Sunday, September 16, 2018

New Books to Start to the School Year!

A new school year means new books to check out, read, and relish in. Below you'll find some of the new books that I purchased for our students and staff to grow academically and personally. Enjoy!

Elementary:


Middle School:


High School:


Friday, September 7, 2018

8 Questions about SCC's Libraries

Welcome to the start of another great year at SCC! I'm excited to say there have been some changes and updates to the libraries in the district, but that will have to wait for another post. In this post I wanted to answer some frequently asked questions about how the libraries at SCC work.

How many books can students check out?
Elementary students in K-3 can check out 3 books. Students in 4th grade can check out 4 books.
Middle school and high school students can check out 5 items from the library and 3 digital items.

How long can students keep books?
At the elementary we run classes on a 6 day cycle, so students have library every 6 school days. They can have books for up to 12 school days and then we ask that they be returned.
At the middle school and high school all items are available for 15 school days.
Students also have the option to renew books and items one time, doubling the number of days.

How do students find out what the library has?
Students can use Destiny Discover to search our library and see if we have the book, audiobook, or DVD they are looking for.

How do students read SCC's ebooks? How do students listen to the digital audiobooks?
Destiny Discover houses our ebook and digital audiobook collections. They can search for and read these items on any internet connected device with a browser. In order to read/listen students in grades 4-12 can use their individual login, and students in 4K-3 can use the guest login. You can stop by the library and find out what these logins are anytime.

When can students come to the library?
Elementary students in K-1 have a scheduled check out time every 3 days to trade books. Students in 2-4 will have a check out time during their regular library class every 6 days.
Middle school and high school students can stop by the library before school, after school, during the day with their teacher's permission, or in the case of the 5th grade during their library class.

Do you accept suggestions of things to buy?
YES! You can find a fill out the Google Form for the middle school or high school to make a suggestion of something you would like to see available in the library.

Are there other online resources available from the library?
YES! We have a lot of databases and links to great websites that students, staff, and families can use. You can find these resources by vising the library page for your building and clicking one of the blue buttons (Find, Read, Create, How-To).
     - Elementary Library Media Center Webpage
     - Middle School Library Media Center Webpage
     - High School Library Media Center Webpage

What's the deal with fines?
We don't collect overdue fines in any building; we only collect fines for lost or damaged items. If students have a fine from last year they will not be able to check out any books until that fine is paid or the book is returned. We encourage students and families to pay for the book, and then if it happens to be found within 90 days we will issue a refund. Anyone who struggles with financial difficulties can let us know and we will work out something on a case-by-case basis.

Those are the big questions we get most often. If you have other questions, please leave a comment and we will get back to you.

Thanks and DFTBA!
~Ms. Olson~


Friday, June 1, 2018

State of the Library


The library we have today is ever growing and changing. It's not the library of old where students were absolutely silent and books were the only resource. Today's library is evolving into a learning space where students are encouraged to pursue knowledge and develop skills that excites them about the world. Though paper books are still prevalent, we have expanded our collections to include ebooks, playaway audiobooks, digital audiobooks, DVDs, documentaries, and magazines that spark the imagination.

While there is much to say anecdotally about what occurs in the library, hard and fast numbers are much easier for quick consumption by the masses.

In the 2017-18 school year:
  • The elementary circulated 35,814 items to K-4 students
  • The middle school circulated 15,864 items, both physical and digital, to students in 5-8.
  • The high school circulation was down a bit this year, but still had a solid 1,963 physical and digital items circulated.
  • Nine databases were purchased for students and staff to use this year. They included: TrueFlix, FreedomFlix, ScienceFlix, BookFlix, TumbleBooks, PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next, CultureGrams, and Discovery Education.
  • Across the district, our ebook collection topped 3,149 titles available with our digital audiobooks coming in at 900 titles available. Students and staff can use these on their Chromebooks and personal devices 24-7-365.
  • Students in grades 5-8 participated in the One School One Book program, where the whole school was invited to read a chosen book each quarter and discuss it with their peers. Dozens of students expended their reading with non-fiction, graphic novels, and great stories.
  • The book fairs held at the elementary and middle schools where huge successes, showing that the SCC community cares about promoting literacy at home and at school. All total we were able to get over 4,000 books into the hands of students, and raise almost $10,000 for the library programs at SCC!
  • The $56,564 that was allocated to SCC by Wisconsin's common school fund helped purchase books, ebooks, playaway audiobooks, digital audiobooks, DVDs, and maker space equipment, all of which are available to all students and staff to support learning. (Learn more about the common school fund)
What does the future hold?

I believe that the middle and high schools will continue to see increased use of the ebook and digital audiobook collections with the continued use of Chromebooks, but also because many students also have a mobile device that supports the Destiny Discover app.

