This week was full mostly of scanning and weeding and more scanning and weeding. I finished the non-fiction section! I have 4 bookcases in the fiction section finished as well.
I spent about 2.5 hours Thursday processing out the weeded materials (is that the right phrase for that?) by deleting them from the system, removing the barcode and stamping Discarded in them. I am allowed to sell the discards and have a cart set up in the library with them for 25 cents each.
The 7th Amulet book came in and I have so many kids clamoring for it. I bought 2 copies for the elementary and 2 copies for the middle school and there is a waiting list for all of them. I love that I have brought in something that these kids can’t get enough of. I tried at the beginning of the year to get the elementary kids into the few graphic novels that we had in there but it wasn’t until I bought the Amulet books that really got their attention.
The 6th graders have been working on book reports this week (shoebox and puppets are a couple of the ways they can report on their book).
Spring break is next week and I think we are all ready for this break!
Monday was Pi day (March 14=3/14=3.14=Pi). Being a math nerd on top of a book nerd, I had to wear my Super Pi shirt to celebrate.
Back at the beginning of the school year the school board approved allocating up to $13,000 for library upgrades. I wanted to let them know that I appreciated the money and to let them know what I had used it for so I asked to be put on the agenda for the next board meeting. I used my advocacy presentation that I had done for LME 512. I began by discussing the study that shows the impact that school libraries have on student achievement. I think this got their attention.
I explained what collaboration I had done and what standards were covered. I used one of my student examples from the 8th grade presentation where they had too invent a product that could help some aspect of the school and create an advertisement for it. It just so happened that one of the students from that group was going to be at the board meeting to be recognized for winning the regional spelling bee and would be heading to Washington, D.C.! I had him introduce his video. This young man also created an external website to go along with his invention.
At the end of my presentation one of the board members asked what was at the top of my wish list. I said new furniture for the high school library. Hopefully this has opened the door for more improvements.
Report cards for the 3rd grading period went out this week. I sent out overdue notices to students asking them to return or renew their books or their report card would be held. I decided at the beginning of the year not to charge fines for overdue books as long as they didn’t abuse this by keeping books forever. This system seems to work so far. Most students came in by the end of the week to take care of their books.
I spent every bit of free time scanning books in the non-fiction section. When I left Friday I had about 40 book left to scan and the non-fiction books will be done! I will still have to process out the weeded books. I don’t think I had a single shelf that didn’t have at least one book that was not in the system properly. I hope by doing all of this work now I will save myself time and frustration in the future.
I found a few more gems while weeding.
I don’t think these have been checked out in a while.
This area still needs more weeding, but this is a start.
It was a rainy week here in West Tennessee. We got so much rain in a short amount of time on Thursday that they decided to close schools about the time the students were arriving. Some of the busses were already having trouble picking kids up. They sent the car drivers back home and stopped parents from dropping off. The kids who rode the bus to school had to wait until closer to 9 to be taken back home. I had bus duty that morning. Needless to say, it was a little chaotic! We were also out on Friday. That brings our total of days missed this year to 5.
On Wednesday, I uncovered what I called a “covert cheating operation” among some of the middle school students. A class of 7th graders came into the high school library while only my assistant was in there and overwhelmed her taking AR tests on our 6 computers. I happened to come in at some point and realized a student was too close to another while he was taking a test and discovered that she had given him some answers. When I pulled the records for all the kids that took tests that day, I noticed that many of them took, and made the same grade on, several of the exact same tests and that other kids were giving answers and “helping” out. I know that many people don’t like AR for many reasons. However, this is what we use at my school at this point, and it mostly is for the ease of use. It has been so frustrating dealing with this cheating situation.
In weeding news, I have been hard at work this week still scanning every book and weeding as I go and am still finding books that are not in the system correctly (or at all). Some of these books came pre-barcoded and I believe they were simply left out. This, however, is no excuse. If inventory had been done, these would have been caught.
And I am still finding things like this. Why did we need three copies of this book?
I did find a book that I checked out my senior year of high school….in 1992. I do not recall this book or why I would have checked it out. I bet it was for an assignment.
I was the last one to borrow this book. It got added to the weed pile.
I am making good progress in the high school library. I hope once I move to the fiction section things will move more quickly.
Most of this week was spent giving the first round of the TNReady test. I’ll save my thoughts on giving middle school kids 3.75 hours of writing assessments for a later blog. Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot to be accomplished early in the week.
Friday, however, the elementary school celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America. I bought books to give away to every PreK-5 student. I either left out a class or miscounted because I somehow didn’t have enough books. I had counted multiple times! Thank goodness for Scholastic and their $1 books and bonus points. I’ll have the books in soon. I felt so bad!
I bought the books as Scholastic’s warehouse sale before Christmas. The kids were so excited when they found out they got to pick a book and KEEP IT! I also gave them a Cat in the Hat bookmark. If budget allows, I plan to continue this every year.
Also on Friday, a local weatherman came to read to our students and talk to them about the weather. The principal was able to get Tom Meiners from WBBJ out of Jackson.
Reading Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?
The students were well behaved and loved when he did his air pressure experiment where he made clouds in a bottle.
The teachers were excited to meet him, too.
Most of the teachers wore Seuss-themed shirts
It was a nice change from the testing they had to do this week. And we got to celebrate reading. I am already thinking about things to add to next year’s celebration.