• 2022/2023 Impact Report


  • The library offered a We’ve Got Spirit Scratch Art makerspace activity to celebrate spirit day and fall sports. Students could pick from fall sports-shaped scratch art supplies as well as heroes and villains, which was the spirit day theme.
  • The library offered a Scrapbooking Veterans Day Card maker space. Students used scrapbooking materials to make thank you cards that were then delivered to the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital.
  • In February, the library created a Love Your Library bulletin board. Students filled out “candy heart” writing prompts to add to the bulletin board and provided feedback to our library staff regarding what programs and features mean the most to them.
  • In appreciation of our library patrons, during School Library Month, students played our Book Drop game every time they checked out books from the library. Students could win fun prizes or scratch-and-sniff bookmarks!
Love Your Library Bulletin Board
ebooks books in collection
ebooks books checked out

Students work on assignment at computers


  • The librarian collaborated with Academic Literacy teacher Mrs. Vamper to teach emerging bilingual students how to research and print in the library. Students used the appropriate level of Gale in Context to practice using translation features and then learned how to print a Google doc after recording information.
  • English IV classes accomplished essential library research skills in their Guided Inquiry Social Issues Research Project. Students completed formative checkpoints each week in the research process to ultimately complete an MLA-style research essay and a Google Site research portfolio presentation.
  • MacUP students received a crash course in MLA writing style by completing MLA Mania Mayhem modules as a team. The first team to achieve a perfect mini MLA style research essay about library impact on college, career, and military readiness won the championship belt!
  • English III AP classes explored narrative nonfiction books through a book-tasting lesson. Students visited tables consisting of librarian-curated True Crime, Military History, Social Issues, Global Human Rights, Arts, and Entertainment, Sports, Science and Medicine, Travel and Personal Journey, and Popular Memoir titles.

Students stand in front of historic white house backdrop

Lesson Spotlight

AP/DC U.S. History classes completed a DBQ Breakout to answer the question, “How democratic was Andrew Jackson?” Students worked in teams, following the clues to analyze documents and ultimately build their thesis statement to answer the overall document based question. Students who completed the breakout first attended the Cheese Block Party at President Jackson’s White House complete with a victory selfie and Cheez-It crackers!



  • Mac Library partnered with campus ITS Chad Belford to offer Digital Resources for Student Accessibility training. Teachers gained hands-on experience with accessibility features in Gale, ProQuest, and Sora digital resources, as well as Google browser features and extensions.
  • The librarian collaborated with English teacher and Shelf Love Book Club sponsor Ms. Nunez to offer a library breakout activity after school. The project celebrated freedom of choice and highlighted romance novels, true crime, memoirs, and graphic novels.
  • The librarian collaborated with MacArthur art teachers to host the MacARThur Visual Art Show in the library. The event was open to students during lunches and to the public for an evening exhibition.
  • Mac Library and our CCMR Specialist, Mrs. Parker, teamed up to host Senior English classes for Senior Kickstart. Students learned about CCMR resources in Learning Express and completed a to-do list to set themselves up for success in their senior year.

Collaboration Spotlight

Mac Library partnered with MacTEACH and the MacArthur ALE program to host a visit from Santa Claus in the library. MacTEACH students collected wish lists from our ALE students and helped Santa ensure every student had a gift from their wish list. The MacArthur librarian coordinated with Santa Claus to make sure that his visit from the North Pole went smoothly and that he arrived just in time for the holidays. This wonderful event brought joy to our MacTEACH and ALE students and exemplifies the spirit of inclusion within the MacArthur Library program


Santa visits students in the library

Campus Leader

  • The librarian offered student accessibility training in the fall that showcased accessibility features in digital library resources. During the spring semester, the librarian trained staff in the CCMR features of Learning Express and PrepSTEP beyond previously used test prep resources.
  • The Mac Library and MacTEACH hosted a clothing drive for the Community Comfort Closet. The Community Comfort Closet serves homeless patrons who visit the Central Branch of the San Antonio Public Library.
  • The librarian presented to the faculty the library program's vision and essential skills, library resources, and what we can do to build a meaningful academic culture with our students.
  • The librarian piloted a high school-level campus webpage redesign as the Campus Webpage Coordinator. The librarian prepared information to be included on the new webpage platform based on the needs and culture of the MacArthur community.
Students and librarian behind circulation desk with clothing donations
Librarian provides training in Learning Express to the faculty