Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Have you seen the summer display?


The school year is winding down (today is the last learning day in the Middle and Upper Schools). The library is closed over the long break but that doesn't mean you still can't check out books.

You can check out ebooks!

Two week checkout!

No overdues!

Available 24/7 on your iPad or Kindle!

If you have a Kindle or the Kindle App on your iPad, you're good to start checking out ebooks, just go to our ebook catalog at lcds.lib.overdrive.com and select the Kindle version of the book you want to read.

If you don't have either of those options, it's fine, just download the Overdrive App and you can begin reading as well.  Follow the directions on the link below to get the Overdrive App on your iPad.



Happy reading this summer!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Final New Books for the YEAR!!!!!

This is it, the final stretch.  We have made it to the end of the year.  I made this last installment of new books an especially large one.  Feel free to come get some to read during finals week, something to pick up when you finish your exam and wait for time to be up.

I think I used up all of my witty banter in the actual email that went out to everyone.  So without further ado, I give you the books!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy Windsday Everyone!

On such days as this, everyone always look out the window and says, "Today would be a good day to stay at home and curl up with a good book on the couch!"


Do you have tried and true books that you like to pull out on days like this?  Books you might have read before but there's comfort in the familiar pages and it doesn't matter if you finish it because you've read it already and know how it ends?

I do.  Here are a few of my favorite rainy day books.  Feel free to let me know yours in the comments!

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

Decider by Dick Francis

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis


And for those who didn't get the subject of this post, here's where it's from:


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!



Remember when Charlie opened up that special chocolate bar and discovered he had the last golden ticket?  Penguin Publishing is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

They are awarding five golden tickets, just like in the original story.  This time instead of a trip to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, the winners will receive a Golden Ticket Trip of a Lifetime to New York City.

This includes:
  • A VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar (I've heard rumors you get to work there for a day)
  • Tickets to Matilda the Musical
  • A year’s supply of chocolate
  • A visit to the Empire State building
  • A library of Roald Dahl books
Go here, to the Penguin website to download the entry form and get the mailing address.

How exciting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Did you know...

...that April is Poetry Month?

Our poetry door is up and running and several students have shown their lyrical skills in crafting, well not poems exactly, more fortune cookies, but still very clever turns of phrase.


And for a close up...


Monday, April 7, 2014

New Books in the Library!

Here are the new books for this month!

Fans of Downton Abby should take a look at Landry Park and Manor of Secrets. The first has a dystopian slant and the other has a delicious upstairs/downstairs friendship for a twist.

The series that started with Cinder (think Cinderella with cyborgs) continues with Cress, I bet you can guess which fairytale character this one is about by looking at the cover.

Basketball lovers should take a look at Crossover. It's amazing...I didn't even notice it was written in verse, I randomly opened a page and ten minutes later realized I'd not stopped reading.

So many great new titles, and all for your choosing! Stop by and take a look, Easter break is not too far off, you may want a book for the holiday.

And if you happen to find a feedback slip in your book, would you be so kind as to fill it out?  Thanks!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Books for March

Just in time for Spring Break!!!

And I know for a fact teacher's aren't suppose to assign homework (unless you're in an AP...sorry AP students) which means you should all be able to crack open those books you've been dying to read for weeks!  :)

And hey!  If you're traveling over the break or going on an awesome trip (I'm looking at you China kids!) then you should check out an ebook! You don't need wi-fi to read and you can pack as many as you want and don't have extra weight. :)

World Civ students, I bought you books!  Go take a look at those little Wicked Histories.  They may seem a bit juvenile but they're actually full of some great background information and they have suggestions of titles and websites for further reading as well as a bibliography of the books the authors used to write the book itself.  It doesn't get much better than that!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jennifer Nielsen to Visit the Middle School!

Get your party hats, people because we have an author coming to visit!




Friday, March 21st, Jennifer Nielsen will be here in the library to talk to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade!


Famous around these parts as the author of The Ascendance Trilogy!  I know many of you have read the first two, and her third (and final *sob!*) book is out so stop by the library to put it on hold.

And if you can't bear to wait while the next book about Sage comes out, never fear, we also have books from her Elliot series. 


And it gets better!!!

She will also be signing books, and you can pick up a copy of an order form in the library or check your email, I'll be attaching a copy on Friday.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Books for February!

Happy February, everyone!  There's a nice mix this month!

How many of you read The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau?  (It's a lot like The Hunger Games, so some like it because of that and others don't).  Well, the sequel is here, Independent Study, and it's just as nail biting and twisty as the first.

What else?  The sequel to Cloak Society (super heroes and super villains doing epic battle) and Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger. This is the sequel to Etiquette & Espionage (steampunk, werewolves, vampires, finishing school and all sorts of madness), even better than the first, in my opinion.

The nonfiction, I could just swoon over.  Sevants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times.  This is a must read for Downton Abbey fans, or even those just interested in history and sociology.  The Nazi Hunters, winner of the 2014 Morris Award for best nonfiction.  It may be nonfiction but wow, it reads like the most exciting action adventure story ever.  With spies!

I could go on and on but I'll let you come take a look yourself.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So Many Ebooks, So Many Choices!

