Monday, December 16, 2013

New addition to the library!

Have you all had a chance to come play with the new cataloging kiosk in the library?

I'm sure there's been an occasion where you've walked in and wondered, "Is such and such book available?"  Or..."I wonder where the books about Rome are?"

Trouble is, you have to check out a laptop, boot it up, sign in and then wait and wait and WAIT before you can finally go to the school website and open up the library catalog.

Well now we are prepared to give you minutes, nay HOURS of your precious time back with our new cataloging kiosk! 

Cristan and Sabrina demonstrate how easy it is to use!

The touch screen computer is set up all the time, logged right into the library's catalog.  You will have an answer instantly without the previous hassle!

Friday, December 6, 2013

New Books for December!!!

Alright!  Let's gear up for December!

Every month I tell you about the awesome new books we have in the library.  Well this time I'm not.  These titles are just awful.  Terrible.  There is no way you want to read a single one of these.

I mean, the very last Alex Rider book? Written from the perspective of Alex's archenemy starting when he was a young boy and then befriending as a teen, Alex's uncle whom he'll eventually kill as an adult?  You don't want to read that.

Or Man Made Boy, the story of the child of Frankenstein's monster and bride living secretly under Times Square in New York City?  Nope.

And definitely not The Prince of Mist, a creepy Spanish ghost story about a family that moves into a new home on the coast, only to find out it's haunted by the spirit of a boy who drowned.  Except he's not the real evil in this story, the family learns of a diabolical and mysterious presence and then the real danger begins.

And then there's the much anticipated new Amy Tan novel, The Valley of Amazement.  All accounts say this one is better than the last, which was admittedly a bit odd and not very Amy Tan-ish.

And the non-fiction this time around.  I have to say, some of these are so out there I could put them in fiction.  (Actually for some of them, I did.  Sixth grade, if for some crazy reason you decide you want to read about Roald Dahl, his family's car accident and his sheared off'll find it in YA FIC DAH).

So without further ado...the terrible, no good, awfully dull new books in the library!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

E-xciting news! E-books are here!

In E-xcellent time for winter break!  (Okay, I'll stop with the e-jokes now)

The library is pleased to announce we now have a modest, (but growing!), ebook collection.  You can access it on our library catalog page which looks like this:

Or you can go directly to the ebook catalog here:

Take a moment to browse, there are some great Middle School fiction books as well as some hot new Upper School fiction books.

To set your iPads up so you can check out ebooks at your own leisure (from school! from home! from the beach in Florida!) follow the directions listed below:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Have you read...? Will you see...?

So many books are being made into movies these days!  The official trailer for Divergent is out now, it looks pretty exciting.

And The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has been turned into a movie as well.  Here's the trailer for that:

And of course there's Ender's Game, in theater's now:

And the second Hunger Games film, naturally:

And there's no trailer yet because they've just started filming, but Gayle Forman's best selling YA book If I Stay will be coming out eventually as well.

And even bigger news is that they finally sorted everything out (after about 15 years) and The Giver is finally finally FINALLY going to be made into a movie.  Jeff Bridges will play the role of the Giver and Taylor Swift is slated to co-star in it.  Jonas will be played by Australian actor, Brenton Thwaites.

Of course I've saved the best news for last!  A book near and dear to Middle School students at LCDS is set to be made into a movie.  I'll give you one hint below:

That's right!  The director of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline has taken the helm of the project. No word yet on a release date.  How exciting and congratulations to Adam Gidwitz!!!
Brenton Thwaites
Brenton Thwaites
Brenton Thwaites

Friday, November 1, 2013

New books in the library!

Happy November!

We have nearly one hundred new and shiny books for you to read here in the library this month! And we have Thanksgiving break to look forward to, with all that lovely free time.

If you're interested in the story of Malala, then you'll want to take a look at her autobiography.  It's a very interesting and easy book to read.  I had the chance to go to St. Louis and meet a lot of terrific authors.  I've come back with quite a few of their books, stop by and ask me all about, I can't wait to share everything I learned!

So without further is the selection.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

All Hallow's Read!

I'm busy cataloging all of the new books we'll put out in November (can we say latest by James Dashner?  Or Gayle Forman?  Or how about the thrilling conclusion to the Divergent trilogy?)

