AISD Library News

Congratulations to four fabulous AISD librarians who have been awarded Laura Bush Grants to purchase materials for their libraries next year. Our District continues to be well represented on the awardee list for this grant, which is a testament to the innovation and dedication of our spectacular librarians!  (Click below to see the news release.)

Tammi Powell - Andrews Elementary

Patrick Maples - Bedichek Middle School

Jo Patrick - Fulmore Middle School

Jenny Stirrat - Reagan High School

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

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What's happening in the library....

A message from Reading Rainbow's Levar Burton!

Library Stats and Facts

                       November Library Stats


Hello AISD family! Great things are happening at AISD libraries!


First up are our excellent elementary students.  For the month of November 172,356 items were checked out by students!  Woo Hoo!  Let’s give a round of applause to the Brentwood Bulldogs and the Sunset Valley Cheetahs for leading the pack in checking out the most books per student.  Not far behind them were the Pillow Panthers, Becker Bobcats, and the McBee Bumblebees.


Let’s move on to our marvelous middle school students.  For the month of November 19,758 items were checked out by students! Awesome!  The top middle schools for check outs were the Webb Wildcats, Murchison Matadors, and the O’Henry Mustangs.


We go now to our hardworking high school students.  For the month of November 9,608 items were checked out by the students!  Hooray!  Way to Garza Dragons, Lanier Vikings, and the Bowie Bulldogs 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 November 2016

  • Encyclopedia Britannica had 4,356 sessions
  • EBSCO saw 125,050 searches
  • Facts on File Databases had 3,018 searches
  • Newsbanks 1,128 searches
  • Teaching Books showed 152 sessions and 570 pages turned
  • Tumblebooks had 33,461 books viewed
  • World Books had 3,345 searches