Library Services Newsletter
March, 2018 ParaLibrarian Edition
New Library System Update - Destiny
For future reference, we will refer to our new library system as Destiny (as that is its brand name, which is owned by Follett).
- The deadline to check in all library books is Friday, June 1st. Set a deadline in May for all books to be returned. Notify your school community to return books on time.
- No library fines or fees will be transferred to the Destiny system.
- Overdue items from only the 2017-18 school year will be migrated (No lost, missing, or overdue items that were checked out before 8/1/17.)
- Kudos! So many of you have signed up for the August training! If you have questions about the training sessions please contact the library helpdesk at email@example.com or 720.423.1842.
- Follett Destiny goes live on August 1st, 2018!
Library Services Digital Resource of the Month:
Our Library Services team is also curating resources about our digital resources for you to learn more about their features and be able to use these overviews with your staff, students and families. Please let us know what would be helpful!
This month we are highlighting Unite for Literacy.
Unite for Literacy is actually a free, multi-lingual eBook resource with early readers. It can accessed through LION or at http://www.uniteforliteracy.com/
Books are written in English and narrated in 35 languages! Not every eBook is narrated in every language. You can sort by languages or subject. All eBooks have natural narration, a native speaker's voice was recorded in each version of the book.
As a child is reading or listening to a book, there is a unique url in the browser above. This link can be emailed to parents, linked in a newsletter or website in order to promote use of the resource or embed it in a lesson. Since it is browser based, it works on any device, including cell phones. It is another great read anytime anywhere option!
This month we are turning the spotlight on Lisa Doyle, para-librarian at McMeen Elementary. Lisa has managed the McMeen library for the past 3 years. During this time she has passionately dedicated her time and energy to promoting and growing a strong reading culture within her school. Lisa loves books and libraries, “When you are among books, anything is possible!”
Lisa loves working with the McMeen students. She commented that her school culture is diverse and everyone has a story to tell. Every week with her read-alouds and booktalks, she makes it a point to promote books that reflect her school’s rich cultural diversity.
Lisa is proud of the grants that she’s secured for McMeen. She has also done a fabulous job of promoting eBooks. She treasures those moments when, after noticing that a child does not want to read, she is able to motivate that child and get them excited about books. Then they can’t wait until their next library visit!
Lisa helps out with the annual McMeen Literacy Night and she hosts public library presentations. McMeen is fortunate to offer free, donated books to students and Lisa is very much involved in distributing those books.
Lisa feels strongly that it’s important to get kids excited about reading. She recommends to her fellow paralibrarians to teach students how to use the online catalog so they are empowered to find and choose books on their own. Lisa also suggests that when you find an interesting and/or fun book that the students aren’t aware of – take the time to share it with them as a short booktalk. Two of her favorite books for read-alouds are That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems and The Enemy: A Book about Peace by Davide Cali. A new find for her library is Dog Day by Sarah Hayes and Lisa remarked that any book that mentions poo and bottoms is a big hit with elementary kids! (I think we would all agree with that!) Lisa also enjoys creating fun, eye catching bulletin boards – see below.
One thing that’s made a big difference in her overall library management is being consistent with students. When students know what her expectations are and follow them – then everyone can focus on what’s fun … reading books!
We celebrate Lisa Doyle FOR PUTTING KIDS FIRST in the McMeen Library!
Yes, Even Cats Can Sue for Copyright Violation
Women's History Month Local Highlight
Did you know the Pauline Robinson Branch Library in Denver was named after Denver’s first African American librarian? Pauline started with the Denver Public Library in 1943 and in 1964 was appointed to the position of Chief Children’s Librarian and served in that capacity for 15 years. Pauline also coordinated one of the country’s largest summer reading programs and was instrumental in writing a grant that brought Reading Is Fundamental to Denver. She retired in 1979, having received numerous awards and recognitions for her remarkable achievements. Pauline Robinson passed away in 1997, one year after the establishment of the library named in her honor.
Please follow this link to The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame to read a beautiful and moving tribute to Pauline Short Robinson.
Q-BA-MAZE is a unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. The big difference? You can create marble maze sculptures in any form such as animals, robots, towers, and geometric shapes. Configurations are unlimited, allowing for unpredictable action when the steel marbles travel different routes. Follow the plans provided in each set, get inspired by our plans, or create your own! Developed by an architect, Q-BA-MAZE inspires creative play as you experiment with motion, stability, physics and art. Think in 3-D while you design and build with colors and cantilevers. It's both right-brain and left-brain, part art and part science. Recommended for Grades Kinder+ (with supervision).
Rigamajig Jr. is a building kit for hands-on free play and playful STE(A)M learning. This collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, screws, and rope allows children to follow their curiosity through play while learning 21st century skills. There are no right or wrong answers; the act of playing and building is the goal, not the finished product. Rigamajig Jr. is great for 1-4 kids to play with. It requires less open space, and stores away in its own gym-bag sized duffel. Recommended for Grades ECE+.
Fake News is Making News
Fake news is making news, and it’s a problem. Denver Public Librarians offer a class to help students build the information literacy skills they need to navigate the media, including how to spot fake news. Contact Robin Filipczak (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a class at your school or at Central Library, or take advantage of their open-access lesson plan and presentation slide deck.