Monday, October 5, 2015

Books of the Week, Oct 5

Elementary - Fire! Fire! by Gail GibbonsViews fire fighters fighting fires in the city, in the country, in the forest, and on the waterfront.
628.9 GIB @ the Library

Middle School - The Great Fire by Jim MurphyPhotographs and text, along with personal accounts of actual survivors tell the story of the great fire of 1871 in Chicago.
977.3 MUR @ the Library

High School - Jumping Fire : A Smokejumper's Memoir of Fighting Wildfire by Murray A. TaylorSmokejumper Murray Taylor recounts more than twenty years' experience of jumping by parachute to fight fires in Alaska and the American West.
634.9 TAY @ the Library

Friday, October 2, 2015

Elementary 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 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, either in-person or via or online fair, and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Shop Online October 1-14: 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 1-14. Items will be shipped to the school for FREE and delivered to classrooms after Oct 14. This is a great option for families to take advantage of since the online fair contains many more items and in all age ranges compared to the fair we physically have at school.

Book Fair Dates & Shopping Hours at the ES School Library:
October 6 – 3:30-8:00pm
October 7 – 7:20-8:00am
October 8 – 7:20-8:00am AND 3:30-8:00pm
Due to scheduling issues, students WILL NOT be able to purchase at other times during the day.

With some of our profits we will be giving away books to students at each grade level. Students can enter to win a book by coloring our Monster Book Fair coloring sheet (get one in the library) and returning it by Oct 7.

Teachers can also win books. Classroom teachers may be handing out raffle tickets to families during conferences on Oct 6 and 8. All families need to do is drop off that raffle ticket in the library to enter their teacher into a drawing to win a basket full of books.

Other profits will be used to support the library program in our school district.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Olson, SCC's district library media specialist.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Books of the Week, Sept 28

High School - The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun
Details how Adam Braun, inspired after meeting a begging young boy on the streets of India, quit his job at Bain & Company to start up the organization Pencils of Promise, which has since built more than two hundred schools around the world.
370.91724 BRA @ the Library

Middle School - 101 Ways to Organize Your Life by Deborah Underwood
Presents over one hundred tips on organization, offering advice on organizing school supplies, clothing, activities and social events, bedrooms, memories and collections, family, and time.
646.7 UND @ the Library

Elementary - Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day by Gary Paulsen
When supremely organized seventh-grader, Molly McGinty, loses the notebook she relies on to keep her life in order she spends the day in chaos.
FIC PAU @ the Library

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nobody Should Ever See This!

Working with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds makes purchasing, promoting, and developing a library collection very interesting. I need to account for the readers with low and high abilities, readers with varied interests, and staff members asking for supplementary material for their classrooms (again at a variety of different reading levels). But one thing I keep in mind is that the school library, like a public library, should have something for everyone.

There is a great quote by Jo Godwin which says “A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” This doesn't mean that a library's job is to offend people. It means that a library should contain all points of view on a variety of subjects, some of which may be offensive to patrons of the library.

In celebration of the idea that libraries are a place to celebrate the freedom to read what you want, the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week every year. We celebrate the books that have been challenged by communities around the country as being too offense to be part of a library collection. We don't say you have to read them, we say that people should always have the option to read them. We celebrate the fact that we live in a country where the freedom to write, publish, and read any idea is an inalienable right. We celebrate the fact that books, magazines, newspapers, TV shows, movies, and the internet all exist to share and discuss stories and ideas from every viewpoint. 

Many mediums have mechanisms in place to help students, parents, and the community decide if something should be read, watched, or listened to. Movies and TV shows have ratings; so do video games. Music has a warning if it contains explicit content. The internet and books are a much less restricted. We all need to be responsible consumers of stories and information and decide for ourselves if it meets our personal values and ethics. 

So if you see something out in the world or if something comes into your home that offends you, don't go with the knee-jerk reaction to say "Nobody should ever see this!". Take the time to read/listen/watch the material and then have a discussion about what you find offensive and why. Take that teachable moment to reaffirm your own beliefs or help your child build a framework for their beliefs. 

Here is a great video from author of the Captain Underpants series, Dave Pikey, who happens to have one of the most challenged books of the recent decade.

We live in a society that values the sharing and discussion of divergent viewpoints. It's a good thing that our libraries provide the opportunity for students and parents to discussion those viewpoints. Take the time to talk with your child about what they are reading, what messages does the book have, what things do the characters values. Those discussion can help your child make better choices in the future, not just about which books to read, but about what choices they should be making for themselves.

If you would like further information about Banned Books Week visit

And as always, DFTBA!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Books of the Week, Sept 21

High School -- The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive--and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love.
FIC PEA @ the Library

Middle School -- The Runaway Princess by Kate Coombs
Fifteen-year-old Princess Meg uses magic and her wits to rescue a baby dragon and escape the unwanted attentions of princes hoping to gain her hand in marriage through a contest arranged by her father, the king.
FIC COO @ the Library

Elementary School -- Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Princess Celie loves Tuesdays at Castle Glower, because every Tuesday the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes a whole new wing, and Celie likes to map the changes to the castle, but when her parents, King and Queen Glower are taken captive, it falls to Celie and her knowledge of the castle to defend their home and save the kingdom.
FIC GEO @ the Library

Friday, September 18, 2015

Game Nights, Sept 22 & 23

The library will be hosting two game nights next week so students and staff can battle it out and determine who reigns supreme at table top gaming.

Middle School Game Night
Sept 22, 3:15-5pm in the library
All MS staff and students are welcome!

High School Game Night
Sept 23, 3:25-5pm in the library
All HS staff and students are welcome!

We will have traditional games like Uno, Life, and checkers. But will also have new hits like Killer Bunnies and Robot Turtles. If you have a favorite game, feel free to bring it along!

DFTBA and have a great day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Books of the Week, Sept 14

Celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day on Sept 17!

High School - The Great American Citizenship Quiz by Solomon M. Skolnick

Presents one hundred questions from the test on United Stated history and civics required of would-be United States citizens, providing background facts and stories on the answers, and includes lists of senators, representatives, governors, and state capitals, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and amendments, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
323.6076 SKO @ the Library

Middle School - US Government Through Infographics by Nadia Higgins
Introduces basic concepts of government, discussing democracy in different countries, taxes, voting, and more. Includes charts, maps, and illustrations.
320 HIG @ the Library

Elementary - D Is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet by Elissa Grodin
Presents a children's A to Z alphabet book on democracy and explains the government's structure and concepts including immigration and taxation.
320.973 GRO @ the Library