Springfield Middle's School Library Month activities were mentioned on the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) social media sites today, as a part of their promotion of School Library Month. We've had a wonderful time celebrating School Library Month over the past several weeks and we are so proud of our learners ... go Mustangs!
Several Springfield students swapped out their old reads for new books at our first Spring Book Swap today. Students who brought in a previously loved book from home received a ticket to our book swap and had a chance to stop by during lunch today to redeem their ticket(s) for "new-to-you" books. There were some great books up for grabs - thank you to all who participated!
Calling all Maximum Ride fans!
Did you know that the ninth book is due to be released May 18th? Stop by the media center and enter your name in the raffle for a chance to be the very first student to check out the new book the day it is released!
As we continue our celebration of School Library Month, don't forget the Book Swap! Students can bring in any middle grades or young adult books from home between now and April 27th and redeem them for book swap tickets.
On Monday April 27th, students will be able to swap their tickets in for a "new-to-you" book in the media center. See Mrs. Keefer for more details!
Have you ever wanted to create your own augmented reality? Students had a chance to do just that in the media center today. In an attempt to help others better find their way around the library, students used the app Aurasma to create virtual "auras" around the media center describing what types of materials can be found in each section. It's still a work in progress, but we invite you to see what we've done so far by taking a guided tour around the library using Aurasma the next time you stop by!
Interested in creating your own auras? It's easy! Check out these quick and simple instructions to get started. Aurasma is a free app, available for download in Google Play and the App Store.
Have you noticed the new self check-out station in the media center? It's quick and easy to use! Just follow the brief instructions at the check-out station computer. Don't hesitate to ask for help if you have any questions!
Several 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students proudly represented Springfield Middle at the SC Read-In this morning. Our students joined over 1,500 students from around the state who assembled on the State House grounds to celebrate the importance of reading and libraries. We dressed as our favorite book characters (Tris, Katniss, Hermione, Stargirl, Lena, Annabeth, a handful of Shadowhunters, and many others were in attendance!) and began our day with a parade down Senate Street from the SC State Library. Students enjoyed a great program at the State House, received complimentary books from Cocky's Reading Express, and read together on the lawn.
Have you had a chance to stop by and add your thoughts to our "My library is ... " display yet? Grab one of the post-it bubbles from the window and jot down what the library means to you. Is it a great place to find a good book? A space to work and collaborate with friends? A resource for research and information? Let us know what you think! There are already some great ideas up there and we'd love for you to add to them!
The votes have been tallied and scored and it's now official ... the winner of 2015's March Book Madness is The Lightning Thief! Several of the Language Arts classes at SMS have enjoyed following the excitement and voting along with over 250 other schools internationally through this competition. We've found great new books and authors, and have been surprised to learn about what titles might be popular with middle schoolers in other areas of the world. Congratulations to our top bracket winners and a big thank you to the Baxter Chick-fil-A and Tega Cay Bruster's for supporting our Mustang readers!
Top Brackets from Ms. Weston's Classes
Top Brackets from Ms. Griggs' Classes
Top Brackets from Ms. Norwood's Classes
April is School Library Month and we have some great things planned to celebrate the library and a lifelong love of reading and learning. Here are just a few of the ways we'll be celebrating this month:
In honor of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month, SMS 7th grader, Kayli R. created a fantastic children's book about school libraries, which she entered in the American Association of School Librarian's Storytelling Festival Contest. We think she did a fantastic job!