Search the district library media center catalog of more than 15,000 instructional resources. Resources include DVD's, videos, kits, puppets, models, trunks, audio-books, books/ computer disks, professional journals and books, traveling kits, K'NEX kits, inflatable walk-in whales. New resources in the District Library Media Center are listed under the Copy Categories tab from the top menu on the catalog's library search screen.
Student Achievement with Library Media 2012-2013
District Library Media with Teacher Center Services
The BPS District Library Media Center at Hughes provides instructional resources and equipment for BPS teachers and for teachers from area public and private schools with Teacher Center memberships. The district library collaborates with the education departments at University of Mary, Dickinson State at BSC campus, and United Tribes to provide university education students with resources for lesson plans and the equipment to design educational projects and activities.
Bismarck High School Library
The new Common Core State Standards list skills to prepare American young people on the path toward the college and careers of their choice. Yet as students are on their journey to and through college, and ultimately through life, they also need to develop the lifelong enjoyment of reading. With that in mind the BHS library staff, library media specialist Charlotte Hill with library assistants Mollie Mihelich and Laura Rysavy, made every effort to create displays that would encourage students to find materials of interest not only for independent classroom reading but for leisure reading. Our Animoto video below showcases some of the displays that were successful in promoting reading for our students.
Century High School Library
The CHS library staff, library media specialist Bonnie Kettleson with library assistants Donna Geiger and Pat Leno, helped English teachers use Noodletools with their classes this year. Noodletools is an integrated online tool for note-taking, outlining, creating citations, and completing collaborative research and writing. From the beginning, our CHS teachers did a masterful job.
English teacher, Karri Landeis, summarized the teachers' and students' ease and success with Noodletools, "Noodletools proved to be a beneficial addition to my research paper unit for all classes - English 11 to AP English 12. It allowed me to offer immediate feedback to students and work closely with them on note-taking, outlining, and creating an MLA works cited page. Students were organized and had all necessary tools to be successful; in fact, because so many of my seniors found Noodletools to be a helpful resource, they inquired about purchasing access to the program to use when they begin college, saying, 'I won't complete a research paper again without it!'"
South Central High School Library
South Central High School students enjoy the new resources at the SCHS library and access to interlibrary loan and online databases, provided by the district library.
Horizon Middle School Library
Library media specialist, Ms. Kathy Berg, guides Mr. Ziemann's classes through the Big6 research process to develop Athlete Interviews. First, students located books, databases, websites - following the "5 W's of Web Site Evaluation." Using 10 interesting facts, from the best resources, students generated questions and short introductions. They utilized NoodleTools to create Works Cited pages and GoogleDocs to share their Athlete Interviews. Assisting with library services through this process are library assistants Laura Bahr and Wynn Reinbold
Simle Midle School Library
The library day at Simle Middle School begins at 7:20 AM. Students come in early to complete homework, especially those who are working in groups. We have a group of 20 "regulars" who are here every morning to read books and magazines.
Reading tutors and the ReadRight program use the Simle library every hour for one-on-one or small group instruction. SMS library, with library media specialist Robin Kress and library assistant Tracy Diede, has a constant hum of quietly reading voices and averages 2,000 check outs per month.
Class projects in the Simle library include the following: research using Google Docs and NoodleTools; literary responses with Wordle; building catapults research; planet Powerpoints; research of North Dakota cities; settler's journals, reading class genre booktalks; and artist Fakebook. All class periods in the library are scheduled almost every day. We see approximately 100 drop-in students each day.
Wachter Middle School Library
Seventh graders in Dave Augustadt's Band classes are eager to learn how to compose music digitally. Using the computers in the library, with the library media specialist Mary Miller, students access Noteflight, an online music writing application, to create melodies for the instruments that they play in band. Students use MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) to create original compositions and electronically send their musical scores to their instructor.
