Book Fair Success

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $4,701.91 earning $2,582.50 in Scholastic resources. Through Scholastic dollars earned from previous fairs, the Durham Media Center has added a variety of new books, device charging stations and a multimedia table. The media center has even refreshed its furniture with modern, mobile tables and chairs with the help of funds garnered through book fair. Throughout the school year, seasonal displays and signage, and special events like trivia giveaways and goody bags for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge participants and October’s Spooky Books Trivia are made possible because of these funds. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read. Special thanks to the parents and students who assisted in managing this event as well as to Durham teachers and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair. Already on display are many of the titles offered at this year’ book fair, so be sure to check out the “New Book” display in the media center soon. Thanks again Wildcats!

Book Fair is Coming!

Used with permission from Scholastic

The Book Fair is Coming!

It’s almost time for Durham Media Center’s annual Scholastic Book Fair! The book fair is the only fundraiser the media center hosts, and the earnings support 100% of the media center’s trivia prizes throughout the year including paperback books and posters awarded to this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading students who logged reading minutes over the summer and prizes for October’s “Spooky Books Trivia” winners. School supplies like pencils and fun, complimentary bookmarks offered throughout the year are also purchased with Scholastic credits as are much of the library’s displays, décor and signage. Device charging stations, the multimedia table, comfy student seating, and interlocking tables were all purchased with monies earned through the Scholastic Book Fair. Every penny of the proceeds benefit Durham students, so please consider shopping the Scholastic Book Fair March 5th through March 9th.

The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Sunday, February 25th – Saturday, March 10th

New this year is eWallet! Shop cash free by setting up an account and designating funds for your child to use at the fair. Check out the details here.

Shop the online fair for an expanded selection of books for the whole family and to share your book fair with family and friends by sending wish lists. All orders ship to school for FREE, and each purchase benefits our school. (Note: Online sales orders will arrive within 5-7 business days after March 17th and will be distributed to students via their homerooms.)


It’s Time to Go on a Blind Date . . . with a Book!


There are no awkward questions, no forced conversation, no judgmental looks, no need to call. Just have a blind date with a book! Sure, it might turn out to be a dud, or it could be the diamond in the rough you wouldn’t have given a chance otherwise.


“Blind Date with a Book” is like going on a date without knowing who will show up ; check a book out without knowing its title. Each book has been carefully selected and lovingly wrapped by either Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Webb or students from the Library Media Committee and features a description and genre tags. This is how it works:


1. Read the description label on the front of a package.

2. Select the one you will take home.

3. Check out item at the circulation desk.

4. After check out, unwrap and see what book you have chosen.

5. Fall in love with your book.


There’s no knowing until you check it out . . . Stop by soon to find your special match.

World Read Aloud Day

Did you know that February 1st is World Read Aloud Day? Every year, World Read Aloud Day acknowledges the value of sharing stories by encouraging people to read out loud. This year World Read Aloud Day coincides with Harry Potter Book Night, when fans around the world celebrate J.K. Rowling’s stories and how they embody the value of words, stories, and reading. To learn more about this event, check out the the links below, and make some time to celebrate the joys of reading on this day and always.

World Read Aloud Day

Lit World

Harry Potter Celebration at Barnes & Noble



Library PASS (Public Library Access for Student Success)


You now have access to resources at our Cobb County Public Libraries! 

Your CCSD student number now opens public library resources including print books, apps, ebooks, databases and so much more! For more details, check out the link below or visit your public local library today. 

Library PASS


January Library Media Committee Meeting


The Library Meeting Committee will meet Thursday, January 25th at 8:15 a.m. in the Media Center. On the agenda are upcoming schedules and promotions including our annual, and extremely popular Blind Date with a Book and Scholastic Book Fair. Be sure to be present for all the details.

Hey Committee Members: A Class Notebook has been shared with you in Office 365 which features all the details for Blind Date with a Book. Here’s the direct link to the Notebook: Blind Date with a Book. Once the file opens, you will be prompted to enter your Office 365 account using your username and password. Mrs. Baker will guide you through using it. 

Art/Tech Merge

Hey 7th grade Art Students! Mrs. Baker is here to help you use technology to share your art with others. YAHOO! How exciting! This project will even offer the opportunity for you to showcase your art at an off campus art Show in January.

We are using Cobb Digital Library to research diseases and to locate images of healthy versus diseased cells. We will also use Microsoft Office 365 to create informational presentations of diseases as well as images of our watercolor cell representations. Are you excited yet? Well, if not, you will be soon.

Cobb Digital Library

iPad Best Practices and Presentation Checklist

Microsoft Office 365

The presentations of our art work will be showcased via Microsoft Sway Office 365. (We will be utilizing the video linked below to guide us.)

How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

There are lots and lots of Sway How-to Videos on YouTube. Although they are unavailable via student logins while on campus, they will serve as helpful tools when you are on your own. With parent permission, you may choose to utilize them to help you Sway. That’s what Mrs. Baker does when she needs help.


How to Submit a Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather

Now that all of your hard work is complete, it’s time to submit your work for review. Open the link below. Type your name and class period into the provided spaces, and then copy and paste your Sway link into the space following your name and class period. Mrs. Baker will be guiding you through the steps on Wednesday, 12/20.