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Alternative Campus Library October 2011

What’s new Since the school year started, I have been getting to know the library, the staff and the students here.

Numbers: August: # of volumes: 4474 Average age: 1994 September # of volumes: 4374 Average age: 1995 # Deleted: 270 # New: 170 # checked out: 124 Let’s get more checked out!

Inside this issue: Colorado Blue Spruce Award


Read Posters


Student Book Club 2 Brief News & Notes 3 Tech Corner


I have discarded books that are outdated or falling apart. The books that aren’t too bad are available to add to classroom libraries if you’d like them. Stop by and I’ll show you where they are. I have also added books to the library. Stacey left behind several boxes of books that have been processed and put on the shelves. I have also bought new books and added those. I have put up four new displays: the Book Bingo display in the cubbies, a Banned Book poster display on the reference end cap, new books on the top of the magazine rack and a Colorado Blue Spruce display in the display case in the hall. Stop by and see what we have now.

Please suggest purchases as well or fill out the survey on the library website. The library website is new. Please visit it to check out what books and resources are available. The website also has my calendar and tech tutorials. It is a Google website. If you’d like me to help you make your own site, let me know.

New Titles

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Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Since 1985, the Colorado Blue Spruce Award has let the teens of Colorado nominate and vote on their favorite books. Only teens are allowed to nominate and vote on the books, so while adults may disagree about the titles on the list, they do represent what teens are reading and responding to. Please encourage students to read at least 3 books on this year’s list (see hall display) and vote anytime before January 13, 2011. Bookmark ballots are available in the library

Maybe it’s not the scariest book I ever read, but it ranks up there.

Read Posters Have you seen the Read posters around the district? If not, stop in the library and see the poster of my lovely husband and son.

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Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast Chosen by Ted Dekker City of Glass by Cassandra Clare Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata Crocodile Tears by Anthony Horowitz Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney Evermore by Alyson Noël Fakie by Tony Varrato Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson Fire by Kristin Cashore Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix House Rules by Jodi Picoult Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Linger by Maggie Stiefvater My Father’s Son by Terri Fields Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard The Maze Runner by James Dashner Tricks by Ellen Hopkins Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

I can make one for you too—of you, your family or students. Pick a book, pick a background, email me a photo or I can take one. Then I’ll use the poster software and Photoshop to create a personalized appeal to get students to at least think about reading.

Student Book Club Thank you for the feedback on the student book club. I think student choice is a good thing, so the first book club meeting will be October 25 with the theme of scary books—students should read a scary book and come share with the

group. I will provide pumpkin juice or pumpkin cookies or something like that. Spread the word!

Look for posters soon.

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What Can I do for you? Please come see me. I’d love to do book talks, help teach lessons (on research, bibliographies, internet safety, copyright, etc.), offer tech integration ideas.

Textbook check out Please remember to check out textbooks that you are using (and check them in) through the Destiny system. If they appear unused, the district may request that they be transferred to another location. If you have never done this, I would be glad to show you how.

Nook ereaders The district and Barnes & Noble have worked out the management program for the Nooks. Century is currently piloting the program. I will be talking with the district about how soon we can get Nooks into our students’ hands. Please let me know if you have any titles you think we should load onto the Nooks.

Picturing America We have a set of Picturing America posters & lessons plans (as well as some other posters). Please come and use them!

Brief News & Notes

Discovery Training I will be out Oct. 10-11 and 17-18 for Discovery Training. I will be back in again on Oct. 19.

Survey Results Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. If you have not completed the survey, please do so and encourage students to as well. The top responses for purchases were Fiction, Mythology, Geography, Music and Careers. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the books: I love suggestions on what to buy! I will be buying Kagan books. If you have specific Kagan titles to recommend, please pass them on to me. The Unjournaling book is in. I used it last year when I taught Creative Writing and really liked it. Votes were pretty even on the 2 vs 3 week check out period, so we will keep it at 2 weeks. Most people wanted to see newspapers or magazines in the library so I will be trying to get a few subscriptions started soon. Thank you again!

Alternative Campus Library 10900 Huron St. Northglenn, CO 80234

This summer I attended Highway 21 and TIE (Technology In Education) conferences. Here is a little of what I learned….

Phone: 720-972-7144 E-mail:

Tech Corner

Like this newsletter,? Click to see how it’s done! Or come see me.

Google does everything Google Sites

Google Lit Trips

If you would like to create a Google site, with links to assignments, resources and information, please see me. The district will set up a school template and we can organize a couple of training/ work sessions.

Have your students map their life or a book. Create an alternative, interactive assignment. Details here:

Google voice Interested in students giving speed speeches or other brief oral reports? Set up a Google voice account, give the students that number and have them record a response. Listen at your leisure. See me for details.

Internet Safety Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs has put together a web list of resources for students and parents.

Financial literacy: Create a free account at

Click "Groups" (upper right), then "Facilitator application" Google game Create a game using Google docs.

The government is on it too and will sent lots of free materials

World Book Online The district pays for it, it’s available off campus and has great resources and links.

Alternative Campus Library Oct. 2011  

A newsletter for teachers & staff.

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