JISD Library Services Newsletter

April 2020, Covid-19 Edition

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Pass the Book Video

Below is the link to the JISD Library Services Pass the Book Video. Librarians, librarian assistants, and an intern worked together to create this fun video. Rolling Meadows Librarian, Jennifer Heine, put all of individual videos together to create this masterpiece, and librarian assistant extraordinaire, Stacy Constantino from Veterans Memorial, created our ending slide.
JISD Librarians Pass the Book

Library Services Activity Guides

The librarians and librarian assistants of JISD Library Services have put together activities, both live and recorded, for students and families to enjoy at home. We offer both traditional library activities like story times, book clubs, and library-related trainings, but we also offer activities that focus on hobbies including yoga, Tai Chi, cooking/baking, photography tips, Lego challenges and more! Look for new activity guides each Monday on the "Learning at Home" webpage. You may find the past activity guides linked below.

Mrs. St. Pierre's Play Dough Challenge April 30th

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Virtual Book Clubs

This past month, the JISD librarians hosted two book clubs. The first was a Teen & Faculty Book Club with the novel Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. We met over three weeks to discuss one third of the book. We had engaging conversations about


The second was a Faculty Book Club with the memoir Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary. Judson High School librarian, Mariya Ortiz, also collaborated with ESC Region 20's Dana Frankland, Consultant for Low-Incidence Disabilities, Assistive Technology, and Related Services, and Janet Enriquez, the Consultant for Autism, to provide a book study aimed at increasing teachers' understanding of life on the Autism Spectrum Disorder continuum, how this diagnosis affects families, and how educators can better align practices to help all students be successful.

Upcoming Book Clubs

We will be using the Sync Audiobooks for Teens, which are available for download, for FREE, from April 30th to July 29th. Go to https://www.audiobooksync.com/2020-sync-titles/ to view the titles and dates. The titles are only available during the one week window, but once you download them, they're yours to keep!

This year, the books are only downloadable using the Sora app. The Overdrive and Libby apps will not work this year, so please download the JISD Sora app to your phone and/or computer, if you haven't already.

Be sure to register and sign up to receive email alerts for new title releases. https://www.audiobooksync.com/ You can also text syncya to 25827 to receive text alerts about the featured titles.

Your Thursdays are BOOKED Teen Book Club

Join us through July 23rd for our teen book club. We will start on Thursday, May 7th, with Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, pictured above, and it will be available for FREE download through the Sync Audiobook program from April 30 - May 6th. Download the book to your device before May 6th. You may KEEP the book on your devise for as long as you would like!

See all of the upcoming titles, links, and instructions for download for each title on THIS link.

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Adult Book Clubs

We had such a great response from our adult book clubs that we've decided to create more opportunities with a series of Bring Your Own... Book clubs. First up, on Saturday, May 2nd from 7:00-8:00 P.M., we'll be discussing Julia Alvarez's Afterlife in our BYO...LitFic Book Club. This book is a beautiful piece of literary fiction that raises big questions about our responsibilities to care of others-- especially in times of crisis.

On Friday, May 8th, from 7:00-8:00 P.M., get ready for a Friday night fright with our BYO...Thriller Book Club. We'll be discussing Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey, an adult thriller set in the 1980s and told from the perspective of a 13-year old trying to reconcile the innocence of childhood with the reality of a serial child kidnapper in this idyllic small town where nothing will ever be the same again. Note: This book has subject matter geared for mature audiences.

RME Continue Virtual Field Trips

Rolling Meadows virtual field trips supporting science instruction with the Texas State Aquarium began in October and continues from home! The April 21st topic was Octopus Encounter Dive "Dive into the world of cephalopods as we go behind-the-scenes to meet Lilo, the giant Pacific octopus! Discover the characteristics that all cephalopods share, meet one of Lilo’s keepers, and learn how we provide environmental enrichment for this intelligent animal."

TEKS: Science 4.3C, 4.10A, 5.3C, 5.9A, 7.12A; Biology 8B; Aquatic Science 3E and 10B

Wortham Oaks Students Use Flip Grid to Promote Books

The Wortham Oaks Wildcats are pouncing on reading as they encourage all JISD students to read and have fun learning! After completing a Google Forms reader responses, they created Flipgrid videos to showcase their favorite books!

Zoom Story Times

Not a Box

Mrs. Polk, librarian from Copperfield and Crestview Elementary, read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis during one of her story times earlier this month. Pre-K student Harlee Pope from Copperfield Elementary sent in the picture to the right show off her pirate box! She has a great imagination spurned by her librarian and an inspirational book!

Converse Public Library Story Time

JISD was blessed to have THREE librarian interns this Spring semester. Although it ended early, our interns are still working and attending our weekly Zoom meetings. One of interns, Melissa Stovall, also works at the Converse Public Library, and she is offering live Story Time each Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. on the CPL Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ConversePublicLibrary/

Sora Book Talks

The librarians and librarian assistants of JISD have been making book talk commercials for books that are available on our new Sora app. If you missed them on Facebook, please check them out here! Many of our librarians are also making book talks for their school's library webpage. Check there for more book suggestions!
JISD MG Book Trailers
JISD Secondary Book Talks
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Digital Resource Commercials

We also made commercials for our digital resources available from your library's webpage.
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JISD Secondary Library Resources

Lead Librarian, Pamela Thompson

Do you have questions or suggestions? Please contact me.