May Media

Teacher Appreciation Edition

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You may notice a flurry of social media about teaching this week. Even if you are not active on twitter, you can still search for hashtags and people. Would you like a nice pick-me-up? Search some of these and see what great things people are saying about educators. It's also important that you share the good work that you are doing!

Yes, It's Almost Here.... The Famous BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair)

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The book fair will be delivered this Friday, and we will get it set up in the MediaPlex (testing permitting) We will be open from Monday, May 11-Tuesday, May 19 (with some adjustments for testing). This is a great time to stock up for summer reading, your own family, and classroom libraries. It seems like the quality of books they include has increased each year, IOW many popular titles are included. (We are not able to give an additional 10% discount to staff on this because we hold this just as a service and make very little $$ on it.) CIA teachers and CMS ELA teachers will be contacted about bringing classes for a quick preview. We will be open the evening of Monday, May 18 during the open house for incoming 5th graders.

All library materials checked out by students are due May 13. (However, many students have books that are overdue now.) This allows us time to follow up with students who have not returned their books. No books will be checked out to students after this Friday, May 8. Staff may check out materials to read over the summer. Please turn in any library books that you see "left behind" anywhere.

Research Projects?

I will be glad to assist you with any research projects you have. If necessary, I can come to your classroom or work with you and your class in one of the labs. Let me know if you need any help reserving any of the labs.

Summer Reading & Learning

This current article from MiddleWeb is one of the most comprehensive lists I've seen with resources for summer. I will be updating my webpage and Pinterest page with summer/year-round reading suggestions for students. And, they may check out our eBooks all summer. I will also be sharing information about the Indianapolis Public Library's summer programs.

Wonder What Library Circulation is Like?

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Fiction and nonfiction are both up, with the largest gains in sports and graphic novels.

Our eBook circulation is separate from this, and it is down, even though we purchased many more titles. Some of that decrease may be due to the fact that CIA had myOn this year (31,711 books opened, 13,218 of those read), and CMS students no longer take chromebooks out of the classroom.