Monday, September 11, 2017

Books of the Week, Sept 11

Elementary - Everything Kids' Cookbook by Sandra K. Nissenberg
A cookbook especially for children, providing information on cooking terms, measuring, kitchen safety, and nutrition, with recipes for all sorts of dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks.
Find it @ your library - 641.5 NIS

Middle School - The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz
Contains more than 150 recipes inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia novels, with a guide to where the foods can be found in the books, including: beautiful breakfasts; snacks, teas, and meals on the run; lunch and dinner menus; and fabulous feasts.
Find it @ your library - Ebook on Destiny Discover

High School - Cooking Comically by Tyler Capps
Cooking should be as much fun as reading a comic book. Recipes should be cheap and easy. And the food has to taste good. Thats where Cooking Comically comes in. Tyler Capps, the creator of recipes like 2 a.m. Chili that took the Internet by storm, offers up simple, tasty meals in a unique illustrated style that will engage all your senses. These dishes are as scrumptious to eat as they are easy to make.
Find it @ your library - 641.5 CAP

Monday, August 28, 2017

Books of the Week, Aug 28

Starting off the year with some books we got in over the summer!

Elementary - Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin and illustrated by Samantha Cotterill
When Charlotte receives a pet rock for her birthday, she doesn't expect it to become her best friend, and she really doesn't expect what happens next.
Find it @ your library - E FIC MAR

Middle School - Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
There are unexpected consequences when thirteen-year-old Gracie sends texts pretending to be her bashful best friend, Sienna, and their friend Emmett starts texting back pretending to be shy A.J.
Find it @ your library - FIC VAI

High School - Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder
In Bolivia in 1999, when their father is unjustly arrested and their mother leaves, Francisco, seventeen, and his sister Pilar, eight, must move to the dirty, dehumanizing, and corrupt prison.
Find it @ your library - FIC CRO

Thursday, June 1, 2017

State of the Library

The library we have today is ever growing and changing. It's not the library of old where students were absolutely silent and books were the only resource. Today's library is evolving into a learning space where students are encouraged to pursue knowledge and develop skills that excites them about the world. Though paper books are still prevalent, we have expanded our collections to include ebooks, playaway audiobooks, digital audiobooks, DVDs, documentaries, and magazines that spark the imagination.

While there is much to say anecdotally about what occurs in the library, hard and fast numbers are much easier for quick consumption by the masses.

In the 2016-17 school year:
  • The elementary circulated 35,774 items to K-4 students
  • The middle school circulated 9,703 paper books, DVDs, and playaway audiobooks to students in 5-8, but also circulated 4,456 ebooks and 537 digital audiobooks via Destiny Discover. This brought total circulation up to 14,696 items!
  • The high school circulation was up this year with a solid 2,156 physical and digital items circulated.
  • Students in grades 5-12 participated in the One School One Book programs at their respective buildings, where the whole school was invited to read a chosen book each quarter and discuss it with their peers. Dozens of students expended their reading with non-fiction, graphic novels, and great stories.
  • The book fairs held at the elementary and middle schools where huge successes, showing that the SCC community cares about promoting literacy at home and at school. All total we were able to get over 4,000 books into the hands of students, and raise over $10,000 for the library programs at SCC!
  • The $49,651 that was allocated to SCC by Wisconsin's common school fund helped purchase books, ebooks, playaway audiobooks, digital audiobooks, DVDs, and maker space equipment, all of which are available to all students and staff to support learning. (Learn more about the common school fund)
What does the future hold?

I believe that the middle and high schools will continue to see increased use of the ebook and digital audiobook collections with the continued use of Chromebooks, but also because many students also have a mobile device that supports the Destiny Discover app.

I believe that the elementary will always have strong circulation based on the a nature of the learning taking place there. Our only struggle at this level is the lack of time for library classes; students are often finished with books before their next library class comes around in the rotation. However, the growth in student population with a stagnant staff growth means that our schedules will just not allow any more library time. 

I believe that the inclusion of more creation stations in the library will transform the library into a true learning and creation space. The green screen video recording areas that have been set up at the middle and high school libraries have seen much use this year, which I can only anticipate will grow as students and staff create more projects to utilize the technology. For the fall, there are plans to incorporate more makerspace station options for greades 5-8; this includes robotics, K-Nex, origami, duct tape and washi tape crafts, and coloring. At the high school, the plan for next year is to plan out and procure funding for an audio recording area for both podcasts and music.

