The Mountain Library

November/December 2014

Colorado Teen Lit Conference

The 2015 Colorado Teen Literature Conference will be Saturday, April 11, 2015. This conference is a yearly event held in Colorado to promote and celebrate teen literature. The conference offers diverse sessions thanks to the willingness of knowledgeable librarians, teachers, authors, and teens who share their expertise for the event.The featured authors this year are Andrew Smith (He's one of my favorites!) and Wendelin Van Draanen. I hope to take students with me to attend sessions of their choice and hear the featured authors. Lunch will be provided, and transportation is up to the student.

If interested in attending, students should let Mrs. LaRue know why they should be picked to attend the conference either through e-mail ( or by typing up their reasons (and then printing or sharing through Google Docs). See Mrs. LaRue if you have any questions.


Library News December 2014

Why sign into Google Chrome?/¿Por qué iniciar sesión en Chrome?

Teens' Top Ten: And, the winners are...

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where you, the teen, nominate and choose your favorite books of the previous year! Exciting, right?! This year's Teens' Top Ten is:

  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin)

  2. Splintered by A.G. Howard (ABRAMS/Amulet Books)

  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Teen)

  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Penguin/Putnam Juvenile)

  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends)

  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards (Prometheus Books /Pyr)

  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (Random House/Delacorte Press)

  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (Random House/Delacorte Press)


Official 2014 Teens' Top Ten

Ten Years of the Teens' Top Ten

This booklet is a handy compilation of all the titles of the Teens' Top Ten since its introduction in 2003.The booklet not only includes the titles and summaries to the books from the Teens' Top Ten, it also has "Read-A-Likes" and "Fun Facts" of the titles.

Diez años de los top diez de los jóvenes

Este folleto es una compilación practica de todos los títulos de los top diez de los jóvenes desde su introducción en el 2003. El folleto no solo incluye los títulos y resúmenes de los libros de los top diez de los jóvenes, también contiene "Lecturas parecidas" y "Datos curiosos" de los títulos.

Teen Read Week 2014

Last month, we celebrated Teen Read Week in the Mountain Range Library. Teen Read Week was started in 1998 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It's a literacy initiative, held annually on the third week of October, encouraging teens to "read for the fun of it." The idea is to get teens excited about reading for pleasure, not just for one week a year, but for the rest of their lives. Here are some of the activities we held that week:

  • We held a book themed art contest. Our winners, Alexis M. (a Junior) and Nghi N. (a Senior) both received a Barnes and Noble gift card!
  • There was a "Guess the Tweet" contest each day based on tweets from fictional book characters.
  • Students could create origami heart or duct tape bookmarks.
  • Book Trailers were shown during lunches to kick off the week. Check out the playlist.
  • All week, students could vote on the Teens' Top Ten List

It was a great week! Thanks to everyone that participated in some way! #trw14mrhs



Pixabay is a great place students can find photos for projects and presentations. You can use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form. All pictures are published under a Creative Commons Public Domain license. Students may copy, modify, and distribute these photos, and no attribution is needed.

To download photos, students would need to do three things. (Click photo to enlarge.)

  1. login to Pixabay
  2. choose the size photo you want to download
  3. click download

Creating an account is easy. Just click sign up, and then choose to sign up with your Adams 12 Google account.

And, Pixabay is great for background images, too! Just search for "backgrounds", and you'll get many, many choices that are free to download and use without attribution!


We are on Social Media!

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for tech tips, book suggestions, cool websites, and more!

¡Estamos en Medios de Comunicación Sociales!

¡Síguenos para sugerencias de tecnología, sugerencias de libros, geniales sitios de web, y mucho más! (Twitter y Facebook)

Students: Did you get an email from Mrs. LaRue?

In mid September, we started sending e-mails to students when they have overdue library books. We also send lists to teachers to post in their classrooms, but those notices do not have book titles to protect student privacy.

So, students have an overdue library book or a library fine, they can find out which book is out two ways.

  1. Students can log in to their Adams 12 Gmail here. If they have a recent e-mail from me (Mrs. LaRue), they will see the title and price of materials checked out or lost.
  2. Students can log in to Destiny themselves and see what's on their account. A video tutorial is below if interested in trying that.


Checking "My Info" in Destiny

Our Website

There's tons of stuff on the library website to help both teachers and students. A few highlights that may be helpful are:


Choose What Happens Next

Somebody just asked you to send them a pic. It's up to you to choose what happens next. What do you do?

Alguien le pide una foto. Depende de usted para elegir qué sucede después. Qué haces?

Choose What Happens Next

Need something to read?/¿Necesitan leer algo?

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