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.