Susan Booth is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Churchill Junior High School.
About Ms. Booth
Ms. Booth has a wealth of prior experience as a special education teacher, classroom teacher, reading specialist, and school technology specialist. This is her first year in the LMETS position at Churchill. Some of Susan’s favorite things to do are quilting, climbing mountains, camping, vacationing to new places, spending time with her family, and reading. She loves a good mystery. Her favorite author is Clive Cussler.
Library Collection Update
Susan seems to have an endless supply of energy as she weeds old, outdated books and enacts her plan to update and revitalize the library. She is in the process of getting new bookcases and new carpet. Susan and her media assistant, Jennifer Merkley, have created a friendly, inviting atmosphere where students gather to do homework, read, and participate in fun activities and programming.
With the update of Churchill’s book collection, circulation has doubled. Along with promoting print materials Ms. Booth has also done much to promote and make students and teachers aware of Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library. E-readers and tablets are available for student checkout. Due to this increased access and promotion, Churchill also has one of the highest circulations of digital content in the school district.
Ms. Booth creates monthly library promotions to encourage reading and make the library an inviting place for students to visit. Here are some examples:
Monthly Drawing: Every time a student checks out a book they receive a ticket for a prize drawing held on the last school day of the month. The drawing is done during the video announcement spot for the day. Prizes vary each month. This year prizes have included bluetooth speakers, teen games, books and movie tickets. She likes to have everyone feel like they are a winner, so along with this she gives each student who participates a ticket for a Creamy ice cream. Students need 5 tickets to receive a Creamy. Students can earn one Creamy per month.
Beehive Book Promotion: Students that read a Beehive book nominee fill out a voting slip indicating how much they like the book. At the end of the year the two students who have read the most Beehive books will receive a Café Rio gift card. Everyone reading at least three Beehive books will also receive a prize.
“Take A Book On A Blind Date”: In February students can check out a book that is wrapped in paper covering the title of the book. After reading the book they can fill out an evaluation form which puts their name in for a drawing to receive a Café’ Rio gift card.
Ms. Booth and her assistant Ms. Merkley are incredible assets to the students and faculty at Churchill Jr. High, doing great things daily to promote literacy and learning.
Spotlight Author: Cindy Moyle, Granite District Secondary Library Media Supervisor