Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winning Bookmarks!

Congratulations to Mears Middle School and the winner of the Anchorage School District middle school bookmark contest!  I think this is a great depiction of Create @ Your Library.  Below is the high school winner, from East High School.  Look for these bookmarks in the spring!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Use an iTouch in the Library!

The library has 20 iTouches that can be used during lunch.  Come by and check one out!  Don't forget to bring in your permission slip.  You can find the following apps on it:

  • Record yourself for a podcast or for music class
  • Share your voice memo with a teacher via email
  • Tweet on the Goldenview iTouch account @GViTouch
  • Use the calculator
  • Use the stopwatch
  • Use the QR reader to find out more information about books in the library
  • Locate something using Google Earth or Maps
  • Cite a resource using EasyBib
  • Get on Opposing Viewpoints Database or use the ElectronicReference Books using the My School app
  • Use BrainPop to learn and play games at the same time
  • Learn over 40 languages with Mango Languages
  • Read the Anchorage Daily News
  • Listen to the news on NPR using your own ear buds
  • Listen to fascinating new ideas on TED Talks using your own ear buds
  • Research information on countries using CountryReports
  • Search for books in our library catalog using the My Library app
  • Read the latest news about our library on GVMS Library
  • Quiz yourself using the Flash Cards
  • Use the Spanish-English dictionary
  • Get creative using Paint, Glow Draw, or FlipBook
  • Check out how healthy you are with Exercise Log, My Plate, or Heartbeat Counter
  • Compare the weather here to Hawaii!
  • Look up the “Number of the Day” using DuckDuckGo
  • Access the library’s helpful website bookmarks to help you complete your homework using Diigo

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bookmark Winners!

Congratulations to Pa Hua for winning this year's Create@Your Library bookmark contest with a beautiful dragon bookmark!  Second place goes to Riley for her bookmark of a girl with a giant paintbrush.  Both girls will get gift cards to Barnes and Noble, and they will also get their bookmark entered into the district contest.  

Finally since the vote was so close, an honorable mention deserves to go to Mairin.  Congratulations to all three of you!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Vote for Your Favorite Bookmark!

Bookmark voting is back!  Every teacher and student is encouraged to vote in the annual bookmark contest!  This year we have sixteen beautiful bookmarks for your consideration.  Come by the library before the end of school Friday and vote for your favorite bookmark!  Everybody gets two votes.  The winner will be announced on this blog on Monday.  Or if you want results sooner, they will be released on our Facebook page on Friday night!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Friday, November 9, 2012

Help Us Preview Our New Books!

Come see our new preview books!  If you see one you like, check it out and write a short review for the PAC!  You'll be the first one in the district to read it!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bookmark Contest @ Your Library!

This  year's bookmark contest is now open!  The theme will be Create @ Your Library.  All entries will be due back to the library by the end of the day on Monday, November 26th.  The whole school will vote on all the entries from November 27-30.  The two winners from Goldenview will be announced on December 3rd, and will be entered in the district contest.  Enter as many times as you want.  We need some good entries this year.  Goldenview has never won the district contest!!  Get your creative juices flowing, and start creating Create @ Your Library bookmarks!  You can find the official rules here.  You can download bookmark blanks here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Catalog Computers!

Last Friday while you were enjoying your day off, the computer folks were working hard.  Our ancient gumdrop Macs were replaced with shiny, new Macs.  Come look up a book on our new catalog computers, they're much faster!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tell Everyone Which Book They Should Fall into Next!

Do you have a favorite book that you think everyone should read?  Then add your recommendation to our book tree today!  Peer recommendations are one of the best ways to find a new book!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Use an iTouch at Lunch!

Starting today, and available most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, iTouches will be available to check out for use in the library during lunch.  If you want to use one, return a signed permission slip, check it out at the circulation desk, and use it in the Fiction half of the library only.  Note: iTouches are for use by you, please do not share with a friend.  They can come check out one for themself!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Got Books?

We are collecting new and like-new books (paperback or hardcover, appropriate for ages up to twelve) at Goldenview to be used as treats to be handed out at Trick or Treat Town on October 25-26.  Trick or Treat Town is an annual event that supports the Boys and Girls Club.  If you have some books cluttering up your bookshelves, bring them by the library, and we will donate them on your behalf!  And as always, the library itself takes donations of new and like-new hardcover books.

Friday, October 5, 2012

ID's @ Your Library!

Have you lost your ID already?  Did you just move here and so you never got one?  Come by the library and we'll make you one!  Replacement ID's are $5, and must be paid for in the library when you order it.  ID orders are collected and submitted every Friday afternoon, and they will be delivered to you by the end of the following week.

