Library Update for March 2014

It’s been quite a busy quarter here in the library!!

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Besides supporting the various research projects and providing a great collection of recreational reading material …

  • We have a new library catalog system ….  which, like any new technology, has taken some time for us to adapt to its wonderful new features☺
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  • Lunchtime Book Clubs came and went …  great discussion with the 8th graders about a possible future use of transplants; 6th graders had a lovely exchange with Jeanne DuPrau about City of Ember; and 7th graders  also had a really good discussion with the Palo Alto city librarian.  And, of course, there was the pizza provided by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.
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  • The Buy One Get One Book Fair, our favorite book fair, made a great start to our African Library Book Drive.  About 100 books were donated from the fair itself and on March 5, advisories collected nearly 800 books .. our goal:  one book for Africa from each student  to complete a library for a school in Ghana.
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  • Speaking of the African Library Project, we are creating a library for Fenasco School in Ghana this year.  This will be the 14th library Jordan Middle School has created in various countries in Africa.  Impressive!!  You can read more about it on the library’s webpage.
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  • The garage sale to raise the money for shipping will be held on Saturday, April  19 from 8 to 1.  Watch the calendar and e-news for more information about it.  Start saving your “stuff”!!
  • Our Dr. Seuss celebration on Read Across America Day, March 3 this year, had Mr. Barnes, Mr. Althouse, and Ms Slack, bedecked in the Seuss hat and reading to our students. Stanford football players, including our Jordan alum, Kevin Anderson, read to students and then answered about a million questions from the basics of football to college life and beyond.  First graders came from Walter Hayes to share the fun.  What a great day!
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  • We received a large grant of money from the PTA for upgrading our audio collection, which is now ordered and hopefully coming to Jordan very soon!  Thank you, PTA!
  • We also shared with the other two middle schools a portion of a quite significant monetary prize Gunn HS library received.  We used our portion to enlarge our joint e-book collection.
  • The district also gave us money to purchase books to support Common Core topics, especially focusing on primary source materials.  These books also have been ordered and should be on our shelves in the near future.

And lastly, as some of you have already noticed, there is a job posting for a librarian for Jordan Middle School for next year.  It is true, I am retiring at the end of this year.  It was not an easy decision for me to make, as I feel so much a part of this community and so enjoy being librarian for these active, challenging, and amazing students and teachers.  But it is time.