Kokanee Library Newsletter

January 2016

Thank you for Participating in the Snowman Challenge!

After break, the library held a Book Character Snowman Challenge. All students were encouraged to design, create, etc. their favorite book character into a snowman. All snowmen were due Friday, January 15th and the winners will be announced the following week. The library has had some amazing entries and it is looking snow-tastic!

What's Happening in the Library?

Nonfiction Book Requests

I am looking to place a nonfiction book order in the next month or so. Some of your classes have had trouble finding books in the library on their desired topic. If you have books or topics in mind to purchase, please use this super quick survey to let me know of your current needs. Thanks!


Newbery Awards 2016 Announced!

Recently the 2016 Newbery Awards were announced. The Newbery Medal is awarded to a book that is considered distinguished for children's literature. There is one medal awarded and 3 runner ups that receive the Newbery Honor. Here is the list of the winner and honors:

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena - Winner!

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

We have all four books in the library so check one out today!

Technology Tips!


Seesaw is a student driven digital portfolio tool. Seesaw is compatible with all platforms including iPads and Chrome books. They have just added a new student blog feature as well. Seesaw is a great way for students to "show what they know" and is completely student driven.


Zing is a service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet. Zing is more than just a repository of free ebooks. In the Zing reader students will find a built-in dictionary and tools for taking notes while they read.


With Vocaroo, you can quickly create a short audio recording. When you save the recording you can choose to have a QR code generated. When it is scanned the QR code will launch your audio file on an iPad or smartphone. This can be used to create a mobile language lesson including scavenger hunts or a way to learn new vocabulary words.

Thanks for Reading!