Monday, December 21, 2015

Books of the Week, Dec 21

Family is important not only during the holiday season, but all year round. Here are some stories to help you get in the family mood.

Elementary - V Is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet by William Anderson
Poems for every letter of the alphabet recount the experiences of the von Trapp family, covering their life in Austria, Maria's marriage to Captain von Trapp, their immigration to America after the Nazi invasion, their singing careers, and other related topics.
782.5 AND @ the Library

Middle School - The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David WyssRelates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.
FIC WYS @ the Library (also available as an ebook!)

High School - Dirty Laundry: Stories about Family Secrets by VariousA collection of eleven short stories by various authors dealing with situations which a family or familymember tries to keep secret because of an underlying problem.
SC DIR @ the Library

Friday, December 18, 2015

SCC Writing Winners!

November was National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and while writing a full-length novel in high school is a little daunting, a shorty story is completely doable. To that end, the SCC High Library coordinated a short story contest through the month of November. Students could submit a short story about anything they liked, and at the end of the month the language arts teachers scored them. The winning stories were by Savannah Bodish, Trenton Smith, and Evan Tredal (not pictured) who each received a nano drone. Thank you to all students who entered; you did a great job on your stories!

You can read most of the stories by clicking the links below.

Savannah Bodish - Dead man Walking
Trenton Smith - Hope Will Find a Way (not available)
Evan Tredal - Star Wars: The Thrawn Campaign

Other Entries:
Jillian Tubeville - The Rocks
Jena Owens - My Father Will Hear About This
Mikaelyn Fry - District 13
Jessica Kinney - Saving Squirt
Ashlyn Mettler - Jelsa
Marianna Buckel - Adages (not available)
Samantha Flettre - Goodbye, Internet
Annika Zehm - Shattering the Ice (not available)
Collin Nelson - The Plausibility Concerning Delight
Gabrielle West - Young Love
Sandra Queen - I'm Number Four
Zac Bringgold - Lord of the Wands
Frank Cartuche - Vacation Trip
Brian Sheffler - Futurella
Lexi Roth - The Avacados

Monday, December 14, 2015

Books of the Week, Dec 14

Elementary - The Girls' Book of Friendship: How to Be the Best Friend Ever by Gemma Reece
A practical guide on friendship for young girls that discusses how to make and keep friends, help a friend in need, and other related topics, and includes instructions for activities.
155.43 REE @ the Library

Middle School - Frenemies: Dealing with Friend Drama by L. L. Owens
Discusses psychology and interpersonal conflict with regard to teenage girls, covering how to deal with having one's feelings hurt by friends and become a stronger, better person while learning about oneself.
155.5 OWE @ the Library

High School - The How Rude! Handbook of Friendship and Dating Manners for Teens: Surviving the Social Scene by Alex J. Packer
Offers advice to teens on how to observe the rules of etiquette as they relate to friendship, romance, and sex.
395.1 PAC @ the Library

Friday, December 11, 2015

5 Reasons to Read More

We start learning to read as soon as we are born, and everyday we use this skill to navigate the world, keep ourselves safe and healthy, and entertain each other. But reading is one of those skills, like throwing a free throw, that gets better with use. So here are five reasons to read more.

Build Your Vocabulary - We love to show off to the people around us and having a large vocabulary to choose from allows us to one-up our friends. It's also a great way to praise someone in new and interesting ways (do away with "great job"!). Plus the insults you can come up with when you have a large vocabulary are stupendous. Beyond that you'll have a better way to describe problems in the world and try to solve them.

Improve Your Creativity - Creativity is a valuable commodity in our global economy. If you can think outside the box and develop new and interesting ideas, you are much more valuable to a company. Reading allows you to have exposure to varied perspectives, ideas, and stories. You can literally go anywhere and imagine anything in a book. Why not use that to boost your own creativity.

Reduce Stress - Sitting and enjoying a book, magazine article, or blog post allows your body time to rest. You will lower your heart rate and relax your muscles, even if it's only for 5 minutes. And don't we all need a little less stress in our lives?

Get Smarter - Not only are you improving your own creativity when you read, but you are also expanding what you know about the world around you. You can delve into how an electrical system works, how we discovered water on Mars, or how people face lifes challenges. You'll pick up random bits of facts that will make things later in life easier because you'll have prior knowledge to help you solve a problem.

