April 2018

in the HH Library

Kindergarten Research

Kindergarten conducted animal research from different habitats using QR codes to log in to Launchpad and access the PebbleGo early reader database. They listened to the articles and made notes.
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Friends of NEISD Libraries--2nd Annual Edible Book Festival

FONEL is very excited to sponsor the 2nd Annual Edible Book Festival on Sunday May 6 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Madison HS. Create a cake that goes with a book title or literary pun.

There will be family fun for all with the judging of the edible creations, photo booth, games, and activities for all ages! There will also be some great silent auction items, including a large canvas print by local photographer, Joe Chidgey, Whataburger basket with Whataburger for a year, Scholastic Bookfair Literacy basket, plus some librarian created baskets.

Register your edible book creation today by visiting the FONEL website.

Entry fees:

$6 for a FONEL Member/NEISD Students

$11 for a Non-FONEL Member (includes a membership)

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Discovering Green Screen Video Editing

Thanks to Library Services we've started using the DoInk app and discovered the joys of special effects and green screen editing. It's great fun and can be applied to all kinds of learning situations, whether it be talking about rapid changes to the earth's surfaces, field trips to the Winter Olympics, famous artists, or fabulous authors.

Check out the HH Library YouTube channel for some of the ones from students with permissions for projects to be shared publicly.

Favorite Authors Yolen

Monthly Circulation


From March 1-31 we circulated 3345 items. Go Hawk Readers!

Summer Reading

It's NEVER too early to start thinking about summer reading! Start making plans for books that you would like to read as a family. Maybe books that you will read aloud before bed? Or books that you will listen to on car trips? How often will you visit the public library? Were you able to stock up on some low price reading at the PTA used book sale a couple of weekends ago? It is VITALLY IMPORTANT that kids continue to read over the summer. It's OK to make it fun reading. Graphic novels are great. Super heroes and princesses and monsters and wimpy kids are perfect. Just READ! Make sure to check out the HH libguide as it will be updated with programs as they are announced and 2018 information is released. Updates will also be posted to FB to remind you so that is another option ... "Like" us there!

Overdue Books

We have 460 overdue books out right now and that's a lot! This is mentioned that only because we want kids to be able to get NEW books often ... and can only do that if they're keeping track of the books they already have. We've also got kids waiting on books they can't read because they're sitting under a bed or couch somewhere!

If you're ever not sure you can contact the librarian about a student's account or login to Launchpad and go to the Destiny icon (ie the BLACK TREE link on the Library Resources) and find the materials listed there.

There is always the electronic library to add to reading possibilities! There can never be any overdues there because they return themselves automatically.

Books into Movies

Ms. Oliverson FINALLY saw Wonder and Ferdinand and enjoyed them both!

What did you think of A Wrinkle in Time? Still waiting to see that one!

Ready Player One was a young adult or adult book (definitely language and a couple non-elementary kiddo situations) but it was a fabulous book for older 80s fans. Ms. O listened to Wil Wheaton read the audiobook but hasn't made it that movie yet, either.

Have you read a book about the REAL Stubby? There are print and electronic ones available. Then go see this family friendly movie!

And on May 8 a movie from the Boxcar Children series will open!

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Electronic Resources

Access to electronic resources has changed a bit this year. In order to access all digital resources students (Overdrive ebooks or audiobooks (awesome for travel), Pebblego early reader nonfiction reference, Tumblebooks, Encyclopedia Britannica reference sources, etc) will go to Launchpad. This can be accessed from the top right of the main NEISD page or from the library webpage.

The Overdrive standalone app will still work, though you will need to log in with the long NEISD network login credentials.

BrainPop, Jr has returned, and we now have BrainPop! Both are available via Launchpad!

If you would like the generic login info to use on the standalone app outside of Launchpad for a home device contact Ms. Oliverson.

Username: first initial + last name (up to 10 letters) + last 4 digits of ID number @ stu.neisd.net (no spaces or + signs when entering online)

Password: Full student ID number

If you as a parent would like to check out library materials (either print or electronic) please fill out this link and Ms. Oliverson will be in touch.