Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Digital bookmobile visit featured on MISD's YouTube channel

Last week the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile was in Mesquite ISD at Gentry Elementary. The Digital Bookmobile travels all over the US and Canada, so we were very honored to be chosen as a stop on the 2017 tour! All 4th graders at Gentry are now well-versed in how the MISD Digital Library works and are checking out books to read on their iPads and Chromebooks at school and at home.

Check out the video below to see all the excitement! (If you're reading via email and don't see the video, click through to the blog to watch.)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Get involved with TxLA!

For secondary librarians who are interested in becoming more involved with your professional organization:

The YART (Young Adult Round Table) committee has extended its application until October 20th.  YART members are not only encouraged to volunteer for committees, but also to serve on the executive board.  If you'd like to become more involved in TxLA through leadership or participation, please fill out the YART volunteer form.  Also, please note there will be commitments all appointed committee and executive board members will have, which demonstrates responsibility and a willingness to be part of a professional community serving young adults.  All public and school librarians who work with young adults are encouraged to apply. 

The application can be found at:

Thank you,

Naomi Bates, YART chair-election 2017-2018

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Letters About Literature Contest

from Liz Philippi, School Program Coordinator at the Texas State Library...

Hi Everyone!

It’s time for the annual Letters About Literature contest!


Has a book brought you to laughter, tears or changed your life? Write a letter to the author. See the 2017 Winners!

Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Library of Congress.

State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Conference. National winners receive $1,000 and travel assistance to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. See this printable handout as a frame of reference for key information.

Deadline: Plan to make sure entries are in by January 8, 2018 for all levels.
Level 1 – Grades 4-6
Level 2 – Grades 7-8
Level 3 – Grades 9-12

Held in conjunction with the Library of Congress, the literary competition encourages students in grades 4-12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.

“The Letters About Literature contest makes a lasting literary connection between an author’s work and the lives of young readers” said Texas State Library and Archives Director and Librarian, Mark Smith. “The contest bridges a direct partnership between students, librarians, educators and parents and lays the foundation for a life-long love of reading.”

Last year more than 50,000 young readers from across the country participated in the Letters About Literature initiative funded by a grant from the Library of Congress’ James Madison Council with additional support from the Library’s Center for the Book. Since 1997, more than a million students have participated.

Established in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.

For more information on the Letters About Literature Contest, including printable entry forms, educator resources and more visit tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature.

From Mary:

Texas winners in each category are invited to read their winning letter at the Texas Library Association Conference. Since the 2018 conference is in Dallas, it would be amazing to have a winner from our area. I know you probably have some students who could definitely be a contender for this honor. They just need a little encouragement from a teacher or librarian.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Every day is library day

Everyone who cares about creating lifelong readers and thinkers needs to watch this video! Then those people should share it with others who also work with kids, but just might need a nudge in helping kids learn to love reading.

Who is this person who sees such value in point of need access to the library? Jen Jones (@hellojenjones) is a K-12 reading specialist, curriculum writer, staff developer, and - although this is not included in her official bio - I would say staunch library supporter. Her web site is Hello Literacy.

Thank you Jen!

Every Day is Library Day - Instragram Live from Jen Jones, Hello Literacy® on Vimeo.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Upcoming CODE.ORG workshops at Region 10

I know that many of you have been tasked with offering coding opportunities for your students and might be interested in the following professional learning class from Region 10:

We are glad to announce a CS professional development opportunity from Code.org at R10 ESC. Code.org is providing a no cost workshop for educators interested in learning/teaching coding. Over 6,000 teachers have participated in a similar workshop, and the majority say it’s the best PD they’ve ever attended. 

Teachers will receive FREE swag bags, classroom supplies to begin using code.org in the classroom, certificates at the end of the professional development, and lunch.

9/23 Registration Link

10/28 Registration Link 

12/2 Registration Link 

The workshops begin in September, so please share this information with anyone else (teachers, administrators, central office) who might be interested.

Thank you and have a great week.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Timeline for Book Orders

At the Destiny training in August, you all received information regarding the book budget for this year.

