MS 51 Library Annual Report



Our library had an amazing year! We continued to partner with the public library through MyLibraryNYC, Office of Library Services with support for our Feminism & Women's History special collection and a Reading in Action grant to support teen activism in our GSA and Stand for the Silent clubs, and started two new lunch clubs to engage & support students. Our library saw a 15% increase in circulation from 16,301 materials circulated last school year to 18,777 materials circulated this year, including 505 books circulated through summer checkout. Through all of this, Ms. Ahart kept up a busy schedule of classes and instruction as well as serving again as the school's Technology Coordinator. In the last days of school, the library will again welcome 6th & 7th grade students and staff to checkout books for the summer.

How Do We Use Our Library?

Materials & Databases

There are 10,213 copies in our collection, with 1687 new books added this year.

We checked out 18,777 books and DVDs (15% increase from last year!), including 505 books checked out to returning 6th & 7th grade students and staff through our summer checkout program. As of 6/25/2019, we had only 22 overdue materials and 12 unpaid library fines for lost or damaged books, with an overall un-reimbursed loss rate of 0.1% for 2018-19.

Research Databases

  • BrainPOP Total logins: 2804
  • World Book Content views 9953, Searches 4089

Library Technology

  • 16 desktop computers, 24 laptop computers 4 iPads
  • The library printer continues to be a valuable resource for students, with 8917 pages printed on our B&W high-volume public printer
  • Color printing also available from Ms. Ahart's desk, free for teachers, $.50 a page for students
  • Library photocopier heavily used by teachers and students, with 15335 pages copied
  • 6th grade ICT science classes used circuit kits from our Makerspace to learn about electricity

Classes & Events

  • Hosted two new lunch clubs: a knitting club run by parent and community volunteers and a board game club devoted to tabletop gaming run by Mr. Haines

  • Ran two book fairs for students and parents during the weeks of parent-teacher conference

  • Hosted author visits from LAMBDA Literary and booktalks and cooking demos from Brooklyn Public Library

  • Held our 2nd Feminism & Women’s History open house for our new collection, featuring a guest from League of Women Voters, which granted CTLE credit for staff and visiting educators

  • Ran a month-long Battle of the Books in March & MS 51 2019 reading challenge

  • 271 instructional classes visited the library this year

  • Piloted Biblionasium with 6th grade ELA classes to support excitement and engagement around reading

  • Collaborated with DUET committee to plan One Book, One School event for 2019-2020 school year

  • Gmail and Google Apps orientation provided for all 6th graders; new students and account issues monitored and corrected daily throughout the year
  • Set up blogs for all 8th grade ELA classes and provided technical support and instruction throughout the year
  • Taught lessons on citation, better Googling, website evaluation, database research, plagiarism, notetaking, finding the next great book to read, instructional writing, Google Docs, and Google Slides to ELA, social studies, and science classes
  • Hosted Hour of Code classes for science and math teachers
  • Ran staff book club with cross-department participation during Monday PD time
  • Added multiple resources to, including summer learning resources, summer reading challenges and recommendations, pathfinders for our Feminism & CCD collection and our research databases, and tech tips for staff and students

Grants & Special Recognition

Total library funding received: $10,520

NYC Reads 365 Grant, CCD grant for Feminism & Women’s History Collection, Reading in Action: Teen Activism grant, ALA's Ready to Code Initiative, PA funding, Scholastic & Follett book fair profit, and six DonorsChoose grants

Ms. Ahart was the Brooklyn winner of the MyLibraryNYC Award for Equity and Engagement, wrote book lists and curated resources for the D15 Diversity Plan educator committee, and facilitated workshops at the New York Library Association's annual conference for school librarians, Sexuality, Women, and Gender conference, and in July, the NYC DOE Tech Summit, highlighting K-12 feminist resources and ways to incorporate women’s history into every curriculum, LGBTQ+ book clubs, and digital resources to promote a schoolwide reading culture.