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It’s been a while!

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 18, 2011

I can’t believe how much time has past since I last wrote on the blog. I apologise for that, I’ve been too slack! But I have been busy doing work, so I do have an excuse. 🙂

The Library has been a very busy place this year, I think mainly because of some of the great changes we’ve put in place. The new layout looks great, if you ask me and we’ve had lots of students and classes using the new Fiction section. We’ve put couches, a rug and some cushions in that area to try to make it much more inviting for you all.

I’ve also got some ideas to implement in the near future so I’ll let you know once they’ve happened. I won’t say what they are now, I’ve got to keep some little surprises! We’ve also been getting a LOT of new fiction in the Library in the last couple of months so keep an eye out on the blog for information about those in the future.

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Anyone up for a challenge?

Posted by rportelli on October 22, 2010

A tantalizing web of deceptive artwork and wordplay lures us to play detective in this fascinating and puzzling book.  The missing letters of the alphabet on the edges of each page can be rearranged to make the name of an animal.  The reader must then try to find that animal in the artwork.

Go on – give it a go!

The book is by Paul Adshead and it can be found in the library in the fiction area under ADS.

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Exciting New Trilogy

Posted by rportelli on October 22, 2010

We now have available in the library “The Hunger Games” trilogy.

There have been some excellent reviews on these books, check out what readers had to say here.

If you’re still not convince – have a look at this book trailer!

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Operation Beautiful

Posted by SalesianLibrary on September 15, 2010

Did you know that 2 out of 5 women would trade 5 years of their lives just to be thin? Did you know that most women overestimate their own waist size by 30% and their own hip size by 16%? Did you know that more women are suffering from anorexia or bullemia than from breast cancer? Did you know that most young grils start to diet when they are just 8 years old?

This is why Operation Beautiful has been started. To help women (and men) to stop the ‘fat talk’ and start loving their own bodies the way they are. The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post encouraging notes in public places for other people to find and to brighten their day. The notes can be as simple as ‘you are beautiful’ or ‘you are perfect just the way you are’ but they can bring a smile or some much needed joy to someone’s life. Also once you’ve posted your notes, take a photo and send them off to Operation Beautiful (the email is on the site) and your notes will be posted for everyone to see and enjoy.

There are also some great links to articles for improving self esteem, stopping the ‘fat talk’ and overall trying to see yourself in a positive light. It’s a great site and worth having a look at! The following are some examples of notes that people have put up:

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Manga

Posted by rportelli on September 10, 2010

Did you know that you can put in a request to purchase books?  There is a form in the library to fill out, if you are interested.  Purchase requests provide valuable information to library staff, as it gives us an indication as to the types of books that you would like to see more of in the library.  We now have Fruits Basket 1 as a result of students requesting that we purchase the series and we and will be collecting more of these titles in the future.

Find out more about Fruits Basket

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New Fiction August 2010

Posted by rportelli on September 10, 2010

We have lots of new fiction books in the library.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto (ADO)

Mirror by Jeannie Baker (BAK)

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (BRO)

Good Oil by Laura Buzo (BUZ)

She’s with the band by Georgia Clark (CLA)

The wish list by Eoin Colfer (COL)

Revelations : a blue bloods novel by Melissa De La Cruz (CRU)

The Van Alen legacy : a blue bloods novel by Melissa De La Cruz (CRU)

Magic under glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (DOL)

The silver blade by Sally Gardner (GAR)

Falling from Grace by Jane Godwin (GOD)

Swerve by Phillip Gwynne (GWY)

This is shyness by Leanne Hall (HAL)

Marrying Ameera by Rosanne Hawke (HAW)

Horse mad whispers by Kathy Heliodoniotis (HEL)

Brown skin blue by Belinda Jeffrey (JEF)

Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindslold (LIN)

Year of the tiger by Alison Lloyd (LLO)

The Dunwich horror by H. P. Lovecraft (LOV)

Paladin by Dave Luckett (LUC)

Camel rider by Prue Mason (MAS)

The ghost next door by Mark Alan Morris (MOR)

India Dark by Kirsty Murray (MUR)

Runner by Robert Newton (NEW)

Five parts dead by Tim Pegler (PEG)

Spells by Aprilynne Pike (PIK)

Demon Princess : reign or shine by Michelle Rowen (ROW)

Smiles to go by Jerry Spinelli (SPI)

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It’s Supernatural!

Posted by rportelli on September 3, 2010

We have aquired two new books in the library which some of you may find interesting:

The paranormal caught on film : amazing photographs of ghosts, poltergeists and strange phenomena

The Paranormal Caught on Film is a mysterious and mesmerizing collection of photographs depicting ghosts and other extraordinary phenomena from around the world. Believers will marvel at the range of unexplained activity captured on camera and sceptics will not be able to resist debating the provenance of these enigmatic images. The book covers everything from the unfathomable to the downright spooky–mediums and spiritualists producing bizarre phenomena, eery lights, fogs and auras, astonishing appearances, levitating children and flying objects. Each compelling picture is accompanied by illuminating commentary from ghost expert and psychical investigator, Dr Melvyn Willin.

We also have in the library :

Ghosts caught on film : photographs of the paranormal

Ghost Caught on Film presents an extraordinary collection of strange and unexplained photographs that offer the exciting possibility of ghosts and paranormal activity captured on film. The book features early photographs from the Society for Psychical Research of psychics and mediums producing ectoplasm, ghost pictures and other paranormal phenomena as well as celebrated modern images such as the Hampton Court ghost. Each picture is accompanied by a description of its circumstances and the steps taken by Willin, the Society for Psychical Research and the Royal Photographic Society to establish that there is no `normal’ explanation for the phenomena. The incredible photographs will stimulate the interest of everyone who sees them. Whether you are a complete sceptic or a semi-believer, you can’t help but be drawn into the mystery.

Both of these titles can be found in the non-fiction area under 133.1 WIL.

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TWIGHLIGHT FANS – READ THIS!

Posted by rportelli on June 25, 2010

We now have in the library two copies of  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer.  This book is a spin-off from the book Eclipse and details the newborn vampire world from the perspective of Bree Tanner.  This is a relatively short read of 192 pages and includes the elements of romance, peril and suspense.

If you  can’t get hold of the book in hard copy, it is available to read for free online until July 5th.  

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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BEWARE! ZOMBIES IN THE LIBRARY……

Posted by rportelli on June 18, 2010

We have some new zombie books for you to read – enjoy!

ZOMBIE BOOK 1 : Zombie Queen of Newbury High

    Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. Rob-super hot football god-has asked her to prom! Life couldn’t get any better. Enter Samantha -cheerleader queen and Miss Popularity-who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date. Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn’t end up dumped in front of the whole school. So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice-her holistic, hypochondriac best friend-and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with her. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus on her whole class instead, and she is their zombie leader! At first she loves all the attention. But when she learns from zombie hunter hottie Chase that her classmates will actually try to eat her in a few days, she’s not too thrilled. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but in the meantime, she’s suggesting that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

 

ZOMBIE BOOK 2: Zombie Blondes

From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
     A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
     The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
     But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .

ZOMBIE BOOK 3: I kissed a Zombie and I liked it

 Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .

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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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