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Long Reach High School Annual Library Media Report 2019-2020

The LRHS Library is committed to collaborating with departments to design instructional connections to our world through information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, and content knowledge.

The Year In Numbers
Total Check Outs: 1,084
Our most popular book of 2019-2020: The Hate You Give- with a total of 682 circulations since it was purchased, 8 check outs from this year.
The most popular books of the year
Out of 1,685 eBooks, students checked out 25, viewed 227 titles, with a total of 2,922 logins
Our databases were used extensively this year, with 2,770 views on all of our platforms
In the LRHS Library, we focus on tailoring our program to the AASL Standards Framework for Learners of Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage. We work to increase our effectiveness through collaboration, enrichment, and communication.

Inquire

Students will build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems.

During Banned Books Week in September, we collaborated with English teachers to teach students about Censorship and Banned Books. Students created blackout poetry and participated in discussions about censorship and book banning. Students concluded the lesson by checking out a Banned Book to read.
We continually try new ways to increase our visibility of our Makerspace to encourage critical thought and creation.

Include

The LRHS Library demonstrates an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community.

In order to support distance learning during the time we were learning at home, we purchased more eBooks to support assigned reading in classes and reading for entertainment
We worked to grow our collection of popular Fiction books in other languages to support all our students to help them feel included and represented.
Our students participated in our Black History event and fashion show to recognize Black history and document accomplishments in the face of oppression.
We constantly strive to highlight books that represent people of color and marginalized groups to allow our students to feel accepted, represented, and included.

Collaborate

The LRHS Library works effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work towards common goals.

During National Novel Writing Month in November (NaNoWriMo), we collaborated with a local author to visit our aspiring writers and offer a writing workshop.
Lee's Lis- Collaborating with one of our French teachers, we created a "librarian's choice" picture book contest, where students wrote, created, and designed a picture book in French, which would then be displayed in the library for others to read.
Working with our English department, we hosted the Howard County Poet-In-Residence, through the Howard County Poetry & Literature Society
Working closely with the ESOL department, students focused on developing Information Literacy skills, and focused specifically on ethical research, paraphrasing, writing in-text citations, and plagiarism. Their final product was a written report about a country of their choice.
In their Human Growth and Development class, students researched behavioral theorists and their contributions to behavioral psychology. Students then created a theorist cube to represent their findings.
Working closely with our AP Government class to provide educational support and resources, students researched and created their project for the C-span Student Cam 2020 documentary videos.
Students used WeVideo extensively this year in several different classes and subjects. Highlighting one of our PLC Growth Plan outcomes, students chose a culture of interest in our Cultural Phenomenon project and researched, designed, and created documentary videos of their chosen culture.

Curate

In the library, students and staff make meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance

To recognize Women's History Month, we worked with our student intern to create a display highlighting women throughout history.
Students worked throughout the year to create and submit a film for the HoCo Film Festival. Several of our students won awards, and were able to watch the awards digitally on our Social Media Platforms.

To highlight School Library Month in April, and support Video Production students in making a Stop Motion film, this was created as an example and shared on our Instagram account.

Lightning Readers Staff Book Club

Explore

Students are able to discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection

Video Production students received some hands on experience with professional video production with a guest speaker
Video Production students explored the Film and Digital Media program at Towson University and were able to participate in college lectures and workshops

Engage

Students learned how to demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and an interconnected world

Safe and ethical use of technology was demonstrated to students through our Library Instagram account, where information was credited, and ethical practices were followed when posting pictures of staff and students. Follow us @lrhslibrary

To support our students during distance learning, we published digital book talks, to show students what we are reading, and offer recommendations for their own reading, to demonstrate ethical and appropriate use of technology for learning and to virtually connect with our students.

Looking Forward

The Long Reach High School library is committed to preparing students for life beyond high school. We will continually strive to increase our diverse and inclusive resources, increase use and visibility of our resources for student achievement, and consistently provide support, guidance, and assistance for our students to succeed.