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Library: 21 November 2016

21 November 2016

Genre-Fication!

Tomorrow is the BIG day!! We will move and organise ALL our High School books into genre!

You might be wondering why we spend a lot of time doing this...Libraries that have already gone through this process have seen a significant increase in borrowing in comparison to the classic A-Z shelving.

One of the reasons is that children are more likely to ask and/or search for a certain genre rather than a certain author. They rarely approach us with an author’s name but ask for e.g. “Fantasy” instead. Once they’ve found a book they liked they are often struggling to find something similar.

Though not common, there might be an author who writes books in various genres. In this case, the children can very easily search on our library system Destiny where to find the remaining titles on the shelf.

Another method is to use our “Resource Lists” option in Destiny. There is a resource list for each genre, so if you are home and not sure which book to choose next, you can have a look on our system as well.

STA Used- and New Book Sale

It’s here again! From Monday 28th November until Friday 2nd December we will have our STA Used- and New Book Sale again.

Do you have any books at home you don't read anymore and are still in good condition? Please feel free to donate them, so that we can add the books to our Used Book Sale! You will collect house points and ALL proceedings from the sale will go to the Bangkok Refugee Centre. Boxes for donating books can be found inside the library.

We will also welcome Kinokuniya back! A perfect opportunity to buy some presents for the all important day in December!

Both book sales will be open every day throughout the week from 7.30am until 4pm.

See you there!

Baby & Toddler Group

Please be aware that tomorrow will be our last Baby & Toddler Group of this term. We will start again in Term 2. Also, we are still looking for someone to lead our group now that Ms Sara’s son will be starting nursery. Do you have some time on Tuesday mornings from 8.15am until 9am? Do you love spending time with little ones? And do you know your English nursery rhymes or willing to learn them? If you feel this is something for you, please contact Astrid. Thank you!

Come and join us tomorrow! If you would like to bring your young child to attend this group please contact Astrid in the library, so that we can ensure that there are enough snacks and facilities to cater for everyone.

Books of the Week

 

Early Years: The Little Engine That Could
By Watty Piper

The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.


Primary Fiction: Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures
By: Jeremy Strong

 

 

Stanley’s not the only flat one!
When a flat skull is discovered in Africa, Stanley Lambchop decides to travel there with his brother, Arthur, and their father, George. Maybe studying the skull will give them clues to Stanley's flatness. But once in Africa, the Lambchops are in for more adventure than they bargained for. From lions to zebras to elephants, it's the safari of a lifetime! Perfect read for beginner chapter readers! Recommended age 6+.


 

Primary Non-Fiction: Children Just Like Me: Celebrations!
by Anabel Kindersley

 

From the dazzling costumes of the Rio Carnival to the role of the elephants in Sri Lanka, children everywhere will love learning about the festival and the wonderful ways to celebrate them.


High School Fiction: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

By: Sydney Padua

 

 

Meet Victorian London’s most dynamic duo: Charles Babbage, the unrealized inventor of the computer, and his accomplice, Ada, Countess of Lovelace, the peculiar protoprogrammer and daughter of Lord Byron. When Lovelace translated a description of Babbage’s plans for an enormous mechanical calculating machine in 1842, she added annotations three times longer than the original work. Her footnotes contained the first appearance of the general computing theory, a hundred years before an actual computer was built. Sadly, Lovelace died of cancer a decade after publishing the paper, and Babbage never built any of his machines.

But do not despair! The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage presents a rollicking alternate reality in which Lovelace and Babbage do build the Difference Engine and then use it to build runaway economic models, battle the scourge of spelling errors, explore the wilder realms of mathematics, and, of course, fight crime—for the sake of both London and science. Complete with extensive footnotes that rival those penned by Lovelace herself, historical curiosities, and never-before-seen diagrams of Babbage’s mechanical, steam-powered computer, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage is wonderfully whimsical, utterly unusual, and, above all, entirely irresistible.


 

Book cover and review source: Amazon.com

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