Media Matters

January/ February 2015

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Resolve to Read More in 2015!

One very healthy New Year's Resolution to make is to read more books. Let's all read more in 2015! Let's keep each other accountable and push our students to read, read, read lots of books! Here's how:

Currently Reading...

To show your colleagues and students what you are reading, promote literacy, and hopefully start good dialogue with others about literature, I will distribute "currently reading" signs to those interested in participating. You can post your sign on your door so all can see what you are reading and change the title as much as you need by using dry erase markers. If you would like a sign, please email me and I will get one to you.

Teacher Book Club...

If any teachers would like to participate in a teacher book club, please meet briefly in the media center on Wednesday, January 28th following elementary pickup. Bring ideas for a book club theme or titles you have been looking forward to reading. There are many movies based on books, so that is possible theme. Bring your ideas! We can decide as a group what the details will be.

Professional eBooks for Teachers...

Teachers have access to a useful collection of professional materials such as literature kits, resource guides, personalized learning guides, assessment guides, common core information, and more via NCWiseOwl's ebook collection. Read online with an Internet connection or download for offline reading. If you are prompted to enter a password, it's always wiseowl. Check out the collection here! Over 400 books for educators!

North Carolina Children's Book Awards...

The NC Children's Book Award program is an elementary children's choice program and the Cougar Media Center will be sponsoring an event this year. Elementary students will read at least five books from the list of nominees and will vote for their favorite title by March 31st. There are two categories: junior book and picture book.

Elementary students have started reading during library class, but I welcome K-5 teachers to collaborate with me in order to help expose our students to all of the nominated books. Visit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's NCCBA activity booklet for ideas on how to use each book in the classroom.

Battle of the Books...

Neuse Charter School's Elementary and Middle School Battle of the Books teams are gearing up for competition! If you have BOB students in your class, please give them plenty of encouragement! The elementary team must read 18 books and the middle school team must read 27 books. Students will need to know small details of each story, as well as the full titles and authors (with correct pronunciation) in time for their Region 3 Charter School Competition on February 27th in Tarboro.

FREE Books for your Classroom Library...

The library gets several donations from parents and students, and sometimes they just don't have a place in the school library collection. There is a box of books in the library that teachers are welcome to look through if they need to build their classroom libraries. These books will be offered to students next Friday, so be sure to stop in this week.

NCS Novel Sets...

Language Arts teachers and English Teachers the novel set spreadsheet has been updated and shared in Google Drive.

There is a clip board located in the "novel set room" in the library for teachers to check out books, as well as boxes and bags for easy transport. There are also copies of the student novel check out sheet to make it easy to keep up with which student has which book.

All Students Are Welcome...

Middle and High School Teachers, please let your students know that they are always welcome to stop by the library to check out books, read magazines, or get help with research. I would love to see more of our "big" kids!

Information Needed to Create Staff Destiny Library Manager Accounts

Students have been using the new library system to search for and check out books for a couple of months now. Teachers, if you have not yet searched in Follett Destiny, give it a try! Click here to visit the online catalog.

With an account, teachers will be able to create book lists, reserve books, and check out books (including eBooks). The last five digits of your UID number will be needed to create your patron account. Please see Mrs. Haumont as soon as you can to get set up.

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February Is "Love Your Library" Month

Titlewish: Show Your Library Some Love!

The Cougar Media Center will be raising money to add nonfiction and award winning fiction print and ebooks to the collection through Follett's Online Titlewish program. Donations are all made safely online. The money goes directly to our book vendor and the librarian is able to make purchases with the funds from the campaign.

Our goal is to reach $3,000 through the generous donations of our stakeholders and community. Our Titlewish campaign will begin on January 26th and end on February 28th. Please help spread the word by sharing the campaign URL (which will be live on January 26th). To access the page, visit

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