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The 2010-11 school year was one of growth and change for
                                                                       everyone at Myrtle Grove and the Media Center was no exception.
                                                                       When our student population changed in 2010 as a result of
                                                                       redistricting, we knew it was time to step up our game in order to
                                                                       engage the Grove’s new students - which now includes a larger
                                                                       group of reluctant and below grade level readers as well as a
                                                                       significant number of ESL learners - while also addressing their
                                                                       unique instructional needs. This coupled with a 65% reduction in
                                                                       the library budget (we went from spending $12.47 to $5.66 per
                                                                       student), resulted in the perfect storm of opportunity to explore
                                                                       timely questions regarding effective, data driven practice and the
                                                                       impact of the library program on student achievement – particularly
                                                                       in a climate of economic turmoil. This report attempts to illustrate
                                                                       the results of these efforts while also looking forward to what’s next
                                                                       for the MGMS library and its students.




  25                                                                    2000

  20                                                                    1998
                                                                        1996
  15                                                    MGMS                                                                       MGMS
                                                                                 1998
                         23.41




                                                                        1994
                20.74




                                                                                        1996




  10                                                                                                                               NHCS
                                                                                               1993




                                                        NHCS
        13.24




                                                                        1992
   5                                                    NC                                                                         NC
                                                                        1990
   0                                                                              Average
         Books Per                                                                 Age of




                                                                                                                                            Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011
          Student                                                                Collection

                                   The MGMS Library contains almost 10 fewer books per student than the average
                                   school library collection in NC. However, our collection is 5 years newer. I attribute this to a)
   a                               a reduction in funding coupled with b) aggressive weeding of old and outdated materials.
                                   The Fix? Library funding in excess of the state average would need to be restored for the
                                   next 5 years in order to bring these numbers up to the state average.

                                                                        23,000
                                                                        22,000
                                                                                                                                  2007-8
                                                     6th Grade          21,000
                        28%
                                 41%                                    20,000                                                    2008-9
                                                     7th Grade
                                                                        19,000
                                                                                           19,095

                                                                                                       19,805

                                                                                                                22,646

                                                                                                                         20,889




                                                                                                                                  2009-10
                                                     8th Grade          18,000
                          31%                                                                                                     2010-11
                                                                        17,000
                                                                                                      Total Circs

It’s no surprise that circulation is down this year. With 200 fewer students than last year, the dip in
checkouts is easily accounted for. What is more revealing, however, is the decline in circulation by grade
                                          th
level. By the time the students reach 8 grade, they check out (on average) 13% fewer books. The fix?
                                                      th
Next year I will make a concerted effort to target 8 grade teachers and students when promoting library
                                                                                                         th
programs. I will also use library orientation at the beginning of the year as an opportunity to survey 8
grade students about what they see as the cause/solution of/to this issue.
80
60                                                                                                            11%
                                                                         Research
40                                          % of Collection
         61
                                                                                                  79%              10%
                                                                         Checkout
                  47
       44

20                                          % of Circulation
                       20


                             22
                                                                         Circulation


                             5
 0
      Fiction     Non Graphic
                 Fiction Novels

                        Given that so much of the content on the NC End of                  Grade test for reading consists of
                        informational text, I am concerned that non-fiction only accounts for 20% of our overall
                        circulation. Also, it is interesting to note that while graphic novels account for only 5% of our total
                        collection, they are circulated more than the entirety of our non-fiction collection. The fix? Next
                        year I will spend more time promoting non-fiction texts to both students and staff.




30
25
20
15
            25
10                                               Checkouts
 5                              9
 0
      EOG Top 10%           EOG Bottom
                               10%


370

365




                                                                                                                                   Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011
360                                 369            AVG EOG
                                                   Reading
355                                                Score
                358
350
           < 5 Circs           > 50 Circs


