Students and staff in Granite School District checked out over 1.8 million items from school libraries in the 2016-2017 school year. We ran detailed reports, crunched the data, and for the first time ever have compiled lists of the most popular book titles for the school year across the entire district. Keep Reading
Last week the Utah Educational Library Media Association held their Spring conference at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. Many of our library media educational technology specialists (LMETS) and media clerks attended the conference, and several presented sessions at the conference themselves. Here is a roster of the sessions shared by our specialists, along with links to resources from the sessions if available.
|Book Repair -- Fixing Inner Hinges||Brad Butcher (LMETS, Evergreen Jr. High)|
|BookTube||Jessica Moody (LMETS, Olympus Jr. High)|
|Destiny Hacks||Josh Whiting (Library Media Specialist, Educational Technology Dept.)|
|Effective Library Web Pages||Keith Smedberg (LMETS, Olympus Sr. High)|
|Engage Your Students through Breakout EDU Games!||Stephanie Hamilton (LMETS, Bennion Jr. High) and Davina Sauthoff (LMETS, Wasatch Jr. High)|
|Genre-fying Your Library Fiction Collection||Lorraine Wyness (LMETS, Taylorsville Sr. High)|
|Hosting an Author||Brad Butcher (LMETS, Evergreen Jr. High)|
|Hosting a Book Club||Warren Child (LMETS, Cyprus Sr. High)|
|I Read. What's Your Superpower?||Michelle Asay (LMETS, Granger Sr. High) and Heidi Williams (LMETS, Skyline Sr. High)|
|Is Your Library Engaging to Culturally Diverse Students?||Toni Blattman (LMETS, Kearns Jr. High), Susan Booth (LMETS, Cottonwood Sr. High), and Marcia Ingram (LMETS, Eisenhower Jr. High)|
|Library Productivity Apps||Angela Christensen (LMETS, Kennedy Jr. High)|
|Picture Books with Secondary Students||Cindy Moyle (Granite District Secondary Libraries Supervisor) and Celia Powell (Granite District Secondary Educational Technology Specialist)|
|Twitter & Google +||Jeff Curran (LMETS, Granite Park Jr. High)|
In addition to the above sessions, Quinn Rollins, Granite’s Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, attended and gave an excellent presentation entitled “Beyond Batman: Graphic Novels as Serious Texts.” Author Emily Wing Smith, a Taylorsville High School alumnus and occasional substitute teacher for Granite, gave the inspiring and relatable morning keynote address on her personal childhood experiences that led her to writing.
We really appreciate all of those from Granite School District who shared their time and expertise in these sessions. We further look forward to next week’s UCET 2017 conference, in which many of our elementary school technology specialists (STS) will present breakout sessions, as well as more of our LMETS.
These images highlight a few of the children’s fiction chapter books, graphic novels, and informational titles that have recently been added to Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library. You can print them out and display them in your library or classroom, or add them to a school or class website.
(Granite’s OverDrive provides free access to ebooks and digital audiobooks for all students and staff in Granite School District. Granite’s OverDrive can be accessed on the web at http://granite.lib.overdrive.com or via OverDrive apps designed for various mobile devices. For more information or help getting started with OverDrive, visit http://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/overdrive.)
Posters created by Nikki Gregerson, Elementary Library Media Supervisor in Granite School District.
We have added new books in OverDrive for the new school year! With these additions, students and staff have access to over 7,000 ebooks and digital audiobooks in Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library. The posters below show a few of the latest young adult fiction titles added for junior high and high school students. We also have an extensive selection of age-appropriate titles for elementary students.
To read, or listen to the latest titles, go to http://granite.lib.overdrive.com or download the OverDrive App on your mobile device and search for your school’s name to access Granite’s library. Students and staff use their regular school logins to access Granite’s OverDrive. For more information and help with OverDrive, please visit our OverDrive Resources page, or contact your school’s library or technology specialist.
The student home access login for Utah’s Online Library has been updated for 2016-2017.
This resource is only available for students within the state of Utah, so we cannot post the login on this public web page. Here are several ways that you can learn the new username and password:
- Visit http://onlinelibrary.uen.org while on a school network. The home access login is displayed at the bottom of the main page.
- Call the Granite Educational Technology department at 385-646-4110 or email a Granite district media or technology specialist for this information.
- Contact Utah Education Network (UEN) at email@example.com or 1-800-866-5852.
- If you are a Granite staff member, you can view the login information on this intranet page.
With summer vacation in sight, school librarians will soon remind students to bring in all the checked out books. But this doesn’t mean anyone has to stop reading; summer is the perfect time to dig into a new book, and Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library (http://granite.lib.overdrive.com) will be available all summer long for all students and staff members, wherever they are on almost any computer or mobile device.
We are constantly adding new ebooks and audiobooks to our collection, which now numbers nearly 7,000 titles across K-12. Check out the posters below for some of the latest releases added to the YA collection for May 2016. We also have many new releases in our juvenile collection, they just aren’t shown here. Log in to OverDrive to check them out.
Once again, author James Patterson has made an exceedingly generous pledge (1.75 million dollars) to support school libraries nationwide. Click here to find out more information and apply for a grant for your school library now. Applications/nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2016.
Applications may be submitted by teachers, librarians, administrators, or parents on behalf of any U.S. school that services students in grades PreK through 12. Applications must be made online by completing and submitting the application form found at: scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership. In all cases, the vetting process will include obtaining approval from the principal of the school to confirm that requested funds will be accepted for the purpose defined in the application. A total of $1.75 million will be available for distribution in awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The full list of grant recipients will be announced atscholastic.com/pattersonpartnership by the end of 2016. It is anticipated that all entrants will be notified if they’ll be receiving a grant by the end of September 2016.
In addition to facilitating the Patterson Grants, the Scholastic Reading Club site has some good downloadable resources with tips on spreading the word about your school library, enlisting volunteers, building community partnerships, and finding additional funding sources for your library.
For more information on Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library, which is available to all students and staff in Granite School District, please visit our help and resources page at http://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/overdrive.
Utah’s Online Library, formerly known as Pioneer Online Library, was officially renamed and re-branded on February 29, 2016.
The new URL for the K-12 edition of the library is: http://onlinelibrary.uen.org/
The new URL for the consortium of online libraries (College, K-12, Preschool, and Public) is: http://utahsonlinelibrary.org/
(The old URLs for Pioneer Library do still work and forward to the new sites, but please update links on classroom and library websites to the URLs above to avoid eventual dead links.)
Utah’s Online Library provides access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, periodicals, encyclopedia content, animation, audio, videos, photographs, maps, charts, graphics, and more. It is an Internet resource that your student can access wherever he or she can access the Internet – at school, at the local public library, at home, or anywhere.
To access Utah’s Online Library at home or elsewhere outside of a school network, you will need to know a simple login username and password. You can obtain this login in one of the following ways:
- Visit http://onlinelibrary.uen.org while on a school network. The home access login is displayed on the main page.
- Ask a member of the library or technology staff at your school for the current home login information.
- Call the Educational Technology department at 385-646-4110 and ask for the login information.
- Email a Granite district media or technology specialist for this information.
- Contact Utah Education Network (UEN) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-866-5852.
(Unfortunately, we cannot post the login information on this public page because it should only be made available to students, educators and parents within the state of Utah.)