Spring Break is over! It was refreshing but now we need to focus on the final stretch for the 2016-17 school year. We have implemented all the ideas. We are working on more to implement for next year. I want to perfect these ideas as well. We have some really neat projects and ideas out there now. We just need to get the masses to participate.
Over break I read a lot so that I can recommend our new books to staff and students alike! I love knowing what to recommend. I have a lot of reading to do though....
Next year's Techsperts for 7th and 8th grade have been selected. I will be selecting 6th grades during summer school from Jumpstart participants.
Let's finish this year strong!
Well, we got most of the ideas underway! The drop-box has yet to yield any ideas but that is somewhat futuristic and might take awhile to get responses. Second hour boards are almost finished. 6 of 8 are completed and look really great and have some recommendations that students will like. The digital book discussion started last Friday. Students are responding to the questions and it is leading to a discussion. I would really like the turnout to be better. Maybe as different books are selected, the interest will go up. Also, I have thought that each hour needs to have one with different books! The Mystery Book got three guesses and they were all correct! We just introduced another title today. The author feature is almost done...it is in the showcase and we will feature a couple of authors a month. The Staff Feature....mystery is starting today. It is in a showcase out front. They took the red curtains and clipped them shut to build suspense....really cute. I am hoping that the test drive we give to these this year will lead to a bigger following next year. I am always looking for new ideas to encourage students to come to the LC and to read!
The ordering of books has ended for this year. I am taking requests for the first order of next year. The stage has been built but will now need to be decorated. We have been getting our ideas together for that. The guitars are in place and ready. The new microphones/speakers are here too. We now have a 360 camera. I am hoping that band or music test drive it at their next concert. These new and exciting additions to the LC are part of our expansion of the use of the space. I am looking forward to implementing new programs with the new materials.
Hard to believe it is March and second semester is over halfway finished. We have completed practice testing so we can make sure of tech issues. I really appreciate Adam Brandon coming and sitting beside me during that time to help me troubleshoot issues. We would not have gotten through that day without him! HOPEFULLY he will be sitting next to me during the real testing!
Next week is spring break. I am looking forward to spending time with the grandkids and having some down time. I will also be working on school stuff, I try not to but my mind does not stop! I will probably come in on days to work on organizing the space to make it more user-friendly. Like I said, I would like to believe I won't, but I will!
We are making things happen here in the LC. We have upped our game as far as what we are offering to our school. I am so excited about the new things we have going on!
Let's start with the Techsperts! The Techsperts are busy starting some new ideas for the LC. First hour is doing a Digital Suggestion Box idea. Second hour is doing Genre recommendations from new books, teacher and student. Third hour is starting digital book talk group. Fourth hour is doing a mystery book contest. Sixth hour is Teacher Feature where you try to figure out who the staff member is by clues. Seventh hour is doing an author feature.
We are trying to get everything out digitally so that everyone can see even if they do not have time to come in to see us! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Edmodo and of course, here on our Weebly account. We want to advertise for ourselves. We want our materials and events to be seen by our patrons.
Now onto the cool new items added. Our maintenance department built us a portable stage. We are working on decorating it and making it a place to record different venues. We have added guitars so that students can come in and practice if they have taken the class or teach themselves if they cannot take the class. We have added new speakers with microphones for recording guitar, singing, poetry readings, and more. We have added a weather station that will be put up on the roof as soon as weather permits. These things are added to our already cool gadgets of VR goggles, Spheros, Makey Makeys, and Bloxels.
We will continue to build on the reasons to come see us in the LC! We love having classes in and also individual students working on projects! Hope to see you here soon!