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 two separate grants totalling $2500 for 125 new science books.  The grant was through Anchorage Schools Foundation and Donor's Choose.  Some 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)!

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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Year, New Databases!

Welcome back to school!  Now that you're hitting the books again, you might want to consider hitting the Internet instead.  This year we have five new databases.  They are all  listed on the links on the left:
We also have two sources for ebooks, and these are also new:
Information on usernames, passwords, and access for all of these can be found in your planner on pages 44-45.  Or come by the library and we'll show you how to use them!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome Back to School!

We're happy you're at Goldenview and want to use the library!  We are open for checkout now and are open for lunch starting September 4th.  Stop by and say hi!

Friday, May 23, 2014

What to Read over the Summer?

eBooks!  The library is closed, so you can't check out our paper books until August, but just in time for summer we now have two sources for eBook!  They are OverDrive and BrainHive.  To use OverDrive over the summer all you need is your school ID.  You can find directions on how to access it here.

We also just got a trial subscription to BrainHive.  If you want to try reading their books this summer you will also need your student ID.  You can access BrainHive here or click on the picture above. Your username will be lastname.firstname.  Your password will be "asd" + the last four digits of the 14 digit number on your student ID.  So it would be "asd****"  Give it a try and check out some books!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014



Friday, April 25, 2014

Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.  So every year we like to create Spine Poems as a fun way to commemorate the month.  Check out the poems we have made this month.  The display is up through April 30th, so come by and create one or two  yourself!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


We now have a readbox!  Come check out a book tonight!  Unlike redbox, our books are $0 per night rental.  And you get them for 14 nights after you check them out!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Shelves!

Two thirds of our new shelving and storage unit is done!  Thank you to Mr. Masneri, his students, and The Alaska Community Foundation for the grant that made all this possible.  Below are some pictures of the progress.
A year ago we had shelves with computers on top. This was the biography section and PAC computers
There were shelves behind them too, blocking the view.  We also stored the games and yearbooks here.
We used the other side for library storage.  And garbage. And those unsightly cords!
After we took the shelves away, we had nothing to put the computers on except tables!
And we stored games and library supplies on carts.
But now look.  Isn't it beautiful?
There will be one more section added on the left side.  It will be the reverse of the right side.  Hopefully doors are coming too.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bibliography Help

The following is copied directly from our Bibliography page, but it is reposted here to help you because research season is in full swing!

Goldenview uses the MLA format for writing bibliographies. For MLA bibliography slips (7th ed.) click here. For a simple MLA guideline used at Goldenview click here.

Ms. Roohi will happily edit your bibliography if you share it with her on Google Docs: roohi_nicole

Online citation generators are wonderful tools, but they are frequently incomplete and inaccurate.  For this reason you should be familiar with what a standard bibliography looks like so you can review EACH bibliography entry that the citation generator creates.

Google Docs now has an Easy Bib add on to help you create bibliographies right there in your paper.  Here are directions on how to use it.  Please note that the Easy Bib Google Doc add-on, in particular, is frequently incomplete.  You will often have to go in and add more information!

Below are some handy bibliography tools:

Zotero is another amazing note taking and organization tool that also will create bibliographies for you.  To use Zotero you will need to download an add-on for Firefox.  For directions on how to make a bibliography in Zotero click here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Take a Book Selfie!

We were inspired by this article to make our own book selfies last week.  We had some great selfies!  If you want to make one yourself, come by the library this week and use one of our iTouches and the face books we have on display and make your own!  We'll post them all here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

We Now Have Ebooks!

The school district now has a subscription to OverDrive, the ebook distributor, so that means Goldenview staff and students can now borrow ebooks and read them online or on their reading device (Kindle, nook, tablet or phone).  The collection is still small, but if you want to see what we have, go to and browse the collection.  Books may be checked out for 7-21 days, and you may check out two books at a time. 

To get on, your username is the 14 digit number on your ID card

and the password is the last four digits of that number.  If you can't find your ID, you can get the number in the library.

The best way to see what is available is to browse the collection on Overdrive.  In the very near future the available ebooks will be searchable in our PAC, and you will be able to link to them and download them from there.

If you have ever borrowed books from the public library, this works the same way.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

We're Number One!

Check it out: 

And click here to see all the statistics for team and individual winners at Goldenview.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Battle of the Books List for 14-15 (Tentative)

The 2014-2015 Battle of the Books list is out!*

At the Library Conference and World Domination Conclave/Shindig Hoedown/Bake Sale Fundraiser last weekend at our undisclosed location, we** decided upon (among other nefarious plans) next year's Battle of the Books list.  So don't wait any longer, get started reading now!***

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Blizzard of Glass by Sally Walker
Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Hero by Mike Lupica
Jack London's Call of the Wild (graphic novel) by Neil Kleid
Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy

* Due to the nefariousness of the group, this is a tentative list.  A much more definitive list will be out March 15th.  But it will very closely resemble this one.

