JISD Library Services Newsletter
Author Visit, Adib Khorram
We are awaiting his next Dairus book, Darius the Great Deserves Better, due to be released in Fall of 2020. He also has a new picture book coming out in Spring 2021, Seven Special Somethings, a Norwuz Story, Norwuz is the celebration of the Persian New Year.
Read Woke Book Club
The JISD Secondary Schools are challenging students to participate in our Read Woke Campaign. Read Woke is a program to encourage students to read about the social injustices that groups are facing in today’s world as well as reading about themselves and others. Our hope is that students will read books that help them in their situations as well as be able to read about others and the struggles they face in order to understand and build empathy for others. It is gaining knowledge of social issues through books.
All students who read 4 books and promote one of the books through an activity will receive a certificate and a t-shirt. We are kicking off our campaign with the author Adib Khorram. His book, Darius the Great is Not Okay, shares a coming of age story of a boy that suffers from depression and feels like an outcast because of his multicultural background.
Nyomi Gwen was the first student at Veterans Memorial High School to earn the Read Woke t-shirt. She has read 5 Woke books, including Darius the Great Is Not Okay.
Read Woke Shirt
Jada was the first student at Judson High School to earn the Read Woke shirt. She read a diverse selection of books which inspired her to want to speak up and help her community.
Battle of the Books
Rolling Meadows Skype Visit
All of the fifth grade students that participated in the Skype visit received a copy of Mr. Gidwitz's book.
The students listen attentively to author, Adam Gidwitz, talk about his series, A Tale Dark and Grimm.
Author Adam Gidwitz responds to the Thank You Tweet that Ms. Heine and students sent to him. Ms. Heine enjoys fan-girling over authors, both in-person and via Skype & Twitter. She is funny!
Dot Day is a celebration of creativity that began in 2009 with one teacher and one book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Since then, Dot Day has grown to be an international event. Today, we are joining 16,293,892 people in 182 countries around the world for Dot Day.
Library Resource Roundup
Library Update at Olympia
Third through fifth grade students have been practicing their Destiny skills by completing a scavenger hunt that promoted an understanding of shelving, call numbers, and the Dewey Decimal System. We’re moving into the second stage of the hunt, where they’ll be creating a Google presentation with pictures of their “hunted” books. Second grade has been working on alphabetization and comprehension, while 1st grade and Kinder have been working towards retelling their favorite parts of our read aloud. Working across genres has also been a goal!
Library Update at Salinas
We had our first Follett book fair of the year and raised money to purchase new books for our library. We’ve also talked about Hispanic Heritage month and recognized some of our authors and titles that celebrate diversity. Kinder and first grade continued to talk about how to take care of our library books, 2nd grade worked on alphabetization to better understand how books are shelved, and 3rd-5th grade focused on accepting others and appreciating the differences in all classmates.
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Even though the Judson ISD covers seven municipalities, including San Antonio, all residents of Bexar County are eligible for a San Antonio Public Library card.