Fall Break Reading Challenge

The Durham Media Center challenges you to read at least 20 minutes each day of spring break for a total of 180 minutes. Log your minutes in Biblionasium*.

If you need something good to read, be sure to visit the public library. Use your Library Pass to download ebooks or magazines from the Cobb County Public Library website. Durham Media Center’s online catalog Destiny is also available 24/7 and provides access to ebooks and audiobooks. It doesn’t stop there, Cobb Digital Library’s databases eBooks on EBSCOhost, Teen Book Cloud, and TumblePremium also provide digital resources. And new this year, is Sora! Download the app today for access to digital content from the Durham Library as well as the Cobb County Public Library–all from the same app. Start reading now!

*To access Biblionasium, go to Destiny, choose the menu (the 3 lines) in the upper left-hand corner, and select Biblionasium. For access, you must login with the same login you use to get on the school computer.

 

 

 

 

 

Log into the Cobb Digital Library (see link in the post above) for access to digital content.

Blackout Poetry

Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and 6th grade teachers Mrs. Dean and Mrs. Slade recently led 6th grade AC ELA through the creation of Blackout Poetry!  Students chose pages that spoke to them from stacks of discarded paperbacks. The books were far past their prime and were actually on their way to the dumpster, but new life was found!

Here’s the prep:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instruction was provided that included examples of Blackout Poetry some of which were from McEachern High School’s Advanced Content Art Class! Thanks to Media Specialist, Mrs.  Buckert for connecting Durham with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of Blackout Poetry from McEachern High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next students shuffled out and began connecting with texts.

Here are the steps the students used to create their poetry.

Step 1
Gather the interesting words. 
Scan the page looking for words and phrases that jump out at you. BE PATIENT! This is the most challenging yet most important step. 

Circle those words lightly in pencil.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2
Determine what words to keep. 
Read through your list of circled words to see if you have a poem forming.  

Remember, we read from top to bottom and left to right, so the words need to be in that order.
Decide if you want to eliminate or add words. Do that now!  

 

Step 3
Refine word choice. 
Write your poem out (on notebook paper) and read it aloud to yourself to make sure it makes sense. 

Decide what you want the reader to understand or feel after having read their poem? 

 

Step 4
After circling the words, you can sketch (in pencil) a picture or design that fits with the theme or images of the poem. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5
Use a sharpie or flair pen to outline. 
Then, erase all the pencil marks.

Use markers, colored pencils, crayons, to complete your blackout poem. 

 

The final results are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Here are just a few of them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Blackout Poetry, the students reflected on their experience by writing inner dialogues.

Summer Reading 2019

Beginning Monday, May 13th . . .

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 , Tumble Book Cloud and Get Georgia Reading for lots of AWESOME digital books.

Reading Log

2019 Parent Letter Summer Reading

Adding Books to Biblionasium Shelves

Public Library Partnership

In partnership with CCSD’s Department of Library Media, Local Public Library Librarians Mrs. Jennifer Wells and Mrs. Angie Bozeman recently visited 6th graders for a preview of resources, programs, and events available to them. The public library offers extensive Summer Learning. Be sure to check out www.cobbcat.org for all the awesomeness that’s just up the road. CCSD students have access to materials using their PASS account which consist of their student number and their four-digit birth month and date.  Mrs. Baker hopes to see you there over the summer, and don’t forget the Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party!

Spring Break Reading Challenge

The Durham Media Center challenges you to read at least 20 minutes each day of spring break for a total of 180 minutes. Log your minutes in Biblionasium*.

If you need something good to read, be sure to visit the public library. Use your Library Pass to download ebooks or magazines from the Cobb County Public Library website. Durham Media Center’s online catalog Destiny is also available 24/7 and provides access to ebooks and audiobooks. It doesn’t stop there, Cobb Digital Library’s databases eBooks on EBSCOhost, Teen Book Cloud, and TumblePremium also provide digital resources. Check them out, and start reading now!

*To access Biblionasium, go to Destiny, choose the menu (the 3 lines) in the upper left-hand corner, and select Biblionasium. For access, you must login with the same login you use to get on the school computer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Log into the Cobb Digital Library (see link in the post above) for access to digital content.

PEEPS Takeover

Peeps Take Over!

PEEPS have taken over the Durham Media Center! Identify all of the books taken hostage by the PEEPS and be entered into a drawing for super awesome Library Loot to be awarded after Spring Break! Also, be sure to check out something to read over the break. Students who log at least 20 minutes of reading each day for a total of 180 minutes will be treated to something extra special. Hurry to the DMC soon because the PEEPS will only be out and about Wed. March 27 – Fri. March 29, Wildcats.

Book Fair Thanks!

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 $4,318.06 earning $1,014.93 in cash to fund next year’s 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. Check out the statistics below highlighting the impact reading just 20 minutes each day can have on academic achievement. Special thanks to the Book Crew students who assisted in managing this event as well as to the Durham teachers and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair, and of course, to the students and families who shopped. Soon to be on display are new Scholastic books purchased  at this year’s fair! Read on Wildcats!

This image borrowed with permission from Scholastic.

Read Across America Sway

Hey Read Across America Readers!

I’m creating a Microsoft Sway featuring YOU! Students who participated in Read Across America are highlighted in the following Sway and have been given access to edit it. Access this Sway link. Then find the “card” with your picture, and do the following:

  1. Verify the spelling of your name.

  2. Verify the title(s) of the book(s) you read.

  3. Add authors to your book title(s).

  4. If you’d like . . . add a reflection about your experience, a quote from your book, or a quote about reading. You may add a text card or include the information you add on the same card where your photo is featured.

If you need help with any of the above, swing by the media center to see Mrs. Baker as your schedule permits.

 

Book Fair is Going Strong!

Thanks so much for all the Book Fair love this week! Your purchases are utilized to expand Library Media Programs and materials and directly impact Durham students.

The on-campus book fair closes at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 8th, but the Online Scholastic Book Fair continues  through Saturday March, 9th. It offers an expanded selection of books for the whole family. 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 10th and will be distributed to students via their homerooms.)