Innovation & Design Center

Formerly DCSD District Library Media Center

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February 2018 Newsletter

Inside this issue, please find helpful information for what's new at the Innovation & Design Center, formerly the District Library Media Center. Please forward our newsletter to your colleagues within your school.

Thank You!

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Congratulations to our Librarian Apple Award Nominees

We want to acknowledge and congratulate our librarians who were nominated for the 2018 Apple Awards:

  • Jody Robinson - Buffalo Ridge Elementary
  • Wendy Jo Woody - Cougar Run Elementary
  • Cindy Zulkoski - Heritage Elementary
  • Peggy Knox - Legacy Point Elementary

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DC Montessori's Lord of the Genres Library Theme

The DCS Montessori Library Program for 2017-2018 is Lord of the Genres, where we are on an adventure to find out which Genre will rule them all!

Our students are learning about 8 different genres. Their assignment is to read at least 4 books in different genres to reach Dwarf level. If they go further in their adventure they can achieve Elf, Wizard and finally the highest level of Hobbit!

Great job, DC Montessori! Thank you for sharing your library theme idea. If your school has a unique theme or activity going on in your school, please submit your information to

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Blind Date with a Book at Cimarron Middle School

Readers fall for books wrapped in Valentine-themed paper. Cimarron Middle School Library creates fun, mystery, and excitement as the kids choose books based on a brief summary displayed in a heart on the front. The summary had a catchy phrase or a question to pique the curiosity of the readers.

Great job, Cimarron Middle School! Thank you for sharing your library theme idea. If your school has a creative library activity happening , please share photos and information with!

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Battle of the Books 2018 Winners

1st Place ~ BOOKGODS from Chaparral High School
  • Tunde Ajao
  • Joanna Burghardt
  • Emma Barrett
  • Kalyn Kosmiski

2nd Place ~ Lorem Ipsum from Chaparral High School (pictured above)

  • Chance Campbell
  • Reggie Quiming
  • Helen Campbell
  • Anna Kamstra

3rd Place ~ Book Thieves from Legend High School

  • Megan Carroll
  • Alyssa Granley
  • Hope Lundgren
  • Megan Pace

4th Place ~ Wyzyrd Skynyrd from Legend High School

  • Lexi Beller
  • Aaron Daniels
  • Bryan Dickson
  • Tessy Fletcher

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American Library Association announces 2018 youth media award winners

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Read more here for the full list of book awards!

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OverDrive has a wealth of resources to learn more about Black History and to celebrate African American literature. In honor of African American History Month, we have created a special collection under the collection’s menu in OverDrive Digital Library that spotlights some of these titles.

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What's New in OverDrive for February 2018

The posters below highlight a few of the titles from the African American History Month Collection. Click on the links below to print a PDF for your school.

Elementary OverDrive Poster

Middle School OverDrive Poster

High School OverDrive Poster

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Win up to $500 in OverDrive or Follett in Content Credit!

Now through March 16, we are accepting submissions for our DCSD School Stars OverDrive Promotion Contest. Show us how you are currently promoting OverDrive to your school community. Create a fun and engaging display outside your library or in one of your classrooms to spark interest in your digital library. Entries will be judged by originality, technique, and theme.

Learn more by clicking here!

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February/March 2018 Professional Development Classes

Please sign up for the following classes in InspirEd.

MakerSpace : Connecting Your Curriculum
February 27, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: Innovation & Design Center

Create Your Library Website using New Google Sites
March 8, 4:30 - 6:30pm
Location: Innovation & Design Center

For the full list of Innovation & Design Classes for 2017/18, click here.