Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Digital Citizenship Month

October is Digital Citizenship Month and the library's theme this year is Back to the Future.  We will have a traveling technology museum for students to view and we will be focusing on using technology while maintaining our digital citizenship best practices.

 As part of Digital Citizenship Month,  Mrs. Jackson will  be offering Overdrive Digital Library training classes so  students can learn how to use and enjoy Overdrive digital books and audiobooks. The classes will be offered before and after school and students must make a reservation and bring a device in order to attend.  Parents are welcome!

The dates are:

Tuesday, October 13th at 3:15pm

Friday, October 16 at 7:15 am

Monday, October 19 at 3:15 pm

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:15 am

Students need to sign up in the library. More dates will be made available as needed. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Importance of Self-Selected Reading

I have long been a proponent of self-selected reading even before I became a librarian.  It has just always made sense to me that children are much more likely to read a book they are interested in rather than forcing them to read something they simply have no desire to read.  I have applied this premise to my own reading life.  I often put down books because they are not appealing to me.  And sometimes I realize I am just not in the mood to read that genre.  I might pick a book back up at a later date and really enjoy it.  

Middle school students are not any different even if they can read at a higher reading level.  Middle school is the time to make pleasure reading a habit because soon they will be thrust into a world where required reading becomes the norm and pleasure reading is a distant memory.  However, if they discover the joy of reading now, perhaps that joy will linger even as they toil through required classics that they find both disagreeable as well as more difficult to understand.

Research does suggest that when students choose books they want to read, they are more motivated to read which in turn causes them to become better readers.  Why force a child to slog through a book they hate when they will speed through a book they love?  So as educators and parents, let's encourage our children to read what they like and not worry about the reading level or quality.  If kids read what they like now, they will be able to read what they need later.

Just my thoughts...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Welcome Back!

Another exciting year is about to begin!  I cannot wait to see all of our HMS students' smiling faces as we start this year.  Make sure you stop by the library and check out our new selection of books and magazines.  This year is sure to be fabulous!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April is Poetry Month!

Spring is in the air and the flowers are blooming.  The temperature is warmer outside and we all seem to have a touch of spring fever. But while you are daydreaming about summer, check out some of the library's great poetry.   We even have some great novels in verse displayed for you.


Or if you are in the mood to write some poetry, enter the Homewood Public Library's Teen Poetry Contest.  There are cool prizes and rumor has it HMS's Language Arts teachers love it when their students win contests!
And last but not least--testing is coming up.  And one of the greatest predictors of test success is.....


Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring has Sprung!

Hopefully all of the ice and cold are gone and spring is here to stay.  And with spring comes high pollen counts, spring cleaning, new clothes, spring break and most importantly--New Books!  Thanks to the generous support from the HMS PTO, I have ordered tons of new titles.  I am anxiously awaiting their arrival so make sure you check in the library for some new spring reads.

And as always, don't forget we have great reads on Overdrive too.

There is no excuse for not picking up a book this spring.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Preparedness!

Are you just a bit tired of all this crazy winter weather?  I know you might enjoy a late start or a snow day but surely spring will be here soon.  But just in case, make sure you are prepared for this winter weather.  Sure your mom might pick up bread and milk at the store but you need to stop by the library and grab a good book so you won't be bored when you are stuck at home.

Be Prepared for Winter Weather!  Grab a book!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Love is in the air!

February is an exciting month here in the HMS Library.  Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and we have tons of romantic books to answer that craving for something sweet!  Make sure you check out our Romance books as well as our poetry.

And don't forget February is Black History Month.  We have some great biographies and other nonfiction text about some famous black Americans.  Don't miss an opportunity to read about people who help make our great country the diverse nation that it is.

Lastly, President's Day is approaching.  We don't have the day off from school, but that's no reason to forget about our founding fathers.  We have biographies on our country's leaders as well as some interesting reads about the presidents' pets as well as a book of interesting facts on several presidents.
Make sure you check it out!