The Brooklyn Tech Librarians are delighted to bring you our annual report for 2018-2019, both in full text and infographic format.
This year has been a very productive year, with highlights including expanded access during 10th period each day, library-based Monday study hall, vacation book clubs and a school-wide reading challenge to promote reading across the building and our first book fair in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore.
As you will see, we also increased our classroom visits by 28% and database usage rose by an average of 176%, with more than 109,000 database articles accessed by Brooklyn Tech students.
We welcome any feedback or questions you might have, and invite you to reach out about ways you can get more involved in the library. We have a Library Committee, which meets about 3 times a year. Teachers, students, parents and administrators are welcome to join! Students are also welcome to apply to work as a library monitor in the fall. Parents, we've love to have some regular library volunteers to assist with book processing. EVERYONE is welcome to follow us on Instagram @brooklyntechlibrary or reach out by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers! We hope you are continuing to enjoy your reading journey and the books along the way! As a reminder, the goal of the challenge is to encourage reading for pleasure and reading outside of your regular reading patterns.
BONUS: Send us an instagram post of a book you are reading with at least 4 hashtags and come collect a prize!
How are you tracking your reading?
Goodreads? Our Reading Challenge form? (more available in the library) The public library Reading History? Another way?
The first person to officially finish (we know there are more of you out there!):
Here is the reading list of Judith Ryan, English teacher, who finished the challenge and shared her list (click on images for more information about the books, *=available at BTHSLibrary):
4. Graphic Novel: Speak (Adaptation) by Laurie Halse Anderson (fiction)*
5. Book with protagonist that looks nothing like me: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (autobiographical novel in verse)
6. Book out of regular genres: Listening is an Act of Love by Dave Isay (radio interviews)
Short books: Want to read more, but have little time?
Book suggestions - short books 125 pages or less
This is a great way to take a risk on a genre that you usually don’t try. Please recommend other excellent short books!
Noticeably absent from this list are poetry, plays and graphic novels, which tend to be shorter than full length texts.
Search our catalog for format (graphic novel) and genre: http://bthslib.weebly.com/catalog.html
Please let us know if you are enjoying a book or if you have finished! (and stop by, starting today, to get a Chipotle BOGO coupon for reading three books from the challenge!)
Ms. Drusin, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Laudi
The librarians love collaborating with various departments! We recently worked with Physics teacher, Mr. Gerraputa, and collaboratively redesigned an assignment on space missions, shifting from a PowerPoint presentation as a final product to a more differentiated assignment, which encouraged student choice and creativity. In this assignment, we wanted to ensure that students had to synthesize their research in a way that would discourage plagiarism and encourage thoughtful synthesis of information. We also wanted to ensure more engaging student presentations when they eventually shared them in class.
Students had such a great variety of choices for their final products, including radio scripts, storyboards, and original newspapers/magazines, about their particular space mission. Enjoy some samples below!
This is the second year all 9th graders (about 1,600 students!) attended an orientation in the library, in close collaboration with our excellent English teachers. We continue to stress the importance of learning about the library resources, how to locate and use our library catalog and online subscription databases. Students received a link to a website we created and assessment. Their assignment was to read the site and watch all videos, and to use that information to complete the assessment.
If you are interested, here is a link to the online version of the resources we shared, including a (new for 2019) live action short video we created with a tour of the library, an animated video outlining our policies and holdings, and two videos about using our catalog and online database resources: http://bthslib.weebly.com/9th-grade-orientation-2018.html
As part of our in-class activity, students had an opportunity to create "spine poems" using book spines to write original poetry, as well as take photos in front of our green screen, with a book they might select if they were on a desert island. We hope you enjoy a small sample of their poetic creations!
This past month our (school-wide!) book club read “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo, and it was a wonderful read! If you read it or wanted to, we have a few suggestions for similar books. If you liked Bardugo’s writing, then check out the Grisha Trilogy! It is also written by her, and tells the tale of Alina, an orphaned teen who possesses elemental powers. As she comes to understand them she becomes a threat to the King of the land, and must flee.
Another great book you could read is “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black (FIC BLA). The book follows Jude, a teen who was stolen from her family by a group of divine immortals, and her journey to find them. We hope you enjoy these fun new books!
Join our vacation book club: Six of Crows
Read this gritty, heist fantasy over break. Drop by to pick up a book or ebook in the library! Register to
reserve a copy/ebook and to let us know you are joining!
Reading Challenge: Read 6 books in 6 months. Read in special categories!
If you read a book for fun during each vacation week, you will be halfway there. Give it a try!
Join here to be included in the challenge (book give-aways, events and more).
The library is launching a Reading Challenge for Brooklyn Tech students, teachers and families to help build a culture of reading in the school. The goal is to read six books in six months in special categories (below) from December to May. This initiative is meant to foster fun and community in reading- not stress or one more thing to do! In that spirit, feel free to join at any time, celebrate what you do read, and encourage students to participate by recommending books to them.
( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YtcKuqndVofQGQ6Uy-YqgU1Zy312Ziw2xf7oxLttcUw/edit )
Signing up helps us track participation and qualify you for book giveaways. The categories are as follows--in no specific order:
Rules: book must be new to you; one book per category; audiobooks count.
We are excited for another productive and creative year in the BTHS library Makerspace! While activities and supplies have been underway for two months, we wanted to share the schedule for the coming months.
Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions--and we'd always love to see photos of the things you've made!
Ms. Ferguson is one of the librarians at the Brooklyn Tech Library. We look forward to seeing you in the library!