Blackshear Bulletin

Library News December 2014

Library Happenings

We had less database use in the month of November with a week off at Thanksgiving! Remember, the library is always an option for extended learning or reteaching--contact me for curriculum support.

ABC-CLIO-19 hits

Encyclopedia Britannica-679 hits

Gale-119 hits

PebbleGo- 1,057 hits

Trueflix-62 hits

Tumblebooks-1,423 views

Discovery Streaming-319

If you need any help with integrating database or online resources into your lessons, please contact the library.


During the month of November, the library was also a busy place!


Behind the scenes: 10 hours of administrative tasks were performed to prepare for author autographs and the visit. Teachers and I spent about 3 hours planning and discussing needs for the upcoming 9 weeks and videoconferencing needs. We made about 7 library cards to enroll new students and 187 students came to check out books on a pass. Additionally, we reset 3 passwords. Also, we scheduled and held 5 videoconferences, and pulled 9 carts of requested books.


With the students during the month of Novemer, we had the author visit from Susan Stevens Crummel, who taught about story elements and creativity. We had a total of 120 lessons and check outs. The lessons for students included introducing books by Susan Stevens Crummel, idioms, problem solving, and internet safety. 211 students participated in lessons on being smart online and keeping personal information private. 5th grade PLC students are continuing working on a research project about the American Revolution and progressing through the IIM research process. Here, they are building note-taking skills, summarizing and questioning in the research setting. Finally, 4,024 books were checked out and 4, 010 books were checked in.

Bluebonnet Program is going strong!

Increased participation in the program has occurred in 5th grade this year with books in the classrooms and teachers using these titles as mentor texts. The totals right before winter break has approximately 50 students who have read five or more to participate in the election at the end of January. Thanks to all the teachers who are supporting this program and encouraging students to read these great literature choices.

Upcoming Events

Book club will start before school on Thursday mornings after Winter break for 4th and 5th graders wanting to participate. Sign up sheets and more information on grouping to come.


Character book parade will be on February 13th with a tie to multicultural themes for No Place for Hate activities. More information to come.