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.
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.
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 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.
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 $3,541.75 earning $1,770.88 in Scholastic Dollars which will be used to purchase Scholastic inventory for 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. Special thanks to the Book Crew students who assisted in managing this event as well as to the Durham teachers, administrators, and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair, and of course, to the students and families who shopped. Read on Wildcats!
Do you know you have 408 hours of holiday break to look forward to? What will you possibly do with all of that time? Travel, eat, sleep, watch movies, wrap and unwrap gifts, cuddle with your pets, sing songs, binge-watch YouTube videos and hone your gaming skills? How about adding reading to that “to do” list? Over the holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb are challenging Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Twenty minutes a day will total 340 mins or only 5.6 hours of your 408 hours of hustle and bustle. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, a recipe, pretty much anything with words, and celebrate the JOY of READING this season.
The challenge starts Friday, December 20th at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 5th at 11:59pm.
Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.
Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins.
Here are step-by-step directions if you need additional help logging in: BIBLIONASIUM LOGGING IN.
If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 6th.
For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.
The Scholastic Book Fair is here just in time for the holidays. Stock up on gifts for all the special people in your life and support the Durham Library Learning Commons Program at the same time!
Hours of Operation:
Monday, December 9th – Thursday, December 12th
Mon.-Wed. 8:30 a.m. -3:45 p.m.
Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Sunday, December 1 – Saturday, December 14.
Shop cash free by setting up an eWallet account and designating funds for your child to use at the fair. Check out the details here.
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.
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.
Next students shuffled out and began connecting with texts.
Here are the steps the students used to create their poetry.
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.
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!
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?
After circling the words, you can sketch (in pencil) a picture or design that fits with the theme or images of the poem.
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.