SV Library Media Books & Bytes

March 2021


March is National Read Across America Month!

It's not just for elementary students. And it's not all about Dr. Seuss anymore. March is the month to celebrate and promote reading for all ages.

The Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (2015) revealed parents and caregivers read loud frequently to young children, but as children grow, the number of children read aloud to sharply declines. "Only 59% of children ages 6 to 8 have an adult read to them at home three or more days per week; this number drops to 29% for children ages 9 to 11."

As students enter secondary education, the number of students who hear an adult read aloud to them declines even more. Middle school aged children still benefit from hearing books read aloud: they experience improved comprehension skills, stress is reduced, and they are exposed to a variety of reading materials. (Reading Aloud to Middle School Students).

There are a number of ways you can celebrate National Read Across America Month as a family:

  • Read aloud a short work or chapter of a longer one together.
  • Ask your son/daughter what book they are currently reading and what they like (or don't) about it.
  • Visit Ankeny's beautiful Kirkendall Library at it's new location. Located in The District, the new library is beautiful and offers so many programs for all ages. Getting a library card is easy - just check out the website for the form.
  • Encourage students to check out a book from the SV Library and read it during over spring break. Students who return a book and complete a short Post-It Note rating for it will receive a prize during the month of March. (See sample in image below.)
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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! Over spring break, be sure to take advantage of your access to the 3,200+ eBooks and audiobooks available to Southview students. Go to

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.


Collaboration Stations in the LMC

Students and teachers alike avail themselves of the collaboration stations housed in the Southview Library Media Center. Whole classes divide up for peer review and edits and individual groups of students come in to use them on the free time: football players review plays, students work together on projects, teachers use for small group instruction, etc.

Top 4 Fixes for Chromebook Functionality Issues

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

Thursday, May 13th, 9am

This is an online event.

This is a tentative date, but we are definitely planning to hold a virtual competition. This means, remote learners - you can join in! There is still time to form a team OR let Mrs. Kauffman know of your interest, and she'll help you get on one.

Click on the link button 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, March 24th, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

We have had some great discussions at our online book club these past few months. Like to read? Want to join? Check out the information below on the Southview Library Media Center Virtual Book Club website link button to find.

If you are interested in the book club, but haven'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.

Students selected the books for the remaining three months of the school year; they are available at both SV & NV libraries, and links to the summaries are provided under the photos below.


Overdue & Lost Books Turn in for All Ankeny Schools Libraries

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.

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.