** No names will be named. For obvious reasons.  I may or may not have been present.

*** Amazingly enough, I've not read a single one of these books.  That's a first.  Despite the tentative nature of the list, I'm getting started today.  Of course I'm taking my chances!  Be warned, you will be too!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Reading Games Update

There is less than a week left in the Reading Games, and competition is heating up!  Here is how our school stacks up against others in the district (as of February 21)

And here is a newspaper article about how our team is doing

Here is how all the teams are doing at Goldenview (as of February 21)

And to find out which students have read the most in the school, click here!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Golden Book Award

So you've been reading for hours, and diligently recording your hours for your team.  But why?  What does your team get if you win?  Well, we have been slaving away in the gold mines and the smithy to create a beautiful award for the team that wins.  We now present the coveted Goldenview Golden Book Award!  This lovely award, made of actual book, will be presented to the team with the highest number of minutes read per student.  The team's name will be inscribed in the book for posterity, and the team will possess the book for the year and will also lay claim to the coveted yearlong Goldenview Bragging Rights for the Incredibly Literate and Erudite.

Don't let your team miss out.  Read and record your minutes today!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Stools, Part 2

The stools are finally finished!  Check out these 14 gorgeous stools above!

Five years ago we painted half of the stools in the library.  This year we finished the job!  Thanks to all the students for the beautiful artwork that will brighten up the library for years to come.  AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MS. BRADY FOR GETTING IT ALL ORGANIZED!  She spent countless hours prepping the stools, finding the students, and making sure they did their best.  Your stools will be admired and used for years to come.

Below are the stools from five years ago

Monday, February 10, 2014

Database Trials

Through the end of the quarter we can use some amazing databases to see if we like them.  The databases are from Gale, and you can see all of them on the links on the left hand side.  Or you can access them here.  If you like them, please leave comments here before March 1st.  If there are enough favorable comments we might be able to get some of these starting next year!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Join the ASD Reading Games!
These are the average number of minutes read by team.  To see the top reading students in the school, click on the graph!
Five middle schools in the ASD are commemorating the winter Olympics by having the first ever ASD Reading Games!  The idea of the competition is to get everyone to read independently in five different genres (sports, history, science/science fiction, fantasy, and reader’s choice).  The participants get incentives for reading for two hours in each genre.  Reading can be fiction or non-fiction, and can include anything (books, magazines, comics, the internet, textbooks, newspapers, etc) as long as it is in that genre (read a five minute article on who won the speed skating race on your phone?  That counts towards sports!)  There will be a medal and a Sun's Cafe drink for any student who completes all five genres (ten hours of reading), plus they will be recognized for their accomplishment around the school!  The top three readers in minutes in the school (after they’ve read all five genres) will get a Barnes and Noble gift card. 

In addition, we will be keeping track of all the minutes that the school reads as a whole, as we are also competing against other middle schools for the district prize of a Golden Book.  Each pod will also be competing against each other and the staff.  So read for fun!  Read for your pod!  Read for your school!  You may download a paper form here.  But an even easier way to enter your minutes is to use this simple form (log in with school Google ID).  Please only use one method to submit time.

This competition runs for the month of February, so anything you read starting on Saturday, February 1st counts.  If appropriate, a book may count for more than one category, but the minutes only count once (for instance, if you read Hunger Games for four hours, you can count it in the Fantasy genre for two hours, and the Choice genre for two hours).  For more complete details and rules, read here.  To keep up with how Goldenview and your pod are doing, click here.


Friday, January 31, 2014

District Battle of the Books

Congratulations to Gianna, Alison and Kya!  They represented Goldenview at the District Battle of the Books competition at Romig on January 30th, and they did wonderfully!  They placed 4th out of 16 teams.  We hope to see them all back next year!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Battle of the Books

Goldenview's annual Battle of the Books competition was held on January 27th.  Nineteen students, divided into six teams, competed to see who could remember the most details from the twelve books on this year's Battle of the Books list.  All of this year's students had all read many of the books, and the scores of all the teams were the highest in memory.  However, one team still pulled far in front of the others.  Congratulations to the Rabid Readers who placed first.  In second were the Awesome Unitatoes.  The Rabid Readers will represent Goldenview at the district Battle of the Books competition at Romig on January 30th.

 Congratulations to all of this year's competitors!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Can I Use Those Google Images?

Now there is an easy way to find out!
Image via

Friday, January 17, 2014

District Bookmark Winners Announced!

Sherina Soukeut, 8th grade
Shanelle Almario, 9th grade

Here are the 2013-2014 Anchorage School District Bookmark Winners!  This year's theme was share @ your library.  The middle school winner comes from Clark, and the high school winner is from South. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

And the Winner Is...
Best Books of 2013
Last month we asked what the favorite book was that you read in 2013, and 203 of you gave us  your opinion!  About a hundred different books were mentioned, but only 22 of them got more than one vote!  The top vote getters were:

1. House of Hades
2. Hunger Games
3. Legend
4. Divergent

You can see all 22 winners here.

If you want to see the 69 runners up, the books with only one vote, you can view them here.

So if you're looking for a good book to start out 2014, try one of these.  They've been recommended by your friends!