Now that September 1 has come and gone, you may begin submitting orders to Library Services using the following guidelines:

  • Each order must total in excess of $500.
  • Plan to submit orders that equal 2/3 of your total budget by November 30.
  • Submit orders to spend the rest of your budget by March 31.

Since you are now able to submit orders throughout the year, you may send in orders for your extra sets of Bluebonnet, Lone Star and Tayshas books as those lists are published. (Library Services will still provide one set.)

Mockingbird list for 2018 will be available in mid-October. 

For more information, please see the ordering procedures page on the Policies and Procedures site.

Questions? Contact Cathy Hall.

Image citation: Money. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, 25 May 2016. 
quest.eb.com/search/139_1927560/1/139_1927560/cite. Accessed 7 Sep 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Region 10 Library Services Coop Offerings Fall 2017

Mesquite ISD is a member of the Region 10 Library Services Cooperative which allows us access to their PD offerings free of charge. Some sessions may be of interest to instructional specialists/coaches or classroom teachers also, so feel free to share!

Click here for the Fall 2017 schedule.

Monday, August 28, 2017

PD in Your PJs - September 2017

Each month, Daniella Smith, associate professor at UNT, curates a list of free online professional learning opportunities on the AASL blog. Here is her list for September.

September 2017 Professional Development Opportunities 
Title:  10 Ways Google Can Increase Student Engagement
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 AM-10:30 AM EDT
  • Description: If engagement is the fuel necessary for learning to take place, how can teachers use technology to harness the power of higher-level thinking and creativity? Many schools are turning to the powerful resources that Google offers schools across the globe. Join Matt Bergman as he discusses 10 ways in which you can use Google Apps, Chrome Extensions, and Add-Ons to increase student engagement.
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2927
Title:  Getting the Most Out of Google Forms
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ 11:00 AM-11:30 AMEDT
  • Description: If you have never used Google Forms, you are missing out on a tool that can save you time, engage your students, and inform your instruction. If you have used Google Forms, you know how useful they can be for collecting and analyzing data, giving quizzes, doing formative assessments, conducting surveys, and so much more! Join Tia Simmons for an informative overview of Google Forms. In addition to pointing out great features and where to find them, Tia will provide a brief explanation of Google Forms, as well as tips, advice, and suggestions for using them in the classroom. Whether you are brand new to Google Forms or have used them before, come discover how to get the most out of Forms!
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2928
Title:  Great Things You Can Do with Google Docs: More than Just a Word Processor
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ 1:00 PM-1:30 PM EDT
  • Description: Google Docs is just one application within Google Drive, the user friendly suite of online collaborative tools that have tremendous potential for use in the classroom. While often used as a word processor to create documents such as announcements, letters, reports, and handouts, Google Docs allow you to do so much more than that! Join Jenna Linskens as she shares a variety of interactive ways Google Docs can be used to engage students in advanced, collaborative learning opportunities. Come discover innovative ways to use Google Docs as effective tools for learning!
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2930
Title:  Using Google Slides to Construct Knowledge and Encourage Student-driven Learning
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 @ 2:00 PM-2:30 PM EDT
  • Description: Would you like to design student-driven learning experiences that require students to construct knowledge as they create – an idea supported by the Common Core State Standards? This could be easier than you think. The Google Docs Presentation tool can be a great starting point to begin breaking the barriers of traditional tech integration and help you design student-driven learning experiences. Join Susan Oxnevad for an in-depth look at the features available in this collaborative and user friendly tool and learn to use Google Docs in innovative ways that go well beyond the typical student presentation. Templates to get you started also will be provided.
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2931
Title: School Culture Rewired: Proven Strategies from an Expert
  • Organization: net
  • Date: Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 4:00 PM-5:00 PM EDT
  • Description: In this edWebinar, Steve will present the major components for rewiring your own school’s culture as well as experiences from the field that school leaders have shared regarding successes and challenges of shaping their cultures.
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED51D884884D3A
Title:  Getting Started with Personalized Learning
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 2:00 PM-2:30 PM EDT
  • Description: Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to meet each student’s needs through personalized learning. By thinking differently about teaching and learning, you can make personalized learning a reality for each of your students. Join Dr. Jayme Linton as she explains what personalized learning is, why you should incorporate it, and how to design and facilitate personalized learning in your classroom. You will walk away with strategies you can implement right away to personalize instruction for your students.
