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!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Books of the Week, Dec 5

Some oldies but goodies!

Elementary - Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
FIC MAC @ the school library.

Middle School - Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
A homeless medieval waif who names herself Alyce is taken in by the village midwife, befriends a cat, learns about delivering babies, and confronts failure when an infant dies.
FIC CUS @ the school library.

High School - Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
FIC MYE @ the Library.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Reading is a Gift

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all."–Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I don't know how to express its importance. Maybe that is because I've never found it unimportant and can't fathom why anyone would. It's kept me company on lonely days. It's shown me happiness in places and situations I couldn't imagine. It's been a source of hope and understanding when I've needed it. It's given me empathy for people unlike myself, with an understanding of why they are the way they are and why I am the way I am. But most of all it's been a way to connect. My love of reading is an important part of me, and I believe reading should be an important part of everyone's lives.

"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." –John Green

In my elementary years, I don't remember having a love of reading. I remember going to the library and learning about the card catalog, though I'm not sure why since the school had just purchased a computer catalog system to replace it, but I don't remember checking out books or sitting for hours reading. My love of reading didn't start until middle school from my recollection.

"There’s nothing wrong with reading a book you love over and over." –Gail Carson Levine

My school was fortunate enough to have a RIF program. The Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) program gave away books to students once or twice per year. Every student went down to the auditorium, where table after table was set up with stacks of books from every genre, reading level, and length. Sometimes you picked up a book that had an interesting cover without giving it much thought. Sometimes you skimmed the back cover and found one that you had never heard of but sounded interesting. And sometimes you were lucky enough to pick up the book that everyone was excited for (Harry Potter was such a book for me).

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." –William Styron

On this particular RIF day in middle school, I skimmed through the tables with the rest of my class. All of us standing in front of these tables, some of the students grabbing any book in front of them just to be done, while others like myself took some time to actually look. I don't remember that title of the book that caught my eye, but the author certainly became a favorite - Lurlene McDaniel.

"You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend." –Paul Sweeney

Lurlene McDaniel writes books for middle school age children, and the stories usually revolve around a young adult who has some sort of illness to be dealt with (cancer, diabetes, transplants, etc) and there is usually a hint of a romance in it. So basically it's middle school appropriate books that sound like Lifetime movies. Yep, that's what pulled my interest. But once it had me, boy was I hooked.

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" –Henry Ward Beecher

Every trip to the mall my family took included a stop at Waldenbooks. And to the back corner of the book store I went, looking through the books in alphabetically order until I found M. And there they were - a whole shelf of books by Lurlene McDaniel. Eventually my trips to the book store and gifts at holidays built my McDaniel collection to upwards of 30 books. I read and reread them over and over again. Eventually I branched out into all the Little House books, other teen romances, and suggestions from teachers. From then on wherever I went, I had a book with me; my love of reading had taken off.

"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." –Oscar Wilde

So what is the point of this story. The SCC community didn't need to know about my story, about the RIF program or about my youthful love of Lurlene McDaniel. The point is the gift. The gift of that first book, even though it was for school, even though I got to pick it, even though at the time I probably wasn't as enthused about it as I would later be, that gift made all the difference in the world to me. It made me into the book and story lover I am today and led to a career I truly enjoy.

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." –Maya Angelou

So as you go into the holiday season and start purchasing gifts for loved ones young and old, consider adding a book to your offering. You never know when a book will spark a persons imagination and passion, for reading or for anything else in life.

Need some help figuring out what might be a good book to give as a gift? Check out these websites!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Fair - Reading is My Superpower!

Reading for pleasure 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. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. 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 at SCC Middle School: Nov 30-Dec 7
Students can shop: in the library anytime during the school day, as long as their teacher okays it
Parents can shop: before and after our concerts or online (see below for more info)

Book Fair ONLINE: Nov 23-Dec 7  →
This is a splendid option if you would like to shop a larger variety, shop for children not at the middle school, or just want to shop on your own time at home. Purchased items will be shipped to the school after May 20 and delivered to students.

