SHS Library Media Center News

December 2013

Online Sign Ups

Last month we implemented a new sign up system for the library and the equipment housed in the library. As with any new system there were a few kinks to work out. Thank you for your patience as we all learned to use this new website.

Please remember to use the "comment" boxes when signing up for equipment, televisions, iPads, and document cameras to let me know which blocks they are needed. The website would not let me add blocks to these sign ups because there would be too many options for an Internet browser to handle.

If you need help using the new sign up system please drop by the library. It is much easier for me to show you how to do it than try to explain how to do it.

The sign up webpage can be found at You must log in to School Center to access the page. You are not required to create an account with Sign Up Genius, but an account is useful when editing or deleting sign ups. If you have an account you can also see your personal calendar of sign ups. This system also emails you one day in advance to remind you of your sign ups.

Book Fair

Thank you for supporting our Scholastic Book Fair! The fair ran from November 14 to December 4. It had sales of $1,318.99 and gave us a 40% profit of $522.51 in Scholastic Dollars. I used the Scholastic Dollars to buy 53 books for the library. I also purchased a few items for raffle giveaways, but mostly used the free Volunteer Gift Set Scholastic gave me as giveaways.

Catching Fire Event

Members of the Teen Library Council at Southampton High School partnered with the Walter Cecil Rawls branch of the Blackwater Regional Library to sponsor a Catching Fire event on November 20, 2013. This event was held at the library and included a variety of activities based on the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and the Catching Fire movie that premiered in theaters on November 22, 2013.

Participants visited eight different stations run by Teen Library Council members and volunteers from other clubs at Southampton High School, such as the Key Club, Skills USA, and the National Honor Society. The SHS students dressed up as characters from the books and demonstrated skills they have learned in several classes at the high school, including cosmetology, EMT, fire science, agriculture, art, graphic design, and culinary arts.

Participants received makeovers, answered trivia and discussion questions about the books, refined their archery skills using the Wii, decorated cupcakes, learned survival skills, made crafts, and completed a scavenger hunt. The night ended with a mock reaping for prizes. The winning tribute received a $20 Cinemark gift card.

To see pictures from this event please visit the Teen Library Council's scrapbook at

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Mrs. Alaina Crowder is an honor graduate of Franklin High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Chowan University. She taught Pre-K, third, and fourth grade for eight years. Mrs. Crowder then completed a Master’s degree in Library Science from Old Dominion University. She was the library media specialist at Capron Elementary School for two years prior to moving to the high school library. The 2013-2014 school year marks her second year at SHS and her twelfth year of teaching.