SJSH School Library News

September 2016

Providing Ebook Access

Ebooks at Sodus SJSH School library:

We have 275 titles. 127 titles are informational text.

Follett Shelf ebooks are accessed via the internet from school or home through the library's home page. Never lose a book again!

The Intermediate and the Jr. Sr. High Libraries offer ebooks for staff and students

To log in:

Guest (to read, but not checkout) This is a guest password for all to use. You can view them to just look at the book. Ex: whole class with smart board!

username: student


Staff Accounts

Username: first initial, last name (ex.lwinder)


Staff and Students

Ask if you need an account to be created.

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Bookmarks with a message

While checking a book out to read this fall, please help yourself to a free bookmark at circulation desk! I included library use expectations on the backside along with adding "making every moment count" on the front. The students each received one during their Amazing Race which reminded them to:

  • Welcome to your library- Please come with a class or bring a pass
  • Make every minute count- bring work to do, something to read, or engage in a research project ( educational computer games only)
  • BYOD if desired, listen to music while you work (just pop in your ear buds)
  • Maintain level one voice levels (everyone)

Thank you.


Access databases from anywhere you have internet:

Open Chrome to the SCD web page

Under schools, select High School

On left, select Jr. Sr. Library

On center, select Click here for library databases

Username: sos

Password: look

This is one password to access all electronic subscriptions in a session.

NEW for 2016!

  • U.S. History in Context-U.S. History in Context delivers comprehensive, contextual, media-rich search results from the most extensive online collection of historical information available today.

  • Science Online-A comprehensive overview of all sciences includes biology, chemistry, computer, earth, environmental, forensic, and marine sciences, mathematics, physics, space, astronomy, weather and climate. Timelines, videos, animations, diagrams, experiments, essays, definitions, biographies, conversion calculators, scientific dictionary, and links content to state and national standards including Common Core.

  • Student Resources in Context-This next-generation portal reaches out to today's learners with a Web-like user experience, which intuitively conveys needed information on all core subjects from Science to Literature to History. From the eye-catching, media-rich homepage to the fast navigation options, Student Resources in Context helps students develop both research and critical-thinking skills while covering the spectrum of student-focused subject matter.


  • Career Cruising-Career Cruising is planning software designed to help engage people in the process of building their future. ask library media specialist for user/password

  • Culture Grams-Cultures of 182 countries and territories, maps, statistics, glossary and 50 US states with timelines.-returns for second year!

  • EasyBib EDU- provides students with the tools to enhance critical thinking skills and research habits. Ask library media specialist for coupon code specific to your school building.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context- helps students research, analyze, and organize a broad variety of data, complete writing assignments, prepare for debates, and create presentations

  • to authors and books for children and young adults. includes audio, video and written interviews, and activity guides. customizable in educator area to suit individual teacher interests and needs through unique login and password.

  • Turn it in-Turnitin improves the student writing cycle by preventing plagiarism and providing rich feedback to students- returns for second year!

*We offer a few more databases too! Access them on our website under Online Databases on the HS library's webpage. They are offered through NOVELNY.

Back 2 School 2016: Turnitin

Rethink feedback.

Begin the new school year with resources that will impact students’ attitudes, confidence, and academic performance. Improving writing skills for students with actionable, valuable, goal-based feedback
Turnitin is not just a plagiarism checker. It offers peer checker and much more! Ask your library media specialist today to set your account up and give it a try!

Need some on-demand training? Ask me how.

Testimonial: Summer Dittmer, Bishop O'Dowd High School


Research season has begun. Are you ready? Let your library media specialist help guide your students through the familiar stumbles

.. how to start

..find a topic

..where (and how) to find credible sources to put it all together

LMSs provide students guidance, inspiration, and the right resources. Let me know how I can partner up with you to help stretch your students in just the right ways.


New research class- Brand new this year! The seventh grade is:

  • Attending a daily library class to learn more about Barbara Stripling's Model of Inquiry through experiencing a sequence of activities in the research process (connect,wonder, investigate, construct, express, reflect). The process is recursive and they will learn to know to back steps when needed.
  • The ten week course will culminate in a product/presentation of their research with their classmates.
  • I am employing a variety of new media tools throughout this class- (pre/post assessment in information literacy skills), Nearpod and Socrative-(interactive lessons with real- time assessment),, Garden grow, and more!
  • Projects coming your way this year in your class? Let me know and I will work with you to integrate any of these great tools with your students as they research for information.
  • I am trying to make the "R" word fun. eg;The first day of class for us included a snowball fight

Professional Development


With JENNIFER LAGARDE, myself, Ellen Lloyd, Jennifer Vankouwenberg, and shout out to Nelson Kise in spending time with us there, sharing his vision with us for our school libraries at Sodus.

Thank you for an educational, productive, and visionary day at wflBOCES Sept.16th.

Read more: Future ready libraries movement

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The cast of our Fall Drama Almost Maine are ready to start rehearsing this Monday, September 19th. These thespians are very excited to bring Almost Maine to the Sodus stage and have already made natural connections to the characters in it. Backstage crew is also in place and ready to assist in making this fall's production on stage full of love (well, almost).

Book Club- meets tomorrow for first time. Open to students grades 7-12. Meet in library 10th period to decide on club name (other than just "book" club, plan fun activities, and learn about first book read "lockbox" by Steven Taylor whom we will meet in person next February! This opportunity is in collaboration with the Williamson Public Library program Narrative, for teens. A must do on your student's list of extra curricular activities this year.

Laurie Winder, LMS

315-483-2331 x6706

Mary Heidenreich - Computer Technology Assistant