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Friday, December 18, 2009

Coming Soon to the DHS Media Center

Well we are finally on our Christmas break, and Lizzie keeps wanting to see new content. (I have to show her an aggregator!) So I am posting a few plans that have not solidified yet, but are mixing around in my head and somewhat shared with Mrs. Dillard and Mrs. Barron.

January Book Swap:
I hope to get approved a book swap activity.  We might add in some paperbacks that we can order new (Scholastic Bargain Book Boxes come to mind.)  But here is the gist of it:
  1. Have announced and post fliers around the building asking students to bring gently used books to donate to the book swap -- looking at the 3rd Friday in January.
  2. Maintain accurate records on the number of books donated per student.
  3. On the big day, bring students into the media center during lunch and/or English classes and then invite them into the bookswap area to select different books based on the dumber of donations made.
  4. Encourage students to share their numbers with friends. (Perhaps issue tickets that match the number of books they can select, and allow the to share their tickets with friends.)
  5. Consider allowing bag lunches in the library for the day so that the book swap doesn't compete with our students desire to eat.
  6. If we can get some Bargain priced book sets for a decent price, consider expanding this t include all English classes, or haps all of one grade's classes. 

January Gamer Day:
  1. Have a gamer day in the library (during lunch) and use bag lunches again.
  2. Advertise and have kids sign up
  3. Get students to volunteer equipment to use (waiver forms needed?)
  4. Have sign-ups for time limits in games
  5. Brainstorm variety of games, including board games, card games, video games, etc.
  6. Figure out arrangement. Secure library workers to "work" each game area.
  7. Be prepared for a very "carnival-like" atmosphere.
February Elections:

  1. Figure out date to have our SCYABA Book election. Once a week until then, have specific nominee book discussions to help promote them (5 books a week throughout January?)
  2. Run reports of circulations of nominees
  3. Advertise the election all during January to remind students of criteria for election
  4. Have a Lunch Meeting and invite all who qualify to have lunch and vote in the library
  5. Celebrate our results with announcements and fliers. 

Well anyway that's what is running through my mind at this moment. I am not sure everything will fly--we still have to see approval from administration. But we'll see. 


Image: 'Mi futura guitarra para el Frets on+Fire'

Image: 'Romance'

Image: 'Voting is Patriotic (USA)'

Friday, November 13, 2009

November 19 - Meet me at the Equinox

In honor of the release of the Twilight sequal "New Moon" DHS Media Center is having a small get together for interested students and staff. We will come together to play trivia games, see who knows the characters best, discuss the book before it hits theaters, and enjoy food, fun, movie trailers, and more. There are prizes to win including posters, games, the movie soundtrack, and more. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with our life-sized cutouts of Edward and Jacob.

  • When? November 19, 2009 from 3:30PM - 5PM
  • Where? The DHS Media Center
  • Who? Anyone interested! (Sign ups are going on now--only those who sign up will be allowed to join us!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Moon...It's Coming!

Twilight Movie and New Moon Merchandise

The new movie in the Twilight saga, New Moon, is set for release on November 20, 2009. We are planning to host some activities here in the DHS media center to coincide with the release of the movie. We will announce the date for the event very soon. Brush up on your trivia from the books (both Twilight and New Moon), and get ready...it's coming!!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Banned Books Week

Did you know libraries everywhere celebrate the Freedom to Read through an ALA Sponsored weeklong recognition called "Banned Books Week?"

What do you mean, banned books? Watch this:

And watch this:

Have you seen the DHS Media Center display?

Find more photos like this on SCASL

Learn more about Intellectual Freedom and the right to read here:
Yalsa Intellectual Freedom Resources
American Library Association

Monday, September 14, 2009

NBLU 2009 - The numbers are in!

The summer reading campaign came to a close August 31, and students, staff members, and teachers alike have steadily been turning in logs. No Book Left Unread asked all members of the school community to log pages read, including not only books, but also magazines, newspapers, and even websites--practically anything that is read.

We compiled our data, and have our final number of pages read! Dorman High School submitted to the SC Department of Education NBLU Headquarters a whopping 237,004 pages read for the summer! Congratulations all and thanks for contributing!

Noteworthy participants include:
Our top 2 students:
Angel Y, who recorded 35,803 pages
Staci S, who recorded 6,399 pages
Comment from Staci, regarding her success: "I could have probably logged 10,000 pages easily, because I read a tremendous amount online."

