Tales From A 21st Century Library
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This blog was created by the Librarian at Hokes Bluff Middle School, Amy Dillard, to promote events in the library, keep a running record of activities, and connect with other librarians in order to grow professionally.

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8th Grade students recently spent a week in the library as we collaborated with their English teacher on a poetry unit.  Students rotated through 16 different poetry stations, creating their own unique poems.  Some were handwritten and some were photographed and uploaded to a class Google Slide project.  Students chose their best poem to upload to Flipgrid.  We celebrated their work by hosting a Poetry Slam in the library.  Students chose their favorite poem to recite in front of the group, and everyone received "snaps" for their hard work. Some examples of our poetry stations:    Book Spine Poetry Black Out Poem Other poetry stations included Just Because, Reverse Poetry, 3 Word Poem, Object Poem, Visual Poetry, Magnetic Poetry, Roll Of The Dice Poem, Cinquain, Haiku, Bio Poem, Acrostic, Synonym, Letter Poem, Diamonte.  The students seemed to really enjoy writing poems using the different methods required for each poem.  We had many excellent poetry, some funny, some serious, some thought-provoking.       Students participate in the Poetry Slam
Posted by amy.dillard  On May 01, 2019 at 2:06 PM
HBMS Book Club met during December to discuss our first book, The Ghost of Graylock, by Don Pablocki.  Most of the members thought this was a very scary book, and almost everyone gave it a thumbs-up!  After discussing the book, members drew scary character masks!  Everyone is looking forward to our next book, which will be announced soon!!  
Posted by amy.dillard  On Dec 11, 2015 at 12:48 PM
Get Away @ Your Library started at HBMS with all classes visiting the library for a preview of our upcoming Book Fair!!  Wow! What an awesome collection of titles that will be heading our way in a couple of weeks!  Students had fun having their picture made with their favorite books at our Photo Booth!  And because reading for pleasure is an individual choice, students made thumbprint magnets out of clay. On Friday, students participated in an upcycling project of creating bags from old t-shirts.  We also spent part of the week discussing internet safety with our 8th grade classes. Thank you to all of the students and teachers for your participation that made this Teen Read Week so much fun!                             
Posted by amy.dillard  On Nov 04, 2015 at 11:06 AM
Well, we are back to school in the HBMS library!  If there was any doubt, just check out the book return!  We have already had library orientation, and now we are getting back into the rhythm of life in the library.  That means not just checking out books and devouring our selection of magazines, but doing creative activities in our Library Lab.  For now, you can see students researching folk art to help paint our Folk Art Stools, learning the parts of the library through scavenger hunts, having their minds blows with math quizzes, and working together to Help Save Fred!  It is always busy, but that makes it fun!                                             
Posted by amy.dillard  On Oct 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM
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