PLD Library Update – 2016-2017 School Year

Your PLD Library by the Numbers:

  • Each morning, we hosted around 200 students.
  • We had 16,030 student visits on library passes during the school day for the 2016-17 school year.
  • We had 1,283 classes visit the library during the 2016-17 school year.
  • We had a GRAND TOTAL of 87,920 visits to the library (In the 177 days for this year, we were closed 10 days for testing and special events, so that’s an average of 526 students in our library each day.)
  • We circulated 18,200 books, audiobooks, videos, calculators, laptops, tablets, and other equipment to students and staff this school year.  The top 3 genres circulated at the PLD Library are Manga (1,975 circs.), Fantasy (1,756 circs.), and SciFi (1,205 circs.).
  • During the 2016-17 school year, we processed 1,001 new books and 89 new DVDs/audiobooks.

WHEW, we’ve had a busy year!  From featuring reading promotions to collaborating with teachers on research projects to hosting special meetings, events, and gatherings, we are so thankful that our students and staff continue to utilize and enjoy a thriving library.  Thank you for being part of the central hub that is your PLD Library!  Let us know how we can continue to serve you!

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UPDATE: PLD Library March 2017

Your PLD Library by the Numbers:

  • Each morning, we host around 200 students.   
  • We’ve had 12,281 student visits on passes during the school day this school year.
  • We’ve hosted 899 different classes during this school year.
  • We’ve had a GRAND TOTAL of 65,251 visits to the library (In the 131 days for this year, we were closed 3 days for testing and special events, so that’s an average of 510 students per day.)
  • We’ve circulated 14,512 books, audiobooks, videos, calculators, laptops, tablets, and other equipment to students and staff so far this year.  The top 3 genres circulated are Manga (1,621 circs.), Fantasy (1,372 circs.), and Realistic (950 circs.).
  • So far this year, we’ve processed 755 new books and 61 new DVDs/audiobooks.

This is the final week for voting for your favorite Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominee.  You can fill out a paper ballot in the library or a virtual ballot here:  https://goo.gl/forms/2WrMdO4TvIwDBhVh2

For the spring semester, we kicked off January with the PLD Library Reading Challenge of Genre Bingo and gave out prizes to all participants who completed the challenge.  In February, we provided space for a Black History Month Poetry Celebration in the Spirit of Paul Laurence Dunbar and for a panel discussion with Alumni of the original Dunbar High School.  For March, we selected 14 lucky books, hid a shamrock inside, and gave out a special treat to students who checked out the books.

We have much to celebrate in the PLD Library, and we hope to serve you soon!

Kentucky Bluegrass Award Vote 2017 for web

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UPDATE: PLD Library Fall 2016

Your PLD Library by the Numbers:

  • Each morning, we host around 200 students.  Some are working on computers, some are visiting with friends, and some are working on homework.
  • We’ve had 7,166 student visits on passes during the school day during the fall semester.
  • We’ve hosted 579 different classes during the fall semester.
  • We’ve had a GRAND TOTAL of 41,336 visits to the library during the fall semester (In the 85 days this semester, we were closed 1 day for testing, so that’s an average of 492 students per day.)
  • We’ve circulated 10,347 books, audiobooks, videos, calculators, laptops, tablets, and other equipment to students and staff during the fall semester.  The top 3 genres circulated at the PLD Library are Manga (1,255 circs.), Fantasy (1,001 circs.), and Realistic (686 circs.).
  • So far this year, we’ve processed 579 new books and 53 new DVDs/audiobooks.

Earlier this fall, we set up a “relaxation station” with bright red stools and an activity table, but we had no idea how much students would enjoy it!  The crowd favorite by far has been puzzles:  students (and teachers!) enjoy taking some time for a mind break while completing the puzzles.  As an added bonus, we have used the library to showcase the artistic talents of PLD students by displaying sculptures from Mrs. Goodman’s class and musical talents by hosting Lunch with the Arts, featuring Brian Morgan, Teresa Elliott, and PLD’s Jazz Band.

