Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Catalog

Students and families can now click on this link to try out the New Library Catalog.

Choose Spooner Elementary and CATALOG to see this first screen. What do you notice?

If you look to the right, you will see four tabs at the top. This screen above is called BASIC. The next tab is for a POWER search. Then comes a VISUAL search that looks like this:

Just click on one of the categories to look for books about some popular subjects.

On the left side of the catalog you see three tabs going down. The first one is called Library Search. That is where we found the VISUAL search screen.

Now, click on the words DESTINY QUEST just below "Library Search".

Isn't this a cool screen?
There is a lot to see and learn about on this screen. Destiny Quest shows what the Top 10 books checked out from our library are. It also shows what new books have arrived at the library.

Destiny Quest is a great place to search for books. Look for the box that says FIND and type in a subjet that you want to find a book about. Click GO!

Dog books are very popular at Spooner Elementary. This search shows what the screen looks like when you search for the word "dogs". There are 633 books and other materials with the word dogs. Wow, that is a lot of dog books!

There is a lot more to this new catalog, but this will give you a good idea about how to start exploring. Have fun!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Book Awards Day - Newbery and Caldecott Winners!

The fabulous Kate DiCamillo (from neighboring Minnesota) is author of the popular Mercy Watson books and the previous Newbery Award winning story, The Tale of Despereaux.

Ms. DiCamillo has been selected as this year's Newbery Award winner for her book Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.

Miranda said: "It's a really good book, I loved it"

The Caldecott Medal was awarded to: “Locomotive,” illustrated and written by Brian Floca

Caldecott Honor Books include “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker

These are the only award wining titles from this year's announcement that  we have in our library at this time, but I am sure we will be adding to the collection now that the awards have been made.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Family Reading Night 2014

On Thursday, Spooner Elementary will be hosting our annual Family Reading Night, a night where we celebrate everything about READING! The theme this year is Under the Big Top!

In the library, our staff will be reading a circus themed story and entertaining young listeners. Stop by and say hello to the ringmaster, clown and fortune teller!  It might be your lucky day!

There will be reading tents and flashlights for a nighttime reading, "Meet the Author" with Elizabeth Jarrell author of The Little Lighthouse, Bean Bag Toss, Circus Bingo, RAZ Kids in the computer lab, Book Fair in the gym and Book Swap in the Music Room.

There will be free food in the Lunchroom, Face Painting , Rhyming Buckets, Milk Jug Word Toss Activity and Cardboard Cutouts Photo Op all in the hallway.

The Spooner Advocate did a video report about Family Reading Night. Take a look at how much fun we had! Video from the Advocate

Monday, January 20, 2014


The Association of Library Services to Children; a Division of the American Library Association, has wonderful pages about all of the awards presented in January to outstanding books for children.

At our upcoming Family Reading Night, there will be a display of these award winning books that parents and students may see and reserve for check out from the library.

One other award that is chosen by students in Wisconsin every year is called the Golden Archer Award.

Students Choosing Winning Literature Since  1974

Books are selected by a committee and then voted on by students.
One vote per student with final votes due by March 1st.

PRIMARY (Students in kindergarten – 3rd grade) NOMINEES ARE: 
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (2013)   
 Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (2013)                          
 Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen (2012) 
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (2012)              
 Press Here by Herve Tullet (2010) 

We will be reading and reviewing these book over the next month with voting taking place the week of February 20th.
Some Previous winners include:
·         Mo Willems, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
·         Roth, Roger. Fishing for Methuselah
·         Shannon, David. A Bad Case of the Stripes
Students in 4th - 8th grade vote in the Intermediate category. Those books are:
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney (2012)
2. I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis (2013)
3. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (2012)
4. Smile by Raina Telgemeier (2010)
5. Stick Dog by Tom Watson (2013)


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Disappointing Net Neutrality Court Ruling Today

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling on Verizon v. FCC:

“The American Library Association is extremely disappointed with today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down the FCC’s “Net Neutrality” decision. ALA has been a long-time supporter of the free flow of information for all people. Now that the Internet has become the primary mechanism for delivering information, services and applications to the general public, it is especially important that commercial Internet Service Providers are not able to control or manipulate the content of these communications.

“The court’s decision gives commercial companies the astounding legal authority to block Internet traffic, give preferential treatment to certain Internet services or applications, and steer users to or away from certain web sites based on their own commercial interests. This ruling, if it stands, will adversely affect the daily lives of Americans and fundamentally change the open nature of the Internet, where uncensored access to information has been a hallmark of the communication medium since its inception.

“Public libraries have become leading providers of public Internet access, providing service to millions of students, elderly citizens, people seeking employment and many others every single day. Approximately 77 million people use public library Internet access every year. These users of libraries' Internet services, and people all across the country, deserve equal access to online information and services.

“The ability of the Internet to spread and share ideas is only getting better. With modern technology, individuals and small groups can produce rich audio and video resources that used to be the exclusive domain of large companies. We must work to ensure that these resources are not relegated to second-class delivery on the Internet – or else the intellectual freedoms fostered by the Internet will be seriously constrained. ALA will work with policy-makers and explore every avenue possible to restore the long-standing principle of nondiscrimination to all forms of broadband access to the Internet.”

For more on network neutrality, visit

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Celebrate Reading!

Happy New Year to one and all!  Currently we are caught in a winter weather vortex and have not had students here at school for two days.  Here is what will greet them tomorrow. New books!

The New Year brings New Books!
Pirates and Pandas!
Popular Authors, Jeff Kinney & Matt Christopher

Classic Winter Titles