GCS School Library Media News

January 2016

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Submitted by Terri Hoyle, Chavis Middle SLMC

And our GCS Media Specialist are worth melting for . . .

Congratulations, Graduates!

Kelly Walker (Hunter Huss High SLMC) and Summer Kelly (Forest Heights Elementary SLMC) graduated with their Masters in Library Science from Appalachian State University this December. The graduates are pictures with a few of their professors from the program.

Submitted by Summer Kelly, Forest Heights Elem, SLMC

GCS Libraries in the News

Carr Elementary was featured in the Gaston Gazette on December 27. Read about the grant won by the media center and the opportunities it is bringing their students.


SLMC Visits the Library of Congress

Over the Thanksgiving break, Robin Jordan, SLMC at North Gaston, visited the Library of Congress to take part in the Surplus Books Program. This is the fourth time that Robin has visited the library for this purpose. This trip was particularly fruitful, producing 231 books representing a cost of over $6,300.00. Overall, the NG Learning Commons has received almost 1000 books representing a cost of over $21,000.00. The books were shipped via frank labels by Senator Richard Burr (NC). A private sponsor paid expenses for the trip.

Submitted by Robin Jordan, North Gaston Hight SLMC

What's Happening in our Media Centers

Students Escape the Cold with a Good Book

East Gaston's student book club is currently reading The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Keep up with our good book recommendations at tinyurl.com/eghsmediacenter

Submitted by Shay Whitlow, East Gaston High SLMC

The Love of Reading Passed On

The Retired Educators from Cherryville Elementary School donated 16 Dr. Seuss books to be placed in our school library in memory of Mr. Earl Hallman, former principal of Cherryville East, who passed away earlier this past year. Since he loved Dr. Seuss, and even dressed as The Cat in the Hat on Book Character Day, they decided the most appropriate way to honor him was to refresh and update the Dr. Seuss collection. Mr. Hallman was such a loving person who will always be special to those who knew him. His legacy will continue as children read and truly enjoy the books placed in his memory. Our library now has 18 new Dr. Seuss books ready for checkout!

Submitted by Melanie Sherrill, Cherryville Elementary SLMC

Reading Monsters Invade Beam Intermediate

W.B. Beam Intermediate held their Book Fair Preview on Friday, December 4th and then continued the fair through Friday, December 11th. Each day, the media center sponsored special monster-themed events for the students.

  • Friday, December 4 - Preview Day for Students and Teachers
  • Monday, December 7 - Monster Socksquatch Day – Wear your favorite crazy socks!
  • Tuesday, December 8 - Winter/Monster Sweater Day – Wear your favorite Winter/Monster sweater or sweatshirt!
  • Wednesday, December 9 - Monster Inc. Pajama Day – Wear your favorite pajamas!
  • Thursday, December 10 - “Where the Wild Things Are” Day – It’s time to show your wildest hairdo!!! GRAND Event – Invite Grandparents, Relatives, Aunts & Uncles, Neighbors, and Devoted Caregivers for a special treat as they shop the book fair!
  • Friday, December 11 - Monster Mash-Up Day – Wear your favorite mismatched clothes!

Book Fair Challenge

Students at Beam wanted to see their principal, Mr. Hovis get “Merry Monster Slimed.”To do so, they they read 600 books, take AR tests, and pass the tests between Dec 4 and Dec 11!!! The students met their goal and they plan to slime Mr. Hovis on Thursday, January 14. The students with the most points earned during the book fair dates from each classroom are going to get to pour a bucket of slime on Mr. Hovis. Photos to come in the next edition of the GCS School Library Media News.

Submitted by Shaunda Camp, W.B. Beam Intermediate SLMC

Students Given the Gift of Reading

North Gaston High offered the below program to help students out with needed extra credit this holiday break.

“Do you have students who are missing work? Need extra credit? Need a "replacement" assignment? The Wildcat Learning Commons has just the thing. Wrapped books, labeled by genre are available for students to check out. The assignment would be to read the book over the Winter Break and then have an accountable informal (or formal if you choose) assignment to add those needed points to the grade.

The media students wrapped books in festive holiday paper and even put them under a tree. Barcode and genre were written on gift tags and attached to each book. These books were available for check out the week prior to the winter holiday.

Submitted by Robin Jordan, North Gaston High SLMC

Students Make History Come Alive

Using the media center's GCS Pinnacle XX iPads, East Gaston military history students worked with the media specialist to learn stop animation skills to create and record documentaries of Civil War battles.

Submitted by Shay Whitlow, East Gaston High SLMC

Hugo & the Book Bus Visits Cherryville Elementary

On January, 6, 2016, a fun and exciting motivational reading program was presented by Hugo from the Charlotte Hornets. One lucky class was randomly selected to visit the Book Bus and choose a new book of their very own! The staff and students had such a fun time. For more information, or to schedule a visit, go to: http://www.nba.com/hornets/charlotte-hornets-foundation-hugos-book-bus

Submitted by Melanie Sherrill, Cherryville Elementary SLMC

The Polar Express Makes a Stop at Tryon Elementary

At Tryon Elementary, Media Specialist Teresa Sain holds a Polar Express Night each December to increase traffic in the Book Fair. She started this three years ago, thinking about 30-40 people would come, but there are 250-300 people there each year. It has become a tradition at Tryon, and really helps increase book fair sales. The event takes place the last Friday night of the book fair, usually the second Friday in December. The Little Blue Choo from Cherryville is at the event, giving rides to children and adults. There is also an edible craft that the students and their families make to eat, pictures with Santa Paws, popcorn and slushies. This year representatives from the Public Library were there issuing library cards to students and parents. This was a great way to give our families exposure to the services and benefits of the Public Library. The two-hour event raised about $400 and book fair sales for the night were over $1700. It is a great time for the students and their families and raises a lot of money for Tryon's Media Center.

Submitted by Teresa Sain, Tryon Elementary SLMC

Submitted by Teresa Sain, Tryon Elementary SLMC

Celebrating History in the AHS Media Center!!!

The Media Minions at Ashbrook High School have been busy creating a three topic display as the semester is coming to an end. We decided to focus on history as Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day and Black History Month are fast approaching. The students selected the books and created the displays. During the Christmas season (pictured to the right), our display included a continuous loop of The Christmas Story (TBS style) to go along with our Christmas themed display.

Submitted by Andrew Collins, Ashbrook High SLMC

What's Going on in the School Library World

Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

This article in the School Library Journal has some great ideas of how to bridge the gap between K-12 education and colleges. This would definitely be beneficial to the AIG cluster classes in Middle School and maybe even 5th graders. It would allow them to see and experience the "college" life as well as provide them with more resources when doing projects. Gaston College's library might be a good place to start and then venture to UNC- Charlotte.


Submitted by Shaunda Camp, W.B. Beam Intermediate SLMC

Media Center Best Practices

What are the differences between fixed, flex, and mixed scheduling? What are the pro and cons of each? Check out the article below for resources to help support program development in your media center.


Submitted by Melanie Sherrill, Cherryville Elementary SLMC

Strong School Libraries Build Strong Students

Read all about how strong school libraries are vital for helping educate the leaders of tomorrow.


Submitted by Teresa Sain, Tryon Elementary SLMC

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