Remember ID's are handy for lunch passes, identification for traveling, and making library accounts!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It's Banned Book Week

Every year the American Library Association reminds us that there are people and organizations across the country that don't want us to read certain books.  The following books are from ALA's list of top ten most frequently challenged books for 2012.  These come from 326 challenges as reported in various locations around the country (to see this list in cool graphic format, click here):
  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism 

Goldenview has six of these titles (no, the rest aren't banned).  If you want to see what the fuss is all about, come check one out, and decide for yourself.  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books will start on Tuesday, October 9th.  We will meet during lunch in the ISS room in the library.  Bring your lunch and prepare to have some fun!  You can find the book list here.  The permission slip needs to be turned in by October 9th.  Don't worry if you don't have a team already, many students don't, and it's a great way to make new friends!  Just start reading, and show up on the ninth!

Monday, September 17, 2012

ID Cards Are Here!

Don't lose it because it is very useful in the library!
  1. Have us sign the back and it is a permanent lunch pass to the library!  It won't work if it's not on you though!
  2. Use the BIG 14 digit number on the bottom to create an account in our online catalog.  Once you have an account you can renew overdue books, put items on hold, and write book reviews!
  3. And of course, you can check out books with it!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Databases in Digital Pipeline

Digital Pipeline has some new databases this year!  BrainPop, a very popular site, is now free to all Alaskans!  In addition, Teen Health and Wellness is also accessible to everyone.  Mango Languages, which was introduced last spring, has 46 languages you can learn online.  It will also translate from one language into another.  Finally, there is an oldie but a goodie, don't forget to use Live Homework Help when you need help with your homework, and there is no one else around to assist!  If you need passwords, check page 58 of your planner, or come by the library!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Free Music @ Your Library!

Do you have a public library card?  If so you can download three songs every week, free and legally using the 14 digit number on the back of the card!  There are over 3 million songs, and they download easily into iTunes or other programs.  Give it a try here.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Your Library Is in Your Planner!

Welcome back to school!  Now that school is in full swing and you are learning your way around middle school, you'll want to know that for the first time ever the library is a part of your planner!  So if you're at home trying to do your homework, and you need access to some of the library's fantastic online resources just turn to page 58 and you will find a list of what we offer, along with the user name and passwords!  If you are an avid user of the library, you will want to create an account.  To create an account, all you need is your student ID (coming soon!  Or stop by the library for the information) and page 59 from the planner.

Monday, August 6, 2012

What Should I Read Next? There's an App for That!

Do you have a smart phone or iTouch?  Then if you're looking for something to read, you'll want to download this cool new app!  This will help you find the best books for young adults.  There are new picks every day, plus permanent lists by genre, awards, authors, etc.

If you enjoy this book app, consider downloading some more!  Want to search Goldenview's catalog from your handheld device?  Then download our catalog app!  Once you've installed it, you will have to choose Anchorage School District, and then you can browse the district's catalog.  You can also place items on hold or renew your books if you know know your library ID number and password (email librarians_goldenview at asdk12.org for that)!

If you want to access one of Goldenview's Gale databases, use the My School app.  After downloading choose Alaska, then choose Goldenview and then our password (email librarians_goldenview at asdk12.org  for that) you will have access to Opposing Viewpoints and the Virtual Reference Library.

Need help formatting a bibliography, try EasyBib's helpful app!  Just scan the barcode of your book, and you get its bibliography!

If you need help with any of your homework assignments you can use Tutor.com They have an app too!

Have fun with your new apps!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hunger Games Read-alikes

So you've read The Hunger Games trilogy, and seen the movie, and the summer is really dragging on at this point, but you don't know what to read anymore.  Have no fear!  The Lawrence Public Library (Kansas) has put together a handy infographic and flow chart to help you solve your quandary.  You can see the whole chart here.  Now get reading!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What Are Your Favorite Young Adult Books?

graphic from NPR Books
NPR is sponsoring a poll of the top 100 best YA books of all time.  Voting opened yesterday, and will close in a few weeks.  So if you've been reading a lot of books and are bored at this point in the summer, spend some time weighing in!  This is a big poll, so have some fun!  You can find the list of nominees and vote here.  After you vote, tell us what some of your favorites are.  Leave them in the comment section here or on our Facebook page!  You are allowed to lobby for your favorites!  The winners will be displayed in the library in August.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Do You Like Reading? A LOT??

graphic from MotherReader
Try taking this reading challenge over the weekend of June 8-10 in the Seventh Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge!  Just pick 48 consecutive hours sometime between 7:00 am Friday to 7:00 am Monday and see how many of those hours  you can read for!  If you have a blog, you can blog about what hours you read and what books you finished.  If not, you can leave that information in the comments here.  Sound like fun?  Then join in!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Build a Structure

For our final month's Read 'n Do project, we built structures in the library.  Newspaper was left out, along with books on building, and students had fun seeing what they could create out of rolled up newspaper and masking tape.  The most creative structure?  A pegasus and her baby!

