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1 Let’s Get This Party Started! Adventures with a High School Library Club presented by Janet Jenkins Robinson High School Library ISLMA Conference 2005

2 RHSese Library Cadet – a student worker who is getting a credit for a “community service” class (not related to juvenile probation). Activity Period – a 25-minute period built into the daily schedule for clubs and homework assistance. 4-Block – Four 87-minute classes per semester schedule.

3 “But I Don’t Have Time For One More Thing…” Once upon a time, there was a busy high school librarian…

4 Concerns About the “Club” What to call it Who would join How would it be monitored How to write a charter/constitution/AUP What did the group want this to become Learning about online discussion boards Where would I find the money and time?!

5 Our Beginnings

6 Our Mission Statement: To build a community of readers and writers that shows respect for diversity of opinion while promoting a lifelong love for literature, drama, and learning.

7 Our Motto: Read responsibly. Write creatively. Think independently.

8 Two Clubs in One Online Forum Registered students using pseudonyms post their poetry, short stories, book reviews, art, or opinions and respond to other members through a monitored online discussion board. On-Campus Forum Members meet for fun, free activities of their choosing, usually twice a year. Members supply refreshments and games. Meetings are held about 5 times per year.

9 A New Vocabulary Forum Boards Categories Avatars Skins Moderators Admin Scripting Codes My TechGuy’s “Simple” Explanation: “The file extension.php is a server side scripting language that interacts with the SQL databases on the server. All posts and other dynamic information that makes up the message board is maintained in a database on the server. The scripting language (.php) interacts with the SQL databases to display the information to the users.”

10 Hosting Services vs. Freeware My TechGuy’s “Simple” Explanation: Companies, like phpBB and InvisionBoard, make their scripting code freely available so that the application can be hosted on your OWN server. Hosting services, like Hyperboards, may be free (with ads) or fee (no ads) and you create a discussion board on THEIR server.

11 Getting School Board Approval Don’ts Don’t use the word “Chat Room” ever! Don’t focus on the negative things that “could happen.” Do’s Do take knowledgeable students with you. Do have copies of the charter and AUP. Do show them how this supports the curriculum.

12 Our Activities An Evening at the Forum Mystery Theatre Poetry Reading at Palestine (IL) Wine & Arts Festival Logo & T-shirt Design Memorial Service for the Old Library DDR Parties “Veritas” (Our literary magazine) Forum Picnic (rained out) Booked for Breakfast Sessions (Abe Award Books)

13 Future Activities ?? Renaissance Picnic/Faire Archery Sessions Poetry Break at Elementary Schools “Books for Kids” Volunteers Scrabble Tournaments

14 An Evening at the Forum On April 13, 2005, the RHS Library Forum hosted its 2 nd annual “Evening at The Forum” event for members and invited guests. Original poetry reading and skits were performed by various Forum members. Refreshments In the “Grand Foyer” ended an evening of fun & entertainment. return

15 Mystery Theatre What do a chalk body outline, hidden notes, and donuts have in common? The Library Forum's "Mystery Theatre", of course! On the evening of Oct. 19, thirty students in 10 teams matched wits to solve "The Case of the Murderous Melodrama." Congratulations to the Lady Leprechauns: Traci W., Jessica B., and Rachel W. They won the coveted Looking Glass Trophy, free movie passes to Eagle Theatre, and a meal at McDonald's. return

16 Saying Goodbye On Dec. 20, Library Forum members gathered for a memorial service for the RHS Library. There was a welcome, short poetry readings, a farewell message to the library's "benefactor" named Clara Mullen (a former RHS librarian who left $70,000 to the library in her will in 1992) and a moment of silence. Hillary R. played “Taps” on her trumpet in the candlelit darkness. return

17 Library Chick’s Last Birthday For Mrs. Jenkins 39 th birthday, the Library Forum hosted a Dance, Dance Revolution and Karaoke Revolution Party on March 23. (Mrs. J. can’t dance—with or without arrows!) return

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