Dunaway & Felty Libraries

2015 - 2016 Year End Report

Andrea Robinson

Librarian

Dunaway Elementary

(972)923-4646 ext. 406

Felty Elementary

(972)923-4616 ext. 283

arobinson@wisd.org

Dunaway

Enrollment

Dunaway enrollment is approximately 576 students. The classes are made up of PreK, K-5, Life Skills, Dual Language and Bilingual students.

2015 - 2016 Dunaway Circulation Stats

2015 - 2016 CIRCULATION STATS FOR DUNAWAY

August 1st - May 27th : 28,120 items were circulated through the Dunaway Library.

Number of Class Visits to the Library and Lessons

This year, we have had 34 classes per week visit the Dunaway library for lessons and to check out books.

When classes visit the library, I have a specific lesson planned for each grade level. The following are most of the things I cover throughout the year during class visits.

*I conduct book talks to promote new books (and some oldies) to get students really interested and excited about reading.

*Many times throughout the year I show Book Trailers to provide a "hook" so kids will want to read the books to find out what happens.

*I reinforce the specific TEKS students are learning based on the scope and sequence of the TRS.

*Many lessons are geared toward searching for and finding the information students are looking for.

*I teach specific research skills according individual student needs.

*Digital citizenship is an ongoing topic I bring awareness to throughout the year.

I use Planbook.com to record all of my lessons so my paras have easy access to them.

Number of Class Visits to the Library Computer Lab at Dunaway

Dunaway has a computer lab in the library that teachers use with their students. As of May 6th, there have been 838 class visits to the library computer lab this year.

Number of Resources added to the Dunaway Collection

This year, 631 have been cataloged in the Alexandria Library Software and then added to the Dunaway Library for our students and teachers to access.

Approximately 275 of those resources were added to help meet the needs of our bilingual programs based on the TEKS as well as student interest. The past two years, I have spent a lot of my book budget on Spanish resources. The students are so proud of the brand new Spanish books that have been added to the library.

Dunaway's Library Budget

Dunaway's library budget for this year is HERE.

End of the Year Accounting for Items Returned/Lost

On the last day of school, Dunaway only had 10 items that were still not turned in or paid for. THIS IS PHENOMENAL!!

Throughout the year Dunaway collected a total of $318.52 for lost books.

Book Fairs

Dunaway hosted three Scholastic Book Fairs. The first fair was the week of September 14th - the 18th during Grandfriends week. The second one was a "Buy One Get One Free" fair from December 7th - 11th. This was a great event to have because it was right before Christmas and the books were less expensive for our Dunaway families. The third book fair was May 16th - 20th.

Award Winning Bilingual Author, Joe Hayes, Visited Dunaway

Joe Hayes "is one of America’s premier storytellers, a nationally recognized teller of tales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English tellings have earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers." He came to Dunaway on January 26th.

Dr. Seuss Week

The librarians worked collaboratively with the Child Nutrition Department and arranged for WISD elementary students to be served green eggs and ham on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss's birthday. I donated a copy of Green Eggs and Ham to our Dunaway library in honor of the Dunaway Cafeteria crew who work tirelessly every single day.
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New Book Reception

On March 23rd we held a "Book Reception." This was a chance for the teachers to come by the library after school and get a first look at all of the new books that had just arrived. It was right before Easter so we had chocolate treats for the teachers. The pictures below show the library ready for the reception. The next day the students were so excited to see all of the new books.
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Felty

Enrollment

Felty enrollment is approximately 576 students. The classes are made up of K-5, Life Skills, and Special Education.

2015 - 2016 Felty Circulation Stats

2016 CIRCULATION STATS FOR FELTY

August 1st - May 27th: 26,747 items have been circulated through the Felty library.

Number of Class Visits to the Felty Library

This year, we have had 30 classes per week visit the Felty library for lessons and to check out books.

When classes visit the library, I have a specific lesson planned for each grade level. The following are most of the things I cover throughout the year during class visits.

*I conduct book talks to promote new books (and some oldies) to get students really interested and excited about reading.

*Many times throughout the year I show Book Trailers to provide a "hook" so kids will want to read the books to find out what happens.

*I reinforce the specific TEKS students are learning based on the scope and sequence of the TRS.

*Many lessons are geared toward searching for and finding the information students are looking for.

*I teach specific research skills according individual student needs.

*Digital citizenship is an ongoing topic I bring awareness to throughout the year.

I use Planbook.com to record all of my lessons so my paras have easy access to them.

Number of Resources added to the Felty Collection

This year, 735 new resources have been cataloged in the Alexandria Library Software and then added to the Felty Library for our students and teachers to access.

Felty's Library Budget

Felty's library budget for this year is HERE.

