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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.)
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.
Did you know that February 1st is World Read Aloud Day? Every year, World Read Aloud Day acknowledges the value of sharing stories by encouraging people to read out loud. This year World Read Aloud Day coincides with Harry Potter Book Night, when fans around the world celebrate J.K. Rowling’s stories and how they embody the value of words, stories, and reading. To learn more about this event, check out the the links below, and make some time to celebrate the joys of reading on this day and always.