DeISD Libraries Newsletter

March 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.

Flipgrid Virtual Field Trips

We are excited to kick off our 2021 Library and Virtual Events at DeISD Libraries. Join us as we kick off a new year. Our friends at Flipgrid have planned lots of special weekly Flipgrid Virtual Field Trips for everyone to join. Select the image above to find out more.
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MARCH IS .......

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What is Read Across America?

In 1997 an organization known as the National Education Association (NEA), pushed for a special day to celebrate reading throughout the United States. This idea proved to be a popular one so it was not long before the first Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998.


Read Across America Day promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Various reading activities and events are held across the country on this day. For example, some students take part in a Read Across America channel designed to showcase student and educator videos around the country. Others make reading pledges, organize book fairs, or read aloud to groups of people.

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CELEBRATE READ ACROSS AMERICA WITH DEISD LIBRARIES

Celebrate Read Across America, March 2, by participating in our "Mystery Reader" event. The NEA Read Across America theme this year is “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.” In our effort to promote an array of diversity, the libraries would like to invite you to share your favorite book that supports the theme of diversity and inclusiveness.


School celebrations and traditions may have changed but the importance of keeping readers motivated has not. Books and stories are tools children need now more than ever to discover themselves and understand that the world is far richer and diverse than just their experiences alone. As a friend of the library, your contribution will lighten the day and hopefully encourage our students to continue reading. Please help us send the message that reading matters, that it is important, and that it’s fun! You may either share a book recommendation or create a read-aloud of a short children’s book.


  • First, select any short children’s book or any middle school or young adult book that you would like to recommend. If you have read a chapter book, share a portion of your chapter book or provide a summary and your review of the book.

  • Second, find a favorite reading space to record.

  • Third, submit your read-aloud as an MP4 or MOV to one of our librarians Mrs. Diane Gill or Mrs. Diana Frazier.

  • Fourth, look for your submission and those of other mystery readers in the DeISD Virtual Libraries. Read Across America Mystery Reader Room


If possible, please send your recording by Feb 28.


Or, if you just want to experience what our Mystery Readers have to offer, join us on March 2 to listen.


Need help finding a book? Check out the resources on the following link.

https://www.smore.com/xudj1

NEW "SPRING" READING ROOMS ARE HERE!

MARCH CHOICE BOARDS

Be sure to look at our March Choice Boards. Join in reading activities to celebrate Read Across America and National Reading Month. Find out about Women's History by clicking on states in the U.S. Map or listen to our Mystery Readers. THAT'S NOT ALL! March Choice Boards can be found on each campus's virtual library landing page.
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OUR RELAXATION ROOMS HAVE BEEN A BIG HIT. VISIT YOUR CAMPUS VIRTUAL LIBRARY FOR RELAXING ACTIVITIES.

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WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH RESOURCES

Find out about dynamic women in our history by clicking through the United States' map. Women's History maps can be found on your campus's virtual library landing page.
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ST PATRICK'S DAY IS A COMING SOON!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in our new Reading Room! Books. Games. Activities. AND More.


  • Find out about St. Patrick - who is he, what did he do? Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
  • Learn how to draw a leprechaun
  • Learn and Irish song
  • Learn and Irish dance

COMING SOON! APRIL CELEBRATIONS & ACTIVITIES

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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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