                       Working with the Math Dept. Chair
                      and AIG Specialist, the library’s
                      “Family Literacy Night” evolved this       366
                       year to include a focus on cultivated     364
                       online resources geared towards
helping students be successful on the NC End of Grade            362
Tests. Using the online resource Symbaloo, a personal            360                                                     Reading
learning environment was created for students who were
                                                                 358                                                     EOG
specifically targeted to attend this event based on                                    364
previous EOG scores and/or teacher recommendations.              356        363
                                                                                                    360      361
Training, on how to navigate Symbaloo and the resources          354
each PLE contained, was provided to the families who                                                                     Math
attended. As a result, attendance was up by 47% from             352                                                     EOG
past years and as the data clearly shows, students who           350
attended this event, scored significantly higher on their                    Attendees            Non Attendees
EOGs than those who didn’t.
                   .
Myrtle Grove was one of the first schools in the
                                           country to pilot eReaders as part of their library
                                           program! These customizable devices provided
                                           us the opportunity to create a personalized
                                           reading experience for students based on
                                           individual social, emotional and academic needs,
                                           while also allowing students the chance to
                                           interact with the text in ways that are not
                                           possible with traditional, school owned, print
                                           materials. Our 30 Nooks quickly became a
                                           mainstay of our instructional resources and a
                                           favorite “school supply” among our gator
                                           students! We can’t wait to implement a lending
                                           program with our new Sony Pocket Edition
                                           Readers.
 “I like how I get to help
 pick out the books for
  the Nook. I don’t have
to read what everybody
else is, it’s like my Nook
  has books on it that
    are just for me. It
 makes me want to read
 more.” -7th Grade Gator




                                                                                                Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011
             Each year students have the opportunity to pay off library fines by donating
             non-perishable food items . This program is heavily promoted, integrated into
             the curriculum, and used as a conversation starter between kids and adults
             about poverty, social justice and how the purpose of knowledge is to inspire
             action.
             100% of classes participated in the Food for Fines this year.
                  No matter how small, every class gave something.
             84      boxes of food were donated to the Salvation Army.
             55     student fines were paid.
             21     homeless students at Myrtle Grove benefited from donations
                    given to our “back pack buddies” program.
             9      teachers collaborated with me to help students discuss and discover
                    information related to poverty in our area.
             2      school buses were needed to deliver our donation.
             1      student was utterly shocked to learn that both peanut butter and
                    tuna fish are considered protein -we have the students sort the
                    food into food groups so that we can make a nutritious donation.
                    (Note: This number may actually be much larger).
The library led the way this year with a follow up to last
year’s Web2.Grove technology initative. This intensive
staff development program engages teachers in a
yearlong conversation about technology integration,
while also requiring them to share best practices and
reflect on how technology helps them do their job. The
Web2.Grove wiki has become the cornerstone of best
practices for teachers at the grove.
 “Mrs. LaGarde is constantly looking for
 ways to integrate technology into the
 school day. If there is a new program or
 some type of hardware that could help
 improve instruction, Mrs. LaGarde is out
 front pushing for its use in the school.” –-
 Laurie Long, CRT



                       “Not everything that counts can be measured. Not everything that can be measured counts.” -Albert Einstein


                                      Origami Yoda
                                    Party w/ “Yoda
                                    Soda” and a video
                                    from the author!

                                                         QR Codes!

                                         Weekly




                                                                                                                             Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011
                                       book wordle
                                        contests!               The Library
                                                              Gets a Facebook
                                                                   Page!

                                         Allan Wolf
                                         comes to
                                            visit!            Costume parties
                                                                 for book
                                                                 releases!


                                           Gators Read
                                           Everywhere!!
Next year will be a challenging year. Budget cuts have eliminated long time                                Scan the
library clerk, Anne Card’s, position. This is a huge loss to our students and                              QR code
school family. How the library will continue to serve students in the ways                                 to see a
that both they and their teachers have become accustomed to, is unknown.                                   video on
What is known, however, is that the library will remain an essential part of                                “filter
the collaborative family of teachers, dedicated to the success of the students                             bubbles”
at Myrtle Grove. Current research on “filter bubbles” and content curation
illustrates a new imperative for librarians to lead the way in teaching both
students and staff how to think critically, not only about the information they
access on a daily basis, but also about the very search engines they trust to         Scan the
locate it. Next year, I anticipate these, and other important issues, to              QR code
dominate the conversations that take place in the library. With that in mind,          to see a
my “to-do list” for next year is already a long one. Some of the projects I’d         video on
like to tackle on behalf of our students include:                                        why
                                                                                       content
 To Do!                                                                              curation is
                                                                                     important!
  Create “data walls” to share library stats w/students and
   staff along w/more opportunities for participation.
  Create an author skype program as part of a
   collaborative project with the Language Arts Dept.
  Promote non-fiction titles through student book trailers.
  Develop an eReader lending program.
  Apply for LSTA Grant w/a focus on graphic novels and
   bilingual titles.
  Use 2010-11 EOG data to promote collaboration between
   teachers/grade levels that are currently under
   represented.