Shop Before & After Concerts: Dec 1 and 6 from 3:30-8:00 p.m.
Stop by before you’re the musical concerts with your child to support their continued reading success. If items are sold out, the online fair is always a great option.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. To that end, we are running a classroom wish list program again this year. Teachers will be pulling books that they would like for their classrooms, and if you feel able, you can purchase one of these book to donate to your child’s teacher. Building classroom libraries and having children surrounded by books will lead to reading success.

There are also a couple ways for students to win books from the book fair. Locker lottery is an event every year where students are randomly chosen each day and will find a winning ticket attached to their locker or presented by their teacher. All students are automatically entered into the locker lottery. Students also have the opportunity create their own superhero mask and return it to the library by Dec 2; winners in each grade level are chosen for their outstanding artistic abilities. Winners in both contests will receive a free book from the book fair.

As part of our superhero theme, students are also encouraged to wear their blue and white on Dec 2 to show that they are SCC Super Students.  And our new green screen area will be available for pictures with superhero props on Dec 7 to wrap up our fair.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 28

Here are some wrestling books to kick off the SCC wrestling season!

Elementary - Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.
E FIC MOR @ the school library.

Middle School - Four Days to Glory: Wrestling With the Soul of the American Heartland by Mark Kreidler
Jay Borschel and Dan LeClere aspire to be four-time high school wrestling champions in Iowa.
796.812 KRE @ the school library.

High School - Pinned by Alfred C. Martino
Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State WrestlingChampionship.
FIC MAR @ the Library.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 21

Happy Thanksgiving!
Here are some ebooks for the season!

Elementary - Thanksgiving Mice! by by Bethany Roberts and illustrated by Doug Cushman
A group of mice has some problems when they put on a play to commemorate the first Thanksgiving, but everything works out all right in the end.
ebook @ the school library.

Middle School - Why did the pilgrims come to the New World? by Laura Hamilton Waxman
Discusses the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the Pilgrims arrival in the New World, describing why they left England, what challenges they encountered upon their arrival, and related topics. Includes instructions for a related activity, a time line, and additional resources.
ebook @ the school library.

High School - The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman
To escape his offbeat family at Thanksgiving, Andrew West accepts a ride from a band of street performers who get their food and clothing from dumpsters, but as he learns more about these "Freegans" he sees that one cannot outrun the past.
ebook @ the Library.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 14

High School - Declare Yourself: Speak, Connect, Act, Vote: More Than 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why 
A collection of essays by celebrities-including actors, authors, and athletes-encourages young adults to think about what democracy means, to register to vote, and to speak up about the issues that matter the most to them.
323 DEC @ the Library.

Middle School - Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids by Mary Robinson
Based on the thirty rights listed in the "United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights," explores the basic freedoms of human beings, especially children, with examples of how these rights have been implemented around the world.
341.4 EVE @ the school library.

Elementary - Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton & illustrated by Raul Colón
A daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young describes her experiences of growing up in the Deep South at the height of the movement, sharing her witness to the efforts of her father, family friend Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of others who participated in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
323.1196 SHE @ the school library.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Short Story Contest : A (small) part of NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month 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!

One winner in grades 9-12 will be chosen from stories entered, and they will receive an Apple TV (4th generation)!

Short Story Contest Rules 

Quick Overview Video

Students in grades 9-12 can submit a short story using the form on the library media center page.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Olson!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Books of the Week, Nov 7

Celebrate election day and our right to vote for our leaders with these election titles!

Elementary - Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier
Explains about Election Day in the United States, how citizens eighteen and older can vote by secret ballot, what happens when a person goes to the polls, some of the officials who must be elected such as governor, president, and members of Congress, and includes a brief history of elections.
324.6 STI @ the school library.

Middle School - Encyclopedia of U.S. Presidential Elections by David C. Saffell, general editor
Chronicles the candidates, issues, platforms, campaign slogans, and influences of presidential elections in the United States from 1789 through 2000.
324.973 ENC @ the school library.

