I recently emailed information about two free infographic sites to the faculty. They are called venngage and piktochart. Students create visual images such as a chart or diagram to represent information or data. They are great for group projects or just a different way to present research. Mrs. Buckingham recently used infographics for a couple of her classes doing research on Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna. I was pleased to see the students using their creativity and research skills while working on their infographics in the library.
Have you heard about Flipster? Located on the library homepage, Flipster gives you access to magazines online from home and in school. The login and password are the same ones we use for databases. See the library staff if you need this information. I currently subscribe to Consumer Reports, Health, The Atlantic, Wired, Time, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Money, and Foreign Policy online. I also have print copies of many other magazines in the library. Take a look!
Welcome back to faculty and students. It's great to see the number of students taking online classes in the LMC again this year. Students enjoy taking many classes not offered as part of the regular high school curriculum. Some of the classes students are taking are Italian, homeland security, criminology, and astronomy.
The humid beginning to the school year has also brought many students and classes to the LMC to enjoy the air conditioning. Anywhere between four and five classes may be working in the library at one time.
With Café Read a Latte behind me, I have begun working on a couple of other projects. I have purchased some items for my maker space. So far the students have enjoyed coloring pages, a puzzle, a brain teaser, and origami books and paper. I have plans to expand the area next year.
I also now have a Technology corner. Neal Sonnenberg, our tech integration specialist, made book recommendations to purchase for faculty. I have labeled shelves for faculty and student resources and will continue to add books to this area.
Who would have ever predicted a snowstorm in April? Café Read a Latte started off with a great turn out on Monday and then school was cancelled on Tuesday due to the snow. Luckily, I was able to accomodate the Tuesday classes later in the week and I didn't have to turn anybody away. I can confidently say, "A good time was had by all."
There are so many people who make this event possible. Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who donate their time to work during the event as well as those who donated pastry, beverages, and fruit. The students enjoyed seeing their parent(s) in school.
Several local merchants donated to Café Read a Latte as well. I would like to thank Blue Moon, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Roche Brothers, and Shaw's for their generous contributions.
Lastly, thank you to the entire staff at the high school for participating in Café Read a Latte. In additon, a special thank goes out to Dawn Lavallee, our food service supervisor, who contributed fruit cups, donuts and muffins prepared in our very own kitchen. I also want to thank our custodial staff who had a little extra cleaning to do during this event.
Medfield High will be recognizing Read Across America with a week long celebration March 13th-17th. During our fourteenth annual Café Read a Latte the Library Media Center will be transformed. We will create the atmosphere of a coffee shop inside a book store. Students can purchase coffee, hot chocolate, juice, snacks and cold drinks. All students will have a chance to browse for books during their English classes.
This year we welcome back Medfield Public Library's teen librarian Erica Cote. Last year Erica's display was a hit with the students. A new addition this year is guest author Paul Tremblay. His book, A Head Full of Ghosts captured the Mass Book Award for fiction this year.
Last week the LMC hosted the Hour of Code. Neal Sonnenberg and several students conducted various activities during period 5 reading. Teachers signed up their classes to take part. The students experienced coding using Arduino, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Makey Makey, Swift and Robotics. In addition Mrs. Cowell came over from Dale Street to introduce the students to Dash, Dot, and Probots which were a huge hit. The week culminated with class of 2010 graduate Logan Thomas speaking on Friday. Logan works for Cakewalk, a company that develops computer software for recording and making music, digital audio workstations and innovative virtual instruments.
I believe that all librarians learned an important lesson from Cushing Academy's elimination of books in print. Cushing Academy is a coeducational college preparatory boarding school in Ashburnham, MA. In 2009, the head of school at Cushing Academy announced that the school’s library would remove all its printed materials and become an all-digital library ‘for the 21st century.’ In 2014, Mark Melchior was hired (under new leadership) and asked to rebalance the library’s offerings and restore print resources.
Many librarians and IT staff from peer institutions have visited the Cushing library to observe the results of the digital library experiment and Mark Melchoir wrote a great article for MSLA entitled, “Isn't that the library that did away with books?”
At Medfield High School, I have also found that certain books are preferred in print format such as graphic novels. The bottom line is that as librarians, we strive to have a balanced collection to meet the needs of all students and faculty.
I am pleased to welcome Julie Stikeleather and Lynn Kenney as our two new library assistants. Their enthusiasm and creativity is great asset to the LMC.
The library orientations are finishing this week for the students in Grade 9. My goal is to have all of the students comfortable in coming to the LMC and familiar with all of the things we have to offer. Below is one of the slides from my presentation to 9th graders.
The new seating has arrived! The library has an open feel with lower shelves and more divided space for several classes to meet at the same time. The students and faculty alike are enjoying the high top tables and soft seating with tablet arms. In all I have added thirty new chairs. The library has been almost at capacity before school, after school and during the reading periods. A big thank you for the grant from the MCPE to enable me to purchase additional seating as the library moves towards the Learning Commons model.
In the next couple of weeks I will begin library orientation for freshmen students. The library has been a busy place already and I am pleased that the freshmen enjoy reading and checking out books.