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Library: Book fairs, donations and recommendations

Our Primary School and High School libraries would like to remind the STA community of upcoming fairs, donation opportunities, new printing procedures and our weekly reading recommendations.

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Primary School Library

Book Fair

From Monday 27th November until Friday 1st December we will be having our quarterly new- and used Book Fair!! We welcome Paragon Asia for the very first time to our school! They will be here from Monday to Wednesday and sell the latest releases all age appropriate for our primary children. This is also a perfect opportunity to buy something for the holiday season! On Thursday and Friday we have invited Book Arena - a 2nd hand bookstore - to come and join us. So in other words, fantastic opportunities all around to buy some great books either for yourself, a friend or for your children!

We are still accepting donated books for our used-book sale. If you have any books, in a good condition, to donate, please drop them off at the Library and earn house points by doing so!

Scholastic books have arrived

If you have placed any book orders with our fantastic Scholastic Book Club, please note that they are now ready for collection from the library!

Books of the week

We received more than 100 new books last week!! Our “Books of the Week” gives you a very small preview.

Great for story-time (age 4+):
We are All Wonders by R. J. Palacio

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The unforgettable bestseller Wonder has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.
Over 6 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.


Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world—a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

For younger readers (age 8+):
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

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Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.
You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.
Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

For older readers (age 10+):
Ghost (Track) by Jason Reynolds

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A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel in a new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.
Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.
Running. That’s all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all started with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed, or will his past finally catch up to him?

Non-Fiction
Your Happiest You: The Care & Keeping of Your Mind and Spirit (American Girl) (age 10+) by Judy Woodburn

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You already know a lot about caring for your body. You eat your veggies, try to get enough exercise and sleep, and use soap when you need to. But did you know that a little care and keeping are great for your mind and spirit, too? This book is full of expert know-how and fun ideas to help you bounce back from any setback, focus on what matters and tune out the rest. You'll learn to find calm inside, connect better with friends and family, truly enjoy the world around you―and be the happy YOU you're meant to be.

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High School Library

Extended Essay Workshop for Y12 students

Last Friday was “EE Day” for Y12 students and the High School library accommodated them for the whole day workshop. Organised and led by Ms Claire Fletcher and Mr Jon Clark, the workshop was a huge success. During the day, students worked hard in groups collaborating with their peers to complete their tasks. The High School library appreciates these students using the library so effectively.

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How to Use the Library Printer

Last week the High School library installed a new printing system on the library printer. Please bear in mind that students must sign into a library computer and use their own ID card to print materials out through the library printer. Please see and follow the instructions on the image below. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Book Donations

Following up on last week’s announcement on the"Breathing Space" policy, the High School library would like to ask for your support. In order to make the 2nd floor in the Gold building a quiet reading space, we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to donate any books that are no longer used by you or your family members. Instead of using cellphones during break times, our students will be able to read a book quietly. We welcome all kinds of books including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and will make them become part of our new collection benefiting our students. We are looking forward to your kind donations. For further details on how to donate your books, please feel free to contact the High School library at libraryhs@standrews.ac.th.

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