In the meantime I wanted to get you all geared up for the weeks ahead and especially for October 31st.  Typically known as Halloween but around here it's All Hallow's Read!!!

What is All Hallow's Read?  I'm going to let Neil Gaiman explain (as I do every year) because he does it so much better.  And he's standing in a graveyard.

If you're looking for a book to read this month in honor of All Hallow's Read...perhaps something a little spooky, stop by the library and check out the books we've put on display.  And on the 31st we'll have copies of The Headless Horseman and The Raven to give out.  Because if you're gonna read a book, you gotta give a book!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The final and GRIMMEST book ever!

There was a splendid package waiting for me in the mail yesterday.

How much did the Middle School like our gift?  

Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Books in Library!!!

Happy October, everyone!

A new month means new books!  The graphic novels this month are particularly exciting.  Delilah Dirk and Turkish Lieutenant literally made me burst out laughing.  It's witty and cute all rolled into one.

And David Levithan has a new novel, Two Boys Kissing.  (If you're curious about the cover, come ask me because I read an interview with the author and there's a really cool story behind it...)  Oh and while we're talking about covers, The Clockwork Scarab has an awesome story behind it's cover, too.  Ask me!  I'm dying to share.

Some fantastic non-fiction, a slew of young adult that I could rattle on rapturously for stop by and check something out!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Today is the day!  Head down to the Goodship Library for some adventure on the high seas!

Join our fearsome crew!
Andrea E. getting into the swing of things!

Mr. Bushong is a pirate from Pittsburgh!

Mrs. Thompson has come prepared to board our ship

Mr. Mylin is scouting for enemy ships!

Try your hand at our scavenger hunt, get a clue and solve it using one of our databases or catalog and you'll win the best pirate booty out there...chocolate!

We're also playing pirate movies in the library all day so feel free to come by at lunch or on your break to catch a few minutes!  Our helmsman is keeping us on course for a fantastic day.

Or you can have your picture taken in our magnificent pirate ship and leave with your very own Guide to Pirate Lingo.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A New Year With New Books in the Library!

Welcome back everyone!  To get the new year started we have some fantastic new books in the library.  Stop by and take a look at the New Book Shelf!

And remember, your library number is now...*drum roll*...YOUR LUNCH NUMBER.  How many of you asked us why we didn't just use your student ID/lunch number for the library number instead of making you remember some random three-digit number?  Well, we agreed.  Totally weird.  So from now on your numbers are all the same.

Yay! :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mrs. J.'s Top 10 Books and Summer Reading

Happy Summer!

I know it's a little early to be thinking about summer assignments, but reading doesn't have to be like homework so I'm getting you started now.

If you're looking for an awesome book to read this summer, look no further than The Guide to Good Reading.  Books are organized by genre to make searching easier.  There is also a grade level Top Ten for a quick list of some of my favorites.

And if you if you want some suggestions to get you started, here are the titles on Mrs. J.'s Top 10 11 Books of 2012-2013.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

90 Second Newbery Summer Camp!


Library Summer Camp!!!

You guys, it's going to be AWESOME!!!

This is your chance to help create an actual movie.  The Library Club has participated two years in a row and this year, the project is moving to a summer camp so we'll have more time to work on it.

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual event which students pick a Newbery winning (or honor) book and then turn the story into a film.  It's not a book trailer, nor is it a synopsis of the plot.  It's the entire book done in 90 seconds.

The first year our school participated, the Library Club's submission was selected to be shown in the film festival and we got to go to New York City and meet James Kennedy, Jon Scieszka and Newbery winner, Rebecca Stead.

You can see our New York entry as well as the entry from this year, along with lovely comments by author, James Kennedy here on his blog.

This year we decided to do an entire camp working on our submission.  You will select the book you want to turn in to a movie, decide what type of movie you want it to be (sock puppets?  actors?  claymation? Western?) and then write the script.

Students will be working with Mrs. Julsonnet (that's me, librarian-extraordinaire) as well as Andrew Worthen, a recent graduate from Hawaii Pacific University's Film Production department.  Andrew will teach students how to use editing software, a green screen (action shots!) as well as various filming techniques.

If you're interested, please email Mr. Bushong or visit the camp info link on our school's website.  You can download the camp form there.   If you have any questions you can also leave a comment here or email Mrs. Julsonnet at . It's going to be lots of fun and we'd love to see you there!

