December in the Durham Library

December was quite a bustling month filled with an abundance of learning and festivity. The Library was decked out and full of holiday spirit. Seasonal books were on display, and students even visited for fireside readings with Mrs. Baker as well as double-entry journal lessons featuring picture books. For the first time, the Library hosted a December Scholastic Book Fair and students were able to stockpile books in preparation for the annual Season’s Readings Challenge with the promise of an impending celebration upon their return in January. Check out the month’s highlights in the featured infographic below.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is here just in time for the holidays. Stock up on gifts for all the special people in your life and support the Durham Library Learning Commons Program at the same time!

Hours of Operation:

Monday, December 9th – Thursday, December 12th 

Mon.-Wed. 8:30 a.m. -3:45 p.m.

Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Sunday, December 1 – Saturday, December 14.

 

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

 

We Read Banned Books!

Throughout the month of September, the Durham Library celebrates Banned Books! This year Banned Books Week is September 22nd- 28th which happens to coincide with Fall Break. What a perfect time to celebrate the freedom of reading! Originating in 1982, this annual event, brings to light the importance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press by highlighting the benefits of free and open access to information and drawing attention to the harms of censorship. During September the Library is spotlighting books that have been recently banned or “challenged” somewhere in the United States. To learn more about the intellectual freedoms libraries strive to support, visit yours today!

Learn more about Banned Books Week by visiting the following resources:

American Library Association

Banned Books Week

The Durham Library celebrates free and open access to information.

Read Across America Sway

Hey Read Across America Readers!

I’m creating a Microsoft Sway featuring YOU! Students who participated in Read Across America are highlighted in the following Sway and have been given access to edit it. Access this Sway link. Then find the “card” with your picture, and do the following:

  1. Verify the spelling of your name.

  2. Verify the title(s) of the book(s) you read.

  3. Add authors to your book title(s).

  4. If you’d like . . . add a reflection about your experience, a quote from your book, or a quote about reading. You may add a text card or include the information you add on the same card where your photo is featured.

If you need help with any of the above, swing by the media center to see Mrs. Baker as your schedule permits.

 

Read Across America Celebration

Used with permission from the NEA

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.”  This year the Durham Media Center is connecting Durham students with Frey Elementary School students grades K-2. Durham students selected through the Durham Media Center’s application process are visiting Frey on a set schedule throughout the week of Read Across America Week, Monday, February 25 – Friday, March 1 and are reading their favorite picture books.

Even if you are not reading at Frey this year, be sure to visit the media center to pick up a fun picture book to share with someone near and dear to you. You are never too old to learn something from a picture book or to enjoy story time.

Learn all about the history of this beloved event at National Education Association’s Read Across America,  and get in on the fun today!

Read Across America

Used with permission from the NEA

Read Across America is just around the corner! This year the Durham Media Center will be connecting Durham students with Frey Elementary School students grades K-2. Durham students who apply and are selected will visit Frey during Read Across America Week, Monday, February 25 – Friday, March 1 and will read selections from their favorite picture books. If you are a Durham student who would like to share the joy of reading aloud with our neighboring students, head to the Durham Media Center to pick up an application.

Learn all about National Education Association’s Read Across America and get in on the fun!

World Read Aloud Day

The 10th Annual World Read Aloud Day is Friday, February 1, 2019

The 10th Annual World Read Aloud Day 2019 “LitWorld®.” LitWorld®, www.litworld.org/.

The Durham Media Center celebrates reading every day, but on Friday, February 1, 2019 an extra special celebration will be taking place. Students from Mrs. Dean’s, Mrs. Slade’s, Mrs. Stahler’s, Dr. Gay’s, Mrs. Gavin’s, Mrs. Hall’s, and Mrs. Hardin’s classes will be participating in First Chapter Friday where they will hear special guests including ELA teachers Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Stahler, as well as Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker, and Durham’s Administrative Team of Principal, Dr. Alford, and Assistant Principals, Mrs. Thorpe, and Mr. Fowler read the first chapters of some of their favorite books. Students will have the opportunity to rate the books based upon their interest. On the school days that follow, students will visit the Durham Media Center to check out the titles of their choosing. This special event will expose students a variety of titles, authors, genres, and perspectives. To learn more about World Read Aloud Day and to advocate for literacy be sure to visit LitWorld and Scholastic.

* Officially registered event with LitWorld.org

Here you can find the books shared by the readers at First Chapter Friday.

They titles are also featured in the Destiny Collection First Chapter Friday.

 

Season’s Readings Celebration

Pizza. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
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The students who read at least 20 minutes each day during their holiday break and logged their reading minutes using Biblionasium have been invited to a Pizza Party Thursday, January 17th! Invitations will be sent to qualifying students. This is the very first time the media center has hosted a luncheon like this one, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! You rock, Wildcat Readers!

 

These awesome kids logged their Season’s Readings minutes in Biblionasium!