                                                                                                                Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011
One of the projects I’m most proud of this year is a student created book
trailer for the Anne Schraff novel, A Boy Called Twister. This book is unusual
because while it is nominated for the NC Young Adult Book award, it is an
obscure work of urban fiction designed to appeal to middle and high school
students who struggle to read. However, what really makes this project
special are the students who completed it. This group of African American
students, all 7th graders, struggle with reading and represent the change in
student population that Myrtle Grove was faced with this year. The high
quality of the product they completed and the shift in their thinking about
themselves as readers and creators of information, highlights, for me, the
important work being done in this library. While I am thrilled that the
quantitative data I collected confirms a positive relationship between reading
and academic success, those numbers only reaffirm what I already knew to          Check out this student
be true about how school libraries impact students. I’m proud of the work          made book trailer on
we’ve done this year. And I look forward to the work that lies ahead.
                                                                                  the library webpage!

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Mgms annual report 2010 11

  • 1. The 2010-11 school year was one of growth and change for everyone at Myrtle Grove and the Media Center was no exception. When our student population changed in 2010 as a result of redistricting, we knew it was time to step up our game in order to engage the Grove’s new students - which now includes a larger group of reluctant and below grade level readers as well as a significant number of ESL learners - while also addressing their unique instructional needs. This coupled with a 65% reduction in the library budget (we went from spending $12.47 to $5.66 per student), resulted in the perfect storm of opportunity to explore timely questions regarding effective, data driven practice and the impact of the library program on student achievement – particularly in a climate of economic turmoil. This report attempts to illustrate the results of these efforts while also looking forward to what’s next for the MGMS library and its students. 25 2000 20 1998 1996 15 MGMS MGMS 1998 23.41 1994 20.74 1996 10 NHCS 1993 NHCS 13.24 1992 5 NC NC 1990 0 Average Books Per Age of Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011 Student Collection The MGMS Library contains almost 10 fewer books per student than the average school library collection in NC. However, our collection is 5 years newer. I attribute this to a) a a reduction in funding coupled with b) aggressive weeding of old and outdated materials. The Fix? Library funding in excess of the state average would need to be restored for the next 5 years in order to bring these numbers up to the state average. 23,000 22,000 2007-8 6th Grade 21,000 28% 41% 20,000 2008-9 7th Grade 19,000 19,095 19,805 22,646 20,889 2009-10 8th Grade 18,000 31% 2010-11 17,000 Total Circs It’s no surprise that circulation is down this year. With 200 fewer students than last year, the dip in checkouts is easily accounted for. What is more revealing, however, is the decline in circulation by grade th level. By the time the students reach 8 grade, they check out (on average) 13% fewer books. The fix? th Next year I will make a concerted effort to target 8 grade teachers and students when promoting library th programs. I will also use library orientation at the beginning of the year as an opportunity to survey 8 grade students about what they see as the cause/solution of/to this issue.
  • 2. 80 60 11% Research 40 % of Collection 61 79% 10% Checkout 47 44 20 % of Circulation 20 22 Circulation 5 0 Fiction Non Graphic Fiction Novels Given that so much of the content on the NC End of Grade test for reading consists of informational text, I am concerned that non-fiction only accounts for 20% of our overall circulation. Also, it is interesting to note that while graphic novels account for only 5% of our total collection, they are circulated more than the entirety of our non-fiction collection. The fix? Next year I will spend more time promoting non-fiction texts to both students and staff. 30 25 20 15 25 10 Checkouts 5 9 0 EOG Top 10% EOG Bottom 10% 370 365 Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011 360 369 AVG EOG Reading 355 Score 358 350 < 5 Circs > 50 Circs Working with the Math Dept. Chair and AIG Specialist, the library’s “Family Literacy Night” evolved this 366 year to include a focus on cultivated 364 online resources geared towards helping students be successful on the NC End of Grade 362 Tests. Using the online resource Symbaloo, a personal 360 Reading learning environment was created for students who were 358 EOG specifically targeted to attend this event based on 364 previous EOG scores and/or teacher recommendations. 356 363 360 361 Training, on how to navigate Symbaloo and the resources 354 each PLE contained, was provided to the families who Math attended. As a result, attendance was up by 47% from 352 EOG past years and as the data clearly shows, students who 350 attended this event, scored significantly higher on their Attendees Non Attendees EOGs than those who didn’t. .
