East Side Elementary

Mid-Year Report (12/2014)


12,241 library books have been circulated since the beginning of school.

Of the 12,241 books circulated, 7,599 books were fiction and 4,642 were nonfiction with the 700s (Arts & Recreation) circulating the most.

An average of 58 students visit the library daily with library passes. An average of six classes visit the library daily for library and technology lessons.


September 30th was Crayon Quitting Day. We campaigned with other schools across the country to support the crayons. This book has been a favorite among the students which is no surprise since the book is listed on the Texas Bluebonnet list. We discussed which color had the strongest argument and noted which arguments were based on facts, opinions, and feelings. I tweeted about our week and which crayon was a favorite at East Side. From the picture below, you can see that a response was received from the publisher.
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What have we learned this semester?

This school year we have engaged in lessons on genres, digital stories, story elements including character traits, participated in reader's theater, and learned more about using technology to increase learning. Older students engaged in several research lessons including inquiry based research where we used the TexQuest Databases. These students also learned more about navigating the web while looking for key elements of a reliable website. These elements included copyright date, owner, and design of each site.


This year makerspaces were implemented in the library. Students have the opportunity to participate in makerspaces once each six weeks. Makerspaces is a place for students to engage in hands-on learning by working collaboratively with others while using their imagination and creativity. Some makerspaces include Legos, exploring magnets, using puppets to tell a story, and designing a personal bookmark.

2014-2015 Library Goals

These goals are for the entire school year and will continue to be implemented in the second semester:

* Encourage students to read different genres.

* Foster, facilitate, and support student learning to encourage life-long learning.

* Implement and introduce Web 2.0 technologies into library lessons.

* Integrate technology in makerspaces.

* Encourage activities that promote a love of reading.

All photos copyright 2014 Charlotte Odom. Report compiled for East Side Library Mid-year Report by Charlotte Odom, Librarian.