September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

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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!

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 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!