This is almost the end of my second year as the School Librarian of the LTC at Pine Glen and I am finally getting around to the task of creating shelf signs for the collection. What? You say. You had no shelf signs? I know, I know, but I think you’ll agree that these were worth waiting for.
Not only did I want to provide signage for the collection but I also wanted to make sure that the signs were useful and meaningful to the students, not just to me. That meant clear, simple, and visual signs. After lots of consideration, I decided to ask the Pine Glen PTO to help me purchase a lot of white cardboard magazine holders. I created signs that include the Dewey subject, the Dewey number and images to match. Then I printed them and attached them on the back side of the magazine holder. Fortunately for me, there is plenty of room on the shelves for these sign holders.
I’ve only just begun labeling the shelves but I already have seen how much easier it is for even the youngest students to find what they are looking for and that is my ultimate goal: developing independent users of the library space and collection.
Thank you Pine Glen PTO for once again supporting the Pine Glen LTC with the vision of creating a friendly and inviting space and turning your kids into enthusiastic and effective library users.
We love our little LTC (Library & Technology Center.) It has great books, a computer lab, a story throne, chromebooks, a handful of iPod Touches, a Wall of Awesome, a tower of cushions, and amazine volunteers. But the one thing we didn’t have was Graphic Novels. So we asked our super supportive PTO if they would fund a new collection.
And guess what? The PTO said yes!
Once they arrived (as you can see by the photos on the right) students have been exploring, reading, and enjoying the books in the new graphic novel collection.
But often I am asked many questions by parents and teachers about graphic novels. Here are the most frequent ones:
What are Graphic Novels?
Graphic novels are books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book that resembles a novel in length and narrative development.
Why Graphic Novels?
Graphic novels can dramatically help improve reading development for students struggling with language acquisition as the illustrations provide contextual clues. They are also a great way to reach reluctant readers!
But Do Graphic Novels Count as Real Reading?
The excellent graphic novels available today require readers to be actively engaged in the process of decoding and comprehending a range of literary devices which leads to the development of critical skills necessary to read more challenging works. Yes, they count as real reading.
So far, some of the students’ favorites are Lunch Lady, Babymouse, Amulet, Tintin, and Binky the Space Cat.
Thank you, PTO, once again for generously supporting the LTC and giving all the students of Pine Glen the opportunity to explore, read, and love graphic novels.
I had the distinct pleasure of being the guest speaker at last week’s PTO meeting. I spoke about the wealth of technology options we have here at Pine Glen and how we’re planning on using them this year. I discussed the LTC’s focus on curriculum, hardware in use, software in use, and the 1:1 iPad pilot in 4th and 5th grades.
Here’s the slideshow I created for the presentation:
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The Pine Glen Library & Technology Center is looking for adult volunteers who can assist with running the library by:
|Checking in/out books using library software||Assisting students/faculty in the LTC|
|Reshelving||Accomplishing collection maintenance projects|
|Refilling displays||Managing overdue notices|
|Keeping the library shelves neat and organized||Managing hold requests|
|Processing and labeling new items||Delivering occasional read-alouds/storytimes|
If you need more information before registering, please plan on attending one of the following Information Sessions in the LTC:
Tuesday, June 12
Tuesday, June 12
Laura Beals D’Elia, School Librarian
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it . . . I wanted to ” give it back” to the students by purchasing books for the library that the students have put on the Wish List. In the library catalog system, Destiny Quest allows a student to submit an official request for a book he/she really wants to read but is not already in the collection. Destiny Quest keeps track of these requests and easily compiles a handy list of titles, or, Wish List.
Below is a quick video highlighting the many new library books purchased with the Box Tops funds from the Wish List. Already, students have noticed the new books on the cart and eagerly asked to check them out. I love seeing their excitement over the new books and I especially love watching the students understand that the library belongs to them and their voices are important.
Thank you PTO, again, for your fantastic support of the Library & Technology Center–where everyone benefits!