Skyridge Library Media Center

Been Awhile!

The saying about how you can't have everything (at the same time) is true. I'd like to add that it's also pretty challenging to try to do it all at the same time. It has been awhile, almost a year since I updated this website. It that time the LMC was painted and refreshed and it looks pretty spectacular. I haven't been updating the website much since we've been back in-person. First, take a moment and go to the Videos page. There are some new things happening there. I've started doing some booktalks on YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by.


Hold On to Your Destiny

How about a little review about how to place a hold using Destiny? Here is a presentation about how to navigate the basics. Placing a Hold in Destiny is as easy as clicking the HOLD button after you get logged in.

Just remember that you need to be on your Chromebook and you should be logged in with your CDS117 account. That make the whole process easy-peasy.

Remember that Ms. Pappas will email you when your hold is ready for pick up.

You can pick up from 8am to 4pm weekdays when then school is open.

It's always great if you can email when you get your order.


How to Hold a Book: LMC Basics

The Camas Public Library

There are some phenomenal resources at your fingertips and for most LMC resources students are using Clever to locate and access eBooks, audiobooks and the LMC Destiny. Like the infomercial, "But wait there's M O R E." There is too. Be sure to use the following videos for help with everything from a public library card to placing holds. All the links are below.

  1. How to Apply for a Library Card Online

  2. Where to Find Our Online Catalog?

  3. How to Place a Hold

  4. Using the Advanced Search feature

  5. Using the Narrow Your Search feature

About the LMC and Me

As the smoke continues to keep us working from home I can't think of a better time to reach across the vitual lands and say hello!

The library media center at Skyridge got a fresh coat of paint and it looks spectacular. Given the fact that it is 24 years old it has never looked better and ready for another year.

Here is a link to a virtual LMC classroom and some things to learn about me and the space I get to call my home away from home.

Students, you can place holds withing Destiny and/or you can use the BookDash system. BookDash has a menu of suggestions you can browse or you can play around with browsing Destiny.

You can pick up books at school. We offer curbside delivery or if you are up for a walk you can walk up to the back patio area of the LMC and pick up your books there. I can also arrange for delivery if you prefer.

I miss you and look forward to seeing you virtually.

Also, join the LMC classroom and there are details about how to do that in the presentation linked above.

Ms. Pappas, September 17, 2020

Hold the Books Options


The LMC (Library Media Center) got a fresh coat (actually 3 coats ) of paint this summer. It looks BLUE-tiful! Our colors changed for the better and the whole room looks renewed and ready for another year. You'll love it! How will the LMC do business this year you wonder? Read on. I'm Ms. Pappas and I am excited to tell you about the ways YOU can access our LMC and all its books.

First, if you are familiar with Destiny (the library catalog of materials) already then you can place an in-stock hold on a book that says it's available. Especially if you know the title of the book you want. Since I'm a fan of browsing lists and pictures of books I also made a menu for the LMC that will provide suggestions.

Another way you can access the LMC is to use the BookDash MENU and browse the various lists through Wakelet which links to Goodreads so you can read about the book. You can use the Book Dash order form to place an order for the books you want.

Book order can be picked up on the patio of the LMC (in the back). We will email you when your order is ready to pick up. We will confirm with you where you plan to pick up. That means we are also happy to run it out and put it in your trunk if that's easier.

Watch the video and please email me if you have questions.

Ms. Pappas

September 5, 2020


More on BookDash & Holds

Here's another approach. In this video I show and tell your options for ordering books using BookDash and/or Destiny holds. It all sort of depends how you want to do book business.

All Skyhawks can use Destiny to browse the books in the collection, place HOLDS, and check accounts.

Watch the video. It won't take long and you'll learn about where to find the LMC website and ways to access Destiny.

Bookmark this site. I update this site once a week.

All book orders or holds are put on the pation area in the back of the LMC.

Thanks for checking it out!
Ms. Pappas

I'm a big fan of summer and an even bigger fan of reading my way through the summer. Give me time and a pile a books and I'm set. Here are some lists that might help you steer you or your student to some amazing books. Of course, there are over 70 amazing ebooks available on Destiny and there's also the Camas Public Library and of course, you might even have some unread books in your home.

Here are some lists to look at:

Good Reads Middle School List

Middle School Reading List

CommonSense Media Top Ten

Horn Book Summer Reading List for all ages

School Library Journal LIST of Lists

Black Lives Matter Reading List for the family

Also, don't hesitate to email me and I'll help give you some recommendations too.

-Ms. Pappas, June 10, 2020

Poetry soothes me. It calms my mind and my spirit. It give me hope and it stays with me. A favorite poem from Jason Reynolds popped into my mind today. That's what I mean about poetry. It does just sort of pop up when you need something to boost your day. Reynolds also has a lot to say about young people and reading. Pass on the pit bull pages if you are scared of reading or don't like to read. Listen to what he has to say about reading and the words on the page. Start with poetry and learn about chunks of reading and exceptional word choice. Jason Reynolds has a way of breaking it down and making sense. That's what reading should do for us.

Books in verse or just collections of verse are a great way to chip away at bibliophobia. Books in verse provide less on the page and are less intimidating. They provide an "IN" for students who find blocks of text overwhelming. Books in verse provide a reprieve, a pause and a chance to settle down and enjoy the words.

Here's a Destiny Collection of novels in verse. Watch the video to see the details.

