KISD Libraries Update

Volume 1

KISD Primary and Elementary Libraries

The first six weeks of school have flown by! See below to find out what is going on at the KPS, CES and KIS libraries. Mark your calendars for December 17-19 because the singing zoologist, Lucas Miller, is coming to KPS, CES and KIS.

KISD Secondary Libraries

See below to find out what is going on at the KMS and KHS Libraries.

KMS Library

We have been really busy at the KMS Library. The KMS book fair was a great success and with the profits we will be able to add more books to our e-book collection and more print books to the library.

The iPad and laptop cart checkout is up and running and the teachers are taking advantage of it! Diane Wimberly and Stacey Cole recently collaborated with KHS media students to create a Moodle for KMS teachers to learn about laptop/iPad cart policies and procedures. We hope to complete this by next week.

Diane Wimberly has been working hard updating her collection and has a fantastic student library aide program at her campus. These students work diligently to make sure that all of the books are in order and that they are showing up correctly in our online catalog. They also help library staff by checking our series books and seeing what books are needed to complete a series. This diligence has lead us to delve deeper into our own catalog records and to fix any discrepancies that we see. It is very exciting to be able to reach such an in depth level of organization...truly a librarian's dream!

Our new MackinVia e-book platform is up and running at KMS. They currently have about 100 e-books and are hoping to add several more in the near future with book fair funds. These e-books can be read on any smart device or computer and we can keep them forever! We love e-books because they can never be lost, torn up or overdue!

Future plans for the KMS Library include adding library decor and continuing our work on tweaking catalog records. We are also making preparations for a Bluebonnet Reading Program for our 6th grade students.

KHS Library

We have been extremely busy at the KHS Library with many things. Our new e-book platform MackinVia is up and running and the students are loving it! We have close to 200 e-books and plan on adding to this collection each year. I would like to thank Heather Chism in our technology department for helping both KMS and KHS with setting up user accounts for our patrons.

We also have our online subscriptions and databases renewed. We have several Facts on File databases and SIRS Issues Researcher along with several magazines and newspapers.

The Bulldog Reading Club is in full swing and we have several students participating. And guess what? Two boys are in the lead with the most books! We are thrilled to have some of our male students competing in this year's contest.

We have grand plans for our Ragin' Red cafe. We have our menu narrowed down and KISD maintenance is helping us to expand our seating by working on a bar for our window area. We also hope to eventually add more stools and high tables to the area and to expand our hard floors. It is our hope to get everything going before this semester ends.

The KHS Library has also branched out into the social media world. We now have a Twitter account and an Instagram account in addition to our Facebook page. We are finding that more students than ever are now getting our news updates and announcements. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @kdogslibrary or like us on Facebook at to get our announcements and updates.

We are also working on our library decor. We are having literary quotes made for our windows and vinyl labels made for our shelves. We hope to update our computer stations soon if funds allow and we are making book displays every few weeks to highlight different books in our collection. We hope to add in a reading nook soon as well.

Our Hunger Games Trivia Night will take place in mid November and Lovetta Williams has been working on collecting door prizes for our participants. Stacey Cole has been working on the trivia questions and they are not going to be easy!

In addition, we have also been working on cleaning up our catalog records. As we delve deeper we are learning so much about our new circulation system, Destiny. We are so happy to have this new system and there is so much that we are able to now do with Destiny. To view our new and improved online catalogs please visit the link below.

We now have both of our iPad carts and our laptop carts available for checkout. A Moodle of the KHS iPad/laptop Cart policies and procedures was created by Stacey Cole for KHS faculty. We will be updating all of our iPads soon so we can utilize iOS 7 and add some new educational apps for our students and teachers.

Student iPad and laptop checkout has been a smashing success but we are considering updating some of our policies to help prevent misuse and damage. Student checkout has been put temporarily on hold while we get our student iPads updated and revisit our student checkout policies.

The Doghouse gaming center has been open for weeks now and is booked up. Our students really enjoy the competitiveness and camaraderie that the game room provides.

We are seeing more and more students every day and we are filled to capacity at lunch. Our students are truly taking advantage of the resources we have to offer and we could not be more pleased.

Lastly, we have experienced wonderful collaboration with our teachers. All of our English classes came in for a library orientation and Stacey Cole has collaborated with sociology, dance technique and business classes to assist with authoritative web research and citing resources. There are plans in the future for the senior English classes to come in and learn about plagiarism and copyright.

Hunger Games Trivia Night

Thursday, Nov. 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

711 N Longview St

Kilgore, TX

Come and test your knowledge on all things Hunger Games for a chance to win cool prizes. Pizza provided. $6 entry fee

Open to KMS and KHS students and KISD Staff

May the odds be ever in your favor!