Blending the Lines

Blending books and technology to form our Educational Lines.

Sparkman 9th Grade School Library-Media Center

Volume 2: October 2013 - December 2013

Written, Edited, and Published by: Alison Madison, S9GS Librarian & Media Specialist

BOOK CLUB: Read all about it!

I am so happy to share this news with students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members! I am sponsoring a new student book club. Hooray!

We are the S9 YA Readers! Specifically, Sparkman 9 Young Adult Readers.

The mission of this book club is to inspire reading and the discussion of young adult (YA) literary works.

We will...

  • Promote reading.
  • Provide a positive environment for students and teachers to share their creative thoughts and interests of literary works.
  • Function as an advisory group for the Library-Media Center, offering ideas regarding book selection and library programming.

General Information

Sponsor: Mrs. Madison

Co-Sponsor: Mrs. Knight

  1. S9 YA Readers will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
  2. Meetings will take place after school in the library.
  3. We will read young adult literature and adult literature for teens.
  4. Members are responsible for acquiring a copy of the book of the month. You may purchase, borrow, or check the book out from the school or public library.
  5. Members must be prepared for each meeting. You must read the book in its entirety.

December 2013 book selection: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The S9 YA Readers had their first book club meeting after school, December 17th in the library. We had such a wonderful time discussing John Green's best seller! If you haven't read this amazing read, well you really need to change that!

S9 YA Readers: January 2014 Book Selection

We look forward to our next book club meeting, January 21, 2014. It is sure to be filled with snacks and book chats!

January 2014 book selection: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. *Students may choose another book by John Green or another YA author.

Poetry in Motion: students use digital sources and texts to complete research project

If I could include the library schedule in this post, well I certainly would. Our students (and teachers) have been working diligently on numerous research projects this semester. And fortunately, the library was a big part of that process- start to finish. Here is a very short "snippet" of how the library has been utilized that past few weeks.
  • November 13-15, 18-22, 25-36: Poetry Research Project with Mrs. Knight's Pre-AP English students
  • December 2-5: To Kill a Mockingbird Research Project with Mr. Standeffer's English students.
There have been several whole classes and individual students using the library. As I always say, there is always something going on in the library. It is such a great place to learn, explore, and grow into a better student!

Librarian: Alison Madison

I am a Teacher-Librarian and Media Specialist. I read. I search. I share. I blog.

I am passionate about...

  • Books - hand-held and digital
  • Reading YA Literature
  • Instructional Technology
  • Gadgets, gizmos, and educational apps
  • Helping high school students discover all of the above

I Believe that School Libraries are Innovative and Irreplaceable.

Where Old School Meets New School

We are a 21st Century Library

Books + Technology

Reading + Research

Hand-held + Digital

Digital Citizenship + Information Literacy


Recycle with Us

Not sure what to do with your used ink cartridges, old cell phones, and other electronics?

Donate them to the library, and help us earn cash for books and technology!

Drop off Locations

  • Library
  • Main Office
  • Attendance Office

Library Store

Opens October 2013

Items for Sale

  • White poster board
  • 3x5 lined index cards (100 count)
  • DVD+R
  • Composition notebooks
  • Book marks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Highlighters