Friday, May 23, 2014

What to Read over the Summer?

eBooks!  The library is closed, so you can't check out our paper books until August, but just in time for summer we now have two sources for eBook!  They are OverDrive and BrainHive.  To use OverDrive over the summer all you need is your school ID.  You can find directions on how to access it here.

We also just got a trial subscription to BrainHive.  If you want to try reading their books this summer you will also need your student ID.  You can access BrainHive here or click on the picture above. Your username will be lastname.firstname.  Your password will be "asd" + the last four digits of the 14 digit number on your student ID.  So it would be "asd****"  Give it a try and check out some books!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014



Friday, April 25, 2014

Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.  So every year we like to create Spine Poems as a fun way to commemorate the month.  Check out the poems we have made this month.  The display is up through April 30th, so come by and create one or two  yourself!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


We now have a readbox!  Come check out a book tonight!  Unlike redbox, our books are $0 per night rental.  And you get them for 14 nights after you check them out!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Shelves!

Two thirds of our new shelving and storage unit is done!  Thank you to Mr. Masneri, his students, and The Alaska Community Foundation for the grant that made all this possible.  Below are some pictures of the progress.
A year ago we had shelves with computers on top. This was the biography section and PAC computers
There were shelves behind them too, blocking the view.  We also stored the games and yearbooks here.
We used the other side for library storage.  And garbage. And those unsightly cords!
After we took the shelves away, we had nothing to put the computers on except tables!
And we stored games and library supplies on carts.
But now look.  Isn't it beautiful?
There will be one more section added on the left side.  It will be the reverse of the right side.  Hopefully doors are coming too.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bibliography Help

The following is copied directly from our Bibliography page, but it is reposted here to help you because research season is in full swing!

Goldenview uses the MLA format for writing bibliographies. For MLA bibliography slips (7th ed.) click here. For a simple MLA guideline used at Goldenview click here.

Ms. Roohi will happily edit your bibliography if you share it with her on Google Docs: roohi_nicole

Online citation generators are wonderful tools, but they are frequently incomplete and inaccurate.  For this reason you should be familiar with what a standard bibliography looks like so you can review EACH bibliography entry that the citation generator creates.

Google Docs now has an Easy Bib add on to help you create bibliographies right there in your paper.  Here are directions on how to use it.  Please note that the Easy Bib Google Doc add-on, in particular, is frequently incomplete.  You will often have to go in and add more information!

Below are some handy bibliography tools:

Zotero is another amazing note taking and organization tool that also will create bibliographies for you.  To use Zotero you will need to download an add-on for Firefox.  For directions on how to make a bibliography in Zotero click here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Take a Book Selfie!

We were inspired by this article to make our own book selfies last week.  We had some great selfies!  If you want to make one yourself, come by the library this week and use one of our iTouches and the face books we have on display and make your own!  We'll post them all here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

We Now Have Ebooks!

The school district now has a subscription to OverDrive, the ebook distributor, so that means Goldenview staff and students can now borrow ebooks and read them online or on their reading device (Kindle, nook, tablet or phone).  The collection is still small, but if you want to see what we have, go to and browse the collection.  Books may be checked out for 7-21 days, and you may check out two books at a time. 

To get on, your username is the 14 digit number on your ID card

and the password is the last four digits of that number.  If you can't find your ID, you can get the number in the library.

The best way to see what is available is to browse the collection on Overdrive.  In the very near future the available ebooks will be searchable in our PAC, and you will be able to link to them and download them from there.

If you have ever borrowed books from the public library, this works the same way.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

We're Number One!

