Norcross High School Library

Happenings from Fall 2013

LibGuides Highlights

LibGuides is our new online tool for resource and content sharing. This will eventually become the main library website and provides the perfect space for creating project guides that include links, video tutorials, handouts, and widgets. Check out a few of the guides we've created:We will be presenting about our experience using this tool with other high school media specialists in the district at our next county media inservice.

Project & Program Highlights

IR with 10th Language Arts

Sophomore Language Arts classes are experimenting with a literacy model that involves one day of independent reading (IR). We've been excited to be a part of this initiative and are looking forward to working with these students to see how this embedded reading time influences their literacy practices and learning.

"Thank you BOTH so very much for taking time to set up such an amazing IR space for the kids. Each class had close to 100% reading going on today, and I know you certainly boosted their participation and effort."
- Darrell Cicchetti

Partnering with GCPL to bring Sonia Nazario to Norcross

We were thrilled to partner with the Gwinnett County Public Library to bring Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario to our school. Her presentation was captivating, and we were so grateful for her visit with Megan Burns' ESOL students. See the link to our Animoto video below for more photos from the event. And be sure to check out the write up in the Gwinnett Daily Post. We are currently working with GCPL on another partnership involving 3D printing at our school.

Planning for the Future

Library as Learning Studio

As we endeavor to elevate the library as a learning centered space in our school community, we want to create a more fluid, flexible space for formal and informal learning. Much like a studio where people create, tinker, share, and reflect, we want to re-design our library to honor this learning climate. Buffy wrote two posts over at her blog, The Unquiet Librarian, to help to illustrate where we are headed:And here's a link to the presentation we've been sharing with our media committee and admin team.

Out with the Old

As part of our design shift, we have been working to heavily weed the library to create more space for varied, flexible learning areas. We just finished up with fiction and wanted to share with you some of favorite finds.
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