Monday, April 13, 2015

Halfway Mark of the Amazing Race

At the halfway mark of the Amazing Race Super Nova is way out in first.  Congratulations Super Nova!  Remember to keep logging your minutes at!

And here is the breakdown by team:

Finally here are the statistics for the whole school:

We are currently third in the district.  You can see the breakdown here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Amazing Race Update #1

And they're off!!  After one week of reading and recording scores, the results look like this:

Borealis: 245
Canis Major: 1020
Comets: 30
Nebula: 1125
Phoenix: 215
Sirius: 280
Staff: 1290
Super Nova: 7640
Vega: 850
School Total: 12,695

Who will win the coveted Golden Book Award?  Will Super Nova wrest it from the hands of Canis Major?

Don't forget to enter your minutes at

Monday, March 30, 2015

On Your Mark, Get Set... READ!

Race to read around the library in all 7 genres and win prizes! Read 120 minutes in a genre to get a prize. Keep track of the time you spend reading using The Amazing Race Reading Log. The logs are available on the library webpage or you can find it at

To get credit for a genre you can read a fiction book from that genre or a non-fiction book about that genre (see the headings above for comparable non-fiction). Remember you must read for 120 minutes in a genre to get a prize. If you complete all seven genres you will get another prize! The top three readers in each pod who have read the most minutes (and have read two hours in each of the seven genres) will have an ice cream party in the library!  The team with the most minutes per student will win the coveted Golden Book Award for the next school year.  Let’s be the top readers again in the ASD!

Total minutes for the school will be collected on Friday at 8:00 am and entered on this website on Friday by 3:00 pm:  Awards will be given out when you have reached two hours for each of the following genres: fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, suspense, realistic, sports and historical. Minutes will be tallied on Fridays, and prizes given out on Mondays.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Next Year's Battle of the Books List*

Next year's Battle of the Books list is out!  The library has one copy of all of these books, and will be ordering many more copies very soon.  Come by the library and start next year's reading now!

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
Bristol Bay Summer by Annie Boochever
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Outcasts by John Flanagan
Ungifted by Gordon Korman

*Tentative until August

Thursday, February 5, 2015

We're Number Three!

Congratulations to all of the Battle of the Books participants this year.  We had 8 teams and 27 participants, and the school battle was the longest, closest, and most competitive ever!  It should also be noted that there was more food than ever before too.  When it was all over the Rabid Readers narrowly came out ahead and went on to the district battle for a second year in a row.  This year they came out third in the longest (and also very close) district battle ever!  How will they fare in high school next year?

And here's a picture of all our happy, relieved, and full school battlers.

Friday, January 9, 2015


The winning bookmark for the ASD.  Look for your copy in May!
 The winner of the district bookmark contest is Alys Korosei!  She had almost twice as many votes as the second place winner who happened to be Sydney Winn!  So Goldenview took first and second, thus ending our 18 year drought! 

Alys' bookmark will be printed up by the district and will be distributed to ALL the schools in Anchorage next year.  But we will get our copies in May and will have a huge bookmark signing party before school is over.  Watch for it!

Five students who placed well in the school contest but who don't get their bookmarks printed by the district had their bookmarks printed by the school.  You can come by the library and pick one of them up!

Come by and pick up one of these gorgeous bookmarks!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Help Us Preview These books!

We just got all these new books donated to our library!  But in return we need to preview them for the publisher.  Help us preview the books so we can keep them!  If you want to be the first one to check one of these books out, just come by the library in the first week of January.  We'll give you the book, and you can fill this simple form out for us!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

And the Winners Are...

It was so hard to choose the top two winners this year that we needed to list three!

The teachers' choice was drawn by Alys

The students' choice was drawn by Sydney

And the runner up was drawn by Chloe

Congratulations to all three of you!  You'll all get gift cards to Barnes and Noble.  Alys and Sydney will compete in the district bookmark contest.

Here are the next seven

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bookmark Voting!

Come by the library and vote for your favorite bookmarks!

This year we have 63 lovely entries.  Goldenview could actually win the district competition with some of the ones that were turned in!  Everyone gets two votes.  Choose carefully, because the object is to pick a bookmark that's good enough to win the district competition.  It needs to be beautiful, sure, but it also needs to say Grow @ Your Library and be about books or libraries.  Will everyone in the district want to see it all next year?

Voting is in the library until the end of the day Monday, December 8th.

Do your duty: VOTE!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Fair on Saturday!

Don't forget, the Barnes and Noble book fair is this Saturday, November 29th, from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. 
Come by the store and buy books, music, nooks, magazines, games and even treats in the coffee shop!  Just mention Goldenview at the checkout, and the library will get a percentage of your purchases! 
Schedule of Events
9 am               Book fair Opens

9 am – 4 pm   Gift wrapping 

10 am             Orchestra performs
10 am - 3 pm  Children's story time

11 am - 4 pm  Face painting by Goldenview art students
11 pm             Book fair closes

If you want to support the library, but won't be able to make it to the store on the 30th, please consider supporting us online!  Just purchase your items through following the directions, and use the code #11449329 when you check out.  Our online fair is available from November 29-December 4.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Science Books!

The library just received a $2000 grant for 100 new science books.  The grant was through Donor's Choose, but most of it was funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Anthony and Nanar Yoseloff.  Most of the new books are here now and are ready to check out!  Come by and look at all the cool books (and maybe even take a few home)!

We also need to thank our very generous donors!  So we need your help to write them lots of letters!  If you check out a book, be sure to take a sheet that details how to write our sponsors a letter.  If we do a great job thanking our donors, we can apply for another grant for more library books!

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.