BSMS Library News
Overall Information and Vandalism
February was similar to January with the numbers for student usage. Circulation decreased, but there was a week off and typical for this time of year. Circulation was higher this year when compared to last year. The library staff worked with 3572 students during this month in a variety of capacities. That’s an average of 275 students a day that received library services from Kathy or me.
Mrs. Rooney taught 14 classes this month. Due to the shortage of staffing we have seen more vandalism in the library. While Kathy and I are teaching there is no one to monitor the students coming in from classrooms. Please take note of the pictures where we were able to take pictures before removing from the shelves. More students and classes coming into the library means Kathy teaches more whole class lessons and less time assisting students and faculty when they come into the library.
Due to shortage of staffing vandalism has increased. We were able to clean this swastika from the shelves. Not sure how long it was there.
Not sure what this says, but glad it came off easily.
Male anatomy. Caused a bit of a commotion when students found it and brought it to our attention. We were both teaching at the time students noticed this "work of art."
Modified speed dating for Mrs. Sesslemen's English class and it was a success. Many times, we heard students being amazed that the library had books like this and they were really excited to take some out of the library. A student that is not focused on much, was the most focused dring this lesson and impressed both teachers.
Eighth grade rocked research this month. The Dust Bowl and Great Depression ended just as we began forensic science and body language. After researching some CSI material, Harlem Renaissance made its debut and students were amazed at the year the people were born.
Great Depression and Dust Bowl
Entering sources and gathering data.
Hard at work finding information.
Making the most of technology while researching. Articles, NoodleTools, and all at the click of a hand. Evaluating potential articles.
Additional Library Business
YAY, this is really coming true! We have been given $1200 from BSEF Thanks to Mr. Muller and Mrs. Motler for the $200 travel expenses. She will be coming on May 4th blocks 2, 3, and 4. I am so excited to be able to present this experience to an amazing group of kids!
Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Struffolino and I have put together a proposal for the SLMS conference April 30-May 2 centering on research and collaboration. We’ve called it, “Rockin’ The Research” and have been chosen to present! Currently, we have had a few meetings and continue to have some more so we will be able to present on 5/1.
We have finished overhauling our research center. So much of the books were out of date. I used some days to finish weeding and adjust the other sections of the library. The library flows better and allows for more display space.
SLMPE rubric was administered and all but seven people handed in their survey. We are complinng the results and a report will be sent soon.
Organization is key when it comes to research!
Grand Central Station
Someone coined us Grand Central Station and it certainly feels like that most days. Students waiting to check out reading materials.
Kathy announced her retirement this month and I wish her the best. The library will not be the same without her. I am really going to miss this wonderful person who is not only my right hand man, but an amazing friend.