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]

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Final Book Fair of 2016-17!

The final book fair at SCC for 2016-17 will be held at the middle school!
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read to 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.

Student Shopping -- Students can shop the fair at school from 7:45 am-3:15 pm on May 10-12.

Family Shopping -- Families can shop the fair at school on May 11 from 3:15-7:00 pm and May 12 from 3:15-7:30 pm (tentative).

Online Shopping -- Shopping online is a wonderful alternative for families who can't make it to school or who would like to shop a wider selection of books. You can shop online at from May 4-16. You will need to create a Scholastic account if you don't already have one, but all purchases are shipped to the school for free.

We are offering a few contests for students to participate in and possibly win a prize from the book fair.
  1. Locker lottery -- All students are automatically entered in this and students are randomly drawn and win a book
  2. Coloring contest -- Interested students can pick up a coloring sheet and return it by May 10 for a chance to win a book
  3. Online sale incentive -- Students who shop online will be entered in a drawing to win a free poster

Book Fair Preview Video

If you have any questions, please direct them to our library media specialist, Amanda Olson. DFTBA and Happy Reading!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Books of the Week, May 1

Celebrate Star Wars day on May the 4th!

Elementary - Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis and photography by Frankie Frankeny
An intergalactic cookbook lets children as well as adults whip up a meal fit for a Jedi Knight and includes hilarious photos, Star Wars stickers, and recipes for Crazy Cantina Chili, Boba Fett-Uccine, C-3PO Pancakes, and much more.
641.5 DAV @ the library

Middle School - The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to unveil the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen--the Death Star. The Rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....
FIC STA @ the Library

High School - William Shakespeare's the Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First by Ian Doescher
Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: Episode I as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy. 'Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance... all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold onto your mini-chlorians: The play's the thing, wherein you'll catch the rise of Anakin!
FIC STA @ the Library

Friday, April 28, 2017

Wrapping Up The Year

It's hard to believe, but there are only 23 days left of school! I'm pretty sure like every year May is going to fly by, so I want to give parents and students a heads-up on when library materials will be due back.

First let me say that our ebooks and digital audiobooks on Destiny Discover can be used throughout the entire year. We have over 2000 items between the three buildings, and I'm adding more all the time. Check out my Destiny Help page for how-to's.

Now, there are varying final due dates between the buildings and even grade levels, so be sure to jot down the correct dates below.

  • Elementary -- Thursday, May 18 for all students.
  • Middle School -- Thursday, May 18 for the 8th grade. Thursday, May 25 for 5th-7th grades.
  • High School -- Wednesday, May 24 for 12th grade. Thursday, June 1 for 9th-11th grades.

We do not collect overdue fines, so there will be no fine assessed on library materials unless the item is not returned at all or if it comes back with damage. We will be sending home official fine notices after the due dates; do not worry about paying anything yet unless you are 100% sure the item has been lost.

Students in grades 4-12 have the ability to login and see what library materials they have out. Students should follow the directions below to see this information:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose your building
  3. Click "Login" in the upper right corner
    • Username -- same as the beginning of the Google email (EX aolson20)
    • Password -- just lunch number, with no letters (EX 4567)
  4. Click on "My Info" near the top of your screen.
If any family or student has questions about a library item, they can contact me via email: aolson[at]

Thanks for helping us get everything back before our amazing summer vacation! DFTBA