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Welcome to the OMIS Library Media Center (LMC)

Media Specialist - Linda Sears

John M. Belk (Belk Brothers Company ~ "The more we read, the more prepared we are in today's society"

About Reading at OMIS

Reading is very important for your student's success.  No other skill shows as much impact on student success in school as their reading does.

Finding something they like to read is EXTREMELY important. Check out Mrs. Sears' blog for other reading suggestions:  Library Lines

40 Book Challenge 

Students are encouraged to meet OMIS' yearly 40-book Challenge.  Students have received a sheet during library time lasking them to list at least 10 books they read each 9 weeks.  We want them to try a wide variety of books in order to expand their horizons. Students have freedom to select any book they want from those genres.  The first weeks in January students will be reviewing progress and making plans for completing their 40 book challenge by May.  

Students may count ANY book they read completely from start to finish.  Books that they listen to on CD, have read to them in the classroom or at home count as well.  The book does not have to come from the OMIS Library.

 Please discuss your expectations for their reading with them and

frequently discuss what they are reading with them as well as what YOU are reading.

 Students are encouraged to read books from all genres.  Don't forget to look at the many e-books we have available through Destiny.  Students have the username and password; it should be written in their library folder. 

We encourage our students to read for a minimum of one hour (some of it is done at school) per day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and to read a wide variety of genres.  They have a purple genre sheet to help them remember the different types!

All reading counts.  Try listening to books on CD as you travel; give students travel brochures and have them read and plan a trip; visit different libraries and bookstores; read a book as a family at the dinner table and discuss it; compare a book to its movie; and let your students see you reading


Look at Destiny for a chance to see the new electronic books we have purchased with the help of our wonderful OMIS PTO.  Students should know the username and password; we had them write it in their library folders during orientation.  You can access these books through any device that connects to the Internet.  You are reading online, not downloading. 


Reading suggestions:

Find books you like and spend an hour reading each day. Break it up into small chunks if you don't like to be still too long. On the weekends and vacations, try reading 15-20 minutes when you wake up, 15-20 minutes after lunch, and 15-20 minutes before you go to sleep.  Visit the Public Library or a local bookstore to see what's new.

Check Mrs. Sears' blog, Library Lines, for updates on book suggestions and to find out what she is reading right now.

Please encourage your student to use Destiny to help locate books on their level that they will enjoy.

Read EVERY day!  Be sure that you are reading a MINIMUM of SIXTY minutes each and every single day. 

Students may get a pass from the teacher on duty in their hall to visit the LMC before school starts in the mornings.  Students return to their classroom at 7:45 so they are in place for morning announcements. Students can use this time to check out or return books, or simply to read. 

Battle of the Books for 2016-2017

  • Discussions are at 7:30 a.m. in the OMIS Library.

  • Bring your library folder AND a sharpened pencil to each meeting.  Place this sheet in your library folder.

  • Come even if you have not read the book. You can take notes.  You will need to read ALL SIX books by November 30.

  • Mark the books on this sheet as you FINISH reading them.

Discussion Date Book

September 22 - Fuzzy Mud  by Louis Sachar

September 29 - Save Me a Seatby Sarah Weeks

October 6 - Going Where It's Dark by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

October 13 - All the Answers by Kate Messner

October 20 - Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

November 10

November 17 - Review of all books

December 1 - 7:15--7:50 A.M.  Team Selection Test in Green Hall

Computer Lab

This is a firm time commitment and participants are expected to complete reading each of the books by November 30. If you start, you should finish.  

You may check out the books from the library and read in ANY order, but you need to be prepared to take notes and discuss each book in turn.  The team selection test on December 1 is a big factor, but not the only factor, in team selection. Points are awarded for attending weekly discussions, for participating in the discussion, and for working well with others.

The team selection test will be on Thursday, December 1, in the Green Hall Computer Lab. Only SIX (6) students will compete on our team representing OMIS at the Shelby County Battle of the Books on March 7 at the Shelby County Instructional Services Center in Alabaster. There is NO student cost to participate.


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