Driscoll Library

November 2015

In this Issue

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends, food, fun...and reading books! This issue of the newsletter includes info about the following recent and upcoming library happenings:

  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Games Unplugged: Donations Request
  • Author Visit with Jake Halpern
  • 8th Grade English Research
  • Upcoming Events
  • November Library Statistics

Book Fair is Coming!

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held December 7th-11th in the Library. Stock up on books to give as holiday gifts!

Hours of Operation

Mon-Thu: 7:45am - 3:45pm

Friday: 7:45am - 1pm

Can't make it to the fair? No worries! You may also order online between November 23rd and December 11th by visiting the following site: Driscoll Online Book Fair. (To ensure delivery by Dec. 18th, place orders by Dec. 4th.)

Games Unplugged: Donations Request

Every Wednesday before school, Games Unplugged is held in the Library. During this time, students “unplug” from the computers and their electronic devices to play good old fashioned table-top games (ex., Checkers, Chess, Boggle, Pictionary, etc.). Recently, we’ve had a much bigger crowd and could use some additional games. If you have any games you are willing to part with, they would be well used and loved by students in the library!

Author Jake Halpern Visits Driscoll

Driscoll was fortunate to be one of the 4 schools author Jake Halpern visited during his trip to San Antonio. He was a wonderful speaker and had students fully engaged when he spoke about his New York Times Best-Selling novel Nightfall. Three autographed copies of the book were given away to students who attended, and students had an opportunity to purchase books as well.

Visit the following link to for the detailed article that was featured on the NEISD website: Distinguished Author Jake Halpern Visits Driscoll

Research, Research Research!

Mrs. San Martin's and Mrs. Truong's 8th grade English classes each spent 2 days in the library to research issues with opposing viewpoints for their persuasive essays. Students used our electronic resources ProQuest SIRS Researcher and Gale Opposing Viewpoints as well as library books to find information on an issue of their choice. Students also learned how to use a Digital Note-Taking Form, locate citations within databases, and create citations using EasyBib.com.

Upcoming Dates

Scholastic Book Fair - December 7th-11th

Reading Revolution Incentive Day - Dec. 15th

Lunch Bunch Book Club (MYSTERY) - Dec. 18th

Maker Mondays - Weekly after school

Tech Tuesdays - Weekly after school

Games Unplugged - Wednesdays before school

November Library Stats

# of School Days Open: 16

# of Classes Served: 102

Students Before School

Daily Avg. = 78

Total = 1,173

*The library was only open before school for 15 days.

Students on Library Pass

Daily Avg. = 54

Total = 862

# of Students After School

Daily Avg. = 5*

Total = 52

*The library was only open after school for 10 days due to meetings and early closures.

Daily Avg. of Individual Students Served = 131

Total # of Individual Students Served = 2,089

# of Books Checked Out

6th Grade: 751

7th Grade: 367

8th Grade: 371

Faculty & Staff: 232

OverDrive: 242

Total Checkouts: 1,963

Meet the Librarian

Greetings! My name is Mrs. Murray, and I am delighted to be the librarian here at Driscoll Middle School! My passion is getting students excited about reading and learning and helping them discover and explore their own passions. I love working with teachers to help create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students. I'm looking forward to a full and exciting year!