Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Games for the Wii

The library has about $150 to buy new games for the Wii.  Which ones should we buy?  Take the poll to the left of this entry.  Or vote on our Facebook Page! The top 3 choices will be bought after break.  Vote today!

Mirror Lake Is This Year's Bookmark Winner!

 Mirror Lake won the bookmark contest for middle school this year.  Their first time ever!  Check out the beautiful winners from across the district!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bookmark Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the 2011 Bookmark Contest Winners!
They are:
1st Gao Lia
2nd Allison
3rd Goldsvilai
4th Naomi
All of you will represent Goldenview at the district bookmark contest on Friday at Central Middle School.  Mears and Clark have some pretty cool bookmarks, let's see if we can beat them!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Think @ Your Library

Voting for the bookmark contest is back!  Come in to the library anytime before 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 7th, and vote for your favorite bookmark.  This year we have a record breaking 41 bookmarks to choose from!!

Each student will be given two tickets for voting.  You can vote for your two favorites, or give both of your votes to one bookmark.

The results will be announced on the video announcements on Thursday the 8th, OR you can preview the winners on Goldenview Middle School Library's Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon!

The top three winners will get a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and will compete in the district bookmark contest on December 9th.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Get a New ID in the Library!

Have you lost your ID card?  Are you going on a trip and need some ID?  Are you new and never got a Goldenview ID?  Then come by the library and we'll set you up with one!  New students will get an ID for free, all others must pay a $5 replacement fee.  This year we are unable to make ID's onsite, so it will take 7-10 days to get the ID's back.  If you want an ID, come by the library, leave your name and $5, and we will deliver it to you when we get them!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bookmark Contest

       It's time once again for the annual bookmark contest!  This year's theme is Think @ Your Library!  All entries are due by November 23rd, and voting will be done by students from November 29th through December 5th.  The top three winners will be announced on December 6th, and their bookmarks will be entered in the district contest taking place on December 9th.  All three winners from our school will get a Barnes and Noble gift card.  Bookmark blanks can be found in the library or downloaded right here.  Below are the detailed rules for the contest:
  • This contest is open to all ASD students in grades K-12. There are four groups: Primary (K-3), Intermediate (4-6), Middle School, and High School.
  • The artwork must be the original work of the student, whether computer generated or hand drawn.
  • The theme for 2011 – 2012 is Think@ your library™ and that phrase must be included on the bookmark.
  • Use your imagination and any ideas relating to reading, literacy and the love of the library!
  • Entries must be on white paper and be 7” x 2 3/4”.  Entries should be decorated with color and outlined in fine point black marker. The phrase “Think @ your library™” must be located on the entry bookmark.
  • Return your entry to Ms. Roohi by November 23.  The three winning school entries will go to the district competition to choose the district winners.  District judging for Middle School and High School will take place at the ASD secondary librarians’ meeting on December 9, 2011.  Entries become the property of the Anchorage School District and may be used in other advertisements.
  • Top prize for the four groups will be gift certificates from bookstores.  The winning designs will be reproduced and distributed to ASD schools!
  • Write your full name, grade and school name on the back of the bookmark.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book Fair at Barnes & Noble This Saturday!

Goldenview Middle School’s
Barnes & Noble Bookfair!
Saturday, October 29
11 am to 5 pm
Just say “Goldenview”at checkout and a percentage of your purchases will benefit Goldenview PTSA!
Don’t forget to mention Goldenview at the CafĂ©, too!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Library Snapshot Day: October 19, 2011

October 19th was Library Snapshot Day.  Here are some interesting statistics from that day:

  • 9 classes visited the library
  • 455 students visited the library: 207 with their class, 171 at lunch, and 77 on their own
  • 29 teachers came to the library
  • Goldenview has 796 students and 83 staff members total
  • 129 library related questions were asked and answered
  • 131 books were checked out
  • 106 books were checked in
  • The most popular reasons given for coming to the library were to check out books and meet with friends
  • The most popular library services used outside of the library were using the website and watching the book talks on the morning announcements
  • Compare these statistics with the ones we gathered last spring
  • See all the wonderful comments about the library here (coming soon)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Library Snapshot Day

Wednesday is Library Snapshot Day here in the library!  On this day we collect data about who uses the library and why.  This helps us better serve YOU!  Come by and say hi, fill out a survey, or have your picture taken!  The survey also asks what new books you'd like to see in your library. You can also fill out the survey here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alaska Book Week!