If you'd like to see more examples of other 90-Second Newbery films, check out these awesome entries! 

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book

 Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Robot style!)

Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi

Frog and Toad written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Singing the end of the year blues...

...aren't you?  :)

The school year is winding down!  We have *runs off to count* 12 days left before summer vacation.  (Technically you as students have 11 days left because one of those is a study day but since all of your teachers will be here working and you're suppose to be at home studying, I counted it.)

End of the year in the library is a busy time.  One of the tasks we do before we leave for summer vacation is INVENTORY.  It's a big word for a big project.  Basically we scan every single item in the library and then cross check it with the computer.  Then we find out what items are lost, what items we thought were lost but were actually on the other side of the library and are now found, and what items are out of order.

The first step in this process is making sure we have all of the books back in the library.  SO!

Please return all of your library materials (books, magazines, dvds, vhs tapes, etc.) by this Friday, May 24th.

But what about during final exams?  You ask.  Never fear!  During finals week, you may come and check out a book for the day.  Just make sure you return it when you're done with exams that day.

Notices will go up on your lockers reminding you of what you still have out.  If you've lost it, there's a price next to the title and you can either bring me the money to replace it OR you can go out and buy a replacement copy.

Thanks for all of your help, it's been a super fun year!

~Mrs. Julsonnet

Children's Choice Winners

I forgot to post the winners of the 2013 Children's Choice Book Awards!

So here we go *cue drum roll*

In the 6th grade category the winner is...

Rachel Renée Russell's Dork Diaries 4: Tales From a Not So Grateful Ice Princess
Dork Diaries 4

In the 7-12th grade category the winner is...

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Children's Choice Book Awards - VOTE NOW!

Don't forget!  Vote for your favorite book in the 2013 Children's Choice Book Awards!

Nominations are due Friday so stop by the library to cast your ballot.

Here are the nominees for the 6th grade category...

And the nominees in the 7th - 12th grade category...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New books in the library!

This is our last installment of new books for the year! 

I'm excited to read Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis, though rumor is this is the last in the Kat series which makes me sad.  I think weirdest (and possibly creepiest) premise goes to Lenny Cyrus School Virus.  Boys, if there is a girl you are interested in, I don't recommend you shrink yourself and get injected into her body in order to convince her to like you from the inside out.

And with Prom this Saturday, that is very timely advice!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thinking outside the box (or pre-laminated words)

A little ingenuity with a marker and some hard work and we have quite a few completed poems!  Nice job, Darby S. and Helen C.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

E-Text Books Used for Gathering Information

How many of you have crammed for a quiz or test the night before, memorizing all of the information you need to pass and then aced the test?

How many of you remember that information a month later?  If you're like me, the odds are that you will have forgotten most of that crammed information.

I was thinking about this while reading an article recently published in the New York Times about the use of e-text books in universities.  Professors are tracking how often students open the book, take notes, highlight key information and how long they spend reading or 'engaged' with the material.

It may seem a little controlling and perhaps 'Big Brother' but what I find interesting is that they are able to really notice if the students are learning the information or just cramming.

How important is that difference?  What do you guys think?  Especially the 9th graders here, who all have iPads, how do you feel about teachers tracking your study habits?  Do you think teaching and fostering good study skills is something important that should be added to our educational process?  Or should teachers stand back and let students sink or swim?

As an adult and a teacher, I like the idea.  We’re always looking for ways to touch base with our students, to check in with them and confirm that they really get the information. (Why do you think we give pop quizzes? It’s not to torment you, I promise.)  If I can see that you’re not doing well on the tests but you seem to do fine in class, I know there’s a problem somewhere and this could be a crucial tool for diagnosing that. 

I broached this question to the current 8th grade Information Literacy class and was interested in their reaction.  They had mixed feelings on tracking student study activity.  At first they were flat against the idea.  They saw it as a huge invasion of privacy.  However, after further discussion (and a rambling tangent about how mobile devices work and several suggestions on how someone could trick the system) they started to open up more to the idea.

What I found most interesting was that they strongly disagreed with the idea of using it in the later grades, 11th grade and up and even in college.  “When you get to college you’re in charge of yourself.  I don’t think professors should be looking at how long you studied or what you highlighted.  Everyone studies differently.”

