Monday, October 27, 2014

Grow @ Your Library!

The ASD annual bookmark contest is back!  This year's theme is grow @ your library!  All entries are due back at the library by the end of the day on November 26th, 2014.  Voting for the best bookmark in the school will be the first week of December, and the two top winners will compete in the school district's competition right before winter break.

The two top winners for the school will receive a Barnes and Noble gift card.  The district winner (should you be the one) will have their bookmark printed up and distributed to ALL Anchorage schools next year!

Did you know that Goldenview has NEVER won the bookmark competition for the district? It's time to rectify that situation! So how would you like to be the first one?  Just turn in your best artwork by the 26th, and you might!  You can find the instructions here, and the bookmark blanks in the box below.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Scholastic Book Fair!

The Scholastic book fair will be in the library the week of October 20-23.  It will be open before and after school all week, and will be open all day, 8:00 am-7:00 pm, on our conference day, October 22nd.

Please plan on coming by and browsing in our book fair when you come in for your conference!

You can preview the book fair selection here.

Profits from the fair go directly to the library to help buy new library books!  Come support the library!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sign Up Now for Battle of the Books!

Do you love to read?  Do you want to meet new people?  Do you want to try something new?  Then join Battle of the Books!

Never battled before?  Have no preselected teammates?  Aren't quite sure if you really want to do it?  No problem!  We'll explain it all to you, find you teammates, and show you a good time.  And if you still don't like it, then you don't have to stay.

Battle of the Books begins Tuesday, October 7th, and meets at lunchtime in the library.  You even get to eat in the library!  A glamorous READ poster will be made of you and your teammates!

We will meet twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch, through the end of January. There are only twelve books to read in middle school, and they are all awesome!

If you are interested in participating, come by the library and pick up a permission slip, or print one off here.  Book summaries can be found here.  Please turn them in by the first day of practice.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Year, New Databases!

Welcome back to school!  Now that you're hitting the books again, you might want to consider hitting the Internet instead.  This year we have five new databases.  They are all  listed on the links on the left:
We also have two sources for ebooks, and these are also new:
Information on usernames, passwords, and access for all of these can be found in your planner on pages 44-45.  Or come by the library and we'll show you how to use them!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome Back to School!

We're happy you're at Goldenview and want to use the library!  We are open for checkout now and are open for lunch starting September 4th.  Stop by and say hi!

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!