Friday, December 19, 2014

If you didn't visit the library this year....

If you didn't visit the library (school or public) this year, there's always next.

Check out the video for one person's view of what a library is.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Don't Know What to Read?

At the middle school if you don't know what to read you can take a tumble through the genre jars. Just pull out a slip and go get the book it recommends!
** More jars coming soon.

At the high school try the fortune teller. It will suggest a genre, a type of book or resource, or something random (like a book that starts with S).

If you're still stumped, ask Ms Muller, Ms Kerber, Ms Hueg, or Ms Olson for help!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Books of the Week, Dec 15

Elementary - Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades. Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippi's scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or stirring things up at a fancy tea party, her flair for the outrageous always seems to lead to another adventure.

FIC LIN @ the Library

Middle School - What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark and illustrated by Jeremy Holmes

When River, Freak, and Fiona discover a mysterious sofa sitting at their bus stop, their search for loose change produces a rare zucchini-colored crayon. Little do they know this peculiar treasure is about to launch them into the middle of a plot to conquer the world! The kids' only hope is to trap the plot's mastermind when he comes to steal the crayon. But how can three kids from the middle of nowhere stop an evil billionaire? With the help of an eccentric neighbor, an artificially intelligent domino, a DNA-analyzing tray, two hot air balloons, and a cat named Mucus, they just might be able to save the planet.

FIC CLA @ the Library

High School - Moo by Jane Smiley

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, lies Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the art and science of agriculture. Here, among an atmosphere rife with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbors a secret fantasy to kill the dean; Mrs. Walker, the provost's right hand and campus information queen, knows where all the bodies are buried; Timothy Nonahan, associate professor of English, advocates eavesdropping for his creative writing assignments; and Bob Carlson, a sophomore, feeds and maintains his only friend: a hog named earl Butz.

FIC SMI @ the Library

Friday, December 12, 2014

Best Books of 2014

Days are shorter, kids are squirrely, and the end of the year is upon us. That means "best of the year" time for everything from fashion to sports. But this is Library Land, so we talk books and media. I could go an and on about my favorites, but I figure you might want to hear from broader group of experts. So instead I'd like to point out some great best of the year lists from some reputable sources (not just Amazon who perhaps push what they sell a lot of or have in over-stock).

School Library Journal's Best Books 2014 - LINK

The School Library Journal provides reviews of books written throughout the year to help school library media specialists make purchases for their libraries. Reviews come from outstanding library media specialists from around the nation and are published in their monthly magazine and online.


Each month Booklist editors highlight a topic and provide a listing of the best books about that topic that have come out within the last year. Here were their topics for 2014:

Kirkus' Best Books of 2014

Another book review magazine, but those really do have the best picks, Kirkus reviews books for public libraries. Here are their lists for the year:
  • Children
  • Teen
  • They also have lists for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Indie, and Book Apps.

My Picks

And if those aren't good enough for you, here are my picks, one for each building.
  • Elementary -- Little green peas : a big book of colors by Keith Baker
  • Middle School -- 100 things to do before you grow up by Lisa Gerry
  • High School -- Molecules : the elements and the architecture of everything by Theodore Gray 
So as you are finishing your holiday shopping or need something to keep in your emergency gift tote, think about picking up a "best of the year" book.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Books of the Week, Dec 9

Elementary School - Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

Looks at the life of jazz musician Duke Ellington, discussing his accomplishments and lasting popularity over the course of his fifty-year career.

921 ELL @ the Library

Middle School - How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler

The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, has been called "a night that changed the course of American culture." More than seventy million television viewers - the largest-ever audience for an entertainment show - watched the Beatles' performance that February 9, 1964. It was only the beginning.Had the Beatles been simply the most successful musical group of all time, their place in history would be secure. But they were much, much more. The Beatles changed popular culture forever. They changed the way people listened to music and experienced its role in their lives. And they were even more. For as their work matured, they became nothing less than the embodiment of the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.

920 SAN @ the Library

High School - Aretha Franklin : the Queen of Soul by Mark Bego

Documents the personal life and show business career of Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, covering singing in the church choir as a child, her first album at the age of fourteen, her Grammy awards, and more.

921 FRANKLIN @ the Library

Friday, December 5, 2014

What does $15,000 buy?

Last winter on behalf of SCC, I applied for a grant. This grant provided money to school libraries that had suffered some sort of natural disaster or fire. We were lucky enough to be awarded $15,000.

But what does $15,000 buy you in an elementary library? Well here's what we got:
  • 465 non-fiction books
  • 192 lower level non-fiction books
  • 71 picture books
  • 101 kindergarten books
  • 122 fiction books
  • 28 graphic novels
These 979 books had a total cost of $14,986.70. This included the books and the library processing needed for the books (labels and computer record)

This brings our current elementary library collection up to 11,363 books, audiobooks, and videos. Which puts us about 700 items over our total collection at the time of the fire. Our collection is bigger, more current, and more tailored to our current needs.

The fire was tragic, but sometimes the glass is still half-full. DFTBA

Monday, December 1, 2014

Books of the Week, Dec 1

High School - The Attack on Pearl Harbor by Tim McNeese

Middle School - A Boy at War by Harry Mazer

Elementary - The Bombing of Pearl Harbor by Joe Dunn