HSMS Library Media Center


Genrifying the Library

One of our goals for the HSMS Library Media Center this year is to label our fiction collection by genre. We are in the process of adding color-coded labels to these books to help identify those popular genres that students often request. I am asked several times a day, "Where are your scary books?" or "mystery books?" or "sports books?" Hopefully, adding these colored labels will help students to easily locate the types of books that they are most interested in reading. Below is an example of a shelf that has recently had the labels completed on the books.
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Classes in the Library

We have had a great start to the new school year with classes in the library!

Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Hitt brought their classes to the library for library orientation and to check out library books. Students reviewed the different areas of the library through a Scavenger Hunt Bingo. This was a great way to review the different sections of the library!

Mrs. Nelson's and Mrs. Chitwood's students also came for library orientation and to check out library books. One of the things we also reviewed with Mrs. Nelson's students was the Student Internet Use agreement and library procedures. Students often sign the Internet Use Agreement without really understanding what they are signing and what behavior is expected of them, so reviewing this was very helpful. Library procedures and vocabulary were also reviewed, so students could better explain to the library staff what they needed when they came to the circulation desk. Students often confuse the terms "checking out" and "checking in" and "renewing." This has been very helpful to library staff as students are better able to voice their needs.

We have also had several classes come to check out library books. We love to see our students reading!

Teachers, please contact me if you would like to schedule your students for library instruction or to reserve your class for checking in and out books. I can come to your classroom or schedule your class time in the library.

New books have arrived!

We LOVE the arrival of new books in the library! We have some exciting new titles that we will be sharing on Facebook and Twitter, but here's a list of all of the titles we have added since the start of school. Come check out our new books!

Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Booked by Kwame Alexander

The Bronze Key by Holly Black

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Front Lines by Michael Grant

The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

The Long Game (The Fixer#2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt

Michael Vey. 5, Storm of Lightning by Richard Paul Evans

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga

See How They Run by Ally Carter

Shadows of Sherwood : a Robyn Hoodlum adventure by Kekla Magoon

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
Toxic by Sara Shepard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

Vicious by Sara Shepard

Wishing Day by Lauren Myracle

Ashes by Ilsa Bick

Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch

Bluescreen : a Mirador novel by Dan Wells

The Dragon's Return by Stan Lee

Dragons vs. Drones by Wesley King

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regan Barnhill
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Once Upon a Dream : a twisted tale by Liz Braswell

Public School Superhero by James Patterson

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Raymie Nightingale by KateDiCamillo

The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Traveler by Arwen Dayton

Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Burning Nation by Trent Reedy

Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Old School by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

Divided We Fall be Trent Reedy

The Dragonfly Effect by Gordon Korman

Endure : a Defy novel by Sara B. Larson

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Last Full Measure by Trent Reedy

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Coming to the big screen later this month is the movie based on the young adult novel Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This is the description of the novel from Goodreads.com, "A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive." Below is the book trailer and the upcoming movie trailer. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie!
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Official Trailer HD
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children | Official Trailer 2 [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Multiple Copies of Titles

Recently I was able to purchase some titles for the library at a huge discount in multiple copies. Many of these titles came in sets of 10. These would be good titles to use for literacy circles or for a small book club. Below are some of the titles that we have available in multiple copies.

  • Unwind by Neil Shusterman
  • The Raft by S.A. Bodeen (survival theme)
  • Fire with Fire by Jenny Han
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg
  • The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  • Darkness Before Dawn by Sharon M. Draper
  • Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper
  • Just Another Hero by Sharon M. Draper
  • November Blues by Sharon M. Draper
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
  • The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
  • Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper

Library Statistics

From August 15 to today:

Total Circulations (Checkouts) 2,929

Top Student Patrons

These are the top 10 students who have the most checkouts this school year. Please encourage these students when you see them to keep reading! #hsmsreads

Patron Circulations

1. Audriyana R. 46

2. Brandon H. 35

3. Tristan S. 22

4. Lorenzo M. 20

5. Megan H. 19

6. Madison M. 18

7. Denim C. 16

8. Adrianna G. 16

9. Brian H. 14

10. Arius A. 14

Top Ten Books

These books are the ten most popular library books with our students so far this year.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

Tales From a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

The Red Pyramid

Tales From a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess

Tales From a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All

Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star

Big Fat Liar

The Body in the Woods