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