#Books Checked out: 192
Manga and Fiction are the most popular categories. #Books Overdue: 297 Lost Books/Current Fines (ongoing): #Books Lost: 270
Unpaid Fines: $ 4,964.85
Library Usage Statistics
#Classes visited the library: 15 #Students with a pass: 10 Computer usage (outside of class visit): 345 #Visitors to MACHS website: 1,334
Mr. Bailey's 11th grade class came to the library to do research about people and movements that changed the world. Students selected people such as Joan of Arc and Malcolm X and movements such as civil rights and women's rights.
Ms. Burton visited the library with her Period 1 students to check out books. She also brought her Period 6 to participate in a Socratic Seminar on the book Citizen. It was very powerful to see students making connections, discussing the themes of the book, and taking ownership for their ideas and learning.
Ms. Goodwin visited the library for students to check out books.
Ms. Powell's 9th graders come to the library every other week to read about Math. Now that they have gotten used with the new environment and way to learn Math, they are able to really interact with the books. Students who could not write a paragraph about their selected reading are now writing page-long summaries!
Sometimes, it is hard to make time to bring classes to the library, but it is essential that we teach students the skills to do research and develop information literacy skills. To help solve this problem, I am creating tutorials that teachers can use in the classroom to deliver research instruction, and students can use on their own to guide their own research. The first presentation covers MACHS online catalog and Internet search function, and the second focuses on LAUSD's Digital Library These resources are available 24/7 from the library website, under the "Research" tab.
This flowchart shows what to do when a student is having trouble with his/her LAUSD email account.
Community Outreach, Public Relations, and Displays:
"Blind Date with a Book" was back, letting students know that a book is the best date one can have on Valentine's. Students selected books based on a brief description... and nothing else. In order to keep the secret going, books were wrapped in red paper, and students were asked to only open the book once they left the library.
To celebrate Black History Month, the display "Black Stories Matter" highlighted fiction books covering the experience of what it means to be Black in the United States. Many deep, powerful conversations were had based on the book selections, and many books from the display went home with students eager to get a better understanding of difficult topics such as slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, and Black Lives Matter.
Feel free to use these with your classes if anyone is doing research on one of these topics.
I am collecting suggestions for the next book order. If you know of a YA title the library absolutely must have, or you have students who are voracious readers who know what is hot or not in YA lit, please let me know. The next order will be placed some time by the end of March.
Cash for College (February 3)
SQ College Presentation: Scripps (February 5)
SQ College Presentation: UCLA (February 7)
SQ College Presentation: Trade Tech (February 12)
Teen Court (February 21)
SQ ELPAC Testing (February 28)
Maintenance: One of the windows facing 53rd Street was hit by what appears to be a BB gun bullet. The glass has been broken since mid-December. Mr. Guerrero was in the library with workers from LAUSD, and it looks like it will be some time before the window is replaced.
Ongoing Projects: • 100% of students with active and accessible email accounts
• Big Read Field Trip is April 11! We will be taking 35 students to City Hall. This promises to be a great experience.
• BOGO Book Fair is 04/09-04/14.