Be Entertained  - The constant barrage of advertisement, negativity, and choice in TV or the internet can be overwhelming. It's hard to focus on one thing and dive deep into the story. Not so with a book. There's no pop-up ads distracting you, no negative comments feeding your anger or self-doubt, and nothing else trying to pull you away from what you're doing. It's just you and a book, where you can be entertained with a story of daring and sword fights, damsels or gentlemen in distress waiting to be rescued, or maybe just a explanation of how this darn thing we call life works and came to be.

Whatever your reason for reading and reading more, be sure to share the experience with friends and family. Reading aloud is not just an under-6 activity. Talking about an awesome book is not something that is strictly contained in a classroom. And being excited about a book, article, or author is not something that needs to be hidden in the dark. So read more. Read often. And DFTBA.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Books of the Week, Dec 7

Find these plus many more at your school library!

Elementary - Pearl Harbor by Stephen Krensky
Chronicles the events leading up to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the details of the attack itself, and the ensuing reaction of the United States.
940.54 KRE @ the Library

Middle School - A Boy at War by Harry MazerWhile fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell.
FIC MAZ @ the Library

High School - The Attack on Pearl Harbor: America Enters World War II by Tim McNeeseTraces events leading up to and resulting from the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on American battleships at Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into World War II.
940.54 MCN @ the Library

Friday, December 4, 2015

I, Emma Freke

I, Emma Freke tells the tale of a young girl who feels like an outcast at school and at home. She doesn't fit in with her classmates and her single-mother acts more like a friend than a parent. Plus with a last name like Freke, it only makes her first name more unbearable. (say it with me I - Am - A - Freak) So it's no wonder she jumps at the chance to get away from it all with her father's family who she's never met.

This is the book that the middle school is reading as our second quarter One School One Book title. Students and staff can access the book via the library's FollettShelf or get a paper copy from the library (limited supply). Everyone at the middle school is encouraged to read it and talk about it with classmates and adults in the building.

After reading the book, staff and students can complete a short activity in the library pertaining to the book and be entered into a prize drawing. A student from each grade level will win a nano quadcopter drone, and staff will have the chance to win a a box of magnetic poetry.

The book must be read and activities completed by Jan 15.

Building communities through reading is a powerful thing. The One School One Book program helps build a lexicon of common texts that students and staff can discuss and build upon. This is similar to Star Wars being a touchstone for many pop culture ideas. We would like students to be exposed to and be able to discuss different forms and ideas in literature. Our first quarter book, Juice, was a sports book about the dangers of steroids and following along without questioning authority. Our second quarter book, I, Emma Freke, focuses on being true to yourself and finding the joy in our own life. Hopefully future titles will help support out community of readers at the middle school. 

If you have questions about the One School One Book program please contact me at aolson{at}

Monday, November 30, 2015

Books of the Week, Nov 30

Elementary - Dump Trucks and Dogsleds - I'm on My Way, Mom! (Hank Zipzer #16) by Henry Winkler
Hank Zipzer is looking forward to a skiing vacation with his dad and sister before his new baby brother arrives, until his mom calls to say the baby is coming early, but when a huge snowstorm strands them in Vermont, it is up to Hank to find a way to get them all safely back to New York before the baby arrives.
FIC WIN @ the Library

Middle School - Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
A novel-in-verse about sixteen-year-old Ali's reluctant road trip with her stepmother and new baby sister, and the terror that ensues after they end up lost in the snow-covered woods.
FIC SCH @ the Library

High School - Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
After agreeing to spend a year in the castle of a great white bear in exchange for riches for her family, a woodcutter's daughter finds herself on a journey east of the sun and west of the moon to free the man she loves from a magic spell.
FIC GEO @ the Library

Friday, November 20, 2015

Books - Fresh and Bright

Here are some great new books we've gotten so far this school year! You can stop by the library or log into your Destiny account to request them.

High School

Middle School


Friday, November 13, 2015


I was at CESA this week, meeting with other library media specialists from Western Wisconsin, and the one thing that we kept coming back to was the many hats we wear.

First and foremost, I wear the hat of a teacher. My job is to support students and help them grow into wonderful, amazing adults with all the tools they need academically, emotionally, and socially in order to succeed in whatever they do. 

Next, I wear that hat of instructional partner for other teachers. We can work together to integrate information literacy skills into whatever they are doing. If they are researching biomes, we can talk about picking the best website out of the million Google results or how to do the steps in the research process to make as little work for yourself as possible. If they are getting a book for reading class I can help them find something just right instead the first thing they pick up.

