The Skyview Library is thrilled to announce the upcoming arrival of Amazon Kindle e-readers! The Kindle is a portable electronic reading device that is about the size of a paperback, but can hold up to 3,500 books. Kindles will be loaded with eBooks and be available for students to check out and take home.
Our shipment of 6 Kindles is expected sometime next week and the Kindles will hopefully be available for checkout after Spring Break. Stay tuned for more information or check out our Kindle Page to learn more.
The Book Fair is here! This year there are two fabulous ways to shop, including the new online fair.
In Person: March 14th to March 18th, between 7:30am and 3:00pm in the Skyview Library.
Online: March 14th to March 31st. If you aren’t able to visit the Book Fair, you can now shop online! All online purchases benefit our library!
- Students can create wish lists and invite family and friends to buy through our fair
- It offers an expanded book selection – books for all ages, even adult titles
Please join us to make this Book Fair the BEST our school has ever seen. We hope to see you at the Fair!
Be sure to come check out Skyview’s Annual Science Expo on Thursday, February 17th. Students have been researching and creating since early January and you can come see the amazing end result of these efforts. You’ll be blown away by a library full of experiments, scientific demonstrations, video documentaries, artwork, and much more. The Expo will be set up in the Library from 8:00-2:45 and in the evening from 5:00-7:00.
Interested in helping out by being a judge? Contact Ms. Arangio to sign up!
All Library books are due on Friday, May 7th! Please get your books returned to the library as soon as possible to help us with end of the year inventory and avoid being fined. Any students who does not return books by the end of the year will be assigned a fine and will not receive a report card. Next year, students with fines will not be permitted to check out library books until fines are satisfied. And yes, 8th grade fines will carry on to high school.
When I Was a Soldier by Valérie Zenatti
- 3 stars
Did you know that ALL boys and girls in Israel must serve at least two years in the army after their 18th birthdays? When I Was a Soldier is the true story of 18-year-old Valérie Zenatti’s experiences as a female soldier in the Israeli Defense Force.
While most teenagers around the world are worrying about going to college, hanging out with friends and dating, Valerie must deal with early morning training sessions, terrible mess hall food, and spying on pilots from the Jordanian air force.
After struggling through her initial training, Valerie gets assigned to the elite Israeli Secret Service, conducting top secret surveillance and spying missions. She misses her family and friends, and she’s trying to patch things up with her ex-boyfriend, but she must overcome and fulfill the important duty to her country.
The Book Fair is coming! Skyview’s second book fair of the year will be Monday, March 15th – Friday, March 19th in the library. Check out the fantastic selection of books, posters, school supplies, and computer software. Find yourself something fabulous to read over Spring Break!
Check out the results from last Thursday’s 7th Grade Science Expo that was held in the Skyview Library. Congratulations to the winners and great job everyone who participated!
Be sure to come check out Skyview’s Annual Science Expo on Thursday, February 25th. You’ll be blown away by a library full of experiments, scientific demonstrations, inventions, artwork, and much more. Interested in helping out by being a judge? Contact Mr. Bonser to sign up!
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- 5 stars
Thirteen Reasons Why is one of the best young adult books I have read in a long time. It tells two stories – one about Hannah Baker, a 17-year-old girl who, by the end of the first chapter we already know, has committed suicide; the other about Clay Jensen, a friend of Hannah who receives a mysterious package of audio tapes in the mail and starts to listen.
The two stories begin to intertwine as Clay finds out the tapes were left by Hannah – each tape is a dedicated to a specific person and each tape tells a “reason why” she killed herself. Hannah’s reasons start out fairly minor, mostly involving rumors and pranks, but they rapidly become much more serious until Clay finally gets the complete picture of what led Hannah to make the ultimate decision.
Thirteen Reasons Why is an extraordinarily well-written and well thought out novel. It is a page turning thriller and an emotional roller coaster. It treats a very sensitive subject with thoughtfulness and tenderness. But most importantly offers a terrifyingly realistic example of how rumors and bullying may seem innocent, but can start a chain of events with unpredictable and tragic consequences.