Thursday, October 6, 2016

Book Talks

Both sixth and seventh graders have been into the library recently to listen to book talks and to make book selections. Both presentations--along with a few of the highlighted titles--appear below:

Stop by the library to check out or put on hold any of these books, plus any others, including some recent new titles like John Feinstein's The DH in The Triple Threat series, or the Red Queen companion Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Early Buzz for the Iowa Teen Award Nominees

All sixth and seventh grade students recently watched the ITA Prezi presentation (see previous post) and responded to an interest inventory after watching book trailers for the nominated titles.

Early interest shows that four titles have generated the most "buzz" with students: 

We'll learn in March during our voting period if early interest holds throughout the year. Maybe one of these titles will go on to become our building--and maybe state-wide--winner!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 - 2017 Iowa Teen Award Book Nominees

With school starting soon, it's time to start thinking about the Iowa Teen Award nominees fro the coming year. Check out the Prezi below to see the titles and book trailers to pique your interest!

Any of the titles already familiar to you? Maybe you've already read some of them? We'll be talking about the nominees and promoting them throughout the year, so stay tuned. And happy reading!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Summer Reading at the Grimes Public Library

This week Ms. Olson from the Grimes Public Library visited the library to share details about the teen summer reading program. 

She and the other youth services librarians are ready for you to join them this summer!

The summer programming will feature several new activities, including:
  • Teen Tattoos (with Sharpies!)
  • GIF It Up!
  • Pixel Art
  • a video game tournament
  • Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
You can access all of the teen reading program activities on the Grimes Public Library website HERE. Check out the screenshots of the June and July calendars below:
June calendar of activities
July calendar of activities
When you access the calendar online, be sure to let your mouse hover over the event so you can see event details.

So on June 1 when we dismiss for the summer (yay!), be sure to stop by the Grimes Public Library to sign up for the summer reading program. So many great activities and prizes await!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Celebrating National Poetry Month

As April is National Poetry Month, students in 7th grade language arts visited the library to "write" book spine poems and found poems. Students worked in pairs and individually to create poetry from fiction titles.

Just two days later, the same students returned to the library to "write" found poems. In this activity, students used pages from weeded fiction titles to create a poem. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DCG Middle School Library & Social Media

Social media is everywhere, so why not bring the MS Library along? If you haven't been following us on Instagram or on Snapchat or on Pinterest, now's the time to join us!

The Instagram and Snapchat accounts feature pictures and videos of students, lessons, book talks, class activities, and all things library! Both can be found with the username DCGLibraries and reflect happenings in our K - 7 libraries.

The Pinterest account is a board that features middle school book recommendations and book trailers. CLICK HERE to access the board and visit often as it's updated regularly.

State Award Winners Announced

After voting for Unstoppable by Tim Green to be the Iowa Teen Award book for the year, we waited with anticipation to learn of the statewide winner. Drumroll please. . . the winning ITA book for the year was Skinny by Donna Cooner.

The winning book for the Iowa Children's Choice Award--for which we didn't vote at the Middle School--was Duke by Kirby Larson.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Iowa Teen Award Results

It's that time of year again! Voting for the Iowa Teen Award winner took place last week in our building, and again this year the results were close. With almost 40% of our students eligible to vote, we saw realistic fiction take control of the field. The winning book, with 15% of the vote, was Unstoppable by Tim Green.

Green's book was VERY closely followed by Jo Knowles's See You at Harry's with 14% of the vote.

For a total recap of all voting, please see below:

On Mon. Apr. 4, 2016, at the annual conference for the state of Iowa librarians, the overall statewide winner for the Iowa Teen Award will be announced. Stay tuned to learn if our DCG students think similarly to students across Iowa or if a different book will be the winner!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Information from J.K. Rowling!

Earlier this week author J. K. Rowling shared some information that Harry Potter fans have long been considering: Where is the North American wizarding school?

According to writer Kelly West on the website CinemaBlend, here's what Rowling had to share about a North American wizarding school:

Specifics about the school weren't immediately clear--is the school in Canada or the United States?--but according to the Pottermore website, Rowling has new writings coming soon that perhaps make things clearer. (Not familiar with Pottermore? Check out an earlier post HERE.)

If you haven't been to Pottermore recently, all of the wizarding schools are now represented, complete with a map and short pieces about each of the schools.

You can read about Mahoutokoro, the smallest of the schools, located in Japan, or you could find out more about Uagadou, one of the African wizarding schools where students are notified by Dream Messengers if they are chosen to attend. Located in the Brazilian rain forest, Castelobruxo is known for their excellent exchange programs for European wizarding students. 

Other wizarding schools--Durmstrang, Beauxbatons, and Hogwarts--are also represented on the website if you want to read more about these schools with which we're already a bit familiar. Keep an eye out for Ilvermorny, as Rowling will be adding new writings about the school soon!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A SIRS Collaboration

Recently seventh grader language arts students visited the library for a refresher lesson using one of our AEA databases, SIRS. Students accessed the site from the DCG Middle School Library Symbaloo:
You can access the Symbaloo HERE.
This is a pro/con site that features hundreds of topics in a variety of user-friendly ways. Students can browse an A-Z list or conduct a visual browse of topics; they can see essential questions that feature articles in support and against the topic; and, they can access multiple viewpoints for one topic.

One of the site's component--but something students will see often when conducting online searches--was Boolean searching. To demonstrate how Boolean searching works, students participated in a "search" that used them as the "search terms." If students satisfied the "search term," they stood. This was one example: "boys OR athletes AND wearing a hoodie." Another example, shown below, was "students AND boys NOT in band."

Students also had time to work on the site and determine if topics of interest were included on SIRS. While browsing, some students were able to narrow their topics, while others revised topics as needed. Students eventually will be writing pro or con essay that includes at least two sources. Topics that students searched included:
  • cell phone use in school
  • beauty pageants
  • distracted driving
  • overmedicating children
  • cheerleading as a sport
  • keeping soccer players safe
  • compensating college athletes

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

More Library Displays!

With the return to classes, it's time to update the library displays. Students might first notice the lighting that stretches along all of the fiction shelves.

Also on the fiction side of the library is a display highlighting several of our "snowy" titles. Thanks to Epic Reads for the display inspiration!

Finally, the newest display called "Made for each Other" features companion novels--novels, while not direct sequels, that do include repeat characters and/or plot lines.

Come on in to see the new displays and perhaps check out a featured book! See you soon!