SV Library Media Books & Bytes

February 2021



Top 4 Fixes for Chromebook Functionality Issues

If students have a broken screen or obvious issues and they are on campus, they should come directly to the media center; if they are remote students, they should fill out the Southview Library & Tech Help Form.

Many of the Chromebook functionality issues students are experiencing may be fixed by using the four troubleshooting steps detailed on the Southview Library Media Center website's Chromebook Issues Troubleshooting page. These steps involve

  1. Updating Chrome OS,
  2. Clearing the history,
  3. Performing a hard reset,
  4. Removing Add-ons.
These four steps take care of 80-90% of the functionality issues we are currently seeing. The website page also offers more in-depth troubleshooting information.

Links to helpful Google resources are also listed for patron use: voice typing, how to bookmark and make folders, general Google search tips, and overall G Suite tips.

REMOTE LEARNERS ONLY: Chromebook & Tech Help Reminder


Remote learning students will continue to use the Southview Library & Tech Help form for the following issues:

  • Chromebook help or repair
  • Software or database questions
  • Password problems

Reminder: students need to check their school Gmail for a response from LMC staff with directions on how to get their issue resolved.


Ankeny 6-9 Battle of the Books

Saturday, May 1st, 9pm

This is an online event.

We plan on holding the Grand Battle some time in May, even if we end up in a virtual learning situation - we'll just be prepared to hold a virtual competition.

Check out the link to the Ankeny Battle of the Books website below. Email Mrs. Kauffman if you have questions. Get your teams signed up!

SV/NV Virtual Project Lit Book Club

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 4:45pm

This is an online event.

Since we are returning to full time learning, we have had to change our previously schedule book club meeting date and time. Check out the information below on the Southview Library Media Center Virtual Book Club website.

  • For this month's meeting, we are reading the book Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.
  • We will also be picking books for the next 3 monthly meetings. (This will allow us time to order enough copies.)

If you are a student who hasn't finished reading your book or you haven't found a book you want to read, still come. You can listen to the discussion and get ready for the next month's meeting. Seriously. Join us.

Email Mrs. Kauffman if you have questions.


Overdue & Lost Books Turn in for All Ankeny Schools Libraries

Still have books or library items checked out from last school year? Need to return a book to Parkview or Northview, but the student now attends Southview?

We still have a large percentage of students who checked out books last year. In addition, due to the school closure from the pandemic, some students were unable to return the book by the end of the year, and now they are at another school. These books may show up on the student's account as lost with a replacement fee. If this is the case for your family, we can help.

Southview students may return books for any school in the district to Southview Library Media Center, and we'll get the book to the home school library. For a limited time, all returned books that are currently marked as lost will have the fines waived.

Free Access to over 3,200 eBooks & Audio books!

Southview students are afforded an array of opportunities to access eBooks and audio book for free!

These MackinVIA Directions will assist you in logging in and access the MackinVIA features. The only difference for Ankeny students is that after the initial login, you will be directed to the Destiny Catalog login, where you will need to use your student ID number for the username (not your complete email) and your normal student password.

Go to to access the 3,200+ ebooks and audiobooks titles available to Southview Students.

Katy Kauffman, Teacher Librarian

The mission of the Ankeny Library Media Program is to enable all students to be independent learners who are skilled users of information, and who appreciate literature and other creative expressions.

Riveted by Simon Teen

Riveted by Simon Teen is a website for teens that explores new Young Adult (YA) features and authors. You can become a member or just enjoy the news articles, quizzes, and book lists. Members of the site are offered free Upcoming YA eBooks for the month (some are whole novels, some are extended excerpts). This is a great site for getting a taste of the newest in YA literature.