Holiday Break Reading Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? Over the Holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb challenge Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, and learn a little something new in between all that binge-gaming and YouTube viewing.

The challenge starts Friday, December 21st at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 6th at 11:59pm.

 Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.

Log your books in Biblionasium (via Cobb Digital Library on a computer or the MackinVIA APP on a table or phone).

Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins. 

If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 7th.

For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.

Happy Season’s Readings from 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! 

Take a Chance on a Blind Date . . . with a Book!

Image borrowed from Microsoft Clip Art

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. After you’ve read your book, be sure to Rate Your Date and share your rating via the hearts on display in the media center. 

Library Media Committee Members selected their favorite books and dressed them up for Valentine’s day!

The first students to check out Blind Date books received V-Day themed goody bags from Mrs. Baker!

Here are some of the Blind Dates all dressed up!

Calling all Blind Date with a Book Helpers!

Hey Library Media Committee Kiddos!

During the week of Monday, February 3rd – Friday, February 7th we will be creating our annual “Blind Date with a Book” which will be featured during Valentine’s week.

Visit the media center between 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. to wrap and prepare your books. The media center will have all the materials you need, but you are welcome to bring in whatever you’d like to supplement.

Here are the steps to take to prepare your books:

  1. Choose a book you enjoyed that you think other students will also enjoy. Try to select titles that are not currently one of our top checkouts. (If you are unsure about the popularity of a title, check with Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Webb.)
  2. Type up the barcode number and a brief description that will incite students to want to go on a blind date with your book.
  3. Type the details from #2 on the spreadsheet linked below.
  4. Cover your book so that the cover does not show through. Add your typed barcode and description to the front cover.
  5. Display your book!
  6. Encourage your friends and classmates to take a book on a blind date.

IMPORTANT! Before covering your books, add the title and barcode to this Excel spreadsheet: Blind Date with a Book 2017

Here are some examples to help get you started.

Holiday Fun

Durham Middle School is always busy and abuzz with excitement, but the holiday season adds an additional layer of spirit. This year the Media Center invited students to add a heart to the Grinch in homage to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Check out just a few of the DMC’s spaces and seasonal decor.

Halloween in the DMC!

The month of October is an especially exciting one in the Durham Media Center. The library spaces are adorned with festive decor and some of its most popular spooktacular books are on display. During Halloween week, the media center’s annual Spooky Books Trivia is featured on the morning news. Students have the opportunity to submit answers to questions in the hopes of winning goody bags filled with coupons to local eateries and venues, treats like bookmarks, bracelets, and erasers and a paperback book! Five students’ names were drawn from each day’s correct entries, so 25 kiddos were treated throughout Halloween week.

Patrons snap selfies in the Spooky Books Photo Booth!

Patrons snap selfies in the Spooky Books Photo Booth!

Blind Date with a Book

The past couple of months have been so hectic that we mistakenly failed to share some of the fun events we have hosted! In addition to the awesome lessons on which we have collaborated with classroom teachers, not all of which are shared on our blog, we also featured Durham’s second annual Blind Date with a Book back in February. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Mrs. Webb, and students from the Library Media Committee selected lots of their favorite books, covered them like Valentines’, and featured brief “descriptions” to entice patrons to take them on a “blind date.” These books flew off the shelves, and disappeared as soon as they were displayed! Hopefully, many students paired up with books they would not typically have chosen. Something amazing can happen when we take a chance . . . on a new book.


Blind Date with a Book

Blind Date with a Book

Holiday Fun!

What an ideal spot to enjoy one of Durham Media Center’s newest reads!
It took 219 books to create this year's book tree.

It took 219 books to create this year’s book tree.

Durham was a bustling hub of activity throughout the month of December. In addition to the typical business of a normal school schedule, lots of additional fun was taking place throughout the building. The media center added to the festivities with seasonal displays and added spirit. The faculty also celebrated the holidays with a before-school gathering and table decorating contest.

Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Connaughton & Mrs. Baker show off their holiday table.

Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Connaughton & Mrs. Baker show off their holiday table.


New Books Have Arrived!

A shipment of more than 100 shiny, new books is on display just in time for the holidays. Additional copies of popular titles from Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, Kiera Cass’ Selection Series, Rachel Renee Russell’s Dork Diaries and the newest from James Patterson, Rick Riordan, Scott Westerfield, Margaret Peterson Haddix and many more are now available for check out. Also debuting in the Durham Media Center are the I Survived series, per repeated student request, and the completion of the 39 Clues series. Keep warm this winter by curling up with one of Durham Media Center’s hottest new books!

Happy Holidays! New Books are Here!

Happy Holidays! New Books are Here!