Book Return Info                                                 

       Bookroom Open 8:00 – 3:30:   Wed, 5/17  thru Mon, 5/22

         &  Before, Between & After Exams (5/23 – 5/24)

  • Match the accession number on your book receipt with the one on your book. Someone else may have your book!
  • Bring your textbook receipt to the bookroom with your books.
  • You may bring one book at a time or all books at once.

                     NO RETURNS DURING EXAMS!       

                                                           

Have you seen our new space?

Come by and see the progress that is being made in the Media Center / Learning Commons.   Many of the tall bookshelves have been removed and the carpet replaced underneath them.  The large open area will have two groups of comfortable seating between the fiction shelves.  The area nearest the cafeteria is now more open and easier to use for studying or classroom visits.   Feel free to come by and see the improvements.

Rumor Correction:  We are NOT getting rid of all the books!  We have been weeding out books that have not been checked or used in over 15  years….and yes, there were quite a few!   With these gone, we will have space for the new areas and of course, some more current books.

“Are You For Real?”

We are constantly bombarded with so many facts, opinions, pictures and ideas, that it can be overwhelming to process the information, much less verify it.  Unfortunately, the task of verification is being left to the consumer more and more.

Fake news can come in a variety of forms:  1) Pure fake news sites that create sensational, intriguing stories to grab traffic for influence, deception or profit;  2) Hoax sites trying to trick readers with false information;  3) Satirical sites presenting news with a funny twist; and 4)Images that have been altered or created to misrepresent reality.

Even reporters can get things wrong.  Their sources may not relay the truth or all of the context surrounding a story.  Without fact checking, they may publish incorrect facts.

For a great overview of the issues involved, check out this short video:

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-choose-your-news-damon-brown

We will be talking about this issue more in the future so we can all learn how to discern real news.

 

Your Chance to Vote for the Best Peach Award Book

You can vote NOW for the 2016-17 Georgia Peach Book Award  for Teen Readers! The deadline is March 15, 2017.  You can go to the following site and rate the books you have read.  Please add your rating – your opinion matters!

http://georgiapeachaward.org/?q=VOTENOW

 

Spring 2017 Textbook Distribution – UPDATED

Book selection sheets will be given out Thursday, 1/12.  Have your books highlighted or circled for each book that you need.  The bookroom will be open Tuesday through Thursday (1/17-1/19) for the distribution .  You will be called down through your English or Social Studies classes to get  your books.  If you don’t have either of these classes, you can come at the end of any period or on makeup day, Thursday.

Time to Turn in Books!

All Media Center books are due on December 19th – right before exams.  Be sure to turn them in before you leave for the semester!

Textbooks are also due.  The bookroom opens on Wednesday, 12/14 through the last day of school.  It is open from 8:00 to 3:30 or before, between and after exams.   Check your textbook receipt to confirm that the books you have are ones that were checked out to you in August.  The accession number on the bottom on the barcode label should match the accession number on your sheet.  If it doesn’t, just come to the bookroom and we will see whose book you have.

 

WANT TO GET SOME READING IN NEXT WEEK?

Our order of  over 60 new great reads has arrived and is being processed.  Many of them will be ready for checkout Friday before you leave for break.  Come by and see what is available!

COSIGNORADIUS Is Your New Wireless

As of 11/1/16,  Cobb County will be using Cosigno for our wireless access.  This will provide a more secure network for our students and staff.

For instructions to add your device or different phones to use at school, follow these instructions:

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/instructionaltechnology/IL/BYOD/byod.aspx

In the center of the page, there are links to complete instructions for adding your device or phone.

2016-17 GEORGIA PEACH AWARD BOOKS ARE HERE

This selection of 20 titles are chosen especially for teen readers.  You can now read these nominated titles and rate (in March) the ones  you think are the best.

We have a special display in the Media Center so you can easily check out one or a few for your reading pleasure.  This is the list of the new Peach books:canon-personal-054

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel, Entangled: Teen (2014)
Con Academy by Joe Schreiber, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015)
Dime by E.R. Frank, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2015)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Razorbill (2015)
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, Disney-Hyperion (2015)
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon, Henry Holt (2014)
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Scholastic Press (2015)
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, Henry Holt (2015)
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, Balzer + Bray (2015)
The Novice by Taran Matharu, Feiwel and Friends (2015)
Paperweight by Meg Haston, HarperTeen (2015)
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes, Dial/Penguin (2015)
The Secret Side of Empty by Maria Andreu, Running Press Kids (2014)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Balzer + Bray (2015)
Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall, Skyscape (2015)
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, Putnam (2015)
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen, Wendy Lamb Books (2015)
When by Victoria Laurie, Disney-Hyperion (2015)
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, Nancy Paulsen Books (2015)
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon, Candlewick (2015)

 

NEW BOOKS ARE IN!

Our first shipment of new books has arrived and is ready for checkout.   There are a number of different genres such as nonfiction, biographies, fiction and LOTS of graphic novels.  We have some manga series that are new to our library.  Why not come see what you’d like to read?

 

OUR LEARNING COMMONS VISION

New Tables

 

You may have noticed some of the changes in the Media Center.  There are new, colorful tables and chairs that move easily to accommodate your class or a group of friends.  You can sit at a computer with an unrestricted view of the room.  There are also new cafe style tables against the back windows, complete with power connections, to charge your devices.  It is a great place to study or relax with friends and enjoy the view.

Each of these changes and more are part of creating a new Learning Commons.   The library has been known as the largest classroom in the school, but now it is becoming a learning hub. It brings together the best of the physical and digital.  The goal is to provide a space that encourages students and teachers to communicate, collaborate and create together.  Books still play an important part as an information resource, but paired with our digital resources, they provide an opportunity for in-depth learning.  However, true learning goes beyond just having access to information.  It is about working together while gathering information from a variety of sources and creating projects that reflect what you have learned. It is about brainstorming and conveying ideas, working together to create a presentation or product and sharing your information with others.cafe table closeup

We are fortunate to have the support of the Harrison Foundation to fund these changes.  They are committed to the goal of creating a Harrison Learning Commons that provides a space for true learning, collaboration and sharing. They will be working with the Harrison family and community to raise money to make these changes.   We will keep you posted as fund raising events take place so you can have a part in creating a state of the art Learning Commons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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