Friday, February 5, 2016

History and Literature is more fun when you can COLOR it

Today is your last chance to participate in #ColorOurCollections.  This is a week long initiative where many museums around the world have opened up some of their collections for anyone to download and color.

Here is one of my favorite pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Woodcut in Edward Topsell, Historie of Serpents. London, 1608

Or how about some roses from the University of North Carolina Libraries?

Floral catalogue of Pomona Hill Nurseries, Pomona, N.C. : J. Van Lindley, proprietor : roses, chrysanthemums and other green-house plant, 1889


 A complete list of participating libraries can be found here on the Library Journal website.  
Enjoy coloring!

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Books in the Library for February!

February is going to be a busy month here in the library.  Kick off the month with a new book, we have quite a nice selection to choose from.  Look over our Smore flyer for some ideas, but click on the button at the top for the complete list.

And ebooks of course.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Have some free time this weekend?

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has this hilarious program (page? online app you don't download?) that lets you design your very own 18th century wig.

World Civ students, perhaps something to enhance the projects on England and France I know you guys are working on right now?

Check out my wig!  I thought the fan was a nice touch.

And if the history of fashion intrigues you, we have some great books on the topic here in the library.  Some of my personal favorites are:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

ALA Youth Media Awards...(aka the Caldecott and Newbery Medals)

We didn't have a library club this trimester so there wasn't a Newbery Gala where students watched the award ceremony.  If we had though, I can tell you none of the students would have guessed which book would win this year.

First off the honors.  There were three and I was pleased with all of the winners.  In no particular order, the Newbery honors are:

So now we have the winner...drum roll please!

Surprised?   Me too.  However, if you look at the criteria for the actual award there isn't really anything that says it can't be a picture book, it's just not usually done.  What do you guys think?  If you want to take a look at the book, we have it in the Lower School Library, Mrs. Knauer has it out and would be happy to show it to you.

Monday, January 4, 2016

It's January! Welcome back everyone!

And to welcome you back, let's kick off this new year with some amazing new books!!!  December went by so fast, if there were some titles you wanted to read but didn't get the chance, we'll be leaving many of the December titles out on the shelves as well so make sure you look close at everything on display!

It seems like the new year is starting off by ending several series.  This can be good though because it means that authors like Melissa Meyer, Cynthia Voigt and Gail Carriger and set their keyboards to new and wonderful stories!  James Dashner just finished his sequel to The Rule of Thoughts (but considering how well his Maze Runner series flowed, I have no concerns it will flag).

And of course, the ebook catalog, while separate is definitely still a large part of our collection!

Several people came by before break and Mrs. J helped them set up their Overdrive app so they could download ebooks.  It's not too late (though the offer for candy has expired...sorry!), stop by anytime and Mrs. J will be happy to get you on your way!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy Friday and Happy December!

It's going to be a fast and furious month!  We only have two weeks of school but they'll be packed with new trimester assignments, winter concerts, the Upper School Winter Assembly and chaos in the hallways as Middle School attempts to throw every type of decoration imaginable at their lockers and hope it sticks.

And of course there is the added bonus of new books in the library.  A whopping 75 titles this month (including ebooks).  So if you're still trying to hold onto some of that relaxation from Thanksgiving break, or your Second Trimester schedule is a little lighter then you were expecting, come on down to the library and check out what there is to keep you occupied.

And you all know how to find the ebooks but in case you forgot, they can be accessed on the library page of our school website (under academics) or directly through the Overdrive app on your iPads.  Here's the new titles for this month.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thnksgiving Break...don't forget those books!

If you have some time, make sure you swing by the library and pick up some fun reading for your Thanksgiving break!

Your cousins driving you crazy?  Sneak away and read a book!

Your weird Uncle from Iowa still asking you what you want to be when you grow up?  Get too busy to talk with a book!

Bored with football (the Cowboy's will probably lose anyway) a book!

Too full after eating to run around outside?  Curl up with a good book!

Pretty much my solution to every holiday issue you possibly have is to read a book.  Come see what might help you out this Thanksgiving!!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Drink Competition and Book Fair

The Barnes and Noble Book Fair is just around the corner! 

You still have time to win a $10.00 B&N gift card by entering the Name That Drink competition.  Come by the library and submit your clever name for the Caramel Macchiato.  Competition ends TOMORROW (11/17) so make sure to stop by before time runs out!

The Book Fair is Thursday, November 19th.  Events will be happening all day so make sure you stop by after school and check out some of the action!

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's November and that means...NEW BOOKS!

Well I haven't heard any opposing feedback about the new book flyer so we'll continue with this method for a while.

Of course you can access the actual flyer through your email or by clicking on this link.

And the new ebooks of course

Remember with the ebooks you don't have to return them, they return on their own after two weeks.  You can check them out as many times as you need to finish one.  Nothing is ever overdue!

Enjoy all the offerings for November and as always, feel free to recommend books for next month!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Exciting app for The Ranger's Apprentice series

Have you ever read a really fun book and thought, man, I wish I could jump inside and be part of this world!?

Well Penguin Publishing and John Flanagan are giving you that chance with an archery app based on Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice series.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Can you guess the theme?

Every month we've been swapping out a theme display.  Last month it was all sports books.  This month appears to be particularly tricky, only one group of students have guessed correctly so far.

