My school is a public school located in Monahans, Texas (USA) and classified as a 4A school by the Texas UIL. The enrollment number is 522 students. Sixty two percent of that enrollment is minority making our district a Title 1 school. Many of our kids participate in Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Power-lifting, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball and Baseball. We have begun to rebuild our academic programs with such events as Literary Criticism, Cross-Debate, Poetry, Spelling and Vocabulary. Our math, science, and social studies departments are flourishing, and our ELA teachers are working hard to help our struggling readers so that no child is left behind.
Sadly, my library media center has been left behind!
The average age of the resources in my library is 1974. The average date of nonfiction is 1972. The fiction date is 1975. Eighty two percent of the titles in my collection are aged, but my budget is very small. As the Information Age continues to surge forward and technology continues to push the norms, I need resources that are going to challenge my students and push them into the 21st century so they are prepared to face the challenges of the future and become lifelong learners.
This project would significantly improve the nonfiction section of our library Media Center. With new, up-to-date modern nonfiction, our students will be able to learn about current trends in science and medicine. STEM learning will be current and correspond with teacher curriculum. Students will have contemporary resources with which to research for projects, papers, and assignments. Within the resources that I have chosen, I have included some teen graphic nonfiction and Spanish editions to complement two new collections that I started this year. As well, this year, teachers have started to assign specific genres each six weeks, and nonfiction is a requirement. Students need new nonfiction instead of my collection's average publication date of 1972. Students will use these materials to aide in the process of becoming life-long learners.
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