Mildred H. McEvoy Library Activity September 2015

The Mildred H. McEvoy Library at Worcester Academy welcomed hundreds of students to our updated space in the first few weeks of school. During the course of September, over 400 students in 26 classes participated in library research classes and collaborative efforts between the library and other academic departments.

Several student groups visited the library for tours, introductions to resources, and to select independent reading books.

  • During their first Literacy Lounge, the 7th grade toured the library and selected independent reading books.
  • Sixth graders visited the library to select independent reading materials for their English class.
  • Cathy Fox's EFL students visited the library to select independent reading books. Based on students' expressed interests, the library director booktalked 10-15 books for each group and helped them select reading materials.
  • Thirty-three post-graduate students visited the library during study hall and CCL during the first three weeks of school in order to gain an understanding of available library resources.

Students in Kate Schlesinger's World Civilizations II classes visited the library for an introduction to research resources for their Dark Ages project.

As part of their summer reading project, the middle school visited Heifer Farm. In collaboration with middle school teachers, the library purchased Beatrice's Goat, a book about a family in Uganda who receives a goat from Heifer. The library director read Beatrice's Goat aloud to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades during their literacy periods the week of their visit to Heifer Farm.

The Upper School Summer Reading Festival took place on September 21st. In collaboration with upper school faculty, the library helped organize 20 breakout workshops for students and moderated a panel discussion with students and faculty.

All sections of 9th grade World Civilizations were introduced to library databases and the new library catalog for their year-long Expressions Research Project. Students will work with library staff again in November on effective keyword searching and evaluating information.

Seventh grade American Studies students were introduced to library resources to aid in their research for their American Revolution research and Boston field trip.

September ended with a collaboration in Pete Smith's Pre-Algebra classes using Sphero and Ollie robots. In order to help students better understand positive and negative integers, Mr. Smith and Ms. Hanson created a lesson for students demonstrating movement on the number line with robots.

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