For the second half of the fall semester, we created displays for Books We are Thankful For and winter-themed books.  We are holding the PLD Library Reading Challenge with Genre Bingo for 2017.  Stop by and get your card to participate!  Additionally, I am currently book-talking Nonfiction books paired with Fiction, called “The Facts Behind the Fiction,” so the fiction book Hurricane Song by Volponi would be paired up with a nonfiction book about Hurricane Katrina.  We are continuing PLD Library’s Book Club.  For January, we are reading a Nicholas Sparks book of choice, and the meeting is January 23 after school in the library.  Come join us!  We are excited for what the Spring semester holds, and, as always, thank you for helping us make #pldreads a culture and not just a hashtag.

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PLD Library October 2016 Update

Your PLD Library by the Numbers:

  • Each morning, we host around 200 students.  Some are working on computers, some are visiting with friends, and some are working on homework.  We love that our before-school regulars feel comfortable hanging out with us!
  • We’ve had 2,605 student visits on passes during the school day as of October 14.
  • We’ve hosted 289 different classes as of October 14.
  • We’ve had a GRAND TOTAL of 19,675 visits to the library as of October 14.
  • We’ve circulated 6,560 books, audiobooks, videos, calculators, laptops, tablets, and other equipment to students and staff as of October 14.  The top 3 genres circulated at the PLD Library are Manga (818 circs.), Fantasy (608 circs.), and SciFi (471 circs.).
  • So far this year, we’ve processed 421 new books and 20 new DVDs/audiobooks.
Manga is the book form of anime.
What is Manga??? Manga is the book form of anime. It’s published in the traditional Japanese style, so you read it from back to front.

 

PLD Library Highlights

  • Follow us on Twitter!  @PLDLibrary
  • PLD Library has eBooks!  You can access them by logging in with your email and password at the PLD Library Online Catalog.
  • We’ve added some charging stations and a “relaxation station” with bright red stools and an activity table.  We’ve put out puzzles, Zen coloring sheets, origami, and now extreme dot-to-dots!
  • Freshman and Sophomore English classes started the beginning of the year with a Library Orientation and introduction to our genres.
  • LitCon 2016 brought 124 people, including students, local authors, community members, and teachers, to the PLD Library on October 12.
  • We are trying a Book/Film Club format this year.  We read Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave in September and watched the movie in October.  November’s book is Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, and we will watch that movie in December.
  • So far this semester, we’ve created displays for Summer Reading, Banned Books awareness, and Scary books.

Although very visible parts of what we do, we don’t only check out lab keys and shelve books and maintain the laminator here in the library.  (Laundry list alert!!!)  I:

  • collaborate with teachers about lesson plans and reading skills,
  • teach information literacy skills,
  • do book-talks with classes,
  • read books to classes,
  • suggest books to individual students,
  • communicate the daily Lab Scheduler,
  • maintain a web and social media presence,
  • share resources that support curriculum,
  • plan library events and promotions,
  • help with technology,
  • serve as a tutor in a pinch,
  • read library news, blogs, and journals,
  • read book and audio-visual reviews,
  • place book and audio-visual orders,
  • process and repair books and equipment,
  • keep data and statistics on library use,
  • train and work with our student aides and volunteers,
  • manage our student visitors,
  • host parent and student meetings after school,
  • set up technology for gatherings after school,
  • share Inter-Library Loans with other Fayette County schools,
  • weed our collection to keep it updated and fresh, AND
  • answer a million and half questions daily.

We love being a central hub of literacy and learning at Dunbar, and we are proud to say #PLDreads and #PLDrocks!

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LitCon 2016

PLD Library hosted LitCon 2016 (the 3rd Annual) Wednesday, October 12, in the Library, and 124 people, including students, authors, community members, and teachers, had a great time celebrating all things literary and talking about books.  Fayette County featured the event on their website with pictures and a write-up.  Check out our photos below!

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Author Stephen Zimmer’s table
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Teacher Tara Wilkinson talks to students about Harry Potter
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Teacher Doug Wilkinson (aka Luke Skywalker) discusses biographies of American creators
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Representatives from the Lexington Public Library hype up Manga, the #1 circulated genre at PLD
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Author Courtney Stevens talks to students about her books
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Author Sarah Combs discusses her current and upcoming books
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Author Andrew Katen displays his book
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Teacher Amanda Holt shares Poetry, one of her favorite genres
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Teacher Amber Faris talks up the benefits of Verse novels
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Students enjoy talking at LitCon
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Author Awesomeness: Gwenda Bond, Sarah Combs, and Courtney Stevens

 

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PLD Library Update – 2016-2017 School Year

Your PLD Library by the Numbers:

  • Each morning, we hosted around 200 students, some doing homework, some working on computers, some socializing. 
  • We had 11,580 student visits on passes during the school day during the fall semester, and 13,890 student visits during the spring semester, for a total of 25,470 passes for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • We hosted 663  classes during the fall semester and 562 classes during the spring semester, for a total of 1,225 classes for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • For the 177 school days, we were closed 9 days (7 for testing and 2 for Cultural Fair).
  • We had a GRAND TOTAL of 95,820 visits to the library during the 2016-2017 school year. 

