The Library has arranged free trials of academic databases for students and teachers from now until late June.
1. EBSCO (expires 30/6)
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2. GALE 1 Opposing viewpoints (expires 15/6)
3. GALE Questia (expires 15/6)
Academic databases are introduced to students in Upper Secondary, and are particularly important for the IB Diploma Programme. Students in Years 10 – 13 will have 1 or 2 lessons with the Teacher Librarian to introduce them to academic databases and provide them with assistance on searching.
Feedback from students and teachers about these databases will help the school to decide which database we will subscribe to in the 2016-2017 school year.
If you have any questions, please contact the Library firstname.lastname@example.org
The winners have been announced:
There were no surprises in the Younger and Middle categories, as Book with no pictures and Sisters were very clear favourites at our school. Some students were surprised to see Counting by 7s win the Older Readers category, but All the light we cannot see was well-received by teachers who participated in the Mature Readers category.
The Panda Book Awards run every year from Summer until Spring. Keep an eye out for the new Panda reading list closer to the summer holiday.
Our current Secondary Library display
Our collection of Secondary Non-fiction has grown rapidly this year, with over 200 new information books in Chinese, English and Korean, carefully chosen by teachers (with the help of librarians). We have new books about art, music, technology, science, mathematics, literature, economics and more, including the following fascinating titles:
Library staff highly recommend: The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks (soon to be made into a movie by Oprah)
Grow your brain and check out a great non-fiction book today!
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During Library induction, we discussed how non-fiction books are organised in a special way, called:
The Dewey Decimal Classification System
Imagine trying to find the book you wanted from a pile of 1000s of books! Fortunately, libraries use a special classification system to organise books. This system was designed by Melvil Dewey, an American librarian who lived from 1851 to 1931. He invented the Dewey Decimal System of Classification, which is still used in libraries. The system numbers books by their subject matter (see the image on the right), or visit this easy Dewey guide
Biography.com,. Melvil Dewey Biography. Retrieved 30 October 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/melvil-dewey-9273516
Factmonster.com,. (2015). A Guide to Library Books: The Dewey Decimal System. Retrieved 3 October 2015, from http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0768720.html
Melville, M. (2015). Dewey Decimal System. Retrieved 13 October from https://connectcollaborateshare.wikispaces.com/Resources+for+the+Dewey+Decimal+System
A study has identified that reading for fun can help to grow brain tissue and make you smarter.
By reading every night, you are literally helping your brain grow by creating and strengthening neurons. You can read lots more at Mr Ferlazzo’s blog (it’s aimed at adults, so the language is a bit technical). On average, students who read daily for enjoyment score the equivalent of one-and-a-half years of schooling better than those who do not (OECD, 2011 in Earp, 2015).
A recent report by Common Sense Media found that 1/3 of 13-year-olds and 45% of 17-year-olds say they read for pleasure only one or two times a year (Schulten, 2014)
Your intelligence is a potential that can be developed. A study in the UK found how much people read as a teenager had a strong link to their vocabulary and maths skills in their 40s.
Borrow a book today, keep it beside your bed and aim to read 20 minutes every day.
Reference list and further reading:
Earp, J. (2015). The power of a good book. Teacher Magazine – ACER.
Ferlazzo, L. (2009). Reading Logs — Part Two (or “How Students Can Grow Their Brains”). Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day….
Paul, A. (2015). Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer. TIME.com.
Rehnborg, G. (2015). Why we should be encouraging everyone to read for pleasure. South China Morning Post.
Schulten, K. (2014). Do You Read for Pleasure?. The Learning Network.
Sullivan, A. (2014). Your vocabulary aged 40 depends on how much you read as a teenager. The Conversation.
The Library has a new Home Language Collection. We have many new books in Korean language, and hope to add other languages in future.
This month our Library display is celebrating internationalism, and all the languages spoken by students at our school. So far we have collected vocabulary in English, Chinese, Korean, French, Dutch, Finnish, Russian, Italian and Japanese.
Families are very welcome to donate books in their home language to our new collection. As this collection is still very small, students may borrow only one item at a time.
During Book Week we hope family and friends will share stories in their home language with students.