Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Time for a change

You may have noticed that our summer reading post is still at the top of this page. Well, we are hoping to move to a new platform, so don't want to do much more to this page. Everything still works, so keep using the links. Fingers crossed, we'll have a new page soon.

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Just a reminder…

 

If you are in the Upper School and going in to grades 10, 11, or 12, you need to read the packet on the Civil War/Battle of Atlanta. The packet can only be found at our bookstore, so be sure to pick up a copy before school starts in August — oh, and read it, too! Here's what the cover looks like:SR Cover

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Summertime….and the reading is posted!

Well, you've made it through another year. And that means summer is just around the corner – and with it, your summer reading assignments. You will find the readings for your grade levels by following this link or by looking under the Reading Lists tab at the top of  this page. Make sure you look at the grade you will be in when you return in August. And keep in mind, many of the books are available as ebooks or downloadable audio books from the library.

Finally, remember that for Upper School students there will be a quiz on the readings for your whole grade – March: Book One (everyone) and the packet on the Battle of Atlanta (grades 10-12). The packet was created for our school and is only available in our bookstore.

Here's hoping you read more than what is assigned – as Mr. Alig said, reading makes you smarter and that is not something to cry about!

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Reading. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 2 May 2014.

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We’re celebrating School Library Month!

In honor of School Library Month, we are inviting you to test your literary knowledge. Come to the reference desk in the Vasser Woolley Library and take a peek into the lunchbox. If you can guess the title of the book without touching or shuffling anything around, you could win a prize! Just submit your guess with your name and grade to any one of the librarians. We will let you know at the end of the month if you've won. Happy School Library Month! "And may the odds be ever in your favor."

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Spring Break is coming – are you going somewhere?

Do you want to read while you are traveling but don't really want to pack books in your suitcase? This is the perfect time to try an ebook! You may have heard that the library has a growing collection of ebooks that your can check out to your device – tablet, phone, iPod and even your laptop. We also have audiobooks that you can download, if you like to listen rather than read (spring break for your eyes?). If you are interested or curious about ebooks, stop by the library and ask Mrs. Martin or Mrs. Sauter to help you get started. If you can bring your device, that would be helpful, but we can show you how to do it without having it here. Here is a sampling of our books:

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The Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin

The kingdom of the royal Stark family faces its ultimate challenge in the onset of a generation-long winter, the poisonous plots of the rival Lannisters, the emergence of the Neverborn demons, and the arrival of barbarian hordes.

 

 

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Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.

 

 

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The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

When Jake Limberleg brings his traveling medicine show to a small Missouri town in 1913, thirteen-year-old Natalie senses that something is wrong and learns that her love of automata make her the only one who can set things right.

 

 

 

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Presents a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

 

 

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The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.

 

 

 

 

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

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Looking for something to do this Valentine’s Day?

 

Why don't you try a blind date?

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We have several wrapped books on display in the library (by the magazines) for you to give a chance! You never know…you just might like one.

Blind dates make you nervous? Feel free to read the jacket and get to know a few of these better. We have something for everyone, so stop by today!

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Biblioboard: for research and for fun

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The Vasser Woolley Library has a new resource – just in time for research paper season! Okay, some of you have been doing research for a while, but it's the new year, so we needed a new resource. Biblioboard is a collection of curated anthologies filled with primary source material. There are documents, books, images, videos and audio from archives and publishers around the world. It works on your computer with a browser and if you create an account you can download the app onto your tablet. It will work with iPads, Kindle Fires, Nexus tablets and Galaxy Tabs. So what's in there? Say you are doing your research paper on rap and Tupac Shakur. If you search gangs (or his name!) you'll find the full length documentary "Biggie and Tupac" as well as the 100-page FBI file on Tupac. Or if you wanted to do something a little more light-hearted, you can find an article on the original Mickey Mouse Club and how it reflected American life in the 1950s.

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Give it a try – click on the logo above and see what you find!

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Giving thanks for books you’ll fall for

It's that time of year again – the weather is getting cooler and some of us are ready to curl up with a good book. Too bad we have too much else to do! But Thanksgiving break is right around the corner. Before you know it you'll be stuffing your cheeks full of turkey, dressing, and all the other sides that make every family's holiday complete.

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And when you've eaten your fill and the football is over, you'll have time to pick up that book and relax for a little while. Right?

So, we want to know – what books are you thankful for, and for which have you fallen? Your favorite books, or the ones that have meant the most to you. The whiteboard walls will be waiting for you to share.

Here are some of ours:

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Mrs. Martin is thankful for A Surprise for Mrs. Bunny by Charlotte Steiner. Why? Because it is the first book she ever read, at the age of two and a half. No wonder she is a librarian – she got an early start! As for books she has fallen for, there are so many to consider. The Phantom Tollbooth and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The Tartan Ribbon (don't ask – it's about a librarian). Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Whip Hand (which made her read every other book by Dick Francis). And that's just the fiction!

 

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Mrs. Sauter is thankful for Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Although it is a very intense book, it makes her appreciate everything she has in life. As for books she has fallen for, that is a long list! Some of her more recent favorites are The Fault in Our Stars, Beastly, One and Only Ivan, Out of Mind and A Sick Day for Amos McGee. 

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Mrs. Tadesse is thankful for There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene. After she read the book she was amazed by the human spirit and so grateful for her own life. The book talks about the author's struggles and how she overcame them and still helped others. Mrs. Tadesse has fallen for Room and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Teen Read Week–Seek the Unknown

 

This week, October 13th through the 19th, is nationally known as Teen Read Week. We encourage you to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.

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War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

 

Take part in the celebration and stop by the library to have a look at our latest display. Is the book a TRICK or a TREAT?

YOU DECIDE.

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Anyone who wants to join the fun needs to choose an orange wrapped book from our display. Read the book and tell us if you think it was a trick or a treat. If you decide to write a review, see Mrs. Sauter or Mrs. Martin for a PRIZE!

 

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200 Years and still going strong!

Okay guys, you can stop reading now.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. You may be surprised to know that it was not her first published novel. Sense & Sensibility, which featured the Dashwood sisters, was first, in 1811. When it was published, it sold out – all 750 copies – in only two years.  Like Pride & Prejudice, the book was published anonymously. The title page said only "A Lady." The title page of P&P didn't say much more. But over the past 200 years, the book has endured. It has never been out of print. Millions of high school students read it every year. And it has been adapted into plays, a Bollywood musical and several movies. It has also spawned an entire industry of prequels, sequels, and other related novels. You can read the whole thing from Darcy's point of view. Or you can find out what happened to Lydia after she married Wickham. Not to mention the updating – check out "Lost in Austen," a television series that uses time travel (through a bathroom shower wall) to send a modern-day reader back to Longbourn to live with the Bennet family. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies does a great job of re-imagining life in a 19th century England overrun by the living dead. Take your pick! However you like it, take a moment to celebrate the birthday of one of the best-loved books in the English language.

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Image from: http://www.paulfrasercollectibles.com

For the guys: Jane Austen's Fight Club.

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