It’s a new school year and we’ve got a new library space for you! Come by the library today and check out all of the changes.
More Space: By deleting dated materials from the collection, we were able to remove several shelves and open up more space. Now we have a dedicated secondary space in the back for study hall students as well as classes, plus a wider elementary space in the front for reading and whole group instruction.
Japanese Nook: We’ve got a Japanese nook with the Japanese language books and three couches which is reserved throughout the week for our Japanese class visits as well as any other mother tongue classes. When it’s not being used for studying Nihongo, anyone can settle in and enjoy.
New Hours: The library will be open from 8-5 Monday through Thursday and 8-4:30 on Fridays. As always, you’re welcome before and after school, during break and lunch. Come by today to check out a book.
New Picture Book Shelves: Our new record style shelving means it’s easier to see the covers and explore our picture book section. Come in for a shuffle through; you might discover something new!
Of course, some things will stay the same:
Food in the library: Snacks and small lunches from home are okay. Full cafeteria meals need to be eaten in the cafeteria.
Sakura Medal Books: They’re here! We’re processing brand new Sakura medal books. Check in this week to see when they’re ready for you to take home.
A big thanks to our student helpers, without whom we couldn’t have made these exciting changes happen.
The library is happy to have hosted YIS’s first spoken word poetry event, WordUp! 2016, on Thursday March 17th. It was a powerful evening of sharing a mixture of original pieces and personal favorites.
Thank you to to Adina, Ms. Barbour & Ms. Katy, Mr. Stanworth, Juna, Sam, Aru & Sukran, Vivien, Mr. Snowball and Mr. Clark. It takes a lot of courage to perform, and you should all be proud of your efforts.
We hope to see you (and many others?) reprise your performances at STITCH 2K16 on April 28th.
The library will be hosting Naomi Shihab Nye, a renowned Palestinian-American poet, essayist and educator,from Wednesday January 20- Friday January 22. While she is here, she will conduct writing workshops with students as well as give a community wide poetry reading on Friday from 4-5 pm.
Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” A poet, song-writer and novelist, she has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.
When you’re conducting research for school (or for personal reasons), make sure to evaluate your sources of information for
Currency: the timeliness of the information
Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs
Authority: the source of the information
Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content
Purpose: the reason the information exists
The Meriam library from California State University Chico designed this evaluation tool to help you decide if your sources are good enough to use in your final product. Grade 8 science students, share a resource you’ve evaluated on these spreadsheets:
Make sure to add details for each category as well as a final 1-5 star rating. 1 star means this resource is completely unreliable and 5 stars means it’s perfect, reaching the highest levels of reliability for each category.
Do you use Wikipedia in your research? It’s a great resource to start your research, but you shouldn’t use it as a source in your final products. Watch this CLIP video to learn why it’s not something to include on your works cited list but you can use for academic research.
We all admire or idolize people from real life. But how often do you stop to think that there are characters in books on whom we have a crush. This is what the library tried to find out from our MS students and staff for Valentine’s Day . They came up with a whole range of characters with Harry Potter trailing behind Dolby who is admired for being smart, courageous, loyal and “short like me”.