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New wiki for Salesian Staff

Posted by SalesianLibrary on September 15, 2010

The staff here in the Library have started up our own wiki for the rest of the staff at Salesian College. Mrs Stanislawski and myself often found that we would be recommending websites and books for the staff but that they’d often forget about them or loose the address. So we thought that the wiki would be a great place to list all of these useful sites together in one place!

We’ve also included on there Pathfinders (there’s only a couple on there so far but feel free to recommend topics), and lists of new books in both the non fiction and teacher reference sections.

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Book Trailer – Uglies & The Host

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 10, 2010

This is a Book Trailer that I made up for a couple of books. The first is for Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and the second is for The Host by Stephenie Meyer. They’re very basic book trailers, so don’t expect too much! lol I had made them to be displayed in the Library that I work in, so unfortunately we couldn’t have any sound.

I’m very happy to note as well that the Uglies trailer has been shown by library designer Kevin Hennah in his talks around Australia and Asia so that’s a bit of an ego boost 🙂

Check out the LCD screen on the Library front desk to see these and more books trailers, Library news and new books displayed there.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Book Trailer – Uglies & The Host“, posted with vodpod

 

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Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 5, 2010

Title: House Rules: A Novel
Author:
Jodi Picoult
Publication Date: March 2010
Location in Library: Under PIC in the Fiction section

Blurb: House Rules is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel — and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.
(Blurb taken from the Good Reads website.)

My Thoughts: Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Aspegers Syndrome. He can’t look people in the eye, can’t relate to other people’s feelings, often says innappropriate things, has ticks and twitches he can’t control especially when he’s upset, can only wear and eat certain colours on certain days and needs to take breaks in a special room to calm himself down, amongst other things. Jacob is also obsessed with forensics, and often shows up at crime scenes to help the police. All of these things are characteristics of a person with Aspergers. However, when Jacob’s tutor, Jess is found dead the police come to the conclusion that these characteristics also point towards Jacob being guilty of her murder.

After a couple of disappointing releases Jodi Picoult is back to her usual fantastic work with House Rules. I literally flew through this book just because I didn’t want to put it down. I found all the details about the court case and Aspergers Syndrome really interesting and I now know a lot more about both of these topics than I did before. What I liked most about House Rules was how Picoult made Jacob a character I could empathise with and grow to like. I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and didn’t have this experience with that book at all. I also liked how you got to see each person’s point of view as Picoult had her chapters from various people’s point of view. So you got to see the impact Jacob’s Aspergers and his court case have on his mother, Emma and his brother, Theo and also get the story from the point of view of Jacob’s lawyer, Oliver and the police officer that arrested him. The ending was a little predictable, I had solved the case before I was halfway through the book, but I still enjoyed reading on to see if I was right and to see how exactly the story would end up.

I definitely recommend House Rules!

Rating: ****

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Blogs that I follow

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 4, 2010

I know I’m always looking for good blogs to subscribe to, because there are so many that offer interesting information, book recommendations or just great reading. I thought that I’d list the ones that I follow every now and then and there might be some amongst them that you guys would like to follow too.

The Story Siren is a blog run by a lady from the United States. She has a great love of reading, especially Young Adult Fiction and so that’s what her blog is about. She has some great  reviews and recommendations, and posts many upcoming titles, competitions and author interviews.

Windowpane Memoirs is very similar to The Story Siren, as it’s also a blog dedicated to Young Adult Fiction. I love this quote from the blog’s author, Michelle, “When I think about a writer creating worlds beyond reach I imagine their faces reflecting upon a windowpane; observing all that can be printed in words only with an artist’s heart. Windowpane Memoirs is also full of great reviews and recommendations of Young Adult Fiction. Michelle also posts upcoming releases, author interviews and chats and some competitions (although these are for US residents only, unfortunately)

Tanzanite’s Shelf and Stuff feeds my love of Historical Fiction. It’s a blog run my Daphne who shares her love of history and historical fiction with her readers. She not only reviews new fiction and non fiction books but also some older titles too. She runs some great competitions, and posts about upcoming new releases (both fiction and non fiction) as well as news and information about Historical Fiction. If you like Historical Fiction then this is definitely the blog for you (although beware, your wish list will grow every time you read it!)

Skerricks is one of the blogs I read for my work, and which I get lots of great library related news, and website and resource recommendations that I can then pass on to the students and teachers who work at the school I work at. It’s run by Ruth who is a Teacher Librarian at a school in New South Wales. My favourite part about the Skerricks blog is the Good Ideas for School Libraries entries, which show the changes  Ruth has made to her library and the great ideas that she’s introduced.