Wachter students share their arrangements with partners. The partners provide feedback to each other and write variations for the shared pieces. Students print their scores and perform their pieces for the rest of their band members. Students also explore Audiotool, another music Webb app. Assisting with library services through this process is library assistant Marilyn Schneider.
Centennial Elementary Library
Centennial Elementary fifth grade students work on History Comes Alive projects. The fifth grade classroom teachers collaborate with the library media specialist, Rhonda Bothwelll to teach students how to use databases, books, and other media to research a United States topic. Mrs. Bothwell also works with the fifth graders on how to write a bibliography page. After all fifth graders complete their project they give a presentation to their class. The fifth graders also hold an open house for all parents and other classrooms to come and see their final projects. Assisting with library services is library assistant Rhonda Schoonover.
Grimsrud Elementary Library
The Grimsrud kindergarten classes with library media specialist, Crystal Molzahn, learn how to log on and off a computer, shut down the computer, navigate a website, enter a web address, and properly care for the equipment they are using. They explore many good fit websites and computer programs and display growing independence with every lesson. Assisting with library services through this process is library assistant, Cathy Bauman.
Highland Acres Elementary Library
Second grade students at Highland Acres participate in a Mo Willems author study with library media specialist, Gina Phillips. As part of this study, students observe the language Willems uses in various books, learn how to illustrate the pigeon, and write persuasive letters from the point of view of the Pigeon. The students study the illustrations of Mo Willems, compare and contrast his many book series, use digital cameras to photograph Highland Acres, and practice alphabetical order by placing drawn objects onto the pictures of Highland Acres. This picture and writing sample are an example of some of the students' illustrations and writing. Assisting with library services through this process is library assistant Clem Steffan.
Miller Elementary Library
Research and Reading - that's our specialty! The Miller library, with library media specialist Debbie Job and library assistant Beth Thompson, received a facelift this year when it turned into Storybook Island. The Miller kids have been enjoying immensely their new brighter, happier library as they work on projects and enjoy a good book. From our record-breaking book fair to our amazing presentations with digital learning environments, we have had a great year.
Moses Elementary Library
The Dorothy Moses 6th graders with library media specialist, Crystal Molzahn, collaborate on research of famous children's book illustrators. They learn keyword search strategies, how to identify reliable websites, and the importance of citing sources. They use GoogleDocs to create and present their final product to the class. Assisting with library services through this process is library assistant, Sandra Stephens.
Murphy Elementary Library
Want to know what students really learned in library today, and what skills need review and reinforcement? Use exit slips! In about 5 minutes or less - students state in writing what they learned from their library media lesson. Exit slips provide students with an opportunity to take stock of their learning, and let the library teachers know whether students "got it" (and how they may be personalizing the information) or if re-teaching or reinforcement is necessary. This is happening at the Rita Murphy Elementary Library as the students leave the library after a lesson from library media specialist Gail Stein and library assistant Mary Jane Kadrmas.
Myhre Elementary Library
Library media specialist Pam Wohlsdorf and library assistant Charlotte Sather at Myhre plan reading activities for their students and use their creativity to instill the love of reading and lifelong learning.
Northridge Elementary Library
Northridge Elementary library staff, library media specialists Jan Schmidt and Mandi Clausen along with library assistant Mary Buechler, have been focusing on researching, writing and using technology with Northridge Elementary students this year. Kindergarten students practice phonics, write complete sentences, and write letter poems in Tux Paint. Students in first grade research animals and write class Very Hungry Caterpillar books to enhance sequencing skills. Second graders also research jungle animals, write research paragraphs, and paint pictures for a Powerpoint presentation shown at the music program. Third graders learn to use Photostory and digital cameras to take photos to support common core math expectations. Fourth graders learn the importance of theme, setting and plot in creating movies and comic strips. They also research animals of North Dakota, create Powerpoints, and present their projects. Fifth graders explore using Google Earth to understand latitude and longitude with recorded tours. They also integratd many different types of writing including persuasive, informative research into Glogster posters and Word. Sixth graders integrate math concepts into a Photostory using digital cameras to be shared with younger students. Students also practice using Googledocs to share and peer-edit writing for language arts. They finish the year by creating stop-motion movies that depict theme, setting and plot. In the library, all grades celebrate the end of the year with Dewey Golf. Ten holes of mini-golf are created in the library; each hole represents a section of the Dewey decimal system. Dressed as their favorite book character, students put their way around the library. To incorporate math, score cards are included and students celebrate the highest and lowest scores. It is exciting to see the kids score a Hole-In-One with books.
