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live homework help logoLive Home Work Help is available for all Alaskans K- into college classes from noon to 2:00 AM daily! This service links you up with a qualified live tutor that helps you work through your homework, giving you skills as you work to the answer together. Write Tutor Review for papers, test prep and career resources are also available. Click on: http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/homework or go to Live Homework Help located in the link section of this blog. Using the tutor.com address directly might cause errors getting to the site paid for by Alaskan Libraries and the State of Alaska.

 

http://sled.alaska.edu/databases/  Clicking on this link or the Digital Pipeline link at this blog’s links list will bring the world of research to your fingertips through SLED Statewide Library Electronic Doorway. Once in SLED you may choose from several trusted databases. Some great ones to check out are: Academic Search Premier (full text of just about every periodical), Alaska’s Digital Archives (Alaska’s history and culture), and All EBSCO Host Databases that lists over 30 databases for home repair, small business, hobbies, health, newspapers around the world, NoveList (find a book similar to one you like), and reliable research sites for all school subjects. Check SLED out today!!

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Did you get a new electronic device for Christmas or wondering what new things you can do with one you already had? You can download eBooks and audio books on it so that you will always have a book at your fingertips. To get started with OverDrive, first download the app for your mobile or computer at app.overdrive.com, then go to add a library and choose “KPBSD Schools”. Your library card is your normal school ID and password. You can also find the OverDrive link on the SoPrep library blog or use this link: http://kpbsdhs.lib.overdrive.com to get started. With the addition of 179 new books, you have 1,373 books to choose from!

March Madness is coming to the library!!                                                                                                                                                                                                            20160323_123859[1]The SoPrep and SoHi libraries will together participate in a March Madness playoff bracket with 16 books in the running. Everyone will receive an email with the link to a VERY short voting form. Our March Madness will follow the dates of the real March Madness. Every 3 days you will get the new link to the recent batch of winners until there is one champion left standing. The Champion will be announced on April 5th. Please take one minute to cast your vote when a new link comes out. For any questions come to the library!

Come to the display in the library and read the personal ads on covered books. By reading only the description in the  ad and not unwrapping the books, choose the one that you would like to take home on a date. You might be surprised with your choose, but give it a fair chance. If after that the book is totally not for you, return it and choose again. 20160210_110029[1]

Library News Third Quarter 2015-2016

Battle of the Books Team Prepares for District Battle                              

Soldotna Prep’s Battle of the Books team will be battling with high schools in our district on February the second. The competition consists of each team competing against one or two other teams in four head to head challenges during the morning. Everyone in the district will be asked the same questions during these rounds and the points from the morning will decide who continues to the afternoon competitions to determine the KPBSD District winner. The team that wins the district competition will move on to the state battle on February 22nd.

The required twelve books have of a whopping total of 4,019 pages. Please make it a point to congratulate team members Hali Anderson-Currier and Kenny Asbell for being committed to the team since the beginning of the  school year and reaching their reading goals. Here is a link to the official website for those that want to know more:  http://www.akla.org/akasl/bb/bbhome.html  GO SO PREP!!

 

Helpful Websites for School and Leisure

Live Home Work Help is available for all Alaskans K- into college classes from noon to 2:00 AM daily! This service links you up with a qualified live tutor that helps you work through your homework, giving you skills as you work to the answer together. Write Tutor Review, test prep and career resources are also available. Click on: http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/homework or go to Live Homework Help located in the Digital Pipeline link found in the Soldotna Prep Library blog under our school site. Using the tutor.com address directly might cause errors getting to the site paid for by Alaskan Libraries and the State of Alaska.

 

http://sled.alaska.edu/databases/  Clicking on this link or the Digital Pipeline link at the Soldotna Prep Library blog will bring the world of research to your fingertips through SLED Statewide Library Electronic Doorway. Once in SLED you may choose from several trusted databases. Some great ones to check out are: Academic Search Premier (full text of just about every periodical), Alaska’s Digital Archives (Alaska’s history and culture), and All EBSCO Host Databases (lists over 30 databases for home repair, small business, hobbies, health, newspapers around the world, NoveList (find a book similar to one you like), and fun research sites for all school subjects). Check SLED out today!!

