New Books for Spring

Swing by the DMC to see the newest titles available for check out! If you are unable to visit, ebooks and audiobooks are a 24/7 option via Destiny, and there are lots of digital resources in Cobb Digital Library as well. There’s something for everybody!

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.)

 

Read Across America Celebration

Used with permission from the NEA

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.”  This year the Durham Media Center is connecting Durham students with Frey Elementary School students grades K-2. Durham students selected through the Durham Media Center’s application process are visiting Frey on a set schedule throughout the week of Read Across America Week, Monday, February 25 – Friday, March 1 and are reading their favorite picture books.

Even if you are not reading at Frey this year, be sure to visit the media center to pick up a fun picture book to share with someone near and dear to you. You are never too old to learn something from a picture book or to enjoy story time.

Learn all about the history of this beloved event at National Education Association’s Read Across America,  and get in on the fun today!

Mid-Winter Reading Challenge

The Durham Media Center, in conjunction with the Cobb County Public Library System, challenges you to read at least 20 minutes each day of the mid-winter break for a total of 160 minutes. Log your minutes in Biblionasium* or with this Reading Log created by the Cobb County Public Library System.

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!

*Your Biblionasium login is the same login as your school computer.

Ebsco eBooks in Cobb Digital Library

It’s time for 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.

7th ELA Argumentative Research

Okay, kids. Here’s the chance for your voices to be heard. Have an opinion? Let’s find out how to convince others to see issues just as we do by using research to support our perspectives. You have chosen argumentative essay topic from the provided list. Here’s what you will need to do before starting the research.

  1. Look at the essay topic you have chosen.

  2. Break down the question. Identify the key words you will use to begin the research.

  3. Determine what information you will need in order to convince your audience to see the issue as you do.

  4. Use the ACADEMIC databases in the Cobb Digital Library (CDL) to support your claim.

And off we go . . .

The BEST CDL databases for this assignment are:

Research in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

 

 

 

 

Here are the steps to search within these databases:

Step 1: Adding to Favorites

Step 2: Basic Searches

 Step 3: Highlighting and Notetaking

Step 4: Using the Citation Tool

Citing Sources:

  1. Cite every source from which you take notes.
  2. Use the Citation Tool to generate the citation in MLA format
  3. Copy and paste each citation into a Word document in Office 365. This information will be necessary for creating the Works Cited.

Continue locating relevant articles and taking notes within them until you have sufficient evidence to support your claim.