Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Did you know...

...that April is Poetry Month?

Our poetry door is up and running and several students have shown their lyrical skills in crafting, well not poems exactly, more fortune cookies, but still very clever turns of phrase.

And for a close up...

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Books in the Library!

Here are the new books for this month!

Fans of Downton Abby should take a look at Landry Park and Manor of Secrets. The first has a dystopian slant and the other has a delicious upstairs/downstairs friendship for a twist.

The series that started with Cinder (think Cinderella with cyborgs) continues with Cress, I bet you can guess which fairytale character this one is about by looking at the cover.

Basketball lovers should take a look at Crossover. It's amazing...I didn't even notice it was written in verse, I randomly opened a page and ten minutes later realized I'd not stopped reading.

So many great new titles, and all for your choosing! Stop by and take a look, Easter break is not too far off, you may want a book for the holiday.

And if you happen to find a feedback slip in your book, would you be so kind as to fill it out?  Thanks!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Books for March

Just in time for Spring Break!!!

And I know for a fact teacher's aren't suppose to assign homework (unless you're in an AP...sorry AP students) which means you should all be able to crack open those books you've been dying to read for weeks!  :)

And hey!  If you're traveling over the break or going on an awesome trip (I'm looking at you China kids!) then you should check out an ebook! You don't need wi-fi to read and you can pack as many as you want and don't have extra weight. :)

World Civ students, I bought you books!  Go take a look at those little Wicked Histories.  They may seem a bit juvenile but they're actually full of some great background information and they have suggestions of titles and websites for further reading as well as a bibliography of the books the authors used to write the book itself.  It doesn't get much better than that!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jennifer Nielsen to Visit the Middle School!

Get your party hats, people because we have an author coming to visit!

Friday, March 21st, Jennifer Nielsen will be here in the library to talk to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade!

Famous around these parts as the author of The Ascendance Trilogy!  I know many of you have read the first two, and her third (and final *sob!*) book is out so stop by the library to put it on hold.

And if you can't bear to wait while the next book about Sage comes out, never fear, we also have books from her Elliot series. 

And it gets better!!!

She will also be signing books, and you can pick up a copy of an order form in the library or check your email, I'll be attaching a copy on Friday.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Books for February!

Happy February, everyone!  There's a nice mix this month!

How many of you read The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau?  (It's a lot like The Hunger Games, so some like it because of that and others don't).  Well, the sequel is here, Independent Study, and it's just as nail biting and twisty as the first.

What else?  The sequel to Cloak Society (super heroes and super villains doing epic battle) and Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger. This is the sequel to Etiquette & Espionage (steampunk, werewolves, vampires, finishing school and all sorts of madness), even better than the first, in my opinion.

The nonfiction, I could just swoon over.  Sevants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times.  This is a must read for Downton Abbey fans, or even those just interested in history and sociology.  The Nazi Hunters, winner of the 2014 Morris Award for best nonfiction.  It may be nonfiction but wow, it reads like the most exciting action adventure story ever.  With spies!

I could go on and on but I'll let you come take a look yourself.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So Many Ebooks, So Many Choices!

The sun is out but the temperature is COLD!  This seems like a good opportunity to bundle up under a warm blanket with a good book, right?

However, what happens if you finished, or don't have a book to read?  And you can't find any ebooks you want to read on the school's online catalog?

Well there are a couple other options.

Image from www.publicdomaintreasurehunter.com

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks for you to read on a variety of formats.  You can download and read them on a Kindle, use your Overdrive app on an iPad, or even read them straight on your desktop or laptop screen.

The downside is these books tend to be on the...old side.  Project Gutenberg only digitizes titles which are out of copyright.  However, that doesn't mean there aren't some great books here.

For example!

They have the entire series available for you to download.  Did you know the next play our Theater Department is putting on is Anne of Green Gables?  It's not just a classic, it's cute and funny and heartwarming, you might laugh out loud and possibly shed a small tear!

These were two of my favorites when I was a kid.  There's still something so awesome imagining coming up to your room and discovering it's been transformed from a cold attic to a warm place with a fire and a chair and a pot of hot chocolate.  Magic!  (or is it?)

Some of you may remember me booktalking 7th Sigma by Steven Gould.   

 (After Kimble's father is taken away for medical attention, he chooses to stay and live in the desert Southwest, also known as the territory. It's a dangerous place for anyone, let alone a teen. No one can carry metal in order to avoid the metal-eating bugs that destroy everything in their path. Eventually he finds a place to call home and puts his skills to work helping Territorial law enforcement.) 

Did you know that Steven Gould based his book (even the name of his character!) off of Rudyard Kipling's Kim?  He did!  And it's just as awesome, though in a totally different setting.    

So if you read 7th Sigma and loved it you should definitely check out Kim.

 It doesn't get much better than talking animals.  And a wise-cracking parrot!

Jules Verne was one of the first writers of Science Fiction.  Around the World in 80 Days is pure adventure, though.


Alright, enough of the classics, you say?  How about some modern fantasy?  Did you know that Amazon offers some of it's Kindle titles for free?  That's right!  Generally it will be the first book in a series because they want to hook you but still, you don't have to pay anything for that first one and there's no pressure to buy the rest.  Here are two of my favorite fantasy titles currently offered for free.

If you like Steampunk, or fantasy, or action and adventure, this book is for you.  If you like strong feisty female protagonists, this book is for you!  If you like an odd cast of quirky characters who make far too many jokes and talk far too much during missions when they should be working on their stealthy sneaking...this book is for you!

Errol Stone has had a hard life.  He's seen a lot for someone who's not even sixteen.  And unfortunately, he's found drinking helps him forget so he drinks a lot.  But one fateful day, he's asked to carry a message to someone and it all changes.  He finds himself being hunted, having to flee, making some powerful friends and enemies and finding if he digs deep within himself, he has the power to fight back against his past and make something of his future.

I have such a soft spot for young heroes.  And those who work hard, and become really good at something (like fighting) just makes me all giddy.  Errol is such a great kid.  You'll root for him when he stumbles and cheer out loud when he triumphs.

So there you have it!  That's a pretty solid selection of titles to keep you busy during the cold days!  And as always, I love hearing from you.  If there's a book you think would be perfect for our library, let me know and I'll take a look!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Countdown to the most prestigious children's literature award in America!

The 2013 Newbery Awards are just around the corner (January 27th to be precise).

Middle School Library Club has been very busy picking contenders and reading them so they can decide what should win.

After much discussion they've narrowed their selection down to two titles.

After their grandmother tells them that their missing dad was killed in a fight with an angry man, Annie and Rew spend their days imagining what exotic jobs he probably had, but a prison escapee unravels all their stories.
"This book is awesome. It should totally win!" ~Lauren L.
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
"It's a little creepy, I mean the doll is made out of china made from the bones of a girl. But it's good and could win." ~ Lauren P.

We'll find out Friday, January 31st if their choice won!

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 nose...you'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:  lcds.lib.overdrive.com

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 ado...here 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 hours...so 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 bushongn@lancastercountryday.org 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 julsonnets@lancastercountryday.org . 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