Library News Fall 2015

Library News Fall 2015

New Library Layout

We started out the school year with a redesigned library! By moving the library collection along the outer walls the space in the middle of the room opened up to accommodate all the computers and tables. Now two classes can be in the library at the same time, the tables can be rearranged to suit specific needs and every computer and table seat can easily view the newly installed Smart board. Teachers are regularly bringing in their classes for research and computer use. Students are enjoying the relaxed atmosphere hanging out with friends and finishing up projects during lunch. As a result more books are getting checked out and in the hands and minds of the students!

Battle of the Books

Let the battle begin for the SoPrep Battle of the Books team! Hali Currier, Laura Green, and Kenny Asbell with coach Donna Spence, our librarian have been busy planning strategy and reading the twelve books on this year’s list. Their first battle will be the district competition held on February 2, 2016. Then the district winner will compete for the state title on February 22, 2016. Both competitions are via phone conference which is great having no travel expenses and limits loss of classroom time.

The competition consists of each team competing head to head in three game show like challenges facing one or two different teams in each game during the morning. Everyone in the district will be asked the same questions during the morning rounds and the points from the morning will decide who continues in the afternoon competitions to determine the KPBSD District winner. New for this year, the afternoon competition will be held via Lync video conference.

The required twelve books have a total of a whopping 4,019 pages and are selected to represent several themes across several genres that appeal to the interest of high school readers. Here are the books and a link to the official website for those that want to know more:  http://www.akla.org/akasl/bb/bbhome.html

Good luck team!!

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe Teen Issues   Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children mystery
Caged Graves Historical   Old Man and the Sea Classic
Dorothy Must Die Fantasy   Peak adventure, sports
George Washington’s secret six Nonfiction, historical   Seraphina Fantasy, dragons
 If I Stay social issues   Steelheart Sci-Fi
Living Adventure, survival   Submerged Alaska, suspense

 

Book Fair

The first ever Soldotna Prep Book Fair was held the week of conferences. With both students and parents shopping the selection, we were able to earn $484.92 in Scholastic Books and the bake sale earned $129 that will be used to purchase books from the ever growing students and staff requested list. A huge thank you goes out to the awesome volunteers who made this all possible. Thank you Melissa Bever, Michaleen Gross, Mickey Sopkowiak, Eva Knutson, Cleta Elfritz, Cyndy Denna, and Drasanna Edelman.

Battle of the Books 2016

The SoPrep’s Battle of the Books Team has been meeting in the library during Monday’s lunch period. If you would still like to join, just show up at this time! We have been having a blast getting to know each other and the twelve books that are in this year’s high school competition. Dates are Feb. 2,2016 for the district competition and Feb. 22, 2016 for the state competition! Go SoPrep!! Check out the book trailers and author info here: Author info and book trailers. There is a book for every genre lover. Also go to my quizlet site Quizlet and race against the clock to learn which author goes with which book.

Happy Thanksgiving

May we all spend some time over the Thanksgiving break being thankful for all the blessings that we have. Everyday is a gift full of blessings if we just take a moment to notice them. Use your break to take some time to notice, spend time with loved ones and read a good book just for fun. Hope everyone has a great break!20151113_121448[1]

Book Fair

 

161001_monster_clip_art_1BOOK FAIR

The first ever Soldotna Prep Book Fair was held the week of conferences! With both students and parents shopping the selection, we were able to earn $484.92 in Scholastic Books and the bake sale earned $129 that will be used to purchase books from the ever growing students and staff requested list. A huge thank you goes out to the awesome volunteers who made this all possible. Thank you Melissa Bever, Michaleen Gross, Mickey Sopkowiak, Eva Knutson, Cleta Elfritz, Cyndy Denna, and Drasanna Edelman!! Happy Reading!

We have rearranged to make more room for you! Come in and see how every computer station is now in the middle of the room. No more facing the wall! Twenty-six computers are available for full classes, lunch time media fixes, or individual online classes.  The table area is roomier and can be arrange in many ways to seat a full class of thirty plus people or even two smaller groups or lunch time hangouts. All the book shelves are now spaced throughout the room, giving more space to move between the stacks. And the most exciting part is now we have a smart board that every computer station and table can easily view. Come check it all out and check a book out too!20150824_115239[1]

 

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