Summer Reading Celebration

The Durham Media Center recently celebrated students who seized the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by awarding them with fun gift bags filled with Scholastic loot assembled by Media Specialist Mrs. Baker and student members of the Library Media Committee. The goodies were made possible because of earnings from last spring’s Scholastic Book Fair. Goody bags included a coupon for a brand new paperback book or poster of each student’s choosing from Mrs. Baker’s Scholastic book stash as well a stickers, book marks, fun erasers and pencils, and even coupons from local eateries. Here are some snapshots of the Library Crew having fun assembling the bags as well as the recipients.

Golden Ticket Giveaway

The Durham Media Center’s annual Golden Ticket Giveaway happened Friday, April 22nd, and 50 lucky students began their day by finding Golden Tickets in their lockers. Golden Tickets were traded for brand new paperback books the media center had purchased with Scholastic dollars earned from its previous Scholastic Book Fairs. This is one of the most exciting media center events of the year because students are randomly chosen, and a little extra happy is brought to their day. That’s what books–and media centers–are designed for. Happy reading Durham!

 

Golden Ticket Winners

Golden Ticket Winners

Book Fair Success!

Abundant thanks to all those who helped make our annual Scholastic Book Fair a success! We totaled  $4,570.63 in sales earning $2,285.32 in Scholastic dollars. This year’s theme of “Peace, Love, and Books” was a groovy way to celebrate the joys and benefits of reading . On Tuesday, students were invited to don retro duds. During homeroom, the “best dressed” were sent to the media center to be included in a contest where the top ten were awarded with super cool treat bags filled with media center goodies like new paperback books, bookmarks, stickers and more. Here are some snapshots of our fun!

Reading is Groovy!

Reading is Groovy!

It’s Getting Spooky

Students and teachers take advantage of the Getting Spooky Photo Booth

Students and teachers take advantage of the Getting Spooky Photo Booth

October in the Durham Media Center is a fun and festive time celebrating many of the scary stories that are part of the library collection. A spotlight on spooky fiction and nonfiction titles available for check out, and the Getting Spooky Photo Booth, are two of the features the media center offers in celebration of the season. During Halloween week, Spooky Books Trivia is presented each morning on the news, and students have the opportunity to submit answers to questions in the hopes of winning a paperback book from Mrs. Baker’s secret stash. Below are the lucky winners from this year’s trivia. Be sure to stay tuned for more fun events in the works.

 

 

The following were Spooky Books Trivia winners during Halloween week:

Monday: Seth B., Amaya M., Emily G., Madison V., Parker B.

Tuesday: Soumit G., Austin P., Connor S., Mikayla C., Blair B.

Wednesday: Trenton H., Lauren F., Ashley C., Sophia H., Elyssa W., Maddie S.

Thursday: Brooke M., Marissa M., Aaliyah J., Will T., Serena D.,

Friday: Sophia K., Nigel C., Ryan H., Ava H., Maggie F.

 

Mrs. Wishonis the perfect Batgirl!

Mrs. Wishon is the perfect Batgirl!

Sixth grade teachers are superheros every day, not just on Halloween.

Sixth grade teachers are superheros every day, not just on Halloween.

Spooky books are on display

Spooky books on display

The circulation desk gets spooky too.

The circulation desk gets spooky too.

Students feed books to our monster!

Students feed books to our monster!

Media paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb, shows off her superhero powers!

Media paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb, shows off her superhero powers!

Scholastic Summer Reading Celebration

Students who took seized the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge were celebrated with fun gift bags filled with Scholastic loot assembled by Media Specialist Mrs. Baker and purchased with earnings from last spring’s book fair. Goody bags included a coupon for a brand new paperback book of each student’s choosing from Mrs. Baker’s secret Scholastic book stash, stickers, book marks, fun erasers and more. Mrs. Baker recognized students via a video describing their efforts and an announcement of their names on the morning news broadcast. Students who did not participate this year will have the opportunity next year. Let’s keep reading Durham, and congrats to our lucky students.

Scholastic Loot for Summer Reading Participants

Scholastic Loot for Summer Reading Participants

Who Has a Golden Ticket?

 

Golden TicketAs a celebration of April’s School Library Month, the media center recently hosted a Golden Ticket Giveaway in the spirit of Roald Dahl’s classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Throughout the day Thursday, April 23rd, 50 lucky students found Golden Tickets in their lockers which they traded for new paperback books the media center had earned from its annual Scholastic Book Fair in March. Hopefully these treats brought smiles to the winners on the days directly after state testing. 

Click here for details from Mrs. Baker. (This video is uploaded via YouTube and is not accessible via on campus student log-ins.)

Golden Ticket Giveaway

Golden Ticket Giveaway

Golden Ticket Winners

Golden Ticket Winners

The Hunger Games Trilogy Trivia

In anticipation of Friday’s movie release of Mockingjay , Durham Media Center is featuring . . . The Hunger Games Trilogy Trivia. Monday through Thursday of this week, the media center will offer a set of trivia questions specific to Suzanne Collin’s bestselling novels. Students who answer the day’s questions correctly, will have their answers entered into Friday’s reaping. Swing by the media center each day for a chance to win.

MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR!

Play each day for a chance to win an awesome prize!

Play each day for a chance to win an awesome prize!

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! 20 lucky students were selected from the Durham Middle School Hunger Games Trivia Reaping on Friday, November 21st and were gifted with prizes including books, magazines, and even NCG Cinema gift cards! Thanks to all those who participated in our week of trivia. If you haven’t done so already, READ THESE BOOKS! Then swing by the media center to talk about the historical parallels and literary techniques employed in these novels.

Paperback Book Giveaway

In celebration of School Library Month, on April 22nd, 50 lucky students were surprised to find Golden Tickets in their lockers when they arrived at school in the morning. Those students visited the media center throughout the day to exchange their Golden Tickets for brand new Scholastic paperbacks that the media center earned through March’s Fiesta themed Scholastic Book Fair. Students from the Library Media Committee assisted with the especially hectic activity of the morning as students discovered their tickets. It was an exciting time for the media center and Durham’s students, treating students “just because.” The giveaway also offered a few students an extra boost of confidence on the day before CRCTs kicked off.

50 lucky students had the opportunity to choose a brand new book from the media center's stash of Scholastic paperbacks.

50 lucky students had the opportunity to choose a brand new book from the media center’s stash of Scholastic paperbacks.

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