Sometimes, like some of you, I get discouraged about negative comments about our students, so I wanted to share some non-data-based information that no standardized test can measure!
For at least 7-8 years, the school library has not had a budget … meaning that the only time we get new books/magazines is when they are donated to the library. Some really kind teachers have donated magazine subscriptions, so that we finally have a nice mix of magazines in the library. (Thank you!)
Because this is my first year to be the librarian, I wasn’t sure how many students were actually checking out books and reading in the past. I have been so pleasantly surprised! I have not used a standardized test to measure what this means right now, but I do know that we all should be proud of our students who truly love to read and are begging for more current books. (Some teachers/parents/mentors along the way have done a great job.)
This is what I need from you: (1) Anytime you have popular books someone in your family has finished reading, please consider donating them to our library; (2) If you have children who read, consider ordering books from scholastic.com. I can give you a code that will give our library extra points from your purchases. When we receive extra points, I am able to “purchase” books from those points.
I have several students who are really “into” the P.C. Cast/Kristen Cast “House of Night” series, the Hunger Games series, anything by Nicholas Sparks, Vampire Academy series, etc. It’s the greatest feeling in the world for a student to ask me, “Do you have the next one in this series?” I’d love to be able to find it for them!
Jonesboro-Hodge High School