Blending the Lines

Blending books and technology to form our Educational Lines.

Volume 3: January 2014 - March 2014

The Newsletter for Sparkman 9th Grade School Library-Media Center

Written, Edited, and Published by: Alison Madison, S9GS Librarian & Media Specialist

Upcoming Events in the Library

  • TAP Conferences, March 3-14, 2014: Students and parents will meet with TAP teachers and counselors to pre-register for the 2014 - 2015 school year.
  • The library will be closed during TAP conferences. Fines will not be charged during this time.
  • Teen Tech Week: March 10-14, 2014
  • S9 YA Readers Book Club Meeting: March 17, 2014
  • Spring Break, March 24-28, 2014

S9 YA Readers

March 2014 Book Selections

Join us at our next meeting! March 17, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the library.

We are reading 2 books during the month of March!

My Life Next Doo
r by Huntley Fitzpatrick

from The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

from The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target. In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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February 2014 Book Selection

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

February's book took us back to the 1980s - sparking discussion about the era's unforgettable fashion and "new" technology, like the Walkman. The main focus of discussion centered on the relationships the characters built with each other and the realization that no matter what year you experience high school, the challenges often remain the same.

Eleanor & Park is a Printz Honor Book. You can read more about the book and author by visiting

image: by Olga Grlic. Illustrated by Harriet Russell.

January 2014 Book Selection

We had so much fun discussing Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. You can't go wrong with a good book and yummy snacks. I am so proud of our #S9YAReaders!

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Focus on Digital Citizenship

Being a 21st Century Librarian and Media Specialist means that I wear many hats. I have been wearing my "tech-hat" lately. Wearing this hat means that I have been focusing on all things technology and research, specifically research focusing on digital information. I recently conducted a workshop with the S9 faculty on the importance of Digital Citizenship in relation to our students online behavior as well as in relation to Common Core Anchor Standards. See below to read a few snippets from the workshop.

What is Digital Citizenship?

According to Common Sense Media, Digital Citizenship is all about understanding and practicing RESPECT online. It encompasses every single way that we all interact on the World Wide Web.

The formal definition of Digital Citizenship is: the norms of behavior with regard to technology use. It is teaching users the rules of good citizenship online.

9 General Areas of Behavior that Make Up Digital Citizenship

  1. Etiquette
  2. Communication
  3. Education
  4. Access
  5. Commerce
  6. Responsibility
  7. Rights
  8. Safety
  9. Security

Image by Lauren Brownell

Great Search Aides for Students

BOOK CLUB: Read all about it!

We are the S9 YA Readers! Specifically, Sparkman 9 Young Adult Readers.

The mission of this book club is to inspire reading and the discussion of young adult (YA) literary works.

We will...

  • Promote reading.
  • Provide a positive environment for students and teachers to share their creative thoughts and interests of literary works.
  • Function as an advisory group for the Library-Media Center, offering ideas regarding book selection and library programming.

General Information

Sponsor: Mrs. Madison

Co-Sponsor: Mrs. Knight

  1. S9 YA Readers will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
  2. Meetings will take place after school in the library.
  3. We will read young adult literature and adult literature for teens.
  4. Members are responsible for acquiring a copy of the book of the month. You may purchase, borrow, or check the book out from the school or public library.
  5. Members must be prepared for each meeting. You must read the book in its entirety.

Librarian: Alison Madison

I am a Teacher-Librarian and Media Specialist. I read. I search. I share. I blog.

I am passionate about...

  • Books - hand-held and digital
  • Reading YA Literature
  • Instructional Technology
  • Gadgets, gizmos, and educational apps
  • Helping high school students discover all of the above

I Believe that School Libraries are Innovative and Irreplaceable.

Where Old School Meets New School

We are a 21st Century Library

Books + Technology

Reading + Research

Hand-held + Digital

Digital Citizenship + Information Literacy


Recycle with Us

Not sure what to do with your used ink cartridges, old cell phones, and other electronics?

Donate them to the library, and help us earn cash for books and technology!

Drop off Locations

  • Library
  • Main Office
  • Attendance Office

Library Store

Opens October 2013

Items for Sale

  • White poster board
  • 3x5 lined index cards (100 count)
  • DVD+R
  • Composition notebooks
  • Book marks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Highlighters

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