Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Books of the Week, Mar 29

Elementary - Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists edited by Chris DuffyA collection of seventeen graphic novel adaptations of well known fairy tales.
GN DUF @ the school library

Middle School - Fractured Fables edited by Jim ValentinoPresents humorous retellings in graphic novel format of classic fairy tales from comic creators such as Jill Thompson, Bryan Talbot, Peter David, Ben Templesmith, Scott Morse, and others.
GN FRA @ the school library

High School - The Princess Bride by William GoldmanThe most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince in the world.
FIC GOL @ the Library

Monday, March 21, 2016

Books of the Week, Mar 21

Spring is here!

Elementary - Spring is Here! by Will HillenbrandExcited that spring has finally arrived, Mole tries--unsuccessfully--to wake up Bear, but then he comes up with the perfect plan.
E FIC HIL @ the school library

Middle School - The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne BirdsallAs spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger's return from the war to Batty's new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray.
FIC BIR @ the school library

High School - 17 by Liz RosenbergSeventeen-year-old Stephanie journeys from fall to spring and from childhood to womanhood as she experiences first love and deals with her fear of inheriting her mother's mental illness.
FIC ROS @ the Library

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tell Us .... Magazines!

Even though it is only March and the next school year seems far, far away, we are getting ready to put in some of our library orders. And we need you to tell us what you'd like. Specifically, what magazines you would like to see in the middle and high school libraries.

I'm a bit nerdy and what I find fascinating to read about in a magazine might not be your cup-of-tea. SOOO... if you are a teacher or student click on the appropriate link below to let us know what magazines we should keep getting, which magazines we should add, and which ones I haven't even thought about.

Thank you for letting us know what you like!

Middle School

High School

Monday, March 14, 2016

Books of the Week - Mar 14

Happy Pi Day!

Elementary - Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy NeuschwanderRadius, son of Sir Cumference, embarks on a quest to find the magic number known as pi in order to restore his father--who has been turned into a dragon--to his original shape.
Ebook on the FollettShelf

Middle School - Why pi? by Johnny BallA collection of activities that explore practical math applications from throughout history.
Ebook on the FollettShelf

High School - Math in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant by Paul GlendinningA visually-led introduction to two hundred mathematical ideas. Each concept is absorbed through a picture and a concise explanation. Concepts span such disciplines as numbers, geometry, algebra, and more.
510 GLE @ the Library

Find these and more math related books at your school library!

Friday, March 11, 2016

"Based on the Book..."

Every year there are a handful of books that are transformed into movies. Some turn out great. Some are just so-so. Here are a few movies that have come out in the last few years based on children's or young adult books. Plus we have all of them in our school libraries!

What's book you've loved that's been turned into a movie? DFTBA!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Books of the Week, Mar 7

We have tons of new ebooks at each building, including these newbies!

Find our ebooks on each buildings FollettShelf.
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Elementary - Monsters, Inc.: the Junior Novelization by Kiki ThorpeMonsters Mike and Sulley are terrorized by a human child and discover an evil plot at Monsters Incorporated.

Middle School - Game Over, Pete Watson by Joe SchreiberWhen videogame obsessed Pete Watson discovers his dad is not only a super-spy but has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a video game, he has to use his super gaming skills and enter the game to rescue him. And if he succeeds, who will save Pete from his massive crush on Callie Midwood?

High School - Lauren Ipsum by Cy TymonyLauren, a clever girl lost in Userland, applies logic and problem solving skills to find her way home, encountering along the way such concepts as timing attacks, algorithm design, and the traveling salesman problem.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Thank you Wisconsin!

It's not often we hear about a government program that has been around over 150 years. It's not often a program that's been around that long would still have the same goals in mind. However, we have a program here in Wisconsin that is just that.

The Common School Fund was established within the state constitution in 1848. This fund granted 1.5 million acres of WI land for educational purposes. According to the WI Department of Public Instruction website, "The vast majority of these lands were sold to create the principal for a permanent school fund, with the earnings to be exclusively used to support and maintain common schools (now known as K-12 public schools) and the purchase of suitable libraries and apparatus therefor. The Wisconsin Constitution also provided for growth of Common School Fund principal through the addition of clear proceeds of all fines, fees, and forfeitures, including unclaimed property." Each year, due to excellent management of these funds by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL), these funds allow libraries across the state to purchase resources that otherwise would be fiscally out of reach.

Here at SCC, we are receiving  $58476 this year! These funds allow our school libraries to purchase online databases, expand the physical library collections, and grow our increasingly used ebook collection. Without these funds, we would have only a fraction of the budget to support our students' learning.

So a a very big THANK YOU to the BCPL and all the Wisconsin government officials who support the continued need for well-funded school libraries. 

Fore more information about the Common School Fund visit: 

You can see SCC's historical Common School Fund allotment HERE.