Library @ Lunch-Sept. 2

CavLibrary presents library @ lunch Volunteer State Book Award Book...

CC Librarians’ Partnership w/ Local Library Featured in The Crockett Times

CC Times Article Aug 2016

From left: Lydia Crossnoe, librarian at Bells Elementary; Mindy Nichols, librarian at Crockett County High School and 2016 Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) President; Linda Rice, Director of Crockett County Memorial Library; Kasi Kail, librarian at Alamo City School; Ashley Scruggs, librarian at Crockett County Middle School.

Read full article featured in The Crockett Times below:

Crockett County schools partner with local library to offer free, online resources to students and teachers

Crockett County Schools, including Alamo and Bells Elementary schools, are offering every student in the county access to tens of thousands of free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through a partnership with the Crockett Memorial Library.

This new advancement has been developed over the past several months, with Mindy Nichols, 2016 TASL President and Librarian at CCHS, leading the project. She has collaborated with Crockett Memorial Library director, Linda Rice, to create the most convenient way of integrating this resource into every school.

“This initiative of the schools in partnership with the Crockett Memorial Library is opening up more access to reading materials — digital reading materials — [students] wouldn’t otherwise have access to because ebooks are expensive,” Nichols said. “Any time we can partner with community resources and bring those resources into the school, it’s a win-win.”

TN R.E.A.D.S. (Regional Ebook and Audiobook Download System) is a state-wide initiative that is offered in every public library through an online platform known as OverDrive. Generally, access to this resource is granted solely to people who have physical library cards; however, school administrators are working with the staff at Crockett Memorial Library to give students direct access to OverDrive without needing a physical library card.

Students who choose to fill out the application will receive a login number after a parent has signed the consent form. Once they have their numbers, all the resources on OverDrive will be at their disposal for the remainder of their schooling in Crockett County. It is estimated that 3,500 teachers and students from Pre-K to 12th Grade will apply, and the Crockett Memorial Library staff will begin creating their accounts and login numbers as soon as they receive the applications. The process should be nearing completion mid to late fall of this year.

“We’re always excited to work with the schools,” said Linda Rice, director of Crockett Memorial Library, “and I’m really glad they contacted me.”

End article.

I’m excited that are campaign across the county is a success! I’m excited to take a mountain of registration forms, just from CCHS alone, to our local library today! If you haven’t returned your completed TN R.E.A.D.S. registration form, you may do so through August 31. Extra forms available in the library!

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Mrs. Nichols



Meeting our 9th grade Cavaliers…

I’ve had a wonderful week meeting our freshmen Cavaliers this week!  I must admit my heart broke a few times as I saw faces of children I had known since they were toddlers.  I’m always amazed at how quickly they arrive to the halls of CCHS. (Sigh.) We had a great time exploring ways to be involved @ Cavlibrary in the next four years, and they had first chance at our new titles and our Lego Wall. Remember how cool it was to write your name on a chalkboard or whiteboard growing up? Apparently spelling one’s name on a Lego wall is just as awesome!

Thanks to our 9th grade U Time instructors and their students for four great days of getting acquainted. I’m looking forward to the next 4 years with you guys!


Mrs. Nichols

Come Create on our Lego Wall!

Lego Wall

As part of some minor renovations to make CavLibrary a more flexible and interactive learning space, we are happy to debut the CavLibrary Lego Wall.  The wall is a creative space for students to build and create freely, but will also host some thematic and STEM-related challenges in the future. Stop by and create a structure or picture soon!

Free Audiobook Downloads for Teens This Summer

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting May 5th 2016, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at

My Heart Hurts…

I don’t often blog here about my latest reads…perhaps I should. I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass by to tell all of you that you must read this book. I can’t exactly explain the feeling in my heart upon finishing these pages. I can only say that my heart hurt. You’ll see it on the 2016-2017 Volunteer State Book Award List for High School. Brace yourselves.

Blessings all,

Mrs. Nichols


Gatsby Day @ CavLibrary


CavLibrary and Mrs.Natasha Smith’s English 3 classes celebrated The Great Gatsby with 1920s-themed learning stations.  Upon the completion of their reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, students visited CavLibrary to participate in six learning stations.

At Station 1 students entered the “speakeasy” to view a Prohibition video.


Station 2: Students read an article on the Art Deco movement and then analyzed 3 pieces of architecture from the movement.

Station 3: Students learned to dance the Charleston via an instructional YouTube video and assistance and encouragement from Mrs. Smith.

Might I add that this young lady can dance the Charleston to “Uptown Funk”? Try it; it’s perfect together!

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Station 4: Students completed a Great Gatsby Character Map and discussed the intriguing relationships of the famous characters.

Station 5: Students listened to three Louis Armstrong songs, “Chimes Blues,” “Sugar Foot Stomp,” and “West End Blues,” analyzing the changes over the decade, as well as assessing the values of the 1920s represented.


Station 6: Students viewed a timeline of the 1920s, analyzing relationships between events and identifying the ideals of the period.

What a wonderful celebration of The Great Gatsby!



Thank you to Mrs. Natasha Smith and her students for a successful collaboration!


Until next year, 0l’ chap….

Blessings all,

Mrs. Nichols


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