It's Alaska Book Week, so come by the library and check out a book about Alaska or by an Alaskan.  We have a nice display out.  If you're interested in books about wildlife, guides, hunters, and biologists, click here.

And just in time for Alaska Book Week, the National Book Award nominees were announced  yesterday, and for the first time ever an Alaskan was nominated.  The book is My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson.  This is a big award, and a big honor!  We will be buying the book very soon

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Battle of the Books Starts Tuesday!

The first Battle of the Books practice will take place in the library at lunch on Tuesday, October 4th.  Battle of the Books will meet every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch through the end of January.  If you are participating in Battle of the Books bring your lunch to the library at the beginning of lunch and eat in the library.  There is no need to go to the lunch room unless you are getting hot lunch.  If you are getting hot lunch, please get a pass from Ms. Roohi.  No one else needs a pass.  Don't forget to turn in your permission slips! Click here to read the book summaries.  

If you are not participating in Battle of the Books, but want to come to the library during lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will need to get a green pass from one of the security guards in the lunch room.  Green passes are the ONLY acceptable passes for the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and you must go to the lunch room to get one.  Regular passes will be accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Welcome to the Goldenview Library!

After 15 years, it's about time we had a sign welcoming you to the library!  Many thanks to Ms. Myers, Krista, Theresa, Jamie, Haley, Claire, and Kenzie for helping to make the sign!  Also, check out our new READ sign for the inside of the library!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Library Calendar Now Available!

Check out the list of pages above  ^ There is now a page for the library calendar.  We will be updating it so you know when the library will be opened and closed.  Plus any other exciting events happening here!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

You Can Now Access Google Docs from The Library Website!

Are you tired of having to go to the ASD Employee Portal to log on to your student Google Docs?  Crazy, huh?  Well, stop the insanity!  You can now click on the link in this blog entry, or the permanent one on the left side of the library webpage and access your documents from here!  The library website is a much more logical place to access them, right?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Take Your Vitamins, Get Your Sleep, and Start Working Out, It's Time to Get Ready for...

Battle of the Books! 
Pick up a permission slip in the library. Practice starts Tuesday, October 4th, and is every Tuesday and Thursday in the library during lunch.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sign Up to Play on the Library Wii

Did you know the library has a Wii?  We do!  And it's available to use during lunch two days a week.  If you'd like to play on the Wii, just sign up at the circulation desk.  You may sign up to play once a month.  Wednesdays are reserved for boys, and Fridays for girls.  We have the following games:
  •    Wii Sports
  •    Wii Sports Resort
  •    Dance Dance Revolution
  •    Guitar Hero
  •    Rock Band
If you have a Wii remote or game at home that you'd like to donate to the library, we will gladly take it!  Just talk to Ms. Roohi.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Library is Open for Lunch on Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, August 31st, the library will be open for both lunches most every day (double check the open/closed sign in the lunch room).  Here is what you need to know about coming to the library during lunch:
  • To come to the library during lunch you must have a pass.  You can get a pass from your teacher, the librarian, or use your student ID.  One pass per person!!
  • You can get a laminated library pass or pink pass from a teacher or the library BEFORE lunch starts.  8th graders may use their ID's from last year.
  • Eat in the lunch room, and come to the library when you're finished. When you get here, leave your lunch items on the table next to the door. NO WATER OR DRINK IN THE LIBRARY OTHER THAN ON THE TABLE NEXT TO THE DOOR.
  • Sign into the library on the clipboard on the circulation desk.  Show your ID or put your pass into the basket.
  • During lunch you may play board games, cards, puzzles, Legos, talk to your friends, knit, read, do homework, or use the computers.
  • You may play computer games on the GV fileshare during lunch.  Please don't play games on the Internet.
  • The Wii is available for signup on Wednesdays (girls) and Fridays (boys).
  • When lunch is over don't forget to take your lunch items with you!  You do not need to sign out from lunch.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Did You Know the Library Has a Facebook Page?

Yes it's true!  This library website is awesome (of course), but if you want to keep up with the library on the social side too, head on over to Goldenview Middle School Library on Facebook and like the page!  It will keep you updated on library news, contests, special events, new books, fun links and videos, and openings and closures.  How else are you going to see your librarian dressed up as Lady Gaga?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Welcome Back to School!

