Friday, September 4, 2015

One School One Book

Welcome back! I'm hoping you had a wonderful summer full of reading. But even if you didn't it's time to jump back in with both feet!

To promote fun reading and a community that talks about books, the middle school will be hosting a One School One Book program this year. Each quarter an ebook will be selected that all staff and students have access to and can read simultaneously. This ebook will be hosted on our FollettShelf and can be accessed on any internet capable device with a browser. With all staff and students having access to read this book, great conversations can happen around the selected title and about reading in general.

For first quarter staff and students will have the option to read the book Juice by Eric Walters. Summary: "When a new coach comes to their school, Michael and his teammates are convinced that steroids are the way to compete, but what they do not know is their coach's determination to obtain a college post rests on his ability to create a division one high school team." This is a short book (only 101 pages) and a fast-paced, really interesting read.

If students finish Juice during first quarter, they can stop by the library to complete a short activity about the book and get their name entered in a drawing to win a Strandbeest Kit. Sorry, staff are not eligible for the prize.

Middle School FollettShelf - Handout
This two-page handout goes over how to use the Follett ebooks and audiobooks. It contains reminders of how to get their and what the students use as their login information. Staff can contact me for their login information.

If you have questions about the One School One Book program, please contact me (email is the best)!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Books of the Week, Sept 1

Elementary - 10 Ways I Can be a Better Student by Sara Antill
Explains ten small changes in behavior to become a better student, including avoiding distractions, finding astudy spot, and getting organized.
371.3028 ANT @ the Library

Middle - School Made Easier : A Kid's Guide to Study Strategies and Anxiety-Busting Tools by Wendy L. Moss and Robin A. DeLuca-Acconi
A guide for students on how to study for tests and how to deal with anxiety.
371.30281 MOS @ the Library

High - The Secrets of Top Students : Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Acing High School and College by Stefanie Weisman
Offers advice for top academic success, including staying motivated, with tips for better studying and learning.
371.30281 WEI @ the Library

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Reminder for the Class of 2022

Just a reminder for the class of 2022 - Make sure you put in your reading minutes for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by September 4.

Not only are you working with kids from around the globe to break the world record for minutes of summer reading done, you will also get prizes from the library. For every 600 minutes read, you will receive a free book plus you will be entered into a drawing to win a Makey Makey. (Super Cool!!!)

So login to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website and log your minutes by September 4. If you can't remember your login info, please email Ms Olson.

See you in a couple weeks!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Books of the Week, June 1

Elementary - Lance Dragon Defends His Castle with Simple Machines by Eric Braun
When Lance Dragon's castle is invaded by barbarians, he defends it with actions using simple machines.
621.8 BRA @ the Library

Middle School - Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts
Step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and non-technical language explain how to build moving mechanisms that can be used in art, toys, or hobbies.
621.8 ROB @ the Library

High School - The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios
Presents an introduction to physics by exploring the forces and motion of action comic hereos, explaining basic rules of thermodynamics, energy, and solid state physics as it relates to real world experiences.
530 KAK @ the Library

Friday, May 29, 2015

Don't let the Summer Slide get you!

Don’t let the summer slide get you (or your students)! Keep up with your reading to hit the ground running when school starts again in September. The following books are only  suggestions; no matter what you are reading you are doing good!

Learning Target -- I can maintain or grow my reading level over the summer.

Elementary Summer Reading Suggestions

Middle School Summer Reading Suggestions

High School Summer Reading Suggestions

The class of 2022 has been signed up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Each student received a letter that has a unique login to track their reading minutes over the summer, in order to help break the summer reading minute world record. If an individual student reads at least 600 minutes they will also win a free book from the library and be entered into a mystery prize drawing in September. If parents/students have questions about this program, please contact me at aolson[at]

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Books of the Week, May 26

High - Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
After Taylor Edwards' family gets devastating news, they decide to spend one last summer all together at their lake house in the Pocono Mountains, they get to know each other again and bond, and Taylor remembers her past friends and crush.
FIC MAT @ the Library

Middle - The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin
Stacey McGill moves from New York City to Stoneybrook, Connecticut, in the summer before seventh grade where she meets and becomes friends with Kristy, Mary Anne, and Claudia, all of whom are going through big changes in their lives too.
FIC MAR @ the Library

Elementary - Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald
Judy's big plans for the summer seem ruined when two of her best friends go away, and then her parents leave her and Stink with Aunt Opal, but a new "thrill-a-delic" plan has her racing toward fun.
FIC MCD @ the Library

Friday, May 22, 2015

How Libraries Can Keep You Out of Trouble

You just rolled out of bed on a Saturday morning with no plans on the horizon. No where to go. Nothing to do. Just endless time on your hands. And when left to on your own, this will probably result in you making a poor choice and getting in trouble, or you'll just spend the day being a lump as the world goes by.

Never fear! Your Library is here!

When you're stuck with nothing to do, a library is a great place to head to. There are tons of things to read, from paper books to digital books, from magazines to newspapers. And the people that work there are experts at giving you suggestions on things that might be fun or interesting.

Beyond books though, libraries are places to learn new things. Many libraries have maker-stations where you can build and create projects with various materials. They hold specific classes to learn new skills. And as always, they have books that will teach you how to do something amazing.

So the next time you are bored out of your mind with nothing to do, go out on a limb, take a chance, and experience the awesomeness of your local public or school library!