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Usually April is pretty low key in the Risley Media Center, but our festivities for St. George's Day added an air of excitement to the month.
St. George's Day is a celebration of the patron saint of England. According to legend, he slayed a dragon that demanded human sacrifices. On St. George's Day, it's custom to give loved ones books and flowers. Here in the media center, Mrs. Moody and Mrs. Schiliro created flower bookmarks to give out and held a drawing for three students to win a book. We also started a book exchange for teachers here at the school in an effort to share the gift of reading with everyone.
It's also National Poetry Month. Our main display this month featured a poet-tree made up of different poets as well as the poetry books we have here at the library. 
We're currently gearing up for testing here at school, and our media specialist, Mrs. Moody plays a big role in getting the necessary technology distributed throughout the school and troubleshooting any issues. Speaking of, we celebrated Mrs. Moody and National Librarian Day on April 16th.
The last day of school is Thursday, May 27th. We will support our teachers and administrators in testing over the next month as well as take inventory of the books in the media center. We will also prepare a special last-day-of-school event for our students that features a "Hunger Games" theme.
Stay tuned, and thank you for your support!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro
It was a festive March here in the Media Center.
In March, we channeled the NCAA and held our own March Madness tournament here in the Media Center. The contest started with 16 books -- our very own "Sweet 16" complete with brackets! -- that had their popularity determined by the number of checkouts they had since the beginning of the semester. From there, students who visited the Media Center voted each week, and we narrowed 16 to eight, eight to four, four to two, and finally, two to one. Our winner? "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul!" We learned that our kiddos really love to vote.
We also honored Women's History Month last month with a display showcasing difference-making women throughout history, from Joan of Arc to Katherine Johnson. "Hidden Figures" remains one of our most popular books and movies, and we have the book, a middle school adaptation, and a picture book to ensure all of our students can comprehend and appreciate the story.
Of course we observed St. Patrick's Day with a festive, green book display that everyone loved.
Mrs. Moody also found a working record player in the back of one of our closets that appears to date back to the '60s. Both Mrs. Moody and Mrs. Schiliro brought some records to play. It's been a high hit among students and staff alike! Most popular? Abba and Stevie Wonder.
In April we're observing National Poetry Month and beginning to plan our end-of-the-year activities.
Have a good spring break. As always, keep reading!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro
It was another fun and festive month in the MC!
Last month, we celebrated Love My Library Week the week of Feb. 16th. Students participated in a scavenger hunt to win a basket of goodies, took turns spinning the prize wheel at every checkout, and guessed how many Hershey Kisses were in our jar at the circulation desk. The Media Center also hosted a homeroom Bingo game over the morning announcements. Homeroom Bingo is a fan favorite for students and teachers alike; the winning homeroom received a donut breakfast. It's clear that our Wildcats love the library!
February is Black History Month. As always, we highlighted the contributions of Black writers to literature by displaying works by Black authors. Mrs. Moody is an avid reader of Jacqueline Woodson, an award-winning writer of poetry and realistic fiction, as well as Sharon Draper, who also writes realistic fiction. Mrs. Schiliro's personal hero is Misty Copeland, the first Black woman to become a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater in New York. We have two of Copeland's books in the library -- they're new arrivals! -- and we were proud to highlight those for Black History Month as well. We consistently work to diversify our collection to meet the needs of our student population and to ensure they see authors similar to themselves line our shelves.
Of course, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day are both celebrated in February. Our Valentine's Day display included books about romance and friendship, while our Presidents' Day display included books about U.S. presidents, vice presidents, and First Ladies. Our students are huge fans of biographies, especially the Who Was? series of biographies, so the presidential display was well received.
We're hosting a March Madness book tournament, a la NCAA basketball, this month to determine the favorite book in the library, so stay tuned as we narrow down the selection from 16 to one.
Keep reading, and be sure to follow us on Instagram @risleymedia!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro
A new year means a new beginning, and we kicked the new year off by celebrating the first books in some of our favorite series. Many of our students like to be scared, so series like Shadow House and Cirque du Freak are always popular, as are comedies like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and graphic novel series like Maximum Ride. The Wings of Fire, Hunger Games, and Harry Potter series and most any series by Rick Riordan (of Percy Jackson fame) are Risley fan favorites, too. 
Here in our library, Mrs. Schiliro likes the Cleopatra in Space graphic novel series by Mike Maihack, and Mrs. Moody has enjoyed reading the Fallen series by Lauren Kate.
In January, we also honored Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27 by featuring a wealth of books about the Holocaust, which our 6th graders studied this month. We have fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel titles to help students get a grasp on that terrible event, its causes, and effects.
New titles that came in this month include:
  • "Escuela de Espanto: ¡La escuela está viva!" by Jack Chabert, a new bilingual title
  • "Gold Rush Girl" by Avi, a historical fiction audiobook
  • "Distress Signal" by Mary E. Lambert, a fictional survival story
  • "Yo Quiero Mi Sombrero" by Jon Klassen, a bilingual picture book
  • "Twins" by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright, a coming-of-age graphic novel about sisters
Next month, we look forward to celebrating Black History Month by highlighting Black authors and heroes. We will also celebrate Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day.
Don't forget to follow us on Instagram! @risleymedia
Happy reading!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro
We were festive all season long in the MC!
In November, we spent the month sharing the books for which we're most thankful. A display on one book shelf invited students to write titles they're thankful for on a leaf, then add the leaves to our thankful tree. The diversity of books was fantastic. While it was difficult for the media team to choose, Mrs. Moody chose "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton because it got her interested in reading in 7th grade. Mrs. Schiliro chose "The Diary of Anne Frank" because of the amazing account Anne was able to keep despite being in hiding from Nazis. 
