Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

Take a Chance on a Blind Date . . . with a Book!

Image borrowed from Microsoft Clip Art

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. After you’ve read your book, be sure to Rate Your Date and share your rating via the hearts on display in the media center. 

Library Media Committee Members selected their favorite books and dressed them up for Valentine’s day!

The first students to check out Blind Date books received V-Day themed goody bags from Mrs. Baker!

Here are some of the Blind Dates all dressed up!

Holiday Fun

Durham Middle School is always busy and abuzz with excitement, but the holiday season adds an additional layer of spirit. This year the Media Center invited students to add a heart to the Grinch in homage to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Check out just a few of the DMC’s spaces and seasonal decor.

Banned Books Week

Mrs. Baker Reads Banned Books!

Mrs. Baker Reads Banned Books!

Did you know that the week of September 25th – October 1st is Banned Books Week?Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This annual event, which originated in 1982, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. The media center is currently spotlighting books that have been recently banned or “challenged” somewhere in the United States. To learn more about the intellectual freedoms media centers 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 Media Center celebrates free and open access to information.

The Durham Media Center celebrates free and open access to information.

This Valentine’s Go on 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 at your door; take a book home without knowing its. Each book 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.

Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

New Year, New Books

Students returned to school from winter break to find nearly 200 new books added to the media center collection. In addition to the print books currently on display are new ebooks available for access via the online catalog,  Destiny. For a preview of what’s new, check out the main hall bulletin board, and then swing by the media center to check out a hot new read.

Looks like Santa visited the DMC!

Looks like Santa visited the DMC!

Here's a preview of what's hot and new!

Here’s a preview of what’s new in 2016!

Check out a "Hot New Read" today!

Check out a “Hot New Read” today!

It’s Getting Spooky

Students and teachers take advantage of the Getting Spooky Photo Booth

Students and teachers take advantage of the Getting Spooky Photo Booth

October in the Durham Media Center is a fun and festive time celebrating many of the scary stories that are part of the library collection. A spotlight on spooky fiction and nonfiction titles available for check out, and the Getting Spooky Photo Booth, are two of the features the media center offers in celebration of the season. During Halloween week, Spooky Books Trivia is presented each morning on the news, and students have the opportunity to submit answers to questions in the hopes of winning a paperback book from Mrs. Baker’s secret stash. Below are the lucky winners from this year’s trivia. Be sure to stay tuned for more fun events in the works.

 

 

The following were Spooky Books Trivia winners during Halloween week:

Monday: Seth B., Amaya M., Emily G., Madison V., Parker B.

Tuesday: Soumit G., Austin P., Connor S., Mikayla C., Blair B.

Wednesday: Trenton H., Lauren F., Ashley C., Sophia H., Elyssa W., Maddie S.

Thursday: Brooke M., Marissa M., Aaliyah J., Will T., Serena D.,

Friday: Sophia K., Nigel C., Ryan H., Ava H., Maggie F.

 

Mrs. Wishonis the perfect Batgirl!

Mrs. Wishon is the perfect Batgirl!

Sixth grade teachers are superheros every day, not just on Halloween.

Sixth grade teachers are superheros every day, not just on Halloween.

Spooky books are on display

Spooky books on display

The circulation desk gets spooky too.

The circulation desk gets spooky too.

Students feed books to our monster!

Students feed books to our monster!

Media paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb, shows off her superhero powers!

Media paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb, shows off her superhero powers!

Defying Stereotypes

Drama and Broadcast teacher Mrs. Zwolle and Media Specialist Mrs. Baker recently teamed up to lead 8th grade Drama students through a study of stereotypes in an effort to gain understanding of the role stereotypes play in dramatic production. Mrs. Baker guided students through a variety of  activities focusing on stereotypes present in society. After several days of study, students began to  reflect upon how they might personally be typecast by others. In opposition to those labels, they wrote poems titled Just Because defying the prescribed stereotype they had identified. Then students used Vocaroo to record audio recitations of their poems which they turned into QR codes which are now displayed in the main hallway. Students also presented their poems orally in class. Below are a few snapshots of the students’ final products.

For daily activities, check out the PowerPoint utilized to gather the daily lessons: Defying Stereotypes 

Passers by can scan the QR codes to listen to the students reciting their poems.

Passers by can scan the QR codes to listen to the students reciting their poems.

Students' final products feature their personal poems that defy the stereotype that might be projected upon them by others.

Students’ final products feature their personal poems that defy the stereotype that might be projected upon them by others.

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Visit the main hallway to learn more Durham’s 8th grade Drama students.

 

Banned Books Week

Did you know that the week of September 28th – October 2nd is Banned Books Week? Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to readand the importance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This annual event, which originated in 1982, highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship. The media center is currently spotlighting books that have been recently banned or “challenged” somewhere in the United States. To learn more about the intellectual freedoms media centers strive to support, visit yours today!

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

American Library Association

Banned Books Week

Visit the media center to learn more about Banned Books Week!

Visit the media center to learn more about Banned Books Week!

Challenged books are featured in the media center, along with take away brochures highlighting the most challenged books of the year.

Challenged books are featured in the media center, along with take away brochures highlighting the most challenged books of the year.