John Wiggins-Strada, Library Media Specialist
Jennifer Carone, Library Paraprofessional
I want to welcome back all our students from summer vacation! It’s going to be a very exciting year in the library and listed below are some of the upcoming events and projects.
Information and Technology Literacy Curriculum
The Information and Technology Literacy Curriculum allows for the integration of information technology skills into the classroom curriculum. I’ve been meeting with the classroom teachers to discuss the curriculum and to plan lessons. The lessons we design are then team taught. The library is used to do research using books and the computer lab is used to do Internet research and to produce final projects using software such as Microsoft Word, KidPix, Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft PowerPoint. The foundation of this curriculum is "Flexible Scheduling" where teachers schedule with the Media Specialist any amount of daily or weekly time to complete an information problem-solving assignment. The Media Specialist and the teacher both plan and team teach the lesson, creating a strong link between the questions asked in the classroom and the answers that can be found and communicated in the Media Center.
Library All-Stars Award
Every year I run a Library All-Stars Contest to encourage students to return their library books on time. Here’s how it works. When all the students in a class remember to bring their library books back on time they receive a remembering award certificate. At the end of the year, the class with the most certificates wins the contest and celebrates with a party!
Summer Reading List
At the end of the school year each student was given a 2012 Summer Reading List recording sheet. The Summer Reading List is compiled by the district library media specialist and Scranton Library librarians with input from district teachers, and Language Arts/ English coordinators. The SRL includes a list of suggested titles arranged by grade level and a recording sheet to log books read over the summer. Please encourage your child to return the recording sheet to their classroom teachers during the first weeks of school. Thanks!
Introduction to the Library Media Center
I begin each school year by giving every class an Introduction to the Library Media Center. We discuss library etiquette, how to find and checkout books, correct use of the library browser, the summer reading list and some of the books we read over the summer. With 3rd and 4th graders I discuss the Nutmeg Award nominees. “The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 4-8 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.” For more information on the Nutmeg award please visit the Nutmeg Award website at http://www.nutmegaward.org/.
Introduction to the Computer Lab.
The hardware is setup, the software has been loaded, and teachers have been signing up to bring their classes to the computer lab to do research and create presentations. I do an introduction to the computer lab with every class and cover such topics as computer lab etiquette, parts of the computer, basic computer skills, basic typing skills, basic word processing and an introduction to PowerPoint for the 3rd and 4th graders.
Over the next few weeks I will take classes to the lab for a library browser lesson. The library browser allows students to electronically search our collection by title, subject, author or keyword. All our students love working in the lab!
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The Nutmeg Children's Book Award encourages children in grades 4-6 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles. Jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL), the Nutmeg Committee is comprised of children's librarians, school library media specialists and teachers.
All books nominated for the award must be:
- A work of fiction, with appeal for readers in grades 4-6;
- Written by an author who currently resides in the United States;
- Copyrighted in the United States, and first published no more than five years from date of selection;
- Currently in print, and available in paper back as well as hard cover;
- Well-written, with strong characterization, a vivid setting, striking language, a well-constructed plot, and a plausible conclusion.
- Students in grades 4, 5 and 6th grade vote by official NCBA ballot in January for their favorite title at school.
- Each student may vote only once.
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