Book Marks

Zilker Library: October 2016

Happy Fall, Y'all!

The library is bustling with monster-making this week and is decked out with pumpkins galore! If you haven't gotten a chance to come by and take a stroll around our pumpkin display, come by! We are celebrating Fall and Halloween with our 2nd Annual Storybook Pumpkin Patch.

In this issue of the Zilker Library newsletter, you'll find information about AISD's newest e-book tool, MackinVIA. This tool is great for borrowing books on the weekends and holiday breaks! You'll also find pictures of our first MakerSpace activities in the library, including our first STEM project- creating a pumpkin launcher!

Happy Fall!

-Mrs. Sharp

Zilker Librarian

Twitter: @ZilkerLibrary


1st and 2nd Grade: Author Visit!

Dean and Shannon Hale- Friday, November 4th @ 1:45 pm

Zilker will welcome the authors Dean and Shannon Hale to visit with 1st and 2nd grade in the cafeteria! The husband/wife team are the authors of the bestselling beginning chapter books, Princess in Black. Special thanks to BookPeople for this awesome opportunity!

Order forms to purchase copies to be personalized were sent home in Thursday folders on October 20th. Come by the library for more information!

Try MackinVIA: FREE E-Books for Students and Staff!

AISD's newest (and greatest) tool for downloading and reading e-books, MackinVIA, is HERE! 3rd and 4th graders have tried it out in the library and 5th graders will soon, but it's open to any student and staff member in AISD.

Download the free app in your device's App store or the Google Play Store.

To log in and download books:


Username and password are both student's 8 digit Student ID number

(can be found on report cards)


Username and password are both Employee ID

(with a capital E before the 6 digit number)

MackinVIA How To Video

MackinVIA General Overview

Pumpkin Launching

Kicking Off Our MakerSpace!

4th graders began their first STEM MakerSpace challenge in the library. Working in groups, they were tasked with building a device to launch a candy pumpkin through the air to hit a target.

The items that groups were given to build their device included: rubber bands, popsicle sticks, 2 feet of masking tape, and paper cups. Students began building this week and will finish and test their devices the week of November 7th!

2nd Annual Storybook Pumpkin Patch

Thanks for participating!

Here are just a few of the creative and fun Storybook Pumpkins brought in to the library for the 2nd year of this Fall event!

Monster Mania

Creepy Carrots

1st 9 Weeks Awards

A big "WAY to GO!" to these five classes who have been responsible with their library books the 1st 9 weeks (no overdue books):

  • Caroline/Wagner (Kindergarten)
  • White (Kindergarten)
  • Shapiro (1st grade)
  • McLendon (1st grade)
  • Booth (3rd grade)

Thanks to these Friends of the Zilker Library for their donation this month!

  • Kweller Family
  • Stiles Family
  • Campbell-Holda Family
  • Allen Family
  • Carson Powers Family
  • Gangishetti-Irizarry Family
  • Collier (Edwards) Family
  • Galindo Family
  • Steve and Jackie Kraal