High School - Steal This Vote : Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America by Andrew Gumbel
The author details the history of electoral fraud in America, from Tammany Hall to the 2000 election, revealing many examples of misconduct on election day and arguing that free and fair elections have been the exception in the U.S. rather than the norm.
364.1 GUM @ the Library.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Win $50 in 3 Easy Steps

Students can do a lot with an extra $50. They can:
  • Take some friends to the movies
  • Buy some new clothes
  • Save it to buy an even bigger something later
  • Pick up a pair of nice earbuds
  • Fund a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign
  • Splurge on a new video game
  • Get some great apps for a phone or tablet
  • Fill up their car with gas
  • Give away $1 at a time to unsuspecting strangers to spread the wealth
So how can students at SCC in grades 5-12 win $50 to spend on these awesome things? Simple!
  1. Read the One School One Book title by the end of 2nd quarter (Jan 13). It's available as an ebook on Destiny Discover.
  2. Login to Destiny (our library catalog).
  3. Write a review of the book, including a specific detail of something you liked or didn't like.
That's it! Students in grades 5-12 can be entered for a chance to win $50 just by reading a book and writing a review. Winners will be chosen at random from those that write the review.

So what are the titles for One School One Book during 2nd quarter?

Middle School -- Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth by Laura A. Woollett
Summary - On July 6, 1944, thousands of fans made their way to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance. Not long after the show’s start, a fire broke out and spread rapidly as panicked circus-goers pushed and scrambled to escape. Within 10 minutes the entire big top had burned to the ground, and 167 people never went home. Big Top Burning recounts the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in US history. Drawing on primary sources and interviews with survivors, the author guides readers through several decades of investigations into how the fire started and why so many died.

High School -- Food: The New Gold by Kathlyn Gay
Summary: An eye-catching jacket photo leads to a well-researched presentation of worldwide issues related to food. Chapters explore global and American hunger, the shift from family farms to corporate farming, the dangers of industrial farming, the effects of climate change on agriculture, the health risks of genetically engineered plants and animals, issues of food safety, the clash between public health and agricultural interests, and food policy for the future.Clear color photos take readers to locations as diverse as a Colorado meatpacking plant, a Kenyan maize field, and the White House organic garden.

Second quarter we are focused on non-fiction with One School One Book, and these two books are excellent examples of what great non-fiction can be.

Let's get reading!!!

More information about One School One Book:

Building communities through reading is a powerful thing. This year we will be reading four books school-wide, one each quarter. This is a completely optional activity, but we all know that you don't get better at a skill unless you practice. Reading practice is just as important as sports or math practice. During One School One Book we highlight books across genres and formats so students get more exposure to reading different types of materials. 

As an incentive, students that read the selected book and also write a review of the book in Destiny by the end of the quarter will be entered in a prize drawing. 

All books are available as an ebook through Destiny Discover. This is a very convenient way to read the selected book since students in grades 6-12 all have a school issued Chromebook. Ebooks can be accessed on any internet connected device through the browser or through the Destiny Discover app (available on Apple and Android).

If you have any questions about One School One Book, our selected book, or accessing the ebook, please contact me! DFTBA!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Books of the Week, Oct 31

Celebrate King Tut Day on Nov 4! On this day in 1922 his tomb was discovered after hundreds of years undisturbed.

Elementary -- Who Was King Tut? by Roberta Edwards
Explains the life and times of King Tutankhamen, an ancient Egyptian ruler, covering the story of his tomb's discovery by Howard Carter in 1922 as well as myths and so-called mummy curses.
921 TUT @ the school library.

Middle School -- Boys Who Rocked the World : Heroes from King Tut to Bruce Lee by Michelle Roehm McCann, et al
Recounts the stories of forty-six men throughout history who impacted the world when they were teenagers or younger, covering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Steve Jobs, Crazy Horse, Stephen King, and others.
920 BOY @ the school library.