**That averages out to around 570 visits to the PLD Library by students and staff EVERY INSTRUCTIONAL DAY!  I’ve heard people say “Nobody uses libraries anymore!”  (I know NO ONE in this building says that!)  But if you ever hear that, you are welcome to tell them that an average of 570 people use the PLD Library EVERY SCHOOL DAY!**

  • We circulated 21,502 books, audiobooks, videos, calculators, laptops, and other equipment to students and staff this school year.  Our most popular genres are Manga (2,014 circs), Fantasy (1,901 circs), and Realistic (1,537 circs).

As our numbers show, we’ve had a busy year!  We are constantly running reading promotions, whether it’s our Kentucky Bluegrass Award books, Blind Date with a Book (a student-favorite!), or the PLD Reading Challenge, for which student Elizabeth Blair won a Kindle eReader.  We collaborate with various classes, such as Wendy Turner’s Dual Credit English classes’ presentations to Mrs. Rains, Monica Cole’s Senior English classes with memoirs and autobiographies, and Freshman English classes using our Gale database Opposing Viewpoints in Context.  We ended the year chasing after seniors to clear up outstanding items and completing a full inventory of every single item in the library! 

Your PLD Library has hosted many meetings and gatherings, monthly Book Club meetings, various student athlete signings, and, our favorite, our Get Over the Hump food celebrations this year.  Thanks for making your PLD Library successful this school year!  Let us know how we can continue to serve you for 2016-2017!

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March 2016 PLD Library Update

March Circulations March Visits

 

 

Your PLD Library by the Numbers:

 

 

 

 

  • Each morning, we host around 200 students, some doing homework, some working on computers, some socializing, but all feeling right at home with us.
  • We’ve had 5,920 student visits on passes during the school day these first 46 days of the spring semester.
  • We’ve hosted 278 different classes during this spring semester so far.
  • We’ve had a GRAND TOTAL of 88,180 visits to the library during the 131 instructional days so far this school year.
  • We’ve circulated 16,852 books, audiobooks, videos, calculators, laptops, tablets, and other equipment to students and staff so far this school year.  Our most popular genres are Manga (1,650 circs), Fantasy (1,550 circs), and Realistic (1,350 circs).
  • Did you know we have eBooks?  Come see us for directions on how to access them!

We’ve been busy, especially with junior English doing research papers.  I worked with them on evaluating sources found on the web and on how to use the databases the library purchases (Explora on KYVL and Gale Opposing Viewpoints) to find the best information for their needs.  We’ve talked about countless books with English and SciFi/Fantasy classes, and we’ve run a student-favorite promotion called Blind Date with a Book.  For March, we’re making sure our students vote for their favorite book for the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, and continuing our 2016 Reading Challenge.

Your PLD Library hosts a Book Club every month, with meetings the last Monday of each month, and everyone is welcome to attend.  We’ve also hosted the PEARL Girls meeting,  FCEA, the Soup-er PTSA Celebration, Student Council meetings, American Fidelity voluntary benefits sign-ups, the Doodle 4 Google celebration, the Girls Choir for Lunch with the Arts, the Black History Month Teen Voices panel, ACT extended-time testing, various student athlete signings, and, our favorite, our Get Over the Hump food celebrations.  Thanks for making your PLD Library successful!  Let us know how we can continue to serve you.

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February in Your PLD Library

A few events going on in February in your PLD Library:
1. Continuing our PLD Reading Challenge

2. PLD Library’s 2nd annual “Blind Date with a Book” reading promotion (A student favorite!)

3. Maggie Cook Allen is named as a Doodle 4 Google finalist. Vote for her design!

4.  Book Club on Feb. 28:  Read a classic you’ve never read before!  (Also counts toward the PLD Reading Challenge.)

Come in and see what your PLD Library can do for you!

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