GCS School Library News

March 2015

February's Numbers

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Life in Our Media Centers

March Madness Book Tournament

March seems to be the longest month of the school year so how do we keep students excited about reading and the media center? One way is to do a March Madness tournament! We took the top sixteen books that have been checked out from the library, turned them into the Sweet Sixteen, built brackets out of them, and started the buzz! Students return their filled brackets to the media center and the voting begins on the 16th of March. The brackets on the wall outside the library will be adjusted and the tournament will continue until the last vote on the 31st of March. The next day, the students who had the best brackets will be invited to a doughnut party in the media center to be the first to hear the final winner. The students will vote using a Google form that will be posted on the JCMS media page. Other prizes will be awarded throughout the tournament. I cannot wait to post the winner of the 2015 JCMS March Madness Tournament!


Terri Hoyle

BYOD

Pleasant Ridge prepares to launch BYOD during Parent Involvement Day on April 17.

Global Media Center Workshop

Ann Davis at Pleasant Ridge Elementary will attend the Global Media Center Workshop in Chapel Hill on April 29-30.

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Read Across Amercia

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Battle of the Books

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Dates To Remember

North Carolina Children's Book Award Voting Deadline

The voting deadline for the NCCBA has been extended to Friday, April 10. Voting results can be entered at http://www.cmlibrary.org/bookhive/nccba/login.asp.


**You must register your school before voting. You can register here.

North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Voting Deadline

The deadline for the NCYABA has been extended until April 15, 2015. Voting results can be submitted at https://sites.google.com/site/ncslmayabookaward/

National Library Week

Celebrate your library during National Library Week: April 12-18, 2015. Need some ideas? Check out ALA's site here.

NCSLMA Snapshot Day

Pick a day during the week of April 12-18 to showcase the wonderful things happening in your media center. Register for the event and get more information at http://www.ncslma.org/snap-shot-day-in-nc-schools.

April PLC Meeting

Our next PLC meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 20 being at 2:30 at the Rader Staff Development Center.

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Wonderful workshop for Middle and High School Library Media Coordinators

At our Summer Institute this past summer, I was given the privilege to teach a session with Diane Miller on new titles for Middle and High schools. I created a presentation and (finally) shared it with our cohorts. The information I used for the presentation was taken from a workshop I attended in May from the Bureau of Education and Research, BER.


That’s old news.


The new news is that BER is offering the workshop again this May 13 in Raleigh. The registration cost is $239 (a little pricey, but well worth it). The workshop is all day with a fantastic presenter who really knows her stuff, Patti Tjomsland. She book talks over 100 titles during the day and shares wonderful ideas that she uses in her library. The price also includes a workbook that is a fantastic resource to use not only when purchasing, but when trying to come up with new ideas for promotion.


If you are interested, you can register via phone 1-800-735-3503 M-F 6-6 PST or online at www.ber.org, or contact Nancy Olls for a copy of the registration form.


Nancy Olls

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Grant Opportunities

James Patterson's Pledge to Libraries

Ron Ensley Grants

Applications can be accessed here. The applications deadline is April 15.

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant

Learn more about this grant opportunity at http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/grant_programs.aspx.

Application deadline is May 21, 2015.

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Have you heard about Epic!

It's a new ebook library you can access from your Ipad.

Wanna know the best part? Educators get a FREE subscription.

There are read aloud features on some books, helping out emerging readers, or those who just really like to listen to books.


Here's what bestappsforkids.com says about it:


"Features include: Thousands of titles available, with new ones added frequently, Levels suitable for children 2-12, Capable of creating personalized favorites lists, Recommendations from publishing experts, teachers and parents, Awards badges to earn for reading progress."


Here's where you get your free subscription: https://www.getepic.com/educators/


Catelyn Franklin

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