The sun is out but the temperature is COLD!  This seems like a good opportunity to bundle up under a warm blanket with a good book, right?

However, what happens if you finished, or don't have a book to read?  And you can't find any ebooks you want to read on the school's online catalog?

Well there are a couple other options.

Image from www.publicdomaintreasurehunter.com

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks for you to read on a variety of formats.  You can download and read them on a Kindle, use your Overdrive app on an iPad, or even read them straight on your desktop or laptop screen.

The downside is these books tend to be on the...old side.  Project Gutenberg only digitizes titles which are out of copyright.  However, that doesn't mean there aren't some great books here.

For example!

They have the entire series available for you to download.  Did you know the next play our Theater Department is putting on is Anne of Green Gables?  It's not just a classic, it's cute and funny and heartwarming, you might laugh out loud and possibly shed a small tear!


These were two of my favorites when I was a kid.  There's still something so awesome imagining coming up to your room and discovering it's been transformed from a cold attic to a warm place with a fire and a chair and a pot of hot chocolate.  Magic!  (or is it?)

Some of you may remember me booktalking 7th Sigma by Steven Gould.   



 (After Kimble's father is taken away for medical attention, he chooses to stay and live in the desert Southwest, also known as the territory. It's a dangerous place for anyone, let alone a teen. No one can carry metal in order to avoid the metal-eating bugs that destroy everything in their path. Eventually he finds a place to call home and puts his skills to work helping Territorial law enforcement.) 




Did you know that Steven Gould based his book (even the name of his character!) off of Rudyard Kipling's Kim?  He did!  And it's just as awesome, though in a totally different setting.    

So if you read 7th Sigma and loved it you should definitely check out Kim.
 

 It doesn't get much better than talking animals.  And a wise-cracking parrot!



Jules Verne was one of the first writers of Science Fiction.  Around the World in 80 Days is pure adventure, though.

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Alright, enough of the classics, you say?  How about some modern fantasy?  Did you know that Amazon offers some of it's Kindle titles for free?  That's right!  Generally it will be the first book in a series because they want to hook you but still, you don't have to pay anything for that first one and there's no pressure to buy the rest.  Here are two of my favorite fantasy titles currently offered for free.

If you like Steampunk, or fantasy, or action and adventure, this book is for you.  If you like strong feisty female protagonists, this book is for you!  If you like an odd cast of quirky characters who make far too many jokes and talk far too much during missions when they should be working on their stealthy sneaking...this book is for you!

Errol Stone has had a hard life.  He's seen a lot for someone who's not even sixteen.  And unfortunately, he's found drinking helps him forget so he drinks a lot.  But one fateful day, he's asked to carry a message to someone and it all changes.  He finds himself being hunted, having to flee, making some powerful friends and enemies and finding if he digs deep within himself, he has the power to fight back against his past and make something of his future.

I have such a soft spot for young heroes.  And those who work hard, and become really good at something (like fighting) just makes me all giddy.  Errol is such a great kid.  You'll root for him when he stumbles and cheer out loud when he triumphs.

So there you have it!  That's a pretty solid selection of titles to keep you busy during the cold days!  And as always, I love hearing from you.  If there's a book you think would be perfect for our library, let me know and I'll take a look!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Countdown to the most prestigious children's literature award in America!

The 2013 Newbery Awards are just around the corner (January 27th to be precise).
                                         

Middle School Library Club has been very busy picking contenders and reading them so they can decide what should win.

After much discussion they've narrowed their selection down to two titles.

After their grandmother tells them that their missing dad was killed in a fight with an angry man, Annie and Rew spend their days imagining what exotic jobs he probably had, but a prison escapee unravels all their stories.
"This book is awesome. It should totally win!" ~Lauren L.
       
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
"It's a little creepy, I mean the doll is made out of china made from the bones of a girl. But it's good and could win." ~ Lauren P.



We'll find out Friday, January 31st if their choice won!

Monday, December 16, 2013

New addition to the library!

Have you all had a chance to come play with the new cataloging kiosk in the library?


I'm sure there's been an occasion where you've walked in and wondered, "Is such and such book available?"  Or..."I wonder where the books about Rome are?"

Trouble is, you have to check out a laptop, boot it up, sign in and then wait and wait and WAIT before you can finally go to the school website and open up the library catalog.

Well now we are prepared to give you minutes, nay HOURS of your precious time back with our new cataloging kiosk! 

Cristan and Sabrina demonstrate how easy it is to use!


The touch screen computer is set up all the time, logged right into the library's catalog.  You will have an answer instantly without the previous hassle!

Friday, December 6, 2013

New Books for December!!!

Alright!  Let's gear up for December!

Every month I tell you about the awesome new books we have in the library.  Well this time I'm not.  These titles are just awful.  Terrible.  There is no way you want to read a single one of these.

I mean, the very last Alex Rider book? Written from the perspective of Alex's archenemy starting when he was a young boy and then befriending as a teen, Alex's uncle whom he'll eventually kill as an adult?  You don't want to read that.

Or Man Made Boy, the story of the child of Frankenstein's monster and bride living secretly under Times Square in New York City?  Nope.

