QR Codes hit the library

QR codes are popping up everywhere!  Students at Westlake High School Library and Hill Country Middle School Library have been testing them out!

QR code scavenger huntHill Country recently held a QR Scavenger hunt in the library with over 75 groups of students participating on teams to complete the hunt.  They scanned the QR codes with their phones or iTouches or other devices to find tech clues that were scattered throughout the building, and returned to the library to complete the hunt!   

Meanwhile, Westlake High School has been offering prizes for students who scan QR codes and is testing out using them on book covers to connect students with more information about the authors.   QR codes are changing how we share information and the uses for libraries are endless!

Archie the Reading Dog honored

Slide2Forest Trail Elementary Library’s Archie the Reading dog was honored last month at the EISD Eanespiration awards ceremony.

Archie comes to Forest Trail Library weekly, as part of the Austin Bow Wow Reading program.  

 First grade students come to the library in small groups to read to Archie, have their photo taken with him, and receive a bookmark.  Other students get to read with Archie as a campus incentive, as well.   

Slide1Teachers share the photographs with parents and the student afterwards as part of the reading program.

Congratulations, Archie!

Eanes libraries supporting our community

This fall and winter, the Eanes librarians have done a variety of fundraisers in support of both the local and global community.

This fall, the NGC and Westlake HS libraries spearheaded a “Give Thanks, Give Back” book drive to collect children’s picture books for Bookspring/RIF.  Bookspring uses the books in local hospitals and doctor’s offices for children.

HCMS Students sign bookplates for Mahiga Hope Library

HCMS Students sign bookplates for Mahiga Hope Library

During the holidays, both Westlake HS Library and Hill Country and Westridge Middle school libraries have raised funds to help Mahiga Hope High School, a school built in Kenya by Turk Pipkin’s foundation, the Nobelity Project.

Westlake held a small holiday teacher auction selling used books to raise money for Mahiga Hope library, while Westridge and Hill Country raised an impressive $10,000 from their students for the Mahiga library as well.  Students signed book plates to go in the books that will be purchased for Mahiga Hope, and are working on an ongoing connection with students at Mahiga.   All funds have been sent to the Nobelity Project staff for their upcoming trip to Kenya.

Additionally, all the libraries in the district are preparing to participate this readathonlogo_clr_hspring in Bookspring’s Read-a-thon–either by collecting books, or by entering in the read-a-thon to earn funds per page that they read.   (Last year the EISD libraries collected over $58,000 for Bookspring/ RIF.!)  It’s an excellent fundraiser as it encourages students to read as well as donate to a good cause.

EISD Libraries are committed to student literacy, and to demonstrating to students how to support literacy on a larger scale as well.

For more information on the Read-a-thon details, check out Bookspring’s Read-a-thon Site or contact the campus librarian.

A library snapshot

In October, the Eanes Libraries celebrated Texas Library Snapshot Day, a day dedicated to observing and counting students in each library to get a “snapshot” of how our libraries are used.

Throughout the district of about 7,000 students, the EISD libraries had over 3100 student visits in one day!   Librarians  checked out over 1200 books, directly taught 700 students, and had over 900 student uses of  internet services.  And this was just a routine fall day for our library staffs!

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Students in Barton Creek Library

Students reported they were using the library for everything from working with their class, doing research,  to studying for tests, checking books out, and “reading and relaxing”.

Clearly our libraries are a busy and vital part of each of our campuses,  serving  students for all sorts of purposes–both curricular and social.   We appreciate the support of both the principals and district in supporting our efforts to make libraries and literacy an integral part of our students’ education.

Modeling for books

bcestudentbookpromoStudents at Barton Creek Elementary recently became the stars of their own book promotion ads. 

Fifth graders learned from Librarian Linda Fredrickson about photograph composition and then worked in small groups to take book recommendation photos, trying out dramatic shots and angles to create professional style book bookpromobce2promo photos.   

Handy online tools like Picasa and Animoto were introduced to  help them complete the book promotion projects.

The NGC Library invites poets

davidpoetryThe Ninth Grade Center Library celebrated National Poetry Month by hosting their very first poetry slam.

Some students presented their own original pieces, and others re-interpreted some great classics like Shel Silverstein’s “Invitation.” (“If you are a dreamer, come in!”) Everyone got to relax in some bean bag chairs, drink some hot chocolate, and hear some wonderful poetry.ngcpoetryslamdonaldson

The audience voted and awarded first prizes to Allie Martinez and John Austin for outstanding performances of their own poems.

A shared mission

Last week, the Eanes librarians met with the Westbank Community Library staff, for their annual get together to coordinate the summer reading program, and plan for fall research projects.

wbankWestbank hosted the Eanes librarians at their new facility, Laura’s Library, and shared upcoming teen and children’s programming for the summer.  Check here for their programming information for the next month!

westbankIn other news from both libraries, E-books are coming!  Both of our library systems are considering e-books, and what direction to take with that, but you can be assured that ebooks are coming soon to most of our libraries!   In fact, two of the Eanes schools already have  small e-book collections as we decide which direction to go.

This coordination on issues like e-books and programming helps all of us serve students in the Westlake area better, so let us know if you have any needs or concerns!

Forest Trail celebrates sharing

Forest Trail Library got a visit recently from BookSpring/RIF representative Donna Emery, showing off the new tshirt that students can earn for their book donations to BookSpring’s end of year paperback book drive. ftdonna

Students who donate 20 books to the “Celebrate Reading! Share with Others” book drive will be eligible for a shirt, in conjunction with Forest Trail’s regular end of year book fair. 

During BookSpring’s RIF Read-a-thon in January, Eanes libraries raised over $58,000, reading a whopping 759,113 pages!

Welcome to “exploration central”!

Welcome to the Eanes ISD Libraries new site!   It’s National Library WeekSLM25thlogo_LR and a great time to celebrate the libraries in Eanes ISD.

Our library programs are here to serve both students and teachers and families.  Our mission is to share the best practices in reading enjoyment, literacy, information literacy and technology use with the students and staff of Eanes ISD.

Library Morning 004We believe that all students are learners and libraries are a great place for learning because libraries are  “exploration central!”

So, bookmark this site and come explore with us as we share stories from all ten of  the EISD Libraries on our new blog.

 photo: West Ridge MS Library