Media Center News

Indiana School for the Deaf, December 15, 2014

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Read Alouds - December 17th and 18th

“The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn't achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who's reading aloud- it's the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony."

-Mem Fox, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

That fire and magic is being brought to the Media Center on December 17th and 18th (9:12-10:04 and 10:08-11:00) by special guests Jennifer Dans Willey, Jodee Crace, and Colly Baird's 7th grade ELA classes!

*Jennifer Dans Willey - Santa Retires, by David Biedrzycki, a hilarious tale of Santa heading to the tropics. (will read during each period)

*Jodee Crace - The Mitten by Jan Brett, a Ukrainian tale of a boy who loses his mitten, which is then shared by many animals. (will read during each period)

*Colly Baird’s reading classes:

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Anya Pothorski - The Hat by Jan Brett, a tale of a hedgehog who finds a sock, and makes it his “hat”.

Avery McFall - Snow by Uri Shulevitz, about a boy who lives in a city and is excited about snow, filled with skeptical characters.

Wed/Thur 10:08-11:00 -

Corbyn Gray - One Winter’s Night by Claire Freedman, a story about sharing, even if you have very little for yourself.

Gino Riggio - The Biggest and Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler, a story about a little girl who does big things, even when told she is too little.

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Superman Comics Donated!

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman!

A huge thank you to Kris Johnson for her very generous donation of more than 300 Superman comics! Each one has been meticulously cared for in a plastic sleeve. She also donated two large reference books: The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe, and The Marvel Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the marvel Universe. Encourage your students to come and read them in the Media Center. They are located in the Graphic Novels section.

Kris also shared a link to the non-profit her friend, Josh Elder, founded to promote the use of comics in the classroom. The website offers ideas of books teachers can purchase to support curriculum instruction:

Magazines in the Media Center

More magazines for your students to read!

A special thank you to Carrie Martin, Melissa Stewart, and Holly Geeslin for their donations of one-year subscriptions of magazines for our students. They selected magazines based on our students' wide variety of interests:

-People (Carrie)

-Archie (Melissa)

-Car Craft, Bike, and Canoe & Kayak (Holly)

We would also like to thank all of you that have been donating your magazines from home! We want to continue making up to date magazines available for all of our students. New subscriptions for other magazines will be starting soon. Check with us often to find out when they will start.

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Media Center Christmas Tree

After years of being read and tickling the imaginations of young minds, where do old books go to retire? On a festive Christmas tree! Come and see the hand-made tree in the ISD Media Center. The tree was made from refrigerator cardboard boxes, and pages from old, discarded books were glued to the sides. Colorful balls, shiny tinsel garlands, twinkling lights, a sparkling red star, and vibrant poinsettias complete the tree.

Media Center Staff and Hours

Donna Keller, Media Specialist,, 317-493-0613

Mindy Jo Wilson (Mon/Wed/alt. Fri),, 317-493-0612

Kristin Stevens (Tue/Th/alt. Fri),, 317-493-0612

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