Media Center Highlights

March 2014

What Faction Would You Choose?

If you had to choose to live with a group of people based solely on virtue which would you select? Dauntless (the brave)? Amity (the peaceful)? Erudite (the intelligent)? Candor (the honest)? Abnegation (the selfless)?

This is one of the themes of the New York Times Bestselling Series Divergent by Veronica Roth. The trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant) is a huge young adult book amongst tween and teen readers. With the movie release on March 21, 2014, Mrs. Whitaker and Mrs. Cravens book talked the series. At the conclusion of the book talk, students were asked to take a poll to answer the following question: Which faction would you choose? 500+ students and teachers took the poll. The results?






Mrs. Gardiner, seventh grade Language Arts teacher, had her first block read Divergent as a class, and it was a hit even among reluctant readers! Mrs. Whitaker and Mrs. Gardiner collaborated on a fun lesson, and student's participated in their very own Choosing Ceremony (event from the story) during class. Overall, the students are loving this new series, and Divergent is on the current Top Ten Reads list for Cleveland Middle School! Check out the pie chart from the poll results (below). Happy reading!

The Luck of the Irish...

March 17th was St. Patrick's Day, and the media center was channeling all things Irish. As students entered to return or check out books they were greeted with Irish music. The seventh grade classes were able to test their knowledge on Ireland by taking an interactive smart board quiz. Books depicting Irish history were put on display for students to check out.

What's really happening in the library?

Media Center Statistics

  • Total Circulation: 3,077 books and other resources
  • Nonfiction: 1,177 nonfiction books
  • Fiction: 1,047 fiction books
  • Class Novels: 588 class set novels
  • Spanish Books: 8 Spanish books
  • Open Access: 197 students visited the media center independently to check out books, use computers, or take a test
  • 45 information literacy classes taught by media coordinators
  • Interlibrary Loan: CvMS borrowed 5 resources from other Johnston County Schools, CvMS loaned 1 resource to another Johnston County School


*There were 20 school days in March.

  • Computer lab booked 20 days for approximately 100 blocks.
  • 8 Chromebook carts reserved 176 times

Destiny Resources and Research Tools

  • Follett Shelf eBooks/Catalist Digital Audiobooks: 315 eBooks checked out or read online
  • WebPath Express Searches: 181
  • One Search Database Usage: 14,486 searches for 2013-14 (students & staff). Over 4,000 searches in the month of March!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

The media coordinators also keep busy performing other tasks:

  • Troubleshooting technology i.e. projectors, computers, chromebooks,
  • Demonstrating how to use educational tools in Destiny (Webpath Express, OneSearch. Follett Shelf eBooks, Destiny Quest)
  • Providing professional development for teachers
  • Collaborating with teachers to teach relevant lessons
  • Leading Technology Wednesday sessions for staff
  • Promoting reading
  • Setting up teacher DVDs/Videos for classroom viewings on the Bogen
  • Creating visual displays to engage students and promote reading
  • Locating materials for students and teachers
  • Ordering, covering, and cataloging new books and materials