Tuesday, 19 June 2018

World Cup 2018 - Discovery Library Display

The FIFA 2018 World Cup, has now kicked off in RussiaThis is the first time since the competition began in 1930 that Russia has hosted, with games being played in 12 stadiums across 11 cities.

Russia is a vast country, with, according to National Geographic Kids, an area of 17, 075, 200 square kilometres, making them the largest country geographically to host the World Cup.

Find out more about some of the countries who are taking part, including the host country Russia, by browsing our World Cup 2018 display in the Discovery Library.

Below are some World Cup 2018 facts:

Teams from 32 countries will be taking part in the World Cup.  They include teams from Europe, Africa, South America and North America.

Germany won the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, beating Argentina in the final.

England is the only home nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA statistics show that 200 of the 736 players taking part in Russia have played in a World Cup before, and of those 53 players have scored World Cup goals.

The World Cup mascot is Zabivaka - a wolf whose name means 'the one who scores'.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Empathy Day 2018 - Read Stories, Build Empathy, Make a Better World

Today is the second annual Empathy Day, which encourages children and young people to read empathy-boosting stories to gain a better understanding of people and how they think and feel.  Being able to see things from someone else’s point of view helps to challenge prejudice and develop connections between one another, which is not only good for the world overall but can boost your success at school and lead to good, lasting friendships.

A study by Professor Maria Nikolajeva of Cambridge University has shown that the more fiction you read the more likely you are to be empathetic.  A Read for Empathy Guide is available to download here and includes book recommendations such as The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, Mr Stink by David Walliams and The Unforgettable Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, all of which are available to borrow from the Discovery Library.
On Empathy Day's call to action:

READ – because reading in itself can make us more empathetic
SHARE – because sharing books on Empathy Day can connect us in new ways
DO – put empathy into action and make a difference in your community

Friday, 8 June 2018

Book Awards - Women's Fiction Prize winner and Golden Man Booker shortlist

Women’s Fiction Prize 2018

This year’s winner is Kamila Shamsie for her novel Home Fire, which is a contemporary reworking of Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone.   Awarded each year for the best novel written in English by a female author, Kamila Shamsie will receive £30,000 in prize money and a Bessie (a limited edition bronze figurine).

Authors Zadie Smith, Lionel Shriver and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are among the previous winners of the prize. 

Golden Man Booker shortlist

Celebrating 50 years of the Man Booker Prize, the Golden Man Booker Prize shortlist has now been announced!

  • V. S. Naipaul - In a Free State
  • Penelope Lively - Moon Tiger
  • Michael Ondaatje - The English Patient
  • Hilary Mantel - Wolf Hall
  • George Saunders - Lincoln in the Bardo

Golden Man Booker judges with their chosen book

You now have the opportunity to vote for your favourite of the five, which have been chosen by a panel of acclaimed authors and poets, including Kamila Shamsie winner of this year's Women's Fiction prize. In the opinion of the judges, the shortlist contains the books from the last five decades of Man Booker winners that have best stood the test of time.

The public vote closes on 25th June 2018 and the best of the Booker title will be announced on 8th July 2018.

Win £5000 for your school Library and £100 in book tokens for yourself!

The National Book Tokens schools competition is back.  They are giving away £5000 of National Book Tokens to one lucky school, and, on top of that, the winner will also receive £100 of National Book Tokens! To enter, all you have to do is fill in a form - click HERE for details!  

Monday, 4 June 2018

Asterix in Britain - an exhibition at The Jewish Museum

Welcome back!  Hope you had a great half term and were able to find time to enjoy a good book!

The Jewish Museum
For fans of Asterix, there is a brilliant exhibition running at the moment at the Jewish Museum in Camden, about the life and work of Rene Goscinny, the co-creator of this beloved comic and so much more.  As well as original artwork, scripts and translations of Asterix, the exhibition focuses on Goscinny's Jewish heritage.  

Running until 30th September 2018 AD, it is well worth a visit!  The museum has a lovely cafe and gift shop too. For more information click here.

Rene Goscinny
Asterix comic book
We have a great selection of Asterix comic books, as well as Lucky Luke and others, in the Discovery Library.

Friday, 25 May 2018

The Golden Man Booker Prize

Image result for golden man bookerTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, a special one off award will be given to the best book overall from the all the winners over the past five decades, as selected by judges and then decided by a public vote.

The shortlist of the 'golden five' will be announced tomorrow at the Hay Literary Festival.  There will be a month long voting opportunity for the public via the Man Book Prize website and the overall winner will then be announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival on 8th July 2018.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Keep Calm and Carry on Revising in the War Memorial Library

We have a good selection of revision resources available in the War Memorial Library, including some new study guides for the 9-1 GCSE courses.  Come and have a browse or ask one of the Librarians.  There are some useful GCSE revision websites listed on the blog, as well as Post 16 resources, which provide A-level revision websites and advice on referencing.

The following revision tips are taken from the S-Cool Revision website:

Use Mind-maps:
Map out your revision topics using a mind-map diagram.  This enables you to present or analyse a large amount of information in a visual way.  For help with mind mapping try Tony Buzan’s Use Your Head book, which we have in the War Memorial Library or visit www.goconqr.com to create mind maps online.

Use your Super Brain:
Fill your living space with key revision notes: posters, diagrams, keywords so when your mind wanders you will see key information and this will sink in subconsciously. You will be revising without even knowing it!

Get into a Flow State:
The best way to get into a flow-state before you start revising or begin an exam is to start with an easy task or question and complete it quickly and confidently before moving onto the harder items. 

Breaking up your Revision:
Break up your revision time into small chunks of 20-minute work sessions, with ten minutes break. That way your brain has the space to absorb the information, keeping you interested and preventing boredom.

Avoid Distractions:
Ideally, switch off computers and smartphones so that you can focus on your work.  Take ten minute breaks if you need time on social media and build up your work session from 10 to 20 minutes or more without distractions.

Do remember that it is important to look after yourself when you are revising.  Make sure you take regular breaks, eat well, exercise, sleep and try to avoid the post exam post mortem with your friends.  If you feel stressed, try deep breathing and mindfulness techniques.  Nicola Morgan's Teenage Guide to Stress offers great advice - you will find a copy of this and other books on managing stress in the War Memorial Library.