KISD Libraries Update
Volume III 4th/5th Six Weeks
KISD Primary and Elementary Libraries
Work on the collection at the KPS Library continues. We are almost finished cataloging the big books and books on CD. We are also working on getting our manipulatives and games cataloged. The AR labels have arrived and we have begun placing those on the books as well. In addition, we are still working on spine labels for all of the books. We hope to have everything completed by the end of this semester. Our second order of new books from Mackin just arrived! We now have several bilingual books (English/Spanish) in the KPS Library collection.
Chandler Elementary Library
Mrs. Powell has been teaching the students library skills including how to find books and the different categories of books. She has also included library lessons on poetry (for poetry month), Dr. Seuss, Black History month and more! The Cat in the Hat (pictured- Library Aide Nicole Page) also came to Chandler during Dr. Seuss week!
Work will continue on the book collection. We are about one-third of the way done with the picture books and non-fiction books and almost completely done with the biographies. Mrs. Powell, Ms. Page, and Mrs. Wiggins work on this continuously as time allows. We hope to be completely finished by the end of the semester.
In January, around 30 KIS 4th and 5th grade students participated in the Bluebonnet Reading program. These students voted with other students all across Texas to choose the book that they thought deserved to win the Texas Bluebonnet Award. This year's winner was the book Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits. Many of our own students voted for this book. Students had to read five books from this year's list in order to be eligible to attend a special voting party where they got to celebrate with a piece of delicious cake baked by Mrs. Clower.
Work continues on the shelves at KIS. We have finished re-locating the picture books, biographies and non-fiction books. We are continuing to work on new spine labels and shelf labels. Most of the iPads have been relocated to teacher classrooms where they are used in small groups with a class set still available in the library for check out. We are thrilled to see continuous and extensive use of technology in the classrooms at KIS.
KISD Secondary Libraries
iPad and laptop use is in full swing as well. We have many KMS teachers using technology in amazing ways in the classroom and their students are creating great digital content.
The job shadow day that took place recently was also a great success. One of the KMS student library aides decided to job shadow at the Kilgore Public Library. They sent us a great email about the experience and the student learned a lot from her time spent there. She even found a lost KMS Library book and returned it for us!
KMS is currently having their second book fair of the year. The profits from this fair will be used to either add more books to their collection or to purchase a new laser printer for the library.
Teacher/Librarian collaboration has continued. In January the sophomore English classes visited the library to conduct research on Ancient Greece. Library staff helped the students with using Google apps, Easy Bib, and conducting authoritative web research. The Theater I classes also utilized the library for help researching family crests. In February, speech classes came to research topics for Black History Month. This month, we worked with physics classes researching devices and appliances.
We continue to have large crowds during both lunches. We have had great success with the Ragin' Red Cafe. It is very popular with the students and has brought in respectable profits. We have scaled back our hours to help maintain a reasonable amount of product and to give us more time to focus more on the day to day tasks of the library. We are now only open before school, during both lunches, and after school.
We have big plans to celebrate National Library week during April 14 - April 18. We will be hosting three events: a "shelfie" contest (students take a "selfie" with their favorite book), library olympics, and Young Adult Reading Bingo. We will be giving out prizes to the winners of these events/contests and will have special treats for our patrons that visit the library that week. We had tons of fun last year and we hope to enjoy ourselves even more this year!