Friday, 31 January 2014

Word of the Week - Recent Winners!

Discovery Library

Adjective: Not attractive or pleasing.
chosen by Max (7 ST)

Noun: Physical beauty.
chosen by Gabriella (8 TN)

Noun:  A drug that makes you fall asleep.
chosen by Comert (7 ST)

Noun: A collection of wild animals kept for exhibition.
chosen by James (7 ST)

Verb: Perplex, confound or confuse.  It blends together the words “confuse” and “complicate”.
chosen by Atheminee (7 MD)

Adjective:  Relating to, or inhabiting the upper zone of the ocean from just below the surface to 100 metres deep.
chosen by William (8 NA)

Adjective: It means that you are timid or cowardly.
chosen by Aurora (8 NA)

Adjective: A self-centred person who thinks only of themselves instead of others.
chosen by Laine (7DV)

War Memorial Library

Noun:  The theory of how the universe is a self-calculating computer and all energy and matter can be described digitally.
chosen by Mr Carrick (Science)

Noun:  The release of substances from a cell via membranous vesicles.
chosen by Alfie (12 BN)

Adjective: Mysterious or enigmatic. 
chosen by Maria-Sophia (12 BA)

Frowzy (or Frowsy)
Adjective: Untidy or unkempt in appearance; shabby.
chosen by Miss Gallagher (English)

Adjective: Foolish, lacking sense or knowledge.
chosen by Harry (12 MS)

Adjective: Being or seeming to be everywhere at once.
chosen by Charlie (12 MS)

Adjective: An algebraic expression consisting of the sum of a number of terms e.g. x4+x³+3x²+7x+10
chosen by Peshali (12 GD)

Adjective: 1. Emitting light as a result of being heated.  2. Full of strong emotion; passionate.
chosen by Mrs Nolan (Librarian)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Read me ... if you dare!

We have put together a display of horrifying, spine-tingling books - from terrifying ghost stories like The Woman in Black to supernatural tales of werewolves, vampires and zombies such as Darren Shan's Zom-B and Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series.

Borrow them if you dare!

Friday, 17 January 2014

Books into film!

This month sees the release of the film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s acclaimed novel, The Book Thief.  Set during World War II in Nazi Germany, the book is narrated by Death and the story centres around Liesel Meminger, a young girl who has been sent to live with a foster family on Himmel Street.  When her brother dies and is buried, she steals the gravedigger’s handbook and becomes hooked on reading.  Although immensely sad it is also uplifting and well worth a read!  You can find a copy in the Discovery Library.
To view a trailer of the film:
Other acclaimed books that have recently been adapted for the big screen are the Nelson Mandela’s autobiography A Long Walk to Freedom and The Railway Man by Eric Lomax, a moving true story of a man who was taken prisoner and tortured by the Japanese in the Second World War and how he comes to terms with his experience many years after the war.  Both books can be found in the War Memorial Library.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Children's Laureate writing competition

To celebrate the release in paperback of Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman’s new novel, Noble Conflict, publisher Random House and have launched a writing competition.  Entrants must read an extract from Noble Conflict online and then write a 3,000-word account of the different sides of the dispute.  The winner will take part in an exclusive Q&A with Malorie Blackman and three runners up will receive a signed copy of her book.  The competition is now open and all entries must be submitted by 28th February.

Click here for more information and how to enter.

Noble Conflict is on our wish list and should be available shortly, meanwhile we have many other Malorie Blackman titles in both the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries including Noughts and Crosses, Pig-Heart boy and Trust Me.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Welcome back!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed reading lots of good books! 

Let us know if you took part in the Christmas Mini Reading Challenge – we would like to post reviews of any of the books you read on the blog!

Look out for library competitions, with lots of prizes to be won, recommended reads and author visits this term!  As well as asking your librarians for advice, why not have a look at the 'new books' and 'book review' pages of the blog for ideas of what to read next.