The library is growing and changing, and we are growing and changing with it. I appreciate all the support the SCC community gives to us by making purchases at our book fairs, by donating books and supplies when we need them, by supporting literacy with our students, and by being the amazing people you are. 

If you have any questions about the data presented or would like more information on plans for the library, please contact me at aolson[at]

DFTBA and have a great summer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Books of the Week, May 22

Elementary - Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer Josephine Baker, depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers
921 BAK @ the library

Middle School - Jazz by Christopher Handyside
Chronicles the origin and development of the American jazz movement describing the instruments, sounds, and techniques that characterize jazz music; as well as profiles of jazz legends including Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and John Coltrane.
781.65 HAN @ the Library

High School - Jazz: A History of America's Music based on a documentary film by Ken Burns and written by Geoffrey C. Ward
Traces the history of jazz music from its origins in New Orleans through the twentieth century, and looks at the lives and contributions of some of the genre's greatest composers and performers.
781.65 WAR @ the Library

Monday, May 15, 2017

Books of the Week, May 15

Elementary - Werewolves Don't Run for President by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
Melody, Liza, Howie, and Eddie are not exactly overjoyed at the prospect of Mr. Youngblood, whom they believe is actually a werewolf, running for President of the United States, especially when he is campaigning for longer school days.
FIC DAD @ the library

Middle School - Midnight Howl by Clare Hutton
Marisol, staying with her mother on the Montana ranch of family friends, is looking forward to making friends with twelve-year-old twins Jack and Hailey, but while Jack is welcoming, Hailey is cold, and after learning about wolves in town, Marisol begins to wonder if Hailey could be a werewolf.
FIC POI @ the Library

High School - Tantalize 1 : Kieren's Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith; illustrated by Ming Doyle
Werewolf-in-training Kieren is torn between joining an urban wolf pack and staying to protect his human best friend--and love interest--Quincie, whose restaurant is in danger of morphing into a vampire lair.
GN SMI @ the Library

Friday, May 12, 2017

Newscasters in the Library

Ms. Langman's 7th grade language arts classes have been having fun this week creating newscasts. After forming groups students researched and found news stories, sports highlights, and weather reports. Then they assigned roles and wrote scripts as anchors, sports reporters, and weather forecasters. 
Two 7th grade students using the green screen area.

The most exciting part (for students and for Ms. Langman) was that they utilized the libraries green screen area to film their scripts. Equipped with an iPad, lavaliere microphones, and the green screen itself, Ms. Langman recorded students presenting their newscasts. the iPad is loaded with green screen apps that allow students to change backgrounds and have over-the-shoulder insets during their newscast.

The students really enjoyed this project and it's great to see learning and creativity in the library! More than books, magazines, and newspapers, the library should be (and hopefully will become better at begin) a place for students to innovate, create, and collaborate to learn about themselves and the world around them.

Two 7th grade students using the green screen area.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Books of the Week, May 8

Elementary -  Mrs. Cooney Is Loony! by Dan Gutman; pictures by Jim Paillot
Mrs. Cooney, the school nurse, is so beautiful that A.J. has a crush on her-even though he suspects she might be an international spy!
FIC GUT @ the library

Middle School - Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith; illustrations by Scott Garrett
When they discover that someone is spying on their Uncle Newt, whiz kids Nick and Tesla build a variety of outrageous gadgets designed to expose who is responsible.
FIC PFL @ the Library

High School - Blowing My Cover: My Life As A Cia Spy by Lindsay Moran
A former CIA case officer describes the idealistic ambitions that motivated her Harvard education and efforts to gain acceptance into the CIA before her life as a spy proved to be not only less glamorous than expected, but unsettlingly unprincipled and haphazard, in a humorous personal memoir that recounts the author's witness to tragic intelligence failures.
327.1273 MOR @ the Library

Friday, May 5, 2017

Final Book Fair of 2016-17!

The final book fair at SCC for 2016-17 will be held at the middle school!
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read to 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.

Student Shopping -- Students can shop the fair at school from 7:45 am-3:15 pm on May 10-12.

Family Shopping -- Families can shop the fair at school on May 11 from 3:15-7:00 pm and May 12 from 3:15-7:30 pm (tentative).

Online Shopping -- Shopping online is a wonderful alternative for families who can't make it to school or who would like to shop a wider selection of books. You can shop online at from May 4-16. You will need to create a Scholastic account if you don't already have one, but all purchases are shipped to the school for free.

