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!

April is School Library Month

April is School Library Month, and the Durham Media Center has lots of fun in the works.  One of the most exciting events of the year is celebrated in April: The Golden Ticket Giveaway.  The morning of April 22nd, which falls on a Friday this year, 50 lucky students will find Golden Tickets in their lockers. Those Golden Tickets can be exchanged in the media center for brand new paperback books. Stay tuned for snapshots of the day as well as for other super fun celebrations in honor of School Library Month.

April is School Library Month

April is School Library Month

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!

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

Read Across America

Durham Media Center celebrated Read Across America throughout the month of March featuring fun, festive displays and Dr. Seuss trivia via the morning announcements. The annual Scholastic Book Fair, also open during Dr. Seuss’ birthday week, added to the celebrations. Media specialist Mrs. Baker even dressed up in the spirit of the occasion. Also added during the month were the fun “speech bubbles” featured in photos below. Students from the Library Media Committee helped make them to entice patrons to check out the newest books added to the collection.

More March Festivities

More March Festivities

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.

It’s Time for Trivia!

In anticipation of this week’s exciting release of the movie version of Veronica Roth’s bestselling young adult novel Divergent, I think we should feature a little trivia and give away a few goodies. Rather than reveal juicy details from this super popular book, let’s instead highlight one of the best resources Durham offers its students and staff. If you aren’t using the online resources through Cobb Digital Library, you are definitely complicating your educational experience. CDL provides current, reliable, and accurate information from trustworthy experts in all academic areas and is a one-stop shop for students and teachers. During the morning news each day this week, a trivia question about CDL will be presented. Students and teachers are encouraged to send their answers to the media center. Winners will be announced daily and will have an opportunity to choose from my stash of Scholastic books, including recently added copies of Divergent. Let’s play.

The Cobb Digital Library Trivia Question for

Tuesday, March 18th is . . .

What’s the quickest way to access Cobb Digital Library while at school?

If you know the answer, write it, your name, homeroom teacher’s name and grade on a piece of paper. Homeroom teachers please collect the answers and send them to the media center. (Via a student is fine.) Stay tuned tomorrow for today’s winner.

TUESDAY’S WINNERS!: Savannah G. (8th Grade); Ellen M. (6th Grade); Jonathan M. (6th Grade)

Wednesday, March 19th is . . .

What’s the user ID and password for Cobb Digital Library?

If you know the answer, write it, your name, homeroom teacher’s name and grade on a piece of paper. Homeroom teachers please collect the answers and send them to the media center. (Via a student is fine.) Stay tuned tomorrow for today’s winner.

WEDNESDAY’S WINNERS!: Tieara D. (8th Grade); Youssef O. (8th Grade); Marianna R. (6th Grade)

Thursday, March 20th is . . .

How are the databases arranged within Cobb Digital Library?

If you know the answer, write it, your name, homeroom teacher’s name and grade on a piece of paper. Homeroom teachers please collect the answers and send them to the media center. (Via a student is fine.) Stay tuned tomorrow for today’s winner.

THURSDAY’S WINNERS!: Bryce N. (8th Grade) ; Jackson K. (6th Grade); Mitchell G. (6th Grade)

Friday, March 21st is . . .

If you had an assignment to locate an article on a current issue, which database within Cobb Digital Library would be the ideal resource?

If you know the answer, write it, your name, homeroom teacher’s name and grade on a piece of paper. Homeroom teachers please collect the answers and send them to the media center. (Via a student is fine.) Stay tuned tomorrow for today’s winner.

FRIDAY’S WINNERS!:  Darren H. (6th Grade); Trey S. (6th Grade); Justice T. (7th Grade)

Trivia winners won paperback copies of Veronica Roth’s bestseller Divergent!

Thanks for playing!