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2925
Title: Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities
  • Organization: AASL
  • Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM–7:00 PM CST
  • Description: Pairing science and nature-themed books with hands-on science and outdoor activities can provide educators with fun and easy ways to engage curious learners in school-day enrichment activities, in afterschool programs, and in family/school programs. This webinar will introduce librarians to freely available lessons as well as multimedia resources related to birds and nature that are designed to help build learners’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) skills and content knowledge. From the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds (the world’s premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs) to K-8 book guides and free lesson plans, to free Apps and online interactives—there will be something for all levels, including those unfamiliar with science and outdoor learning.
  • Link:  http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/sci-lit
Title: Intellectual Freedom is Not Just About Censorship!
  • Organization: net
  • Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 5:00 PM-6:00 PM EDT
  • Description: What happens when a resource in a K-12 library is challenged? We don’t always think of Internet filtering as censorship, but it can be. How do emerging student privacy laws impact intellectual freedom? How can UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy support responsible use? How can professional organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians support educators? How can intellectual freedom promote library and librarian advocacy? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School, and Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director at the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, will answer these questions and many more. All librarians are invited to attend this live, interactive session.
  • Link:  http://home.edweb.net/webinar/intellectual-freedom-not-just-censorship/
Title:  The Name of the Game: Playing Tabletop Games to Build 21st Century Skills
  • Organization: OCLC Webjunction
  • Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 3:00 PM-4:00 PM EDT
  • Description: As hubs of lifelong learning, public libraries are always seeking new strategies to cultivate 21st century skills in their community members. The deeper we move into this century, the more critical it becomes for people to hone skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, global awareness and creativity. Your patrons can strengthen these skill sets while also having fun in a social setting — through playing tabletop games at the library. Learn about the wide array of games available and the specific skill sets each one promotes. Hear how public librarians are using games and get new ideas for programming and game-related projects that you can do at your library. Your younger patrons will be ahead of the 21st century game in no time.
  • Link:  https://tinyurl.com/y8pgc2hv
Title:  Assess Students’ Impromptu Speaking Skills with a Free App
  • Organization: net
  • Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 5:00 PM-6:00 PM EDT
  • Description: What if I told you that teachers can post questions in a platform that allows students to answer using recorded video messages instead of typed or written responses? The possibilities are endless! Join educational technology adopter Shannon Holden as he shows teachers how to assess students with Recap – a free platform that records student answers to teacher questions through recorded video messages. Recap is great for educators looking for innovative ways to use iPads and Chromebooks.
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED51D88083463E
Title:  Common Core OER and Websites & Google Classroom
  • Organization: AASL
  • Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 6 PM–7 PM CST
  • Description: A major challenge to Common Core implementation is the shortage of new and proficient standard-aligned material. As districts face the necessity of purchasing new instructional materials aligned to the CCSS, open educational resources (OER) has become crucial. OER has become a central model for the development and dissemination of free online content. The digital libraries of OER has increased significantly, providing schools and teachers with standards-based materials for developing CCSS curriculum. A variety of Common Core OER websites will be demonstrated to attendees and how they can be applied in Google Classroom. They will learn how to search, filter, and assign exercises and formative assessments to students in Google Classroom.
  • Link:  http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/oer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Read Play Talk newsletter

This fall Library Services will be publishing a Read Play Talk newsletter for parents. Please use the form below to subscribe!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Library Services Effectiveness Report 2017

The 2017 District Effectiveness Report for Library Services has been completed and posted on the MISD Library Policies and Procedures site. Thank you all for the data and photos you submitted that make up the majority of the report! 

Take a look to see how we did...

Library Services Effectiveness Report for 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Inspiration

If you ever doubt that what you do as a school librarian makes a difference in the grand scheme of things, read this remarkable speech by school library advocate, Roger Rosen, President and CEO of Rosen Publishing:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PD in your PJs (or by the pool!)