  • 3. Myrtle Grove was one of the first schools in the country to pilot eReaders as part of their library program! These customizable devices provided us the opportunity to create a personalized reading experience for students based on individual social, emotional and academic needs, while also allowing students the chance to interact with the text in ways that are not possible with traditional, school owned, print materials. Our 30 Nooks quickly became a mainstay of our instructional resources and a favorite “school supply” among our gator students! We can’t wait to implement a lending program with our new Sony Pocket Edition Readers. “I like how I get to help pick out the books for the Nook. I don’t have to read what everybody else is, it’s like my Nook has books on it that are just for me. It makes me want to read more.” -7th Grade Gator Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011 Each year students have the opportunity to pay off library fines by donating non-perishable food items . This program is heavily promoted, integrated into the curriculum, and used as a conversation starter between kids and adults about poverty, social justice and how the purpose of knowledge is to inspire action. 100% of classes participated in the Food for Fines this year. No matter how small, every class gave something. 84 boxes of food were donated to the Salvation Army. 55 student fines were paid. 21 homeless students at Myrtle Grove benefited from donations given to our “back pack buddies” program. 9 teachers collaborated with me to help students discuss and discover information related to poverty in our area. 2 school buses were needed to deliver our donation. 1 student was utterly shocked to learn that both peanut butter and tuna fish are considered protein -we have the students sort the food into food groups so that we can make a nutritious donation. (Note: This number may actually be much larger).
  • 4. The library led the way this year with a follow up to last year’s Web2.Grove technology initative. This intensive staff development program engages teachers in a yearlong conversation about technology integration, while also requiring them to share best practices and reflect on how technology helps them do their job. The Web2.Grove wiki has become the cornerstone of best practices for teachers at the grove. “Mrs. LaGarde is constantly looking for ways to integrate technology into the school day. If there is a new program or some type of hardware that could help improve instruction, Mrs. LaGarde is out front pushing for its use in the school.” –- Laurie Long, CRT “Not everything that counts can be measured. Not everything that can be measured counts.” -Albert Einstein Origami Yoda Party w/ “Yoda Soda” and a video from the author! QR Codes! Weekly Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011 book wordle contests! The Library Gets a Facebook Page! Allan Wolf comes to visit! Costume parties for book releases! Gators Read Everywhere!!
  • 5. Next year will be a challenging year. Budget cuts have eliminated long time Scan the library clerk, Anne Card’s, position. This is a huge loss to our students and QR code school family. How the library will continue to serve students in the ways to see a that both they and their teachers have become accustomed to, is unknown. video on What is known, however, is that the library will remain an essential part of “filter the collaborative family of teachers, dedicated to the success of the students bubbles” at Myrtle Grove. Current research on “filter bubbles” and content curation illustrates a new imperative for librarians to lead the way in teaching both students and staff how to think critically, not only about the information they access on a daily basis, but also about the very search engines they trust to Scan the locate it. Next year, I anticipate these, and other important issues, to QR code dominate the conversations that take place in the library. With that in mind, to see a my “to-do list” for next year is already a long one. Some of the projects I’d video on like to tackle on behalf of our students include: why content To Do! curation is important!  Create “data walls” to share library stats w/students and staff along w/more opportunities for participation.  Create an author skype program as part of a collaborative project with the Language Arts Dept.  Promote non-fiction titles through student book trailers.  Develop an eReader lending program.  Apply for LSTA Grant w/a focus on graphic novels and bilingual titles.  Use 2010-11 EOG data to promote collaboration between teachers/grade levels that are currently under represented. Myrtle Grove Middle School Library Annual Report 2011 One of the projects I’m most proud of this year is a student created book trailer for the Anne Schraff novel, A Boy Called Twister. This book is unusual because while it is nominated for the NC Young Adult Book award, it is an obscure work of urban fiction designed to appeal to middle and high school students who struggle to read. However, what really makes this project special are the students who completed it. This group of African American students, all 7th graders, struggle with reading and represent the change in student population that Myrtle Grove was faced with this year. The high quality of the product they completed and the shift in their thinking about themselves as readers and creators of information, highlights, for me, the important work being done in this library. While I am thrilled that the quantitative data I collected confirms a positive relationship between reading and academic success, those numbers only reaffirm what I already knew to Check out this student be true about how school libraries impact students. I’m proud of the work made book trailer on we’ve done this year. And I look forward to the work that lies ahead. the library webpage!