DeISD Libraries Newsletter

Summer 2021

OUR MISSION

In support of the DeSoto ISD mission, DeSoto ISD Library program’s mission is to help each student excel and achieve maximum potential by creating a 21st-century learning environment, fostering a love of reading, and promoting the effective use of information and communications technology.


Through collaboration, the library media faculty partners with the larger DeSoto ISD community to empower students in becoming lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and industrious problem solvers.
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Join us in the DeISD Summer Reading Challenge. Read a book of your choice. (You might take a look at some of the eBooks in Destiny). Then, create a book review with Flipgrid that is 120 seconds or less and upload the review in Flipgrid. (Instructions for Flipgrid are on the Summer Reading Challenge link.)


We want you to convince other readers to select your book. So, give the title, author, a brief summary, and your own rating of the book (1-5 stars). The more convincing and creative you are, the more likely your classmates will be to follow your lead and read the book!

LATEST READING CHALLENGE BOOK REVIEW

Be sure to listen to our latest book review by Jourdin Washington-Denson and find out if you would like to follow his lead. Jourdin does a great job telling us about one of his favorite books. He lets us know a little about the plot, the characters, and even rates the book. Thanks, Jourdin!

https://flipgrid.com/s/5U-Qb5CGizmb

AVOID THE SUMMER SLIDE!

We know summertime can provide tremendous opportunities for kids to accelerate reading, to experience the social-emotional impact of good literature and stories, and to make up for any lost learning time as access to instruction and reading has had to be completely rethought due to the pandemic. Research has proven that in a typical year, summer reading supports skill gains, and its absence leads to widening skill gaps. With this in mind, the DeSoto ISD Library Program has prepared a list of summer reading opportunities to help get books in the hands of our learners, support social-emotional well-being, build skills and create community among students.

FLIPGRID VIRTUAL FIELDTRIPS

Our friends at Flipgrid have planned lots of special weekly Flipgrid Virtual Field Trips for everyone to join. Select the image below to find out more.

GET MOVING WITH ACTIVITIES FROM DEMCO'S CALENDAR!

Need ideas for summer activities? Be sure to look at the DEMCO Activity Calendar.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS HIGHLIGHTS DEISD LIBRARIAN, DIANE GILL

Inspired by a Department of Information Science alumna, Diane Gill began her professional journey in the Library and Information Science field and hasn't looked back since then. In fact, her love for libraries, learning, and her desire to share her knowledge with future librarians led her to continue her education and she is now completing her Ph.D. in Information Science with an area of interest in Information and Behavior. When asked to explain how she found her way into school librarianship, Diane says "It is one of those serendipitous events." Read the entire article here.
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June 7th Join in the conversation with new YA authors. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Is there anything more exciting than reading an incredible debut novel? No! Because in the book world, we’re always excited to celebrate new voices, and these three YA authors are no exception. Join #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Beautiful series, Renée Ahdieh and Penguin Young Readers on Monday, June 7 at 1PM CT/2PM ET for this free, hour-long discussion where debut authors will be introducing attendees to their first novels and participating in a panel discussion about YA, publishing for the first time, and how they’re excited to work with librarians to meet readers. We’ll hear from:

• Olivia Abtahi
, author of Perfectly Parvin, a fun rom-com about a young Iranian American teen navigating high school, homecoming, and the ramifications of a Muslim ban on her family in Iran.
• Ryan Douglass, author of The Taking of Jake Livingston, a horror novel in the vein of Get Out.
• Isaac Fitzsimons, author of The Passing Playbook, a novel about a transgender teen who has to decide between staying stealth or standing up for himself by revealing his identity to all.


Webinar Register

YES! YOUR LIBRARY IS OPEN!

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GET A GOOD BOOK!

To check out books patrons select a book from our digital collection (ebooks). Instructions can be found on the following DESTINY FOR ELEMENTARY LIBRARIES or DESTINY FOR SECONDARY LIBRARIES.

LIBRARY TOOLS & ASSISTANCE

DESTINY

LIBRARY CATALOG - Destiny is a student-friendly search interface that is designed to help students, teachers, and parents search for books in the EMS media center collection, view book covers, see the availability, and call number of search results. Visit our website to access Destiny from anywhere. Searches can be performed without usernames and passwords.


Kindergarten thru 5th Grade Virtual Libraries & Destiny

Middle & High School Virtual Libraries & Destiny

EBOOKS

Books! Books! And More Books! - We are still a book provider! We can still provide online resources for patrons. We have eBooks, audiobooks, and interactive books available through our online catalog, Destiny. Check out a book from anywhere you have internet access. Students will need their username and password to check out an online resource.

RESEARCH TOOLS

Reference Support - There is a lot of misinformation out there. We help our patrons by locating and providing the most updated, reliable resources. Links to research tools, Britannica, Ebsco, Gale Infotrac, and other resources, are available on the library website.


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VISIT US ONLINE

VIRTUAL LIBRARY - Please visit your campus virtual library or campus library website to learn more about your library, access, ebooks, search the library catalog, and much more. Check with the librarian username and password information. Links to all resources can be found on the library website.

VIRTUAL HELP DESK: ASK THE LIBRARIAN

HELP DESK - We are available to answer questions concerning Destiny access, learning apps such as Schoology, Google (GAFE) apps, and educational electronic resources. In addition, we provide tech tips for students and teachers. You can always reach a librarian at ASK THE LIBRARIAN.

DIGITAL LEARNING COMMONS

SCHOOLOGY - Visit your campus Virtual Library for a selection of virtual activities. Our online virtual library has links to virtual activities including virtual reading rooms, virtual escape rooms, podcasts, calming rooms, virtual field trips and read alouds by staff and friends of the library.


Our online library provides access to our Virtual Helpdesk, Library Newsletter, Destiny Circulation System (access to eBooks, audiobooks and interactive resources), read alouds, and campus Zoom links for booktalks.

CAMPUS VIRTUAL LIBRARIES

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