-solving, and Teamwork!

Finished Structures

Augmented Reality

Google Calendar

A Google calendar was shared for sign-up of book checkout times. If you cannot access this calendar or are unsure how to sign-up for a book checkout time, please let me know and I'll be happy to add it for you.


Welcome to the Lydia Middleton Elementary Learning Commons; formally known as the Library Media Center. Today’s Learning Commons is designed to serve all members of the Lydia Middleton community and is very different than the library you or I may have experienced during our schooldays. Students will still visit the Learning Commons to gather reading and research materials, however, the environment and the way our students use the library has changed in many ways. We want to create a space that really fosters student engagement, allow students to think critically and problem solve. The library has always been the place to go for great resources, but now it is officially a center for learning and creating.

There will be changing activities placed around the library with the intention of igniting curiosity, creativity and innovation. Using both high and low-tech materials, and, sometimes no tech at all.

But don't worry! Lydia Middleton Library is still the place to go for great books! We will have a whole shipment of new books for you to check out, soon.

As you get better acquainted with the Destiny catalog system, it will knock your socks off! You will have access to the library with the click of a button. How's that for 24-hour library access?

~Mrs. Stevenson

About Us

Our goals are to:

  • Get students excited about the library space and learning.
  • Give students opportunities to work on engaging tasks.
  • Provide spaces to work collaboratively, think critically, and creatively.

Also, to transition to a place where students DO stuff, not simply a place where students GET stuff.