One for the Record Books

October 20-24

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O Garza Elementary Librarian Tribute

Mrs. Melanie Christensen shared her December retirement plans with district librarians at the October 9th District Librarian Meeting. Mrs. Christensen has been the sole librarian at Olivero Garza Elementary since the school opened in 1997. She has been employed with the Sharyland Independent School District since 1989. Mrs. Christensen will leave a legacy of love for literacy, library programming, mentoring teachers, and serving her Garza community. Her brown bag lunch at the library staff development sessions and her birthday book club are signature program ideas. Her son Nick, an SHS graduate, celebrated his wedding in August in Iowa. Mrs. Christensen is looking forward to traveling, spending time with family, and reading any or all books she can. She will be missed by generations of O. Garza graduates, teachers, counselors, parents, administrators, and the district librarians. Mrs. Christensen will be celebrating her birthday this Thursday, October 23rd. Happy Birthday!

Teen Read Week October 12-18

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. The theme was Turn Dreams into Reality.

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Ben Ho-Shing and Sharron Guzman

Pioneer High School senior Ben Ho-Shing was one of the guest speakers at the dedication of the David Garcia Memorial Library. Ben shared how important the library is to him because it offers a quiet place to study independently or with a small group. The library book club challenges him to discuss his opinions with others. His past librarians Mrs. Sharron Guzman and Mr. Darvin Koenig encouraged him to love reading and taught him how to play chess. He is able to travel to places such as an Arabian desert or a faraway fairy tale land through reading adventure, fairy tales, or travel books. Thanks Ben for reminding all of us why libraries are important!

Nicole H. Cruz

Nicole Cruz and student library volunteer Marcus Gutierrez pose as Tacky Tourists on Tuesday, October 14th. Tacky Tourist was a dress-up theme day for Turn Dreams into Reality. Teens dream about traveling through reading books at the library!

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Mrs. Bewley to Present at Region One Fall Media Conference

Mrs. Zulema Bewley will be a guest presenter at the Region One Fall Media Conference this Friday, October 24th at South Padre Island. Her session titled Poetry in the Library will draw upon her experiences of using a poetry anthology with her library lessons. Mrs. Bewley authored an Education Foundation grant last year to provide this anthology for all Shimotsu Elementary teachers. We know her presentation will make Sharyland ISD shine!

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Meg Medina Award Winning Author

Mrs. Cruz, Ms. Ana Garza, and Mrs. Wenndy Pray received an Education Foundation Grant titled "Skype with an Anti-Bully Author." The Sharyland High School teachers and librarian will connect with Meg Medina award winning author of the YA book, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Both the SHS and PHS teen book clubs have read the book. Students in Mrs. Wenndy Pray's class will be creating public service announcements and book trailers using Powtoons!

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Katy ISD Distance Learning

On Friday, October 3rd Lead Librarian Nicole Cruz connected to Katy ISD via Adobe Connect. Mrs. Cruz was recruited by Katy ISD Digital Learning Coordinator Jay Sonnenburg. Mr. Sonnenburg heard Mrs. Cruz present at the TASLA Texas Association of School Library Administrators Conference this summer in Austin. Instead of taking a day to travel to Katy ISD, Mrs. Cruz chose to conduct the sessions: one for elementary and one for secondary via distance learning. She provided the sessions free of charge during the early release day. She plans to ask Mr. Sonnenburg to return the favor soon. She wishes to thank David Culberson, George Culberson, and Truman Campbell for their assistance with the sessions.