Patriot Library Newsletter

October 2020

Welcome Back!

We are happy to have welcomed students back this week, and we are happy to serve our students learning from home too! We are also here to serve our teachers by curating collections of books and/or resources from our TexQust resources and Discovery Education.

We have been busy distributing new technology to our teachers and getting Chromebooks to our students. We continue to support students and parents with technology issues via the phone and daily Zoom sessions. We are also receiving and organizing the new ELAR adoption that includes 15,000 novels.

It's been a busy month, but we look forward to continue to serve our Patriots!

In this Newsletter

  • Cool Collaboration
  • Literacy in the Library
  • Support the Patriot Library
  • Friends of JISD Libraries
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • What Are You Reading?

Cool Collaboration!

Ms. Treanor's Honors English II class read Frankenstein, and they will be putting Dr. Frankestein on trial for the neglect of his monster. In preparation for either the defense or prosecution of Dr. Frankenstein, I pushed into the Zoom class to teach about our TexQuest resources, provided a caselaw resource list, and taught about citations. After my lesson, we welcomed author and attorney Jeff Zentner to give our students tips on prosecuting and defending their "client." After students asked questions about the legal process, Mr. Zentner talked briefly about his writing process since he still works as a full-time attorney in addition to being an award-winning author of three young adult novels. He writes during his commute on the bus, and he writes his novels on his phone!

If you haven't read any of his books, I recommend them all! See the image below!

If you want to collaborate or you just need help, remember that's what I'm here to do!

  • Guest Speakers - authors, voting registrants, career speakers, motivational speakers, etc.
  • Curated List of Resources - websites for student research, videos for specific curriculum, books, etc.
  • Co-Teaching
  • Help w/ Technology
  • Project Ideas
  • Book Talks!
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Literacy in the Library

Curbside & Concierge Services

We are offering two services for our virtual students and our face-to-face students. Virtual students may request books and pick them up in the main office. Our face-to-face students may request books to be delivered to their second-period class. Click on the appropriate image below. Please feel free to share with your students.

Book Fair Coming!

We will have Junior Library Guild Online Book Fair October 26 - November 6, just in time for the holiday shopping season! Everything is online including browsing, payment, and choosing your shipping option. All orders will be shipped directly to your home or other designated address. Look out for more promotional materials and book recommendations coming later in the month! I'm super excited about offering this opportunity to our faculty and families!
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Virtual Book Clubs

We've got something for everyone! Our Young Adult Book Club will kick off on October 13th with our first title, Shimmer & Burn by Mary Taranta. We will have various titles that cross genres including fantasy, realistic, and a biography. Find more information and titles on our website by clicking HERE. Please let your students know about it too!

For the adults, we have a continuation of our BYOBook Adult Book Club that we began in April. See below for the titles and the virtual meeting dates. HERE is a link to read summaries of each title and get the Zoom code for the meetings.

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Support the Patriot Library

Read Woke T-Shirts

There are a few days left to order a Read Woke shirt. We are selling them for $15 through Monday, October 5th.

The Read Woke Reading Challenge has five criteria:

  1. Challenge a social norm.
  2. Give voice to the voiceless.
  3. Provide information about a group that has been disenfranchised.
  4. Seek to challenge the status quo.
  5. Have a protagonist from an underrepresented or oppressed group.

We have many titles, both in our physical library and in Sora, for our students to read and grow to be more empathic people. Students who read a minimum of four books and completes the Read Woke form on the library website, earn a FREE Read Woke t-shirt! When you purchase a shirt for yourself, you're supporting our reading initiative, and we thank you!

Patriot Jacket Sale COMING!

We will be selling weather-resistant jackets and fleece sweaters with the Patriot logo beginning October 12th through October 26th. You can add your name for an additional $5. You must pay in advance. The weather-resistant jacket has a hood and a fleece lining. It is great for football games and other Fall/Winter outdoor sports! The fleece sweaters are perfect for our chilly building year-round! They will arrive well before the Thanksgiving break. Stop by the library to order yours or send us an email!

All proceeds go toward library programmings such as author visits, book clubs, games for library use, transportation for students to library events such as Nerdvana Con, Library Palooza, and the San Antonio Book Festival. We appreciate your support!

Friends of JISD Libraries


Friends of JISD Libraries Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of JISD Libraries is to promote literacy and the essential role of school libraries in JISD while providing district-wide equity in literacy experiences, connecting all stakeholders to a community of readers and writers for a lifelong love of literacy.

Friends of JISD Libraries Goals

1. Educate the community (parents, students, employees, residents) about library services that impact reading, critical thinking, and lifelong learning essential to a democratic society.

2. To sponsor district-wide literacy events.

3. Host an informational and educational website.

How does this translate to our friends?

1. We want to offer author and illustrator visits throughout all schools, regardless of their ability to financially contribute to the visit.

2. We want to offer resources equitably among schools such as maker-space materials, games, puzzles, Rubix Cubes, etc.

How can I help?

1. Buy the cup for $12.

2. Make a donation on the My School Bucks page.

3. Tell your friends about us!

4. If you know of a corporation or business that would like to sponsor an event for advertisement and/or a charitable donation, please refer them to me at

Professional Development Opportunities

TexQuest Virtual Learning Conference

If you've never been to a TexQuest training, you should go to this one! Learn how to use these FREE resources, which are great to use with virtual learning and embedding in Canvas. And, best of all, they're appropriate for ANY content. Go HERE to learn more and register! November 12th from 8:00-3:30.

Kahoot! Online FREE PD

If you LOVE Kahoot!, check out these FREE pd opportunities to engage your students more with Kahoot!, specifically designed for our distance and blended learning situations. Go HERE to learn more.

Parent Academy

Various specialists across the district are offering sessions for parents via the Parent Academy. I did a session on September 14th on "Reading with the Sora Library," and I will offer "Online Research Tools & Resources" on October 19th. Please share with your parents! There are many other sessions available too. Check them out HERE. The calendar image on the left has a link to the calendar of sessions.

Technology Help

If you need assistance setting-up all of your new devices to the docking station and knowing how to project the correct one, the Kirby Middle School librarian, Ms. Lehman, created this helpful document.

What Are You Reading?

Need a Suggestion?

If you need a suggestion for your next book, see my September picks below.