• Historic Space Flight Launch!

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 5/24/2020

    Online: NASA/SpaceX Crew Launch Live Watch Party

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    1:00PM – 2:30PM

    Join KCLS for a historic NASA/SpaceX launch!
    Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first to travel to the International Space Station on a commercially built American rocket, a SpaceX Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft. We'll review historic moments in SpaceX rocket development prior to watching the main event on NASA TV and SpaceX webcast (Launch scheduled at 1:33pm).

    Our guest panelist, Mr. Rich Lienesch, worked at the Museum of Flight for 20 years and will be answering your questions in the Q&A.

    Please register by May 26, 6pm with an email address to receive a Zoom link and password. 

    Ages 8 and older.
    Parents, please watch with your child. This is a mixed ages online event and NASA astronauts face risks including loss of life.

    Click here for more information.

    I'll be there!

    -Mrs. Altena

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  • I just want someone to read to me!

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 5/22/2020

    Lately I've been so tired of looking at the computer screen, have you?  I want to read my books, but that's tiring too!

    What I would love is for someone to come and sit down and read TO me.  Just let me lay down and close my eyes and have somebody else do the reading.  Kind of like when Mrs. Altena reads a book in the library to the students.  

    So I went out and searched and found a bunch of websites that would read aloud to me.  If you want someone to read aloud to YOU, I suggest you give these a try.  I'll be listening too.  Maybe you could email me and let me know what you heard.  I'd love to hear from you!!

    -Happy Listening!    ---Mrs. Altena

    Storyline Online

    My Weird Read-Aloud

    Reading Rainbow

    Scholastic Books

    Kate Messner


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  • My Weird School Read Aloud

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 5/11/2020

    My Weird School Read Alouds -Dan Gutman

    Listen to Dan Gutman, author of the My Weird School series, read his book series aloud.  Click on the link below to access prior readings and learn about his upcoming read alouds. 

    My Weird School Read Alouds

    Enjoy! Happy Reading...or listening and watching!

    -Mrs. Altena

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  • 2021 Book Award Nominees

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 5/8/2020

    2021 Young Reader's Choice Nominees - Grades 4-5

    1. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
    2. The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
    3. Granted by John David Anderson
    4. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
    5. Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August
    6. Wings of Fire. The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland ; adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky (Graphic Novel)
    7. Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson
    8. Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

    2021 Sasquatch Award Nominees - Grades 4-5

    1. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
    2. Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
    3. Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
    4. Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain by Zac Gorman
    5. Ban This Book by Alan Gratz
    6. Junior Ninja Champion: The Competition Begins by Catherine Hapka
    7. The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
    8. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
    9. Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
    10. Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern
    11. Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
    12. Front Desk by Kelly Yang

    2021 Otter Book Awards - Grades 2-3

    • Sparks!  by Ian Boothby, illustrated Nina Matsumoto 
    • Didi Dodo, Future Spy: Recipe for Disaster (Didi Dodo, Future Spy #1) by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Jared Chapman 
    • Truman the Dog (My Furry Foster Family, book #1) by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer 
    • Stealing the Sword! (Time Jumpers, book #1) by Wendy Mass, illustrated by Oriol Vidal 
    • Isle of Misfits 1: First Class by Jamie Mae, illustrated by Freya Hartas 
    • Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! by Kara West, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez 


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  • May the Fourth Be With You!

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 5/4/2020

    Happy Star Wars Day!  As I said in my weekly video message, here are a couple of great websites I found with super awesome Star Wars activities for you! 

    May the 4th Be With You Wakelet


    Star Wars Official Site


    Have a great time - send me some photos if you dress up or do some drawing!

    -May the 4th be with you!

    -Mrs. Altena

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  • More eBooks - MackinVIA

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 4/16/2020

    When I purchase books for the Syre Library, I buy them through a company called Mackin.  This company has now offered us a service where kids can check out unlimited eBooks via their MackinVIA online book portal.  

    I've set all of you up with an account on MackinVIA.  You each have what is called your Backpack in which you can place holds on books and check books out.  You can also just instantly download and read books on your device.  It's a great service!

    Here's the login procedure:

    Go to the website: mackinvia.com

    School/Library Name: Syre (start typing this and the computer will pull up our library on its own)

    User ID: Your student number
                  (098xxxx or 099xxxx)

    Password: Your student number 
                   (098xxxx or 099xxxx)


    Click on "ebooks" to browse or the magnifying glass to search for a title. 

    I hope you're able to find more books!

    Happy Reading!

    -Mrs. Altena

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  • At-Home Shoreline Library Lessons

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 4/15/2020

    All of the Shoreline librarians have gotten together to create a website full of interesting activities for you to do!  Each week there will be a new theme and activity for each grade level.  Feel free to look at all of the grade levels and do any or all of them.  We are hoping you'll enjoy them!

    You'll also find a weekly message from me, Mrs. Altena, where I will tell you about some new books and places to find ebooks.  

    If you ever need my help, please email me at


    Here's the link to the Librarian's Website:

    At-Home Library Lessons

    Happy Reading!

    -Mrs. Altena

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  • Let's share what we're reading!

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 4/8/2020

    Hi Everyone!

    Since we can't talk in the library anymore, and I'm wondering what you are reading, I made a way for us to share books with each other.  I've created a Padlet where you can tell the group what you're reading and whether you think we should (or shouldn't) read it.  A Padlet is like a little online notepad.  

    Here's the link for posting to the Padlet:

    Syre Library What Are You Reading?

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  • More Online Reading Sites

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 4/1/2020

    There is another publishing company that has made their books available to read online - Capstone Books. Several librarians use this company and speak highly of their book selection.

    You don't need an account and the link below will take you right there.

    Capstone My Library Bookshelf

    Junior Library Guild Digital is also offering their books free for online reading or listening.  This is a company I order from and they have quality books. No account needed - skip right past that and start reading.

    Junior Library Guild Digital Bookshelf

    Keep checking KCLS as I heard they put a large amount of money into buying more digital books for their collection.

    Your login is either your personal library card or 412+student number; password is last 4 digits of student number.

    KCLS e-books

    Happy Reading!  

    -Mrs. Altena

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  • At Home Ideas from "A Mighty Girl" blog

    Posted by Jennifer Altena on 3/24/2020

    One of the best websites I've subscribed to receive emails from is one called, "A Mighty Girl".  Although it sounds like it may only offer ideas for girls, and it does tend to lean that way, the ideas and advice they offer can apply to all children.

    During the COVID-19 school closures they have put out an article about ways to keep kids engaged at home.  I know I've put up other suggestions on this topic, but I don't think it hurts to have more, and this one had new ideas, including ways to talk to your children about coronavirus and help them work through their fears. 

    I hope it helps you in some way.

    A Mighty Girl - Ways to Keep Kids Engaged At Home

    -Jennifer Altena, Syre Librarian

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