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Library Assistant Game

posted Sep 18, 2017, 9:23 AM by Gabriel Grana

If you are interested in being a library assistant, here is the link to the game: 

Take a screenshot:

Shortcuts for screenshots:
Chromebook: Hold down Control + Shift, click "Switch Window" button
Mac: Shift + Command, 4
PC: Alt + PrintScreen (and save as PDF or print)

Then share with me via email: ggrana@chccs.k12.nc.us 

Author Alan Gratz comes to Smith

posted Sep 2, 2017, 1:18 PM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 1:29 PM ]

Alan Gratz is coming to Smith! For years students have loved books like Prisoner B-3087 and The Brooklyn Nine. Alan Gratz is back with Refugee, a novel about 3 immigrants set apart by time, but brought together by a common goal: the pursuit of freedom. Josef and his family flee from Nazi Germany in 1939 about the St. Louis headed to Cuba. A group of family and friends accompanies Isabel as she leaves Cuba aboard a rickety raft en route to a brighter future in Miami in 1994. Mahmoud and his family escape the devastating civil war in Syria in 2015, only to be met with resistance, greedy swindlers who take advantage of their need to travel, and inhospitable people. Their persistence unites them, and, as always, Alan Gratz writes a compelling narrative with believable, endearing characters who are forced to grow up far too quickly. As timely as it is memorable, Refugee is sure to be a mandatory part of all middle school reading experiences (and that's why I bought 6 copies for the library). 

Date: September 7th
Time: 8th period
How can I come? Get a pass from Mr. Graña, signed by parents and your 8th period teacher, to acknowledge that you'll make up the work ASAP. 
Who gets to go? The event has been publicized at school, and if you would like your son or daughter to attend, then please have them fill out an in-school field trip form (available in the library). Students will need to make up the work they miss. Students in Mr. Gilmer's creative writing class, Dr. Schieman and Mrs. Morales's fifth period, and last year's Battle of the Books students are already on the list. There are still PLENTY of spots available. Students need not attend to receive a signed copy if it is pre-purchased. 
How did you get this awesome opportunity? I work closely with Flyleaf Bookstore to purchase new materials for the library, and am constantly in contact with their Children's Manager in order to secure author visits. It costs nothing to the school, but pre-orders of the book do increase the likelihood of these opportunities becoming available.  
Why is this so last-minute? Mr. Gratz has been receiving a lot of well-deserved positive media attention and so his schedule is becoming increasingly crowded. Additionally, when authors visit they are in a touring cycle, and so accommodating school schedules (the odd timeframes of which do not facilitate easy planning) is difficult. However, I felt it important to pursue this visit because of the timelines of the novel and the popularity of the author.

Welcome Back

posted Aug 29, 2017, 5:24 AM by Gabriel Grana

It's the start of another exciting school year! Students and teachers have eager faces and the library is ready to welcome everyone! 

This year I'll be doing many cosmetic and and content updates to this website, so make sure you bookmark it to stay up to date on the latest information, including information about:
  • Battle of the Books
  • Makerspace
  • Makerspace Committee
  • Becoming a Library Assistant
  • The Library Advisory Committee
  • Special Events like themed days and author visits
  • Opportunities to help out!
I look forward to a year of sharing all of the joy the library brings to Smith!

BOB - Google Classroom

posted Jun 15, 2017, 5:38 AM by Gabriel Grana

Are you interested in Battle of the Books? Did you participate last year? Are you frustrated because our practices weren't consistent? If you answered yes to any of these, then please email Mr. Graña for a code to our Google Classroom page, where students will be adding questions and having discussions about the titles. 

Graphic Novel Creation Playlist

posted May 10, 2017, 10:41 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated May 10, 2017, 10:43 AM ]

Check out some exceptional videos to help you create your very own graphic novel! More videos will be added regularly. 

Poetry Month in the Library!

posted Apr 19, 2017, 5:52 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 10:30 AM ]

April is Poetry Month!

On May 12th we'll be hosting the 8th Grade Poetry Café during all regular 8th grade periods, and we will be carrying on the tradition of using student poems as the backdrop for our poets. 

We're calling on all poets to submit an original poem to the library for display! Poetry allows us to express our truths in our own, authentic voice, and the library wants to celebrate your ability and need to express yourself. 

Rules and Regulations:
  • Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, May 10th by 3:30
  • Poem should be an original work. Plagiarism will result in immediate disciplinary action.
  • No handwritten poems will be accepted (if your poem requires unique formatting, please see Mr. Graña for help in formatting)
  • Submit to Mr. Graña or Mr. McCauley preferably via Gooogle Docs or email
  • If you'd like your poem printed on a specific color of paper, then please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate!
  • Poems should not exceed 2 pages in length
  • Language should be kept school appropriate
  • By submitting a poem, you agree to have it displayed and stored for future use at Smith Middle School - YOU WILL ALWAYS BE CREDITED AS THE AUTHOR. If you’d like it to be taken down after the contest or in the future in order to enter it into another contest, just please send an email with your request. 
Poetry Café Details:

Date: Friday, May 12th
Time: 8th grade schedule (8:20-9:12; 10:07-12:36; 2:22-3:10)*
Location: Smith Middle School Library Media Center 
DONATIONS: We usually serve light snacks (popcorn, Trail Mix, Chex mix) and beverages (water, lemonade, ice tea) and would love some donations to help support the event. These can be brought to Mr. Graña in the library. 

*In the past, a few additional classes have opted to come read poems as well. Please check with your son/daughter if this is the case. The longer stretch of time [10:07-12:36] includes 3 class periods). 6th and 7th graders can sign up to potentially read during their recess periods if time allows. In the past this hasn't been an issue, so please come see Mr. Graña to sign up!

Battle of the Books

posted Apr 17, 2017, 6:37 AM by Gabriel Grana   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 6:38 AM ]

The following are the remaining Battle of the Books practice dates for the year:

Monday April 17 

Tuesday April 18 (after school)

Thursday April 20 

Monday April 24

Wednesday April 26

Ready for next year? YUP! Unlike in years past, we've already acquired the remaining titles for next year's competition! We'll hold an early interest meeting in May for students interested in participating next year. We'll discuss summer reading strategies, plan CONCRETE DATES for next year's meetings, and even the possibility of extended summer checkouts for the titles on the list.

Meeting date: Monday May 8th, from 3:15 - 4:00 in the library 

Makerspace Idea Committee

posted Apr 17, 2017, 6:31 AM by Gabriel Grana

The Makerspace Idea Committee has been working hard, and we've got another exciting event being planned! Please check back here for updates.

Our next committee meeting will be on Thursday, April 20th from 3:15 - 4:30. Please talk to Makerspace Committee members on your grade level if you'd like to share ideas! Come to the library if you'd like to know who they are. :)

Readers Around the World

posted Jan 20, 2017, 6:01 AM by Gabriel Grana

Click the link above to check out some stunning photos of readers around the world! We'll start taking photos of readers in the library and around Smith, too! If you want to take part, email me ggrana@chccs.k12.nc.us and I'll post your photo on the library website, in the library, and on the library social media accounts through Twitter and Instagram @smithmsmc.

Attention Parents: The Makerspace Needs You!

posted Jan 12, 2017, 12:47 PM by Gabriel Grana

Calling all Makers!  Are you a creator?  Are you a tinkerer?   Do you love coding, engineering, design and DIY?  So do our students!

MakerSpaces help teach kids critical thinking skills and encourage creativity.  And they are lots of fun!

The Smith Library is expanding its MakerSpace, and we are looking for parent and community “Maker Mentors” to inspire and enlighten the next generation of Makers!

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