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Media Center News: March 2012

The Media Center is privileged to have working with us Dianne McLaren-Brighton, who is studying School Library and Information Technology through Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.  She’s doing her field work with us on Wednesdays and Fridays up through the end of April, and will be engaging in several interesting projects that will benefit our students and the Media Center’s program.  Dianne has, so far, enjoyed read-aloud with some of our K/1 and Middle School classes, materials selection for next school year, and working on a web site for the 2/3s’ upcoming Michigan critters project.  Dianne’s son, Will, is an 8th grader at Honey Creek.

Speaking of Michigan critters, we’re looking forward to working with the 2/3s on this project.  The Media Center will be working on teaching some research techniques, the use of indexes in informational books, and citing of sources to give appropriate credit to authors and website designers.

Thanks go out to some of Cindy’s math students who helped us with measurements and calculations needed as we consider adding some new shelving in the Easy Books section.  We’re looking at putting in some picture-book shelving, and the students calculated for us the minimum number of shelves we’d need to accommodate the current collection plus some room for growth.  Picture-book shelving comes with dividers on each shelf that keep the skinny, slippery picture books from going everywhere when little hands take them out and put them back; they are also lower to the ground in consideration of the shortness of the students who use them!  We think they’d be much more user-friendly to our youngest students as they struggle to manage book-ends and tall shelves.

As you may know, the access to the Media Center’s online materials catalog changed with the website design change.  To find the catalog, go to the Current Families link near the top, and select Media Center from the list of Specials.  The catalog is linked prominently in large blue font.  Don’t forget that the catalog is available 24/7 for gathering possible sources for projects or that interesting fiction book for pleasure reading.

Planning ahead, mark down that the Spring Book Fair, hosted by Nicola’s Books, will be on May 18 in the Media Center.

Media Center update for January, 2012

We’ve been busy here, keeping up with Middle School students’ research projects, voracious readers, and cataloging new books! The collection continues to grow with items needed to support our curriculum, and with pleasure reading for students across the grade levels.

We now have six computers available for research, and they are very well used. Students are finding the Media Center’s home page helpful as they do projects; books, databases of articles and eBooks, and web site advice get them started in a one-stop-shop fashion. We continue to add web sites both to our home page and in our catalog, where they can be looked up by subject, just like books.

Since we have more students eager to work on research projects and homework during recess, we have slightly changed our procedure for that time. Students who intend to read or do work are asked to get a pass in the morning from their base class teacher. Passes are given to Marion when they come in. Our talkers and hangers-out now have their space in the cafeteria, where noise and distraction don’t matter.

Please remember that the Media Center is grateful for donations of books. We keep a wish-list on Amazon.com for those items we could especially use for curriculum support. To make finding this list easy, we’ve included a link on the Media Center’s home page to it, found near the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone who supports the Honey Creek Media Center! We appreciate you! Here’s to a happy New Year! -Marion

Media Center update for November, 2011

The Media Center has been a busy place this fall! We’ve welcomed the Middle School students doing the research for their Integrated Project, and the topics are very interesting. The addition of two more computers to the Media Center has been a great help (thanks, Bill!). Marion also went with the Middle School students to the Ann Arbor District Library on a research field trip. This was a great opportunity for our students to have access to a large collection in support of their project. Many questions were fielded and good information gathered on the trip.

The Fall Book Fair occurred during Fall Festival, and was well received. Many thanks to our local bookseller, Nicola’s Books, for providing such a nice selection of items. The Media Center will benefit by having credits to spend at the store for new materials for our collection. Thanks also to those who helped the sale run smoothly and be cleaned up quickly. We’re planning a spring event for 2012 in conjunction with the Curriculum Celebration on May 18.

The Media Center’s web page has been improved with the addition of some links to appropriate databases for student research. A selection of the databases aimed at students in K-8 have been linked to our page from the state-wide resource, the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). These resources offer full-text of magazine articles, newspaper stories, audio and video clips, broadcast transcripts, and other things that support research projects and reports. Having the databases linked to our page makes the research process more of a onestop- shop for our students; they can access the materials catalog, the databases, and a good group of appropriate web sites all from the Media Center home page.

Work continues on the long process of getting the Fiction and Easy Books collections more userfriendly with labels indicating both interest/reading level and genre. Having these labels on our material enables students and their teachers to select books more easily and find that just-right book more quickly.

The Media Center encourages our students to bring in pieces of their art, to be displayed as the “Student Artist of the Week.” We show student’s work in the Media Center for the Honey Creek community to admire. If your student would like to display a piece of their work, please let Marion know, and it will be put up for its week in the spotlight.

As you plan your holiday shopping, please remember that the Media Center is grateful for donations of books. We keep a wishlist on Amazon.com for those items we could especially use. To make finding this list easy, we’ve included a link on the Media Center’s home page to it, found near the bottom of the page. Thanks to everyone who supports the Honey Creek Media Center! We appreciate you!

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