Check it out: 

And click here to see all the statistics for team and individual winners at Goldenview.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Battle of the Books List for 14-15 (Tentative)

The 2014-2015 Battle of the Books list is out!*

At the Library Conference and World Domination Conclave/Shindig Hoedown/Bake Sale Fundraiser last weekend at our undisclosed location, we** decided upon (among other nefarious plans) next year's Battle of the Books list.  So don't wait any longer, get started reading now!***

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Blizzard of Glass by Sally Walker
Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Hero by Mike Lupica
Jack London's Call of the Wild (graphic novel) by Neil Kleid
Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

* Due to the nefariousness of the group, this is a tentative list.  A much more definitive list will be out March 15th.  But it will very closely resemble this one.

** No names will be named. For obvious reasons.  I may or may not have been present.

*** Amazingly enough, I've not read a single one of these books.  That's a first.  Despite the tentative nature of the list, I'm getting started today.  Of course I'm taking my chances!  Be warned, you will be too!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Reading Games Update

There is less than a week left in the Reading Games, and competition is heating up!  Here is how our school stacks up against others in the district (as of February 21)

And here is a newspaper article about how our team is doing

Here is how all the teams are doing at Goldenview (as of February 21)

And to find out which students have read the most in the school, click here!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Golden Book Award

So you've been reading for hours, and diligently recording your hours for your team.  But why?  What does your team get if you win?  Well, we have been slaving away in the gold mines and the smithy to create a beautiful award for the team that wins.  We now present the coveted Goldenview Golden Book Award!  This lovely award, made of actual book, will be presented to the team with the highest number of minutes read per student.  The team's name will be inscribed in the book for posterity, and the team will possess the book for the year and will also lay claim to the coveted yearlong Goldenview Bragging Rights for the Incredibly Literate and Erudite.

Don't let your team miss out.  Read and record your minutes today!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stools, Part 2

The stools are finally finished!  Check out these 14 gorgeous stools above!

Five years ago we painted half of the stools in the library.  This year we finished the job!  Thanks to all the students for the beautiful artwork that will brighten up the library for years to come.  AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MS. BRADY FOR GETTING IT ALL ORGANIZED!  She spent countless hours prepping the stools, finding the students, and making sure they did their best.  Your stools will be admired and used for years to come.

Below are the stools from five years ago

Monday, February 10, 2014

Database Trials

Through the end of the quarter we can use some amazing databases to see if we like them.  The databases are from Gale, and you can see all of them on the links on the left hand side.  Or you can access them here.  If you like them, please leave comments here before March 1st.  If there are enough favorable comments we might be able to get some of these starting next year!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Join the ASD Reading Games!
These are the average number of minutes read by team.  To see the top reading students in the school, click on the graph!
Five middle schools in the ASD are commemorating the winter Olympics by having the first ever ASD Reading Games!  The idea of the competition is to get everyone to read independently in five different genres (sports, history, science/science fiction, fantasy, and reader’s choice).  The participants get incentives for reading for two hours in each genre.  Reading can be fiction or non-fiction, and can include anything (books, magazines, comics, the internet, textbooks, newspapers, etc) as long as it is in that genre (read a five minute article on who won the speed skating race on your phone?  That counts towards sports!)  There will be a medal and a Sun's Cafe drink for any student who completes all five genres (ten hours of reading), plus they will be recognized for their accomplishment around the school!  The top three readers in minutes in the school (after they’ve read all five genres) will get a Barnes and Noble gift card. 

In addition, we will be keeping track of all the minutes that the school reads as a whole, as we are also competing against other middle schools for the district prize of a Golden Book.  Each pod will also be competing against each other and the staff.  So read for fun!  Read for your pod!  Read for your school!  You may download a paper form here.  But an even easier way to enter your minutes is to use this simple form (log in with school Google ID).  Please only use one method to submit time.

This competition runs for the month of February, so anything you read starting on Saturday, February 1st counts.  If appropriate, a book may count for more than one category, but the minutes only count once (for instance, if you read Hunger Games for four hours, you can count it in the Fantasy genre for two hours, and the Choice genre for two hours).  For more complete details and rules, read here.  To keep up with how Goldenview and your pod are doing, click here.