March Madness Reading Challenge

PLAY ME! From Giphy.

The Durham Library challenges students to read at least 20 minutes each day during digital learning days. Accept Mrs. Baker’s March Madness 2020 Reading Challenge in Biblionasium, add your books to the digital shelves, and log your minutes. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of digital content like ebooks and audiobooks. Use the resources in the Cobb Digital Library and the Sora app (computer version also available in CDL) 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 to campus. 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.

Bedford Falls Book Fair Postponed

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.

Mrs. Baker is excited for Durham’s first ever Bedford Falls Book Fair!

8th Grade Art Research

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:

  1. Name

  2. Birth location and residence

  3. Life before they were famous

  4. Education

  5. Art style

  6. Preferred medium

  7. 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.

February in the LLC

Holy Moly! February 2020 was a CRAZY busy month in the Durham Library Learning Commons! The Library led the charge of two really special reading events in February–World Read Aloud Day on February 5th and an early celebration of Read Across America in partnership with Frey Elementary. Check out details of those happenings on their respective blog posts below. Lots of valuable instruction took place in the LLC as well; Mrs. Baker taught alongside 6th Social Studies and 7th ELA teachers with concentration on research in Cobb Digital Library that culminated in student essays and projects. Mrs. Baker also led training for CCSD Library Media Paraprofessionals on this year’s newly adopted Sora platform and represented Georgia educators at PAGE Day at Capitol Hill during the February break. On display in celebration of Valentine’s was the annual Blind Date with a Book where students chose lovingly wrapped books based only on the briefest of descriptions, and then took a chance on falling in love–with the story. Lastly, Durham paid a fond farewell to Library Media Paraprofessional, Tracey Webb, after 10 years of service! Mrs. Webb and her husband have moved to Florida. Her imprint on Durham, and her tireless efforts in the Library, will be remembered for years to come. Good luck, Mrs. Webb. Durham loves you! Baton down the hatches, an exciting spring is on the horizon!