Just a few more days and summer will be here! While you are relaxing during the break, check out some of these opportunities for learning!

June 2017 Professional Development

Title:  Digital Literacy & Fake News
  • Organization: Library 2.0 Network
  • Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST
  • Description: In this Library 2.107 mini-conference, we start with the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and now digital literacy, and then we ask some pointed questions. How should library and information professionals address the issues of fake news, propaganda, and biased research? What technical skills are required for critical thinking in the digital age? As learners increasingly move from just consuming information to also socially producing it, what are the new requisite skills of critical thinking and decision-making? What are appropriate uses for social media when conducting research? What is digital citizenship in a global, globally-diverse, and often globally-fragmented world? What work on digital literacy is available, what frameworks already support these efforts, what are the perspectives of the leading thinkers?
  • Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-2017-digital-literacy-fake-news-registration-33684268554
 Title:  50 Years of YA: Part 1
  • Organization: Booklist
  • Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
  • Description: 50 Years of YA Webinar: Part 1. Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including a two-part webinar extravaganza. Part 1, will feature authors Patrick Ness (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Deborah Heiligman (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group), and David Levithan (Random House Children’s Books). Tune in to hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Dan Kraus.
  • Link: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Title:  Embedding Purposeful Literacy Scaffolds and Strategies to Support EL Learners
  • Organization: edWeb.net
  • Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
  • Description: English Language Learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population in our country, and these students deserve to be supported throughout their learning process – especially when it comes to reading and writing. Join this research-fueled session to learn how leveraging targeted and embedded scaffolds as part of a differentiated instruction approach can dramatically accelerate language and literacy gains for ELLs at every stage of English acquisition. Marisa Russo, M.Ed., Executive Director, EL Development and Early Literacy Instruction, at Achieve3000, will share:
    • Critical scaffolds for ensuring mastery of foundational literacy skills such as phonics and fluency
    • Proven strategies for supporting vocabulary development across the content areas
    • Tips for using consistent language and frequent visual aids to support comprehension skills
    • Ideas for providing ongoing opportunities for listening and speaking to ensure students are able to express their ideas and opinions
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED50D989894F3C
Title:  Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers
  • Organization: edWeb.net
  • Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
  • Description: Early childhood teachers often struggle with creating enticing and engaging play-based environments on limited budgets. In this edWebinar, Shelley Nicholson, PhD, Owner/Director of Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center; and Jessica Martinez, Director of The Goddard School of Austin will explore inexpensive ways to collect and create classroom learning materials. They will share helpful tips and strategies from their book, Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers, including:
    • How to find, choose, and integrate materials into learning centers
    • How to create unique and inviting props for play and learning
    • What children are learning as they play with materials
    • How to scaffold learning with materials
    • When to add or replace materials through observation of children
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED50DA80864638
Title:  Managing, Deploying, and Sharing School-Issued Devices: Lessons Learned
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Managing, deploying, and sharing school-issued devices can be a monumental and sometimes frustrating task – but it doesn’t have to be. Whether your school has already issued mobile devices or is considering implementing or expanding a 1:1 or shared mobile initiative, there are things you can do to make your job – or that of your tech coordinators and teachers easier. Join Matt Bergman as he offers advice and tips for managing, sharing, and distributing school-issued mobile devices. In addition to providing some device management and deployment strategies, Matt will discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them. He will also cover items to consider such as charging, sharing, storing, and tracking devices.
  • Link: https://simplek12.lpages.co/event-6-8-17/?cc=website-tlc-adblock
Title:  50 Years of YA: Part 2
  • Organization: Booklist
  • Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
  • Description: Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including this two-part webinar extravaganza featuring speakers from Scholastic, Little, Brown and Company, Penguin Young Readers, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Tune-in to hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit. This is a free, one-hour webinar moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus.
  • Link: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Title:  Making and Coding: A More Inclusive Approach to Computing Education