I also wear the hat of resources specialist. I can point you to great resources and find you information to support whatever it is you are doing. And don't think I'm just talking books. There are a ton of digital resources out there that we can harness for learning. I probably have so many I could tell you one a day for a whole school year!

Lastly I wear a program administrator hat. I don't just spend my days ordering books, recommending them, and reading for my own pleasure. I spend my days teaching and creating dynamic programs for students to participate in. This year alone we are doing Battle of the Books, One School One Book, a short story contest, and game nights, and it's only November! There are also more passive programs like Book of the Week, resource displays, and our web presence. My point is there should be tons of ways to interact with the library beyond checking out a book. Offering that possibility is one of my hats.

The many hats of a library media specialist means that I can support all the other learning that is going on in the school and all the hidden curriculum that we never talk about. So stop on by to see what's new and what unseen tip, trick, or resource I've got up my sleeve. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Books of the Week, Nov 9

High School - Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage
An account of the vital role dogs play in military operations, discussing dozens of canine heroes, ranging from World War I to the raid on Osama bin Laden, and the bonds that develop between the dogs and their handlers.
355.4 GOO @ the Library

Middle School - Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Explains the many ways that dogs are used in the military and how they are trained and cared for.
355.4 PAT @ the Library

Elementary - Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum
Relates the story of Sergeant Stubby, a Boston bull terrior who served in World War I.
940.4 BAU @ the Library

Friday, November 6, 2015

Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month. There is a wonderful article by Debbie Ridpath Ohi where she states, “Picture books enable even the busiest of us to enjoy a good story in just a few minutes. In a world where so much is rushed, picture books encourage us to slow down and savor.”

So this month, take some time to read a picture book with your family or on your own.

The SCC libraries has some great picture books, including these 2015 award winners: 
  • A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz 
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland 
  • The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat 
  • Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Thong 
  • You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang 

Another way to share picture books is through the libraries ebooks on FollettShelf. 

With nearly 700 ebooks just at the elementary, there are of ebooks to choose from on FollettShelf, including:
  • Dino-Wrestling by Lisa Wheeler 
  • Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying! by Trisha Speed Shaskan 
  • The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear by David Bruins 
  • The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens 
  • 100 Days of School by Trudy Harris 
Students and staff can access the elementary FollettShelf by using the link on the library page or by going to . The middle school and high school also have their own FollettShelves. Login information can be obtained by stopping by the library or emailing me. 

“Each one [picture books] is a small, wonderful world, in which turning a page brings a surprise, or an anticipated answer. They are “doable” journeys, not too much to handle, in which we see things outside of our own lives.” -- Brian Lies

Have you been enjoying a “doable journey” with your class, your family, or on your own? We all love a good book being read aloud. If you don’t have time to read to your child or what to switch it up a bit try Storyline Online. 

Storyline Online is a project of the Screen Actors Guild in which an actor/actress reads one of their favorite picture books. Find Storyline Online on the library’s “Read” page or by visiting
** My favorite is Ernest Borgnine reading Rainbow Fish ! 

And finally the library has two more resources to read picture books online. TumbleBooks and Bookflix are both notable resources for the SCC community. Both of theses website allow students and staff to login to view and listen to picture books by various acclaimed authors. Both can be found on the library's "Read" page and login information can be gotten from the library or by emailing me. 

And remember FollettShelf, TumbleBooks, and Bookflix are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year! So enjoy a picture book (or several) this month for Picture Book Month! 

You can find more information about Picture Book Month at

Monday, November 2, 2015

Books of the Week, Nov 2

Elementary - Ancient Egypt: An Interactive History Adventure by Heather AdamsonContains three story paths which allow the reader to explore what life was like in ancient Egypt, and follows Cleopatra and Mark Antony into battle against Octavian in 31 BC, and depicts workers building the pyramids in 2550 BC and painting tombs in the Valley of the Kings in 1320 BC. Includes a time line and a list of additional resources.
902 HIS @ the Library

Middle School - Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear ShecterSelene, having grown up in a palace with her parents, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, is forced by war to build a new life in the household of Roman emperor Octavianus, where she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies.
FIC SHE @ the Library

High School - Mythology of Egypt and the Middle East: Myths and Legends of Egypt, Persia, Asia Minor, Sumer and Babylon by Rachel StormContains over 150 alphabetically arranged entries that provide information on the mythologies and legends of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Sumer, and Asia Minor, and includes pictorial essays on themes and symbols, and a chronology.
299 STO @ the Library

Friday, October 30, 2015

Short Story Contest

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and SCC High Library is going to be running a short story contest to celebrate a month of writing. Most of us would be daunted by having to write 50,000 words in a month, but a short story can be as little as 1,000! So we are going to start out small, and if you get inspired let your writing muscles flex and keep writing until you have a novella or full-length novel. I guess instead of NaNoWriMo we are doing ShoStoWriMo (Short Story Writing Month)!