High School -- Treasures of Tutankhamun by I.E.S. Edwards
This beautiful book combines the original photographs made in the 1920s when the breathtaking tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered and explored with spectacular modern color photographs of many of the magnificent objects buried with the young pharaoh. who lived during one of the most splendid periods of ancient Egyptian art and history.
932 TRE @ the Library.

Friday, October 28, 2016

NoveList is Neat

One statement I hear in the library a lot is "I don't know what to read."  Students meander through the book shelves, picking up a book here or there, but mainly glossing over the hundreds of books in front of them. They are nervous about committing to a book and then having it not be good, which makes them feel like they've wasted their time. Some students have lots of fears and reservations when it comes to picking out books.

One way to combat that is to first have in mind a book that they know they already like. If they are crazy about Diary of a Wimpy Kid or can't get enough of Meg Cabot's books that's helpful to know. Sometimes I can make recommendations after they tell me that, based on what I know is in our library. But sometimes they stump me, like the kids who like House of Dark Shadows and want another scary book; that's totally not an area of expertise for me.

What I do in that case is point them to the database NoveList. This amazing site has hundreds of read-a-like suggestions based on real people's reviews and recommendations. There are reading lists built by real educators. Plus you can create a personal account to save searches and books in your own lists.

Through Badgerlink, SCC staff and students have access to two versions of this amazing database that offers read-a-like recommendations, reading lists, and reviews. NoveList K-8 is targeted towards younger students, while NoveList is the full database covering everything from picture books through adult novels.

It’s fun to click around and see what books you’ve read and what suggestions NoveList makes for you. It’s also fun to pick a genre and see all the new books you may never have heard of. This database can be super helpful for the student who is stuck in a reading rut.
Use the links in this post or the links on the library page as these will verify that you are a WI resident and automatically log you in. If you Google for “NoveList” it will ask you for a username/password which we don’t have!
Need help? – Watch one of these video tutorials – 

DFTBA and Happy Reading!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Books of the Week, Oct 24

Here are some funny graphic novels to kick off the week!

Elementary - When the Past is a Present (Amelia Rules! #4) by Jimmy Gownley
When her Aunt Tanner brings out a box of mementos, ten-year-old Amelia Louise McBride learns things about her family history that help her deal with such current issues as her first date and the deployment of a friend's father to Iraq.
GN GOW @ the school library.

Middle School - Hey! Order Up! (Neko Ramen #1) by Kenji Sonishi
Taishou, a former kitten model, runs away from home and eventually finds himself mentored by a ramen shop owner.
GN SON @ the school library.

High School - Mangaman by Barry Lyga
Ryoko, a character from the manga world, falls through a rip in pages into the real world, where he struggles to survive as an outsider in a typical American high school. Things like his chibi character, thought balloons, and motion lines make that difficult, especially after he meets and falls for Marissa Montaigne.
GN LYG @ the Library.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Digging Up Destiny Discover

As a student or staff member of SCC you are cordially invited to use Destiny Discover for all your ebook and digital audiobook needs. Our mission is to help you grow, learn, and become awesome people and Destiny Discover is one tool that can help you do that.

What is Destiny Discover? -- Destiny Discover is our repository for the ebooks and digital audiobooks that are purchased for the SCC libraries. It also allows you to search everything the library owns (paper books, DVDs, physical audiobooks, equipment, etc).

How many ebooks and audiobooks are in Destiny Discover? -- Across the district there are over 2400 ebooks and 450 digital audiobooks available. We are adding new titles all the time so check back often.

Why would I want to read an ebook? -- Ebooks in Destiny Discover can be read on any device with an internet connection, either via a browser or the Destiny Discover app. Ebook services like Destiny Discover allow you to have hundreds of books at your fingertips without having to lug around paper books or visit the library to get/return them. Also, there are titles that the library only has as ebooks.

