Naumann Library News

Keeping Naumann Teachers in the Loop

OverDrive

I've been visiting with our 3rd through 5th graders about OverDrive. This is LISD's online book checkout system. Through OverDrive students may check out up to 2 books at a time to read in their browser or download to their personal device.


Did you know YOU have an OverDrive Account, too? There are FANTASTIC titles available--titles our elementary students would be interested in as well as more adult selections that would be geared toward high school students and teachers, such as Game of Thrones, Gone Girl, and American Sniper.


Here is how to check out a book:


1. Click here to go to our Naumann Library Website


2. Click on the Green "Online Books" Star.


3. Scroll down and click "OverDrive".


4. Your username and password are the same as you use to log in to your LISD device. (firstname_lastname; password)


5. Once you are in you will see a "Red Box Movie" like screen. Here you can browse popular titles or use the search box to enter titles you are looking for.


I encourage you to explore OverDrive this week. I'd be happy to help you download the OverDrive app to your personal device if you are interested in downloading any titles to read over the Christmas Break.

Author Visit

Meeting Rachel Searles

Our 5th Graders had the opportunity to meet and visit with a Texas Bluebonnet nominated author this past week via Google Hangouts. Rachel Searles is the author of The Lost Planet. Amazingly enough, her debut novel has been nominated to for this year's Texas Bluebonnet Award.


She spoke to our students about the importance of perseverance and goal-setting. I loved the words of wisdom she shared about the value reading and writing every day. Then she took some time to listen to and answer student questions.


I think everyone in attendance was inspired...I know I was!


4th Grade students will be visiting with Bluebonnet nominated author, Peggy Eddleman, the week before Christmas Break via Google Hangouts. Ms. Eddleman is the author of Sky Jumpers.

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What is the Texas Bluebonnet Award?

The Texas Bluebonnet Award Program is a reading program for 3rd through 6th graders. It is a selection of 20 books chosen based on student, teacher, parent, and librarian input. The yearly list is comprised of both fiction and nonfiction titles, including every genre imaginable--suspense, poetry, adventure, etc. The selection includes picture books, novels, and graphic novels. If a 3rd through 6th grader reads 5 or more of the titles, they may vote on their favorite one in January.


This program values the student voice...it is the students who select the winner! The program has really taken off at Naumann. One of the many reasons I love it is that it encourages students to try out many different genres of books, expanding their imagination, creativity, and vocabulary.


Click here to see the List of 2015/2016 Nominees posted on our Naumann Library Website. Here you may also see a book trailer for each book.

Set the World on Fire....

A few months ago our fabulous Dyslexia teacher, Renee, recommended a book. It's title is Fish in a Tree. It is a wonderful story of a student, Ally, who struggles with dyslexia and a teacher who believes in her. Mr. Daniels (Ally's amazing teacher) encourages his students to "set the world on fire", turn the "impossible" into the "possible", and to "Never, Never, Never Give Up". Read this book and you will be encouraged to do the same. Check it out in OverDrive today!

How can I help YOU?

How can I assist you? I am here to help the students AND you. Please let me know how we can work together to make Naumann an even better place!