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Archive for March, 2009

Kids Top 50!

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 30, 2009

Vote for your favourite book in the Kids Top 50 awards and you could win some great prizes! There are every day prizes like an iPod Shuffle, book vouchers or a book and DVD pack plus each week someone could win a digital camera, guitar hero or a Nintendo DS Lite.

Also, if Salesian has the highest number of votes we will win a complete set of the top 50 books! Put your vote in at by April 29, 2009. You can vote as many times as you like. Each vote is another chance to score a great prize for yourself, and maybe even the school! Good luck!


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Essay Map

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 30, 2009

I’ve just been introduced to a great new tool called Essay Map! Essay Map is an online essay planner for students.


Students don’t have to sign up or make an account to use Essay Map. All you have to do is enter in your name and your essay topic and you’re ready to go!


You  can move between screens as your ideas develop and become clearer.


The only downside to Essay Maps is that you can’t save essay maps. However, they can be printed out before you exit.


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2009 Production

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 22, 2009


Try-outs for this years production are coming up soon! This year the school is doing ‘Footloose’ and I’m so excited about it! For those of you who don’t know ‘Footloose’ is a musical about a boy called Ren who moves to a new town. He’s shocked when he finds that rock music and dancing (two of his passions) are illegal! Now Ren must lead the fight for the right to be himself and win his friends and classmates a real senior prom.

So if you’re interested in auditioning head over to the hall at lunchtime on Thursday the 26th of March! Good luck!

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Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 22, 2009

Next time you go to the library, head up to the circulation desk and nab yourself a free bookmark! We’ve been making and handing out a few different designs for the past week or so and they’ve become quite popular. Just a little something from us to you to help make reading more enjoyable for you. ūüôā

I got the idea from a great Library blog that I’ve been reading quite a bit lately. The Librarian who writes the blog, has come up with some fantastic ideas for libraries and I plan to try out more of her ideas in the future. You can check out her blog ‘Skerricks’ here

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Princess of Gossip

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 18, 2009

books_princessAvery is a new girl in a huge high school, where she feels unnoticeable, boring and lonely. She creates a MySpace mini-tribute to Marisa, a singer whose first album is about to drop, and soon she has 30 people waiting to be added to her friend’s list – and they think she’s Marisa. And so Avery starts blogging as the singer. She rationalizes that it’s all in fun, and she’s helping people who are ordinary and lonely like herself. When Avery gets an invitation for Marisa to attend an exclusive party, she goes as Marisa’s assistant. There she stumbles on some hot gossip about a celebrity couple. Avery realizes she’s got an exclusive if she acts fast, but she can’t post as Marisa. So she starts a new blog as Princess of Gossip. Then Beckett Howard, a playboy celebutante, asks her out, and the paparazzi snap a picture of them together that gets posted on all the gossip sites. Her classmates are wowed, and Avery can’t help but love the attention. But it’s all going to come crashing down, and not even the Princess of Gossip will be able to hold on to her crown…

Princess of Gossip is very entertaining and I loved how they included modern technology (like MySpace and Ning) how it’s actually used!

You can actually visit the Princess of Gossip’s Ning page here.
Check out more info and reviews about Princess of Gossip here

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The Uglies series

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 16, 2009

uglies I’ve just finished reading ‘Extras’,¬† the last book in the Uglies series. If you haven’t read these books yet I suggest you go out and get yourself a copy (or better yet pick up a copy next time you’re in the Library)! The novels are based on a very interesting idea that in the future cities will be split into groups of people called ‘Uglies’, ‘Pretties’ and ‘Specials’. Everyone wants to be pretty and live the ‘perfect’ life, but as we find out not everything is as it seems, especially when the main character Tally rebels against this idea.

The forth book, ‘Extras’ is more of a companion story to the series with the main character being a girl called Aya. In Aya’s world the most important things are status and popularity. Aya is, however, an ‘Extra’ with an embaressingly low status. Aya thinks she has found the key to fame when she discovers some of the least famous people in the city, with face ranks in the bottom thousand, performing incredible stunts. To exploit them, she joins their group, resulting in the discovery of a hidden weapon in the mountains that could destroy life on Earth. Suddenly Aya becomes famous, but fame doesn’t seem so good when you’re the one risking your life to get to the bottom of this.

You can find further info about the series here at Scott Westerfeld’s website and reviews here on the Amazon website.

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New Fiction Books (Feb 09)

Posted by rportelli on March 13, 2009

In February, the library has acquired these new fiction titles:

Above the veil by Garth Nix   (NIX)

Workhouse by Pamela Oldfield   (OLD)

Percy Jackson and the battle of the labyrinth by Rick Riordan   (RIO)

Percy Jackson and the lightning thief by Rick Riordan   (RIO)

Seacastle: a tale of the shimmaron by Tansy Rayner Roberts   (ROB)

Maus:¬† a survivor’s tale by Art Spiegelman¬†¬† (SPI)

Fashionistas by Chloe Walsh   (WAL)

To kill a queen by Valerie Wilding   (WIL)

Possessing Rayne by Kate Cann   (CAN)

The evil overlord by Cory Daniells   (DAN)

Shadow of the gallows by Terry Deary   (DEA)

Viking blood by Andrew Donkin   (DON)

Bookmark days by Scot Gardner   (GAR)

Silverfin: the graphic novel by Charlie Higson   (HIG)

Ghost hunt by Shiho Inada   (INA)

Ghost hunt 2 by Shiho Inada   (INA)

Ghost hunt 3 by Shiho Inada   (INA)

The spy catcher gang by John Kelly   (KEL)

The book of the sword by A. J. Lake   (LAK)

The circle of the stone by A. J. Lake   (LAK)

The coming of dragons by A. J. Lake   (LAK)

The singing stones by Margo Lanagan   (LAN)

Crowned by Julie Linker   (LIN)

Take my word for it by John Marsden   (MAR)

The Terror Trail by Stewart Ross (ROS)

Skinned by Robin Wasserman (WAS)

Winter of Grace by Kate Constable (CON)

Summer by Mark Crilley (CRI)

Beastly by Alex Finn (FIN)

As you can see, we have many new books for your reading enjoyment.  Take advantage of this great selection and treat yourself to a good read!

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New Moon release dates

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 2, 2009


It looks like the release date for the next movie in the Twilight series ‘New Moon’ will be 19 November, 2009 according to the Hoyts website!

Eclipse has been listed on with a release date in the US for June 2010.¬† So it looks like we don’t have long to wait for either film!

Read more at E Online! here (which was the source of the official movie artwork above), and the imdb news page for New Moon here, which links to multiple sites giving this information about both films.

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