Since opening our OverDrive library in March we have had over 1100 checkouts.
Our E-library can be reached at thompson.lib.overdrive.com Students and staff log in with their computer credentials.
Here is an updated list of the top ten checkouts:
Since launching our e-book/virtual library in March of 2013, I thought I’d take a look at the top ten checkouts we’ve had so far. I admit I am surprised at the list, and not at all unhappy. I really thought the virtual library would have far more checkouts at the secondary level. Take a look at this list and see how wrong my prediction was. (The Thompson school district Overdrive library can be reached at: http://thompson.lib.overdrive.com)
1: Big Nate, From the Top
2: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
3: Big Nate, All Work and No Play
4. Junie B, 1st Grader-Shipwrecked
5. Big Nate and Friends
6. Big Nate, Out Loud
7. Cloudy with a Chance of Boys
10. 100th Day of School
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Visual Thesaurus, now is your chance!
Thompson R2-J is providing a district-wide subscription to this valuable resource, free of charge, to our teachers, students and media/librarians and other staff members.
If you haven’t used Visual Thesaurus before, please go to: http://thompson.visualthesaurus.com/ and create a new account. (If you are asked for a registration code, please contact Val Downing through our district email system.)
Visual Thesaurus does just what it says, plus a whole lot more! It can be used for English words and also for many different World Languages. It can be used to differentiate parts of speech, create spelling lists, pre-teach vocabulary, and provides resources for teaching vocabulary and grammar from all over the country.
It works from your web browser without any additional software to install and will also work on the iPad and other tablets and iOS devices.
From their website:
The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You’ll understand language in a powerful new way.
Say you have a meaning in mind, like “happy.” The VT helps you find related words, from “cheerful” to “euphoric.” The best part is the VT works like your brain, not a paper-bound book. You’ll want to explore just to see what might happen. You’ll discover — and learn — naturally and intuitively. You’ll find the right word, write more descriptively, free associate — and gain a more precise understanding of the English language.
For additional information, please create a login and click on the “Educators” tab on the page. There are some wonderful resources on that page.
Also, please view this short (4 minute) video on using the thesaurus and dictionary functions of the product.
Tonight I was skimming through some Twitter updates when I came upon one by Bud Hunt (@budtheteacher), a fellow educator in the St. Vrain School District. Bud tweeted about his daughter’s first library book checkout today, and shared a picture of the cover of her choice: “Ella Sets the Stage”. The post made me smile and I realized that I was thinking about it off and on for several hours. That simple sharing of her first library experience, transported me back to my own first memory of visiting my school’s library. I remember feeling that I was somehow in a truly magical place. I couldn’t believe we could actually leave the classroom and be given time to sift through so many exciting books, one of which we could even take home! I remember excitedly crawling around on the floor, sitting between the shelves and comparing books and covers and pictures and words I could read “all by myself” with my classmates and friends. For me, this was a start of a true love.
Around the same time, I also remember learning how to read. We sat in circle on a rug in front a giant, 3 foot copy of “Dick and Jane” or “See Spot Run”, and tried to crack this mysterious code that would make us readers! I couldn’t wait. I couldn’t get enough. On some of our reading days, we would even don a pair of very large, very brown and very uncomfortable headphones to have our turn at using the latest technology (I think they were cassette tapes, but I really can’t remember for sure) to listen to the stories as we learned to read along. As it often goes, the new technology hardly ever worked right, but we didn’t care– It was a special thing and we were still getting to read, and be cool with the large, brown, uncomfortable headphones.
My love affair with books and reading continued throughout my childhood, adolescence and adulthood. I remember going to the public library occasionally with my mother and spending so much time picking out a book that she would often leave me and come back to get me later. When we couldn’t get to the library, my best friend and I would wait for the one day a week that the “book mobile” would park in our neighborhood. We would walk the two blocks to the grocery store parking lot and bring back as many books as we could carry to read and share until the next week when the “book mobile” would show up again. No matter the weather, we loved that big ol’ bus with all those books.
Today, I still love to read. I have a Kindle and must have read almost 20 books this past summer. I share an Amazon Kindle account with a friend so that we can share the “books” and our reading experiences as much as possible. Like many of us in education, I read many, many items: fiction and non-fiction, in many forms throughout the day.
I still love libraries, whether they are in a school or in a city. I can still get lost in them, as well as a bookstore, for hours on end. And, I’ll still smile when I watch (or remember) the excitement of child with their very first library checkout.