WMS Media Center Board Report
READ, READ, READ
New this year is READO bingo, where they get a card and read the various types of books on the card and the Awesome box, which is a way for students to recommend books they like and share this with other students. The monthly Book Club is still growing strong and this year we are doing some with a movie tie-in. Plus there are always monthly displays to entice readers to our great collection of materials. Other programs include two books fairs during the year and the annual Food for Fines in November and in April.
The student favorites are the book-movie trips. We were able to do two trips this past year. In order to participate, students need to read the book and pass the Reading Counts quiz. The first 50 students get to go. We were able to see Ender's Game and Divergent. Plans are to see Insurgent in the Spring of 2015.
students can recommend awesome books.
Food For Fines
bring in cans of food to pay for library fines. Food goes to Willard Food Pantry
Other types of collaboration have been the Book Tastings with the English classes. The library is set up as a "Book Cafe", where students have time at each table to "taste" the different types of books at each table. They are given a menu to write down which books they would like to check out then or at a later date. Some of the tastings have been on different literature genres and poetry books.
Mrs. Maerke's 7th grade honor English classes did a project involving the book "The Phantom Tollbooth". All the students read the book and took the reading counts quiz. Then to compare and contrast different mediums of the story, the students were able to view the movie and then attend a play of the book at the Lander's Theater.
thermal imaging of their houses
Students sample different genres of literature
After reading the book, Mrs. Maerke's 7th grade honor English classes went to see the play at the Lander's Theater.
I attend the twice yearly regional meetings of SWRASL and always look forward to the Spring Conference of the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL). It is a great place to network with other librarians, get ideas for my library and programming, and keep up to date with the profession.
I also read the School Library Journal and Library Media Connections to keep up with currents trends and book recommendations. Online webinars have become indispensable. I view these webinars through sites such as edweb.net, Mackinvia, and Demco,
My Goals/Library Plan
- Further collaboration with teachers
- Increase number of e-books and audiobooks. Adding more non-fiction titles to align with curriculum.
- Buy Nooks for students to check out.
- Promote use and design of library as a Library Commons.
- Promote reading with current and new programming.
By the Numbers
14,789 cataloged items
13,867 circulated materials for 2014
4 electronic databases
16 student workstations