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|
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.