Northern Hills Library News

November 2014

2nd Grade Properties of Matter

In addition to instruction in the classroom, second grade reviewed their knowledge of properties of matter in the library. They viewed an instructional video showing how glass is made and changes properties. They created a mind map of the three properties of matter and gave an example of each property. The students did the mind map on the iPads using the Popplet app.
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Mrs. Hinton & Library Leaders Installing Apps on New iPads

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The library received 22 new iPad Air's for instructional use in the library. In addition, a charging cart was delivered. The iPads were purchased with bond monies and are a part of the Northern Hills Library Transformation Plan.

Makerspaces Club

After school, the library sponsors a Makerspaces Club made up of fourth and fifth graders. Makerspaces is where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In November, the students were presented with a challenge to take materials and create a marshmallow launcher. In addition, the library is creating a Makerspaces area where students can go individually during the school day.

New Books and Nooks, Oh My!

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The library had 135 new titles arrive in November! The majority of the titles are fiction. Also, we began checking out three Nooks that are preloaded with chapter books.
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Book Fair

Thank you all for coming out and supporting the Book Fair. A percentage of the sales goes towards paying for reading incentives and author visits. We could not have a successful Book Fair without our wonderful volunteers. Our next Book Fair will be held in late February during the week of early release.
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Fall Reading Challenge

Students were challenged over the Fall break to keep on reading. They were given a form to document the title of what they read and what habit from the 7 habits they felt goes with the book. They were required to do this at least seven times for 30 minutes each time. The prize for accomplishing the task is a glow in the dark READ cup.
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Library Information

  • 1,628 items checked out. Numbers are lower due to Book Fair and the week long Fall vacation. Kinder-149 , 1st-213, 2nd-372, 3rd-210, 4th-174, 5th-352
  • 134 ebooks checked out on Overdrive
  • 447 walk-ins
  • 24 lessons taught to K-2. Lessons were taught on properties of matter, nonfiction text features, facts about Thanksgiving and turkeys using PebbleGo.
  • 16 classes came in for check out only.
  • 3 classes received instruction on library resources and Overdrive.

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Upcoming Events in December

  • National Hour of Coding
  • Winter Break Reading Challenge
  • First Grade Research

The winter break reading challenge forms will be given out the week prior to the break. The prize is a penguin bentcil.