If you’re not already listening to MP3 audio books, you may want to consider checking one out over the summer. Listening to an audio book totally counts as reading and can make long summer car rides far more bearable. Audio books can be more expensive than print, but the public library has many MP3 audio books for children and teens to choose from. Just head on over to the Nova Scotia Public Libraries digital media download site, enter your library card number (barcode number) and your PIN (last four digits of your phone number) and you can download the audiobook of your choice for free! You can set the lending period and your file expires on the due date, so you’ll never incur any late charges.
You can also download audiobooks for free all summer via the website SYNC. Each week from June 14 – August 16, two free audiobooks will be available for download – a popular YA novel and a related classic novel. It’s a pretty great lineup this summer (it includes my favourite book of last year – Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor):
July 12 – July 18, 2012
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain
July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino
So sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone read for you.
You voted and the results are in! 1388 votes were cast and counted, and the winner of the 2011-2012 Teen Reader’s Choice Award is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins!
The first book in the wildly popular dystopian series took away the top honour with almost half (588) of the votes. To see how the rest of the Top 10 books ranked, check out the award blog.
I want to thank all the students who participated at SHS. An award ceremony was held in library for Jr. and Sr. Book Club members during lunch hour on Tuesday, May 29. It was a great way to end the first CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award!
Voting for the first-annual CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award is now open! If you’ve read at least one of the Top 10 books, you can vote online or fill out and submit a ballot in the library. You have only one vote, so make it count. Polls will close on Monday, May 14 and the winner will be announced at the end of the month!
I want to thank everyone who came out and supported the recent Scholastic book fair! We generated $579.20 in sales, from which we got to keep $321.00 to purchase 31 new Scholastic books for the library! Thanks for all the volunteers who helped with the setup and the cash. You were great!
Be sure to check out the new books, which are listed below. Check the library catalogue to see if the book is on the shelf by clicking on its title.
- Bart Simpson : Class Clown by Matt Groening
- The Big Field by Mike Lupica
- Beauty Rules : Fabulous Looks, Beauty Essentials, and Life Lessons for Loving Your Teens and Twenties by Bobbi Brown
- The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
- The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Cloaked by Alex Flinn
- Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
- Crackback by John Coy
- Crazy by Han Nolan
- Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
- A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
- Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney
- Entwined by Heather Dixon
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- Guinness World Records 2012 : Gamer’s Edition
- How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
- Laddertop, Vol. 1 by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card, illustrated by Honoel A. Ibardolaza
- Lockdown : Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith
- A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
- The Middle of Everywhere by Monique Polak
- My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer
- Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
- Pandemonium by Chris Wooding, illustrated by Cassandra Diaz
- Pokemon Black and White, Vol. 2 by Hidenori Kusaka, art by Satoshi Yamamoto
- The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
- The Hunger Games : The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming for a second time this year! The fair will be held here in the library at the following dates/times:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
8:30am – 3:30pm
Thursday, April 19, 2012
8:30am – 3:30pm
5:00pm – 7:00pm
You can purchase books before class, at recess, lunch, and during class time if you have an off period or with your teacher’s permission. The book fair will be open to both students and parents during the evening hours.
Books can be purchased with cash, cheque (addressed to the school), or credit. Debit will not be accepted.
Remember: this is a fundraiser. For every $10 spent at the fair, up to $6 goes directly to purchasing new books for the school library!
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Read at least one of the Top 10 books on the list between now and May 14. For every Top 10 book you check out, your name will be automatically added to a draw for a complete set of the Top 10 books. You can participate even if you didn’t nominate a book.
Discuss the books online with other CCRSB students on the Award website. Talk about whether you loved or hated a book, but remember to be respectful to other students and use school-appropriate language.
Vote between April 25 and May 14! You will be able to cast your vote with paper ballots in the library and online.
Let’s get reading!
Here is a list of new books I’ve received at the library in the last couple of weeks. I’ve rounded out my Ellen Hopkins collection, added a few more verse novels (that aren’t written by Ms. Hopkins), caught up with The House of Night and Pretty Little Liars series, and purchased the first complete manga series for the library.
- Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
- Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
- Destined (A House of Night novel) by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Crossed by Ally Condie
- Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
- Hidden by Helen Frost
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Dear Bully : Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories edited by Megan Kelley Hall
- Burned by Ellen Hopkins
- Identical by Ellen Hopkins
- Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
- Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
- Everybody Sees the Antsby A. S. King
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
- I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
- Mangaman by Barry Lyga
- Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry
- Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
- Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
- It Gets Better : Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage & Terry Miller
- Twisted (a Pretty Little Liars novel) by Sara Shepard
- Ruthless (a Pretty Little Liars novel) by Sara Shepard
- Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
- Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
- Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
- The Watch That Ends The Night by Allan Wolf
- Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away, so in anticipation I created a display featuring some of the finest romance novels SHS Library has to offer. From paranormal to contemporary to funny love stories, there’s something for everyone!
- Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
- Forever by Judy Blume
- Abandon by Meg Cabot
- Shadowland #1: The Mediator by Meg Cabot
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
- Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Beastly by Alex Flinn
- A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl
- The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
- Crush by Carrie Mac
- Love is Hell by Melissa Marr
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer, art and adaptation by Young Kim
- Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
- The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
- I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
- Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
- Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Are there any romances I missed or that you would like to see purchased for SHS Library? Let me know in the comments.