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Are you looking for engaging, interactive ways to help teach students of all levels to code? Join Todd Beard as he explores and explains Microsoft MakeCode – a new approach to computing education that combines the magic of making with the power of code, in a way that engages every student in computational thinking. Discover how to bring computer science to life with fun projects and immediate results.
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2822
Title:  Get Started with Live Online Adventures Via Skype!
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Would you like to inspire, engage, and excite your students while bringing the world into your classroom? Discover how to jump into a world of live adventures with Skype in the Classroom. Join Skype Master Teacher Darcy Grimes as she talks through the basic steps of getting started with this fantastic online community of educators around the world. She will share where you can find Skype Lessons and Virtual Field Trips to cover many different areas of the syllabus. As part of a focus on literacy, Darcy will show how to have amazing authors and writers Skyping live into your classroom!
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2823
Title:  Childhood Suicide: Signs, Effects, and Links to Trauma
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT
  • Description: Traumatic events are very difficult to deal with, even for adults. Can you imagine how difficult it would be for young children or early adolescents to cope? When something traumatic happens, the shock can reverberate in our thoughts and negatively influence our emotions and perception of life for extended periods of time. It can even lead to suicidal thoughts. Join Tamara Hill, a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional as she discusses the psychological, emotional, physiological, and neurological effects of trauma among young children around the ages of 7-12.
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2767
Title:  Mindfulness for Librarians
  • Organization: American Libraries Live
  • Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
  • Description: Join library experts and hundreds of your colleagues for interactive discussions on pressing issues in modern librarianship.
  • Link: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/al-live/
Title:  Pinterest & Snapguide For Learning
  • Organization: Insync Training
  • Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
  • Description: One of the unique products to emerge in an increasingly crowded field of social tools is Pinterest—a fun combination of social bookmarking, images, commenting, and public sharing. It’s a great place for connecting with and sharing resources for your own professional development. So, you might be wondering how Pinterest can be used for learning and development. Join Jane Bozarth for a quick example-filled tour of using Pinterest and another very-new product, Snapguide, to support your practice and your professional growth.
  • Link: https://reg131.imperisoft.com/InSyncTraining/ProgramDetail/3236343832/Registration.aspx
Title:  Using Storytime to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success
  • Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
  • Description: We know that sharing books with young children helps them gain valuable early literacy skills like vocabulary, print awareness, and letter knowledge. However, it also helps them develop skills that experts say are a better predictor of success: executive function skills. Executive function, or “soft” skills, include social-emotional skills like self-regulation and taking on different perspectives, as well as accessing one’s working memory and more. In this interactive webinar, participants will learn what executive function is, why it’s important to learning and life success, and how it can be developed through shared story time experiences. In this webinar participants will learn:
Title:  Virtual Library Program Development
  • Organization: EdWeb.net
  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT
  • Description: This webinar will align learning goals with the tools used to reach them. Formerly called 30 apps in 60 minutes, this session has evolved. Instead of focusing on tools, we will focus on learning objectives and how to use technology to meet them. This webinar is a follow-up on Emerging Tech’s webinar, “Redefining Professional Learning for 1:1 Computing.”
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EC59DC8080493E

***Thanks to Daniella Smith at the Knowledge Quest blog for curating this list!***

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Grant winners!

Several MISD librarians were awarded grants from the Mesquite Education Foundation this year. Here are the winners we know about. If there is someone we missed, let us know in the comments!

Liz Payne at Poteet High School will be adding to the Native Readers Collection and purchasing books for students in their native languages. Next year students at Poteet will have access to more materials in Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu and others. Congratulations Liz!!!

Amy Milstead won a grant to turn the library at Thompson Elementary into an active learning environment. Thompson students can look forward to more makerspace equipment and furniture that allows for more flexibility in the library.

Amy Burris and Brenda Allen at Horn High School are the happy recipients of a grant to create a "future ready" space for their students. They will be adding collaborative work areas, comfortable seating for individuals and whole class areas with mobility and flexibility in mind.

Callie Dawson at McDonald Middle School received a grant to create a makerspace!

Congrats to all our grant winners and thanks to the Mesquite Education Foundation for supporting MISD libraries!