Help OIS Win a Grant Tuesday, Feb 2 2010 

OIS has applied for a microgrant from Weekly Reader. You can help us win! Here’s what you need to do…and trust me…it won’t take but a MINUTE of your time!

Go to the Weekly Reader Grants Page. In the middle of the page it will say “Search Microgrant Projects”. The first search box will say “search all projects” … in the second box, type my name – Jamie Champagne. Click search. It will pull up my microgrant and from there, you’ll just click on “Vote For Me” and fill in your information.

Your vote is GREATLY appreciated – not only by me, but the students of OIS. YOU could make a difference for our school – thank you so much!!

OIS Library Circulation Statistics Tuesday, Jan 12 2010 

In the picture above, you will see the circulation statistics for the Odenville Intermediate Library. The blue bars show monthly book check out for the 2008 school year (last year) while the red bars show THIS year’s number of checkouts (2009). We are VERY proud of the number of books circulating this year as compared to last year. What a wonderful improvement for a school of approximately 500 students. Yay!! This is truly a testament to our wonderful teachers and the never-ending support from our administration, allowing us to incorporate programs, contests and new titles in our collection… making the library an exciting place to be.

Reading ROCKS!

Rockin’ Reader – Reaching Readers Tuesday, Dec 8 2009 

If you haven’t read about our school’s partnership with Cracker Barrel through the Rockin’ Reader Program, you can read about it here. We are LOVING this program!!

I highly encourage any school who would like to participate to apply. The process is rather simple and the rewards are amazing! Parents, community members and school volunteers – this is DEFINITELY something you want to bring to your local school’s attention. I stumbled across it by accident – so it’s very possible that your school doesn’t know about the program! The online application can be found here. The only requirement? Submit the hours volunteers read to students twice a year – quick and simple. We’re LOVING it!! Thank you Cracker Barrell!!

Through Cracker Barrel’s Rockin’ Reader Program, partner schools will receive:
~2 double rockers
~Barrel Bookcase
~Assortment of books to start the program
~Bookplates
~Volunteer resources

Our school has completed close to 25 volunteer hours. That’s parents and other community volunteers reading, one-on-one to and with students. I have set our yearly goal at a much higher number and am hopeful that we will reach it by the end of the 2009-2010 school year. We have an open door policy and we always welcome volunteers to come read with students.

If you would liek to read with students in our Rockin’ Reader Center, please contact me at jamie.champagne@sccboe.org or 205-629-2246 ext. 226. We would love to have you!

Thank you again to Cracker Barrel who has definitely enhanced our reading program here at OIS!!

Cracker Barrel’s Rockin’ Reader Program Wednesday, Aug 19 2009 

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Odenville Intermediate School was recently selected as a participating school in Cracker Barrel’s Rockin’ Reader Program. We are so excited to be a part of this program! Rockin’ Reader builds caring and literacy in the community by providing a comfortable space for volunteers to read with children. As a grant recipient, OIS will be rewarded with Cracker Barrel double rockers and a barrel bookcase stocked with books. In the first year of the program, volunteers at 122 partner schools nationwide contributed 16,400 hours of reading time with children. That’s amazing! To find out more about the program, click on one of the following links:

More information concerning Rockin’ Reader

Reading tips for volunteers

List of 2008-2009 partner schools

Rockin’ Reader in the news

If you would like to volunteer to read in the Rockin’ Reader Center at OIS, please email Mrs. Champagne: jamie.champagne@sccboe.org

Our materials are scheduled to be delivered sometime between September 14th and September 25th. We can’t wait!

Welcome to the OIS Reading Blog! Friday, Jun 26 2009 

Welcome to the OIS Library’s little corner of the blogosphere!  I hope you’ll check back from time to time for book reviews, videos, website reviews, links, student news, polls and just reading news in general!  While this blog is primarily for parents, staff and students of Odenville Intermediate School, we welcome all lovers of reading!  Feel free to participate and post comments so we’ll know you’re out there!  This blog will serve as a tool to interact with students, parents and our community as we update on library happenings and reading news from A to Z!

I hope you’ll take a second to complete our first poll (below).  I would love to know your thoughts!

Enjoy the blog!

Jamie Champagne, Library Media Specialist