Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Library: Your Spring Break Headquarters

Spring break starts Thursday afternoon, but who's counting?  What will you be doing?  Will you be going anywhere?  Whether you're staying in town, or heading someplace warmer, don't forget to drop by the library and stock up!  What can the library offer?  Check it out:
  1. Heading to the Kenai or the interior on a long car ride?  Check out a playaway to listen to in the car!
  2. Hopping on a plane for a longer trip?  Check out a book to read on the plane!
  3. Need some ID for the plane?  The library can make you a new school ID!
  4. Just staying home and don't know what to read?  Check out some of our book recommendations!
  5. Did your teacher actually assign you homework?  Don't forget to use the library research tools here on this blog or on the library website!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Graphic Novel Lovers and Artists, Take Note!

Bosco's has just made two big announcements today.
  1. David Petersen, the author of Mouse Guard, will be at the Spenard Bosco's on March 4th, from 5-7 signing books.  If you'd like to meet him come by during that time!  You can get more information here.
  2. If you love to draw, especially characters from manga, then Bosco's has a contest for you!  All entries are due by April 16th, and there are prizes for three different age groups.  Also, if at least 10 students from Goldenview enter the contest, our school could win a contest too!  Talk to Ms. Roohi for more details.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Library Puzzle

This year students in the library have completed four puzzles.  At right is the latest puzzle, completed on Thursday, of Washington, D.C.  It had 750 pieces and was completed in a little over a week.  The puzzles have been very popular, perhaps as a relaxing diversion from all that school work!  If you'd like to try your hand at the next puzzle, stop by some time!  And if you have extra puzzles at home that you'd like to donate to the library, we're looking for some good colorful puzzles, like this one.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Books!

The library received 141 new books on Friday ($2748.19 in case you're wondering).  Most of them were history and geography books to help update our aging collection, but we did get a few interesting ones!  Of note are a few new graphic novels including Cirque du Freak, Daniel X, and Tsubasa.  We have several series continuations, including Ranger's Apprentice, Vampire Kisses, and the Frog Princess.  Plus the latest books from James Patterson, Sarah Dessen, Mike Lupica and more!  Check out the book covers of our new books on the left, and click on one for more information.  Come check out a book!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lightning Thief Movie--Did You Like It?

From what I heard around the library today many of you went to see Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief over the weekend (What?  You weren't watching the Olympics?).  Many of you liked it, but more of you said it was nothing like the book, and were quite disappointed.  What do you think?  Did you like the movie?  Was the fact that it was so different than the book ruin it for you?  If you haven't read the book, did it make you want to start?  Leave your opinion here!  Take our poll on the left here!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hunger Games Book #3 Cover Released

In case you hadn't heard, the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy will be released August 24th, 2010.  That's old news.  But the new news is that it finally has a cover!  Take a peak at the cover at left.  Do you think the series will have a good ending?  Does the cover look more hopeful?  And who will live: Peeta or Gale?  I can't answer those questions now, and neither will the publisher, but they will tell us five things that WON'T be in the book.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Welcome 6th Graders!

The 6th graders have been in the library all week, and we want to welcome the perspective students.  We hope all of you will use the library A LOT next year!  Please feel free to drop by any time or to call or email us with questions, in addition you can read this blog for fun information or check out the website for all our resources.  The library is here to help you in school, but it is also a fun place to hang out as can be seen below:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

L is for Librarian, Right? -- A Clarification

Some students were laughing at the librarian for her picture in the last blog post, but she was just demonstrating the international Librarian greeting that they use to recognize each other when they go undercover.  So, in case you think it means something else, it doesn't.   

By the way, in case you think librarians ARE losers, we do have some common sense. Like this bicycle pictured below? Bad idea kids. The only kids who read and bike are the ones who later text and drive. Don't start!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

8th Graders Boycott Story Cafe!

In an unprecedented show of disapproval, the 8th graders boycotted the start of Story Cafe on Tuesday.  What gives 8th graders?  Do you not like the book?  Are you not interested?  Or is your librarian a loser?  If you like the idea but would like to listen to a different book, please tell us in the library NOW!

7th graders, thanks for coming!  If you missed the first day but want to start coming, it's not too late!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Opposing Viewpoints--Our New Database

Just today we got a subscription to the Opposing Viewpoints Database from Gale.  This resource will be a great help to everyone working on debates or a paper on controversial issues.  While the students on Vega and Borealis are probably wishing they'd had this back in November, this will really help Phoenix next month when they start their debate project, and will be available all next year to you future 8th graders!  Click here to access the database, or look for this icon on the webpage, or in the links on the left hand side of this blog.  The username and passwords are the same as the one for our Electronic Reference Books.  If you still need password help, come in to the library for a password bookmark!

To make things really, really easy, there is now a widget in the left column of this blog where you can type in query and get results right here from the blog!  Try it now!  The widget for the Electronic Reference Books is there too.  That one is especially good for chemical elements research.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Story Cafe Starts Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, and continuing nearly every Tuesday and Thursday lunch until the stories are finished, Ms. Bear and Ms. Roohi will read a book during lunch.  Come to the library and get a pass, then bring your lunch and enjoy an exciting story!  Ms. Bear will be reading Day of the Assassins by Johnny O'Brien (well, unless someone (you know who you are) doesn't return it in time, then she'll read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner) and Ms. Roohi will be Reading Peak by Roland Smith.  Listen to the announcements Monday for more information!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The WebCat Machine Is Back!

The second WebCat machine is finally up and running again after being down all year.  Thanks to Mr. Bear for fixing it while he was subbing in the library on Monday.  And the even better news about WebCat is... Next year our ugly WebCat interface should be replaced by a newer, easier-to-use, more graphical online catalog!  Look for it next August.  But in any case, we are back up to two machines for our online catalog.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Goldenview Takes Second in the District!

Goldenview's Battle of the Books team took second today in the District's Battle of the Books competition, narrowly losing out to Polaris.  The two teams traded the top spot all day until the end of the final round when Polaris pulled ahead on a technicality.  Congratulations to Lyndyn, Everett, Ilana and Lindsay for being Goldenview champs two years in a row!