Last week at the MBUSD Board of Education meeting, the Manhattan Beach Historical Society (MBHS) presented their generous annual donation of funds for library books to each of the MBUSD school libraries. As thanks, staff from each of the libraries, as well as students from Grand View and Pacific Elementary Schools presented MBHS President Steve Meisenholder with thank you cards. Mira Costa is extremely fortunate to have $1,000 to spend on books supporting our history curriculum, and we truly appreciate the continuing generosity of the Historical Society for supporting our program. We will be ordering some new great books very soon.
Pictured in the photo back row are (from left to right) Bill Fournell, School Board President; Julie Jones, Pacific Elementary School Library Specialist; Heidi Snively, Grand View Elementary School Library Specialist; Steve Meisenholder, MBHS President; Debby Kalenik, MBMS Library Specialist, and Jane Lofton, Mira Costa Teacher Librarian.
January 23-28 is No Name-Calling Week. Please come by the library to see our display of fiction and non-fiction books on this theme. And, check our library No Name-Calling webpage with book list links and videos about cyberbullying.
You won’t want to miss the new paintings from collages by Ms. Martin’s art classes now on display in the library. The photos above don’t begin to do justice to these vibrant, engaging student works. Be sure to come by and see them soon. Many thanks to Ms. Martin and her students for lending them to the library.
If you missed the “Mustang Morning News” on Friday, January 14, be sure to check the online version of their “Positive Social Media” story. You will see shots from the Mira Costa HS Library and interviews with with different Mira Costa people who use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking tools to communicate with students, staff, and parents. Thanks to reporter Brad Baeuchler and photographer Lauren Williams for including the library in a great story.
Last night, the district library team did a short presentation about our libraries and the common goals identified for our group at the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation meeting. I felt very honored to be invited to share with MBEF, a truly awesome, supportive organization that funds our district library positions, and to do so along with the outstanding library media specialists from our elementary and middle schools. Our team includes:
Elementary Library Media Specialists:
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, Pennekamp ES
Julie Limbach Jones, Pacific ES
Yukari Matsuyama, Robinson ES
Chris Primm, Meadows ES
Heidi Snively, Grand View ES
Manhattan Beach Middle School Library Media Specialist:
And for Mira Costa, myself: Jane Lofton, Teacher Librarian
Here is the Prezi presentation we showed while we shared about our programs and activities at each of the schools, or visit this link to see it on the Prezi.com site we created it on:
Many, many thanks to MBEF for your generous funding of our library program, and for allowing us to share about our programs with you!
Here is the library status report for October through December 2010. It may take a few moments to load. You can progress through it in sequence by pressing the forward arrow, or click on any links to explore in more depth.