The Durham Library Learning Commons staff works daily to empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. One piece of that puzzle includes offering a collection of diverse books that students want to read. Book Fairs get students excited about books and support a culture of reading. Additionally, Book Fairs help fund library programs.
The Durham Library Learning Commons is hosting its first ever Bedford Falls Book Fair Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20! Monies earned from the Library’s Book Fairs fund reading promotions and programs throughout the year including Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Lunch Bunch Book Club, and Library Media Committee. Student winners of October’s “Spooky Books Trivia” were treated with goodies from fundraising dollars. Students who complete the annual Summer, Fall, Holiday, Winter, and Spring break Reading Challenges through Biblionasium are treated to gifts including paperback books and posters, pizza parties, and sweet treats once they return from break. Library displays, décor and signage, device charging stations, the multimedia table, comfy student seating, and interlocking tables have all been purchased with monies earned through book fairs. Every penny of the proceeds benefits Durham students, so please consider shopping the Bedford Falls Book Fair March 4th through March 8th and helping cultivate a culture of reading in the Durham community.
Hey 8th graders! Mrs. Baker’s here to give you a little guidance and direction as you learn about what inspired some of the most influential artists to create their work. Using Cobb Digital Library’s Biography in Context, locate the following information about each artist:
Birth location and residence
Life before they were famous
Impact on the art world
Using a presentation format like PowerPoint or Sway, present the above information.
Mrs. Gaut will pick up with the next phase of the project.
Read Across America (RAA) is here! RAA is an annual reading motivation and awareness program calling for the celebration of reading on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The National Education Association shares on their website that “[m]otivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.” For the second year, the Durham Library connected Durham students with Frey Elementary School students grades K-2. Durham 8th grade students visited Frey each day of the week of Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th and read their favorite picture books to classes.
Be sure to visit the Durham Library soon to see the books and displays featured in celebration of Read Across America, and learn all about the history of this beloved event at National Education Association’s Read Across America.
I am so very excited to announce that new books are on display in the Durham Library Learning Commons now! I began working on this book order in the late spring of 2019! Through many, many hours of research, and student and teacher recommendations, the largest book order to arrive in over a year is now ready for you. Come one, come all. Check out the books, Wildcats! Yay, yay, so excited! Can you tell I’m excited? –Mrs. Baker
The Durham Library challenges students to read at least 20 minutes each day of the mid-winter break for a total of 180 minutes. Accept Mrs. Baker’s February Break 2020 Reading Challenge in Biblionasium, add your books to the digital shelves, and log your minutes. The break is also a great time to take advantage of digital content like ebooks and audiobooks. Use the resources in the Cobb Digital Library and the Sora app which even includes digital content from the Cobb County Public Library. Mrs. Baker will celebrate those who complete the challenge with a special treat once we return from holiday. Happy reading Wildcats!
Log your books in Biblionasium (via Cobb Digital Library on a computer or the MackinVIA APP on a tablet or phone).
Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins.
Here are step-by-step directions if you need additional help logging in: BIBLIONASIUM LOGGING IN.
Okay, kids. Here’s the chance for your voices to be heard. Have an opinion? Let’s find out how to convince others to see issues just as we do by using research to support our perspectives. You have chosen an argumentative essay topic from the provided list. Here’s what you will need to do before starting the research.
Look at the essay topic you have chosen.
Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.
Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.
Use the ACADEMIC databases in the Cobb Digital Library (CDL) to support your claim.
And off we go . . .
The BEST CDL databases for this assignment are:
Here are the steps to search within these databases:
Step 1: Adding to Favorites
Step 2: Basic Searches
Step 3: Highlighting and Notetaking
Step 4: Using the Citation Tool
- Cite every source from which you take notes.
- Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
- Copy and paste each citation into a Word document in Office 365. This information will be necessary for creating the Works Cited.
Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.
Hey AC Sixth Graders! You are diving into case studies of Canada and Australia to determine how where you live affects how you live, and I’m excited to be your Cobb Digital Library guide. There are many Cobb Digital Library databases that will support research of countries. I recommend beginning with CultureGrams because it offers succinct information about the country’s background, people, customs & courtesies, lifestyle, and society. After you have built a foundation of understanding about your country, access additional databases to deepen your understanding. Remember to research with a sense of inquiry. What information interests and incites your curiosity? You’ve got this!
Coming Valentine’s Week!
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.
The Durham Library celebrates reading every day, but on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, an extra special celebration will be taking place. Students from Mrs. Dean’s, Mrs. Slade’s, Mrs. Crook’s, Mrs. Gavin’s, Mrs. Hall’s, and Mrs. Hardin’s classes will be hearing readings of first book chapters of books from special guests including Durham teachers Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Slade, Mrs. Crook, Ms. Mullholland, Mrs. Zwolle, Ms. Garcia-Arrese, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Dillard and Mr. Brink as well as Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker, Library Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb and Durham’s Administrative Team of Principal, Dr. Andy Bristow, and Assistant Principals, Mrs. Thorpe, and Mr. Fowler. Students will have the opportunity to rate the books based upon their interest. On the school days that follow, students will visit the Durham Library to check out the titles of their choosing. This special event will expose students to a variety of titles, authors, genres, and perspectives. To learn more about World Read Aloud Day and to advocate for literacy be sure to visit LitWorld and Scholastic.
* Officially registered event with LitWorld.org