Hello and welcome to my favorite month…October. I love the start of fall weather, the leaves, the haunted hayrides, cider donuts, and of course Book Fair number 1 for the elementary Program! Wycallis’ book fair will be Oct 17th-Oct 21st this year so that is something I am looking forward to!
I can’t believe we are a month away from the second marking period, we have been so busy in Library so far! We have some new books, features, and faces in library this year.
First off, I would like to introduce you to our new Library Aide, Mrs. Louise VanTuyl! Mrs. VanTuyl or “Miss Louise” as she is known to her campers at Kingston Township, comes to us after working in the Wycallis Kindergarten program as a classroom Aide for two years, and working as an Aide at DMS for 8 years prior to this. She is doing a wonderful job, you will never meet someone so kind and joyful! Mrs. VanTuyl will alternate with me weekly, I will leave her books to share with your students while I am at the other building doing a lesson, and then we will swap buildings the following week. She has a daughter at WES and a son at DHS. Welcome Mrs. V!!!!!
The Dallas School district is moving towards updating our technology for the students, and for teacher planning. We have been having Google training, changed our work emails (firstname.lastname@example.org), presenting materials and collaborating using Google Drive and Google Docs, learning the ways of the Google Chrome Book. The tech department shared with me today that both libraries will be receiving a cart of chrome books for the students to use next week. As a Tech nerd who has a degree in Library Science/Information Systems and another in Instructional Technology I am beyond excited to see this roll out. I am actually typing this on my teacher Chrome Book I was given today actually. The students will be able to share projects with teachers easily and we have been using the computers for our planning across the buildings. We are moving in an awesome direction with technology thanks to the Technology Department and our District Tech Administrator Mr.Bill Gartell. Very exciting, more on this when I get the carts!
The second tech update for the library is RE: the Attriuum Library Program. This is our second year with the program and I can not be more pleased with the options and abilities of our new program, and that we can contact a very wonderful and responsive tech department (down South so I get to hear lovely Southern Accents when we have issues.) Our previous program was from a company out of Canada, that has been out of business since I started so the librarians and the district technology department were on our own dealing with any problems, so this new program makes us so happy! lol Our PTO volunteers have expressed to me how user-friendly it is for circulation. The student are already pros at searching, using the program to reserve books, and nearly every day I get a message through the program with book suggestions FROM the students. The only part of our old program I missed was that it showed students’ photos, making it quicker and easier for check out….but last week I uploaded student pictures to the program! They are last year’s class pictures for 1-5…and photos I took of K getting their books
I have been working through my catalog cart at DES, and my book order for WES came in, so we have been enjoying all of our new books. We even had a BOOKS AND BREAKFAST at WES for the teachers to see the new books, and I was so happy to share my love and excitement of these new materials with my co-workers, and to get the new books out into the hands of our students
What we have been up to in Library the last month:
Library Intro lessons are coming to a close. 5th grade has been reading a book called “My Librarian won’t tell us anything” which is about a librarian who makes sure her students are successful and self-sufficient information users, which lead to a review of how to use our library program. We are about to start a book review unit using the new program (after the WES book Fair ends) and we will use this book as our theme for the whole year as we look at being critical with online sources, using database and search programs, and how to be a library success story and an informed information user. 4th graders also had a review of the program lesson, and now are looking at making inferences with literature using Chris Van Allsburg books in-connection with the skills and materials used in their reading classes. Third grade has been reading “Joe Bright and the 7 Genre Dudes” which will allow us to discuss 7 book genres throughout the year with project based learning activities. They also have had lessons to introduce them to the AR program.
First and Second graders have been reviewing library behaviors with the book ‘The Library Lion” and how to choose a “JUST RIGHT BOOK” using the 5 finger rule, and “Goldisocks and the three LiBEARians” and K students have been being introduced to the library and how to use a shelf marker when choosing their library books, and how to take care of books at home, using Sammy the Self Marker and books like “What Happened to Marion’s Book” “Mr. Wiggles Book” and “DW’s Library Book.” K Students have taken home their first library books this month too! We had so many great times in library this past month, and we have so much more to come!