Contest Specifics
  • Can be an original work or a work of fanfiction
  • Story can be of any genre or topic, but must be school appropriate
  • Short story must be at least 1,000 words long (use the “Word Count” tool to keep track)
  • You will have the opportunity to have your short story posted on our website and have a copy added to the SCC High Library (optional)
  • You must submit your completed short story using the Google Form found at:
  • Submissions due by December 2, 2015
  • A team of SCC teachers will evaluate short stories and determine three winners
After being evaluated by a team of SCC teachers, the top three entries will receive a nano quadcopter drone. All entries will be posted on the SCC website and a hard-copy added to the library (student permission required).

Important Documents

Friday, October 23, 2015

Middle School 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, magazines, or newspapers 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 and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair Dates & Shopping Hours at School:
         October 26–30 from 7:30am-3:00pm
         October 27 from 4:00pm-8:00pm (coincides with the concerts)

Shop Online October 22 – November 4: 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 22-November 4. Items will be shipped to the school for FREE and delivered to classrooms after Nov 4.

Classroom Wish Lists: Most educators believe that a rich, supportive literacy environment is critical to a student’s reading success. The best way to create this type of environment is for every classroom in the school to have a well-stocked classroom library. Teachers will once again have the opportunity to create wish lists of books for families to donate to their classroom libraries. You can find these books at the book fair from Oct 26-30. Our teachers say a big “thank you” in advance for your support.

Student Contests: We are running a few contests and activities for students to win items from the book fair. First, we have locker lottery where a random student from each grade is chosen each day of the book fair. These students receive a free book at the book fair. Second we have a coloring contest which is open to all students. Students should pick up, color, and return the official coloring sheet to the library by Oct 28. One winner will be chosen from each grade level and will receive a book from the book fair. Lastly, we are running a pencil pull. For each book a student purchases form the book fair they will get to pull a pencil out of our zombie head display. Pencils with red dots get the students $2 to spend at the fair and blue dots get them $10 to spend at the fair. And though students won't win anything, we are having crazy hair day on Friday, October 30 to finish out the week.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Books of the Week, Oct 19

High School - You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
From the online entertainment pioneer, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day, comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world
921 DAY @ the Library

Middle School - Mo'Ne - Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer by Mo'ne Davis with Hilary Beard
At the age of thirteen, Mo'ne Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. A month later she earned a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This inspiring memoir from a girl who learned to play baseball with the boys and rose to national stardom before beginning eighth grade will encourage young readers to reach for their dreams no matter the odds.
921 DAV @ the Library

Elementary School -Robert Cade: Gatorade Inventor by Joanne Mattern
Examines the life of Robert Cade, discusses his work in medicine, and looks at how his efforts to find a way to treat football players at the University of Florida for dehydration and heatstroke led to the invention of Gatorade.
921 CAD @ the Library

Friday, October 16, 2015

Speak Up & Share Your Thoughts

Here at SCC we value your thoughts about the education our students are receiving. To that end we are asking teachers, parents, and students to participate in the Speak Up survey by December 18th.

What is Speak Up?

Speak Up is a unique research project designed to collect and report on the authentic, unfiltered ideas and views of K-12 students and their parents, teachers and administrators. The primary focus of the Speak Up project has been on education stakeholders in the United States though schools in Australia, Canada and around the world have participated in the surveys for many years.

In general, Speak Up has three primary objectives:
  1. To provide a means for local schools and districts to easily and effectively listen to and act upon the ideas of their stakeholders.
  2. To provide a conduit for the voices of education stakeholders, most notably students, to inform national and/or state/provincial policies and programs.
  3. To stimulate new local discussions around the use of technology within education.

Parents: Be a part of the conversation! 

Starting on Oct. 1st we will be participating in the Speak Up national research project. Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of nearly 4 million students, teachers, and parents from all 50 states, as well as internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents are expressing their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.

To take the survey visit:  and click the blue parents enter here button!

Students: Your opinions matter to us! 

We are participating in the online survey Speak Up so we can learn more about how you are using technology in class and for homework. We’d also like to know more about how you are using technology to learn and how you would like your teachers to use technology class.

