• Back To School with Sora Banner, Read. Listen. Learn.

    All Cassia County School District Students, Faculty, and Staff have access to the Sora Reading App using their school district email address. Younger elementary school students also use a district email address to access, even though they don't actually have access to email.

    Joining is easy!

    1. Download the App or go to www.soraapp.com
    2. Find our Library: Cassia County School District
    3. Use your district email to login
    4. Once in, add two other libraries: IDEA by ICfL, and LIBRI Systems, Inc.

    Questions? Need help? Contact your school librarian or David Cole, the district librarian, at coldavid@cassiaschools.org

What's Happening in Sora

  • More Audiobooks in a Popular Series

    Posted by David Cole on 2/18/2022

    We are always striving to get students the books they want. We purchased the audiobook version of Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson last April. This book is #2 in the Good Girl's Guide to Murder series.

    It has been checked out on average every 12 days since we purchased it. Today in our weekly review of holds we noticed that it is up to 5 holds so we are adding #1 and #3 in the series to give our readers--and listeners--more of what they want!

    The titles are:

    #1 - A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

    #3 - As Good As Dead

    Check them out today!

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  • New Graphic Novels

    Posted by David Cole on 2/14/2022

    Graphic novels benefit reading skills in many ways, including improving literacy, fluency, and a love for reading. The Big Nate graphic novels by Lincoln Peirce are very popular with elementary and middle school students in our district. We have just added all 18 volumes to The Complete Big Nate series.

    Additionally, we've added a new series to Sora, the Nat Enough Series by Maria Scrivan. Here is an article from moms.com about the first book in the series making it onto the New York Times Best Sellers List.

    1. Nat Enough
    2. Forget Me Nat
    3. Absolutely Nat


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  • Black History Month

    Posted by David Cole on 2/11/2022

    We've added a new display of books in Sora for Black History Month. Additionally, we've added two titles to this collection.

    The Black Friend : On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph

    Writing from the perspective of a friend, Frederick Joseph offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs—creating an essential read for white people who are committed anti-racists and those newly come to the cause of racial justice.

    This title is available to students in grade 7 and above.

    Voice of Freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes

    Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson's interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats. Featuring vibrant mixed-media art full of intricate detail, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer's life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.

    This title is available to all.

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  • New Titles

    Posted by David Cole on 1/27/2022

    This week we've focused on adding some new series as well as the newest books in existing series.

    We've added all four books in The Dating Game series by Melody Carlson (YA, Adult) :

    1. The First Date
    2. The Blind Date
    3. Double Date
    4. Prom Date

    We've added all four books in the Internet Girls series by Lauren Myracle (Adult):

    1. ttyl
    2. ttfn
    3. l8r, g8r
    4. yolo

    We've added the first book in the Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson. If you like this book, the second and third books in the series are available through the IDEA by ICfL collection:

    1. Disney After Dark (Juvenile, YA, Adult)

    We've added the most recent book in the Adventurers Wanted series by M. L. Forman:

    1. The Axe of Sundering (Juvenile YA, Adult)

    We've added titles in the Big Nate and Big Nate Comics series  (Juvenile YA, Adult) by Lincoln Peirce:

    • Aloha!
    • Payback Time!
    • Big Nate and Friends
    • Big Nate Makes a Splash
    • Pray for a Fire Drill
    • Dibs on This Chair

    Lastly, we've added a new nonfiction title, Respecting Opposing Viewpoints (Juvenile YA, Adult) by Jeanne Marie Ford. This book will be most helpful to elementary and middle level students. Listening to and respecting others' viewpoints is a key element to fair and honest debate. This book will help readers learn how respecting opposing viewpoints is active in today's society, how it shapes the legal process, and how people can apply this perspective to everyday conversations.

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  • Tornadoes

    Posted by David Cole on 1/13/2022

    Tornadoes have been in the news recently, and they are studied by elementary school students throughout the school district. Today, we are adding the eight books listed below to the Sora Reading App about this violent weather phenomenon. Don't forget that the LiLI For Schools Databases ( https://lilischools.org/ ) are also a great resource for research on weather, science, and many other topics. See your school librarian if you need help accessing these books or the LiLI For Schools Databases.

    • Investigating Tornadoes by Elizabeth Elkins
    • Tornadoes by Judy Monroe Peterson
    • Tornadoes by Julie Murray
    • Tornadoes by David & Patricia Armentrout, Britannica Digital Learning
    • Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons
    • Tornadoes and Hurricanes! by Cy Armour
    • ¡Tornados y huracanes! by Cy Armour
    • Twisted by Tornadoes by Elizabeth Krajnik
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Last Modified on February 18, 2022