Northern Hills Library News

September 2016

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3rd Grade STEM Magnet Stations

Third grade reviewed the instruction they received about magnets in their classrooms by trying out six different stations in the library. Using the library iPads they read about magnets in the PebbleGo database, read an ebook about magnets, watched a Bill Nye magnetism video and used QR codes to check their comprehension. They also had the opportunity to do two different experiments about magnets. The students were required to complete the PebbleGo and ebook station and all of the other stations were free choice.

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Library Resources & Overdrive Training

Third through fifth grade are getting training on the myriad of library resources available to our students at school and at home. The lesson is being taught in the computer lab time during specials. They are also learning how to use the new library catalog called Enterprise and how to check out ebooks using Overdrive. Overdrive is free access to thousands of ebooks and audiobooks.

After the lesson the students were given a large book mark to use at home. The book mark has the passwords they need to get into these resources.

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International Dot Day

This is the 2nd year our campus has celebrated International Dot Day. International Dot Day is based on the book "The Dot" by Peter Reynolds. This book tells the story of a girl who is inspired by a teacher to "make her mark".

Students and staff wore dot inspired clothing and did activities with the book.

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Nexus Readers

Our fifth graders have the opportunity to check out Nexus tablets. The tablets are being utilized for the students to check out ebooks and audiobooks using the Overdrive app. When they are checked out to the students, they are given instruction on how to use them and how to use the Overdrive app.

The tablets are checked out for a 3 week period. If you have a fifth grader at our campus and wish for them to check out one have your child ask for a permission slip.

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New Furniture!

We were given the most adorable Dr. Seuss themed chair from the grandparents of one of our second grade students. They bought the chair at a garage sale and refurbished it. They did such a wonderful job and it looks great in the library.

We love it and are so grateful!

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Fall Book Fair is Coming!

Our Fall Book Fair is scheduled for October 31-November 4. We would love to have your help. Please contact Mrs. Hinton at chinto@neisd.net or see her in person at the library if you are interested in helping out. All volunteers must have DPS clearance prior to volunteering.

Library Information

  • 3,211 total items checked out.
  • Checkouts by grade level. PK-80, K-233, 1st-306, 2nd-763, 3rd-729, 4th-352, 5th-601, Staff & Parents-147.
  • 196 classes taught. Classes were taught on library procedures, book care, magnetism, nonfiction vs. fiction books, library resources and ebook check out.
  • 42 classes came in for check out only.
  • 493 walk-ins. See graph charts below for a breakdown.
  • 311 check outs on Overdrive.


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Upcoming Events

  • Storybook Theater: October 21
  • Fall Book Fair: October 31-November 4
  • 3rd Grade Matter Stations