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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):

June14 – June 20, 2012
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

June 21 – June 27, 2012
by Francisco X. Stork
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

June 28 – July 4, 2012
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

July 5 – July 11, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

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 19 – July 25, 2012
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino

August 2 – August 8, 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

August 9 – August 15, 2012
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard

August 16 – August 22, 2012
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
The Call of the Wild by Jack London

So sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to someone read for you.


CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award Winner

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!

Bullying Books

I’ve created a display of nonfiction and fiction books in the library that discuss bullying from the perspective of both the bullied and the bully. Some of these books are tough to read, as they force you to think about how your words and actions can deeply impact the lives of others.

Have you read any of the books listed below? Is there a book about bullying you’ve read but that I don’t have in the library? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments.















READy, Set, Vote!

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!

New Books – Scholastic Book Fair

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.




































Scholastic Book Fair

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!

Author Visit – Sue Goyette

I am excited to announce that local author Sue Goyette will be visiting students in grades 11 and 12 on Tuesday, March 20.

Sue Goyette lives in Halifax and has published three books of poems (The True Names of Birds, Undone and outskirts) and one novel (Lures). She’s been nominated for several awards, including the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared on the Toronto subway system, in wedding vows and spray-painted on a sidewalk somewhere in St. John, New Brunswick. Sue has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Blue Heron Workshop, the Sage Hill Experience and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Dalhousie University.

Biography from the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.

Top 10!

The Top 10 nominees for the first CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice award have been announced! 2,500 nomination forms were submitted and the 10 best-loved books across the board are (in alphabetical order):

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!


New Books!

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.
















Romance Books

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!

























Are there any romances I missed or that you would like to see purchased for SHS Library? Let me know in the comments.