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Monday, September 29, 2014

Books of the Week, Sept 29

Elementary -  Welcome to Trucktown! by Jon Scieszka
Middle School - How it Works: Cars, Trucks & Bikes by Steve
High School - Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry

Friday, September 26, 2014

Elementary Book Fair, Oct 6-15

Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most.

Our Scholastic Book Fair theme - Sir Readalot’s Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books! – surrounds students in the celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books for them to discover. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose their own books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get.

Reading is vital to every child’s success, and raising kids as readers means getting involved while they’re young. Since there will never be a substitute for a parent’s direct involvement in his/her child’s education, please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Hope to see you there!

Important Info

Book Fair Dates: Oct 6th-Oct 15th at SCC Elementary Library

Shopping Hours: Students should bring money on the day of their library class. Feel free to send a note with your child if they have requirements for their money.
Oct 6
Oct 7
Oct 8
Oct 9
Oct 14
Oct 15
Day 5
Day 6
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Check the library class schedule HERE for your child’s teacher.
The book fair is open on these days from 7:30-3.
It will be closed all other times because of other duties staff need to cover.

Special Events: Open during Parent Teacher Conferences on Oct 13th from noon-8pm. Please consider stopping by during this time with your child.

Online Fair Dates: Oct 1st – Oct 21st   CLICK HERE TO SHOP


We are also running a classroom wish list program, which will be available during conferences. Teachers will pick out books that they would like for their classroom libraries. Please consider supporting our readers by purchasing one of these classroom wish list books.

AND the teachers need your help to win $100 for their classrooms. During conferences make sure you pick up a raffle ticket from your child’s teacher, walk it down to the library, and drop it in our raffle box. At the end of the night we will be choosing a teacher at random for the big prize!

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the FREE Book Fairs App to help you find the right fit books for your child. For more information, visit: scholastic.com/apps/bookfairs. And if you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair online at scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available for an extended time from Oct 1st to Oct 21st. These purchases will be shipped to the school after Oct 21st and delivered to classrooms.

Thank you very much and hope to see you there!
Amanda Olson & Connie Mueller

Monday, September 22, 2014

Books of the Week, Sept 22

This week we are highlighting some of the most challenged books across the country in honor of Banned Books Week.

Elementary - The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Middle School - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
High School - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Friday, September 19, 2014

Banned Books Week, Sept 21-27

Next week is Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read. The American Library Association sponsored week, “stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions”.

This week in the middle school and high school libraries we will have a display feature some of the books that have been challenged or banned from libraries and schools across the country.

If you’d like more information about banned books week, check out the videos and links below.

Bookmans Does Banned Books (2 min) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1u9tjjUz5o
All the books featured in this video have been challenged in a library somewhere in the US. Libraries are often pressured to remove books or redact (black out) parts of books that patrons disagree with.

10 Banned Children Books (3 min) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seOGBZoMRwQ
Covers 10 children books that are highly challenged or banned around the world.

Bill Moyers on Banned Books Week (3 min) -- http://vimeo.com/49944167 
Really AWESOME overview of what censorship is and what banned books week means. It is last year, so the dates he gives at the end are wrong, but the websites should all still be active.

ALA’s Banned Books Week Website -- http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek
Lots of great resources, including lists of challenged/banned books.

ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books Website -- http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks
Includes lists of books/authors that challenged. Also includes how ALA tabulates challenges.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Books of the Week, Sept 15

Elementary -- Frankenstein adapted by Dotti Enderle, orginal by Mary Shelley

Middle School -- A Field Guide to Monsters: Googly-eyed Wart Floppers, Shadow-casters, Toe-eaters, and Other Creatures by Johan Olander

High School -- Monsters Caught on Film: Amazing Evidence of Lake Monsters, Bigfoot and Other Strange Beasts by Melvyn Willin

Friday, September 12, 2014

Update on Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks

Big changes have happened over the summer with our digital audiobooks. In previous years our digital audiobooks have been hosted through Catalist. Well, Catalist is no more. All our audiobooks have been moved over onto our FollettShelf, where our ebooks already are.

WOOT WOOT! Everything has been made easier!

There are two ways to access our ebooks or our digital audiobooks at any of the schools.

1.     Use a computer -- Using any computer (or device) with a browser (like Safari, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc) you can access the FollettShelf through Destiny.

2.     Use the BryteWave app on your mobile device -- You can install the BryteWave app on any Android or Apple device to access the FollettShelf.
iTunes App Store                   Google Play Store

You can use the guest login or your personal Destiny login in order to access the FollettShelf and read the ebooks or listen to the digital audiobooks. Both logins are available at the library desk.

Help Videos!!! -- There are help videos on this page: http://www.scc.k12.wi.us/faculty/aolson/destiny_help.cfm

Monday, September 8, 2014

Books of the Week, Sept 8

Elementary -- Wisconsin Badgers by Marty Gitlin

Middle School -- 4th Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment by Carla McClafferty

High School -- League of Denial by Mark Fainaru-Wada

**Find them at your library!