SV LMC Bits & Bytes

December 2022 - A Fall Review

Total Books Checked Out through September

Classes in the Library

English teachers brought their classes to the library a total of 16 days in October and November, and Mrs. Kauffman was out instructing in classes for 6 days, teaching reading strategies, characterization, research skills and using databases.

On days the library is not reserved for classes, students may come down from study hall on full period or 10-minute passes.

Fall Read & Feed

The importance of reading aloud to secondary students

Evidence-based benefits of Reading Aloud:

  • Creates community.
  • Encourages listeners to construct meanings and connect ideas and experiences.
  • Models fluency and expression in reading technical or literary language.
  • Encourages listeners to make meaning in new ways
  • Improves information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Targets the skills of audio learners.
  • Motivates students to read.
(McGee, Patricia. “The Instructional Value of Storytelling." United States Air Force, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Warfighting Readiness Research Division.)

On October 26, we held the first major event of the year: the Fall Read & Feed. Students enjoyed snacks and beverages while teachers read a variety of Fall and Halloween stories. They also enjoyed word games and puzzles and had time to just enjoy one another's company.

Thanks for our faculty and staff for taking their prep periods to read ot our students: Nicole Wee, Angie Luttenegger, Matt Klingner, Kristen Geist, Rachel Grotzke, Katherine Wagner, Rachael Dooley and Jeanette Van Zomeren.

Monthly Celebrations in October & November

Collaboratory / Makerspace

Making & Taking

The recent button machine for the Collaboratory makerspace has proven to be a hit with students. Purchased earlier this fall, tech teens and Mrs. Oldenburger's students helped unpack the machine and put it together. They were first to practice making buttons they can take. In the month since we've had it, tech teens have created instructions and aided students in creating and making their own buttons.

Tech Teens & Student Library Advisory Committee

Door Decorations: Stranger Things Mind Flyer

The Tech Teens created a tongue-in-cheek display for the fall library entrance: the Stranger Things Mind Flayer. They spent mutiple periods over the course of several days working on this entrance for the fall season.

But it is not just display work that our tech teens assist with in the library. They help organize and shelve books, run the Collaboratory makerspace, perform technology assistance for staff and students, create signage, help direct library programming.

If you have a student who might be interested in serving as a tech teen, s/he can fill out the application below or stop in the LMC to learn more information.

SV LMC & Tech Teen Application

Students can check in the LMC if they have questions.

LMC Happenings

Katy Kauffman, Teacher Librarian


QUICK STATS (October & November)

  • Top genres: Graphic Novels, Suspense, Realistic
  • Whole class daily reservations: 13 days
  • Teacher Librarian Teaching Days: 5
  • Top 3 most checked out books: I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore, Nothing More to Tell by Karen McManus, One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus