Blending the Lines

Blending books and technology to form our Educational Lines.

Sparkman 9th Grade School Library-Media Center

Volume 7: January 2015 - March 2015

Written, Edited, and Published by: Alison Madison, S9GS Librarian-Media Specialist & T.I.M.

Books + Technology @yourlibrary!

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Library Highlights for the 9 Weeks

Read. Research. Relate. Recharge.

Students and teachers utilize our library almost everyday, especially when it is time for research projects and exams. From books, to iPads, to iMacs, to charging stations, to the comfortable reading environment, our library is definitely a vital part of the school building and its ever-changing educational needs.

Learning in the Library

Digital Citizenship

Focus: Cyberbullying

Using the Common Sense Media Curriculum, Mrs. Madison shares video clips to spark discussion about cyberbullying and how it affects all parties involved.
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Focus: Plagiarism and AVL

Mrs. Madison shares the importance of understanding plagiarism and finding reliable sources on the Alabama Virtual Library with Mrs. Britton's English class.

Digital Learning Day

Tweet All About It!

During Digital Learning Day, our teachers and students were asked to tweet all the "techy" things they were doing in class. Check out a few tweets below and the flyer for details.
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Our BYOT Students Wireless network is now live! Check out the T.I.M. Weekly Tech Tips flyer below to learn more about BYOT Classroom Management.

What's New with Books

Book Club

March 2015 Book Selection

Black Ice, by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

February 2015 Book Selection

The Young Elites, by Marie Lu

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—A rollicking series opener from the author of the "Legend" series (Putnam). Imagine surviving a plague of fever, only to be marked as an abomination by your countrymen. Most survivors of the sickness that vanquished thousands in this alternative medieval world possess a strange and unique marking, whether it be a facial coloring, oddly tinged hair, or, in Adelina's case, a missing eye. Called malfettos, some are endowed with magical gifts that enable them to control wind, fire, earth, and even humans.

Valentine's Day Reads

Check out the Valentine's Day library flyer that was posted to the library's social media pages.

Get Charged in the Library!

In support of S9's new BYOT program and mobile device learning, I have set up a charging station for our students. So far, it has been a big hit! Students come in during break to charge their devices. Most often, students charge devices while they are reading or working on class projects. This is definitely an example of "blending the lines."

About the Charging Stations
  • Charge up to 15 devices, both IOS and Android, on the provided charging blocks.
  • 12 additional power outlets are available for students who bring their own charging cables.

Charging Station Rules

  • Your Device. Your Responsibility.
  • Do not leave your device unattended.
  • S9GS is not responsible for misplaced, damaged, or stolen devices.


Recycle with Us

Not sure what to do with your used ink cartridges, old cell phones, and other electronics?

Donate them to the library, and help us earn cash for books and technology!

Drop off Locations

  • Library
  • Main Office
  • Attendance Office

Where Old School Meets New School

We are a 21st Century Library

Books + Technology

Reading + Research

Hand-held + Digital

Digital Citizenship + Information Literacy

Librarian: Alison Madison

I am a Teacher-Librarian, Media Specialist, and Technology Integration Mentor. I read. I search. I share.

I am passionate about...

  • Books - hand-held and digital
  • Reading YA Literature
  • Instructional and Educational Technology
  • Gadgets, gizmos, and educational apps
  • Helping high school students discover all of the above

I Believe that School Libraries are Innovative and Irreplaceable.