Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New books in the library!

Well it's November.  And that means...NEW BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY! 

Can I get a whoo hoo?

Alright, the list of awesome titles this month is staggering.  We've got more Naruto manga, more High School Debut, the new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel, Smile.

There's the third (and final, I believe) book in the Insignia trilogy, Catalyst and word on the street is this book is back to all the awesome glory of the first after a bit of a slump in the second.  There is also the possibly traumatic conclusion to the Unwind series, aptly titled UnDivided.  Be prepared that's all I'm saying.  

And for the older audience the historical fiction this month is off the charts. Check out Hild (Seventh century Britain full of blood, bribery and belief [that's a direct quote by the way] ) written by Nicola Griffith or The Shadow Queen (Seventeenth century French court, oh la la) by Sandra Gulland.

So many books! So little time!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Big News! Jennifer Holm to visit LCDS!

On Friday, October 31st, Jennifer Holm will be visiting our school!

Jennifer is the three time Newbery honor willing author of Our Only May Amelia, Turtle in Paradise and Penny from Heaven.  She's also the co-creator of the famous graphic novel series, Babymouse as well as the new series, Squish.

Order forms to purchase signed copies of her books are going out on lockers today.   

Deadline to have forms back is Friday, October 24th.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New books for October!!!

Happy October everyone!  I think October is the greatest month of the year.  And there's a great stack of new books to go with it!

We're starting some new series this month, so you'll notice there are a couple sets of titles that group together.  The Magic Thief series is amazing and the fourth book will be in our library next month so you definitely need to get started on the first three.

John Delaney does spooky like nobody else. It was only fitting I bring in some of this work for the month of October.  If you want a creepy book to read by flashlight then definitely jump into the Apprentice series, it's worth it.

Enjoy the new books for this month and as always, you can recommend a book for Mrs. Julsonnet to add to our collection. Just let her know and she'll look it over!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A rousing success for LCDS's third annual Talk Like a Pirate Day!

There was a great turn out for Friday's Talk Like a Pirate Day library program!  Students came throughout the day to work on pirate hats, skull masks and pirate medallion necklaces.

During the last period, about half of the middle school descended on the library to watch The Princess Bride (and make hats, of course!)

We're pretty sure a good time was had by all!  Thank you to all of the Middle School faculty for putting up with the chaos and graciously allowing the wearing of hats and masks in class!

Till our sails meet again!

The Dred Pirate Julsonnet

6th and 7th graders working hard designing pirate hats

Skull masks

Club period featured an afternoon showing of The Princess Bride

Ethan B. and Gabriel W. digging through the scavenger hunt clues

Our eighth graders Carly C. and Konrad L. getting into the pirate action

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Talk Like A Pirate Day!!!

Friday  is the big day!

Middle School!  This one is all for you! 

Come down to the library for some fun and games!  We'll be designing masks, pirate hats and necklaces.  


Study Hall (if your work is done!)
Club period

During club periods you can come by and watch The Princess Bride (totally a pirate movie) as long as your club proctor says it's okay.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September is here with loads of new books!

Happy Friday everyone!  You're going to love the books we have available this month!

I know I talked up the great older titles in my email but it really is a solid list of young adult.

 John Flannagan has his latest Brotherband book out, Slaves of Socorro.  It looks just as exciting as the first two in the series.  And if you liked Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong then you're going to LOVE Odin's Ravens.  The young descendents of Thor and Loki are at it again, trying to save the world and cope with God-like powers.

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown is sad, I'm not going to lie to you, Jersey Cameron loses her entire family when a tornado destroys her hometown. However, it's a book about love and family and forgiveness and I highly recommend it.

And if you're in the mood for a modern spin on Romeo and Juliet, take a look at Una LaMarche's Like No Other.  It's the story of Devorah, a young Hasidic girl and Jax, a Caribbean boy from Brooklyn who fall in love and struggle with family, culture and strict rules in order to be together.

And while there aren't a ton of graphic novels this month, the few here are great.  A little bit of history, a little bit of mystery and dragons!

Click on the link to see all of the book covers and reviews of everything.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome Back! Have a book!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 LCDS school year!  

We're going to kick it off with some awesome new books.  (And by new I mean really new.  None of these books were published before 2014, they were sent to me directly by the publishers.  Fancy!)

Many of these titles have been nominated to potentially be selected as a top ten best book of 2014.  If you find a slip of paper in one of them, please fill it out for Mrs. Julsonnet!  It would really help her out!

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.


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!