• January 22, 2021
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Participants pose with their favorite books. Photo courtesy of Maggie Zargo.

The month of April is National School Library Month, and National Library Week is April 11-15. The Media Center is celebrating both occasions by hosting a photo op, a poster design contest, and a technology workshop for teachers.

Anyone at Leesville, whether the students, administration, cafeteria workers or any staff member, was welcome to stop by the media center March 30 – April 7 to have their picture taken with their favorite book. The picture is turned into a poster and made part of a collage which is posted on the right wall of the entryway into the media center.

Scott Lyons, principal, Angie Stevenson, English teacher, and Andrew Christian, senior, were three of the 26 people who had their pictures taken. The books they were reading were Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling, and Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, respectively.

The Poster Design Contest, due date April 8, challenges artistic students to design a poster featuring their favorite book, whether an alternate cover for the novel, a specific scene, or its movie advertisement. Digital work is forbidden. The winners receive a book of their choice as well as a gift card to Chick-fil-a.

After school on Wednesday, April 13 the media center will be holding the technology workshop open to all teachers. It will give them a chance to handle the school’s new gadgets: smartboards, flip cameras, smart response clickers, and document cameras.

“What we really want is for the teachers to come in and touch the equipment and play with it,” said Elizabeth Johnson, media specialist.

Each piece of technology exhibited has its own “liaison” with a teacher who has already learned to use it in order to better explain its function to those less than savvy.

This is good news for the students as well. When the new equipment becomes more familiar to the teachers and less scary, they are more likely to use it in the classrooms, which means a more interesting lesson for us students.

“It’s all about implementing technology appropriately into the classroom,” said Johnson.

More details about National Library Week and National School Month can be found on the media center’s website. People are tweeting about it, too; the tag for National Library Week on Twitter is #nlw11.

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