Library Illuminations

Mission Valley Jr./Sr. High School Library--November 2013

In the November Issue......

  • Study Finds Reading for Pleasure Puts Students Ahead in the Classroom
  • Book Club Meetings - Snacks and Table Talk
  • Senior Serves as Library Aide
  • Sophomores Use Technology to Find Books
  • What Are the MV Staff Members Reading?
  • Scheduled Book Club Dates


Study Finds Reading for Pleasure Puts Children Ahead in the Classroom

A study conducted by the Institute of Education London (IOE) summarized it's findings concerning the effect of reading for pleasure and cognitive development over time.

Some of the findings included:

  • Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.
  • Children who were read to regularly by their parents at age 5 performed better in all three tests at age 16 than those who were not helped in this way.
  • Reading for pleasure had the strongest effect on children's vocabulary development but the impact on spelling and maths was still significant.

As with many other research study findings, the benefits of reading for academic success are noted in this IOE study.

For more findings follow this link to the source: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/newsEvents/89938.html


Book Club Meetings - Snacks and Table Talk

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Senior Student Serves as Library Aide

Kasi, a senior at Mission Valley, is a valuable addition to the Mission Valley JR/SR High School Library. During first hour she helps shelve books and magazines, take inventory, process new books, make labels and straighten shelves. Kasi recently joined Book Club and fits in reading between sports, schoolwork, and family activities.


Sophomores Use Technology to Match Personal Interests to Lexile Ratings

Mrs. Niland recently visited the Mrs. Spoon's Sophomore English classes to demonstrate using the Alexandria electronic catalog to search for a subject of interest using a student's own lexile range (determined by the most recent MAP testing scores) as a filter. After browsing the MV library catalog using their Chrome Books, the classes visited the library to select a fiction book matching their personal lexile range. According to the Common Core State Standards, students should be reading at the 1010 Lexile level before entering ninth grade and at 1385L by high school graduation.


Book lexile levels can be found on the individual item records in the Alexandria electronic catalog which can be accessed through the school web page by selecting Library Catalog from the Parent/Student Portal. Lexile numbers are also printed on the inside front cover of books in the MV JR/SR High School library.


What Are Mission Valley Staff Members Reading?

High School Book Club Discussion - Precious by Sapphire

Wednesday, Nov. 20th 2013 at 3pm

MV JR/SR High Library

Seventh and Eighth Grade Book Pickup - Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever

Wednesday, Nov. 13th 2013 at 7:45-8am

MV JR/SR High School Library

Twenty-five books will be available for checkout. Book discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m. 660 Lexile level

High School Book Club Pick-up for The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Tuesday, Dec. 3rd 2013 at 7:45-8am

MV JR/SR High School Library

Books will be borrowed from Topeka Shawnee County Public Library and Hays High School Library. Book Discussion is scheduled for January 10th at 3:00 p.m.