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News from Your IMC WIN TE R,


What’s Happening in the IMC?

Tidbits Not Another PowerPoint! Would you like your students to create more engaging presentations? I’d love to work with your class to show them a variety of multimedia presentation tools that they can use to create online presentations. Remind 101 I’m sure many of you may already know about this great service. Remind 101 is a free service that allows teachers to send out short text messages to students or parents that opt in to their established group. Need to remind students about an upcoming quiz or assignment that is due? Remind 101 is a great tool! Looking for articles? Newsela provides teachers and students with free access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core-aligned quizzes. Articles are written at multiple levels of text complexity. You can select an article that is just right for a student’s reading ability.

IMC Stats A breakdown of the # of books the IMC has checked out so far this year! Fiction






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Warm up Winter with a Good Read! Come check out our December and January book display, “Warm Up Winter with a Good Read”! It highlights some of inspirational and award-winning books in the IMC.

Read an Abe, Win an Abe!

to read the Abe book award nominees!

Promoting Literacy Through FMP Our FMP advisories have made several visits to the IMC this year! The goal of their visits is to promote literacy among our freshman students by introducing them to a new reading incentive program this year. Please take just a minute to watch the information video below that highlights details about the freshman reading incentive program. While visiting the IMC monthly freshman students are introduced to new

books, given information about the Abraham Lincoln Readers Choice Award program, given time to book shop, and they get to meet the Normal and Bloomington Public Teen librarians!

Holiday Wrapped Book Event If you need something to read over winter break, West book club would like to fix you up with a book! Come to the IMC for our Holiday Wrapped Book event! West book club has selected a variety of books and wrapped them up so you won’t know the ‘identity’ of your book until you get it home. Happy reading!

November’s winner of Read an Abe, Win an Abe was Emma Lovellette! She read Cinder by Marissa Meyer and stated “So, it’s Cinderella, but in the future with cyborgs, androids, Lunars and hover cars. So good!” Please continue to encourage your students

Great Reads for Winter Break Now that you’ll have some time to relax, come to the IMC and check out a book to read over Winter Break! Here are just a few West staff reading recommendations gathered from the West Staff Reads Survey. Please take the survey if you haven’t had a chance yet! John Bierbaum recommends The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, stating “This is an exciting true story of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that, during the event, has a serial killer on the prowl. Even for people who don’t like history, you just can’t put the book down!”

Amanda Monaco recommends several books among them are John Green’s books, Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars.

Beth Smith recommends Daniel Pink’s books, A Whole New Mind and Drive. As well as Quiet by Susan Cain.

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Chris King recommends The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born.

Jerritt Williams recommends The

Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30) by Mark Bauerlein.

Remy Garard recommends Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, stating “It’s a powerful story of family, ambition, love, and redemption.” Katy Klokkenga recommends The

It’s Grown. Here’s How. By Daniel Coyle. Chris states “It’s the best book that I have read in the past 5 years. It gives you insights into teaching and coaching.” Davis recommends A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Wendy

Amanda Lindhout Jama Lindahl recommends Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende, stating “Her characters are rich and emotional people with interesting backgrounds and culture.” Stan Lewis recommends Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly , “It’s a historical account JFK assassination with things that many people not know.”

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Come to the IMC for more great reads

West IMC Winter 2013 Newsletter  
West IMC Winter 2013 Newsletter