JISD Library Services

March 2020

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Inaugural JISD Reads Together Kicks Off in March!

JISD Reads Together

We will be kicking off our first JISD Reads Together Program on Monday, March 15th. As a district, we will be reading The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. Look for activities and lessons on the activity board below. Our culminating activity will be an author visit with Pablo Cartaya on Thursday, May 20th @ 10:00 A.M.

Purchase the Book!

If you would like to order the book for yourself or your child, please click on the link to the right to The Twig Bookstore. They will ship for an additional cost, or you may pick up at the store located in The Pearl for no additional charge. The books are available in paperback or hardback. They have bookplates with the author's autograph, while supplies last.

You also have the option to donate a book for a child that cannot afford one.


Schools, teachers, and librarians may order books at a discount by emailing Susanna Nawrocki at susanna.thetwig@yahoo.com for a quote.

JISD Reads Together Activity Board

Find links to the book, activities, and lesson ideas on the board below. We will be creating a JISD Reads Together Family Cookbook. Tell us about your favorite family recipe through stories and provide the recipe. We will collect all the recipes in a digital format to share in June.

Click on the image below to access all of the links.

JISD Reads Together Poster Contest

VMHS student, Alexia Castoreno, won the first JISD Reads Together Poster Contest! We are using her image to promote JISD Reads Together throughout the district. Look for it in your school soon.

This is a tradition we hope to continue with future JRT, so please show it off to your students and encourage them to get creative! The winner receives a certificate, a $25 Amazon gift card, a copy of the poster to keep, as well the recognition to include on their resume. There will be a winner at each level as well as the overall winner.

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JISD Writes Together

Writing Contest EXTENDED!

Due to Snovid, our Superintendent's Voice of Excellence Student Writing Contest has been extended to March 15th! Scan the QR code below to submit your poem, creative story, essay, or personal narrative. Winners will receive a $25 gift card and bragging rights! The class winner will win $50 to use in their classroom. If you have questions, please see your campus librarian.
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Year One in the Books!

Our first JISD Writes Together Program was a success even though we had an interruption with Snowvid! We thank all of you that shared the picture book and story of Barbara Jordan with your students!

We are looking forward to our next JISD Writes Together event in the Fall. We are hoping to feature the picture book Change Sings; A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman. We will share that information in August or September! Please include it in your Fall plans!

JISD Writes Together SURVEY

The JISD Writes Together is a program that we would like to continue and make better each year. It is something that we hope everyone will look forward to and expect, so we would appreciate your feedback! Tell us what you liked and how we can make it even bigger and better next time! Click HERE to complete the survey or click on the FORMS image to the right.

Author Visit

Our culminating activity for our Inaugural year of JISD Writes Together was an author visit with Chris Barton. We had 185 students, teachers, librarians, and classes join to listen to Mr. Barton as he talked about his writing process, how he researches his subjects, how he chooses his subject, and about the persistence necessary in being successful, both in writing and any career a person chooses.


Students asked questions previous to the visit by recording themselves on Flip Grid. Judson High School librarian, Mariya Ortiz, organized all of the recordings so that they could be presented to Mr. Barton. Our students asked some great questions!


If you missed the visit, please see your campus librarian for the recording.


My favorite quote from Chris Barton during the visit: "Whoever you are… whatever your family looks like… wherever your parents, or your grandparents or your great-great-great-great-great-grandparents are from… I am glad that you are here today with me."

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JISD Celebrates Diversity - Women's History Month

JISD Library Services is celebrating women authors from unexpected genres. Click on the image below to find a new title and a favorite new author!

Women's History Month Board

Learn about ground-breaking women in this board. Read about one person or movement a day, or enjoy more quickly! Click on the image below to get started.

JISD Celebrates Diversity - Black History Month

Celebrating Black Voices Titles @ Copperfield

To honor Black History Month, Copperfield librarian Nikki Polk wanted to tie in black accomplishments and literature. She made an alphabetical display of books either by African-American authors or with African-American characters. The books range from titles for primary to intermediate audiences. The display hangs outside the library in the hallways so that all students and employees can stop and look at books they have read or find books to add to their reading list.

VMHS Features Black History

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Librarians Are The Spirit of Judson

Two of our middle school librarians, Andrea Colwell from Kitty Hawk Middle School, and Gina Lehman, from Kirby Middle School, were honored by their peers with the Spirit of Judson Award for 2020-2021. Congratulations! This award is well-deserved!


