Friday, February 27, 2015

"Flix" Your Muscles

Students at the elementary and middle school can "flix" there brain muscles using three databases that are purchased at SCC.

  • BookFlix - Pairs storybooks with nonfiction books to reinforce early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. Great for 4K-3rd grade.
  • FreedomFlix - Offers information on over 50 social studies units spanning 10 core areas. Great for 3rd-8th grade.
  • TrueFlix - Offers information on 16 topics, which are divided into two areas: 1) People, Places, and History and 2) Science and Nature. Great for 3rd-8th grade.
Login information for these online resources can be picked up from the elementary or middle school libraries or by emailing me at aolson[@] (without the brackets).

Great libraries not only have access to quality print resources, but also encourage students to use reliable online resources. These three databases are purchased via Scholastic, a well known supplier of educational content.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to stop by or contact me! DFTBA

Monday, February 23, 2015

Books of the Week, Feb 23

Elementary -- Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet so Gerald must be patient.
A 2015 Geisel Honor Award Book
EZ WIL @ the Library

Middle -- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award
FIC ALE @ the Library

High -- I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah
Winner of the 2015 Printz Award
FIC NEL @ the Library

Monday, February 16, 2015

Books of the Week, Feb 16

Elementary - A Book about Color: A Clear and Simple Guide for Young Artists by Mark Gonyea.
A guide to color theory, designed for young artists, that covers topics such as reasons for selecting specific colors, what the primary and secondary colors are, and how to use colors for different meanings within an illustration.

Middle School - A Book about Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good by Mark Gonyea.
Contains information on artistic design, in simple text with color illustrations, explaining how design is about perception of size, color, and shape and shows that it doesn't have to be complex to be good.

High School - Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Graphic designer Chip Kidd describes the elements of graphic design, including form, function, color, and typography.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Fair Info for Elementary

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 the home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Allow your children to choose their own books to read.
We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair to help you support reading in your children’s lives.

Open during Conferences on Feb 23, and Dr Seuss Night on Feb 26 to help you support reading in your children’s lives.

Book Fair Dates: 
  • Feb 23 – Mar 3 at SCC Elementary Library
  • Feb 18 – Mar 6 for the online fair. Link on the library page.
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.
Feb 24
Feb 25
Feb 26
Feb 27
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Check the library class schedule for your child’s teacher.
The book fair is open on these days from 7:30-10:30 and 12-3.
It will be closed all other times because of other duties the staff need to cover.

Volunteers: We are also looking for volunteers to help on Feb 23 and Feb 26. To sign up to work the Fair click here.

We are 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!

For the students we are having a word search prize drawing. Student can pick up a word search from the library, fill it out, and return it by Feb 27. Five lucky students will be drawn from the entries and will win a free book!

If you’re all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the Book Fair onlineOur Online Fair is available for an extended time from Feb 18 – Mar 6. These purchases will be shipped to the school after Mar 6 and delivered to classrooms. 

Thank you very much and hope to see you there!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Book of the Week, Feb 9

Elementary - What Is Valentine's Day? by Elaine Landau

Middle - Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid by Jim Benton

High - How They Met, and Other Stories by David Levithan

Friday, February 6, 2015

"Five apps that could be dangerous for kids"

Great article from the USA Today.  Click HERE to read it

Common School Fund? What's that?

I'm excited to announce that the common school fund (estimated) amounts for this year have been released by DPI!

What is the common school fund you ask. Well it is a fund set up by Wisconsin's constitution that supports and maintains the states public schools and  “the purchase of suitable libraries and apparatus therefor.” The fund is maintained by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands and funding fluctuates from year to year based on it's management and number of students a district has.

This year St Croix Central is receiving $52,944! Woot!!! These funds will be used to purchase books, videos, audiobooks, ebooks, online databases, magazines, and newspapers, possibly some computer devices in each library.

If you would like to see the past amounts that SCC has received CLICK HERE.

For more info on the common school fund, visit DPI's website.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Books of the Week, Feb 2

High School - Computer Ethics by Robert Plotkin
Explores ethical issues in computer and internet use, including cyberbullying, viruses and phishing schemes, copyright and fair use, and computer security.
004 PLO @ the Library

Middle School - Top 10 tips for safe and responsible digital communication by Tamra B. Orr
Examines the issue of online safety, looking at risks associated with online predators, online bullying, data security,Internet scams, and more.
384.3 ORR @ the Library

Elementary - How the Internet Works by Jennifer Swanson
This book explains what the Internet is and how information travels inside it. The title also pays special attention to the social significance of the technology.
004.678 SWA @ the Library