Can you guess the theme? Stop by the library and give it a try, there's a prize in it for the winner!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Magazines...we have them!

So let's talk periodicals.  Or magazines.  Journals if you want to get particularly scholarly. We get new issues of several popular magazines every month.  And you may not know this, but you can check them out!  For two whole weeks, just like a book.

I just received the latest issue of Seventeen

And we also get Teen Vogue

But it's not all fashion and advice, we also have the October issue of Sports Illustrated Kids which looks to be a particularly good issue if you're into hockey.  Go Habs!

And there's my personal favorite, Otaku USA, where you can get all the latest news and info about anime and manga.  Did anybody else catch the first episode of the new season of Haikyu!?  It was so good!

And if none of that interests you, then you might want to take a look at Electronic Gaming Monthly.  It focuses on news and tips for computer and console gaming.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Let's FALL into reading with some great new books this October!

Happy October!

We have sixty-eight new titles here in the library this month.  These include fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, DVDs and ebooks.

I'm trying something new, playing around with different mediums.  I created a flyer for our new books this month, but I'd love your feedback on which you prefer...the blog post where I list every single book cover and Goodreads link...or just a flyer with highlights.  The flyer should be emailed to you and you just click on the link to see all the pretties.

And in case you're wondering where the new books are (due to our Banned Book Week display of empty shelves)...

...they're temporarily living on the reserve shelves next to Mr. Fuderich's room / those old periodicals nobody looks at anymore.

And in case you were wondering about the ebooks...I've got you covered.

And just a quick word about Some Boys and Faking Normal.  They were selected for the Quick Picks for Reluctant Reader's committee I was on last year (remember, I had to read like 700 books and my committee picked the top ten best books for teenagers?) Anyway, these books are amazing and I've wanted students to have the chance to read them for ages so I'm really excited we have them as  ebooks.  They deal with some tough issues (self-harm, abuse and assault) but the topics are dealt with in a very approachable and honest way.  Seriously, there's a reason these books made the list, do check them out.

So stop by the library and take a look at what's on offer this month!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Banned Book Week

What would you do if books started disappearing off the shelves?  Not because they were checked out, but because somebody decided they didn't want you to read them.

It's Banned Book Week and that means we're raising awareness and promoting the love of reading.

Go on, get caught reading a banned book!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Library Closing Early Wednesday

The Middle/Upper School Libray will be closing at 3:00PM this Wednesday, September 16th.

Middle School students needing to stay after school should report to ASP in the Lower School hallway.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

This Friday We'll Celebrate Roald Dahl's Birthday!

 The Lancaster Country Day School Middle/Upper School Library will be celebrating the 99th birthday of Roald Dahl with fun and games in the library all day!

Stop by to try your hand at some vile verses, tricky quizzes and other silly shenanigans.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's the first day of school!!

Welcome to Lancaster Country Day School's Library blog!  Every month I will post all the new books in the library along with cover images and links to their reviews on GoodReads.

You're welcome to let me know what you think.  Tell me what you loved!  What you didn't like!  Anything else you think we should get for the library!

So without further ado, here are some great titles for you to check out and get your year started off right.  I confess, the non fiction section is a little slim this month but there are some great titles in older fiction, young adult and check out the e-books!

Friday, May 1, 2015

New books in the library

April showers bring!

This is it guys, the last batch of new books for this school year.  There are nearly one hundred titles here!  So if you can't find something to peak your interest, I'll just throw in the towel, hand over my degree and go be a tomato farmer somewhere.  (And I don't have the best track record growing tomatoes so I really hope there's something here for everyone.)

As always, if you're interested in what other people have to say about these books, click on the link below the picture and it will take you to the Goodreads page.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April is National Poetry Month!

April flew by!  It was a fantastic month of poetry! 

Here are some examples of the awesome poems that were constructed.  And for the first time in four years, one of them actual rhymes!!

Not only was the poetry door a bumping place, but Senora Brubaker's Spanish classes wrote some fantastic poems which decorated our windows all month.

Thank you to everyone who participated to make the library a place to be for National Poetry Month!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

So what's new with non fiction?

We're creating a new collection here in the library!

I wanted to call it, Super Awesome Non Fiction That is Too Good To Get Lost in the Stacks but was shot down as that is apparently too long of a title and the wooden sign would have cost like eighty million dollars so...

...we're calling it High Interest Non Fiction (party poopers)

Unless you guys can think of a better title!!  That would be great!  The winner will get their title turned into a wooden sign that will sit on the top shelf.
Just keep the title fairly short because we're charged per letter for the sign

What's so special about this collection that we're pulling it out of the big stacks?

The titles that are going into the High Interest Collection are typically shorter then general non fiction.  They also appeal more to recreational readers (people who are reading for fun).

For example, I recently received a great book called The World After an Asteroid Strike which is skinny, only 56 pages long but full of interesting information about how the climate would change, what people would have to do for food, and how animals would react.  However, because it's such a slim book, if I shelved it with the other non fiction titles it would be lost forever.

And that leads me to another great thing about this collection.  It's browse-able!  How many of you like reading non fiction?  The current stacks don't exactly give off a warm and fuzzy browsing vibe.  But this new collection will be much more manageable.

So stop by the library and tell me what you think we should call this new collection.  Or reply to this post!  The winner will get their title immortalized forever!