In the library at the elementary level we use many different apps and websites to work with our students grades Kindergarten through 5th. Check out some of the apps below and how they are used at school. Most are free that students can download and access from home, with parent permission and on a tablet, smartphone, or computer. Learning can happen everywhere: school, library and home!
Go beyond the walls of your library with the Destiny Quest Mobile App! Search your library catalog -- anytime, anywhere! Available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, this app puts the powerful searching capabilities of Destiny Quest -- in the palm of your hand.
What can I do with the Destiny Quest Mobile App?
• Search for resources in your library and read the library's collection of purchased ebooks
• Submit and read ratings and reviews
• Place holds and add items to My List
• Discover the Top 10 Most Popular titles and New Books at your library
• Maintain lists of books you’re Now Reading, Want to Read and Have Read
• View your Account information including checkouts, holds and outstanding fines
• Use the Resource Lists posted by Teachers & Librarians, to find resources on the topics discussed in class.
Download the app in the App Store. Enter this website (one time only):
Then choose your child's school.
From then on it's your child's ID number for both the username and password to log in. Have fun!
With the holidays right around the corner the NBISD librarians thought it might be the perfect time to share some reading tips to make the most of your time off. Routines and schedules can be forgotten due to holiday celebrations, travel and out-of-town guests. As your family prepares for the holidays, use these tips for keeping kids engaged in learning and reading over winter break.
Wishing your family happy holidays,
The NBISD Librarians
This past Saturday was the annual Texas Book Festival in Austin where adults and students alike come from all over the state of Texas for this free festival full of authors, books and BIG announcements! Every year the Texas Librarian Association announces the next year's Bluebonnet books at the festival while librarians all over Texas anxiously await the titles list.
Above is a photo taken of Texas students announcing the 2016-2017 Bluebonnet books chosen by a committee from TLA. A lot of thought goes into choosing the books every year. All genres are included such as: realistic fiction, non-fiction/informational, humorous, science fiction, poetry, graphic novels, biographies, mystery, historical fiction, fantasy and more. Texas Bluebonnet Association coordinator, Mary Jo Humpreys, said, “Our master list this year is rich in diversity, from content to genre to author/illustrator. From a Native American author to a Latin illustrated graphic novel, from poetry to magical realism and science fiction; this list is preparing students to be lifelong readers.”
Each year the committee chooses 20 books to represent the Bluebonnet list. In NBISD we buy several copies of each book and promote a Bluebonnet Club. This is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. We ask that they read at least 5 in order to vote online for their favorite in January. After voting, each campus gives a test to those students who want to try for the Bluebonnet Team. It's comprised of 5 students in 3rd-5th grades who score the highest on the test, which asks questions about all 20 Bluebonnet books. After the teams are made, practice begins with trivia questions about the books. All 8 elementary school's teams compete against one another in the Battle of the Bluebonnets. This year it will be on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the NBHS Auditorium at 10AM. The students have so much fun practicing and getting to know all of these books. It promotes a love of reading, as well as great teamwork skills. If your child is interested in being in the club or trying out for the team in January, have them contact their school librarian for more information.
We are so excited for next year's books and have already started reading them! Click on the link below to read more about each title. We love all books, but Bluebonnets grow a special place in our hearts!
As I read Donalyn Miller's book The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, I have several lenses I'm viewing this book with. One is my childhood experiences with reading teachers, and seeing how many of them probably had similar views on the importance of turning students into serious readers. I had several that had elements of her teaching style, but none exactly like her. How much more of a reader (and sooner) would I have been had I had someone like her?
Another lens is from the classroom teacher perspective. I failed epically in my few years teaching in the classroom to pull off what she has figured out in creating readers, but then I didn't have much time teaching reading to figure all of that out. More importantly, for me, is my passionate lens as a school library media specialist. How can I support teaching methods like hers? And how can I spread influence similarly in my library? I'm still processing all the details of her amazing reading program, but here are some ideas I am already planning on implementing next year: