JCMS Library Media Center News

August 2015

Year-end Statistics

Students checked out out a total of 11,531 books during the 2014-2015 school year. That's an average of 15 books per student. 63% of the materials checked out were Fiction books, a favorite among middle school students. The JCMS library collection currently contains 9,038 different titles. Top circulating books series and standalone titles from last year can be seen below.
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Student Library Use - New This Year!

Beginning Monday, when students come to the library without their class, they will sign in on a clipboard just inside the front door at the circulation desk. They will write their name, time, teacher, and what they need to do in the library. This will help me collect some statistics on how students are using the library aside from the Language Arts & homeroom library rotations, to better serve everyone's needs.
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Turn your iPad into a Document Camera!

If you have Apple TV in your classroom and an iPad, you almost have a Document Camera! The library has 2 of these "Dewey" document camera stands to lend out to any teachers who would like to use their Apple TV & iPad as a document camera. Just place your ipad on the stand (face up), turn on your camera app, connect to Apple TV, and bam! You're in business! The stands are in the library workroom. We can check them out to you at the circulation desk.
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Students Meet New York Times Bestselling Author Carrie Ryan

After school on May 21st, some Jennings County Middle School students had the opportunity to "e-meet" one of their favorite authors. Carrie Ryan, who resides in Charlotte, NC, is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Map to Everywhere", "Infinity Ring: Divide & Conquer," "Daughter of Deep Silence," and the popular "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" series. The students enjoyed light refreshments, then Skyped with the author. They asked her questions about her books, her writing process, and her career. She encouraged the aspiring authors, letting them know that even if you're from a small town, you can still have a career in writing if you set your mind to it. This activity was open to students in Survivor Book Club and other middle school students who had read Ryan's books. The students asked thoughtful, open-ended questions. Ryan was impressed by the respect the students showed her, their clear vocabulary, and the depth of the questions asked. They truly exhibited the Panther Way.

Back row left to right: Mikayla Michael, Andrew Everage-Scheible, Christina Henney, Damon Stephens, Mackenzie Spurlin, Rosemarie Wilder, Mary Leaghigh

Front row left to right: Lessa Ash, Arizona Harvey, Alyssa Wells, Ashely Streight

On the screen: author Carrie Ryan

Supervising (not pictured): Mrs. Meaghan Ahlbrand & Mrs. Kathy Marsh

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Mrs. Meaghan Ahlbrand

Library Media Specialist & Media Teacher

at Jennings County Middle School