Wednesday, October 8, 2014

eBook Offerings Expand Through eRead Illinois

Thanks to a project of RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library Systems), Highland is part of an eBook consortium, eRead Illinois, that offers our students and teachers affordable access to digital books which can be downloaded on to a variety of devices.

As part of the launch of this project, there will be two trainings offered at the Highland Learning Center on Friday, 10/17. One will be held before school from 8:15 - 8:45 and the other will be after school from 3:40 - 4:15.


Mystery Night in the Library 2014

Members of the Highland Thespians and the Learning Center staff are working together to put on the
annual Mystery Night in the Library. The event will take place on Wednesday, 10/29, from 3:45 - 5:00. Students who attend will get to act as detectives trying to solve the mystery as it unfolds from the stories of witnesses and suspects as well as the examination of crime scenes.

Students need to sign up to reserve a place.
The signup is available in the library.



Monday, September 29, 2014

Jordan Sonnenblick is Coming to Highland!

Award winning author, Jordan Sonnenblick, will be visiting Highland on Friday, November 14. Mr. Sonnenblick's books include Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie and Notes from the Midnight Driver, titles very popular with and familiar to students and staff at Highland.

We are thrilled that he will be coming to Highland to spend a day! The day will include large group assemblies to allow all students to have a chance to hear Mr. Sonnenblick, a former middle school teacher, speak. The day's schedule will also include a book signing. If students are interested in pre-ordering books for the visit, you can print the pre-order form and return to the Learning Center.

In the afternoon, there will be a writing workshop for students interested in working with Mr. Sonnenblick. This will be an interactive, hands-on experience for a smaller group of students. Students must fill out an application to be considered for participation in the workshop. Applications will be completed online and are due by 10/29.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Guys Read Back at Highland for 2014-2015

Guys Read is a group by guys, for guys. The group meets once a month after school from 3:40 - 4:30. Rob Eckmann, librarian at Cook Memorial Library, leads this group.

Any guys who are in grades 5-8 are welcome to attend.
Next month, the Guys Read group will have a visiting author joining the conversation. Allan Woodrow will be at the meeting on October 6 and guys planning to attend are encouraged to read one of his books beforehand.


Lunch Book Clubs Kick Off

We had our first lunch bunch book club of the year today.
We started with the sixth graders who read Regarding the Fountain. We had a great group today. I always know it is a good sign if we have to raid nearby classrooms for more chairs!

Next week the 7th and 8th grade groups meet.

These Lunch Bunch book clubs generally meet once a month. We have lunch together and talk about the book we read. Any students are welcome to attend!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Science Friday

On Friday, I spent the day in Mrs. Oshinski's seventh grade science classroom. We were talking to her students about an upcoming science news article assignment. There is a pathfinder on the LC website with resources to help students find online news sources and link to Easybib to cite their chosen articles.

The other half of the class, I was thrilled to be able to share about some of my experiences in Namibia over the summer. I did a study abroad with the University of Maryland iSchool. Our first two weeks were spent exploring libraries in the country and a third week was spent on safari. I was happy to be able to share some of what I learned and experienced that had science ties with the students.

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year

And we're off! After a whirlwind week, the library is humming with activity after all the 45 LA/Lit classes at Highland were welcomed to the building.

Last spring and over the summer, the fiction section in our library was reorganized and genrefied in hopes that this would make it even easier for readers to find books that will appeal and engage to them.

The seventh and eighth grade students used the iPads during their welcome back sessions to explore the Destiny Quest app, the app for our library catalog and Aurasma, an augmented reality app, that helped them learn about the new sections in the library.

I'm looking forward to a great 2014-2015 school year!