WILSON LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
Mrs. Madrinich, Teacher Librarian & Ms. Town, Secretary
"The Mission of the Library Media Program is to ensure
all students are effective users and producers of information."
Students may come to library in the mornings before the bell at 7:50, during all lunches, and after school for Homework Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 PM. Students can check out books, read, do assignments, use computers, print out documents, use email, and this year make thinks at our new MAKERSPACE!! See more details on Home Work Center and our MakerSpace below.
Reading is a skill to develop all during your life; it is necessary in every job and every subject in school. Sharing stories and being an independent learner enrich your life and everyone around you. You can read to a younger sibling, share a poem with a parent, laugh over jokes, and explore new ideas. Make reading a part of your day everyday, and you will open your mind to unlimited possibilities.
Come shop our Scholastic Book Fair and see all of the new books to keep YOU and your children reading! You can access the book fair online a week before the fair dates and the week after to choose from even more titles! Your books will be sent to Wilson with FREE SHIPPING during the extended fair dates. All profits benefit the Wilson MS library with more books for students. If you are interested in helping out at our fair, please contact Mrs. Madrinich at 573-2407 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can earn free books for helping us at the fair.
MakerSpace is now open Mondays after school from 1:30 to 2:30 to extend our time to work on projects. Come join us or talk to Ms. Town in the library about what we will be doing next. It could be making jewelry, collages, painting, drawing or multimedia art. This is a time to explore being creative outside of a class that is graded. We support each other and encourage everyone to try a new skill without feeling pressure. MakerSpace is fun and FREE!! Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the library during lunches to work on projects too!! Let us know if you have a skill to share or an idea for future MakerSpace projects, and we will try and get the supplies to make it happen.
The Reading-Writing Connection: The library has signed copies of Jennifer's books including her latest publication A Night Divided about when The Berlin Wall went up on a Saturday night in August 1961. Her story is based on actual events when families were divided by the wall and had to risk their lives to be reunited. I got to meet Jennifer and spend the day with her talking about books, readers and writers. She had her nails done special with barbed wire in honor of her new book!
Check out her Ascendance Trilogy that begins with The False Prince, a New York Times best seller. Jennifer has a new trilogy The Mark of the Thief; book two is coming out in January 2016 called The Rise of the Wolf.
For all you future writers, read Jennifer's handout from a speech she gave at our library conference to learn how YOU can someday publish a book too!!
Welcome to YOUR Library! Wilson Library is open everyday at 7:30 am and after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 pm for Homework Center!! You can print, use calculators, read, work on computers, practice keyboarding or check your grades on Skyward. New Titles arriving from the Scholastic Book Fair dollars! After our fall fair, we earned nearly $900 in FREE books thanks to all of you who shopped at the fair. This spring during conferences we can earn an additional $1.5K if we sell over $2.5K in books. That's a 60% return on the dollar for more books for every student.
Everyone should know about Malala Yousafzai and her efforts to promote education for children all around the world. Sometimes in the United States, we can take for granted our freedoms and privileges such as a high quality public education. In the summer of 2014, she became the youngest person to have won the Nobel Peace Prize sharing the award with another Pakistani, Kailash Satyarthi.
On July 12th, 2013, Malala Day, her 16th birthday, she addressed the United Nations to explain the importance of education for all children. She speaks eloquently and passionately about the need for education. Her final words sum up her point of view well:
"So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First."
The library has two biographies about her life you can check out. Most students are shocked when they discover she almost died when terrorists shot her in the head while riding home from school on the bus. Many students aren't aware that all around the world there are millions of children who either can not afford to attend schools or do not have a safe community where attending school is possible.
Follow the link below for an interview with Malala sharing what are her favorite books. Then watch the complete United Nations speech where Malala addresses the world's leaders to support her message of education for all children everywhere.
Photo from Biography.com
Every year, students at Wilson Middle School are encouraged to read and vote on two book awards: The Sasquatch Award sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA)and the Young Reader's Choice Award (YRCA) sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association.
Students must read at least 2 titles in order to vote; to be fair to all the authors, you need to compare two books in order to say one is better than the other. Students can also recommend titles to be included on the next year's list, so anything published in 2017-2018 can be nominated for the 2019 award titles. Voting for this year takes place in the spring 2018, and authors are always honored to have students choose them to be award winners.
If you have a favorite, get some of your friends interested in reading it too. Share with them what they are missing by not reading any of these titles. All book titles have something to offer since another student picked them to be included. Look for the Sasquatch and YRCA titles in the library display showcases. Some students try to read them ALL just to be sure they don't miss reading the one everyone else votes for!
Titles to read for this year's voting:
ONLINE RESOURCES AT WILSON
The Wilson Library has two great online resources to help you be succesful with your school work!!
The World Book Online Encyclopedia is available for students and staff to access from school or home. It looks a little different, but it's better than ever with more articles, videos, and now even primary sources. Primary sources are original documents such as a president's speech, some even in their own handwriting. You can have pages read to you, copy and save pages to your personal research account, look up every word in every article in a dictionary, and use the citation helper for your bibliography.
Articles are continuously updated, and new content is added daily. Check out what's happened on this date in the past, or read about linked online content to current news events for more in depth background information about today's issues. Explore the world using maps and comparing information on two countries side-by-side. The WBO is a great place to start your research to find reliable and current content as well as links to further reading on related topics.
Another great resource are our ebooks: True Flix and Freedom Flix. True Flix is all about science, nature, people, places and history. Learn more about disasters, ecosystems, space and the human body. Freedom Flix focuses on U.S. History. Both have videos, the ability to highlight and take notes, and like WBO, they even READ ALOUD TO YOU! Check it these great resources today in the Wilson Library Media Center and online through the Wilson Library home page!
NEW MAGAZINES FEATURE STUDENT WRITERS
The library offers two new magazines, both written by and for STUDENTS! New Moon focuses on positive images for girls to empower them to be anything they want to be without the negative stereotypes and advertising found in most magazines written for young women.
Teen Ink has an amazing variety of articles from opinon pieces to reviews on books, TV shows, movies and music to poetry and fictional stories. The artwork and photography is also created only by students, and the editors seem to match just the right image to the written piece to enhance both students' work.
We hope you take time to check out either of these new magazines. Maybe you'll be inspired to create your own work to submit for printing. It would be a great way to get a start on a career in journalism, advertising, photography, visual arts or creative writing!