Thursday, February 8, 2018

Classic Retellings

Looking for a new genre to try? A popular genre with many options to read is classic retellings.

So what are classic retellings? Think of a traditional fairy tale, but with a switch or twist to it.

Many options wait for you to check out. Looking for a Cinderella story? Cinder or Ash and Bramble might appeal to you. 

Or maybe you're a fan of Beauty and the Beast? Then try Beastly, As Old As Time, or Hunted.

Looking for something different? Take a look at some of our other classic retellings:

We hope to see you soon--and maybe with a classic retelling to check out!

Monday, November 20, 2017

New eBooks & Audiobooks

Recently we've added eBooks and audiobooks to our collection. You can find the always popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as the entire Harry Potter series now in the catalog.

Brand new to the collection is also the audiobook and eBook for Kimberly Bradley's The War I Finally Won, the follow-up to The War that Saved My Life.

Not sure how to check out an eBook or audiobook, or you're looking for additional titles? Be sure to stop by the desk--we'd love to help!  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Revisiting Our AEA Databases & Online Resources

Our Heartland AEA offers many databases and online resources for student research and projects. You can access all of the AEA's resources by CLICKING HERE. If you've forgotten how to log in, please talk with your librarian. Below are just a few of the examples students have used, along with two newer resources now available to us.

MackinVIA offers fiction and nonfiction eBooks and audiobooks you can access right from our school catalog. Also, you can go to to see their collection of thousands of online books. You can read and listen to all of these books with your smart devices.

CLICK HERE to access the site.
CLICK HERE to access the site.
In the past, students have used SIRS to find research to use in pro/con assignments. Now, Points of View is another database that students can use for these debating-type assignments. You can access both of these databases by clicking on the captions under the pictures.

CLICK HERE to access the site.
New to the FLIX family of resources is FreedomFLIX. Like BookFLIX and TrueFLIX, this resource includes books, videos, related websites, and more! They offer books on a variety of social studies topics.

These are just a few of the many databases and online resources that are available to students. Need help using them? Stop by the library; we'd love to help you!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Featured New Books

With the close of our recent Scholastic Book Fair, you may notice quite a few new titles in the library. Want to try one of them? Here's some information--and book trailers--for some of our new books.

Patina, by Jason Reynolds, is the second book in his Track series that includes the book Ghost. This book follows Patty, one of the teammates on the track team. An African American middle schooler who lives with her aunt and uncle, Patty's life has the life skills to bring her relay team together, to make it in her all-white girls' school, and make the best of her unusual family arrangement. 

Legend series author Marie Lu has a new series in the works with Warcross. Main character Emika is a teenage girl who not only plays the international sensation video game, but also hunts down the people who illegally bet on the game. Check out the trailer:

Want to try historical fiction? Dean Hughes' book Four-Four-Two features the 442nd Combat Regiment from World War II--a unit made up entirely of Japanese Americans.

Main character Yuki and his family are forced to live in a Japanese internment camp in Utah, but Yuki chooses to enlist in the army to serve the country that holds him. He and his friend ship out to Europe, where their friendship only grows stronger amid all the prejudices and battles.

Other titles are read-alikes for books you may have already read. Any of these look familiar?
So why not stop by the library soon to look at our book fair purchases and maybe check out something new? Hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's Almost Book Fair Time!

Conferences are rapidly approaching, so that means it's time for our fall Scholastic Book Fair! Students will be visiting the fair during their reading classes to preview the fair, and it will be open on Tues. Oct. 24 and Thurs. Oct. 26 from 2:30 - 8:00 PM.

Can't make it? Why not order online! You can find hundreds of books at our online fair, and your purchases still benefit our fair and our school. You can CLICK HERE to access our online book fair.

Thank you for supporting this great literacy event and your DCG MS library!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How About Some Narrative Nonfiction?

Remember when you were in elementary school and it was check-out time in the library? Chances are you headed to the nonfiction shelves and found books that interested you. What about now that you're a middle school student? Many of our students have now gravitated to fiction books, but what if you found nonfiction that read like a novel? We have it!

Narrative nonfiction books often read like novels and relate to the topics you still care about. Take a look at our new library display featuring some of our narrative nonfiction books:

Included in the display are titles from categories like these:
•  the Lincoln assassination
•  sports events & figures
•  modern American history
•  World War II
•  famous people
•  nature & dogs

If you're looking for a nonfiction book or want to step away from fiction for a change of pace, why not give one of these narrative nonfiction books a try? Feel free to ask about other similar titles, too! Happy reading!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

State Award Book Nominees & ThingLink

It's that time again--time for us to explore the state award books and start reading our way through the lists. To promote the titles and raise interest, this year's titles are featured in ThingLink images that connect to book trailers.

Let's start with the Iowa Children's Choice Award nominees:

You can also access trailers for the Iowa Teen Award nominees:

Enjoy the trailers--and when you're ready to try one of the nominees, be sure to stop by the library and check out a copy. Remember, you're eligible to vote for the building and state-wide winner when you read at least two books from either list.