Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Digital Library is Getting a New Look!

Sora app powered by Overdrive digital library


Our digital library, powered by Overdrive, is switching to a new platform called Sora. This new platform has a new look and additional features that will make it even easier for students and teachers to find good books to read for fun and for the classroom. Users earn badges for different actions completed including borrowing your first book, finishing a book, taking notes, highlighting, and more. It is also easier to renew and return digital books.


Sometime in the next couple of weeks you will begin to see this icon on the library services page in the portal, on your websites, and on iPads.

Try it out today! 
Take some time to poke around in Sora and see how it functions so you can work with students & teachers to get them up to speed. Also, please take some time to share this blog post and video with your campus so that everyone is prepared when the change comes. We expect the logo & link to change in the portal next Friday, October 12th. The ipads will slowly follow, but should be done by the end of October.



Sora Overview Video


Don't forget to subscribe to our Library Services YouTube channel. We will begin posting more videos for librarians, students, and staff with helpful information about our library digital resources over the next several months.

Friday, September 28, 2018

PD in Your PJs - October 2018

October 2018 Professional Development

OrganizationDate & TimeProfessional Development Title
ASCD WebinarsOctober 9, 2018 3:00 PM EDTImmigration and the Classroom: How Global Fluency Can Help You Adapt to Your School’s Changing Demographics
October 11, 2018 3:00 PM EDTImplementing Global Fluency in the Classroom: Activities, Tools, and Lesson Ideas for Leveraging Your Classroom’s Student Diversity
BooklistOctober 4, 2018 2:00 PM EDTDreaming of STEAM: Hands-on Learning for Young Readers
October 9, 2018 2:00 PM EDTSpectacular Series Nonfiction: Fall 2018
Education WeekOctober 9, 2018 2:00 PM EDTHow ESSA Affects YOU: Shifting Focus to Support Today’s Educators
October 11, 2018 2:00 PM EDTStrategies to Accelerate Success for English-Language Learners
edWeb.netOctober 3, 2018 2:00 PM EDTThrough a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Inspires Children’s Learning and Wonder
October 9, 2018 3:00 PM EDTSchool Safety: It’s Not Just About Active Shooters
October 10, 2018 5:00 PM EDTMaking All Subjects Accessible to Dyslexic Students
October 15, 2018 4:00 PM EDTFight Fake News: Media Literacy for Students
October 17, 2018 4:00 PM EDTPBL and Assessment: How Do You Measure Learning in PBL?
October 17, 2018 5:00 PM EDTA Little Data is a Dangerous Thing: What State Test Score Summaries Do and Don’t Say About Student Learning
October 25, 2018 4:00 PM EDTSupporting Dyslexic Readers: Go From “I Can’t” to “I CAN!”
Infopeople WebinarsOctober 25, 2018 3:00 PM EDTBook Tasting in the Library: A Recipe for Reading
Simple K12October 11, 2018 2:00 PM EDTHow to Build and Support STEAM Initiatives in Your Schools
October 13, 2018 10:00 AM EDTGetting Started with Makerspaces and STEAM
October 13, 2018 11:00 AM EDTBuild. Art. Code. Play: Integrating Robotics within K-2 Curriculum
October 13, 2018 11:00 AM EDTIntegrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think
October 17, 2018 2:00 PM EDTCopyright-Friendly Tips and Tech Tools
October 27, 2018 10:00 AM EDTGoogle Classroom: Setting Up, Organizing, Archiving, and More!
October 27, 2018 11:00 AM EDT10 Hacks for Using Google Classroom
October 27, 2018 12:00 PM EDTGoogle Classroom: Handling Assignments, Student Workflow, Communications, and More!
TeachersFirstOctober 9, 2018 7:00 PM EDT3 Cool Tools for Digital Writing
October 16, 2018 7:00 PM EDTSWAY Cool Reading
October 23, 2018 7:00 PM EDTTech Integration Made Easy with Animoto
WebJunctionOctober 4, 2018 3:00 PM EDTTaking the STEM to Them: Circulating STEM Kits in a Library of Things
 *compiled by Daniella Smith on the Knowledge Quest blog

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Region 10 PD Offerings for Fall 2018

The Region 10 Library Services cooperative has many professional learning opportunities planned for north Texas librarians this fall.

Click here to see what is available.

Please note that Region 10 in undergoing some renovations, so not all sessions will be held at the service center buildings in Richardson. In fact, one of the sessions will be held at our own Professional Development Center (PDC) here in Mesquite on September 18! 

When registering for a workshop, please be sure to pay special attention to the location and follow these directions:


  • ·        Go to Region 10 homepage at https://www.region10.org//
  • ·        Click on Workshop Registration
  • ·        Search session by ID, title or use direct registration link found this document: Region 10 PD Offerings Fall 2018
  • ·        If you have any further questions, and/or need further registration information please contact 972-348-1508. 



Friday, August 17, 2018

5 Foundations for Building an Inclusive Library



Do your students see themselves reflected on the covers of books that are displayed on your library shelves? Read this honest and eye-opening article on inclusive libraries from the students' point of view.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


YALSA announced that the 2018 Teens' Top Ten voting is now open! Now through the end of Teen Read Week, happening on October 13th, teens can vote for their 3 favorite titles from the list of nominees.

Vote HERE

Info about Teen Read Week HERE

Want to have a group of your teens as part of the Teens' Top Ten groups who select the nominees? Get info and apply HERE.