AISD Library News

Congratulations goes out to Christy Cochran who is the Murchison Middle School Librarian.  She is now a District 3 member of the 2016 Class of TALL Texas Leadership Institute! Way to go Christy! 

Congratulations to our very own Lanier High School librarian, Emily Hersh.  

Emily received an email this week stating that she has won the YARI award for her million page reading incentive. The purpose of the YARI Award is to honor a librarian who has shown exceptional ability in motivating young adults to read by developing and implementing a reading incentive program for young adults in grades 6-12. The award will consist of an engraved plaque and a stipend of $500 to be presented at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

Congratulations to Emily!

Congratulations to Eastside Memorial High School.  The first winner of The Rather Prize.  Click here!

Please check out the Fabulous student video in honor of Emily Hersh, super Librarian at Lanier!  Click here!

Blackshear Fine Arts Academy received a $3,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library.  In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with points teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. Blackshear was chosen from 27,924 applications throughout the U.S

Library Stats and Facts

March Library Stats


Hello AISD family!  We have some exciting news to share with everyone! 


First up are our excellent elementary students.  For the month of March 164,416 items were checked out by students!  Woo Hoo!  Let’s give a round of applause to the Brentwood Bulldogs and the Pease Bobcats for leading the pack in checking out the most books per student.  Not far behind them were the Kiker Comets, Sunset Valley Cheetahs, and the Sanchez Aztecs.


Let’s move on to our marvelous middle school students.  For the month of March 15,591 items were checked out by students! Awesome!  The top middle schools for check outs were Webb Wildcats, Murchison Matadors and the the O’Henry Mustangs.


We go now to our hardworking high school students.  For the month of March 8,668 items were checked out by the students!  Hooray!  Way to go Garza Dragons, Bowie Bulldogs, and the Lanier Vikings for leading in most checkouts by students. 


Congrats to ALC and Ann Richards Stars for being in a class of their own.  Their students are checking out a lot of library materials.


Online Database Usage for March 2016

  • Encyclopedia Britannica had 3,768 sessions
  • EBSCO saw 36,391 searches
  • Facts on File Databases had 3,123 searches
  • Newsbanks 308 searches
  • Teaching Books showed 611 sessions and 1, 745 pages turned
  • Tumblebooks had 24,546 books viewed
  • World Books had 569 searches

1st Librarian Meeting 2015-2016

Lens on Literacy from Austin High School Media Arts on Vimeo.

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A message from Reading Rainbow's Levar Burton!