Friday, February 10, 2017

And the award goes to....

Throughout library land, people are excited by the announcement of the 2017 award winning books and media. These winners are chosen as the-best-of-the-best of everything that was published the previous year.

You can view the children's and young adult awards by clicking through the slideshow below. Many of these are available in various formats through the SCC library.

We at SCC would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, and publishers of these amazing books.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Books of the Week, Feb 6

Elementary - Valentine's Day Secret by Carolyn Keene and illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
As the girls make stuffed animals at Farmer Fran's Barnyard Buddies, Nancy gets stuck in the middle of George and Bess's worst fight ever after Bess receives a mean Valentine and thinks George was the sender.
FIC KEE @ the library

Middle School - Ms. Marvel 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson; art by Elmo Bondoc and Takeshi Miyazawa
Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine's Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well, sort of--by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard's most annoying trickster! Yup, it's a special Valentine's Day story featuring Marvel's favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with...a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan?
GN WIL @ the Library

High School - How They Met, and Other Stories by David Levithan
A collection of eighteen stories describing the surprises, sacrifices, doubts, pain, and joy of falling in love.
SC LEV @ the Library

Friday, February 3, 2017

Winners from 2nd quarter! Chance to win in 3rd!

Half way done with the year and there are some winners to announce! During second quarter, students in grades 5-12 had the opportunity to participate in our One School One Book program. Middle school students could read the book Big Top Burning, a non-fiction book about a circus fire in the 1940s, while the high school students could read the book Food: The New Gold, an exploration of how our food is produced. Students who read the book and wrote a review in our library catalog (Destiny) would be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card. Winners for 2nd quarter were:
  • Jacob Monicken-Selb
  • Jenna Wehausen
  • Nicolas Harney
  • Baylee Ann Jewell
  • Reese Heebink
Congratulations to all of you for your dedication to reading!

Third quarter we will continue One School One Book! Middle school students can read The Way and high school students can read Catch & Release. Both books are available as ebooks on the respective schools' Destiny Discover, though there are also paper copies in the library.

Questions about the program or our current books can be sent to me anytime!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 31

Elementary - Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers
Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.
A 2017 Geisel Honor book
E FIC LAR @ the library

Middle School - The Way by Joseph Bruchac
 In his dreams, Cody LeBeau is a ninja who stops terrorist attacks on his school. In real life, he says, "There's nothing different or special about me at all." Then one day Cody's mysterious uncle John arrives. Uncle John is a martial-arts fighter, and when he says he will train Cody in "The Way," Cody expects to learn martial arts. Instead Cody discovers that "The Way" is a different set of skills-skills that might just help him stop an attack after all.
The One School One Book title for 3rd quarter
ebook @ the Library

High School - Catch & Release by Blythe Woolston
Eighteen-year-old Polly, the narrator, and Odd, who is a year younger and several degrees more impulsive, are the only survivors of a MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, also known as flesh-eating bacteria) outbreak in their town that killed its five other victims. They did not survive unscathed. Polly lost an eye, and her face is scarred. Odd lost his foot and is tortured by phantom pain. Polly and Odd had no connection before MRSA, but now that their former plans are obsolete, they have nothing but each other and a shared affection for trout fishing. The rest of their small Montana hometown is decidedly uncomfortable for the two who lived. So when Odd shows up in his grandmother's 1979 Cadillac D'Elegance, promising a day on the river, it's pretty clear that a remarkable journey is in store for the two of them.
The One School One Book title for 3rd quarter
ebook @ the Library

Monday, January 23, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 23

Some of the winners that were announced at the 2017 ALA awards presentation today!

Elementary - Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.
Winner of the Pura Belpre Author Award
FIC MED @ the library

Middle School - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, whomust unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.
Winner of the Newbery Award
ebook @ the Library

High School - Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a "special needs" teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer's--and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.
An honor book for the Stonewall Award
FIC DOW @ the Library

Monday, January 16, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 16

Elementary - Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead George ; paintings by Wendell Minor
An illustrated story of the comeback of the buffalo from extinction in the United States, tracing their history in connection with cowboys, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Native Americans of the plains, and celebrates their resurgence as herds that roam the national parks.
599.64 GEO @ the library

Middle School - Great Plains : America's Lingering Wild by Michael Forsberg
Presents a pictorial history of the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada, describing how the natural landscape changed with the settling and modernization of the American prairie.
917.8 FOR @ the Library

High School - Planet Earth: Great Plains by BBC, Discovery Channel, and NHK
Trek to the Earth's largest land habitats, where vast open spaces play host to the biggest groups of animals in the world. Following the immense migrations of caribou across the Arctic tundra and wildebeest through the African savannah, the program details life on Earth?s varied plains: dodging predators, mating and raising young, and, in many grassland habitats, the constant search for water. A pride of hungry lions hunting elephants and a stealthy Arctic fox chasing snow geese reveal some of the boldest hunts on the planet, and battles between Mongolian wild donkeys for mates illustrate the harsh competition for resources, even in temperate climates.
DVD 550 PLA @ the Library

Monday, January 9, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 9

Elementary - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Rebecca Rissman
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day honors the birth and legacy of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in history. In this title, read about the various ways people celebrate this day, such as by attending church services, taking part in community activities, and listening to recordings of Dr. King's speeches.
394.261 RIS @ the library

Middle School - King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man produced by NBC News
Forty years after Martin Luther King's assassination, newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. Go beyond the legend to portray the man, the questions, the myths, and the relevance of Dr. King's message in today's world.
DVD 921 KING @ the Library

High School - Dream : Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Drew D. Hansen
Explores the origins of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and discusses the impact it had on American politics and society.
323 HAN @ the Library