Doss Library News

August 2022

Welcome Back!

Hello Dragons! I hope that everyone had a relaxing, albeit way too brief, summer. I am excited to kick off the school year with you and our students! In this month's newsletter, you will find info about:


  • Library Support For You and Your Students
  • Dates for Faculty/Staff Doughnut and Coffee Days in the Library
  • LibGuide Highlights
  • August Virtual Library (library trivia link can be found in the virtual library)
  • Teacher resources: Back to school icebreakers, Gale, News Literacy Project

Thank you for reading our newsletter and I hope that you have a fantastic start to the school year!


--Ashley Freeman-Sewell, Librarian

ashley.freeman@jefferson.kyschools.us

@DossReads on Twitter and Instagram

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Library Support

The library is here for our students AND all teachers! Please do not hesitate to ask for help with a project. Here are just a few ways that the library can support students and teachers:


  • Offers a diverse variety of print and e-books as well as a professional collection for teachers
  • Collaboration--We offer classes for research skills, book speed dating--helping students to find an independent reading book, library orientation, information literacy training, book talks, Backpack help, etc.
  • A quiet space for students to work on projects
  • Classroom space to facilitate small group learning
  • Poster printing and laminating
  • Digital media lab with green screen
  • A commons room to use for teacher meetings or small group testing
  • A monthly library trivia contest for students: Visit the top of the third column on our Welcome page for more info--feel free to share this link in your Google Classroom. Below is a poster that you can use in your classroom and Google Classrooms.
  • Twitter and Instagram accounts to keep you aware of events/promotions: @DossReads
  • Much more!

View available class times on our library calendar, which is also available on the Welcome page of the LibGuide.

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Faculty/Staff Coffee & Doughnut Days in the Library

Back by popular demand, the library will once again host a coffee and doughnut day for each department in the library. Stop by to enjoy a snack, socialize with colleagues and browse our professional collection and lesson planning resources. Mark your calendars for the following dates:


  • Math, Science: Wednesday, Sept. 21st
  • English, Social Studies, Spanish: Wednesday, Oct. 19th
  • Business, Tech, Health: Wednesday, Nov. 16th
  • Art, Humanities, ECE, ELL: Wednesday, Dec. 7th
  • Office, Administration, Security, Counselors: Wednesday, Feb. 1st

You can also view these dates on the library calendar.

LibGuide Highlights

Please be sure to bookmark the Doss LibGuide on your computer and encourage students to do the same on their chromebooks. The LibGuide features a WIDE variety of learning resources, access to our library catalog, news about promotions and events, including library trivia and much more! Here are a few highlights to check out:


  • Books, books, books and more NEW books! We have SO many fantastic new titles. Check them out on the "New Books" and "Find a Good Book" tabs. You can also view our new books slideshow on the LibGuide. Please feel free to share it in your Google Classrooms!
  • We rolled out the e-books collection last year and it's been a hit with students. We feature many titles that we may not have in print (or print titles that are super popular and always checked out) and it's a great back-up plan for students who may forget their IR book at home. We have over 1,000 titles to choose from--and there are also many audiobooks! Students can use the notes and highlighting tools as they read. Check out the e-collection by visiting the "New Books" or "Find a Good Book" tab on the LibGuide and click on the MackinVia icon. Students can also download the app to their phones.
  • Speaking of e-books, we will be adding a BRAND NEW ELL collection. Spanish and French along with a few other language titles will be available to support our ELL students and Spanish teachers. I am also adding some Spanish titles to our print collection.
  • Not sure what to read next? Let the library help! Fill out the BookFlix form and we will create a list of personalized recs for you! The BookFlix form can be accessed at all times on the "Find a Good Book" tab.
  • We are incredibly proud of our career pathways at Doss. In support of our programs, the library is focusing on adding to our career learning titles. Check out some of our newest additions on the Academy Career Books slideshow. The slideshow can also be accessed on the "College & Careers" tab on the LibGuide.
  • Be sure to checkout the "Teacher Resources" tab for lesson planning support. There are a TON of resources, including the Teacher Resources Padlet organized by subject area, new professional collection books slideshow, links to the academic standards, curriculum planning documents and so much more!

Whew!!! That was a lot of info, but seriously there are SO many ways we can support you and your students on the LibGuide...check it out!

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August Virtual Library

Our monthly virtual libraries feature some fun and timely links for students. Each month's virtual library is featured on the LibGuide's Welcome page. The August virtual library features the following links:


  • Library class schedule
  • '22-23 Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee summaries and virtual bookshelf
  • Link to August library trivia
  • New books slideshow
  • ACT Prep links
  • Much more!

You can access the virtual library directly by using this link and please feel free to share on Google Classroom!

Teacher Resources