Meet Libby!

Wildcats,

I am frequently asked how students may access eBooks during school, during school breaks, and during vacations.

The learning commons has several eBooks available in the Cobb Digital Library. However…students, if you have a Cobb County Public Library card, you may also access FREE eBooks via the OverDrive App, also known as LIBBY!

  

If you have difficulty with the Libby reading app, you may try using the OverDrive app instead.

Happy Reading, Wildcats!!

You Choose! Thanks to GMS Foundation Grant!

Thanks to the GMS Foundation for the grant provided to the learning commons to purchase the HISTORY collection of You Choose books! These books were purchased at the request of the students! Students have the opportunity to submit requests for book purchases throughout the school year, and these books were on the list!

You Choose books are an excellent tool for increasing student engagement. “Jump into a life from long ago! YOU CHOOSE who to be, where to go, and what to do. Will you succeed? Will you fail? Will you even survive? It’s up to you!”-Capstone Publishing

There are 27 titles in this set including:

Summer Reading #Finished??

Wildcats!

Have you finished your summer reading?? If yes, consider these additional activities! Scan the QR Code on the following graphic, and it will take you directly to the Griffin summer reading books where you can click on your grade-level books and activities. Have fun!

Highlight Meeting with Audrey Church, AASL President, at GLMA Summer Institute

I recently attended the GLMA Summer Institute in Peachtree City. It is an event where school librarians from around Georgia congregate for professional learning opportunities and networking. It was an absolute highlight for me to meet our American Association of School Librarians President, Audrey Church. Her message #schoollibrarianstransformlearning was inspirational.

#SchoolLibrariesMatter

“If this is the biggest classroom in every public school in this great country, then why aren’t we maximizing it? -Arturo J. Cavazos, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Harlingen, TX

YALSA Top 10 Teen Nominees WINNER!!

I am so excited to announce that I won a book collection of the YALSA Top 10 Ten Teen Nominees!!

You can read about it HERE: http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/06/recipients-2017-teens-top-ten-book-giveaway-announced

      

The following books will be added to the learning commons NEW YA Section. For more information visit: http://www.cobblearning.net/griffinwildstacks/ya-books-for-8th-graders/

This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.  The nominees are as follows:

  • Black, Jenna. Nightstruck. Tor Teen.
  • Bosworth, Jennifer. The Killing Jar. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Bracken, Alexandra. Passenger. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Braswell, Liz. Once Upon a Dream. Disney Press.
  • Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Random House.
  • Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry.
  • Dennard, Susan. Truthwitch. Tor Teen.
  • Dinan, Kurt. Don’t Get Caught. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster.
  • Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent. Clarion Books.
  • Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press.
  • Gout, Leopoldo. Genius: The Game. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. Viking Books.
  • Kincaid, S. J. The Diabolic. Simon & Schuster.
  • Landers, Melissa. Starflight. Disney-Hyperion.
  • Martin, Emily. The Year We Fell Apart. Simon & Schuster.
  • McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight. Random House.
  • Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Feiwel & Friends.
  • Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. Bloomsbury.
  • Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fire.
  • Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books.
  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster.
  • Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon & Schuster.
  • West, Kasie. P.S. I Like You. Scholastic.
  • Williamson, Lisa. The Art of Being Normal. Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux.
  • Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press.

New! Collaborative Reading Space!

New! Collaborative Reading Space!

I stepped into the learning commons during summer break to get it set up for our Academic Summer Camps in June and July. It has been a request of students for a space where they can sit and read. Here it is! A new, relaxed and cozy space next to the windows! New books will be on the shelves soon!

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Students who would like to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge may get their login information by contacting Scholastic directly or at any Cobb County public library. Logins will also be available during the Academic Summer Camps when the learning commons is open.

June 14, 15 (8am-Noon)

June 19, 20, 21, 22 (8am-Noon)

July 10, 11, 12, 13 (8am-Noon)

User names and passwords are generated by Scholastic in order to comply with privacy laws and enable us to participate in a nation-wide contest.

It is recommended to have students change their password to “read2017”

When does the CCSD Summer Reading Program 2017 begin and end?
The Summer Reading Program begins on May 8th and ends on September 8th. CCSD, in conjunction with Cobb County Public Libraries, Smyrna Public Library, and Marietta City Schools, has partnered with Scholastic Summer Reading, a national program, and these dates accommodate school calendars across the country.

Where do students log their reading minutes?  
Go to http://www.scholastic.com/summer/kids/.

What do I do if my student forgot his/her user name or password?

-Call the Scholastic Customer Service number at 1 (800) SCHOLASTIC 1(800) 246-2986 Monday – Friday 8 AM to 7 PM EST.

-Email [email protected]

-Visit any Cobb County Public Library branch or the Smyrna Public Library and they will retrieve your user name and password. Please have the student ID number ready.

What type of devices support the Scholastic Summer Reading Program website?
You can access the Scholastic Summer Reading Program on a computer, smart phone, or tablet. It is best viewed in Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers.

My student is a rising 6th grader or rising 9th grader. Which school will be attached to my student’s account?
The minutes recorded by rising 6th and 9th graders count for the student’s previous school. It is recommended that rising 6th & 9th grade students print copies of their reading logs to submit to their new schools.

 

Learning Commons Open During Summer Camps!

The learning commons will be open during the following dates and times during the Academic Summer Camps! Students may check books in and out during this time. It’s a perfect time to get your summer reading!

June 14, 15 (Wednesday & Thursday)

June 19, 20 21, 22 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

July 10, 11, 12, 13 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)