Monday, May 14, 2012

May Madness!

We may be two months late, but Goldenview Library also had a May Madness competition.  During the month of April, students around the school voted for their favorite books, and the top eight went head to head in a bracket-style competition.  The eight competitors were Eragon, The Lightning Thief, Unwind, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, The Hunger Games, Wings, Cirque du Freak, and The Maze Runner.  Last Friday the two weeks of intense competition boiled down to The Lightning Thief versus The Hunger Games.  In an upset win, The Lightning Thief came from behind and beat The Hunger Games 207-186!

The 2012 May Madness champion of Goldenview is The Lightning Thief!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Loussac Summer Reading Program

Are you sad because your checkout privileges have been suspended for the year?  Do you wonder how you're going to make it through the summer with no library books?  Well have no fear, the public library is here!!  Loussac has a summer reading program just for teens, and it starts this weekend!!  Sign up and start reading!  Not only can you read for prizes, but you can also read for charity!  Money will be donated to the polar bears at the zoo if teens read 300,000 minutes this summer.  If not for you, then do it for the polar bears!

The Summer Reading Program says this: "Teens: own the night this summer and read to win prizes. Come to any library location to pick up your prizes at 750 minutes (halfway) and 1500 minutes (completion). Your reading can count towards Readers to the Rescue: the polar bears at the Alaska Zoo will get a generous donation from the Friends of the Library if the people of Anchorage read 300,000 minutes."

Register and get started here.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rick Riordan

Are you going to Rick Riordan's book signing at Barnes and Noble tomorrow?  He'll be there signing books starting at 1:00 pm, but the fun begins much sooner.  Did you know he asked for Anchorage to be one of the first stops on his book tour?  Get there early and buy a copy of The Serpent's Shadow!  If you go, let us know how it was!

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Table is Done!

Remember this ugly old table? 

Thanks to Ms. Myers, Scott, Erica, Sammy, Caitlin and Hayden, it has turned into this!

Come put your feet up and enjoy a good book!
Or you can just read the table! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spine poetry!

It's National Poetry Month, and that means it's time for our annual fun with spine poems!  Below are some of the cool poems students and teachers came up with this year.  If it seems like there are a lot of poems with bear and Alaska themes, it's because Super Nova students had an assignment to compose one of those!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Library Snapshot Day

Wednesday, April 18th was our third Snapshot Day!  On this day:
491 students visited the library
22 staff visited the library
15 classes used the library
Our computers were used 124 times
51 reference questions were answered
45 books were checked out

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Take Flight @ Your Library!

The library has decided to create an interactive Read & Do display in the library every month.  For our first display in March we had a paper airplane station.  Students made airplanes and flew them right in the library!  Many students checked out the paper airplane books and took them home to try them there too!  Come give it a try!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why We Love Our Library!

Many thanks to Holly for making this video in support of our school library.  Do you love the library?  Leave your reason in the comments below!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Books of the Future

What will books look like in the future?  Check out the prototypes that Ms. Sanderlin's book club came up with.  Which is your favorite?

1st row: books you view in glasses
2nd row: books you take in a pill form
3rd row: solar powered book tablet
4th row: holographic book projector
5th row: 3D book tablets

Friday, March 2, 2012

World's First Anti-Plagiarism Day Celebrated Right Here at Goldenview!

On Thursday, March 1st, Ms. Sanderlin and Ms. Roohi celebrated Anti-Plagiarism Day in the library along with dozens and dozens of students!  The excitement was infectious as students decided to do their own thing and not go along with the crowd!  The day's slogan was BE AN ORIGINAL.  We're original, are you?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

2012/2013 Battle of the Books Announced!

Next year's Battle of the Books were chosen this afternoon.  Be among the first to know what they are and get started reading!  This is a really good list. 

Alabama Moon
Chew on This
Dark Sons
The Lost Hero
Lassie Come Home
Leaving Protection
Maze Runner
Princess Academy
Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Shooting Kabul