And definitely not The Prince of Mist, a creepy Spanish ghost story about a family that moves into a new home on the coast, only to find out it's haunted by the spirit of a boy who drowned.  Except he's not the real evil in this story, the family learns of a diabolical and mysterious presence and then the real danger begins.

And then there's the much anticipated new Amy Tan novel, The Valley of Amazement.  All accounts say this one is better than the last, which was admittedly a bit odd and not very Amy Tan-ish.

And the non-fiction this time around.  I have to say, some of these are so out there I could put them in fiction.  (Actually for some of them, I did.  Sixth grade, if for some crazy reason you decide you want to read about Roald Dahl, his family's car accident and his sheared off nose...you'll find it in YA FIC DAH).

So without further ado...the terrible, no good, awfully dull new books in the library!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

E-xciting news! E-books are here!

In E-xcellent time for winter break!  (Okay, I'll stop with the e-jokes now)

The library is pleased to announce we now have a modest, (but growing!), ebook collection.  You can access it on our library catalog page which looks like this:



Or you can go directly to the ebook catalog here:  lcds.lib.overdrive.com

Take a moment to browse, there are some great Middle School fiction books as well as some hot new Upper School fiction books.




To set your iPads up so you can check out ebooks at your own leisure (from school! from home! from the beach in Florida!) follow the directions listed below:


Friday, November 15, 2013

Have you read...? Will you see...?

So many books are being made into movies these days!  The official trailer for Divergent is out now, it looks pretty exciting.



And The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has been turned into a movie as well.  Here's the trailer for that:


And of course there's Ender's Game, in theater's now:



And the second Hunger Games film, naturally:


And there's no trailer yet because they've just started filming, but Gayle Forman's best selling YA book If I Stay will be coming out eventually as well.

And even bigger news is that they finally sorted everything out (after about 15 years) and The Giver is finally finally FINALLY going to be made into a movie.  Jeff Bridges will play the role of the Giver and Taylor Swift is slated to co-star in it.  Jonas will be played by Australian actor, Brenton Thwaites.

Of course I've saved the best news for last!  A book near and dear to Middle School students at LCDS is set to be made into a movie.  I'll give you one hint below:


That's right!  The director of A Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline has taken the helm of the project. No word yet on a release date.  How exciting and congratulations to Adam Gidwitz!!!
Brenton Thwaites
Brenton Thwaites
Brenton Thwaites

Friday, November 1, 2013

New books in the library!

Happy November!

We have nearly one hundred new and shiny books for you to read here in the library this month! And we have Thanksgiving break to look forward to, with all that lovely free time.

If you're interested in the story of Malala, then you'll want to take a look at her autobiography.  It's a very interesting and easy book to read.  I had the chance to go to St. Louis and meet a lot of terrific authors.  I've come back with quite a few of their books, stop by and ask me all about, I can't wait to share everything I learned!

So without further ado...here is the selection.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

All Hallow's Read!

I'm busy cataloging all of the new books we'll put out in November (can we say latest by James Dashner?  Or Gayle Forman?  Or how about the thrilling conclusion to the Divergent trilogy?)

In the meantime I wanted to get you all geared up for the weeks ahead and especially for October 31st.  Typically known as Halloween but around here it's All Hallow's Read!!!


What is All Hallow's Read?  I'm going to let Neil Gaiman explain (as I do every year) because he does it so much better.  And he's standing in a graveyard.


If you're looking for a book to read this month in honor of All Hallow's Read...perhaps something a little spooky, stop by the library and check out the books we've put on display.  And on the 31st we'll have copies of The Headless Horseman and The Raven to give out.  Because if you're gonna read a book, you gotta give a book!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The final and GRIMMEST book ever!

There was a splendid package waiting for me in the mail yesterday.



How much did the Middle School like our gift?  

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Books in Library!!!

Happy October, everyone!

A new month means new books!  The graphic novels this month are particularly exciting.  Delilah Dirk and Turkish Lieutenant literally made me burst out laughing.  It's witty and cute all rolled into one.

And David Levithan has a new novel, Two Boys Kissing.  (If you're curious about the cover, come ask me because I read an interview with the author and there's a really cool story behind it...)  Oh and while we're talking about covers, The Clockwork Scarab has an awesome story behind it's cover, too.  Ask me!  I'm dying to share.

Some fantastic non-fiction, a slew of young adult that I could rattle on rapturously for hours...so stop by and check something out!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Today is the day!  Head down to the Goodship Library for some adventure on the high seas!

Join our fearsome crew!
Andrea E. getting into the swing of things!

Mr. Bushong is a pirate from Pittsburgh!

Mrs. Thompson has come prepared to board our ship

Mr. Mylin is scouting for enemy ships!

Try your hand at our scavenger hunt, get a clue and solve it using one of our databases or catalog and you'll win the best pirate booty out there...chocolate!

We're also playing pirate movies in the library all day so feel free to come by at lunch or on your break to catch a few minutes!  Our helmsman is keeping us on course for a fantastic day.



Or you can have your picture taken in our magnificent pirate ship and leave with your very own Guide to Pirate Lingo.