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  • 2022-2023 Idaho Battle of the Books

    It's like sports but with books!

    Watch this Promo Video!

    Idaho Battle of the Books, or IBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program open to all Idaho students in grades 4-12. IBOB is meant to:

    • expose students to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints
    • encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading
    • share the love of reading with students who have not yet discovered that for themselves
    • broaden reading interests
    • increase reading comprehension
    • promote academic excellence
    • promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students

    Lists of books are chosen, and questions are written, for each grade level division; elementary (grades 4-6), middle/junior high (grades 6-9) and high school (grades 9-12). Students read the books, discuss them, and then compete in teams of four students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a quiz show format. Levels of competition begin at the school or local library level, and continue into regional and state competitions.

    Teams are currently being created for the middle/junior high division at Burley Junior High School (grades 7-8) and Declo Junior High School (grade 6). If you are interested in participating at your school, contact your school librarian or reading teacher. Librarians or teachers with questions can contact Cindy Young at BJHS or find more information and the lists of books at the IBOB Website: idahobattleofthebooks.org

    Copies of the 2022-2023 Middle/Junior High titles have been added to our Sora collection and are listed here:

    • Fever 1793 – Laurie Halse Anderson
    • The Blackbird Girls – Anne Blankman
    • The Rig – Joe Ducie
    • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel – Firoozeh Dumas
    • Starfish – Lisa Fipps
    • The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice – John Flanagan
    • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise – Dan Gemeinhart
    • When Stars are Scattered – Victoria Jamieson
    • OCDaniel – Wesley King
    • Bloom – Kenneth Oppel
    • Pony – R.J. Palacio
    • The Someday Birds – Sally J. Pla
    • Peak – Roland Smith
    • Loot – Jude Watson
    • Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
    • Dealing with Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede

    Download a flyer with titles and covers here


     

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  • Hope Walk

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. All community members are invited to participate in this community event hosted by the Minico High School Hope Squad. The walk will be on May 18 at 6:30 PM on the Minico HS Track. Contact Lorinda Garner at MHS for information.
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  • Sora Sweet Reads Summer Reading Resources

    All of Cassia County School District is gearing up for summer break. While summer presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine, we want our students to continue to find ways to learn while away from the classroom.

    We have an exciting reading service available through Sora, the student reading app, which provides free 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. What better way to engage your student’s mind than through reading?

    Running from May 4 to August 17, 2022, the Sora Sweet Reads program offers a collection of Juvenile and Young Adult titles that will be prominently displayed in Sora for quick and easy unlimited access. You can explore the title offerings and learn more about the program here: https://resources.overdrive.com/sora-sweet-reads/.

    Sora provides a quick and easy way to access digital book titles from our school. Students can log in using their school gmail and instantly access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. Get started today at https://soraapp.com or download the free Sora app for Android or iOS. Our Sora library is named Cassia County School District.

    Do you have questions or need more information? Contact your school librarian.


     

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