Another month-long display over November featured many books -- fiction, non-fiction, biographies, picture books, you name it -- on Native Americans in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Among the most popular from that display were books by Joseph Bruchac, who has a large body of work (we carry many of his books here in the media center), but is probably most well-known for his book "Code Talker" about Navajo men who were recruited by the military to send coded messages in their native tongue during World War II.
In December, we prepared for the holidays by featuring all manner of books relating to snow and ice. Of course, we also had a display celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah.
The media center team also organized Reindeer Games, an annual holiday-themed field day. This year, Reindeer Games functioned as a PBIS Reward Day, so students who had good grades, no media center fines, and no discipline referrals could participate. Students came by grade level during their Connections classes and competed in events like "Mitten Unwrap" (a race to unwrap wrapped gifts with oven mitts on), "Five Golden Rings" (hula hooping), and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (red light, green light) as homeroom teams. Winners were Mr. Burke's and Ms. Strean's homerooms (6th grade), Ms. Donley's and Mr. Yeomans' homerooms (7th grade), and Mr. Steubing's and Mrs. Liles' homerooms (8th grade).
As always, the media center team welcomes your feedback. Be sure to follow us on Instagram: @risleymedia. 
Happy reading!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro
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As it turns out, October has been quite a busy month for the media center.
All month long we will be hosting classes to teach digital citizenship lessons. These lessons, while required by the district, are an important part of the library curriculum, especially considering our society's ever-growing reliance on digital media. 
We are also celebrating a number of events through our book displays this month!
Our Halloween display features our vast selection of scary and horror books which are displayed between the spooky gravestones and creepy creatures lingering among the shelves.
We are also promoting our Read It, then See It reading incentive program this month. Many movies begin life as a book! As a way to encourage students to read more books, we offer many of those books and the opportunity to check out the movie. In order to be eligible to check out the movie, a student must first read the movie's book. They will then fill out the Read It, then See It form on the media center's Google Classroom. We send a note home to the parent/guardian to approve the check out as some of our movies are PG-13. Once the permission form is returned, the movie is checked out on Friday and is due back the following Monday. Along with the movie, the student gets their choice of Coke or Sprite and a bag of popcorn. This is just another way we try to make reading fun!
We took the opportunity of this year's presidential election to celebrate the history of voting and all of the people instrumental in making voting what it is today.
In the spirit of voting, we are also holding a writing contest we have so cleverly named the "Write to Vote" contest. We wanted to model the voting process for our students so we had students create a unique writing based on the prompt What does being an American mean to you?. Homeroom classes are voting on their class representative whose work will be displayed for the school to view and vote on. We will be holding the election in the Media Center the last week of October and will announce the winner on November 4th.
As always, we thank you for your support of our media program. We look forward to seeing you around school!
Happy reading!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro
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September has been a pretty busy month in the media center. We went through orientation with everyone at the end of August. So, we have welcomed all students into the media center this month for their first book checkouts! 
We have a few new reading resources this year that will allow all students to read electronic books (ebooks) wherever they have internet access and a mobile device. At this time, we have access to ebooks through Epic! and Destiny Discover. Beginning in October, students will have access to ebooks through another program - Junior Library Guild (JLG). Please see this Guide to Electronic Reading for login instructions and a walk-through of each platform. 
At the end of September, we will be joining libraries across the nation as we celebrate Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week takes place the week of September 28th - October 2nd this year. Banned Books Week is a celebration of one's freedom to read and to seek and express ideas. This year's phrase is "Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!". To find out more about Banned Books Week, please visit ALA's website
In the media center, we will be hosting activities throughout the week including, Guess the Shredded Book, and a homeroom BINGO game. We will also be hosting activities through our Google Classroom that include a Banned Book Review and ALA worksheet activities. And what is a celebration without prizes!? For each activity, we will be giving away a variety of prizes, including candy, books, donuts, and gift cards. Be sure to stop by the media center during Banned Books Week to celebrate with us!
As always, we thank you for your support of our media program. We look forward to seeing you around school!
Happy reading!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro
Welcome back students and teachers! We are excited to begin a new year!
The media staff at RMS is entirely new this year!
Mrs. Moody is our new media specialist. She worked at RMS as media clerk for 5 years. She took last year off to be with her, now, one year-old baby girl, but has returned this year as media specialist. Welcome back, Mrs. Moody!
Mrs. Schiliro is new to the RMS family and will be joining the media center team as media clerk. She has a journalism background writing for Southscapes magazine, Walk Georgia organization, and the Morgan County Citizen. Mrs. Schiliro will be a wonderful asset for the RMS media program and a go-to person for your writing needs! Welcome, Mrs. Schiliro!
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We will begin the year with virtual orientations for all grade levels - 6th, 7th, and 8th - to orient all students to the media program under new staff, and any changes in place due to the COVID-19. Not much has changed, but a little refresher will be good for everyone! We will begin check-outs on August 25th. 
7th and 8th graders will receive their ID's on the first day of school. 6th graders will come to the media center with their Science classes on either August 21st or August 22nd for ID pictures. They will receive their ID's at this time. 
Be on the look out for news regarding Read-a-thon dates! We will be doing at least one Read-A-Thon this year, virus permitting. 
Speaking of the virus, due to COVID-19, circulations will be a little different this year. You may find that books that you want take longer to become available between check outs. This is so that we can better ensure you safety when circulating and reading our books. Your safety is a top priority for us at Risley Middle School. 
We look forward to seeing you in the media center and around school!
Mrs. Moody & Mrs. Schiliro