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Woodfields Elementary Library Media Center Newsletter

October Library News

Fall Into Reading!

Read Your Way to the Big Game Reading Contest update. I am getting a lot of reading logs and postcards which is great. Each postcard that I receive will be turned in and maybe chosen as the winner. Two students will be chosen at random to win two tickets each as well as pre-game passes to the historic match-up, which will take place at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia on November 28, 2015. There will be two student winners; one for the University of South Carolina and one for Clemson University. I only need the postcards to mail not the reading logs. You may keep the reading logs to keep a record of the students who participated.

Don't forget if we have 70% school wide participation we will be entered into the drawing to win $2,000 for the school library. Also, five participating teachers will be chosen, each winning $500 for their classrooms. Finally, two teachers or school library media specialists who decorate bulletin boards, doors, or walls to promote the challenge will be entered to win $500 each for their classrooms or libraries.

South Carolina Children's Book Nominee Challenge for grades 3-5 will be starting soon. It is going to be similar to last year where students will be asked to read a certain number of books each month in order to be invited to our "themed" book parties. This challenge will last through Feb when the students who have read the required 5 books will be invited to the last party and vote for their favorite book. Each student's vote will be sent to the book award voting committee and the winners will be announced at the South Carolina Association of School Librarians conference in March.

Students will grades K-2 will vote for their favorite picture book from the South Carolina Picture Book Nominee list during library time. We will be reading the pictures books during our library time and will have the opportunity to check them out as well.

Technology Corner

Subscription Website Info

We are lucky to have a paid subscription to the Scholastic Websites, BookFlix (K-3), TrueFlix (3-5), and Freedom Flix (4-6). (Click on the links to find out more about these resources.) Theses subscription sites can be accessed through the Novell box with no username or password needed. But if you would like to use the these sites on the iPads, Chromebooks, or for students to use at home you will need to have the user name and password. User Name:woodfields, Password:highflyers. Please do not post this information on your website since this is a paid site and anyone with access to your website would have access to this information whether they were a student at Woodfields or not.

We no longer have a paid subscription to Tumblebooks but you can access some of their titles through the website


As you start research projects with your classes please don't forget about the great resources paid by the South Carolina State Library DISCUS. It is free for every resident in South Carolina. DISCUS Kids are the databases geared for students in elementary school but they have resources through college level. These databases are accessed through any school or public library for free but using these resources at home you will need the user name and password that changes every August. This year's username: discus16 and password:success . Again Please do not post this on your website. Doing so would violate the state's contract and could cause us to lose access.

Please check out my website's Teacher Resources Symbaloo. These are quick links to useful websites and info about our library. As always if you need anything please let me know!