Friday, November 20, 2015

Books - Fresh and Bright

Here are some great new books we've gotten so far this school year! You can stop by the library or log into your Destiny account to request them.

High School

Middle School


Friday, November 13, 2015


I was at CESA this week, meeting with other library media specialists from Western Wisconsin, and the one thing that we kept coming back to was the many hats we wear.

First and foremost, I wear the hat of a teacher. My job is to support students and help them grow into wonderful, amazing adults with all the tools they need academically, emotionally, and socially in order to succeed in whatever they do. 

Next, I wear that hat of instructional partner for other teachers. We can work together to integrate information literacy skills into whatever they are doing. If they are researching biomes, we can talk about picking the best website out of the million Google results or how to do the steps in the research process to make as little work for yourself as possible. If they are getting a book for reading class I can help them find something just right instead the first thing they pick up.

I also wear the hat of resources specialist. I can point you to great resources and find you information to support whatever it is you are doing. And don't think I'm just talking books. There are a ton of digital resources out there that we can harness for learning. I probably have so many I could tell you one a day for a whole school year!

Lastly I wear a program administrator hat. I don't just spend my days ordering books, recommending them, and reading for my own pleasure. I spend my days teaching and creating dynamic programs for students to participate in. This year alone we are doing Battle of the Books, One School One Book, a short story contest, and game nights, and it's only November! There are also more passive programs like Book of the Week, resource displays, and our web presence. My point is there should be tons of ways to interact with the library beyond checking out a book. Offering that possibility is one of my hats.

The many hats of a library media specialist means that I can support all the other learning that is going on in the school and all the hidden curriculum that we never talk about. So stop on by to see what's new and what unseen tip, trick, or resource I've got up my sleeve. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Books of the Week, Nov 9

High School - Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage
An account of the vital role dogs play in military operations, discussing dozens of canine heroes, ranging from World War I to the raid on Osama bin Laden, and the bonds that develop between the dogs and their handlers.
355.4 GOO @ the Library

Middle School - Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Explains the many ways that dogs are used in the military and how they are trained and cared for.
355.4 PAT @ the Library

Elementary - Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum
Relates the story of Sergeant Stubby, a Boston bull terrior who served in World War I.
940.4 BAU @ the Library

Friday, November 6, 2015

Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month. There is a wonderful article by Debbie Ridpath Ohi where she states, “Picture books enable even the busiest of us to enjoy a good story in just a few minutes. In a world where so much is rushed, picture books encourage us to slow down and savor.”

So this month, take some time to read a picture book with your family or on your own.

The SCC libraries has some great picture books, including these 2015 award winners: 
  • A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz 
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland 
  • The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat 
  • Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thong 
  • You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang 

Another way to share picture books is through the libraries ebooks on FollettShelf. 

With nearly 700 ebooks just at the elementary, there are of ebooks to choose from on FollettShelf, including:
  • Dino-Wrestling by Lisa Wheeler 
  • Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying! by Trisha Speed Shaskan 
  • The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear by David Bruins 
  • The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens 
  • 100 Days of School by Trudy Harris 
Students and staff can access the elementary FollettShelf by using the link on the library page or by going to . The middle school and high school also have their own FollettShelves. Login information can be obtained by stopping by the library or emailing me. 

“Each one [picture books] is a small, wonderful world, in which turning a page brings a surprise, or an anticipated answer. They are “doable” journeys, not too much to handle, in which we see things outside of our own lives.” -- Brian Lies

Have you been enjoying a “doable journey” with your class, your family, or on your own? We all love a good book being read aloud. If you don’t have time to read to your child or what to switch it up a bit try Storyline Online. 

Storyline Online is a project of the Screen Actors Guild in which an actor/actress reads one of their favorite picture books. Find Storyline Online on the library’s “Read” page or by visiting
** My favorite is Ernest Borgnine reading Rainbow Fish ! 

And finally the library has two more resources to read picture books online. TumbleBooks and Bookflix are both notable resources for the SCC community. Both of theses website allow students and staff to login to view and listen to picture books by various acclaimed authors. Both can be found on the library's "Read" page and login information can be gotten from the library or by emailing me. 