Why would I want to listen to a digital audiobook? -- Just like the ebooks, our audiobooks in Destiny Discover can be listened to on any device. Audiobooks allow you to multi-task; you can listen to a book while you drive, clean the house, or exercise. You can also do this on your own device without having to get CDs or a Playaway from the library.

So how do I get to Destiny Discover? -- There are two ways to find Destiny Discover.

  • Via a browser on any device. Visit and search for one of the schools at SCC. (There are also links to Destiny Discover on the library web pages or within regular Destiny at
  • Via the app on an Apple/Android phone or tablet. You can get the free Destiny Discover app via the app store. Then you would search for one of the schools at SCC and login.

How do I login to Destiny Discover? -- Each student in grades 4-12 and every staff member should have an individual Destiny login. But we also have guest accounts for all three buildings, which will let you read/listen to items but will not let you check items out or download them. You can stop by the library or email me to find out what your login or the guest login is.

I have a suggestion for an ebook or an audiobook I would like to see on Destiny Discover. -- Great! You can email me suggestions, drop a list off in the library, or fill out the suggestion form on the library's "Read" page. I order throughout the year, so you never know when new items will be popping up.

Want to watch a video tutorial or have a printed handout? -- You can visit the Destiny Help page for more support. Or you can always stop in the library or email me!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Books of the Week, Oct 17

Saturday is Make a Difference Day! Get active in your community with these or other organizations/ideas.

Elementary - The Red Cross by Jill C. Wheeler
Provides information about the origins of the Red Cross, discusses how the volunteer organization spread to other countries, lists the fundamental principles of the Red Cross movement, and looks at its activities in America and Canada.
361.7 WHE @ the school library.

Middle School - If I Had a Hammer : Stories of Building Homes and Hope With Habitat for Humanity by David Rubel
The author describes his experiences working with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds housing with volunteer laborers.
363.5 RUB @ the school library.

High School - Teen Guide to Global Action : How to Connect With Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change by Barbara A. Lewis
Includes real-life stories, hands-on activities, and up-to-date resources that inspire kids to make significant social changes in the world around them such as fighting hunger and poverty, promoting health and human rights, and saving the environment.
303.48 LEW @ the Library.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Fair Info!

Reading for pleasure 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. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. 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.

Three Ways for Students and Families to Shop!
  • At School Oct 19-21: Students may shop during the library or computer class (see schedule below). The book fair will NOT be open to students before or after school.
  • On Oct 21 during the PPG Fall Festival: Families are welcome to stop by during this fun filled evening event.
  • Shop Online Oct 14-27: Families can order items online and have them shipped to school for free after Oct 27. This is an excellent option if you can’t make it on Oct 21 or you don’t feel comfortable sending money to school with your child.

Book Fair Website with Shop Online Link -

Student Contest - Students also have the opportunity to win a free book from the book fair by participating in our coloring contest. Coloring sheets can be found in the library or at Please return by Oct 18 so winners can be chosen.

Some Frequently Asked Questions...
When can my child purchase items during the school day Oct 19-21?

Students will have the opportunity to preview and shop at the book fair during their library or computer class on Oct 19-21.

If you send money, we request that you please send it in a labeled envelope and state whether the money is to be used strictly for books, or if it can also be used for “fun” items (posters, pencils, pens, etc).

The book fair will NOT be open to students before or after school.

See the schedule below for shopping days by class.

Wed, Oct 19
Thurs, Oct 20
Fri, Oct 21
**Field Trip

What if I don’t feel comfortable sending money with my child and/or can’t stop by the evening of October 21st?

An excellent alternative is to shop the online book fair! You can shop online Oct 14-27 by visiting or using the link on the SCC elementary page. Nearly everything that is at the physical fair is also available online, plus there are TONS of items that are only available online.

Items will be shipped to school for free after Oct 27 and delivered to students.

What does the profit from the book fair go towards?

