Discover Your Destiny

Hey Kiddos! Welcome back for your second classroom visit to the DMC this school year! This time we are learning about our online catalog–Destiny Discover! Today’s lesson will serve to highlight some of the awesome features available to you. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb will be guiding you through accessing and logging into Destiny Discover so that you can personalize your profile. You will then access the main menu to verify your checkouts, place holds on materials, add resources to favorites lists and even create collections. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to renew and/or checkout materials. Here’s the brief student video, Using Destiny Discover-Students, we will be utilizing to guide our learning. Off we go . . .

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your Destiny Discover log-in is the same as your school computer log-in.

8th Grade

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their ELA classes for a review of the media center behavior expectations, policies, and procedures.  In designated groups, students will visit stations to complete specific objectives. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, Media paraprofessional Tracey Webb, along with Durham ELA teachers, will guide students along the way. Also during their visit, students will have the opportunity to check out materials. Yay for reading more books this year!

For all the details, check out the Media Center 8th Grade Orientation Guide.

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At STATION 8, be sure to view NSTeens’ video 6 Degrees of Information and complete the corresponding questions.

6th Grade Media Center Orientation

Sixth grade students are visiting the media center for the first time this week with their ELA teachers. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb will introduce 6th graders to the Durham Media Center where students will search the library collection utilizing the online catalog, Destiny and will then locate and check out books of interest to them.  Any students from Mrs. Stahler’s, Mrs. Hall’s, Mrs. Dean’s, and Mrs. Slade’s ELA classes who missed this exciting event should view the Media Center Orientation and complete the accompanying Media Center Orientation Guide.

Summer Reading

Log your Summer Reading minutes in Biblionasium.

All the details, and abundant resources including access to thousands of FREE digital books, can be found at Cobb Summer Reading. Check it out!!

Don’t forget! Durham Media Center’s catalog, Destiny, and Cobb Digital Library are available 24/7 during the summer too! Check out all the ebooks and audiobooks that are part of the Durham Media Center collection through Destiny, and be sure to search Ebsco eBook and Tumble Book Cloud for lots of AWESOME digital books.

Ebsco eBooks in Cobb Digital Library

Tumble Book Cloud in Cobb Digital Library

 

Researching Math Careers

Shout out to Mrs. Forester’s 6th Grade Math Kiddos!

How awesome that you get to research in math class! I’m here with some resources to help you get started. There is math in pretty much every job. As a middle school media specialist, I use math every day. (Swing by if you’d like to know some of the ways I use math in my job.) Until then, here’s a brief video sharing a couple of databases within Cobb Digital Library that will help you find credible and relevant resources to support your research.

Also, I’ve pulled together a collection of books from the media center that may get you thinking about jobs you haven’t considered before. Mrs. Forester will have these books checked out for awhile, but if you would like to see the digital file of books, go to Destiny, click in the upper left-hand side of the screen, select Collections and then Math Careers. I’m super excited to see what all you learn! Be sure to swing by the media center if you need more help.

The DMC Celebrates National School Library Month

April is National School Library Month

making it the perfect time to visit the Durham Media Center where there’s always something new and exciting happening. Did you know that Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb add new books to the collection every single month? This month’s new additions include 45 graphic novels selected specifically with students’ interests, inquires, and reading histories in mind. Be sure to swing by soon to check out something new in DMC. Until then, here’s a preview of the latest additions to 741.5.

 

 

Learn more about National School Library Month at the American Association of School Librarians

Book Fair Success

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $4,701.91 earning $2,582.50 in Scholastic resources. Through Scholastic dollars earned from previous fairs, the Durham Media Center has added a variety of new books, device charging stations and a multimedia table. The media center has even refreshed its furniture with modern, mobile tables and chairs with the help of funds garnered through book fair. Throughout the school year, seasonal displays and signage, and special events like trivia giveaways and goody bags for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge participants and October’s Spooky Books Trivia are made possible because of these funds. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read. Special thanks to the parents and students who assisted in managing this event as well as to Durham teachers and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair. Already on display are many of the titles offered at this year’ book fair, so be sure to check out the “New Book” display in the media center soon. Thanks again Wildcats!

Book Fair is Coming!

Used with permission from Scholastic

The Book Fair is Coming!

It’s almost time for Durham Media Center’s annual Scholastic Book Fair! The book fair is the only fundraiser the media center hosts, and the earnings support 100% of the media center’s trivia prizes throughout the year including paperback books and posters awarded to this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading students who logged reading minutes over the summer and prizes for October’s “Spooky Books Trivia” winners. School supplies like pencils and fun, complimentary bookmarks offered throughout the year are also purchased with Scholastic credits as are much of the library’s displays, décor and signage. Device charging stations, the multimedia table, comfy student seating, and interlocking tables were all purchased with monies earned through the Scholastic Book Fair. Every penny of the proceeds benefit Durham students, so please consider shopping the Scholastic Book Fair March 5th through March 9th.

The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Sunday, February 25th – Saturday, March 10th

New this year is eWallet! Shop cash free by setting up an account and designating funds for your child to use at the fair. Check out the details here.

Shop the online fair for an expanded selection of books for the whole family and to share your book fair with family and friends by sending wish lists. All orders ship to school for FREE, and each purchase benefits our school. (Note: Online sales orders will arrive within 5-7 business days after March 17th and will be distributed to students via their homerooms.)