And remember FollettShelf, TumbleBooks, and Bookflix are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year! So enjoy a picture book (or several) this month for Picture Book Month! 

You can find more information about Picture Book Month at

Monday, November 2, 2015

Books of the Week, Nov 2

Elementary - Ancient Egypt: An Interactive History Adventure by Heather AdamsonContains three story paths which allow the reader to explore what life was like in ancient Egypt, and follows Cleopatra and Mark Antony into battle against Octavian in 31 BC, and depicts workers building the pyramids in 2550 BC and painting tombs in the Valley of the Kings in 1320 BC. Includes a time line and a list of additional resources.
902 HIS @ the Library

Middle School - Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear ShecterSelene, having grown up in a palace with her parents, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, is forced by war to build a new life in the household of Roman emperor Octavianus, where she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies.
FIC SHE @ the Library

High School - Mythology of Egypt and the Middle East: Myths and Legends of Egypt, Persia, Asia Minor, Sumer and Babylon by Rachel StormContains over 150 alphabetically arranged entries that provide information on the mythologies and legends of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Sumer, and Asia Minor, and includes pictorial essays on themes and symbols, and a chronology.
299 STO @ the Library

Friday, October 30, 2015

Short Story Contest

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and SCC High Library is going to be running a short story contest to celebrate a month of writing. Most of us would be daunted by having to write 50,000 words in a month, but a short story can be as little as 1,000! So we are going to start out small, and if you get inspired let your writing muscles flex and keep writing until you have a novella or full-length novel. I guess instead of NaNoWriMo we are doing ShoStoWriMo (Short Story Writing Month)!

Contest Specifics
  • Can be an original work or a work of fanfiction
  • Story can be of any genre or topic, but must be school appropriate
  • Short story must be at least 1,000 words long (use the “Word Count” tool to keep track)
  • You will have the opportunity to have your short story posted on our website and have a copy added to the SCC High Library (optional)
  • You must submit your completed short story using the Google Form found at:
  • Submissions due by December 2, 2015
  • A team of SCC teachers will evaluate short stories and determine three winners
After being evaluated by a team of SCC teachers, the top three entries will receive a nano quadcopter drone. All entries will be posted on the SCC website and a hard-copy added to the library (student permission required).

Important Documents

Friday, October 23, 2015

Middle School Book Fair Info

Reading for pleasure, inside and outside of school, has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

·      Set the example. Let children see you read.
·      Have a collection of books, magazines, or newspapers in your home.
·      Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair Dates & Shopping Hours at School:
         October 26–30 from 7:30am-3:00pm
         October 27 from 4:00pm-8:00pm (coincides with the concerts)

Shop Online October 22 – November 4: If you are unable to attend the Fair in person or just want the convenience of shopping at your leisure, we invite you to shop our online Book Fair at Our online Fair is available from October 22-November 4. Items will be shipped to the school for FREE and delivered to classrooms after Nov 4.

Classroom Wish Lists: Most educators believe that a rich, supportive literacy environment is critical to a student’s reading success. The best way to create this type of environment is for every classroom in the school to have a well-stocked classroom library. Teachers will once again have the opportunity to create wish lists of books for families to donate to their classroom libraries. You can find these books at the book fair from Oct 26-30. Our teachers say a big “thank you” in advance for your support.

Student Contests: We are running a few contests and activities for students to win items from the book fair. First, we have locker lottery where a random student from each grade is chosen each day of the book fair. These students receive a free book at the book fair. Second we have a coloring contest which is open to all students. Students should pick up, color, and return the official coloring sheet to the library by Oct 28. One winner will be chosen from each grade level and will receive a book from the book fair. Lastly, we are running a pencil pull. For each book a student purchases form the book fair they will get to pull a pencil out of our zombie head display. Pencils with red dots get the students $2 to spend at the fair and blue dots get them $10 to spend at the fair. And though students won't win anything, we are having crazy hair day on Friday, October 30 to finish out the week.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
Remember, all purchases benefit our school.