Teachers can bring classes to the library to use the books or workspace. They can also collaborate with Mr. Wightman on lessons involving research, media literacy, tech tools, or literature. In 2022-2023, teachers booked the library or invited Mr. Wightman to push in for a total of 320 class sessions.
Ms. Chiarello attained the top spot by drawing on library resources for a variety of activities, including a research unit, a video project, and a two-day series on censorship. The 10th graders utilized the library for two major research projects: one with Mr. Murlin, and one with Ms. Moesch. Mr. Murlin's students used the fiction collection most frequently, while Ms. Millen's students used the nonfiction collection most frequently. See the "curriculum" section below for other highlights of student work in the library.
The library is available for many uses, including classes (439 periods), meetings (82 sessions), testing accommodations (173 periods), and open space for study hall students (1,435 periods). The library's four distinct spaces allow multiple groups to use it at once, and the presence of two full-time staff members enables it to remain open the vast majority of the time.
The library was open to students
of the time.
On the average day students filled
study hall seats.
On the average day the library served
After School Meetings
The library's busiest day was November 22, with five classes and 380 students. The busiest single period was 6th period on November 10th, when the library program served 66 students between classes and study hall. The busiest study hall day was April 18 (227 students), and the busiest study hall period was 5th period on March 20th (53 students).
On the average day class and SH students filled
Between classes and study halls the library served about
unique individuals every day.
The library maintains a collection of print books & magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, text & multimedia databases, and equipment. The collection is constantly updated: with new copies added every month, and outdated, worn-out, and unused titles periodically removed and offered to students and teachers for free. The Cazenovia community has a strong record of supporting intellectual freedom. No library materials were formally challenged this year.
13.04 per student
Ebooks and Audiobooks
26.66 print & digital per student
Copies Aged Out and Donated
Titles Formally Challenged
Note: E-reader statistics are anonymous
Titles marked with an asterisk appear on reading lists for honors English.
Explore some of the topics and lessons students engaged with in the library.
Killers of the Flower Moon
In September, Mr. Harney's 8th graders investigated a historical murder mystery - and learned that it's important to consider the source, since not all sources can be trusted.
In October, Ms. Chiarello's and Mr. Murlin's 9th and 10th graders created book trailers with Adobe Express, and analyzed ways to use music, images, and language to attract their audience.
Banned Books Breakout
In November, Ms. Chiarello's 9th graders solved puzzles to access banned books, and explored why uncomfortable literature is worth reading.
From November to February, Mr. Murlin's 10th graders and Ms. Chiarello's 9th graders took a deep dive into argumentative research papers. In May, Ms. Littlepage's 11th graders researched issues related to social justice.
In April, Mr. Kelly's 9th graders analyzed historical artworks, investigated the origins of a mystery collage, and created their own collages to give new meaning to Renaissance artworks.
In May, Ms. DiNapoli's 8th graders investigated an accident involving a truck and a railroad bridge - and saw the benefits of comparing multiple sources.
Legendary Leader Election
Ms. DiNapoli's 8th graders also practiced citations, while attempting to persuade their classmates to elect various mythological characters as their class leader.
Health Advocacy Projects
Throughout the year Ms. Moesch's 10th graders researched and presented on health-related topics. In this sample, Nat Gale and Henri Mongeau discuss the potential and perils of AI, and create a deep fake of Mr. Wightman's retirement announcement.