Got Books?

Mrs. Baker is crazy excited about all the new books she and Mrs. Harper have added to Destiny and Sora!

There are literally thousands of ebooks and audiobooks available via Sora by Overdrive. New titles are continuously added, and the Sora app even supports checkout of ebooks and audiobooks from the Cobb County Public Library System. If you have never used Sora before, follow the Sora Login Screenshots to start taking advantage of this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G resource!

In addition to Sora, Cobb Digital Library offers FREE digital ebooks and audiobooks via Ebscohost and TumblePremium.

Did you know the Cobb County Public Library System is offering curbside checkout of print books? Use your Library P.A.S.S. (student number and 4 digit pin—birth month and date), to check out print books.

Beginning Wednesday September 9th, the Durham Library Learning Commons is offering curbside checkout! Place up to three print books on hold in Destiny, and pick them up on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. -11 a.m. and 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Be sure to bring any books you need to return with you as students will be permitted only three print books at a time for a check out period of up to three weeks, and students with overdue books should return them when they check out additional books. 

For support logging into Destiny and placing holds, check out the detailed instructions Placing Holds in Destiny.

Mrs. Harper is excited to share lots of new library books with you!

Book Requests: Tell Me What You Want!

Hi Durham Wildcats! Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! Over the spring and summer, I read some really amazing books! I also learned about even more books that I want to read and so many awesome titles are scheduled for release in the upcoming months. Did you read something really special over the summer that you would like to recommend for the library? Submit a book request using this Microsoft Form, and I’ll consider your recommendation as I compile my first book orders of the school year. (I’ve been working on this list all summer! So excited!) Until then, be sure to check out Destiny and Sora for awesome reads in ebook and audiobook format. If you need refreshers on these resources, check out the tabs above for detailed directions. Keep reading, Wildcats!

Virtual Lunch Bunch is Reading The Downstairs Girl

The Downstairs Girl by Erin Baker

The votes are in and the Summer Edition of Lunch Bunch is reading Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl which is currently available as an audiobook with UNLIMITED checkouts via Sora’s Sweet Reads program. You can access Sora via a computer through the Cobb Digital Library or via the Sora app.

Durham students, teachers, and parents are invited to participate in weekly book discussions in a VIRTUAL format. If you are interested in joining this group, share your email address on this form, and Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will email you the meeting link.

Virtual Lunch Bunch Summer Edition

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SUMMER EDITION LUNCH BUNCH by Erin Baker

Our Virtual Lunch Bunch has been so much fun, we are taking it into summer! Virtual Lunch Bunch will continue to meet throughout the summer on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. This is a fun way to connect with people who love to read in a relaxed and inclusive setting. On Thursday, May 28th we will make our next selection from Sora’s Sweet Reads where we have access to unlimited copies of the book we choose. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to our Zoom meeting, share your email address via the Microsoft Form. There’s no pressure to commit.

*The invitation is open for CCSD students, parents, faculty and staff only.

2020 Summer Reading Adventure Begins June 1st!

The 2020 Summer Reading Adventure begins June 1st! We encourage all students and families to read 20 minutes each day for a total of 20 hours this summer

This year students and families will sign up for the Summer Reading Adventure through the Cobb County Public Library at http://www.cobbcat.org/summer/.

For more information and reading resources, please visit www.cobbsummerreading.com.

 CCSD Summer Reading Adventure Parent Letter 

Take advantage of the FREE digital content available via databases in the Cobb Digital Library as well as Sora!

Bedford Falls Book Fair Postponed

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.

Mrs. Baker is excited for Durham’s first ever Bedford Falls Book Fair!

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

World Read Aloud Day, February 5, 2020

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.

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.