DeISD Libraries Newsletter
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.
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!
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
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Capstone's Virtual Summer Camp Has begun!
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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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LIBRARY TOOLS & ASSISTANCE
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.
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.
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
DIGITAL LEARNING COMMONS
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.