We are offering a few contests for students to participate in and possibly win a prize from the book fair.
  1. Locker lottery -- All students are automatically entered in this and students are randomly drawn and win a book
  2. Coloring contest -- Interested students can pick up a coloring sheet and return it by May 10 for a chance to win a book
  3. Online sale incentive -- Students who shop online will be entered in a drawing to win a free poster

Book Fair Preview Video

If you have any questions, please direct them to our library media specialist, Amanda Olson. DFTBA and Happy Reading!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Books of the Week, May 1

Celebrate Star Wars day on May the 4th!

Elementary - Star Wars Cook Book: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis and photography by Frankie Frankeny
An intergalactic cookbook lets children as well as adults whip up a meal fit for a Jedi Knight and includes hilarious photos, Star Wars stickers, and recipes for Crazy Cantina Chili, Boba Fett-Uccine, C-3PO Pancakes, and much more.
641.5 DAV @ the library

Middle School - The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Empire is about to unveil the greatest weapon the galaxy has ever seen--the Death Star. The Rebels' only chance to defeat it now lies in the unlikely hands of a princess, a scoundrel, and a farm boy....
FIC STA @ the Library

High School - William Shakespeare's the Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First by Ian Doescher
Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: Episode I as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy. 'Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance... all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold onto your mini-chlorians: The play's the thing, wherein you'll catch the rise of Anakin!
FIC STA @ the Library

Friday, April 28, 2017

Wrapping Up The Year

It's hard to believe, but there are only 23 days left of school! I'm pretty sure like every year May is going to fly by, so I want to give parents and students a heads-up on when library materials will be due back.

First let me say that our ebooks and digital audiobooks on Destiny Discover can be used throughout the entire year. We have over 2000 items between the three buildings, and I'm adding more all the time. Check out my Destiny Help page for how-to's.

Now, there are varying final due dates between the buildings and even grade levels, so be sure to jot down the correct dates below.

  • Elementary -- Thursday, May 18 for all students.
  • Middle School -- Thursday, May 18 for the 8th grade. Thursday, May 25 for 5th-7th grades.
  • High School -- Wednesday, May 24 for 12th grade. Thursday, June 1 for 9th-11th grades.

We do not collect overdue fines, so there will be no fine assessed on library materials unless the item is not returned at all or if it comes back with damage. We will be sending home official fine notices after the due dates; do not worry about paying anything yet unless you are 100% sure the item has been lost.

Students in grades 4-12 have the ability to login and see what library materials they have out. Students should follow the directions below to see this information:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose your building
  3. Click "Login" in the upper right corner
    • Username -- same as the beginning of the Google email (EX aolson20)
    • Password -- just lunch number, with no letters (EX 4567)
  4. Click on "My Info" near the top of your screen.
If any family or student has questions about a library item, they can contact me via email: aolson[at]

Thanks for helping us get everything back before our amazing summer vacation! DFTBA

Monday, April 24, 2017

Books of the Week, April 24

Elementary -- Trip into Space : An Adventure to the International Space Station by Lori Haskins Houran, illustrated by Francisca Marquez
Follows two astronauts as they travel to the International Space Station, walk in space, eat a meal that floats, look down at the Earth, and more.
E 629 HOU @ the library

Middle School -- Space Station Science : Life in Free Fall by Marianne J. Dyson
Describes space stations, the International Space Station, the training and activities of its crew, and the conditions that will exist on it, including weightlessness and the dangers of radiation and meteors. Includes experiments and activities simulating conditions in space.
629.45 DYS @ the Library

High School -- It Came from Outer Space : Everyday Products and Ideas from the Space Program by Marjolijn Bijlefeld and Robert Burke
Describes hundreds of everyday devices and products that were either invented or improved with technology first developed for the space program.
609 BIJ @ the Library

Friday, April 21, 2017

More winners! Plus a final chance to win!

Building communities through reading is a powerful thing. Via the One School One Book programs at the middle and high schools, we are working on building these communities. This year each building will be reading four books school-wide, one each quarter. I choose varying genres, styles, and lengths of books so students are exposed to a variety of literature through the program. Students that read the selected book and write a review of the book in Destiny get entered in a prize drawing. All books are available as an ebook through Destiny.

Our third quarter winners had the opportunity to read an amazing realistic fiction book. At the middle school the book was The Way by Joseph Bruchac, while the high school students read Catch & Release by Blythe Woolston. And our winners were.....
  • 5th - Gage Kramer
  • 6th - Nathan Stark
  • 7th - Devin Wasley
  • 8th - Trevor Germain
  • HS - Robyn Pfeifer
Congratulations to our winners, and really to everyone who took this opportunity to read something new and share what they thought. Great job!

We have one quarter left in the year, and students have a couple of great choices! At the high school student are reading book Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself edited by Luke Reynolds. This book of personal essays explore how we should break or bend the rules we live our lives by. As a special 4th quarter deal, students at the high school only need to read one of the essays and write a review.

The middle school students for 4th quarter have the opportunity to read a great graphic novel - Lumberjanes #1 by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brooke Allen. This fun graphic novel is a very quick read and is a great way to roll right into the summer season.

Remember that since we want to get our winners their prizes by the end of the year, there is an early deadline for Destiny reviews. Both buildings should have their reviews submitted in Destiny by May 18.

If you have any questions about the program, the books, or Destiny, please contact me via email aolson[at] DFTBA!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Books of the Week, Apr 17

Elementary - Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea
Dinosaur roars at different animals on his way to the library and enjoys storytime when he gets there.
EZ SHE @ the library

Middle School - How to Be a Dinosaur Hunter by Scott Forbes, illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock
Explains where and how to find dinosaur remains, including bones, teeth, eggs, and footprints, and describes when, where, and how dinosaurs lived.
567.9 FOR @ the Library

High School - Battle of the Dinosaur Bones : Othniel Charles Marsh Vs Edward Drinker Cope by Rebecca L. Johnson
Documents the emergence of paleontology in the 1880s through the fierce rivalry between two of the field's founding members, offering insight into how their competition produced a wealth of hastily constructed information that both established and hampered subsequent practices.
560.97 JOH @ the Library

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trying Something New

This is my eleventh year at SCC. After being here for so long, I wanted to mix this year up a bit. My goal for my 5th grade class was to do everything brand new. I would still teach the same skills and content, but I would try to create new ways of explaining and new activities for students to participate in. As you can imagine, sometimes this worked great and sometimes it was a totally flop.

This week it's been one of those in-between times.

I heard about this new tool called Symbaloo Lessonplans where you can make a game board using Symbaloos tile program that would allow students to "play" through content at their own pace. This sounded great! I could put a bunch of things I wanted the students to learn in this game board and they could go to it. I made it extra difficult for myself because I decided I wanted as many different kinds of tiles in my game board as I could get -- text with questions, Quizziz, EduPuzzle, YouTube video, a "look at this website and tell me a thing" problem, outside practice websites using Flash. This was going to be every tool I've been wanting to try all in one lesson plan.

Good Things!

  • Students liked being able to work at their own pace.
  • Having the ability to embed content into a single platform was nice because they could just click "Next" instead of trying to get to the right place.
  • They liked the game aspect of it, moving your game piece from beginning to end at the flag.
  • Could mix provide multiple ways to get to the end point, meaning that students had a choice in how they engaged with the content (video vs text vs quiz).

Not so good things....
  • Poor connection between Symbaloo and Google Classroom meant it was multiple steps to get to it to begin with.
  • Not all of the embedded content would load or be completely visible when loaded.
  • I made it to long!!! I was a bit over-ambitious and included to many things. For a first time out it was overwhelming for the students to try to get through.
You can see some of the students working on their Symbaloo Lessonplan this week by watching this video.

So would I try Symbaloo Lessonplans again? Yes. But I would make it shorter so students aren't as stressed out by the amount of things to get through. Picking specific things that I'm sure will work within the platform might also be a consideration. 

Trying out new things has made this year very exciting, but has reminded me a lot of my first year when I was creating things on the fly. Some of it works and some of it doesn't, so finding a balance of trusted lesson plans vs new activities is going to be my goal going forward.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Books of the Week, March 27

Elementary - Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?: And Other Questions About Your Health and Body by Sandy Donovan
A high-interest series that investigates common sayings, such as whether an apple a day really does keep the doctor away and whether it really does take seven years to digest swallowed gum, considering which statements are right, which are wrong and which ones still stump scientists.
610 DON @ the library

Middle School - Doctors Did What?!: The Weird History of Medicine by Richard Platt
Describes various medical practices and treatments throughout history that many now consider dangerous and ineffective.
610.9 PLA @ the Library

High School - On Call: A Doctor's Days and Nights in Residency by Emily R. Transue
The story of a medical resident's initiation into her first three years as a doctor follows her internship in a Seattle hospital, where she experiences first-hand the triumphs and challenges of rescuing and losing patients.
610 TRA @ the Library

Friday, March 24, 2017

Genrefying: What do you think?

Once a year all the school library media specialists get together to discuss the latest and greatest in library and technology innovations. This gathering is held annually by the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA), and I have attended a dozen times now. Every year I come back with great new things to try in my library / classroom and to tell my fellow teachers about.

One session I went to at this year's conference (and I heard mentioned at the past few conferences) was the idea of reorganizing the library fiction section by genre instead of having one large fiction section organized by author's last name. Now as an educator, an adult, and a somewhat type A personality, I was leery of doing this because change is hard to adjust to. But, this particular conference session reinforced the point about making it about the students. What would the students find beneficial? What would help them find fiction books that they were interested in? What would make sense to help a student find a read-a-like if the book they want is out?

All of these questions where swirling in my mind as I drove home form the Dells on Tuesday afternoon and this is the decision I made -- I need to ask what my library users want!

Please take THIS SURVEY before May 1st to give feedback on what you think of the idea of genrefying one or all of our school libraries. Thank you in advance for all the great feedback!

If you have any questions about this process, you can contact me via email anytime aolson[at] DFTBA!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Books of the Week, March 20

Elementary - One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley
Photographs and poetic text describe the shared daily activities of people around the world, such as preparing breakfast.
305.234 KER @ the library

Middle School - We Are All Born Free : The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures by Amnesty International
An illustrated introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was established following World War II, including thirty articles that declare the basic rights for all of humanity as compiled by the United Nations.
341.4 WE @ the Library

High School - For the Good of Mankind? : The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation by Vicki Oransky Wittenstein
Discusses the history of human experimentation and its impact on medical discoveries.
174.2 WIT @ the Library

Friday, March 17, 2017

Recently arrived at the library!

We had some new books arrive at the SCC libraries recently. Some of them were award winners we didn't already have, some were books to fill curriculum needs, and some were just for fun.

To see some of the new books at each building, watch the videos below. And you can search our catalog to see what each building has available on Destiny.

Have a great day!


Middle School

High School

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Plethora of Things!

So February and the beginning of March have been a whirlwind of activity, and today I realized it's been a month since I wrote something here! So here's an update on some of  the library activity that has been going on:

Elementary Book Fair --- The elementary book fair, which ran Feb 28-March 3, was a huge success. We sold over $8000 worth of books and other items, netting the school over $3000 dollars in funding. Some of this has already been given away through books to students, classrooms, and purchases for the library. Some of the rest will be used to purchase online databases for students to use and some will be saved in order to replace computers in the library in the next 2-3 years.

Career Research --- The eighth grade completed their annual career research recently. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to guide them as the explored a chosen career. We first completed a chart about what they knew and wanted to know about their career, then talked about creating citations for the sources they used, and finally they were able to start researching using either a paper packet or a Google sheet (paper/pencil VS technology!). It went incredibly well with students learning many different skills.

Presentation to the Staff --- I held a presentation for the staff on our February professional development day about different online resources that could be utilized to help make book recommendations to students. There was an overwhelming response and great discussion that happened, and I even had one teacher ask me to do a mini-session with her reading classes! I love being in a district where we can share knowledge and ideas and invite other staff in for collaboration.

Common School Fund & Budget -- Leaving the least exciting to last, I've been working on my library budgets in all three buildings recently, trying to wrap up spending for this year and plan for next year. One of the things that I always need to consider is the amount of funding we will get from Common School Fund. You can find out more about the Common School Fund via my post from last year or by visiting the DPI website. These year the amount of funding was down, with SCC receiving  $49,651 for purchase of library resources and learning materials. This is the only money I receive for such materials, so am very grateful to our founders and our current representatives for safe guarding this important school funding.

That has been a bit of my world the past few weeks! If you'd like to know more about any of these items or anything else in library land, you can contact me anytime via email at aolson[at] Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Books of the Week, Mar 6

Elementary Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall.
Happy Birthday to Chris Raschka on March 6!
EZ RAS @ the library

Middle School - Trouble Begins at 8 : A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman
A narrative account of the childhood and youth of nineteenth-century writer Mark Twain. Includes period engravings, newspaper cartoons, and black-and-white photographs.
Happy Birthday to Sid Fleischman on March 6!
921 TWAIN @ the Library

High School - Wall : Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís
Artist Sís Peter describes what it was like growing up in a Communist country and discusses how Western culture influenced his life.
Happy Birthday to Peter Sis on March 11!
921 SIS @ the Library

Monday, February 27, 2017

Books of the Week, Feb 27

Elementary - Who Was Steve Irwin? by Dina Anastasio, illustrated by Jim Eldridge
Describes the life and career of Steve Irwin, famously known as the Crocodile Hunter, from his childhood and early love of animals to his rise in popularity as a film and television star and naturalist.
921 IRW @ the library

Middle School - Tech Titans by Carla Killough McClafferty
Explores the lives and work of six figures who have had an influence on technology, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Jeff Bezos.
338.7 MCC @ the Library

High School Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures As the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick, with William L. Simon
Kevin Mitnick discusses his life as a wanted hacker by the FBI, describing his interest in infiltrating the computers and networks of large corporations, and providing insight into the computer security industry in the twenty-first century.
921 MITNICK @ the Library

Friday, February 10, 2017

And the award goes to....

Throughout library land, people are excited by the announcement of the 2017 award winning books and media. These winners are chosen as the-best-of-the-best of everything that was published the previous year.

You can view the children's and young adult awards by clicking through the slideshow below. Many of these are available in various formats through the SCC library.

We at SCC would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, and publishers of these amazing books.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Books of the Week, Feb 6

Elementary - Valentine's Day Secret by Carolyn Keene and illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
As the girls make stuffed animals at Farmer Fran's Barnyard Buddies, Nancy gets stuck in the middle of George and Bess's worst fight ever after Bess receives a mean Valentine and thinks George was the sender.
FIC KEE @ the library

Middle School - Ms. Marvel 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson; art by Elmo Bondoc and Takeshi Miyazawa
Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine's Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well, sort of--by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard's most annoying trickster! Yup, it's a special Valentine's Day story featuring Marvel's favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with...a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan?
GN WIL @ the Library

High School - How They Met, and Other Stories by David Levithan
A collection of eighteen stories describing the surprises, sacrifices, doubts, pain, and joy of falling in love.
SC LEV @ the Library

Friday, February 3, 2017

Winners from 2nd quarter! Chance to win in 3rd!

Half way done with the year and there are some winners to announce! During second quarter, students in grades 5-12 had the opportunity to participate in our One School One Book program. Middle school students could read the book Big Top Burning, a non-fiction book about a circus fire in the 1940s, while the high school students could read the book Food: The New Gold, an exploration of how our food is produced. Students who read the book and wrote a review in our library catalog (Destiny) would be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card. Winners for 2nd quarter were:
  • Jacob Monicken-Selb
  • Jenna Wehausen
  • Nicolas Harney
  • Baylee Ann Jewell
  • Reese Heebink
Congratulations to all of you for your dedication to reading!

Third quarter we will continue One School One Book! Middle school students can read The Way and high school students can read Catch & Release. Both books are available as ebooks on the respective schools' Destiny Discover, though there are also paper copies in the library.

Questions about the program or our current books can be sent to me anytime!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 31

Elementary - Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers
Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.
A 2017 Geisel Honor book
E FIC LAR @ the library

Middle School - The Way by Joseph Bruchac
 In his dreams, Cody LeBeau is a ninja who stops terrorist attacks on his school. In real life, he says, "There's nothing different or special about me at all." Then one day Cody's mysterious uncle John arrives. Uncle John is a martial-arts fighter, and when he says he will train Cody in "The Way," Cody expects to learn martial arts. Instead Cody discovers that "The Way" is a different set of skills-skills that might just help him stop an attack after all.
The One School One Book title for 3rd quarter
ebook @ the Library

High School - Catch & Release by Blythe Woolston
Eighteen-year-old Polly, the narrator, and Odd, who is a year younger and several degrees more impulsive, are the only survivors of a MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, also known as flesh-eating bacteria) outbreak in their town that killed its five other victims. They did not survive unscathed. Polly lost an eye, and her face is scarred. Odd lost his foot and is tortured by phantom pain. Polly and Odd had no connection before MRSA, but now that their former plans are obsolete, they have nothing but each other and a shared affection for trout fishing. The rest of their small Montana hometown is decidedly uncomfortable for the two who lived. So when Odd shows up in his grandmother's 1979 Cadillac D'Elegance, promising a day on the river, it's pretty clear that a remarkable journey is in store for the two of them.
The One School One Book title for 3rd quarter
ebook @ the Library