• 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

  • 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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  • IDEA Resources for Teens

    Posted by David Cole on 12/16/2021

    We are fortunate that our state library, the Idaho Commision for Libraries, has been at the forefront of leading our public and school libraries into the next era of the digital age of books with their investment on our behalf into OverDrive and its' Sora and Libby--the public library version of Sora--Apps in their Idaho Digital Ebook Alliance (IDEA by ICfL).

    Today, I'd like to point out two items specifically geared to teens within the IDEA by ICfL Collection. To find these resources, go to the Explore page on your Sora App. On the top left of the page under Explore, select IDEA by ICfL. You will now see their curated collections.

    Scroll down until you see the collection titled "No Waiting! Books for Kids & Teens That Everyone Can Read at the Same Time". The ICfL have just recently added a large number of Simultaneous Use (SU) ebooks and audiobooks to their collection. SU titles are always available, there is never a wait. Scroll down a little further and you will see their collection of SU Audiobooks.

    The IDEA by ICfL also includes a few other lists of books and audiobooks geared specifically for teens which you can find by scrolling through this same page. These collections include:

    • Cuddle Up with a Teen Romance
    • IBOB Middle Grade Titles (Books for the Idaho Battle of the Books Competition)
    • STEM Curiosity Collection
    • YRCA Nominees 2022 (Young Readers Choice Award, you can read and vote for your favorites?)
    • Newberry, Printz, and more Awards (2021 Youth Award Winners)
    • Teen Reading Challenge
      • #OwnVoices
      • Books The Keep You Up at Night
      • A Classic
      • Memoir/Biography

    As always, if you need help or have questions, contact your school librarian.

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  • What's Your Favorite Christmas Book?

    Posted by David Cole on 12/13/2021

    For a lot of us, Christmastime is where many of our favorite activities, foods, and songs turn into traditions that last throughout our lives. What about books? Do you have a favorite book that is an integral part of your family or personal christmas tradition? A book that just has to be read every year? We have a lot of books in Sora that either occur during the Winter Holiday Season or are about specific themes of Christmas. We've just added even more, including additional copies of the favorites. This weeks new additions include:

    • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (ebook & audiobook)
    • Some Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens
    • The Nutcracker (Read-Along)
    • Old Christmas by Washington Irving
    • Christmas Eve on Lonesome by John Fox Jr.
    • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore
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  • New Books November 29

    Posted by David Cole on 11/29/2021

    We've added many new books to the collection this week, including holiday-themed titles, the complete Emily Windsnap series, sports titles, and multiple nonfiction titles about vaccines.

    Picture Books

    • Dino-Thanksgiving by Lisa Wheeler
    • Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago
    • How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace
    • How to Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace
    • How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace
    • Goodnight Krampus by Kyle & Derek Sullivan

    Juvenile Fiction

    • Krampus and the Thief of Christmas by Eldritch Black
    • Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares
    • Snatching St. Nick by Myla Taylor
    • Emily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island by Liz Kessler
    • Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler
    • Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep by Liz Kessler
    • Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince by Liz Kessler
    • Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls by Liz Kessler
    • Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret by Liz Kessler
    • Emily Windsnap and the Tides of Time by Liz Kessler
    • Four Sparkling Underwater Adventures by Liz Kessler
    • Six Swishy Tails of Land and Sea by Liz Kessler
    • The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo
    • The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing
    • Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull
    • Football Genius : Football Genius #1 by Tim Green
    • Football Hero : Football Genius #2 by Tim Green
    • Football Champ : Football Genius #3 by Tim Green
    • The Big Time : Football Genius #4 by Tim Green
    • Deep Zone : Football Genius #5 by Tim Green
    • Perfect Season : Football Genius #6 by Tim Green
    • Go Long! by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • End Zone by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • Extra Innings by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • Goal Line by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • Jump Shot by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • Kickoff! by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • Red Zone by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • Wild Card by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • By My Brother's Side by Tiki & Ronde Barber
    • Teammates by Tiki & Ronde Barber

    Juvenile Nonfiction

    • A Kid's Guide to Understanding Vaccines by Eloise Macgregor
    • Una guía para niños sobre las vacunas by Eloise Macgregor
    • Cold War Correspondent: A Korean War Tale: Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
    • Toy and Game Projects: Making Slime, Flipping Bottles, and More by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
    • Understanding Viruses with Max Axiom, Super Scientist: 4D An Augmented Reading Science Experience by Derington, Smith & Biskup

    Young Adult Fiction

    • Blame It on the Mistletoe by Beth Garrod
    • Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove
    • My Boyfriend Bites: My Boyfriend Is a Monster by Dan Jolley & Alitha E. Martinez
    • Under His Spell: My Boyfriend Is a Monster by Marie P. Croall & Hyeondo Park

    Young Adult Nonfiction

    • The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic by Jennifer & Doug Shannon

    Adult Fiction

    • Christmas Cupcake Murder: A Festive & Delicious Christmas Cozy Mystery by Joanne Fluke
    • Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler
    • Nick and Noel's Christmas Playlist by Codi Hall
    • The Brightest Star: A Heartwarming Christmas Novel by Fern Michaels
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  • New Audiobooks

    Posted by David Cole on 11/24/2021

    We have added some new audiobooks to our collection in the Sora Reading App that will be very popular with our upper elementary and middle grade students.

    Four new sports-themed audiobooks by popular author Mike Lupica added are:

    • Heat
    • Game Changers : Game Changers #1
    • Play Makers : Game Changers #2
    • Heavy Hitters : Game Changers #3

    Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen is another new audiobook in our collection. Charley Goddard goes to war a boy, and returns a changed man, crippled by what he has seen.  In this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is the other new title added this week. Here is a description provided by OverDrive:

    The beloved New York Times bestsellers and Kickstarter crowdfunding sensations are now available on audio, read by a star-studded fierce female cast including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marnò, Phillipa Soo, Rowan Blanchard, and Samira Wiley.
    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales, inspiring listeners with the stories of 100 heroic women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Painters, scientists, dancers, chefs, astronauts, jazz singers, pharaohs, boxers, writers, political leaders...from every corner of the globe!

    Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls will inspire young girls (and their mothers, their aunts, their cousins...) to be confident, to dream big, to cultivate their strength. Trade in princesses for presidents. Swap out Cinderella for Cleopatra tonight.

    Includes a PDF of two written exercises: "Write Your Story" & "Draw Your Portrait"

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Last Modified on January 13, 2022