Read Across America 2020

Mrs. Baker loves Read Across America

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.

Durham 8th graders read to Frey students in celebration of Read Across America.

New Books Are Here!

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

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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.

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.

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.

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! 

The DMC Celebrates National School Library Month

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

It’s Time to 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 ; 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.