Our top 2 faculty/staff participants:
Ms. Bishop, who logged 41,817 pages read.
Ms. Murphy, who logged 8,985 pages read.
Both of these educators turned in multiple page documents of their summer reading.
Comment from Ms. Bishop: "I really do more than just read! I just love series, and am a fast reader. I tend to devour a series once I discover the author. But please realize I really do not just read, though it comes quick and helps pass the time when I am doing things that call for waiting."

The top 20 students and these top two educators will celebrate their success tomorrow morning (September 15, 2009) in the media center at our NBLU Breakfast. We will reward the top 4 with $25 gift cards to Barnes and Noble, and present the rest of the group with a paperback book of their choice dedicated with an NBLU bookplate.

Until next year, gang. Let's see if we can top 237,004 pages next summer!

Image Attributions

Image: 'N Train'

Image: 'This Photograph Brought to You By...'

Image: 'L'

Image: 'Boggle Letter U'

Image: 'Feb 17 / IMG_6442'

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NBLU Breakfast! Tick-tock...time is running out

Don't forget to return those reading logs! September 15 we are having a special awards breakfast to recognize 2 students and 2 faculty/staff members who read the most for the 2009 NBLU summer reading program.

Where are the logs? Come to the media center and pick up one--I have plenty!

Who should I turn them in to? You can turn them in to any English Teacher, any staff member in the library (Mrs. Nelson --me--, Mrs. Dillard, or Mrs. Barron), or ask that the office put them in our school mailbox.

When are they due? THIS FRIDAY, September 4, 2009


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Super searching made easy

My friend and fellow teacher librarian Dr. Joyce Valenza has the most thorough page for searching. She outlines all kinds of search engines and describes their specific purpose. She freely encourages those in the field of education to copy too--she is so generous. Check out this thorough and complete guide (with links) to all kinds of searches.

Tools for Search

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Remixing Books into Book Trailers

What a fantastic idea!! Making book trailers is a great way to promote a book. I found them here. These area few one our books from the SCYABA nominee list this year. Who wants to make one and contribute?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dorman SUMMER READING '09 Starts June 1st!

NO BOOK LEFT UNREAD (NBLU) Summer Reading Incentive

The media center is excited to announce a summer reading program in collaboration with the DHS English department. Students and faculty may read books from the Dorman summer reading program, the 2009-2010 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award list, or select their own reading material. June 1 - August 31 keep track of the number of pages you have read by using the reading log. Last year Dorman logged 421,421 pages read over the summer!

Read It!
Log It!
Blog It!
Have summer reading questions? Ask them here!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

National Library Week @ Dorman

Celebrate National Library Week
April 13-17 @ Dorman

Monday: Join the DHS Media Center Blog!
All bloggers will be entered into daily drawings for prizes. Please sign your full name to your blog.

Tuesday: D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) Day!

Wednesday: Bookmark Day!
Check out a book and receive a cool bookmark.

Thursday: Poem Day!
Share your favorite poem with others.

Friday: Fine Free Day!
Wish a library staff member a “Happy National Library Week” and get your fine forgiven.

Watch for information on Poem In Your Pocket Day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


In celebration of Read Across America (Dr. Seuss’s birthday), the Dorman High School media center will sponsor two reading contests.

Contest #1: The student who has checked out the most books from the Dorman media center this school year (Aug. 19, 2008 - March 27, 2009) will receive a $50.00 gift card. Jazmine Alexander won the $50.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble for checking out the most library books so far this year.

Contest #2: The 2nd block class who has the highest percentage of books per student checked out from the Dorman library during second semester, will receive biscuits from the media center. The books DO NOT have to be checked out during 2nd block. The highest percentage of books counted for the contest will include all books checked out by your 2nd block students during the entire school day. Mr. Robert Urban's 2nd block art class won the biscuit breakfast for having the highest percentage of books per student checked out from the library.
All participants must check books out with a valid Dorman ID card in order to be eligible for the contest. Stop by the DHS media center for more information on READ ACROSS DORMAN.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

VOTE for your favorite SCYABA Book

UPDATE: Dorman students voted for New Moon by Stephenie Meyer as their favorite SCYABA book. All participants were invited to a breakfast on March 10th.

It's that time of year to vote for your favorite South Carolina Young Adult Book Award book. Everyone who has read 3 or more books on the 2008-2009 list is invited to participate in this state-wide reading program. Stop by the media center to get your ballot and vote by February 12. It will be interesting to see which book wins this year's prestigious award since there are so many great books on the list.