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

Friday, January 6, 2017

What do you think the library should buy?

As the new year begins, I actually start thinking about my last orders of the school year. What books have I put off buying because other titles were more in demand? What series have come out with new books that I've missed? What audiobooks are kids clambering to listen to? And what books have been turned into movies that I need to buy the DVD for? These are all questions I've been asking myself this week.

But I'm just one lonely library media specialist in a drift in a sea of new books. I need your help!

If you know of a new book (or just a really good book) that you think we need in the library fill out the form below. If you think we need more books by a certain author fill out the form below. Or if you think we need more books about a specific topic fill out the form below.

Because we have three schools with three separate libraries, there are three different forms - one for each building.

If you want to see what we already own, feel free to search around in Destiny for each building. And if you have any questions please let me know!

Thank you in advance for your purchase suggestions and keep an eye out for them in the coming months!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Books of the Week, Dec 19

Elementary - Winter Days in the Big Woods adapted from the little house books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A little pioneer girl and her family spend the winter in their log cabin in the Big Woods of Wisconsin.
E FIC WIL @ the library

Middle School - Winterdance : The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
This account of one man's obsession with racing dogs and running the Idatarod, the famous dog-sled race across Alaska, recalls his journey through the barren, moon-like, arctic terrain
921 PAULSON @ the Library

High School - After the Snow by S.D. Crockett
Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen and an abandoned girl as he searches for his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.
FIC CRO @ the Library

Friday, December 16, 2016

Stretch Your Stamina

It's almost winter break and while some families have exciting plans, some students will have a lot of down time during the week and a half off. Instead of letting them submerge themselves in a video game, TV show, or sleep (seriously, who sleeps for 14 hours a day!), why not encourage them to read a book.

According to a study done in 2015 and reported in the New York Times, the average adult attention span is just 8 seconds. Attention span was defined as “the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted.” No wonder we all feel like we have ADD some days!

Sitting down and reading is a great way to stretch your stamina in concentration. I'm using the term "reading" loosely here to include reading a paper book, reading an ebook, and listening to an audiobook. Focused listening takes just as much concentration as "normal" reading, because you are still focused on comprehending the story, analyzing the action and details, and predicting what will happen next.

Luckily, even over school breaks the SCC library can help with all your reading needs!

Students in grades K-12 have access to ebook and digital audiobooks via Destiny Discover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The number of books we have changes as I'm buying more ebooks and audiobooks all the time, but currently we have:
  • 798 ebooks and 164 audiobooks at the elementary
  • 927 ebooks and 324 audiobooks at the middle school
  • 818 ebooks and 179 audiobooks at the high school
You can access each building's individual Destiny Discover by visiting and searching for St Croix Central in a browser. You can also get the Destiny Discover app for Apple and Android devices.

Logins are available for students of SCC in grades K-12. If you need one, please contact me or stop by the library!

Happy holidays and happy reading!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Books of the Week, Dec 13

No only are these great paper books, they are great audiobooks!

Elementary - Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.
Listen to the audiobook on Destiny Discover

Middle School -Pax by Sara Pennypacker
When he's forced to give up his pet fox Pax, Peter decides to leave home and find his friend.
Listen to the audiobook on Destiny Discover

High School - Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Listen to the audiobook on Destiny Discover

Friday, December 9, 2016

Short Story Contest Winner!

The SCC High Library ran a short story contest in November as part of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Students entered original or fanfiction stories throughout the month, with a total of 24 entries. These were read by the ELA teachers and myself, and the student with the best story received an Apple TV. Most of the stories have been posted on if you would like to read them.

This year's winner is Kylee Daivdson, (pictured with Ms. Olson) who wrote a wonderful fanfiction story based on the Fire Emblem: Awakening video game. Congratulations Kylee!