SMS Learning Commons Updates

Photography Club, Book Speed Dating, and More!

Photography Club!

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How It Works

What we will do:

Members of the SMS Photography Club will learn the essentials of operating their cameras. We'll learn about composition, aperture, depth of field, ISO and will work

on some fun projects like creating their own Cyanotypes and Bokeh filters. We will be challenging ourselves to create “art” around a particular topic, subject, or challenge between meetings. The images created will be viewed on computers as well as printed for critique on some occasions.


A DSLR or mirrorless camera (we are working on getting some cameras but at this time we do not have any to lend)

The cameras can be brought into the Library and left with Ms. Takacs in the morning so they are safe.

When We'll Meet:

After school from 3-4 on the following dates

March 6th

March 20th

April 3rd

April 24th

May 8th

May 22nd

June 5th

Students and Staff members welcome!


Book Speed Dating!

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Sign up now for book speed dating! Simply have your students bring their favorite book, or a picture of the book if they can't get the physical book, and have them be ready to give an elevator pitch as to why someone else might be interested in reading it.

We're looking to give students an opportunity to hear what books others have read and encourage them to give other books a chance. We'd love to have students from different grades and teams have an opportunity to share their favorites with each other.

Let us know what works for you and we'll "hook you up" with a date!

Not only are we READING, we're also WEEDING!

We are always updating the library collection--and in doing so we add books to the collection and remove some as well. We are especially fortunate to be a part of a number of grant programs that supply us with duplicate copies of books. Once those programs are done we evaluate the circulation of those books and make determinations about our collection development.

It is important to know that thought and analysis goes into the decision to remove a book from the library, but it is necessary to weed in order to make sure that we have a useable collection. Once a book has been taken out of circulation it is offered to teachers for classroom libraries and then to students for their home libraries.