Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Your Library's Got Game!

What's that you see in the library?  Is it a Wii?  What's the library doing with a Wii?

Last Friday a brand new Wii was delivered to the library as part of a gaming grant that all middle school libraries in the district received.  We received a Wii with one remote and Wii Sports, and 2 DDR pads (rumor has it we should get the gaming software for that soon). 

There are no big plans for the Wii yet, as they are still in the development stage.  So between now and the end of school the Wii will be on during lunch in the library as plans are made for next year. 

Students should feel free to come down and use the Wii during lunch.  However, as a "fee" to use the Wii they will have to help set up guidelines for fair use, and also come up with ideas for the use of the Wii at school.

Finally, we would love to have three more remotes and some other games (school appropriate, of course!) for the Wii.  If you'd like to donate some to the library, please do!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two Students are Guests on Talk of Alaska along with Author Roland Smith!

On Tuesday morning two seventh graders travelled to the APRN studios and participated in the Talk of Alaska radio call-in show with host Steve Heimel.  The students posed questions for author Roland Smith as part of the Alaska Spirit of Reading program.  The interview was very interesting, and Mr. Smith told many amusing and insightful stories about writing and researching his books Peak, Thunder Cave, Zach's Lie, and Sea Otter Rescue.  Becca and Benton asked some great questions.  Listen to the show here!

Next year's author for the Alaska Spirit of Reading program will be Will Hobbs, author of Far North, one of the Battle of the Books for middle school in 2010/2011.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mrs. Mortenson Visits Goldenview!

On April 16th, Jerene Mortenson, mother of Greg Mortenson, the author of Three Cups of Tea, visited Goldenview and gave an inspiring talk to all the students and staff.  Mrs. Mortenson spoke of her son's experiences, and the importance of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan to the peace process.  She especially stressed the importance of educating girls.

On her way to the auditorium Mrs. Mortenson stopped by the library and donated several copies of all three of her son's books, including 8 copies of the young adult edition of Three Cups of Tea, which will be a middle school battle of the book next year.  Thank you Mrs. Mortenson--both for the books and the inspiring talk!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Celebrate Poetry Month with a Spine Poem

April is National Poetry Month.  It is also National Library Month (don't forget to shower your librarians with lots of love and chocolate)!  To celebrate the month, we are creating poetry in the library...  with book spines!  We have pulled lots of books with provocative and intriguing titles, and we are asking you to come to the library and spend five minutes making a poem out of them.   Any book in the library may be used, not just ones we have pulled.  You may also use WebCat to find suitable titles.  You may bring books from home, or even do this at home and bring in a picture!  When you finish your poem come find a librarian and we will take a picture of your poem and post it here!  Here are some examples to get you started:

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Books! The Last Ones for the Year

Last week and this week the library got the last two shipment of books for the year.  Mostly we got country books for next year's seventh graders, but there were still some fun books in there too!  Like The Reformed Vampires Support Group, Monstrumologist, Fang and Incarceron.  The new books are all in the link to the left, and can be put on hold.  Starting Wednesday the library will be open for 8th graders again at lunch.  7th graders, you're not so lucky.  But you can still come in before and after school, or between classes!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Big Book and Movie News! Twilight and Hunger Games Fans!

Two things came to my attention today that will probably interest you.  First, Stephenie Meyer is coming out with a new Twilight novella in June!  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner will be released on June 5th, and is about a minor character from Eclipse.  Even better, between June 7th and July 5th you will be able to read it online for free at breetanner.com

And Hunger Games Fans, the movie will be coming out sometime in 2011.  So far there is no word on the cast, but do you think it will translate well into a movie?  For sure there will be awesome action scenes, but will we be able to know everything Katniss is thinking?  Anyway, these are no official movie trailers and the cast hasn't been announced.  However, there are many fan made movie trailers and wishlists of the cast on the Internet, and I liked these two best.  What do you think?  Who should play the roles in the movie?