Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Books and Breakfast

We've been doing Books and Breakfast every year in the library for at least the last 7 years. Each December, we pull all the nonfiction books we have purchased in the last year and put all the resources out on display. There is also coffee and tea as well as baking available for teachers to snack on. We make the library available to teachers only from 8-9 and invite teachers to come and browse the resources.

Why I love Books and Breakfast

1. Teachers get to see firsthand the new resources which we arrange according to subject. We all know how valuable it is to have the time to pick up books and flip through them, but this rarely happens in our busy school day.

2. A whole bunch of teachers in the library with books and food means that conversations happen and when there are conversations, ideas are shared which spark new ideas.

3. As teachers move forward in their planning for the school year, hopefully they'll remember the new resources that they can tap into. And that they'll tap into the library program and teacher librarian in the process.

I also love seeing how we have spent the library budget on nonfiction resources over a period of 12 months across 2 school years. I'm always amazed at the wide range of purchases both in terms of topic and reading level.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

December picks

Photos and book blurbs from Goodreads. You can vote here

1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

2.  We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with his English homework, he would make her mix tapes (it's the 80's after all), and any fight they had would be forgotten over TV and cookies. But now they've graduated high school and Cath is off to college while Scott is at home pursuing his musical dreams.

During their first year apart, Scott and Cath's letters help them understand heartache, annoying roommates, family drama and the pressure to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they want to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should be more than friends? The only thing that's clear is that change is an inescapable part of growing up. And the friends who help us navigate it share an unshakable bond.

3. This is Our Story by Ashley Elston
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them. 

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

4. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.