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Pioneer Elementary Library
Pioneer students with library media specialist, Gina Phillips, create podcasts using Netbooks checked out from Technology. Students practice retelling their stories with their partner and record stories using Audacity. Assisting with library services through this process is library assistant Sharon Drechsler.
Prairie Rose Elementary Library
Prairie Rose students have been working on their nonfiction writing, while their classroom teachers have been collaborating with the library media specialist, Misti Werle. Working as a team and using the Project Based Learning model, students have completed a variety of integrated projects this year. Here you see students using their R.A.N. charts to organize their research from the database PebbleGo. Assisting with library services through this process is library assistant Julie Bitz.
Riverside Elementary Library
Riverside kindergartners enjoy some Rhyme Time with Mrs. Jane Wolf, the library media specialist. Students brainstorm many rhyming words. Each student eventually chooses two rhyming words, creates a sentence, and illustrates it using Tux Paint. They learn that the keyboard not only has letters and numbers, but also keys to make uppercase letters and punctuation marks. Students enjoy reading their rhymes. Mrs. Laurie Cullen, the library assistant, shows students where other rhymes and poems can be found in the school library.
Roosevelt Elementary Library
Roosevelt Library with library media specialist Misti Werle and library assistant Joyce Robinson have been busy increasing access to non-fiction text. We have added many non-fiction titles for primary students, and are continuing to expand this part of our collection. For the upper grades, students enhanced and promoted different areas of the non-fiction section by creating signs for their favorite and most popular areas. We love non-fiction!
Saxvik Elementary Library
Kelly Humann, library assistant at Saxvik, creates Seuss inspired truffula trees to celebrate Reading Month. The bright colors and spring inspired decorations cheer up a long winter. During this time, examples of lessons taught by library media specialist, Gina Phillips, include 3rd graders studying reference as they read The Secret of the Rock, work on reference activities, and study biographies via learning about Harry Houdini. 4th graders research states to learn what makes a state unique and plot the information on Google Maps. The 5th and 6th graders collaboratively write a Choose Your Own Adventure story, as they study the CYOA genre, determine point of view, tense, etc. The students use Google Presentations to create the story, and for many students, this is their first experience with Google Drive. They learn how to create a presentation, share it with their partners and teacher, collaboratively create slides, and link the slides to create different paths for their story endings.
Solheim Elementary Library
Solheim students create The Odyssey and The Iliad comic strips. Mr. Wingenbach, the 6th grade social studies teacher, provides the students with a rubric and guides them while they develop their storyline. Mrs. Wolf, the library media specialist, helps students create their comic in Bit Strips, a web based comic creating program. Students share their comics with their classmates and continue to use the program for other classroom projects. Library assistant, Sheila Roth, shares graphic novels with the students in the library.
Sunrise Elementary Library
Sunrise students with library media specialist Lesley Gunderson and library assistant Brenda Rebel, are enjoying Family Reading night, the culminating activity for reading month. Reading month begins with a Bingo for Books and Bookswap event, which is a collaborative event with the Sunrise PTO and the Sunrise Library.
Will-Moore Elementary Library
Will-Moore students enjoy being in the computer lab working on book trailers. With library media specialist Pam Wohlsdorf they learn how to download and save images, add music, and upload to Animoto. The students add text to create a book trailer to encourage others to want to read the books they choose. Assisting with library services through this process is library assistant Nancy Brown.