WKMS Library Newsletter Spring 2021
Dr. Conrath: Librarian /Mrs. Patterson: Library Assistant
While Traditional Book Check-Outs Slowed During the Pandemic, eBooks Soared for WKMS This Year!
Follett e-Books Usage This Year
In Follett e-Books alone, students have checked out 528 books. They have also checked out 22 audiobooks from Follett's Destiny Discover app.
Students Read 63% in eBook Fiction This Year.
98% More eBooks Were Checked Out This Year Over Last Year.
Over 4,480 Books Purged This School Year. ----Making Room For New Books!
An updated copyright collection is like driving a brand new 2021 car instead of one from 2000; a lot has changed since 2000. A portion of the purged books will be donated to the foundation, Hope For Liberia. A local attorney, Mr. Mark Arden, coordinated the repurposed books for delivery to a new school in Liberia that will have the only library in a geographic area similar in size to South Carolina.
Morning News, School News, & Book News
What's New In DISCUS News
Is a student struggling with a math problem, science concept, or writing issue? Discus Tutor.com to the rescue! K-12 students in South Carolina may connect to a live tutor to address these learning needs and more! Real-time tutoring is available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm, Sunday - Saturday. Access the Tutor.com resource from the Discus A-Z List or Grade Level pages. For upper-level students, a math problem drop-off, paper review option, and SAT/ACT study helps are available by creating an individual user account. For more information, contact the Discus Office Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect to a real-time Spanish-speaking tutor during the hours of 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Eastern), Sunday through Saturday from Tutor.com through Discus - South Carolina's Virtual Library. These hours are consistent with the hours of the real-time English-speaking tutors for Tutor.com through Discus. Spanish-speaking tutors are available for the core subjects of math, science, and social studies.
Your access-from-home virtual bookshelf just grew by over 1,000 titles with the permanent addition of TeenBookCloud to Discus - South Carolina's Virtual Library! Targeted to readers in 7th through 12th grades, this collection includes fiction and non-fiction, poetry and drama, and AP English titles. Readers will find graphic novels, enhanced novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. Locate TeenBookCloud on the Discus website A-Z List and Middle School and High School Grade Level tabs. Contact the Discus Office with any questions. TeenBookCloud is provided by the South Carolina State Library for residents of South Carolina.
Book Access Reminders for WKMS Students
Books Delivered Curbside For LOOLA Students
Please see the links and documents below that explain the upcoming book checkout procedure for LOOLA students. Some of these documents also contain relevant video instructions.
1. Curbside LOOLA Book Pickup at White Knoll Middle School Document.
2. LOOLA: Google Doc Form to Reserve/Request a Book: Video Tutorial
3. Digital Reading Hub
4. Finding and Requesting e-Books and/or traditional Books.
Learn More About Exploring and Selecting Good Books
Step 1: Search your home school’s library collection.
How to Find and Logon to Destiny Discover, Our Online Catalog:
Book Availability Review Tutorial for Follet Destiny.
Step 2: Place a book(s) on hold
How to Reserve a Book Through Your Google Request Doc
*If you’re not sure what you what to read next, please investigate NoveList K-8 Plus at SCDISCUS.org
Step 3: When available, your book will be delivered directly to your ELA classroom. We will do our best to get the book to you as quickly as possible!
WKMS Online Reading Resources
- Junior Library Guild eBooks
- Tumblebooks: available through scdiscus.org
- Epic! (free, but sign up required)
- ComicsPlus (Sign in through MacinVia from Your Launchpad.)
- eBooks Through MackinVIA (login through your launchpad)
- Teen BookCloud in DISCUS also has several eBook options, and it is now a permanent part of South Carolina's virtual library program. Check them out today!
Lexington County Public Library & Summer Reading
The Summer Reading Program with the Lexington County Public Library (LCPL) is happening this summer, and they are excited to begin seeing elements of “normalcy” returning! This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales”, and we’re celebrating all things animal-related. LCPL will have presenters providing programs for children and teens as in past years, all as live virtual streaming programs. Keep an eye out on The Lexington County Public Library website calendar, https://lexcolibrary.com/programs, for further information to come.
There are a couple of changes to this year’s summer reading.
The biggest change for the 2021 year is that they are not tracking minutes read or having levels. All ages will have an activity card, the same card for all ages (including adults!). There is a PDF of the activity card for students to print.
Participants can complete any 5 challenges they want, and once they have finished 5 challenges, they can come into their local library to collect a prize. They will also be entered into a grand prize drawing once they finish those 5 challenges. For those that would like, they can continue completing activities on the card through August 8. Every 5 activities they complete is another entry into the grand prize drawing at the end of summer!
The other big change this year is that all youth participating in summer reading will receive a book at the beginning of the program instead of the end. This means that to start summer reading, all youth (ages birth-18) will receive a bag including an activity card, a book, a couple of coupons, and a bookmark. The LCPL is using the books as a gift at the start of summer this year to provide reading material for the children as they embark on summer reading!
