HSMS Library Media Center

Fall/Winter 2016 #hsmsreads

Schedule a Breakout EDU in the HSMS Library

We'd love to help you plan a breakout session for your students! Mrs. Sturdivant and I are available to help you schedule a time for your classes to come to the library to try to solve the puzzle and breakout. Breakouts are a great way to challenge your students to think critically and to learn to problem solve. At Breakout.edu, there are ready-to-use breakouts designed for you to implement with your students, you can create your own, or have your students create one. If you haven't had the opportunity to take part in one of the breakout sessions we have done at HSMS during our meeting times, you might like to view the video below to help you understand more about how a breakout operates.
Breakout EDU Overview Video
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Teaching & Learning at HSMS Library Media Center

Instruction @HSMS Library:

  • Mrs. Chitwood's and Mrs. Hitt's students came to the library for a lesson on Internet Safety.
  • Mrs. Hamilton's & Mrs. Hitt's 8th grade Literacy classes enjoyed hearing booktalks from Garland County YA Librarian, Brittany Chavez, on October 10 as part of a celebration of Teen Read Week. She talked about several new young adult titles with our students.
  • I booktalked new books for Mrs. Hamilton's classes and provided instruction on how to access some of the online resources provided by Garland County Library.
  • Mrs. Nelson's students came to the library for instruction on how to use the card catalog, how to make better Google searches, and how to create a bibliography using EasyBib.
  • Ms. McClendon's Drama classes came to the library to watch the play Our Town.
  • I organized a Breakout for the teachers to experience during their meeting time from Breakout.edu based on the movie Back to the Future.
  • I also provided instruction for teachers on the use of Google Calendars and Email on October 17. Resources for this instruction were posted to the HSMS Staff Google Classroom for anyone who was unable to attend the training.

We have also had several classes come to check out library books and lots of free flow students. Over 2300 students have also signed in to use the library, apart from a class, since school started. We love to see our students reading! Thank you, teachers, for encouraging our students to have a book with them and to be reading!

Teachers, please contact me if you would like to schedule your students for library instruction or to reserve your class for checking in and out books. I can come to your classroom or schedule your class time in the library.

Pumpkin Light Night

HSSD Library Media Specialists organized a book walk using the Humphrey titles to give out prizes at Pumpkin Light Night. Prizes included Sonic coupons, books and candy. HSHS cheerleaders volunteered to help at our booth.

Library Statistics

From August 15 to today:

Total Circulations (Checkouts) 5,556

Top Student Patrons

These are the top 10 students who have the most checkouts this school year. Please encourage these students when you see them to keep reading! #hsmsreads

1. B. Hewitt 84

2. Q. Johnson 57

3. A. Rodriguez 52

4. T. Scoles 39

5. R. Jones 37

6. A. Grissom 34

7. A. Mitchell-Perkins 34

8. K. Beaver 33

9. M. Harbut 33

10. K. Cordova 30

Top Ten Books

These books are the ten most popular library books with our students so far this year.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School


The Lost Hero

The Hunger Games

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel

If We Survive

Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen

Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After


The Lions of Little Rock

Top 10 Things Your Librarian Can Do For You

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HSMS Book Club #hsmsreads

Virals by Kathy Reichs

HSMS Book Club is reading Virals by Kathy Reichs. This is a description from Goodreads.com and this is the first in a series.

Virals (Virals #1)

by Kathy Reichs (Goodreads Author), Brendan Reichs (Goodreads Author)

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.
Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They're a pack. They are Virals.