And the winning posters are…

03/09/2015

First!

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Congratulation to Evie Simonsohn for the beautiful drawing of a shooner to illustrate her favourite book “Bloody Jack”, by L.A. Meyer. This book is unfortunately not in the library and is now out of print!..

Second !

Congratulation to Caleb Eason for his effective illustration of the Chaos Walking trilogy, by Patrick Ness, Winner of Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008. — Shortlisted for Carnegie Medal 2009. — Shortlisted for Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2008. The background has been made by writing words in mirror on the back of the paper. Quite smart!

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Third !

Well Done Keltan Voyce for the graphic novel style of the poster of the first book in the popular series Bone!

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Come to the library to get your prize: A book voucher ;)

And thanks to all students who participated. Your poster will soon decorate the library windows and give ideas of good books to read to everyone.


Favourite book poster competition

13/08/2015

Because peer recommendations is one of the best way to encourage reading, the library is organising a poster competition again this year. Favourite book posters will be displayed in the library to help you find your next read.

Design a poster promoting your favourite book or books on your own paper or on a template from the library or here: Favourite Book poster or Favourite Books poster.

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Posters must include:

  • The title of the book
  • The author name
  • Genres and/or keywords
  • Who the book is recommended to (Boys, Girls or both, Age…)
  • An illustration (could be a photocopy of the book cover)
  • Your name and whanau

Bring back your creation to the library by the 28st August.

All eligible posters will earn points for your house… and a lolly!
The authors of the 3 nicest posters will win a book voucher.

It’s a house competition so get in there!


Library Festival coming up in term 3

03/07/2015

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Book Fair

•Set up at the gym entrance on the parent teacher interviews days (29th July & 4th August)
•Set up in the library between these dates (30th July to 3rd August incl.)
•A selection of 60 children / young adult new books for sale
•20% profits go back to the college library

Book exchange

•Bring your own books in good condition to the library anytime until the 5th August and collect vouchers
•Come to the library from the 6th to the 14th August to spend your vouchers on other books.
•Renew your book shelves for FREE!

Library crafts

•Come to the library at interval and lunchtime anytime during the festival (29th July- 28th August)
•Create library decorations
•Design your own bookmark
•Craft stationery supplied

Poster competition

•Design a poster promoting your favourite book or books on your own paper or on a template from the library
•Bring back your creation to the library by the 21st August
• Winners announced and awarded on the 26th August
•Prizes: House points, book vouchers
•It’s a house competition so get in there!

Whanau quiz

•Fill in the quiz given to your whanau teacher
•Return to the library by the 21st August
•Winners announced on the 26th August
•It’s a house competition so get in there!

Book Amnesty!

•Just return these overdue books! No fee! No question asked!
•After the festival and til the end of the year, visit the library to admire the decorations and posters
•Get inspired by the book recommendations to find your next read!
•Enjoy reading! Read what you enjoy!


Book Club term 2 book

25/06/2015

This year, MAC Book Club students are fans of Skulduggery pleasant and the first term was happily spent creating a trailer for the series. Unfortunately, most of the footage went lost when a device died and the project aborted.

Term 2 has been enlightened by the reading of the Young Elites, by Marie Lu, which also features a strong adventurous female character in a hostile fantasy world.

Adelina is a malfetto scared by blood fever many years ago. But when she is accused of her father’s murder and sentenced to death by Teren, the King’s inquisition leader, she is rescued by a mysterious Enzo, the Young Elites leader who seems even more dangerous than her jailers. Not knowing who to trust, Adelina must manipulate Teren in order to save her sister and the Young Elites.

It’s a story of family, love and loyalty and ultimately a rebellion against prejudice, a quest for justice and freedom. Full of surprising special powers and action, this fantasy thriller is also a suspenseful romance.

It is difficult to relate to the heroine as she holds as much good as evil. We rated the book 4 out of 5.


What to read next?

02/06/2015

What_to_read_nextHere are some cool websites to help you find a book you will like.

The literature map on Gnod is spectacular: Enter your favourite author’s name and similar authors will pop out the screen. Impressive. Gnooks now offers a more refined search tool.

Also based on your favourite author, What Should I Read Next analyses Amazon’s huge database of real readers’ favourite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions. Quite accurate!

Goodreads is a huge social network for readers and offers great book lists. If you log in and enter your own reading habits, book shelves, etc. you get excellent customized recommendations.

LibraryThing, another readers social network, has an impressive Zeitgeist page, with lists of favourite authors, books etc. Click on an author to find a useful “If you like” link. Or click on a book for tags and similar books.

I am looking forward to BookFlavour to be up and running: you will enter your criteria (sad, scary, funny, etc. ) and it will devise a list with them. Based on a similar concept but designed for adults so will only suit senior students, Whichbook stretches your reading habits…

And if all fails, ask your librarian ;)


Favourite books in 2015

06/05/2015

New books Term 2 2015The library has stocked a large number of new books from award-winning to best-sellers and most popular on Goodreads and LibraryThing and it is a good idea to reserve one of these if you want to read them as they are usually out. Yet the most popular in 2015 are not new.

Top Twenty

  • Paul Jenning‘s “Uncanny” and “Don’t look now” are both in the top 20 as they are great humorous stories.
  • The Last Thirteen series is next. It is a fast-paced thriller with short chapters.
  • Popular as ever Jacqueline Wilson‘s books in particular “Lily alone” and “Queenie”
  • 5 books of the Robert Muchamore Cherub series are in the top twenty. There are 46 books by this author in the library and usually very few on the shelves… Ask the librarian to reserve the book you need.
  • Night Vision is 5th and has a long reserve list.  So if you are having one of the 3 copies, please read it fast and return it promptly!
  • Tom Gates has rocketed up the list, now in 6th Position. It’s funny, it’s easy, go for it!
  • Bear Grylls adventures (with real survival details!) are riding up.
  • Brilliant, the 3rd in Rachel Vail series, great for girls year 9 – 10 as other books by Sarah Dessen, Ann Brashares or Louise Rennison.
  • Where she went, by Gayle Forman is successful in the wake of the film as other books (and films) by John Green (The Fault in our Stars) or Lauren Oliver (Panic).
  • And twentieth on our most popular list this year is War Horse by hugely popular author Michael Morpurgo, one of the many novels about World War One.

 


Celebrate the Cricket world cup and read…

16/02/2015

Cricket displayTo celebrate the Cricket world cup, the library has a new display to encourage reading about sport, or anything else.

Check out the Tournament results and borrow up to 4 books.

The start of the year is a great time to set habits so get the reading bug!


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