Seekonk High Library News

Quiet Library? Not Us!

Issue 2 - Jan. 2014

Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year to all in the SHS community! It's a great time to take a look at your plans for the next few months and let us know if there are special library resources - books, movies or more - that you need for your students.

Please let Suzanne know if there is something that you'd like us to get for you....and thanks for reading!

How do YOU D.E.A.R?

Our next Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Week is coming - January 6-10, 2014!

Once a month, our school community takes the time to during the first 10 minutes of first period for an entire week. The teachers who choose to take part, every day of DEAR or even just once in a while, often say that it a great way to start the day and encourage students to read.

This month, we visit Eli Mello’s classroom to take a look at his take on DEAR. The father of three young children, Eli thought that even high schoolers might enjoy a read-aloud. In October, he checked out “The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the Periodic Table ” by Sam Kean from the library and began reading the introduction to his students each morning.

“I wasn’t sure if they were liking it…and then I asked them if they preferred to read on their own and they wanted me to continue,” he smiles. He went on to explain that it is great way to introduce some Common Core non-fiction in a low-key way. “Maybe some of them will want to continue with the book on their own.”

Kudos to Eli Mello and all the teachers who take part in DEAR each month. Do you have a special approach to that you’d be willing to share?

Best Teen Fiction of 2013!

Each January, School Library Journal names the best books of the year. The SHS Library has many of the best fiction titles for young adults (see below). You can search on what we have by visiting our catalog or asking Suzanne to look for you!

This Month's Tech Tip: Lights, Camera - MOVIE PROJECTS!

Having students make a video project to explore a topic is a great way to offer an alternative to a traditional written assignment. And don’t worry – you don’t have to be a tech expert! The library computers all have iMovie ’11 and Suzanne Larson can offer quick tutorials in the software.

Two recent examples of assignments include Rachel Lawrence’s book trailer project and Kristin Nelson’s Industrial Revolution project. In both cases, students were easily able to create projects using technology that integrated images, information and music to produce new knowledge. Students like these projects, too - Pat Gregorek, a junior, says that "video projects are a nice change that allow students to be a bit more creative than written assignments."

Interested in finding out more? Stop into the library or send Suzanne an e-mail!