-Ms. Pappas, May 26, 2020

Destiny Collections.mp4

Here's a quick quiz about this lesson.


What a whirlwind the last 9 weeks have been. Same clock, same calendar and yet it seems like time has a mind of its own. Some days feel like they're in slo-mo and then there are the days that have too many tasks packed into them.

Even at school it's pretty rare that I get an opportunity to read-aloud to a class. I get asked to do work on research skills or show and tell the latest database. I enjoy book talking or sharing a bunch of books in a genre.

But reading aloud almost never happens. It bums me out too because it's one of my favorite things to do. Today I decided share a story. Have a plate of waffles and enjoy a little read aloud.

Catch me on Wednesdays in Meets for read aloud time.

-Ms. Pappas, May 18, 2020

Virtually There

Armchair tourist is another way to travel. Here are some more resources that are impressive in everything they have to offer.

A list of virtual field trips is a list of videos and two-dimensional travel to places you didn't even know you wanted to go. It's worth putting on your daily to do list.

On the other hand, if you feeling like you need some time away from a screen then try these activities which require only you and your creativity.

How to read with confidence!

Scholastic Learn At Home Choose your grade level.

PBS Kids Design Squad is full of fun activities for personal or school related engineering tasks.

-updated by Ms. Pappas, April 13, 2020

Ebook Resources

Popular sites for FREE ebooks resources are here for you to browse.

Project Gutenberg has been around for a long time. Browse through their vast collections.

Open Library is a non-profit Internet Archive that is open and an editable library catalog.

Google eBookstore has an option to access free books from the huge collection that features hundreds of classics and contemporary bestsellers.

Amazon Free Kindle Books offers top free books for download.

Internet Archive offers more than 15,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. They also encourage our global community to contribute physical items, as well as uploading digital materials directly to the Internet Archive.

ManyBooks can read on most of the reading platforms like eReaders, Kindle, iPads, and Nooks.

Apple ebook news if you use Apple iBooks, then check out this new news.

Internet Archive is also open and available with a bazillion texts to read.

NEW *** is sharing lots of audiobooks. All stories are free to stream on their desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using link.

-updated Ms. Pappas, April 9, 2020

Online Books Unlimited

Breaking news! Check it out.

Junior Library Guild book selections are spectacular and they are making their entire digital collection available to students. ALL students! This is great news. They are giving FREE and unlimited access to their digital collections. Unlimited! There are three levels, elementary, middle and high school and the full novels available to read on Chromebooks and tablets. Here are the details with information and passwords are no longer required.

Click here and then put in the passwords for the levels you want and VOILA! Access to the books. I'm so impressed. Their selections are phenomenal plus there's something from the whole family. Plus there are videos if you're new to using ebooks. Give it a try. Email me if you have questions. -Ms. Pappas

Let's Talk

Today is National Awkward Day and this whole being out of school is awkward and unusual. It's atypical and unprecented. We can do it. A little bit every day and we can get through with a little help from our amazing Camas community. FIrst things first: you're okay. Next thing; you're taking care of yourself and your family. It's stressful for everyone under your roof right now. Be kind and led a hand around the house or suggest a family walk or board game or read aloud! I'm here to help you with books and resources. Please don't hesitated to email me if you have any questions you think I might be able to help you answer. You can also check the SNN YouTube Channel because I've uploaded a few videos of me reading a book called The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. It's a true story and I chose it because I happened to be reading it when the author granted permission on Twitter for it to be used for an online read-aloud . What a story! One more thing; here's a video (it's coming) on how to access some resources through Destiny and the Camas Public Library.

March Madness

I love this event. Since 2013 we've been putting the books on the court to play. Complete with brackets! It's fun to take similar practices from basketball and apply them to books. What are the most popular, most circulated books? Here are the brackets and you can vote for your favorites because maybe they are favorites among other students in our school. VOTE NOW! Reading is always a sure bet but which books move forward after each round it a mystery. Check out the THIS page for all the details and voting as it becomes available each week. Brackets must be completed by Friday, March 13th and be initialed by your teacher or Ms. Pappas to qualify.

Zine to the Rescue

It's a ZINE for you to download with details about the CoronaVirus. This is very cool. Because knowledge is power, arm yourself with information! Plus, it's crafty!

Here's the WHOLE story as it appeared on NPR. On this site, download the zine and print it out.

Here are the directions on how to fold it.

Ask in the LMC for help if you need it. It's SUPER cool even if it is about a serious topic.

2020 Collections

Happy New Year and Happy New BOOKS! The only way to be a better reader is to read. There's no short cut or special diet, you have to read. It's the start of a new year, so start a Collection in Destiny to keep of what you've read and what you want to read. A Destiny Collection is a great way to keep track of your bookish ways for the year. Ask Ms. Pappas about it.

The first day of the LIVE new site and it's very exciting. I love it! Why was I reluctant? Change is hard and the high need for things to be just right is paralyzing, but now, I'm thrilled! Students seem excited and teachers mentioned it looks fresh and ready for business. Which only goes to show that often we get in the way of our own success. Here's to post two of the new site. Again, please reach out with suggestions for its continued growth.


The dawn of a new website for the Skyridge Library Media Center is here and now. Very exciting! It's a whole new platform, Google Sites. Change isn't easy, and yet this is coming together well. Please reach out with ideas and suggestions for its continued growth.

Here we go.

New website Tuesday! 11-12-19