GCS School Library Media News

December 2015

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98,896 Books Checked Out in Gaston County in November!

W.A. Bess Hosts First Storytelling Festival

The W.A. Bess library enjoyed their first storytelling festival. Featured tellers were Sara Miller from the Gaston County Public Library and professional storytellers, Melvin Burton (dad to Lowell Elementary librarian Melanie Burton) and Robin Berkman. All 575 students were treated to an hour session of storytelling during the day by grade level.

Lessons in the library will reflect the importance of storytelling in our everyday lives such as giving a presentation or going for a job interview and the ability to articulate well. Storytelling is also useful in education as a way to break down the meaning of text, find important keywords when conducting research or to pontificate on a particular point of view.

Submitted by Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elem SLMC

What's New at Mount Holly Middle!

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Middle School Teamwork

Ms. Pressley at Mt. Holly Middle completed a project with the 7th grade Social Studies teachers this past month. Their lessons on the colonization of the New World fell extremely close to Thanksgiving, so they decided to do a research project on the first Thanksgiving. Students were given research topics and used NC Wise Owl to find information. To present their information, they created digital graphics to represent the information they found using the free graphic design site Canva.

Submitted by Audra Pressley, Mt. Holly Middle SLMC

Edie Crook Presents at National Conference

Edie Crook attended the 17th annual AASL National Conference held in Columbus, Ohio in November. This year's theme was Experience Education Evolution. While at the conference, she presented a session titled Elementary Library Centers.

Reader Reviews Rock!

How many times have you debated whether to buy something online and made your decision based on the reviews you read on the product? As a reader, you often decide whether to buy or check out a book because of someone else’s opinion, too, right? High school students seem to base everything they do on what other people think anyway, so why not have those students create book reviews and post them online within the library catalog for other students to read. That’s what we are working on for the Forestview High School library. Students can look up popular fiction books and read the reviews of their peers. It will always be a work-in-progress as we add reviews to our growing collection, but it’s worth the effort!

Submitted by Melissa Heilig, Forestview High SLMC

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Sue Bell's 5th grade classes at W.A.Bess have been enjoying Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beaty as a read aloud. It's a historical fiction fantasy story about a young girl who secretly lives in the bowels of the Biltmore House. It's rather scary in a few places but this has served to further snare the students' attention to the piece. They are actually learning about the "behind the scenes" maneuvers that go into maintaining a home on the scale of Biltmore as well as a very entrancing glimpse of time back in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Young readers who have especially enjoyed The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis or The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood would enjoy this tale but don't discount the possibility of the story drawing in readers who have not tried this genre before!

Here is a great book trailer about Serafina: https://youtu.be/uFZvSzfnm6I

Submitted by Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary SLMC

Pleasant Ridge Happenings

Pleasant Ridge's Fall Book Fair (October 30- November 5, 2015) sold $1,861.36!

On Tuesday December 15, 2015, Eric Jones of Huntersville NC will share story time with our Kindergarteners from 8:30am-10:00am.

Golden Ticket Found at Sadler Elementary!

Have you seen this on Pinterest? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/481463016394244948/

I modified this as an AR incentive.


(feel free to save a copy and edit for your own use)

You can make them without the AR stipulations like those shown on Pinterest, but I wanted to make it an incentive to read those less circulated books. I ran a Destiny report of the least circulated books from the past calendar year in Fiction, Easy, and "Nonfiction", and wrote the titles of the book on the back of each Golden Ticket. I tucked the tickets away in each of the books, but had them peeking out the top so students could actually find these "golden ticket" books. The kids love finding them and it gives them an opportunity to read something other than Captain Underpants :)

Submitted by Nicole Pollard, Sadler Elementary SLMC

School Library Journal's Best of 2015

Check out what made the best lists of 2015!

Picture Book Titles
Middle Grade Titles
Young Adult Titles
Nonfiction Titles

Graphic Novels

Audio Books

Submitted by Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary SLMC

World View 2016

UNC sponsors global professional development for educators. Check it out here.

Submitted by Ann Davis, Pleasant Ridge Elementary SLMC


Missed any of the monthly highlight? Check out past issues to see what has been going on in the media centers in Gaston County: