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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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 23

Some of the winners that were announced at the 2017 ALA awards presentation today!

Elementary - Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.
Winner of the Pura Belpre Author Award
FIC MED @ the library

Middle School - The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, whomust unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.
Winner of the Newbery Award
ebook @ the Library

High School - Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a "special needs" teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer's--and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.
An honor book for the Stonewall Award
FIC DOW @ the Library

Monday, January 16, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 16

Elementary - Buffalo Are Back by Jean Craighead George ; paintings by Wendell Minor
An illustrated story of the comeback of the buffalo from extinction in the United States, tracing their history in connection with cowboys, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Native Americans of the plains, and celebrates their resurgence as herds that roam the national parks.
599.64 GEO @ the library

Middle School - Great Plains : America's Lingering Wild by Michael Forsberg
Presents a pictorial history of the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada, describing how the natural landscape changed with the settling and modernization of the American prairie.
917.8 FOR @ the Library

High School - Planet Earth: Great Plains by BBC, Discovery Channel, and NHK
Trek to the Earth's largest land habitats, where vast open spaces play host to the biggest groups of animals in the world. Following the immense migrations of caribou across the Arctic tundra and wildebeest through the African savannah, the program details life on Earth?s varied plains: dodging predators, mating and raising young, and, in many grassland habitats, the constant search for water. A pride of hungry lions hunting elephants and a stealthy Arctic fox chasing snow geese reveal some of the boldest hunts on the planet, and battles between Mongolian wild donkeys for mates illustrate the harsh competition for resources, even in temperate climates.
DVD 550 PLA @ the Library

Monday, January 9, 2017

Books of the Week, Jan 9

Elementary - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Rebecca Rissman
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day honors the birth and legacy of one of the greatest civil rights leaders in history. In this title, read about the various ways people celebrate this day, such as by attending church services, taking part in community activities, and listening to recordings of Dr. King's speeches.
394.261 RIS @ the library

Middle School - King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man produced by NBC News
Forty years after Martin Luther King's assassination, newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. Go beyond the legend to portray the man, the questions, the myths, and the relevance of Dr. King's message in today's world.
DVD 921 KING @ the Library

High School - Dream : Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Drew D. Hansen
Explores the origins of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and discusses the impact it had on American politics and society.
323 HAN @ the Library

Friday, January 6, 2017

What do you think the library should buy?

As the new year begins, I actually start thinking about my last orders of the school year. What books have I put off buying because other titles were more in demand? What series have come out with new books that I've missed? What audiobooks are kids clambering to listen to? And what books have been turned into movies that I need to buy the DVD for? These are all questions I've been asking myself this week.

But I'm just one lonely library media specialist in a drift in a sea of new books. I need your help!


If you know of a new book (or just a really good book) that you think we need in the library fill out the form below. If you think we need more books by a certain author fill out the form below. Or if you think we need more books about a specific topic fill out the form below.

Because we have three schools with three separate libraries, there are three different forms - one for each building.


If you want to see what we already own, feel free to search around in Destiny for each building. And if you have any questions please let me know!

Thank you in advance for your purchase suggestions and keep an eye out for them in the coming months!