September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

Image used with permission from the American Library Association

CALLING ALL TEACHERS! GET YOUR EDUCATOR CARD TODAY!

Here’s how:

IN PERSON:

Visit the library of your choosing and take proof of address and your school badge.

Expires: July 31, 2021

 

ONLINE:

Apply for a temporary card through contactus@cobbcat.org. Access online resources, place holds, use curbside hold pickup.

Expires: March 31, 2021

 

An EDUCATOR CARD affords check out of a total of 50 items, except DVDS, videes, adult popular best-sellers, and Interlibrary Loans with a check out period of 9 weeks. Access electronic resources, downloadable books, and more.

 

CALLING ALL STUDENTS!  YOU ALREADY HAVE A LIBRARY CARD!

Use your Library P.A.S.S. (student number and 4 digit pin—birth month and date) to check out print books as well as digital content. The Cobb County Public Library System has abundant programming and resources available to CCSD students for FREE and is now even offering curbside checkout of print books! Check them out today!

Got Books?

Mrs. Baker is crazy excited about all the new books she and Mrs. Harper have added to Destiny and Sora!

There are literally thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available via Sora by Overdrive. New titles are continuously added, and the Sora app even supports checkout of ebooks and audiobooks from the Cobb County Public Library System. If you have never used Sora before, follow the Sora Login Screenshots to start taking advantage of this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G resource!

In addition to Sora, Cobb Digital Library offers FREE digital ebooks and audiobooks via Ebscohost and TumblePremium.

Did you know the Cobb County Public Library System is offering curbside checkout of print books? Use your Library P.A.S.S. (student number and 4 digit pin—birth month and date), to check out print books.

Beginning Wednesday September 9th, the Durham Library Learning Commons is offering curbside checkout! Place up to three print books on hold in Destiny, and pick them up on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. -11 a.m. and 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Be sure to bring any books you need to return with you as students will be permitted only three print books at a time for a check out period of up to three weeks, and students with overdue books should return them when they check out additional books. 

For support logging into Destiny and placing holds, check out the detailed instructions Placing Holds in Destiny.

Mrs. Harper is excited to share lots of new library books with you!

CTLS Support for Digital Learning Success

 

Cobb Teaching and Learning System

Digital Learning Days Login Information and Technology Support

CTLS Learn Student Guide

 

Support Using iPads with CTLS

CTLS LEARN Zoom On ipad

iPad Zoom Audio

 

Support Using CCSD Issued Devices:

Taking Care of Borrowed CCSD Devices

Connecting School iPad to WIFI 

Connecting School Laptop to WIFI

WifiConnection_iPads_ESP

Connecting Laptop to WIFI Espanol

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” –Socrates

Perspective is everything! We’ve got this, Wildcats!

Mrs. Baker

Book Requests: Tell Me What You Want!

Hi Durham Wildcats! Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! Over the spring and summer, I read some really amazing books! I also learned about even more books that I want to read and so many awesome titles are scheduled for release in the upcoming months. Did you read something really special over the summer that you would like to recommend for the library? Submit a book request using this Microsoft Form, and I’ll consider your recommendation as I compile my first book orders of the school year. (I’ve been working on this list all summer! So excited!) Until then, be sure to check out Destiny and Sora for awesome reads in ebook and audiobook format. If you need refreshers on these resources, check out the tabs above for detailed directions. Keep reading, Wildcats!

Virtual Lunch Bunch is Reading The Downstairs Girl

The Downstairs Girl by Erin Baker

The votes are in and the Summer Edition of Lunch Bunch is reading Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl which is currently available as an audiobook with UNLIMITED checkouts via Sora’s Sweet Reads program. You can access Sora via a computer through the Cobb Digital Library or via the Sora app.

Durham students, teachers, and parents are invited to participate in weekly book discussions in a VIRTUAL format. If you are interested in joining this group, share your email address on this form, and Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will email you the meeting link.

Virtual Lunch Bunch Summer Edition

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SUMMER EDITION LUNCH BUNCH by Erin Baker

Our Virtual Lunch Bunch has been so much fun, we are taking it into summer! Virtual Lunch Bunch will continue to meet throughout the summer on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. This is a fun way to connect with people who love to read in a relaxed and inclusive setting. On Thursday, May 28th we will make our next selection from Sora’s Sweet Reads where we have access to unlimited copies of the book we choose. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to our Zoom meeting, share your email address via the Microsoft Form. There’s no pressure to commit.

*The invitation is open for CCSD students, parents, faculty and staff only.

Biblionasium Access Ending Soon!

In partnership with the Cobb County Public Library System, CCSD Library Media will be sunsetting Biblionasium this summer and moving to Beanstack as our Reading Challenge Platform. Students will have access to their Biblionasium accounts through June 26th. Those who participated in the Durham Library’s March Madness and Beyond Reading Challenge will be recognized, so students are encouraged to enter their reading minutes if they have been waiting to do so. The Cobb Public Library System will be taking the lead with Beanstack during the summer break, and then CCSD Library Media will continue that momentum in the fall. Summer Reading details are now posted on the Library Learning Commons blog.

2020 Summer Reading Adventure Begins June 1st!

The 2020 Summer Reading Adventure begins June 1st! We encourage all students and families to read 20 minutes each day for a total of 20 hours this summer

This year students and families will sign up for the Summer Reading Adventure through the Cobb County Public Library at http://www.cobbcat.org/summer/.

For more information and reading resources, please visit www.cobbsummerreading.com.

 CCSD Summer Reading Adventure Parent Letter 

Take advantage of the FREE digital content available via databases in the Cobb Digital Library as well as Sora!

6th AC Inquiry Research

Hey Kiddos! I’m excited about your inquiry research process and recommend specific databases in the Cobb Digital Library to support your hunt for information. PLEASE do not dive into your research until you have reviewed the video links below and have evaluated each source. You want to be sure you use the BEST resource for your particular topic.

Gale in Context: Global Issues and Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints are produced by the same company so you use them the same way. Below are videos to show you how to perform specific tasks while researching within these two databases. (BTW, I LOVE THEM BOTH SO MUCH!)

Using Gale in Context: Global Issues

Using Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Highlight and Take Notes within articles

Cite your source

Download your highlights and notes and send them to OneDrive

To learn the ins and outs of the research tools within Newsela, check out the Little Lesson: Open Inquiry Lesson. It takes you step-by-step through inquiry research, searching within the database, and effective note-taking.

Here’s how you Research and Find Information with Discovery Education.

If you need further guidance, Discovery Education breaks down search options in Search for Resources.

*The above links take you directly to resources created by CDL database vendors. They own all rights to the linked content.