JISD Library Services Newsletter

September 2019

Author Visit, Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram visited with students from all three high schools on Thursday, September 19th. He spoke about his book, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, his writing process, his life experiences, and he suggested books by other authors. After he spoke, students were given the opportunity to purchase his book and get it autographed. The Twig Book Store graciously sold Mr. Khorram's book to students and staff.

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.

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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.

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books competition is a friendly competition between district fifth graders. This year, the competition will be held at Veterans Memorial High School on Wednesday, April 22nd. Click HERE to find out more information regarding the BOB including the 15 books that they students are required to read.

Rolling Meadows Skype Visit

Fifth grade students at Rolling Meadows had a Skype visit with author Adam Gidwitz on Wednesday, September 11th. All of the students got a copy of his book A Tale Dark and Grimm. This is the third year these students have participated in Skype visits, so they are pros at asking authors great questions about their writing process and illustration skills.

Dot Day

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

The JISD Librarians and library assistants attended the Region 20 Library Resource Roundup on Friday, September 20th. Mariya Ortiz, Judson High School librarian, presented “Navigating the Shark Tank,” and Pamela Arevalo-Thompson, librarian at Veterans Memorial High School presented ”Self-Selected Texts and Research” with VMHS English teacher, Geselle Vela.

Reading Challenge at JMS

Judson Middle School students were given the challenge to read during the month of September. The students pictured are from the top advisory classes from each grade level. These classes read over 5,000 pages combined! Proud day to be a Jag!

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

Librarian, Pamela Thompson at Veterans Memorial High School, partnered with the Semmes branch of the San Antonio Public Library to get students a SAPL library card. She showed students the multiple ways they can use their card without stepping into a library, including downloading eBooks, audio-books, and magazines from the Overdrive or Libby app, accessing the 110 databases from their phone or home computer, including Homework Helper, and requesting specific titles to be transferred to a convenient location.

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.

Lead Librarian

If you have questions or suggestion for the JISD Library Services Department, please contact Lead Librarian, Pamela Thompson.