And welcome to the library!  Here are some of the exciting new books we got over the summer that will be waiting for you when you show up!

The library is open before and after school, and during lunch starting August 31.

During lunch you may read, do homework, talk with friends, play on the computers, do puzzles, use the Wii, play board games or cards.

Students may check out 4 books at a time for a period of 2 weeks.

Do you want an online library account?  Stop by and we'll show you how!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Goodbye Harry Potter!

This is the poster for the final movie

Well, the final Harry Potter movie comes out on July 14th.  Will you be there for the midnight showing?  Are you sad to see it end?  Have you read all the books?  If you have no time to read the books right now, but you want to review the whole series in, say, five minutes, you might want to check out these posters by Lucy Kinsey.  Spoiler Alert!  If you haven't read book 7 and you want to be surprised when you see the movie, don't look at the posters!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Looking for Alaska

What does your librarian do over the summer?  Travel the state.  Read good books.  Sometimes both at the same time!  I've had fun making this photo album over the last year using one of my favorite young adult books as a prop: John Green's Looking for Alaska.  What are YOU doing this summer? 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Loussac's Teen Underground Opens This Friday!

This Friday from 1:00-5:30 come to the third floor of the Loussac Library for the grand opening of the Teen Underground, the public library's new teen space!

Anchorage Public Library, Anchorage Rotary Club and the Anchorage Library Foundation welcome you to join them for the grand opening of Teen Underground, their new "Just For Teens" space!

There will be free coffee cards (for the first 50 teens), a grand opening ceremony, games and demonstrations.  For more information go to www.teenuground.com or facebook.com/teenuground.

Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Summer! Now What Do I Read?

Summer's here, you have so much free time to read, but the library's closed, and there is no one to recommend a good book to you! Well, fear not! Check out these awesome book review sites, and head on down to the public library and check yourself out a book!

At Your Library
Story Snoops
Books for Tween Boys
Books for Teen Guys
Books for Tween Girls
Books for Teen Gals

And don't forget to leave a comment here if you find a great book you want to share!

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Stools are Done!

Many thanks to the students in Ms. Brady's and Mr. Nelson's class for working on these stools and beautifying the library. We will now remember you for many years to come!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

PAC Logo Contest Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Autumn Federowski from Service High School, she is the winner of the PAC Logo Contest!  Look for Autumn's logo to start appearing as the library's Public Access Catalog icon starting next fall. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Loussac Summer Reading Celebration

The Anchorage Public Library's teen summer reading celebration has been announced!  The theme is You Are Here, and all you have to do is read 1500 minutes to earn cool teen prizes!  You can keep track of your minutes online.  To sign up:
  • Go here
  • Click on "You Are Here: Teen Summer Reading Celebration"
  • Click on "Sign Me Up"
  • Enter your information.  Don't have a library card? Use your phone number twice (it needs a 14 digit number).
  • When you've finished reading a book, click on "Add/View Log" and enter the book information.  Your account will keep track of your minutes, and you can write a cool book review at the same time! 
  • To read other teen's reviews, and see if there is anything you want to read, don't forget to read the reviews at the bottom of your home page!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Last Week of Checkouts

Hurry!  Hurry! Hurry and check out books while you can!  The last day to check out is Wednesday.  Then all books are due back by THIS Friday, May 6th.  So read quickly!  Now is the time to go through your locker, clean out your binder, check under your bed, pull library books from your bookshelf at home, and clean out the refrigerator!  We want our books back!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Spine Poems!

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate poetry in the library we've pulled a cart of books and left them out for you to create poems with the spine titles. Check out the clever poems that have been created so far!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bibliographies!! (try to contain your excitement)

The research season is winding down, your project is nearing completion, and now you need to put your bibliography together. Never fear! The Goldenview Library's website has help for you (naturally)! All of the bibliography tools can be found on the BIBLIOGRAPHY link at the top of this page.  On that page you'll find links to:
And of course you can always come by the library and get some help from us!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Library snapshot Day: April 14, 2011

April 14th was Library Snapshot Day.  Here are some interesting statistics from that day:
  • 13 classes visited the library
  • 474 students visited the library: 285 with their class, 129 at lunch, and 60 on their own
  • 18 teachers came to the library
  • Goldenview has 786 students and 85 staff members total
  • 181 library related questions were asked and answered
  • 62 books were checked out
  • 68 books were checked in
  • The most popular reasons given for coming to the library were to meet with friends, check books in and out, and use the computers.
  • See all the wonderful comments about the library here!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Two Exciting New Arrivals

Today the library got $1800 worth of new books.  If you want to see what they are come by and check out the cart behind the circulation desk.  If you find something you like, we'll check it out to you first!

