Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Look at the IMMS Library Orientation for Teachers & Survey results!

Promoting a Reading Culture @ IMMS

Our new principal, Ms. Mareka Austin, afforded me the great opportunity to introduce myself and our little library to all the faculty during three, forty minute rotations in the library. I crammed a lot into this precious time: showed an AdobeSpark presentation of last year's library events (above), discussed how to develop a reading culture in their classrooms and our school, and demonstrated how to build their own "Collections" in Destiny, our library automation system. Afterwards teachers mingled in the library, grabbing a cup of coffee and a biscotti, if they wished. 

As part of the presentation, I requested that they fill out a survey, which is linked in the Adobe presentation. The verbal comments in addition to many of those in the survey indicate the need and desire for a strong library program and for a full-time librarian willing to partner with teachers in teaching and providing resources for our students. One new teacher came up to me afterwards and said that she "didn't know" that libraries and librarians "could be like this" because in her past experience, they had not been.  Another teacher (non-ELA) indicated in her survey, " I appreciate you. Thank you for offering so many things. You will get sick of my face this year. I want to work in LOTS of reading." Many asked for resources in the subject they are teaching or for book trailers, research help, plagiarism lessons, DEAR time, author Skypes and virtual reality experiences. Teachers want STEM/STEAM programs, Book Clubs, Book Fairs, Writing clubs, Author visits - the list goes on. 

Here is some of the data collected from the survey: 

This piechart represents the subject matter taught by the teachers. (And no, they all aren't ELA teachers!)
The next chart indicates the number of teachers who are willing to volunteer to be in a committee for the library! They want to do fun things for our students like STEM clubs and Book clubs. 

The last chart is especially important, because it indicates that 73 percent want their librarian more involved in student learning, forming a partnership with the librarian for the benefit of their kids. 

 Interacting with the teachers and sharing what we could do together was a very positive experience. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to share what I can do with them as their teacher-librarian. I look forward to a great year. We can do much together.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Summer Reading 2018

Summer Reading Opportunities 2018

Hi Everyone!
School's almost and I wanted to leave you with lots of opportunities to read this Summer. Reading during the summer is very important; it can put you ahead and keep you from loosing what you learned this year. Also, its fun and is a relaxing way to pass the time or you can learn something new.
Click on the links below to explore reading opportunities with CISD's Books and Bytes STREAM bus, Fort Worth Public Library's Worth Reading program, Half Price Books Summer Reading incentive program, Barnes and Noble Reading Incentive Program or explore IMMS Library's eBooks and audiobooks.
Mrs. Onco

Sunday, February 4, 2018

This is where you post for Blind Date with a Book!

Blind Date with a Book @IMMS begins this week. We have limited blind date books available, so only check one out if you are willing to try something new and promise to at least read 30 to 50 pages of the book. After you read this amount you can "rate your date" here on the IMMS Lions' Share blog.  Everyone who blogs about their book is entered in a raffle to win prizes and everyone who enters will get a 'sweet treat'.

So what should you blog about the book?  What about telling what you thought when you first unwrapped it? Did you ever read anything like it before?  Would you have chosen this book?  Write whatever you like. It's your experience to share. Be sure to post the title of the book and your first name, last initial.

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