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ARE Media Center News - February 2016

North Carolina Children's Book Awards UPDATE

The students that have started reading the books are LOVING them!

Mrs. Angel and Ms. Stetson have been sharing the books with the classes they see, but if you have not had media recently your students might be missing out!

Please read the section below about the program and consider taking a few minutes to introduce your students to these WONDERFUL books!

If you would like to schedule a time for Ms. Stetson to talk to your students about the books please send her an email.

This year's NCCBA nominees!


This winter all students are invited to participate in the North Carolina Children's Book Awards voting process! The North Carolina Children’s Book Award program is a children’s choice program sponsored by school and public librarians in North Carolina and is designed to introduce children to current children’s literature and to instill a love of reading. There are two categories, Junior Books and Picture Books. Students may vote in one or both of the categories. In order for a student to vote they must read (or be read to) at least five of the nominated books. Voting will take place in March.

All of the nominated books will be on display in the media center and available for check out by both teachers and students. Mrs. Angel and I plan on reading some of the picture books to the K-2 classes we see in January and February, however, we will not see all the classes during this time. I hope you will consider reading some of the books to your class and/or promoting this program to your students!

More information about the program and the nominated books is on the media center website under NCCBA (http://aresmedia.weebly.com/nccba.html) and will be advertised throughout the school. Also, below is a packet of information about the program and suggested questions and activities to go with each book. I would LOVE the opportunity to introduce your class to this program! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a time to come to the media center for an intro.

Link to Activities Booklet for Teachers

Book Requests

I created a form to collect book wishes! If there is a specific title (or many titles) or a topic that you wish we had more books on please click the link below and fill out the form.

I will also be adding this request form to my website and
email signature for any future requests.

Book Request Form

Junior Librarians

Select 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders have been chosen to be Junior Librarians. These students have been assigned a morning, once a week, to assist in the media center. If you have not done so already, please send home the half sheet of paper with the students that were selected. These students will be trained in all areas of the media center. Please encourage your students to seek out their help when visiting the media center in the morning between 8:45 and 9:15. They'll be the ones wearing the bright green "ask me for help" signs! :)

Here is the schedule:

Monday - Blanchard, Cole, Lewis, Murdy

Tuesday - Wilson, Himbry, Madlon, Martin

Wednesday - Wolf, Villanueva, Fitzgerald, Bloodworth

Thursday - Atwater, Swain, Butler, Mukherjee

Friday - Niemi, Wackerman, Kaszycki, Emelle

Barcode Cards

Please have all students wear their barcode cards any time they come to the media center. This drastically improves check out times! :) If you have students who still need a card, email Ms. Sweeney and she'll order them for you.

Signing up for Media Times

You may sign up to bring your class to the media center at any time by clicking the links below. The same links are also in my signature whenever I send an email and on the media center website under Teachers and Media Center Sign Up.

Whole Class Book Circulation

Media Center Computers (17 desktops available)

Lessons w/ Ms. Stetson (please indicate in the notes section what you'd like help with)

Circulation Reminders

  • There is a new CHECK IN station in the media center! Please scan any books you are returning on the computer right above the "Bookie Monster" before putting them in the return slot.
  • In the morning all students MUST report to their class first and ask permission to visit the media center. Please have them bring a Library Pass with them so we know they have permission. If you need library passes, email me, and I'll put some in your mailbox.
  • All grades - If you have media scheduled for the day please have your students bring the books they want to return with them to class. We'll allow time for check in at the beginning of class and time for check out at the end of class.
  • Teachers, you may sign up for a time slot to bring your whole class to exchange books by visiting our website (http://aresmedia.weebly.com/media-center-sign-up.html), clicking on Circulation, and selecting a time.

NC Wise Owl

If you are not familiar with it, or always forget we have it, NC Wise Owl is AWESOME!

This site is free for any student, teacher, or parent in North Carolina and gives you access to some great FREE resources. If you or your students are at school there is no login needed. At home the password is wiseowl15. Each month we'll highlight one of the resources found at www.ncwiseowl.org.

This month's spotlight is on.... eBook Collection!

When you click on the eBook Collection link in NCWiseOwl you have instant access to over 2,000 fiction and 7,000 non-fiction eBooks for students in grades K-8! You can search by keyword or browse by category. This site does not let you search by level, but does allow you to SAVE some of the books as a PDF to your computer. I searched weather today and got 171 results! This is a great tool to supplement instruction and for anyone (students, teachers, and parents) that are looking for access to FREE eBooks. If accessing the website at school you will not have to enter a password. At home (and yes you can share this with your students and parents) the password is wiseowl15. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Resource of the Month!

Buncee EDU!

Buncee is a digital creation tool (kind of like a cool PowerPoint) that allows you (or your students) to add pictures, videos, animations, clip art, and much more. The best part is that the website includes a TON of media (clip art, animations, etc.)! It's super easy to use. Below are some Buncees that 3rd & 5th graders created in technology and one that I created to introduce genres to my 2nd graders. The final video is a quick video that shows how it works.

*Credit for this awesome tool goes to Sara Carter. She found it and taught me all about it!*

The New Buncee Experience Quick Tutorial

Media Data

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