Driscoll Library

December 2015/January 2016

In this Issue

  • Library Fun
  • 8th Grade Research - The Holocaust
  • 7th Grade Research - Civil Rights Stations
  • Upcoming Dates
  • Special Thanks
  • Library Stats

Library Fun!

8th Grade Research - The Holocaust

Eighth grade English classes each spent 4 days in the library to research various aspects of the Holocaust using print resources and specially curated electronic resources via a Holocaust LibGuide. This research assignment helped build students' background knowledge of the subject in preparation for reading Night, a critically-acclaimed memoir written by Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel.

7th Grade Research - Civil Rights Stations

Seventh grade Reading classes have been learning about the Civil Rights Movement through various stations in the library. In these stations, students read articles and book excerpts and viewed video clips about key events of the time; analyzed art, speeches, poetry, and graphs; wrote summaries about what they learned, recorded their personal reactions, and created their own poetry. For more information, please visit the Civil Rights Station LibGuide.

Upcoming Dates


Guest Speaker from the Texas and Wildlife Department (6th Grade Science Classes) - Feb. 8th

Holocaust Survivor Guest Speaker (8th Grade Assembly) - Feb. 10th

Genius Hour Presentations (8th Grade ACL)- Feb. 26th

LibraryPalooza - Feb. 27th


Black History Month - February 1-29

Lunch Bunch Book Club (Science Fiction) - Feb. 26th

Maker Mondays - Mondays after school

Tech Tuesdays - Tuesdays after school

Games Unplugged - Wednesdays before school

Special Thanks

A big THANK YOU to a few parents who have donated time and/or materials to the library!

Mrs. Robin Lyerla - Thank you for donating brand new paperback books for student giveaways and magazines for classroom libraries!

Mrs. Kelly Hamby - Thank you for all of the time you volunteer for Book Fair and other library and school events!

Mrs. Stephanie Ashe - Thank you for volunteering during Book Fair!

Anonymous Donor - Thank you for the games for our weekly Games Unplugged. Students love the new Battleship game, decks of cards, and other games that were donated!

Your support of the library is very much appreciated!

December/January Library Stats

# of School Days Open: 23

# of Classes Served: 158

Students Before School

Daily Avg. = 69

Total = 1,580

Students on Library Pass

Daily Avg. = 60

Total = 1,389

# of Students After School

Daily Avg. = 8

Total = 189

Daily Avg. of Individual Students Served = 137

Total # of Individual Students Served = 3,158

# of Books Checked Out

6th Grade: 776

7th Grade: 434

8th Grade: 347

Faculty & Staff: 203

OverDrive: 61

Total Checkouts: 1,821

Meet the Librarian

Greetings! My name is Mrs. Murray, and I am delighted to be the librarian here at Driscoll Middle School! My passion is getting students excited about reading and learning and helping them discover and explore their own passions. I love working with teachers to help create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for students. I'm looking forward to a full and exciting year!