Mid-Winter Reading Challenge

The Durham Media Center, in conjunction with the Cobb County Public Library System, challenges you to read at least 20 minutes each day of the mid-winter break for a total of 160 minutes. Log your minutes in Biblionasium* or with this Reading Log created by the Cobb County Public Library System.

If you need something good to read, be sure to visit the public library. Use your Library Pass to download ebooks or magazines from the Cobb County Public Library website. Durham Media Center’s online catalog Destiny is also available 24/7 and provides access to ebooks and audiobooks. It doesn’t stop there, Cobb Digital Library‘s databases eBooks on EBSCOhost, Teen Book Cloud, and TumblePremium also provide digital resources. Check them out, and start reading now!

*Your Biblionasium login is the same login as your school computer.

Ebsco eBooks in Cobb Digital Library

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

 

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.

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.

 

Holiday Break Reading Challenge

Do you know you have 408 hours of holiday break to look forward to? What will you possibly do with all of that time? Travel, eat, sleep, watch movies, wrap and unwrap gifts, cuddle with your pets, sing songs, binge-watch YouTube videos and hone your gaming skills?  How about adding reading to that “to do” list? Over the holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb are challenging Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Twenty minutes a day will total 340 mins or only 5.6 hours of your 408 hours of hustle and bustle. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, a recipe, pretty much anything with words, and celebrate the JOY of READING this season.

The challenge starts Friday, December 21st at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 6th at 11:59pm.

 Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.

Log your books in Biblionasium (via Cobb Digital Library on a computer or the MackinVIA APP on a table 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.

If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 7th.

For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.

Happy Season’s Readings from Mrs. Baker!

Festive Fun in the DMC

The Durham Media Center is as festive as ever and currently displaying books to celebrate the season. Also on display is the annual book tree created by Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb. Come sit by the fireside and work study, or read. You might even be lucky enough to catch a story with Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker. Lastly, be sure to check out the new books on display; new titles continue to be added nearly every week. Happy reading Wildcats!

Come visit the Grinch, and read a little Dr. Seuss while you’re at it.

I just like to read. Reading’s my favorite.

Sit by the fire, and read for a spell.

The Durham Media Center spreads Christmas cheer by checking out books throughout the year.

Mrs. Webb says, “Merry Xmas!”

Mrs. Baker says, “It’s time to check out something cool to read.”

Seasonal books are on display!

Storytime with Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker

Crafting inspired by Tony Diterlizzi’s picture book The Broken Ornament read by Mrs. Baker.

Double-Entry Journals: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

Hi Kiddos! It’s time to hit the books and to make personal connections with the text using a Double-Entry Journal. We will be reading the picture book The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca.

Here’s a preview of the book:

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures 

Here’s what we need to know about using the strategy of a Double-Entry Journal. (Mrs. Baker will guide you through this resource.) 

We will be using a Double-Entry Journal to evaluate the text of The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

Works Cited

Time, Sami & Amro Reading. “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin | READ ALOUD PICTURE BOOK |.” YouTube, YouTube,         15 Oct. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPj0SaapJMs&t=15s.

POST LESSON REFLECTION:

Okay, kiddos. I’ve read all of your connections and have provided feedback on your papers. Here are a few reminders about using double-entry journals to help you better understand texts.

QUOTATIONS

Quotations must be copied exactly as they are in the text. After copying them down, double check their accuracy. Put quotation marks around the quotes.

CONNECTIONS

Connect SPECIFIC stories, texts, and experiences to the meaningful quotes you have selected.

Avoid generalizations. For example, the following is a generalization: “Temple Grandin is bullied and lots of people are too.” If you wish to make a connection, identify a specific story of someone who has been bullied. To make a connection to the world, the inclusion of statistics regarding bullying is necessary.

Be sure to dig deep to make meaningful connections. “Temple Grandin loses her temper, and so do I” does not provide a deep, meaningful connection. Instead, share a story of a particular time when you lost your temper or consider describing triggers that contribute to you losing your cool.

Identify whether your connection is Text to World (T-W), Text to Self (T-S), or Text to Text (T-T)

Lastly, correct grammar usage is always important. Read and reread your responses to check for proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

New Books are Here!

New books are continually added to the Durham Media Center with boxes arriving via book subscriptions every month, but the newest batch of 140 books is slightly different. Students were asked to “Tell [us] what you want, what you really, really want,” and they did just that. Many of the titles purchased were student recommendations. Thanks to those of you who help us fill the media center with books you want to read about things you love and want to know more about. During this season of thanks and giving, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb are thankful for our wonderful school, our beautiful media center, books–old and new, and the students and teachers who read them.

Halloween Fun

There has been much Halloween fun in the Durham Media Center throughout the month of October the pinnacle of which is Spooky Books Trivia during Halloween week. Each day Mrs. Baker will feature a trivia question based upon one of the spooky books on display. Students who wish to participate should send their best guesses to the media center. From all the correct answers submitted, Mrs. Baker will randomly draw several winners who choose a brand new paperback book from her secret stash. May the odds be every in your favor Wildcats!