Lydia Middleton Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

August 2017

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a wonderful summer. We are off to a great start in the Learning Commons and we are looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year!


Best wishes for a great year!

Mrs. Stevenson and Ms. Schmitt

All Things Solar Eclipse

As our students were getting back into the routine of a new school year, Solar Eclipse fever broke out! In the weeks leading up to August 21, the Learning Commons shifted gears from "All Things Library" to "All Things Solar Eclipse". This was the perfect opportunity to help students understand the science behind a Solar Eclipse. We watched videos, talked about how to view the eclipse safely, and then did an experiment to give the kids a visual representation of how the distance between the sun, moon, and Earth affects what we see from Earth. A Solar Eclipse Kahoot was the perfect way to end our learning.

What a memorable experience!

Destiny Discover Chrome Extension

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The Destiny Discover Chrome Extension is a great way to connect our students and teachers to the library collection. Students have started to install this extension on their Chromebooks.


Whether a student is researching, creating a project, looking for a new book to read or just browsing, we try to connect and teach them about all the wonderful resources our library contains.

Our students also use Google to search and we teach them this skill as well. However, we don't want to forget the library resources either.

Guess what? Follett has created the perfect solution for this!


The Destiny Discover Chrome Extension!


Now it's easier than ever to locate resources in our library. Just use Google to search for resources from our Destiny Catalog.

In the image above this post, I was searching Sharks and all of our library resources about Sharks showed up in the ribbon at the top. LIFE CHANGING!!!


You can also click on the Destiny Discover Extension and it will bring down a Search bar which lets you Search Your School Resources here too. JUST 1 CLICK!!!


This is an important addition that Follett has created and will help our students and teacher as they search for the resources they need.

Rolling Returns is Back!

We are excited to welcome fourth grade students to the Rolling Returns crew! What a turn out we had for orientation!

These students will come around to each classroom to pick up library books that are ready to be returned. Please bear with us as these are fourth graders just learning the ropes.

Until next month...

About Us

Our goals are to:



  • Get students excited about the library space and learning.
  • Give students opportunities to work on engaging tasks.
  • Provide spaces to work collaboratively, think critically and creatively.


Also, to transition to a place where students DO stuff, not simply a place where students GET stuff.