DeISD Libraries Newsletter

May 2022


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.
Join us in the DeISD Fall 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!


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.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month

Stories of triumph and bravery always get us in the mood for celebrations, and this Jewish American Heritage Month in May is no different. From contributing important scientific discoveries to raising the flag for the abused and neglected, Jewish people have had a huge role to play in where America stands today on the world stage. The more than 350-year history has given us names like Albert Einstein and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — both of whom fought through hard times to emerge victoriously. In order to honor the Jewish communities’ continued achievements, May was declared as Jewish American Heritage Month by former president George W. Bush back in 2006.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of New York introduced House Joint Resolution 540 to proclaim the first ten days in May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week. In the same year, Senator Daniel Inouye introduced a similar resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 72. Neither of these resolutions passed, so in June 1978, Rep. Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 1007. This resolution proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become Public Law 95-419 (PDF, 158kb). This law amended the original language of the bill and directed the President to issue a proclamation for the “7 day period beginning on May 4, 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” During the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress passed Public Law 101-283 (PDF, 166kb) which expanded the observance to a month for 1990. Then in 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 (PDF, 285kb) which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Thursday, May 5 in 2022, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Capstone's Virtual Summer Camp Has begun!

Our Spring Library is Here!

Our Spring Relaxation Room!

Armadillo Antics in Cockrell Hill Elementary Library

Feet were stomping, hands were clapping and children at Cockrell Hill Elementary School in DeSoto Independent School District were all smiles in the school library as famed children’s book author Dr. Michael Sampson read from a variety of his books on Monday, April 25, 2022.

April is National School Library Month, and CHE was selected as a book tour stop for Sampson’s latest book, “Armadillo Antics,” which he co-wrote with the late Bill Martin, Jr. The pair co-authored several award-winning titles, including “Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3” which Sampson read aloud as well.

The tour is made possible through a collaborative partnership between The College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce and Brown Books Publishing Group. Representatives from both entities were on-hand to witness the laughter and curiosity of the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes in attendance. They were delighted by the responsiveness and questions from the young students.

DeSoto ISD librarian Diane Gill was excited about this visit.

“Having participated in virtual author visits over the last few years, it was reinvigorating having Dr. Sampson on campus,” Gill said. “There is nothing like the energy of an in-person author visit!”

Kindergarten teacher Sabrina Mayberry was awarded an autographed copy of “Armadillo Antics” for her classroom for having the highest class participation.

A priority in the District’s strategic plan is to emphasize early literacy as the gateway to academic success. Literacy and the gift of reading is a year-round commitment for DeSoto ISD.

“Strategic partnerships within a district that demonstrates its commitment to students' literacy development are pivotal towards developing lifelong readers and critical thinkers,” Gill said. “When district leaders like CHE Principal [Dina] Jammer demonstrate that commitment by willingly collaborating with school libraries, book publishers, and children's book authors, we experience the power of a village!”


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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 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


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.


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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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.


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.


Visit your campus Virtual Library on your campus website 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.

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.


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