We are proud to say that many of our librarians have been recipients of this award in the past. Employees of JISD may only receive the Spirit of Judson once.

Programming @ Your JISD Library

Graphic Novels from Donors Choose @ JMS & JSTEM

Mrs. King, the librarian at JMS and JSTEM, is super excited to share that the library will be receiving about $300 worth of graphic novels!! Ms. King submitted a project to Donor's Choose at the beginning of February and was ecstatic to return to school after the Snow Apocalypse to find that the project had been fully funded!! She is excited to receive these books and be able to share them with her students!!
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Ruby Head High @ Copperfield

Mrs. Polk read Ruby Head High: Ruby Bridge's First Day of School to third grade. The book was inspired by the Norman Rockwell painting The Problem We All Live With. A copy of the painting is included with the book and the narrator makes her own interpretation of the painting and Ruby at the end. Students then went online to SuperColoring.com and created their own artwork of Ruby Bridges walking to school.
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Zooming with Science @ KHMS

Ms. Colwell had the opportunity to Zoom in with 7th grade Science. She taught the students how to use Canva to create presentations on Photosynthesis. She is excited to see their final presentations!
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Fun @ Hopkins

Hopkins Elementary had a busy February!


We had our first annual Bluebonnet Breakfast on February 4th, where any student that read a Bluebonnet book received a special treat and those who had read 5 got to vote on their top choice for the Bluebonnet Award!


On February 11, fourth and fifth grade Hawks visited with the author Bridget Heos about her books Mustache Baby and Triceratopposite. They had a fantastic time learning about the writing process and asking thought-provoking questions.


After the impromptu winter break, Hopkins students returned to their first in-person Book Fair of the year, complete with a Free Book Raffle, daily photo challenges, and other fun activities.


Several classrooms across campus also tuned in to the JISD Writes Together author visit with Chris Barton and submitted their questions ahead of time.

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Stories for Salinas Near & Far

Mr. Silverman, principal at Salinas Elementary, is offering a unique opportunity for his students. Principals from around the country and beyond will be reading to Salinas Students via Zoom every Wednesday evening from 7:00-7:30.


How did this start? On December 23rd, Mr. Silverman did a Facebook Live event on the Salinas page where he read A Christmas Story. The students had so much fun, and he thought it was nice that Facebook keeps the video after the live event so that it can be watched over and over, or seen by someone who didn’t see it initially. He realized that one of the opportunities of this pandemic response is that we can embrace some of the distance learning ideas and he thought it might be good to have guest readers do Facebook Live story reading to his students.


So…Mr. Silverman reached out to two of his PLN groups – one is the Men in Education group on Facebook and the other is the Teach Better Team Admin Mastermind group. He asked if anyone would be interested in doing a live story reading to the Salinas students, and within a day and a half, he had received 19 positive replies.


So far the readers are from Kentucky, North Carolina, Minnesota, and one here in Texas in the Ft. Worth area. If the others come through there will be several other states represented…and there was even one in Vancouver, BC, Canada!

The first reader was Mark French, a recently retired elementary principal in Minnetonka, Minnesota.


The map below is a bulletin board being updated weekly by library teacher, Emily Comeaux, with each reader's name, the book he or she read, and their location.

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Doors @ Spring Meadows

Our librarian assistant at Spring Meadows, Charity Bronson, keeps the library doors relevant and cheerful. Good job!

JISD Book Clubs

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We have book clubs for everyone!

Battle of the Books Book Club

Our BOB Book Club began on Wednesday, February 25th. We had four students from Copperfield and one student from Masters. We hope to grow this group during our upcoming meetings. All fifth-grade students in the district are welcome to attend. We discuss the Battle of the Books titles in preparation for the upcoming Kahoot! Challenge competition in April and May. Get the Zoom link from your librarian!
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In Be-TWEENS Middle School Book Club

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YA Book Club

Due to our unexpected break last week, we have rescheduled our YA Book Club meeting to discuss I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope to Tuesday, March 2nd at 4:30. See your campus librarian for the Zoom code.

Our next book is The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker. It is available in your library and on Sora in both e-Book and audiobook formats. We will discuss this book on Tuesday, March 16th @ 4:30.


We have added in our JISD Reads Together selection, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora, for April. Join us to discuss the book on April 13th.

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Adult BYOBook Club

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Lead Librarian, Pamela Thompson

Please contact Lead Librarian, Pamela Thompson, if you have questions, suggestions, or concerns.