**NEW** Hello. I hope that you and your family are staying safe, supporting each other, and reading lots of good books. The school year is almost over, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some things that have been happening in the virtual JAMS library and give you some information about book return and the next school year.
LIBRARY SCHOOLOGY SESSIONS
Although I love being in the actual library and spending time with your students in-person most of all, we have been having a great time on our library Schoology page. My library “office hours” are from 1-3pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. During this time, I lead 2-3 sessions using Microsoft Teams that have included discussions, book talks, book club meetings, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure read alouds, Kahoot! Trivia quizzes, First Chapter readings of new books, and online escape room challenges. These are totally optional sessions that students in grades 6-8 can join as they wish. Information is on our library Schoology page under “events” and is updated by Friday for the following week. Also on the page are resources for how to access public library e-books, audio books, and graphic novels online.
BOOKS FOR JAMS STUDENTS
A huge THANK YOU! to the JAMS PTSA for helping to coordinate a combined effort with Windermere to get books into the hands of kids during the school closure. We were able to purchase almost $3000 of brand new, fabulous books from Third Place Books. In the first round, a survey link was sent out to all JAMS students via Schoology with 10 titles to choose from. Around 80 students responded. For the second round, I contacted Language Arts teachers for the names of specific students they felt would benefit from additional reading material. I contacted those students personally with a second survey and more titles. UPDATE: Third Place contacted me on Monday to inform me the books are in! I will be coordinating delivery to students’ homes before the end of the school year.
Many students and families have contacted me regarding book return, and I finally have an answer! During the week of June 8, students will be able to collect their personal locker items from JAMS. At the same time, bins will be placed outside the building for library book collection. Please feel free to come by from 1-5pm and drop off any library books you can find in your home. Any and all library overdues and fines will be cleared up at the end of the school year. Please don’t worry about those right now. (If you have a graduating senior with an old JAMS library fine, please let me know so that I can clear it ASAP.)
NEXT SCHOOL YEAR…
While the exact image of what this fall at JAMS will look like is still a bit hazy, we know that remote learning will play a big role. I am working on a plan with other middle school librarians that will enable students to check out and return actual, physical books on a regular basis in a safe and controlled manner. I’ll be working during the summer to process new books for the collection, and I am looking forward to meeting incoming 6th graders and reconnecting with 7th and 8th graders in the fall with library orientation meetings online.
Have a safe and wonderful summer,
Ms. Christiansen, JAMS Librarian firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, I’m reading…
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins (dystopian YA)
Only Mostly Devastated, by Sophie Gonzales (YA LGBTQ+ romance)
A Good Marriage, by Kimberly McCreight (Adult, suspense/legal mystery)
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