Monday, February 29, 2016

Books of the Week, Feb 29

Celebrate National Craft Month in March!

High School - Sneaky Green Uses for Everyday Things: How to Craft Eco-Garments and Sneaky Snack Kits, Create Green Cleaners, Remake Paper into Flying Toys, Assemble Alternative Energy Science Projects, and Construct a Robot Recycle Bin with Everyday Things by Cy TymonyContains instructions for more than forty ecology-friendly projects and demonstrations that use coins, paper clips, cereal boxes, and other everyday items.
363.72 TYM @ the Library

Middle School - Tape It and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities by Rachela Fabian MorganProvides instructions for creating 101 craft projects using duct tape including housewares, fashion accessories, clothing, toys, and more.
745.57 MOR @ the Library

Elementary - Cool Odds and Ends Projects: Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash into Treasure by Pam ScheunemannGet crafty and help save the planet too! All projects feature common everyday items to reuse in a fun new way. From swirly CD art to game piece jewelry, kids will love making useful crafts and helping the environment.
745.5 SCH @ the Library

Thursday, February 25, 2016

You never have to go to the library again!

At SCC we have tons of great resources available without ever having to step foot in the library.
  1. Ebooks -- Read books on any device via your school's FollettShelf. There are hundreds of choices available at each building. Plus there are audiobooks on the FollettShelf as well.
  2. The Three Flix -- We subscribe to three different Scholastic Flix databases: BookFlix, TrueFlix, and FreedomFlix. The first is full of fiction and non-fiction pairs, while True and Freedom both of non-fiction books.
  3. PebbleGo -- Geared towards K-3 students, this database is chock full of great information about a variety of topics.
  4. CutltureGrams -- Taking a trip or just need to dream about somewhere warmer? Why not check out this database full of state and country information written by real citizens of those places.
  5. TumbleBooks -- Another reading site here, with great read-alongs that students can easily navigate by themselves.
  6. Encyclopedia Britannica -- This amazing Badgerlink resource is one of the premier encyclopedias available, featuring articles, pictures, videos, and links to other sites.
  7. Explora -- Another Badgerlink resource which allows users to search for magazine and newspaper articles about a topic. Great source for academic research.
  8. Badgerlink -- The home of dozens of great resources available exclusely to Wisconsin residents.
So the next time you are lamenting how far away the library seems or that your child needs something to read, remember that we have some great resources available without every stepping foot in our buildings.

Links for all the above resources can be found on any library page on the SCC website. You can get login information for all the above resources by stopping by the library or contacting me via email: aolson[@]

Read-to-self time after students checked out some amazing books from the library.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Books of the Week, Feb 22

High School - I am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton
A collection of comics about Pusheen the cat.
GN BEL @ the Library

Middle School - The Improbable Cat by Allan Ahlberg
A strange creature, which initially looks like a cat, appears in the yard of Davy's house one day and proceeds to destroy his family's life by "hypnotizing" everyone but Davy and his little brother.
FIC AHL @ the Library

Elementary - Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Binky, a house cat who believes the family home is actually a space station, trains and prepares to travel into outer space, where his humans go everyday and need his protection.
GN SPI @ the Library

Friday, February 19, 2016

Feelin' Groovy at the Book Fair

The elementary book fair is underway with a Feelin' Groovy theme!

The fair will be set up in the elementary library Feb 18-25. And will be available online Feb 15-28.

You can find more details about the fair by visiting:

Ms. Elmhorst and some students check out some good-fit books.
Midnight the Panther is even feelin' groovy looking at the books!
School supplies are also a big draw for kids.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Books of the Week, Feb 15

High School - Year in Nam: A Native American Soldier's Story by Leroy TeCubeNative American soldier Leroy TeCube recounts the experiences he had during the year he spent fighting in Vietnam.
959.704 TEC @ the Library

Middle School - Native Americans: A Visual Exploration by S. N. PalejaUses graphic methods to discuss the history and culture of Native Americans who lived in North America from prehistoric to contemporary times.
970.004 PAL @ the Library

Elementary - Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill WiseTells the story of Louis Sockalexis, a Penobscot, who in the late nineteenth century pursued his childhood love of baseball and became the first Native American to play in the major leagues, where he faced racism and discrimination. Includes a biographical afterword.
921 SOC @ the Library

Friday, February 12, 2016

Learning to Code

Computers are everywhere. They’re in our pockets. They’re on our walls. They’re in our cars. They’re a critical piece of our infrastructure, from power grids to traffic lights to the inner workings of our financial markets. And all of these computers have one thing in common. They depend on software to tell them what to do.

But who exactly is going to write this software?

The unsurprising answer is the kids we have in school right now. Our children should not just know how to use apps and play video games – they should know how to create them.

To that end, we had an Hour of Code event at the middle school on Feb 4. During the event we watched this video, in which digital leaders and celebrities talk about why coding is so important in our lives. Then we went to and starting coding ourselves. With no studying or fancy terminology several middle school students were able to code Minecraft and Frozen characters to move around and perform actions.

We will be having at least two more coding events yet this year.
  • March 10 at the high school library
  • April 6 at the middle school library
 Any HS or MS students are welcome to attend either event, both of which will happen directly after school until 5pm.

If you have any questions about coding or the above events please contact me at aolson [at]


Monday, February 8, 2016

Books of the Week, Feb 8

Elementary - Ling and Ting: Twice As Silly by Grace LinIdentical twins Ling and Ting like to be silly, tell jokes, and laugh together.
E FIC LIN @ the Library

Middle School - The Thing About Luck by Cynthia KadohataJust when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
FIC KAD @ the Library

High School - American Born Chinese by Gene Luen YangAlternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.
GN YAN @ the Library

Monday, February 1, 2016

Books of the Week, Feb 1

Celebrating Black History Month!

Elementary - Trombone Shorty by Troy AndrewsNew Orleans jazz musician Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews tells the story of how he got his nickname and his start in jazz music.
788.9 AND @ the Library

Middle School - Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-GarciaDelphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.
FIC WIL @ the Library

High School - The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason ReynoldsSoon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.
FIC REY @ the Library