Kilgore ISD Libraries

Volume I Fall 2014

KISD Elementary Libraries

Many exciting things happened at our elementary campus libraries during the first six weeks.

It's Fairy Tale week at the KPS Library!

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KISD Secondary Libraries

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Kilgore Middle School Library

The KMS Library has gotten off to a running start this year. All 6th grade students were able to attend a library orientation led by Mrs. Wimberly where they learned their way around the library and what resources/library programming are available to students.

KMS students and teachers now have access to several new online resources. Several Scholastic magazines are available to them as digital magazines: Science World, New York Times Up Front, Scholastic Math, and Junior Scholastic. New York Times Up Front and Junior Scholastic are current event magazines that are great for social studies classes. KMS also hosts several databases. In addition to the TexQuest databases from the Texas State Library and Archives commission, KMS has subscribed to the Grolier Online database that includes the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Land and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science. We are excited to see how the teachers will use these new resources in their classrooms.

The KMS Book Fair is happening this week. There were many great books available at the KPS fair so I know that the KMS Book Fair will be awesome as well. Please go by and check it out if you can.

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Kilgore High School Library

At the KHS Library, the year has gotten off to a fantastic start and we have been very busy. Mrs. Cole has done a plagiarism lesson for all of the sophomores and seniors. The sophomores also received instruction on authoritative web research and EasyBib. Junior AP English students received a two day presentation that covered plagiarism, knowing when and how to cite sources, authoritative web research, databases, and EasyBib. Mrs. Cole has also worked with the Dance Technique classes on ballerina research and the sophomore English classes on their research relating to The Good Earth and China. It has been wonderful for us to work so closely with the students and teachers and we have had more requests for library assistance this year than any other year I have been here. My perseverance is finally paying off! On average, we are having at least one class per week come in to utilize the library's services in some way.

We have completely changed our student aide program as well. We have modeled ours after the program at KMS run so beautifully by Diane Wimberly. All of our student aides have their own section of shelves to keep in order and to keep clean. Each student has a fiction and non-fiction section. They are graded one time per week on shelf order and receive a monthly grade for dusting their shelves. Our kids have really outdone themselves. They have worked extremely hard to get their tasks done and we are so proud of them. Our shelves are looking better than they ever have!

We have had a successful start to our Bulldog Reading Club. Students that participate are asked to write reviews of the books that they have read which I then publish to our webpage. Students must read at least 5 books to get their name into the grand prize drawing. I have a couple that are just about done with their 5th book.

We are also having a 40 Book Reading Challenge this year for faculty and students. Students must read 40 Books including books from the following genres: poetry, biographies, graphic (comic) novels, historical fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and informational. Everyone that completes this challenge will get their name entered into a prize drawing.

One of the most exciting things that has happened for our libraries this year is the addition of the TexQuest databases. This year we are getting access to several databases free of charge including: National Geographic Kids, Kids InfoBits, Student Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Center, Infotrac Newsstand, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Literature Resource Center and more. With such a variety of databases, we have options for all students from kindergarten to high school. Last week I attended a TexQuest workshop at Region VII regarding the databases and I am very excited to share what I have learned with my teachers. I have encouraged campus administrators and library staff at each campus to share these resources with their faculty. Next year we will be able to retain these databases at a cost of 22 cents per student. In previous years, I have had to spend $2000 or more for databases. With TexQuest, I will only have to spend around $220. The savings are astronomical and will allow more money to be put toward purchasing books and eBooks. These databases are web-based and can be used anywhere. I would like to thank Mark Lane for his help in getting these set up for us.

In late September we celebrated Banned Book week at the KHS Library. We had many students and staff members that came in to get their "mugshot" taken. It was a lot of fun and opened up a dialog among students and library staff members about literature, reading, and why certain books have been questioned or banned. This week is Teen Read Week and we are celebrating by conducting a Young Adult Reading Survey and by hosting a reading trivia game in the library during lunch. Everyone that completes the survey and participates in the game will get a chance to win a free book.

We have had two library PLCs this semester. These meetings have been very valuable to us and we have enjoyed being able to get together and make decisions as a team about the needs of our libraries. We have made changes to policy, our Accelerated Reader labeling, and our websites. Staff members have also had time to work on book and supply orders and to get answers to library related questions. Our next PLC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th at KIS.

I have conducted an instructional technology needs assessment survey for KHS teachers. Teachers were asked if they would attend instructional technology help sessions if they were offered, what time of day they preferred, and what topics interested them. The survey closes today and I plan to offer monthly instructional help sessions based on the most requested topics. I am excited to move forward with this idea and to have the opportunity to work more closely with KHS teachers.