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December 2015

Our Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) is Destiny Quest

Several of you already know about Destiny Quest but if you don't, let me explain it to you. If you'd like to access our library collection from the comfort of your own classroom or even at home, in bed, in your footed jammies, then use Destiny! If you are planning a lesson and want to find related material and it's midnight.....no problem (except that you are missing out on quality sleep). Anyway, just go to destiny.lisd.net, scroll down and click on Peters Colony, then click in the "find" bar and search away. If we do not have a book in our collection, ask me about it and I'll search across the district for you to try and find it.

Our ebook and audio book collection

A couple of you have asked about how to access our vast collection of ebooks and audio books. The good news is that Follett has made the process infinitely easier this year. Students may access the books through a web browser or an ipad app. The bad news is that students need to wait until we get the green light to get apps from the district app store.

The new app is called BryteWave™ K-12 Edition. I would recommend deleting the old Follett Reader and Brytewave apps before installing the new app. As soon as students are able to download the app, I'm available to come to your class and give a tutorial to your students.

You may also access ebooks & audio books through any browser by going to gofollett.com. Follow the directions below to get started:

In the location search bar, select your state.

In the school field, type in the few first letters of your school's name. Make sure to select the correct school. Type in your network username and password.

It will then take you to the Universal Search home page.

Log in and start your search for a good book!

*Again, if you'd like for me to present a tutorial for your class, just send me an email.

*As always, if you need ANY help with this service whatsoever, please let me know and I will be more than happy to help.

The Six Flags Read to Succeed Program

Classroom teachers, kindly consider taking advantage of the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. It is a free, reading incentive program for students to earn a six flags ticket for completing 6 hours of reading. Teachers who turn in at least 1 student's completed log online will also receive a free ticket. Click here for your copy of a student log. Here is one in Spanish. Go to this link to login and create a teacher profile and profiles for your students (use Elizabeth Fisanick as the coordinator for the program). Parent materials are available in English and Spanish through your account. Please turn in all copies of the reading logs online by March 1st, 2016. Follow on Twitter: @sixflagsreading

Literacy, Local Culture and More.......Oh My!

If any of you are into the Steampunk genre &/or culture then A Victorian Christmas at Nash Farm might interest you and your family......the website gives the following information: Come experience how the Nash family celebrated in Victorian times. Learn about the roots of many Christmas traditions. Make a Victorian ornament to decorate your own tree. Cider and cookies will be available. Registration is not required and participants of all ages are encouraged to attend. The free family fun event is on December 5, 3:00 - 6:00pm. Click here for more deets.

Local Events for December

Holiday in the Park & Parade of Lights & Baking Contest

Holiday in the Park will feature festive holiday music and performances, a holiday craft station and holiday baking contest (entry form).

The Colony Christmas Spectacular

Check out the traditional Christmas lights set to music by The Colony's Central Fire Station. The show begins at sundown every evening starting December 6th.

More information for both events can be found here:http://www.thecolonytx.gov/Depts/PARD/SpecialEvents.html

*Also, the Friends of The Colony Public LIbrary present:

Pictures with Santa - Saturday 12/5 from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Library. Join in caroling with the Fiddle Rascals as you wait to visit with Santa. Pictures are $2 each and the proceeds benefit the Library’s youth programs.

The Fun Library Contest for the month of November

The contest for the month of November involved guessing how many books we have in our collection. You teachers are competitive!!!! I got nervous answering all the questions without trying to reveal too much information to any one invididual - lol! I was trying to keep it fair! Anyway, drumroll please..................the answer is: 12,524!!!! Who knew? The staff winner & person that came the closest to guessing is Mr. Davis!

For a fun & character building lesson, try a twist on the traditional Secret Santa activity with your class:

Learn about geography and places around the world while tracking Santa

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Using the holidays to teach about different cultures?

The following websites can be used when addressing cultural diversity and the holidays:

Holiday Lesson Plans and Resources:


Holidays Around the World: A Festival of Lessons - looking for some new and fresh ideas?

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson213.shtml includes ideas for Hanukkah and Ramadan

Did you know Christians in India decorate Mango or Banana trees at Christmas time? Neither did I. Or that A Courageous Questioning is the theme of Kwanzaa this year? Check out this website for more educational offerings on different cultural customs for this season from McKinney ISD; http://www.schools.mckinneyisd.net/press/winter-holidays-resources/

Also, I've pulled related materials and displayed them on the red shelf by the printers in the library for your perusal &\ use.

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Holiday Twitter Hashtags

Try these Twitter hashtags for inspiration while creating your multicultural lessons for the holidays:

What's new in the library?

Glad you asked! Some of you have already humored me and listened to this nerdy librarian excitedly explain, in person, about the new changes, but for those of you who have not been so lucky let me give you the lowdown.

First, signage with graphic images have been placed in the, somewhat arduous, area of nonfiction books in an effort to make locating books less challenging for students and staff. Second, "plushies" have been put in the everybody section, on the shelf above the books, to help our "littles" find their favorites, such as Dr. Seuss, Pete the Cat, Pigeon, etc. Third, the cumbersome study carrels were removed to create more space in our area. Fourth, if you haven't already noticed, the professional materials were moved over by the circulation desk. Finally, the nicest change of all is that we have hired Jr. Librarians to work in the library! Fourth and Fifth graders filled out applications and have begun to help with library duties during their lunch or recess time. They will work for a couple of weeks and then new Jr. Librarians will be selected (I want to give everyone a chance who filled out an application). There were so very many applicants!

***A book is a gift you can open again and again! Garrison Keillor

About Mrs. Fisanick

Teacher Librarian at Peters Colony Elementary. I love to read, learn and help students and staff! And I LOVE the library!