Library Open Coffee Mornings
When: Wednesday 15th February and Thursday 16th February from 8 am until 9:30 am
Emails have been sent out to all our Primary parents for our very first Library Open Coffee Mornings. We’ve had some fantastic workshops in the past with regards to reading (organised by Ms Leanne and Ms Jane), so these mornings will be informal walk-in sessions, where you can meet the librarians, browse our extensive collection of books, ask questions with regards to (encouraging) reading, find out how to search/reserve books online using our system, and find out about recommended reading lists per age group.
If you are interested in coming, please fill in the Google form, which was sent to you by email or send me a quick email on email@example.com.
If your child is in High School, you are of course more than welcome to come but to make things easier for you, I will be available during the High School parents’ consultations in March to give you the opportunity to ask me any questions you might have with regards to reading, books, etc.
Our weekly singalong playgroup returned last Tuesday!
If you have a little one at home please feel free to join us every Tuesday at 8.15am in the library for some nursery rhymes. It’s a lovely informal get together and a perfect way for your little one to get used to the school before he or she starts nursery. If you are thinking of joining us, please send a quick email with your interest to Mrs Astrid (firstname.lastname@example.org), so that she can ensure there’s enough snacks for everyone.
In addition, we are still looking for someone who can help out with the running of the playgroup, together with Mrs Astrid. If you are interested and are free every every Tuesday morning between 8.15am and 9am, please send her an email. Thank you.
Books of the Week
Early Years: Robo-Sauce
By: Adam Rubin
Fans of the best-selling Dragons Love Tacos will devour Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri’s newest story, a hilarious picture book about robots that magically transforms into a super shiny metal ROBO-BOOK.
FACT: Robots are awesome. They have lasers for eyes, rockets for feet, and supercomputers for brains! Plus, robots never have to eat steamed beans or take baths, or go to bed. If only there were some sort of magical “Robo-Sauce” that turned squishy little humans into giant awesome robots… Well, now there is.
Giggle at the irreverent humor, gasp at the ingenious fold-out surprise ending, and gather the whole family to enjoy a unique story about the power of imagination. It’s picture book technology the likes of which humanity has never seen!
Primary Fiction: Doll Bones
By: Holly Black
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?
Doll Bones is a winner of the Newbery Honor, is the recipient of six starred reviews, was on five Best Book lists, and was called “perfect” by The New York Times.
Primary Non-Fiction: City Atlas: Travel the World with 30 City Maps
By: Georgia Cherry
Take a tour of Toronto, look around Lisbon or hot-foot it to Helsinki with this global adventure in a book! 30 best-loved cities from around the world are brought to life with illustrations by Martin Haake, which show in fabulous detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons for all the family to enjoy. A search-and-find game on every page helps young readers to explore every city and spot the hundreds of details that makes each place unique.
High School Non-Fiction: A long way home (memoir - now in the cinema)
By: Saroo Brierley
First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller A Long Way Home. Now it’s Lion, a major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara. This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.
A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.
Book cover and review source: Amazon.com