Check-It Out June & July 2021

Dallas ISD LMS Newsletter

Is designed to share innovative practices, great things happening in our libraries, and to recognize the excellent work you are doing for our students.


Congratulations to Kay Truelove H.P. Garcia MS librarian, she was awarded $5,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries and was invited to be an audience member on the Kelly Clarkson Show! Those in audience received $5000 from Scholastic and $6000 from H.E.B. to be given to the attendee's school. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Supports, Supplements, and Elevates Learners' Literacy
Congratulations Julie Sibley librarian at E.D. Walker MS who was awarded $5,000 from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries grant! Plus, she received a $5000 donation from Scholastic and $6600 HEB “Read 3” program! In total Julie was awarded $16,600! Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Supports, Supplements, and Elevates Learners' Literacy

THANK YOU, Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries

For the funds to rebuild the Medrano Middle School library collection! The school community is very appreciative of your support!

Dynamic Librarians

Diana O'Connor Rangel YW School librarian has been working with Dr. LaiYee Leong, in the Center for Presidential History at SMU to provide internships for high school students. During these semester-long internships, students work with SMU professors in political science and the CPH to assist them with their research projects. The students were able to take a deep dive into the world of academic research, assisting with the location of critical and often obscure resources, and then created a presentation about what they discovered. They also worked with the SMU academic librarians, receiving a preview of how to do research using a college library. AASL Standards: Inquire.Grow and Engage.Create

Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, Instructional Specialist, met the criteria to become an e2L Certified eGrowe Coach! We appreciate her dedication to the process of collecting evidence for final review. AASL Standards: Curate.Think and Collaborate.Create

Deneice Hullett Ireland Librarian, Michelle Touchet Harllee ECC Librarian, and Dr. Rosenid Badia Instructional Specialist will be Apple Coaches which will lead the Project R.E.A.D. Leads next school year! AASL Standards: Engage.Grow and Collaborate.Share


Whether virtual, physical, or hybrid our librarians rose to the occasion to provide Dallas ISD students with access to books!

From Gay's Desk

If I do not get to see you before the end of the school year, please know that I appreciate each and every one of you. The jobs you did this year were far beyond what we all expected. If you have not been told this year what a great job you have done, then let me tell you now. You did a great job!

Retiring Librarians

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye. I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye - to some of our wonderful teacher-librarians! We wish them health, good fortune, and joy as they transition into a new chapter in their life.

Donna Anderson - Withers Elementary

Leisa Booker - Johnson Elementary

Nancy Cheyne - Kahn Elementary

Jennifer House - Stevens Park Elementary

Kelli Pate - Sidney Lanier Vanguard

Beth Lehman - Soto Elementary

Gail Perry - T. Jefferson High School

Gail Shipley - Richardson Elementary

Pamela Taylor - Kennedy-Curry Middle School

Susan Vlach - “Joe” May Elementary

Caroline Weatherly - Sanger Preparatory School

Lin Zengh - Preston Hollow Elementary

Summer Opportunities

R.E.A.D. Live is a virtual story time hosted by Library Media Services for Dallas ISD students in grades PK-2 and 3-5 to promote reading for pleasure. More information forthcoming.

  • PK - 2: 1 0:30 English & 11:00 Spanish July 13th, 20th, and 27th
  • Grades 3 - 5: 10:30 July 14th, 21st, and 28th
  • More information forthcoming
Created By
Tabatha Sustaita-Robb


Created with images by MustangJoe - "beach sea ocean" • Michael_Luenen - "book read literature" • Unknown - * Kay Truelove photo * Julie Sibley photo - "Thank You" * Unknown licensed under CC BY-NC-ND - Twitter Photo Collage * @MichelleTouch5, @LibEddie, @WolfpackIreland, and @LibraryLipscomb - "Good Bye Yellow Note · Free image on Pixabay" • bohed - "smartphone to do list to do" • webandi - "sunglasses glasses sun" - "Father Reading" * Unknown licensed under CC BY-NC-ND