I believe that the elementary will always have strong circulation based on the a nature of the learning taking place there. Our only struggle at this level is the lack of time for library classes; students are often finished with books before their next library class comes around in the rotation. However, the growth in student population with a stagnant staff growth means that our schedules will just not allow any more library time. 

I believe that the inclusion of more creation stations in the library will transform the library into a true learning and creation space. The green screen video recording areas that have been set up at the middle and high school libraries have seen much use this year, which I can only anticipate will grow as students and staff create more projects to utilize the technology. The implementation  of WIN time at the middle school has allowed us to offer makerspace projects for students to partake in; these allow for creativity and learning opportunities not available within the standards curricular areas. And finally at the high school a slight redesign was done to include some amazing flexible seating options, collaborative work stations, and a quiet room for students to work. Amazing things happening all over the district!

Another resource in our libraries that makes a huge difference to student learning is our staff. Myself along with three full-time library paraprofessionals offer students support within the library but also reach out and collaborate with teachers to infuse library skills and information & technology literacy standards throughout their day. The new standards approved by DPI in November have proven very valuable for refocusing our learning priorities for students.

The library is growing and changing, and we are growing and changing with it. I appreciate all the support the SCC community gives to us by making purchases at our book fairs, by donating books and supplies when we need them, by supporting literacy with our students, and by being the amazing people you are. 

If you have any questions about the data presented or would like more information on plans for the library, please contact me at aolson[at]scc.k12.wi.us.

DFTBA and have a great summer!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Books of the Week, Sept 11

Elementary - Everything Kids' Cookbook by Sandra K. Nissenberg
A cookbook especially for children, providing information on cooking terms, measuring, kitchen safety, and nutrition, with recipes for all sorts of dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks.
Find it @ your library - 641.5 NIS



Middle School - The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz
Contains more than 150 recipes inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia novels, with a guide to where the foods can be found in the books, including: beautiful breakfasts; snacks, teas, and meals on the run; lunch and dinner menus; and fabulous feasts.
Find it @ your library - Ebook on Destiny Discover

High School - Cooking Comically by Tyler Capps
Cooking should be as much fun as reading a comic book. Recipes should be cheap and easy. And the food has to taste good. Thats where Cooking Comically comes in. Tyler Capps, the creator of recipes like 2 a.m. Chili that took the Internet by storm, offers up simple, tasty meals in a unique illustrated style that will engage all your senses. These dishes are as scrumptious to eat as they are easy to make.
Find it @ your library - 641.5 CAP

Monday, August 28, 2017

Books of the Week, Aug 28

Starting off the year with some books we got in over the summer!

Elementary - Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
When Charlotte receives a pet rock for her birthday, she doesn't expect it to become her best friend, and she really doesn't expect what happens next.
Find it @ your library - E FIC MAR

Middle School - Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
There are unexpected consequences when thirteen-year-old Gracie sends texts pretending to be her bashful best friend, Sienna, and their friend Emmett starts texting back pretending to be shy A.J.
Find it @ your library - FIC VAI

High School - Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder
In Bolivia in 1999, when their father is unjustly arrested and their mother leaves, Francisco, seventeen, and his sister Pilar, eight, must move to the dirty, dehumanizing, and corrupt prison.
Find it @ your library - FIC CRO

Thursday, June 1, 2017

State of the Library


The library we have today is ever growing and changing. It's not the library of old where students were absolutely silent and books were the only resource. Today's library is evolving into a learning space where students are encouraged to pursue knowledge and develop skills that excites them about the world. Though paper books are still prevalent, we have expanded our collections to include ebooks, playaway audiobooks, digital audiobooks, DVDs, documentaries, and magazines that spark the imagination.

While there is much to say anecdotally about what occurs in the library, hard and fast numbers are much easier for quick consumption by the masses.

In the 2016-17 school year:
  • The elementary circulated 35,774 items to K-4 students
  • The middle school circulated 9,703 paper books, DVDs, and playaway audiobooks to students in 5-8, but also circulated 4,456 ebooks and 537 digital audiobooks via Destiny Discover. This brought total circulation up to 14,696 items!
  • The high school circulation was up this year with a solid 2,156 physical and digital items circulated.
  • Students in grades 5-12 participated in the One School One Book programs at their respective buildings, where the whole school was invited to read a chosen book each quarter and discuss it with their peers. Dozens of students expended their reading with non-fiction, graphic novels, and great stories.
  • The book fairs held at the elementary and middle schools where huge successes, showing that the SCC community cares about promoting literacy at home and at school. All total we were able to get over 4,000 books into the hands of students, and raise over $10,000 for the library programs at SCC!
  • The $49,651 that was allocated to SCC by Wisconsin's common school fund helped purchase books, ebooks, playaway audiobooks, digital audiobooks, DVDs, and maker space equipment, all of which are available to all students and staff to support learning. (Learn more about the common school fund)
What does the future hold?

