Media Minute

A newsletter of the Avon High School Library-November 2016

This is the periodic newsletter of the Avon High School. It contains information that teachers may find helpful and is the primary means of communication about what is happening in the library.

Library Closed November 9 and 10

The library will be closed on November 9 and 10 so that library staff may attend the Indiana Library Federation Conference. This is a great opportunity for our staff to learn new information and a chance to meet author James Patterson and hear him speak. Thank you for your understanding.

Websites You Can Use

Festisite - make mazes, images, and more. This site is so much fun!

50 Free Tech Tools for Your Classroom

SRT and Orange Passes

Students may come to the library before school, during lunch, or after school without a pass.


The library has SRT passes available for students if they need to come to the library during SRT. They just need to stop by before SRT and pick up a black or gold pass. Orange or agenda passes are not accepted during SRT.


If a student needs to do work in the library any other time besides SRT, please feel free to send them on an orange or agenda pass.


If a student has a study hall and would like to come to the library, please write them an orange pass if they have work to do for your class. They will show it to the study hall supervisor and then will be released to the library.


Thanks for your help with this!

New AP, ACT, and SAT Prep Books

The library has ordered a ton of new AP, ACT, and SAT prep books. Please let students know that these are available for checkout!
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Library Advisory Committee

The Library Advisory Committee met on September 21st and discussed a vision regarding the aspirations for the library, the challenges that the library faces, what changes need to come to the library, and new design ideas. These are the ideas that the committee came up with:


Aspirations for our library community:

· Access to materials

· Opportunities for students to discover books and technology

· Welcoming environment

· More people in the library

· Accessibility

· Teachers thinking of the library when planning lessons

· More graphic novels

· Novels in a target language (Spanish, French, German, Japanese)

· More time to visit the library

· Reaching more students

· 10-minute fast pass for the library (during SRT or any other time)


Challenges we face in reaching these aspirations:

· Communicating with teacher and students about what is offered

· Funding

· Lack of certified and regular staffing

· More items in a target language

· Creating a mindset to come to the library

· Passes – can we try the “fast pass” concept

· Not enough access for seniors – too far from ALC

· Appropriate materials for school

· No restrictions on students coming into the library

· Marketing


Changes needed to reach these aspirations:

· Librarian attend more PLC or Department meetings to highlight what the library can offer

· 15-minute presentation at the beginning of the year to all teachers

· Updating the professional library to a more inviting atmosphere so that teachers will come down to use it

· E-Book access

· Contests/Reading Incentives

· Theme based book clubs/discussions

· Go Fund Me to pay for changes to furniture and flooring

· Library Lunch Passes

· Coffee café – raise funds for furniture/events/changes in the library

· Create a jingle that would help brand the library – show on the announcements

· Show off the MakerSpace

· More passes available

· Optional bus service after school that would allow students to stay later in the library

· Getting a sponsor for the library space

· Host an event before a football/basketball game – library tailgate. Provide a coupon for concessions at the event if people come to the library first.

· Create relationships with students


The library staff will be working on incorporating many of these ideas into the library and will report on progress throughout the year.

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11,576 - # of students who have entered the library so far this year - this is the number of times students came into the library on their own without a class


5,502 - # of books circulated so far this year (that's an average of almost 2 books per student!)


75 - average # of students coming in to the library at lunch

Goal for the 2016-2017 School Year

The goal of the library program for the 2016-2017 school year is to maintain a learning environment that promotes individual learning while working in a 1:1 environment. This will be done by:


  • Creating/updating the MakerSpace area of the library that promotes individual learning.
  • Update: The MakerSpace area is used on a regular basis. Students have created many different types of things using the materials that are there (from structures with popsicle sticks to crazy things with glue guns) and are regularly creating sounds and circuits with the materials there. The library also received a grant to get Makey Makeys and Ozobots, so look for those soon.
  • Gathering new members (staff and students) for the Library Advisory Board and establishing regular meetings.
  • Update: The first meeting of the Library Advisory Board was held on September 21. See above for more details.
  • Working with teachers on co-teaching/individualized instruction of students in the library learning environment.
  • Update: Library staff worked with teachers on a variety of projects: film review website with Aaron Meacham, book checkouts with Pam Essex, Sara Sever, Vanessa Lynn, Aaron Meacham, Callista Keeney, Jessica Rubin, Chris Eszenyi. Honors Geography PLC attended.

AHS Library on Social Media

Twitter - @ahsbooks

Instagram - @ahsbooks

Good Reads - Robyn Young

Silly Staff Pics

Robyn Young

Robyn Young is a certified School Librarian (grades K-12) who has been at Avon High School since 2001. Prior to that, she taught Social Studies and English for 10 years.


She is the 2016 Indiana Library Federation President, National Honor Society co-sponsor, and a Newspapers in Education Past-President board member for the state of Indiana. You can read more about her professional activities here.