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Book of the Week: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 31, 2010

As soon as I saw this book I knew I…I mean the Library had to have it! I’ve tried a few of Martha Stewarts recipes and they always turn out delicious. This cookbook ‘Martha Stewarts Cupcakes’ is full of amazingly beautiful looking cupcakes, some simple, some filled and a few more detailed.

Title: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes
Author: Martha Stewart
Publication Date: June 2009
Location in Library: In non fiction under 641.8 STE
Blurb: Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated, cupcakes are the treats that make everyone smile. They are the star attraction for special days, such as birthdays, showers, and holidays, as well as perfect everyday goodies. In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share 175 ideas for simple to spectacular creations–with cakes, frostings, fillings, toppings, and embellishments that can be mixed and matched to produce just the right cupcake for any occasion. Alongside traditional favorites like yellow buttermilk cupcakes swirled with fluffy vanilla frosting and devil’s food cupcakes crowned with rich, dark chocolate buttercream, there are also sweet surprises such as peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, dainty delights like tiny almond-cherry tea cakes, and festive showstoppers topped with marizpan ladybugs or candy clowns.

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Reading Blog

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 28, 2010

Due to the fact that I’ve created this blog mainly for the students and staff at the school that I work for, I only write about books that we actually have in the library. But what you might not know is that I’ve also got another blog that I write which is a more general reading/book blog for all the books that I read. I enjoy reading both adult and young adult fiction, and every now and then some non fiction (mainly history based). So this other blog that I have, which is called The Readers Nook has reviews, wish lists, books that I’ve purchsed/borrowed/won and other interesting book related news. So if you’re interested in reading about books other than young adult fiction, head over to The Readers Nook and check it out.

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Review: The Last Song

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 24, 2010

Book: The Last Song
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Released: 2009
Location in Library: Fiction under SPA

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains alienated from her parents, particularly her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she and her brother spent the summer with him. Resentful and rebellious, Ronnie rejects her father’s attempts to reach out to her and threatens to return to New York before the summer’s end. But soon Ronnie meets Will, the last person she’d thought she’d ever be attracted to, and finds herself falling for him, opening herself up to the greatest happiness – and pain – that she has ever known. In the tradition of his beloved novel A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks brings us a deeply moving story of a young girl’s first encounter with heartbreak – and love.

My thoughts: I went into The Last Song expecting it to be a light read, something more entertaining than deep. And it was entertaining, but there was so much more to it than that. The book was also very touching, very deep and a great coming of age story.

Ronnie is horrified and angry to find out that her mother has decided that she and her younger brother Jonah will be spending the summer with their father in Wrightsville Beach. Ronnie hasn’t spoken to her father for the past three years since he left her mother and after her arrival spends as much time as possible away from the house. Because of this she meets the interesting Blaze, dangerous Marcus and Will, someone she never thought she could fall in love with, but does. As the story moves along Ronnie becomes a much more likeable character (she was a little childish at the start) and you can see her growing and accepting her father. I found it interesting that, even though Ronnie is the main character, the chapters changed from her point of view to her fathers point of view to Will’s point of view. I find in some books this is hard to follow, especially if there are too many people included, but The Last Song was very easy to follow, as each character stood on their own, with their own distinct personalities.

Like all of Nicholas Sparks’ other books this also has a twist at the end, which results in some very sad and touching moments. A piece of advice, make sure that you have some tissues with you when you get to the last few chapters of the book.

I definitely recommend this book, although I’m sure the girls will get more pleasure out of it than the guys.
Rating: ****

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Book of the Week: Soulless

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 14, 2010

Title: Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: October 2009
Location: In Fiction under CAR

Blurb: First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social ettiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia is responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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How Stuff Works

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 5, 2010

How Stuff Works would have to be one of my favourite websites. It’s a fantastic resource which offers information on so many different topics from history to science to animals to entertainment and so on.

My absolute favourite parts about this site are the blogs that some of the staff writers write. Plus twice a week they also run podcasts about some of the topics they’ve written about, which are very interesting and very witty, especially the Stuff You Should Know ones. Each podcast is created by two staff writers and include titles such as Stuff You Should Know (my favourite), Stuff Mom never told you, Stuff you missed in history class, Stuff from the science lab and more. You can find these podcasts on the website or download them for free from iTunes.

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Sleedo Search Engine

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 30, 2010

You might have heard about the game Free Rice, which offers grains of rice for correct answers given to a quiz. Now there’s a new search engine which does a similar thing. The search engine is called Sleedo, and for every search you conduct using Sleedo, they donate 10 grains of rice to the poor. So the more searches you do, the more grains of rice get given away. It’s definitely worth using this search engine!

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