Thursday, February 23, 2017

Today is Digital Learning Day!

Every day at HMS is a digital learning day but Digital Learning Day 2017 is a day for educators to highlight some innovative practices that involve technology tools.  This week I have been working with Ms. Thrash's classes on a research essay.  Tuesday the students learned all about citation and plagiarism from some great web resources as well as videos. They also used the EasyBib Google extension to seamlessly transfer their citations into a Google Doc.  Yesterday, Ms. Thrash showed an informative video that explained choosing a topic and making sure your sentences support that topic. Then the students brainstormed some topics in order to start researching today. I will be assisting students with their research so that they are assured to get the very best information available on the internet.  They will be using the Alabama Virtual Library as well as Google Safe Search.

Learn more about #DigitalLearningDay  Learn about the Easy Bib Chrome Extension

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Full February


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February is my favorite month of the year.  It just happens to be my birthday month but it is also full of wonderful reading opportunities.  February is Black History Month.  Take a minute to stop by the library and look at the display of books relating to black history. I love to read books that help me learn something new.

February 14th is Valentine's Day! I love to celebrate Valentine's by reading a romance or two.  Check out the romance book display.

And at the end of the month, we celebrate President's Day.  This is another great time to read a biography on some of our nation's leaders.
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Happy Reading!



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

#Thankful

Today I was shelving books when suddenly to my wondering eyes did appear...No not Santa!  The Homewood City Schools Foundation!  The 2016 Grateful Dads raised money and the HMS Library is one of the recepients of their generosity.

I cannot express how grateful I am for the support of the Homewood community.  Not only did the Foundation give the library a surprise gift but the HMS PTO gave a generous grant as well.

The students of HMS benefit from this wonderful present.  Thank you so much Homewood.

Merry Christmas to all!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Making Merry!

After a successful Maker Space activity, I got the crafting bug.  So I decided to decorate the library's very own Christmas tree.  With the help of Pinterest and a little trial and error, I came up with some cute ornaments with a little library flair.

Stop by if you'd like to create an ornament!


Bird ornaments!  My favorite!

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The entire tree



Monday, November 14, 2016

It's Maker Monday!

Today is Maker Monday in the HMS Library.  We will be doing some awesome craft projects as well as playing some games like Blokus or Chess.  Our projects  may be low tech but that doesn't mean low value.  Kids will learn how to read directions, think critically and problem solve.   HMS Library is "making" it happen.  Pics to come later!


Update:  We had a great time "making" for Maker Monday.  It might not have been technology but following directions and figuring out how to make something is hard work.  The students did a great job of thinking of better ways to do things and I was amazed at how innovative our students can be.