Upper School News 2007-08
Upper school students come to the library for print materials, for classroom projects, and for personal reading selections. They use the library computer lab to search electronic data bases and the world wide web. The library is open on a flexible schedule for upper school teachers and students.
In May, all upperschool students came to the library to hear book talks on the 2008-09 South Carolina Young Adult book award nominees. The students were given a brochure on the books, a book mark with the titles, and they watched a powerpoint presentation and listened to an oral presentation on all of the twenty titles nominated for the 2008-09 award. Students who read three of the twenty titles are permitted to cast ballots for their favorite book next year. Students who read the titles from the list last year for summer reading now have their ALA READ posters hanging in the library. For more information, contact Mary Silgals, or drop by the library. All twenty titles are available in the library for check-out. A podcast of the booktalks is available here.
Trident Seniors this year came to the library for special training on using the DISCUS database, Opposing Viewpoints. Mrs. Satterfield's Writers' Workshop class used the database for their final writing project of the year. Students were impressed with the way Opposing Viewpoints provides essays on controversial topics that provide both sides of an issue. Students found a complete collection of magazine, journal articles, books, websites, etc. conveniently located in one place.
All upper school students come to the library during the first month of the school term for library orientation. During orientation, students are reacquainted with resources and where they are located. They are also updated on new materials and resources available from the library and on the Internet.
Orientation Power Point
The library has been busy with students working on several research papers and projects. Several upper school classes have been to the library to use the library computer lab for research and to check out print materials.