However, they all agreed that it could be a helpful tool in the middle school.  “It’s learning study habits, right?”  One student put forward, “Middle school is the time when we learn how to do stuff, take notes and study for a test.”  There was a lot of nodding but then someone added, “But I wouldn’t want a teacher holding the information against us.”

“Yeah. They have to use the power for good.”

Which pretty much summed up the class discussion and we moved onto learning how to write a MLA database citation.

So what are your thoughts?  Go ahead and read the article and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Teacher Knows If You've Done the E-Reading

Friday, April 5, 2013

Mad poetry skills

Here are some more poems (or what I'm going to call poems) from the poetry door.

I particularly like the addition of 'Skrillex' as that is not one that was in the pile.  I admire the person's initiative for typing it up and adding it!

I find this one particularly appropriate for a school!

Do books find words or do words find books?  Hmmmm...

Either a work in progress or I have an infestation in the library

Confession: I had to ask what Skrillex is.  Quite a provocative poem when you know the context!

This one hits close to home since summer seems so far away.  It was 23 degrees outside Thursday morning.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Poetry Month is off to a thoughtful start!

Stop by and try your hand at Closet Door Poetry.  Prizes to be awarded for various categories!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

New books for April (IN MARCH)

Typically I put the new books out at the beginning of every month, however since we're leaving for our four-day Easter break on Thursday, March 28th and I thought you all might like to have some awesome new reading for the weekend...

...I'm putting them out early.

There are a whopping WHOPPING ninety-seven new titles this month.  Yes, you read that right, ninety-seven.  Well, technically there are ninety-six books and one dvd.

So here we go!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Coming Soon!

Here's a teaser for an awesome new book coming to our library April 1st.  (And no, it's not an April Fools joke).

Jennifer Nielsen does it again!  You all know how much I loved The False Prince, (I believe the words, "If I can't be Sage then I want to be his best friend" crossed my lips) and the second book in the trilogy is just as good.

Middle books in a trilogy can be tricky.  Sometimes they fall flat, seeming to be just a stopping point in order for the author to get to the climatic good stuff in the final conclusion.  However, one thing I've always been impressed with by Nielsen is her ability to tell a rousing good story, despite it being part of a larger arc.  Did I finish this wishing to read more about Sage and his adventures?  Yes!  Did I finish this exasperated because it left everything hanging and was just a marker before the next book?  No!

In The Runaway King, Sage is once again fighting for his life and his kingdom.  If you all thought the ending of The False Prince would lead to sunshine and roses you were very much mistaken.  None of his advisers or fellow countryman seem to trust Sage very much, which makes getting things done... challenging.  And with pirates and enemy forces looming, Sage must make a decision.  Does saving his country meaning giving up everything he's worked so hard to achieve?  Friends?  Country?  Freedom?

You'll just have to read it to find out! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Not only is it Valentine's Day BUT it's the eve of a four-day weekend for all of you!

If you're in the mood for a little romance and fluff, stop by the library and check out something for the break.

Here are some titles that Mrs. Julsonnet recommends!

Since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move - four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, Mclean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself - whoever that is. Perhaps her neighbor Dave, an academic superstar trying to be just a regular guy, can help her find out.

Anna, a young Russian countess forced to flee to England during the Russian Revolution, conceals her past in order to gain a much-needed job as a maid in the Westerholme household.

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row. A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi , she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that comes once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

Friday, February 1, 2013

New books in the library!

It's February!

February is a packed month.  Let's see...we have Black History Month.  Valentine's Day.  Balloon Day.  The Ice Festival.  Adam Gidwitz visits our school!  And last but never books in the library!

So enough with the rambling, let's get to the books!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New display coming soon!

You may all have curious about the bit of a mess and kerfuffle the library has been in lately.  You'll notice the second reference shelf has been replaced with a mysterious, shroud covered object.

All will be unveiled soon, never fear!  And I think you will all really like the new addition to our library.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New books for January

Welcome back from break! 

Here are the new books available in the library this month!

If you're looking for some award winning titles, we have it (The Round House by Louise Erdrich won the National Book Award and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell was a Booker Prize finalist - not to mention made into a major motion picture).

We also have some great graphic novels as well as some fun young adult fiction.

Come take a look!