Please note that the summer reading webpage will go live to the general public on June 1, and there will also be an option for families to download the activity card from that as well. LCPL will be asking people not to start tracking activities until June 1, and the prize pickup won't start until June 14. There is an iOS and Android app available, for participants who want to keep track of their mobile devices! They will have physical copies of the activity card available in the library branches, so there's no pressure for you to print them yourself.
"Fireflies Reading Program" Collaboration with WKMS LC
Our school will be participating in the "Fireflies Reading Program" presented by Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. Your child will have the opportunity to improve their reading skills while earning a ticket to a Fireflies baseball game along with additional surprise rewards.
Game Plan for the Columbia Fireflies Reading Program
• Beginning Date: ---April 21st __ through ____June ___4th____
(However, May 12th would be the earliest game ticket a student would be eligible to win. May 11th is opening game night, and it is not included in this promotion.)
• Upon starting the program, please visit www.milb.com/columbia/ballpark/reading-program
and complete the "Student Participation Form."
Make sure you note that your child is participating with White Knoll Middle School. WKMS has already registered as a participator.
• The Fireflies Reading Program is divided into four segments representing a “base” on the baseball field. When a student completes a base, they will advance to the next base. For each square, students will need to have read 10 pages. When they reach a base, your child will need to have read 60 pages. Once they reach home base, he or she will have read 240 pages from a magazine, a graphic novel, the back of a cereal box, or a traditional fiction or non-fiction book; the goal is to “hit a reading home run.”
Suggestions for reading and parent involvement:
• Each day check to see if your child has completed their reading assignments and have them record their accomplishment under the respective base on the Parent/Guardian Verification Form.
• After each reading accomplishment, a parent or guardian can verify the student's progress.
• Your child will receive a prize from the Fireflies as they read their way around the bases.
*For accomplishing each base, students will receive a drawstring Fireflies bag and a coupon for "Flight Fit N Fun Adventure Park" when they come to their game. Students will show their tickets and receive these additional prizes at "Guest Services."
As students reach each objective for the bases for their reading goals, revisit www.milb.com/columbia/ballpark/reading-program and fill out the "Completion Form."
Once the form has been complete, you, the parent or guardian, will receive a promo code to be used at checkout to receive your child’s free ticket. This code may only be used once and must be used on a valid Reading Program game (Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday games throughout the season). Additional tickets must be purchased with your child at the time of entering this code to ensure you are sitting together.
Parents can modify the objectives and goals in any way they want to best fit his or her child's reading needs.
For your child's convenience, WKMS has over 5,000 eBooks available through MackinVia.
For additional questions about the program, you may contact:
Ty Jamieson | Reading Program & Ticketing Manager
Columbia Fireflies Baseball | Segra Park
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Kids in grades 1 – 6 can earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
- Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (Click here to print – look for the 2021 Summer Reading Journal link).
- Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between July 1 – 31, 2021. Find a Store.
- Choose your FREE reading adventure from the books list in the journal.
2021 Summer Reading for Middle School Students
Lexington School District One (LSDO)
2021 Summer Reading for Middle School Students
Summer reading offers students an opportunity to enjoy quality literature while growing their independent reading skills. By offering choice, we hope students will find ‘books they won’t be able to put down’ so they can authentically engage in summer reading and ultimately ‘fall in love’ with reading so they are better prepared to engage in academic reading.
This summer, every LSDO middle school student should self-select and read at least one book. As a starting point, students might consider choosing one of the 2021-2022 South Carolina Junior Book Award (JBA) Nominees.
**Students going into 8th grade might also consider books on the 2021-2022 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award (YABA) Nominees. Notice for Parents/Guardians: Young Adult titles often cover mature subject matter and may include strong language. Parents/guardians should review the chosen title to determine if the book seems appropriate for their student reader.
2021-2022 South Carolina Junior Book Award (JBA) Nominees
96 Miles By J. L. Esplin
The Blackbird Girls By Anne Blankman
Black Brother, Black Brother
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Efren Divided By Ernesto Cisneros
Free Lunch By Rex Ogle
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
By Janae Marks
The Light in Hidden Places By Sharon Cameron
The Mystwick School of Musicraft
By Jessica Khoury
Nightbooks By J. A. White
The Only Black Girls in Town
By Brandy Colbert
Other Words for Home By Jasmine Warga
Revenge of the Red Club By Kim Harrington
Running Wild By Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Searching for Lottie By Susan L. Ross
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
By Jason Reynolds
Summer of a Thousand Pies By Margaret Dilloway
Things You Can’t Say By Jenn Bishop
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
By Kwame Mbalia
When Stars Are Scattered By Victoria Jamieson
Wildfire By Rodman Philbrick
Use the links below for more information on specific titles:
Notice for Parents/Guardians:
Parents/guardians should review the chosen title to determine if the book seems appropriate for their student reader.
When students return to school in August, teachers will use students’ summer reading experiences to begin building a community of readers who share and talk about books. Students may also be invited to participate in a schoolwide reading celebration.
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