Welcome to the FCS Library Connection newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep the community abreast of the many activities taking place in our library media spaces each month. We hope by sharing our individual stories collectively, we will connect and inspire our readers.

On Thursday, August 30th, 2018, Western Hills High School librarian, Rhonda Bell, hosted the Central Kentucky Association of School Librarians (CKASL) fall meeting. Hearn Elementary librarian, Emily Northcutt, presented on her Top 5 Sources For Finding Engaging Texts to all members present. Several Franklin County librarians currently serve on the Kentucky Association of School Librarians board and committees. In addition, Westridge librarian, Jessica Holmes, and Western Hills librarian, Rhonda Bell, are past CKASL president and treasurer/secretary. Franklin County had the most librarians in attendance from any CKASL district!


Franklin County librarians are in the process of creating a FCS Library Connection website! The website will serve as a repository of ideas and tools that can be used across the district by both educators and families.


Bridgeport students stayed cool by reading this summer thanks to a partnership with Dairy Queen where students received cool treats as a reward for a certain number of hours they read. Students turned in their summer reading packet for additional chances to win Book Fair gift certificates to our fall fair.

We started this school year with Library Orientation and Digital Citizenship lessons. Bridgeport students are excited about reading and checking out books, especially when they get to read in the Reading Forest! We look forward to our Enchanted Forest Book Fair in October.


Already, at ELV, our young learners have focused on rules and routines of the library, book care, how to choose a “just right” book, and how to use a shelf marker. Students have been introduced to the basic parts of a computer, using a mouse, as well as simplified concepts of Digital Citizenship. Students are now participating in their first author study with a focus on the work of Mo Willems.

Here are a few ideas that have been shared with ELV families in order to promote a love of reading within the youngest of learners:

1. Have a reading ritual: daily breakfast story, bath time story, or bedtime story

2. Make reading fun: act out stories, use silly voices, use sound effects

3. Choose books that are interesting to your child and age appropriate

4. Read the same books over and over

5. Visit Paul Sawyier Public Library (awesome new children’s section!)

6. Talk about what you read

7. Model your own love of reading by settling down with a book of your choice

8. Minimize screen time

9. Don’t make “reading time” a reward or take it away as punishment

10. Point out words everywhere you go and retell favorite stories when possible


The start of school is always busy in the EMS library. Chromebook rollout is the main priority and we rolled out 815+ Chromebooks to students in the first 3 days of school.

After that, it was time to get to know the Mighty EMS library via orientation for all grades. 6th grade worked in stations to accomplish 3 main tasks: A) get to know the EMS library by exploring via a scavenger hunt, B) ensure all students could log in successfully to their Chromebook, and C) check out a book. 7th and 8th grade competed in groups to complete a digital breakout to see which group knew the Mighty EMS Library the best. Groups had to decipher clues and explore areas of the library to unlock virtual locks and win a prize.

This year, teachers are participating in learning cadres and Mrs. Osterloh is leading one on using technology in the classroom. At our August meeting, we played with Ozobots and discussed their uses in the classroom.

Finally, check out the Menu of Services the EMS library provides to teachers on a regular basis.



All students have checked out and should now have books to read and enjoy! Each student can check out up to 2 books. We have several reading options for our students. The first of course are the actual library books. We also have several online opportunities. The first is MyON Reading, which is a student's own personalized online library. Next, is Epic, which also offers online books and learning videos. We also have Pebble Go, which offers nonfiction books for our primary students. Finally, we have True Flix, which is a collection of nonfiction books in the areas of social studies and science. These are geared more for our intermediate students. Our hope is, that students will always have a reading experience at their fingertips here at Elkhorn.

Digital Citizenship:

Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be exploring what it means to be a responsible Digital Citizen. We will cover the areas of password security, cyberbulling, personal and private information, online health, keeping games fun and friendly, click bait, and healthy digital friendships. We will be sharing this information with our families as part of an after school event.

Book Fair:

We have just concluded our Books Only Book Fair where students had the opportunity to buy books for their personal library to enjoy as we begin school.


At the Hearn Library, we are working on beginning of the year procedures in order to empower students to personalize their learning through self-sufficient access to our collection. We use a self-checkout system through Follett Destiny where students create their own library cards and utilize a circulation station in order to check their own books in and out. Even teachers can check their own materials in and out in our library! All classes have also enjoyed comical read-alouds like The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt and We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins to start the year by emphasizing how much fun books can be. In September, we will begin exploring digital citizenship and how students can use the library catalog to find materials to match their interests.


It has been a great start of the school year at Peaks Mill Elementary! First of all, our students have loved getting reacquainted with our school therapy dog, Quincey. The students love learning with and reading to Quincey! He has been a “staff member” at PME for the past six years and he is making quite a difference in our students’ and staffs’ lives! Even though I’m only working part-time in the morning (budget cuts) our students have had the opportunity to check out books since the first day of school, including almost 200 NEW books added to our collection since last Spring. As of August 31, our students have checked out a total of 812 books! We are a school of readers!


The American Libraries Association celebrates National Library Card Sign-Up Month in September. WHHS Library Media Specialist, Rhonda Bell will be issuing library cards to all ninth-grade students while also partnering with Erin McCoin, Youth Services Outreach Specialist at Paul Sawyier Public Library, to encourage students to sign up for public library cards.

Although Banned Books Week is celebrated September 23-29 book displays, bulletin boards, and activities are planned in the WHHS Libray Media Center all month long. Students are encouraged to exercise their freedom to read what they want and stand up against censorship. During Banned Books Week the following dress up days have been planned.

Monday, September 24 - I'm with the BANNED - wear band/concert t-shirts or dress like your favorite music artist

Tuesday, September 25 - Celebrate your FREEDOM to read BANNED books - wear red, white and blue

Wednesday, September 26 - Jump on the BANNED wagon - wear sports gear from your favorite college, NFL, NBA, etc. team

Thursday, September 27 - It takes a BOLD NERD to write a BANNED book - dress like a nerd

Friday, September 28 - SHOW YOUR WHHS BANNED BOOK SPIRIT - wear your WHHS spirit attire


At Westridge elementary, we spent the first month of school getting all students into the library for orientation and checkout. In addition, we rolled out the 5th grade One-To-One and got each student successfully logged in! Furthermore, all 3rd and 4th grade students were instructed on the Acceptable Use Policy. STLP applications were sent home with any interested 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student and 50 students are now enrolled in the program!

In September, we will begin seeing preschool students in the library each week. In addition, we will celebrate Library Card Month by giving each student a WES Library Card in order to begin both self-checkout and Library Time Clock statistics collection. All K-5 students will begin receiving instruction on Digital Citizenship as part of the year-long Digital Literacy initiative. 5th graders will receive instruction on password creation and begin their Google Apps Digital Drivers License curriculum. Faculty will participate in the annual WES Booknic celebration and Tech Tuesday launch. Girls Who Code club will begin with 3rd-5th grade girls. Finally, all 2nd and 3rd grade students will be given a free copy of Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli and invited to participate in a parent/student book club.

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