iTeach Inanimate Alice

Inanimate Alice is an interactive digital graphic novel is set in the early years of the 21st century. The story of Alice and her imaginary digital friend Brad is told through text, sound, images, music and games, requiring user action to drive the story forward. Each chapter is a self-contained story, becoming more complex as the narrative unfolds reflecting Alice’s age and competency as she develops towards her calling as a game animator and designer.

There is a starter activities booklet available and additional educational materials downloadable by request for parents and/or teacher to use at home or in the classroom.


Free Christian Music

27 June 2012

There’s really no excuse for pirating (that’s a nice way of saying “stealing”!) music or anything else off the Internet. As Christians, our standards are found in the Bible and based on God’s truth, not what world’s version of what is “right” and/or “acceptable”!

So, starting with music, here is a partial list of places you can download FREE LEGAL music regularly. Most of these are sites that regularly offer free, legal music downloads. There are LOTS of other places you can find free, legal music on the internet if you are persistent enough! For many of these sites, you will need to create an account (free) and provide your email address to receive info, updates links for downloading the free songs. If you want a more complete list, stop by the library and ask for one.

2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week



June 14 – August 22, 2012

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer.   Each week  from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists.  For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit Please note that some titles may not be available outside of the US (see more info here)


SYNC Titles Summer 2012


  • The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


  • Irises by Francisco X. Stork
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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Yikes…it’s been awhile since I have been able to post here for numerous reasons, mostly due to access/technology/bandwidth challenges, I’ll just take advantage of this window of opportunity to pick up where we left off and see if we can continue to move ahead!

We have LOTS of great new books in the library, and I am busy reading them as fast as I can, as are many students and teachers! Here are some of the latest I have been enjoying (and recommend):


  • 90 miles to Havana / Enrique Flores-Galbis
  • Bamboo People / Mitali Perkins
  • Blue skin of the sea  / Graham Salisbury
  • June Bug / Chris Fabry
  • The last summer of the Death Warriors / Francisco X. Stork
  • A long walk to water  / Barbara Sue Park


  • Blind descent: the quest to discover the deepest place on earth / James M. Tabor
  • Knucklehead : tall tales & mostly true stories about growing up Scieszka / Jon Sciezka
  • Technically, it’s not my fault : concrete poems / John Grandits


Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to read, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with them as they leap off the shelf into my hands. April was a month of discovering some new authors and enjoying good reads!


  • Deep in the mountains: an encounter with Zhu Qizhan / Terrence Cheng
  • Eyes of darkness / Jamake Highwater
  • The bark of the bog owl / Jonathan Rogers
  • The story of the seagull and the cat who taught her to fly /  Sepulveda, Luis


  • Reclaiming the future of Christian education / Albert E. Greene
  • Black and white airmen / John Fleischman

It was a good month for reading some good books!


  • Benny and Omar / Eoin Colfer
  • I is someone else / Patrick Cooper
  • Morning morning true / Ernest Herndon
  • Phoenix rising / Karen Hesse
  • How it happened in Peach Hill / Marthe Jocelyn
  • The rifle / Gary Paulsen
  • Piercing the darkness / Frank Peretti
  • Useful Fools /  C.A. Schmidt
  • Voyage of plunder / Michele Torrey
  • One good punch / Rich Wallace


  • Accidents may happen: fifty  inventions discovered by mistake / Charlotte Foltz Jones
  • Caught by the sea / Gary Paulsen


  • Revolution is not a dinner party / Ying Chang Compestine
  • Chasing Redbird / Sharon Creech
  • Eragon / Christopher Paolini
  • This present  darkness / Frank Peretti


  • Crazy Love / Francis Chen
  • Phineas Gage: a gruesome but true story about brain science / John Fleischman