The survey will be open until December 18th; to take the survey visit: .  All students will be required to enter in our school’s password to access the survey. Our password is: panthers

SCC Staff: Join the conversation!

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, nearly 4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.

To take the survey visit:  and click the blue educators enter here button!

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact me via email. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Books of the Week, Oct 13

High School - Basic: Surviving Boot Camp and Basic Training by Jack Jacobs
Describes the experience of basic military training that all United States military enlistees endure.
355.5 JAC @ the Library

Middle School - Military Technology by Ian Graham
Describes new technologies that are helping make military aviation, land warfare, warships and submarines, intelligence, non-lethal weapons, and space weapons more efficient and discusses the implications these technologies have on current and future warfare.
355 GRA @ the Library

Elementary School - H Is for Honor: A Millitary Family Alphabet by Victor Juhasz and Devin Scillian
Presents a children's A to Z alphabet book on military families, explaining experiences of militarychildren, the different branches, and other related topics.
355 SCI @ the Library

Monday, October 12, 2015

Five Magnificent Things

Good Day Panther People!

Here's some great news in library land and a couple reminders so our school year continues to be magnificent.

Book Fairs - We had a TERRIFIC book fair at the elementary Oct 6-8, raising over $3000 for our school. This money goes towards providing books for students and teachers, books for the library, as well as two great online databases, TrueFlix and FreedomFlix. We will be having our first middle school book fair the last week in October, a second elementary book fair the end of February, and a second middle school fair in May.

Ebook Use - Our ebook and digital audiobook use at the middle school is up 730% from last year for the first six weeks of school. This is mainly due to the increased number of devices in that students have access to during the day. It also reflects well on the collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks we have. You can find our collection on the middle school FollettShelf.

Banned Books Week - The sophomores at the high school got a visit from me during this week. Students learned about the historical context of banned books week (including the defining Supreme Court case), I highlighted some of the books we have in the library that have been banned in other schools, and we read the book And Tango Makes Three and discussed what people might object to in the book. The book emphasis though was that we live in a country where you always have the option to read what you want to.

One School One Book - Middle school students should read our selected first quarter title, Juice, and complete the library activity by October 30 to get entered in the prize drawing. One winner from each grade will get a hand boiler and one grand prize winner will receive a strandbeest model kit. I don't have the numbers, but I've seen LOTS of kids reading the book. Great job!

Game Nights - Don't forget that there will be game nights at the middle school and high school once per month. You can click here for the middle school schedule and here for the high school schedule.

If you have questions about theses or anything else relating to the SCC libraries, please contact me at aolson[@] (without the brackets).


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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks Available K-12

I've been in several classrooms at the middle school the past few days talking with teachers and students about FollettShelf, which is the digital school library where our ebooks and digital audiobooks are housed. Students, especially those in 6-8th grade with Chromebooks, have been super excited about all the cool titles they can check out on their own devices.

Available on any device with a browser, each building has it's own unique FollettShelf available to students and staff members to use. You can see what's available at each building by clicking the links below.

For students at the elementary, we have everyone use a generic guest login, which can be obtained by stopping in the library or emailing me at aolson[at]

For students at the middle and high school, each student has their own login. Students should login to Destiny and then use the FollettShelf link available there to access the ebooks/audiobooks. Students at the middle and high schools have a Destiny username that is the same as their regular computer username (first initial+last name+last two digits of graduation year). Their Destiny password is just their school lunch number (NO LETTERS). 

While many books are available, there are always the holdouts in the publishing world who can't get with the ebook program (I'm looking at you J.K. Rowling). But if there is ever a book you don't see that you think we should have, please let me know and I can see if it is available for me to add. I'm always looking for suggestions!

Handout for middle (and high) school students about how to use Follett ebooks and audiobooks.

You can find how-to videos and information about the Apple and Android apps by visiting this page

As always, if you have any questions, you can always stop by your school library or send me an email! DFTBA

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Books of the Week, Sept 8

High School - Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron by Jonathan Strahan
An anthology of short fiction about witches.
SC UND @ the Library

Middle School - Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer
An illustrated history of the witch hunts that took place in colonial-era Salem, Massachusetts, featuring primary source accounts, and describing the victims, accused witches, corrupt officials, and impact of the events on society.
133.4 SCH @ the Library

Elementary - Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches by Steven J. Simmons
Two young witches use their powers in opposite ways, one helping people and the other making mischief.
E FIC SIM @ the Library