End of the Year Accounting for Items Returned/Lost

On the last day of school, Felty only had 15 items that were still not turned in or paid for. THIS IS SUPER SUPER GREAT!!!

Throughout the year Felty collected a total of $354.34 for lost books.

Dr. Seuss Week

The librarians worked collaboratively with the Child Nutrition Department and arranged for WISD elementary students to be served green eggs and ham on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss's birthday. I donated a copy of Green Eggs and Ham to our Felty library in honor of the Felty Cafeteria crew who work tirelessly every single day. Here are these beautiful ladies with the book:
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Aspiring Librarians

This year we had a small group of fifth graders help us a few afternoons throughout the month. Some of them want to be librarians. I was able to teach them a lot of "behind the scenes" work that is required before any book or other resource is ready for the shelf. They would also help me label resources, deliver resources to teachers, deliver books to students who had placed holds, shelve, and many other things.

Scholastic Book Fairs

Felty had two Scholastic Book Fairs in the library. The first one was September 14th - 18th during Grandfriends Week. The second one was held the week of April 11th - 15th.
For the second book fair, I had the Felty teachers take a "Shelfie" and I printed them off and hung them in the windows. This encouraged our students to fill their "shelfies" with books just like their teachers do.
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Some other Fun in the Felty Library

Getting Organized

This year I was so excited to be able to help with beginning of the year documents. I created a Felty Campus Documents Spreadsheet in Google Sheets. ONE spreadsheet contains ALL of the beginning of the year documents. Each document is a separate tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet. The tabs include staff list with extensions, sign in sheet for all of the meetings throughout the year, conference times, lunch times, recess times, specials schedule, library schedule, lunch table assignments, Am/PM Duties and committees, office staff responsibilities, birthdays, and staff phone numbers. Mrs. Kazda can easily update the information when she needs to and she can do it from anywhere. The teachers also have the link to VIEW this information so that minimal paper is used.

Other Things Happening at Both Dunaway and Felty

Bluebonnet

Every year the Texas Bluebonnet Award selection committee selects twenty books that will be the nominees for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. Throughout the year I promote these books to our 3rd - 5th graders. The list is comprised of poetry, biographies, fiction (a variety of genres), nonfiction, and graphic novels. At the end of January those students who have read 5 from the list get to vote for their favorite. Once all votes are counted, I submit the totals to the TxLA website. This is a wonderful yearly event. I especially like it because the winner is determined by students only. HERE is a slideshow I used to promote the nominees.

Gingerbread Reading List

Every year the Waxahachie Elementary Librarians choose a list of books to be on the "Gingerbread Reading List". This reading list is specifically for 1st-2nd graders. The idea is to get them ready for the Bluebonnet Reading List in 3rd-5th grade as well as expose them to some of the newest literature. At the end of the school year, the first and second graders voted for their favorite book on the list. HERE is a slideshow I used to promote the nominees.

Weeding and Genrefying the Fiction Collections

Weeding is a constant activity that must happen throughout the year. I have been in the process of weeding the fiction section. As I am doing this I am also genrefying the fiction collection. There are so many TEKS across all grade levels related to the different genres. I have been working over two years to "genrefy" the entire fiction collection. I designated each genre a color. Then, one book at a time, I give each book a sticker based on what genre the book is. The students come in, and when they browse, they know exactly what genre each book is based on the colored sticker. If a student wants a mystery, they look for books that are tagged light blue. The students love this and can easily find books in specific genres quickly.

Dunaway has 3900 books that I am genrefying.

Felty has 3007 books that I am genrefying.

DEAR DAY

Every year the elementary librarians get together and choose the books our wonderful guests will read for DEAR DAY. This is a very important task. We spend hours reading many many many books. We know that the books we choose will be read to ALL elementary students in the entire district by hundreds of community members. We strive to make sure the books we choose are great selections for everyone.

Merry Christmas from the Library!!!!

We love Christmas in the library!! It's a great time of year to curl up with a great book and read read read. The week before the students get out for Christmas break, those students who do not have any overdue items, get to check out double the amount of books. This is so fun to watch. Their faces LIGHT UP when they realize they can check out 2 books instead of 1 or 4 books instead of 2. It really is a gift to them to allow them to do this!!

Technology Professional Development I Offered this Year

At Dunaway and Felty, I offered each of the following Technology Professional Development Classes at both campuses:

*Teachingbooks.net

*Google Drive Recap and Q&A Session

*Gmail Overview

*Technology Tips and Tricks

*Quizzizz

Promoting Reading Through the Waxahachie Bookmobile

This summer the Waxahachie Bookmobile will be busy!!! I will be scheduled to drive the Bookmobile to different locations so our students can check out some great books for summertime reading!!