I believe that the middle and high schools will continue to see increased use of the ebook and digital audiobook collections with the continued use of Chromebooks, but also because many students also have a mobile device that supports the Destiny Discover app.

I believe that the elementary will always have strong circulation based on the a nature of the learning taking place there. Our only struggle at this level is the lack of time for library classes; students are often finished with books before their next library class comes around in the rotation. However, the growth in student population with a stagnant staff growth means that our schedules will just not allow any more library time. 

I believe that the inclusion of more creation stations in the library will transform the library into a true learning and creation space. The green screen video recording areas that have been set up at the middle and high school libraries have seen much use this year, which I can only anticipate will grow as students and staff create more projects to utilize the technology. For the fall, there are plans to incorporate more makerspace station options for greades 5-8; this includes robotics, K-Nex, origami, duct tape and washi tape crafts, and coloring. At the high school, the plan for next year is to plan out and procure funding for an audio recording area for both podcasts and music.

The library is growing and changing, and we are growing and changing with it. I appreciate all the support the SCC community gives to us by making purchases at our book fairs, by donating books and supplies when we need them, by supporting literacy with our students, and by being the amazing people you are. 

If you have any questions about the data presented or would like more information on plans for the library, please contact me at aolson[at]scc.k12.wi.us.

DFTBA and have a great summer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Books of the Week, May 22

Elementary - Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer Josephine Baker, depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers
921 BAK @ the library


Middle School - Jazz by Christopher Handyside
Chronicles the origin and development of the American jazz movement describing the instruments, sounds, and techniques that characterize jazz music; as well as profiles of jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and John Coltrane.
781.65 HAN @ the Library


High School - Jazz: A History of America's Music based on a documentary film by Ken Burns and written by Geoffrey C. Ward
Traces the history of jazz music from its origins in New Orleans through the twentieth century, and looks at the lives and contributions of some of the genre's greatest composers and performers.
781.65 WAR @ the Library

Monday, May 15, 2017

Books of the Week, May 15

Elementary - Werewolves Don't Run for President by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
Melody, Liza, Howie, and Eddie are not exactly overjoyed at the prospect of Mr. Youngblood, whom they believe is actually a werewolf, running for President of the United States, especially when he is campaigning for longer school days.
FIC DAD @ the library

Middle School - Midnight Howl by Clare Hutton
Marisol, staying with her mother on the Montana ranch of family friends, is looking forward to making friends with twelve-year-old twins Jack and Hailey, but while Jack is welcoming, Hailey is cold, and after learning about wolves in town, Marisol begins to wonder if Hailey could be a werewolf.
FIC POI @ the Library

High School - Tantalize 1 : Kieren's Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith; illustrated by Ming Doyle
Werewolf-in-training Kieren is torn between joining an urban wolf pack and staying to protect his human best friend--and love interest--Quincie, whose restaurant is in danger of morphing into a vampire lair.
GN SMI @ the Library

Friday, May 12, 2017

Newscasters in the Library

Ms. Langman's 7th grade language arts classes have been having fun this week creating newscasts. After forming groups students researched and found news stories, sports highlights, and weather reports. Then they assigned roles and wrote scripts as anchors, sports reporters, and weather forecasters. 
Two 7th grade students using the green screen area.

The most exciting part (for students and for Ms. Langman) was that they utilized the libraries green screen area to film their scripts. Equipped with an iPad, lavaliere microphones, and the green screen itself, Ms. Langman recorded students presenting their newscasts. the iPad is loaded with green screen apps that allow students to change backgrounds and have over-the-shoulder insets during their newscast.

The students really enjoyed this project and it's great to see learning and creativity in the library! More than books, magazines, and newspapers, the library should be (and hopefully will become better at begin) a place for students to innovate, create, and collaborate to learn about themselves and the world around them.

Two 7th grade students using the green screen area.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Books of the Week, May 8

Elementary -  Mrs. Cooney Is Loony! by Dan Gutman; pictures by Jim Paillot
Mrs. Cooney, the school nurse, is so beautiful that A.J. has a crush on her-even though he suspects she might be an international spy!
FIC GUT @ the library


Middle School - Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith; illustrations by Scott Garrett
When they discover that someone is spying on their Uncle Newt, whiz kids Nick and Tesla build a variety of outrageous gadgets designed to expose who is responsible.
FIC PFL @ the Library


High School - Blowing My Cover: My Life As A Cia Spy by Lindsay Moran
A former CIA case officer describes the idealistic ambitions that motivated her Harvard education and efforts to gain acceptance into the CIA before her life as a spy proved to be not only less glamorous than expected, but unsettlingly unprincipled and haphazard, in a humorous personal memoir that recounts the author's witness to tragic intelligence failures.
327.1273 MOR @ the Library