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!

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

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!

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!

Read Across America 2020

Mrs. Baker loves Read Across America

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.

Durham 8th graders read to Frey students in celebration of Read Across America.

 

 

 

 

New Books Are Here!

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

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It’s Time for a Blind Date . . . with a Book!

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.