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.

World Read Aloud Day

Did you know that February 1st is World Read Aloud Day? Every year, World Read Aloud Day acknowledges the value of sharing stories by encouraging people to read out loud. This year World Read Aloud Day coincides with Harry Potter Book Night, when fans around the world celebrate J.K. Rowling’s stories and how they embody the value of words, stories, and reading. To learn more about this event, check out the the links below, and make some time to celebrate the joys of reading on this day and always.

World Read Aloud Day

Lit World

Harry Potter Celebration at Barnes & Noble

 

 

Library PASS (Public Library Access for Student Success)

STUDENTS!

You now have access to resources at our Cobb County Public Libraries! 

Your CCSD student number now opens public library resources including print books, apps, ebooks, databases and so much more! For more details, check out the link below or visit your public local library today. 

Library PASS

 

NEW BOOKS!

The weather may be cooling off outside but things are just heating up in the Durham Media Center! Lots of new books are on display, and there’s something for everyone, so visit soon!

 

 

(Books images have been borrowed from www.goodreads.com and are being utilized solely for reading promotion.)

Poe Breakout: Under the Floorboards

 

EDGAR ALLEN POE
(1809-1849). American poet and short-story writer.

 

EDGAR ALLEN POE – (1809-1849). American poet and short-story writer.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/140_1664502/1/140_1664502/cite. Accessed 8 Nov 2017.

 

Welcome officers,

Thanks for joining us on such quick notice. We have a cold case and need your help. Officer Miller was the first on the scene and is here to share some of the details with us.

 In order to solve the clues, be sure to take your time evaluating the evidence and read closely with a detective’s EYE!

Special thanks to Officers Miller, Slade, and Walker in helping with this cold case.

After your evaluation of the evidence, please reflect on the your experience via the Reflection Survey

Please Join Us for a Book Tasting!

The reservations are made, the tables are set, and the courses are prepared. Now it’s time for Mrs. Slade’s and Mrs. Walker’s 6th grade Reading classes to partake in some especially yummy treats in the media center–books, of course! Students are sampling from a variety of book flavors (genres) in hopes they will expand their palates and try something new. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker has prepared quite an extensive menu of delights that will, hopefully, leave her guests feeling satisfied.

Welcome to Mrs. Slade’s Slice of the Story

 

Welcome to Walker House

 

Summer Reading 2017

Used with permission from Scholastic

The Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education Department, in conjunction with Cobb County Public Libraries, Smyrna Public Library and Marietta City Schools, has partnered with Scholastic once again to bring you the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. During the final days of school, Durham’s Media Center staff will be sharing each student’s unique Scholastic password and will be guiding students with their initial log-ins and password resets. Be sure to take advantage of the abundance of resources below.

 

Summer is A-W-E-S-O-M-E for so many reasons but most especially because it allows families and students time to reconnect and to set out on adventures hectic school schedules can not permit. While summertime may offer a break from school, it definitely should not be a break from books. Statistics show that reading less during the summer months can have severe learning setbacks once the school year is back in full swing. Durham Middle will be honoring students by giving them freedom to choose what they read this summer. According to Scholastic 88% of students are more likely to read when they are self selecting material. Be sure to take the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by logging your reading minutes this summer as we compete with other middle schools throughout the country.

 

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

Students’ unique usernames and passwords have been distributed via homeroom. Upon first login, students should reset passwords to read2017 for the summer. 

USE GOOGLE CHROME!

LOG MINUTES HERE at Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. How to log in: Scholastic Log in Help

HOW TO LOGIN FOR THE FIRST TIME:

CLICK HERE for the COBB SUMMER READING program details including reading resources and access to FREE digital books.

Here are even more reading goodies:

Scholastic’s Open a World of Possible highlights the value of reading and includes stories of how people’s lives have been shaped by reading.

 

Brightly’s The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds — 2017 Edition

 

Want to keep track of your reading minutes while on the go? Use this printable Reading Log. Be sure to record your minutes via the Scholastic website later so they are counted in the cross country challenge.

 

 

Buy One Get One Book Fair Coming Soon!

What: Scholastic Buy One Get One Book Fair

When: Tuesday, May 9th – Thursday, May 11th

Where: Durham Media Center

Why: To stock up on books for summer reading!

Book Fair Flyer

Book Fair Letter

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Wondering how to honor your favorite teachers at the end of the school year? How about gifting them with a Buy One Get One Book Fair Gift Certificate? Download the BOGO Gift Certificate here and follow the directions. Mrs. Baker will help them from there.