SV Library Media Books & Bytes

October 2021

Reading Programs

Ankeny Battle of the Books Is On!

Ok, we're not sure of the exact date yet in May. But... we are planning on it being held live at Southview Middle School and we are excited to work with our students again for this rousing competition among Southview, Northview, Parkview, and Prairie Ridge students.

Our book list is incredible - a wide-variety of genres are represented, and all have been published within the last few years. Students can form a team with fellow Southview students, or let the library staff know if they want us to help them find a team. We already have two teams registered from Southview, and we'd like to triple or quadruple that!

Check out the link to the Ankeny Battle of the Books to see specific information about registering a team, the list of books, and the permission form.

Email Mrs. Kauffman if you have questions.

SV/NV Project Lit Book Club

Our first read is Wings of Ebony by J. Elle. The first 20 students who sign up get an autographed signed copy to keep, courtesy of the author!

Students who met last Wednesday determined a discussion date of November 3 during flex.

It's exciting to spend time with the students who have already signed up for the book club; some have even elected to meet in the LMC during flex every Wednesday to discuss the progress of their reading, even though the next club meeting isn't until 10/27.

We have more books to give away, so encourage students to stop in the LMC, sign up for book club, and pick up their own



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.

2021 Kids' Book Choice Awards Finalists Announced

The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader are the only national book awards voted on solely by kids and teens and provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them. Teen readers may cast their vote on the website (scroll down) any time up until November 14. The 2021 winners will be announced in early December.

15 Categories:

  • Best Picture Book Duo
  • Best Picture Book Page
  • Favorite Early Reader Series
  • Favorite Illustrated Character
  • Best Book of the Year: K-2nd Grade
  • Best Book of Facts
  • Best Graphic Novel
  • Favorite Author
  • Best Book of the Year: 3rd-4th Grade
  • Best Book of the Year: 5th-6th Grade
  • Best Book Creator Digital Presence
  • Best Fantasy World Builder
  • Favorite Book Cover
  • Favorite True Story
  • Best Book of the Year: Teen

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Chromebook Resources on the SV Library Media Center Home Page

Links to Chromebook-specific resources include information about using Chromebooks offline, updating Chrome OS, apps management, Chromebook keyboard tips, and general Chromebook troubleshooting tips.

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 Google apps 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

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

Library Quick Stats Aug/Sep

  • Transactions: 3,986
  • Books checked out: 2,472
  • Fav genre: graphic novels (476)
  • Whole class daily reservations: 9 days
  • Most checked out book: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

Katy Kauffman, Digital 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.