Tuesday, October 4, 2011

(August/September Edition)

What a wonderful time of year it is! New backpacks...falling leaves...and a new year in the library! So far this year the library has already been buzzing with excitement by the students, teachers, and parents! In addition, the library has already undergone a few changes to adapt to the eager readers. The library staff shifted shelves in order to make room for a 'Starred Series' section. This section allows students to easily access their favorite series at the point of need. Check out the new section: 

All of the popular series books were pulled from the easy/everybody and fiction sections and were placed on the shelves at the heart of the library. Each series was marked with a name label as well as a picture of one of the books in the series (for easy identification). This section has been a hit with the students!
Here is a perfect example of one of over 44 series sets that are housed in this new section! 

Number of Whole Class Visits: 
August: 32 (Only 1 1/2 weeks of school in August)
September: 92

Number of Total Items Circulated
(Checkouts & Returns)
August: 1,532
September: 5,905

Number of Items in Collection
August/September: 11,453 

Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach
Read a Kinder-specific story to new Kindergartners at Kinder Orientation
Greeted new families at Meet the Teacher Night
Hosted library orientation/checkouts for all grade levels
Kicked off the 2011-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program with 3-5 grades
Kicked off the 2011-2012 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
Open checkout every day for all Sonntag students
Promoted the love of reading through various library displays 
Created technology stations to promote author visit for 4th & 5th grades
Hosted Catherine Fowler to prepare 3rd grade for study trip to Frisco Heritage Museum 
Kicked off a new year of Preschool Storytime with Sonntag families

Administrative Activities
Prepared for Kate Klise author visit in October
Collected money and order forms for Kate Klise visit 
Attended book signing with Tom Angleberger at Barnes & Noble 
Purchased new library books and materials through Scholastic as well as Follett
Collaborated with Sonntag technology facilitator to create book trailers using Animoto 
Collaborated with Sonntag technology facilitator to create technology stations to promote Kate Klise author visit for 4th & 5th grades
Updated the Specials newsletter and library blog weekly
Created a new series section with the addition of star stickers on spines as well as series labels
Opened new parent accounts
Hosted new and returning library volunteers
Collaborated with first grade to get their blog up and running 

Professional Development Activities 
Attended campus professional development prior to the start of the school year
Attended Sonntag Campus Improvement Team meeting in September
Met with Specials team to discuss the needs of the students 
Collaborated with technology facilitators throughout the district at library meetings
Learned about the new Overdrive media software 
Learned about Frisco ISD and state policies through a series of online web portals
Attended a book fair workshop to learn about hosting book fairs at Sonntag

On the Horizon...
Author Kate Klise will visit Sonntag students on October 7th
Attend Lonestar Storytelling Festival with 4th grade on October 14th
Attend Plano/Richardson ISD Library Expo on October 21st
Scholastic Book Fair opens on October 31st and runs through November 4th
New books are on the way! 

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