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.
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.
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
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.
The Durham Library celebrates reading every day, but on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, an extra special celebration will be taking place. Students from Mrs. Dean’s, Mrs. Slade’s, Mrs. Crook’s, Mrs. Gavin’s, Mrs. Hall’s, and Mrs. Hardin’s classes will be hearing readings of first book chapters of books from special guests including Durham teachers Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Slade, Mrs. Crook, Ms. Mullholland, Mrs. Zwolle, Ms. Garcia-Arrese, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Dillard and Mr. Brink as well as Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker, Library Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb and Durham’s Administrative Team of Principal, Dr. Andy Bristow, and Assistant Principals, Mrs. Thorpe, and Mr. Fowler. Students will have the opportunity to rate the books based upon their interest. On the school days that follow, students will visit the Durham Library to check out the titles of their choosing. This special event will expose students to 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.
Welcome to Sora!
Mrs. Pettit’s, Mrs. Ragland’s, and Mrs. Salter’s eighth grade ELA students are getting a lesson from Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb on finding “just right books”using the Sora app which syncs digital content including ebooks and audiobooks from CCSD, Durham, and the Cobb County Public Library! Students will also utilize Collections in Destiny including “Mrs. Baker Recommends” and “Lexile 1000+” for guidance in choosing books they will enjoy. Lastly, the Dynamic duo of Baker and Webb will highlight books through Book Talks. For all the details, check out Mrs. Baker’s Sora and Destiny presentation and for support onboarding with Sora, be sure to check out the Sora Login Screenshots.
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.
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 $3,541.75 earning $1,770.88 in Scholastic Dollars which will be used to purchase Scholastic inventory for Library Media programs, projects, and resources. 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 Book Crew students who assisted in managing this event as well as to the Durham teachers, administrators, and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair, and of course, to the students and families who shopped. Read on Wildcats!
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 20th at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 5th at 11:59pm.
Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.
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 6th.
For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.