This is an amazing fund raiser for our library and our school community. The profits from our book fair go towards providing books to contest winners (always the first priority for students!), books in classroom libraries, and books in the school library. Beyond this, profit is also set aside to cover the purchase of the Flix databases (FreedomFlix, TrueFlix, and the new ScienceFlix). These are terrific resources for our staff and students. We truly, deeply appreciate your support of reading and quality resources of knowledge in our school.

If you have any questions about the book fair, please contact me at aolson[at] DFTBA!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Books of the Week, Oct 10

Elementary - Say Good-bye (Vet volunteers #5) by Laurie Halse Anderson
Seeing Jane's dog, Yum-Yum, help cheer up children in a cancer ward makes Zoe think about having her puppy, Sneakers, trained to do therapy, too, especially when Yum-Yum becomes very ill.
FIC AND @ the school library.

Middle School - Annaleise Carr : How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer by Annaleise Carr, as told to Deborah Ellis
Annaleise Carr describes her swim across Lake Ontario in 2012 which she undertook in order to raise money for Camp Trillium, a camp for kids with cancer.
921 CARR @ the school library.

High School - Shift : One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives by Theresa Brown
New York Times columnist and registered nurse Theresa Brown describes a day in the life of a nurse in a hospital's cancerward where during a twelve hour shift, lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and more.
616.02 BRO @ the Library.

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Books!

We have lots of new books in all three libraries; watch the videos below to see some of them. Search for the titles in Destiny and then stop by the library to check them out!


Middle School

High School

Monday, October 3, 2016

Books of the Week, Oct 3

As it is homecoming week at SCC, I though I would highlight some football books we have!

High School - League of Denial : The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
Reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage. This narrative moves between the NFL trenches, America's research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science; it examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research.
796.332 FAI @ the Library.

Middle School - Football : How It Works by Agnieszka Biskup
Describes the science behind the sport of football, including offense, defense, special teams, and arenas.
796.332 BIS @ the school library.

Elementary - Everything Kids' Football Book : The All-Time Greats, Legendary Teams, and Today's Favorite Players-and Tips on Playing Like a Pro by Greg Jacobs
Examines the sport of football, including how to play organized tackle football, tips for offensive and defensive schemes, statistics, players, how to set up a fantasy footballleague, and more. Includes activities.
796.332 JAC @ the school library.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Celebrate Your Right to Read

We are coming to the end of National Banned Books Week (Sept 25-Oct 1), in which citizens of the United States celebrate the fact that we live in a free and diverse country, where we have access to read what we like.

In celebration of the week, I was in the 8th and 10th grade classrooms sharing the history of the right to read and showcasing some of the books that have been challenged in libraries across the country. The students were interested to hear that the bible was one of the most challenged books last year! Others from the 2015 top ten list of most challenged books included: Looking for Alaska by John Green, I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

The big thing I stress during this lesson, and this week overall, is that it's okay that not everyone likes the same thing and that we feel that our children reading certain books is unacceptable. Everyone has their own set of values and morals; we each have an idea of what media our children should and shouldn't consume. That is our right as parents and teachers. However, when there are concerns about materials, especially in the library, it is important to have conversations with children about what those issues are and how your families personal values are shared or are different than the values and actions showcased in the book.

In the US we all have the right of access to varied and diverse reading material. We have the right to read what we want. If you feel your child is reading something that goes against your values, please discuss why you feel that way with them and create a teachable moment.

There is much more information about Banned Books Week on the American Library Association's website.

Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants

Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolute, True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

John Green, author of Looking for Alaska

Monday, September 26, 2016

Books of the Week, Sept 26

Celebrate Banned Books Week with these often challenged books!

High School - Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
FIC GRE @ the Library.

Middle School - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
FIC PAT @ the school library.

Elementary - Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by Dav Pilkey
While sitting in detention, George and Harold accidentally create an army of evil talking toilets, and Principal Krupp's alter ego,Captain Underpants, has to save the world from it.
FIC PIL @ the school library.