Today we also got the winning bookmarks from the district bookmark contest.  There are some fantastic designs, and this year they were printed on glossy paper.  Come take a bookmark, we think you'll like the new design!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Your Librarians Are Gaga for You!

As seen at the Talent Show, now coming to you on the silver screen!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Website Evaluation

Imagine, if you will... the library is closed, you forgot your database passwords, and you have an assignment due tomorrow.  So you hop on Google to find information, and get 300 million hits.  How do you know which one of these millions of sites is good?  Try some of these tips:
  • Does it end in .gov, .edu, .mil? These are high quality sites.
  • Does it end in .org or .net? These are usually reliable, but double check!
  • Does it end in .com or.biz? These are commercial businesses, so use caution! Ultimately they’re probably trying to sell you something.
  • Is there a person’s name in the URL after a tilde (~)? For example: http://www.bignameuniversity.edu/~guido/ The tilde means it is a personal webpage. It could be factual; then again, it might just be an opinion. No one is double checking this page for accuracy, bias or content.
  • Is it hosted by a free web hosting site like Weebly, Wix, Yola, or Webnode? Or is it on a blog like Blogspot or Wordpress? Is it a wiki? Once again, these are usually personal pages.
  • Is it current? Check the date, often found at the bottom of the page. If it’s more than a year or so old, chances are no one is keeping it up to date. Remember, a lot of information ages quickly! Why take chances?
  • Is the site free of errors? If you notice more than one grammatical or spelling error, then can you trust that there are no factual errors?
  • Are there lots of ads? They’re distracting. Also, again they’re trying to sell you something; information is secondary.
  • Finally, read the webpage! Does it seem to be opinionated or satirical? Does something seem not quite right? Use your judgment! If it doesn’t feel right, choose another site!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Stools Have Been Sanded!

Thanks to some of Mr. Nelson's students, the tops of all the stools in the library have been sanded down.  Yesterday the boys took their part of the project down to Ms. Brady's class, and now her students will do their magic!  Stay tuned to see the final transformation of the stools!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thanks for the Donation!

Today one of our very generous 8th graders donated the first 24 (yes 24!) volumes of the graphic novel series Rurouni Kenshin to the library.  On behalf of all the manga lovers at the school, THANK YOU!  Do you have lots of manga clogging your shelves?  If they're in good condition and middle school appropriate, considering donating them to our library.  Your classmates will thank you, and you'll get a very cool bookplate with your name on it on the inside cover of the books!

April 5th Update: We also just got a donation of Full Metal Alchemist volumes 3-22!  So now there is another series to read if you've already worked your way through all the rest of our manga!

Monday, March 28, 2011

What's Happening to the Stools?

Why are all the stools lined up by the door?  Why have the stools at the tall computers shrunk?  For a clue, go check out Mr. Nelson's class this week, or Ms. Brady's class next week!

Leave your guesses in the comment section below!

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's Research Season!

It's fourth quarter and that means research projects for 8th graders, and limited access to the library during lunch for 7th graders. L Many of the 8th graders are doing  debate research.  To make it easier to find resources, links to our best debate resources have been placed at the top of the column to the left.  Below are some of the great resources you should use (or you can get a brochure on how to use the databases here):

Search the PAC: search the catalog right from this webpage to find a great book!

Opposing Viewpoints: This is the best database out there for debates!  Search the database right from this page, then click Viewpoints on the left hand side of the results page to get all the great materials for debates.

Issues and Controversies: Click on the link, then enter your username and password.  Get the password off your database bookmark, or come ask for it in the library!

Student Research Center: Search this very comprehensive database right here from the library website.  Don't forget to narrow your results by subject, and try clicking on the magazine box to only view those results.

IDEA: Click on this icon to access the International Database Education Association, the organization that publishes the Debatabase books.  All their topics are arranged alphabetically on the website.  Just scroll through until you find your topic!

Don't forget to keep track of your sources!  Try an online citation generator, like Easy Bib, which is also in the left hand column of our website.