Author Alexandra Diaz Visits Pacific Crest

During the last week of January, OBOB author, Alexandra Diaz came to Pacific Crest Middle School to talk to students. She did several sessions for different classes throughout the day where she talked about her book, The Only Road and the writing process. It was a great opportunity for students to learn the background of the story and to ask questions.

Alexandra was a great sport about participating in an OBOB battle during lunch. It was pretty cool for the students to have an admired author ask battle questions!

Later that same day, Alexandra returned to the school for an evening presentation where she spoke about the importance of reading diverse books and the immigrant experience.  There was a nice mix of kid and adult questions during the Q&A. 

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Life Skills Storytime

Shelby Paulson, a teacher librarian at Pilot Butte Middle School, has been hosting storytime for Life Skills students on Thursdays during 2nd period. They usually read 2-3 books and complete a craft project, all based on a theme. For example, during the month of January, they explored social-emotional topics. April Witteveen, from the public library, comes once per month to read to the students and bring a craft. Her craft project in January was thank you cards. Matt McCown, Pilot Butte’s SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist), also reads and works on social communication goals with the students in a group setting. Today they made friendship rocks. What a great event to host in the library!

April Witteveen reading to students.
Matt McCown reading to students.
Friendship Rock
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Interactive Videos in Novel Effect

Novel Effect is a great interactive reading app that many of our Media Managers use in their libraries when reading to students. Many teachers are using it, as well. Basically, while you read a story out loud, it enhances the story with music and sound effects. Students love it! Yesterday, Novel Effect just announced that they now have interactive videos. Currently, there are only 3 to choose from, but I’m sure there will be more soon. In the video, there will be speech bubbles that you, as the reader, will read aloud. The video does not proceed until you read the speech bubble. The extra fun part is that you get to make a choice when you read the speech bubbles. You’re going to have to try it in order to see what I’m talking about. When you’re in the Novel Effect app, just click on Videos at the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions.

Here’s how easy it is to use:

Novel Effect can be downloaded in Self Service. Right now we only have it available for staff, however, we’re hoping to have it available to students in the future.

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