2020 Sept.-Oct. Library Newsletter
WKMS Library News: Dr. Conrath, Librarian
Books A La Cart To The Classroom: A-Day & B-Day
Library Google Doc Request And Process for Paper Books for
A-Day and B-Day Students
Please follow the steps below to browse books and place a “Google Doc Request.”
Step 1: Search your home school’s library collection
How to Find and Logon to Destiny Discover, Our Online Catalog:
Step 2: Place a book(s) on hold
*If you’re not sure what you what to read next, please investigate NoveList K-8 Plus at SCDISCUS.org
Step 3: When available, your book will be delivered directly to your ELA classroom. We will do our best to get the book to you as quickly as possible!
Step 4: Your teacher will share the process for your classroom on where to place your books when you are done with them. Returned books should be placed in the book return bin in your ELA classroom when you are finished with them. The bins will be distributed and collected on a regular basis for book delivery and safety. It is strongly encouraged and recommended that you explore and use our Ebooks available through the WKMS Learning Commons app, MackinVia, at this time.
*Returned items are being quarantined for a period of time for everyone’s safety. There may be slight delays if these items are needed to fill hold requests — as always we appreciate your patience. Our goal is to get library books to you as quickly as possible while maintaining safety for families and school staff.
Books Delivered Curbside for LOOLA Students
Please see the links and documents below that explain the upcoming book checkout procedure for LOOLA students. Some of these documents also contain relevant video instructions.
2. LOOLA: Google Doc Form to Reserve/Request a Book
eBooks On Bullying To Make You Think
Charlotte has to find a way to stand up to bullies at summer camp without becoming a target herself."--Provided by publisher.
Contains two readers' theater scripts, accompanied by graphic novel-style illustrations and discussion questions, designed to promote thinking and understanding about bullying.
Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade and can barely read or write. Mason and his new friend Calvin make an underground club space in order to escape the neighborhood bullies to find out what happened to a classmate.
Epic eBooks & Remote Learning
We Heard You. Epic School Supports Remote Learning This Year.
NOTE: the following information has changed since publication: Epic School is now available from 7 am to 4 pm.
No matter what Back to School may look like this year, Epic School is here to support you. Now, through June 2021, your students can log in to Epic School from anywhere during school hours—Monday through Friday, 6 am to 3 pm (local time)—using just your class code. You can fuel students’ curiosity and boost their reading confidence in class or at home, with free access to thousands of high-quality books loved by students grade 6 and under, including tons of grade-specific, high-interest topics across languages and genres.
What Is Epic School?
As you get ready to rock that roster, we’re rockin’ a new name.
Epic School is the same, free-for-educators experience you know and love, but even better! With our newly designed educator dashboard—complete with enhanced roster controls and brand new Daily Reading and Quizzes sections, Epic School gives you more control to personalize each student’s reading experience while tracking their progress. Whether you’re using Epic School for independent reading, research or an exploration to spark interest in a topic, Epic School will help you find that perfect title.
But wait, there’s more!
Epic Free: Your After-School Companion
Students now have access to Epic Free after 3 pm (local time), Monday through Friday, and on weekends for up to 2 hours every week. The time limit resets every Monday so that students can enjoy after-school reading every week and fulfill their daily 20-minute reading goals. We’ve also included a better way to search, filter and assign that perfect book from the Epic Free library that you know your students will love.
What’s Included in Epic Free?
Although it doesn’t include as many books as Epic School or our subscription plan, Epic Unlimited, Epic Free still offers thousands of high-quality fiction and nonfiction books, including Read-To-Me’s. Note that Epic Free doesn’t include videos or audiobooks.
A Great Lexington Library Resource: Public Library Card Sign-Up & HOOPLA!
"The Youth Services" department at the Lexington Main Library recently put together a brief video promoting "National Library Card Sign-Up Month."
Once you sign up for your public library card, check out Hoopla, one of the downloadable resources available. Hoopla has a "kid-friendly" filter setting for ebooks, audiobooks, music, television, comic books, and more. There are no wait times for items checked out via Hoopla, and an unlimited number of people can simultaneously check out an item!
New Opportunity for Free Tutor Help: It's Free and Available 24/7!
Are you struggling with a math problem, science concept, or writing issue? Discus Tutor.com to the rescue! K-12 students in South Carolina may connect to a live tutor to address these learning needs and more! Real-time tutoring is available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm, Sunday - Saturday. Access the Tutor.com resource from the Discus A-Z List or Grade Level pages. For more information, contact the Discus Office Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a WKMS Video Overview by your librarian: Dr. Conrath
WKMS School Learning Commons Plan: 20-21
WKMS School Learning Commmons Plan (2020-2021)
Online reading tools:
Online Resources for Research and Learning Activities
Students can access DISCUS by going to the DISCUS app in their “Launchpad.”
Please email email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org for the DISCUS Username & Password
Collaboration with Teachers for Classroom Instruction
Overview of Destiny Discover, including browsing, search features, how to place holds, and the Collections resource.
Collaboration opportunities and project planning (some examples):
Providing virtual book-tastings
Gathering online resources
Teaching students research skills, including how to use databases and search strategies
Creating Book Talks using Flipgrid
“Recorded live” first chapter (sampling) for Friday read alouds.
“Book Shopping and Handling Books in Our Classrooms During Covid-19 – A Few Ideas” by Pernille Ripp - Classroom library advice and tips on how to set up for this year.
First Grade Creative Bitmoji Library of Read Alouds (Share file #3 - links to YouTube videos - you can find more at https://linktr.ee/thefirstgradecreative)
List of Publisher Permissions for Online Read Alouds - Check this resource to see what steps may be required for sharing a read-aloud with your students virtually. The safest bet is to only share live or save it to share in a password-protected environment, then delete after one week.
PebbleGo and PebbleGoNext Resources for Teachers: https://www.pebblego.com/resources
Dr. Russ Conrath, NBCT
Your WKMS Librarian