Tuesday, October 11, 2016

September 2016 Highlights

It is hard to believe that we are so far into the 2016-2017 school year.  September flew by, and there were many exciting things taking place in our library.  There were 68 scheduled visits to our library in September alone!  Here are some of the highlights from our first month:

The Pioneer Middle School community loves to read.  During the first month of school, 2,257 books were checked out by students and staff!  Our Graphic Novel section continues to be very popular.  In fact, Amulet 1: The Stonekeeper was the library's most frequently checked out book in September.

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi was September's most popular book.

In addition to book checkouts, the library was also busy checking out equipment.  Pioneer Middle School provides student tablets for each student in grades 5, 6, and 7.  Students came down to the library to receive a brief introduction about the tablets from Mrs. Wright prior to checking out their tablets for the year.  Although we experienced some growing pains with the roll-out of this technology, it is wonderful that our students have access to these resources.

Every fifth grade class visited the library for a brief library orientation and checkout.  It was necessary to go over some of the expectations that we have in the library.  Most importantly, students were excited about coming down to the library during the day (without a teacher!) and having over 14,000 books available for checkout.  Mrs. Izzo's fifth grade reading class has made Thursday their designated library day.  They visit the library for book recommendations, then find a comfortable place to read a book.

The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students also visited the library for a brief orientation review, a book talk on the latest titles available in the library, and information about the OverDrive service.  The OverDrive platform for ebooks and audiobooks continues to be popular at Pioneer, with a number of students signing up for this service on their own personal device.  The audiobooks are particularly helpful if you want to listen to a book as you follow along with the paper copy.

Ms. McKenzie's seventh grade Spanish class also had their first visit to the library in September.  Throughout this year, the Spanish students will be exploring the relationship between computer coding and learning a new spoken language.  During the visit, students used the Bee Bot coding tools in order to learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet.

After school clubs have also began in the library!  We recruited amazing students for two First LEGO League teams.  Maker Club also held its first meeting in September.  Many familiar faces, as well as many newcomers, plan to stay after school to work on their own creative projects.

Working with the Lego Mindstorms during Maker Club.

Using found materials to create art projects.

A duct tape pin created during Maker Club.

The focus of October's library activities will be participation in The Global Read Aloud.  We will keep you posted about October's updates.

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