Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Summer Reading and Post-A-Read 2018

The long summer holiday provides the perfect opportunity to relax with a good book or two! Whether you are going away or having a 'staycation', we would love you to let us know what you were reading by sending us a postcard!  All entrants will have their postcards displayed and will receive an achievement point.

If you are looking for ideas of what to read ask your Librarians or check out the Lovereading4kids.com summer reading suggestions.  For the ultimate summer reading guide for all the family, try The Reading Agency's ultimate summer reading book list 

We have brilliant displays of new books as well as old favourites to browse and borrow.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Golden Man Booker - winner announced

Michael Ondaatje's novel, The English Patient, has won the Golden Man Booker prize. This one off prize celebrates the best of the Man Booker prize winners over the last 50 years, as selected by a panel of star judges and then voted for by the public.  

The English Patient and other shortlisted and winning Man Booker novels are available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Reading for Pleasure: Diverse Voices

Yesterday I attended the Guardian and British Library Reading for Pleasure: Diverse Voices conference.  The day was crammed full of interesting and inspirational speakers, both authors and performers, English practitioners, literacy consultants and an award-winning school Librarian!

The conference opened with the wonderful author, Patrice Lawrence, whose YA books, Orange Boy and Indigo Donut, we have in the War Memorial Library and are a must read!  Her talk was full of warmth and wit, with insights about growing up with a Caribbean Mother and Italian step-father, using poetry to articulate her feelings as a teenager and how she went from a being a compulsive reader to a writer.

Performance Poet John Agard was another highlight.  Engaging and animated, he performed a selection of his poems and stressed the importance of the oral tradition of storytelling and how the use of rhythm and music in recitation helps with memory.

In the afternoon, the conference moved to the British Library and included a visit to their Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition with a brief introductory talk by one of the excellent British Library education team responsible for school sessions.  The exhibition contains some fascinating videos, newsreels, photographs and artefacts, including Andrea Levy’s notes and research material for her novel Small Island, a copy of which is available to borrow from the War Memorial Library. It is well worth a visit!

I am looking forward to sharing all the brilliant ideas I picked up from the conference with the Librarians, Ms Roberts and Mrs Bhandari, and our English Colleagues.

Mrs Nolan
Assistant Librarian

Friday, 29 June 2018

Carnegie Shadowing at TRS 2018 - The Medal Winners 2018!

A group of our Year 8 students, AlfieAvrilDominikaDaniel, Oscar,
 Sebastian and Philip, took part in shadowing this year's CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards.  This involved reading, discussing and reviewing the eight shortlisted titles selected by the judges.

Known as the Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers, the Shadowing group met for the last time on Tuesday, 10th July.  As well as discovering books they wouldn't normally choose, learning about real-life historical events and different ways of writing, the group enjoyed being able to express their opinions in a relaxed and friendly environment over a biscuit and a drink. As a thank you for taking part, everyone received a certificate, bookmark,  chocolate and a free book of their choice. 
The winners of were announced on Monday, 18th June: 
Geraldine McCaughrean for Where the World Ends, an atmospheric and gripping historical tale about a group of boys and men stranded on a remote sea stack off the Island of St Kilda. 
Set in 1772 the novel is based on a true events.  This is the second time that Geraldine McCaughrean has won the Carnegie Medal.

The powerful and moving The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honours, as the book on the shortlist that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedom.

Check out our Shadowing page, the Cosmic Ravensbourne Readers, to find out which books were our Shadower's favourites!   

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.