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Durham Middle School Media Specialist Mrs. Erin Baker has worked as the MS at Durham for seven years. She previously taught English at McEachern High School followed by Harrison High School both also in the Cobb County School District.

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.

FREE Digital Resources Across Subjects

I have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of learning materials made available during this unprecedented time. CCSD Library Media Specialists have been diligently culling resources to support learning growth in what is now a 100% digital classroom. Check out Library Media Education’s Digital Learning Days page for links to an abundance of storytimes and read alouds,  ebooks and audiobooks, Virtual Tours and Live Cams, STEAM and Social Emotional Well-Being resources and SO much more. Email me if I can help support you: Erin.Baker@cobbk12.org

 

*Disclaimer: By accessing the suggested links, you will be leaving the Cobb County School District web site. Reasonable care has been taken in reviewing these links. However, CCSD is not responsible for the content of these sites nor should the link provided be considered an endorsement of the site and/or the companies represented. Parental discretion is recommended.

Sora’s Sweet Reads

Starting April 15 – July 31, 2020, the Sora Sweet Reads program will offer a collection of Juvenile and Young Adult titles that will be prominently displayed in Sora for quick and easy UNLIMITED access. If you need support accessing Sora, check out the detailed Sora Login Screenshots. You can explore the title offerings and learn more about the program here: https://resources.overdrive.com/sora-sweet-reads/.

Our Lunch Bunch Readers are currently reading Dusti’s Bowling’s Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus shared as an audiobook through the Sora Sweet Reads program. Durham students and staff are invited to join us each Thursday at 1 p.m. for a lively discussion. Complete this form for an invitation to our digital meeting. Keep reading Wildcats!

Lunch Bunch is Going Virtual

The Durham Lunch Bunch welcomes readers to participate in lively weekly book discussions in a brand new VIRTUAL format. If you are interested in joining this group, share your email address on this form, and Mrs. Baker will email you the meeting link. This group is now reading The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling 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. Keep reading Wildcats!

Here’s the schedule:

Read chapters 1-3 by Thursday, April 23rd

Read chapters 4-10 by Thursday, April 30th

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.