Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Free App for free eBooks from your public Library.





Great news from Bromley Libraries, there are two great new free Apps which allow you to download eBooks from the Public Library for free!!  All the details can be found here.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Author coming to Waterstones Bromley



Karen McManus, author of One of Us is Lying, is coming from the USA to Waterstones Bromley on Monday the 31st of July.  Click here for details.







On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
 
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom alive. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. He died on a Monday. But that Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates. Now, all four of them are suspects in his murder. Are they guilty? Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
 
They all have a motive. They all have something to hide. They all have a history with Simon. And one of them is definitely lying.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Missing your Librarian?

Why not use Book Sorter to help you find a great book to read during the holidays?


Man Booker Prize 2017 - long list announced

The Man Booker Prize is awarded for fiction and is open to authors writing in English regardless of their nationality.  

The long list, or Man Booker dozen, includes established and debut writers:

4321 by Paul Auster
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack
Resevoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Lincoln in Bardo by George Saunders
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Autumn by Ali Smith
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The shortlist will be announced on 13th September and the winner on the 17th October.  Previous Man Booker Prize shortlisted and winning novels are available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jane Austen Bicentenary


Today, Tuesday 18th July, marks 200 years since the death of acclaimed novelist, Jane Austen.  Her portrait is to be used on the new £10 notes, which will be issued on 14th September 2017.  During her life time, however, Jane Austen’s novels were published anonymously and she is buried in Winchester Cathedral with no mention of her books.


Jane Austen’s novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma have been adapted for film and television.  They are available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

YALC 2017

The UK's YA Lit Con is back for a fourth year.  Set up by acclaimed author Malorie Blackman during her time as Children's Laureate, the event celebrates the best in Young Adult fiction.  It will be taking place between 28-30 July as part of the London Film and Comic Con.  There will be writing workshops and book signings and lots of brilliant authors including Alex Wheatle, Holly Smale, Juno Dawson and Patrick Ness.  For more information click here.

Don't forget, we have lots of brilliant YA novels for you to read in War Memorial Library.  Ask your librarians or check out the new books page on the blog.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Carnegie Shadowing 2017 at TRS

A group of our Year 7 students, Alfie, Aimee, Amy, Avril, Dominika, Juliette, Oscar, Sebastian and Tanaka, 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, 27th June.  As well as discovering books they wouldn't normally choose, that challenged their existing ideas, the group enjoyed being able to express their opinions in a relaxed and friendly environment. As a thank you for taking part, everyone received a certificate, bookmark, printed copy of our Shadowing magazine, chocolate and a free book of their choice. We look forward to Carnegie Shadowing 2018!

The winners of the awards were announced on Monday 19th June.  They were Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys and The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon.  These books, and the other shortlisted titles, are available to borrow from the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Summer Reading and Post-a-Read 2017

We would love you to send us a postcard of what you are reading over the summer! It doesn’t matter where the post card is from, Bromley or Borneo, Luton or Las Vegas, as long as you tell us what you are reading.  All entrants will have their postcard displayed and will be entered into a free prize draw!  
If you are looking for ideas of what to read ask your Librarians or check out the Lovereading4kids.com summer reading suggestions.

We have brilliant displays of new books as well as old favourites to browse and borrow.
Summer Reading in the WML

Harry Potter celebrates 20th Anniversary

Today, Monday 26th June, is the 20th Anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book by J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. There are lots of celebrations taking place, including the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library running from October 2017 to February 2018.  

Monday, 19 June 2017

Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Winners 2017 Announced!

The 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded for an outstanding book for children, has been won by Ruta Sepetys for Salt to the Seaa heartbreaking and inspiring novel, told from the perspective of four young people, each with a secret to keep.  Based on true events, it tells the little known story of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff passenger ship during World War II, carrying 9,000 civilian refugees, nearly all of whom were drowned.

The brilliant Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon was awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honours, as the book on the shortlist that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedom.

The Greenaway Medal for most outstanding illustration for children and young people was won by Lane Smith for There is a Tribe of Kids.

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

Friday, 16 June 2017

Your school needs you!

Nominate us to win £5,000 of National Book Tokens in a free prize draw.  You can also win £1,000 of tokens for yourself too!  To enter click here.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Lauren Child announced as new Children's Laureate

The very talented award-winning author, illustrator and artist, Lauren Child, has been named the Waterstones Children's Laureate, 2017-2019. Her work includes the Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort series, which are available to borrow from the Discovery Library.

During her time as Laureate, Lauren Child will focus on inspiring children to use their imaginations and be creative, "igniting in them the delight of reading for pleasure".  

The role of Children's Laureate is awarded every two years to celebrate an exceptional author or illustrator of children’s books and to recognise their importance in creating new readers.  Lauren Child will be the 10th Laureate and follows on from fellow author and illustrator, Chris Riddell.
Former Children's Laureates drawn by Chris Riddell

Monday, 5 June 2017

YA Book Prize 2017 - winner announced

From: http://www.thebookseller.com/ya-book-prize
The Booksellers YA Book Prize 2017, announced at the Hay Festival, has been won by Patricia Lawrence for Orangeboy.  

Orangeboy tells the story of a 16-year-old boy, Marlon, who faces an impossible choice after a date ends tragically.  He finds himself caught up in London's gang culture, despite not wanting to follow the same path as his older brother, Andre.  Described as a 'coming of age urban thriller', this novel has also also been shortlisted for the Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, the Costa Book Awards for children 2016 and has won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Readers.

Orangeboy is on our wish list so look out for a copy in the War Memorial Library very soon.  In the meantime, check out Alex Wheatle's brilliant Crongton series of books including Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights

Friday, 26 May 2017

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is now open for aspiring poets aged 11 to 17

Founded by the Poetry Society in 1998, the competition welcomes poems of any length and on any theme and winners receive an amazing range of prizes, including mentoring, a residential writing course and membership of the Poetry Society and books.

The closing date is 31st July 2017.  For more information on how to enter and top tips on writing poetry click here.

If you need inspiration, why not check out the great selection of poetry books available to borrow from the Discovery Library.

Friday, 19 May 2017

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 – 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.

One of our P16 lunchtime library helpers has also recommended the Get Revising website, which allows you to organise your time with a study planner, create useful tools including mind-maps and flash cards and discuss your subjects with other students. To check it out visit Get Revising.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

To mark Mental Health Awareness week 2017, we have created a useful display of fiction and non-fiction books in the War Memorial Library. This year's awareness theme is relationships.



And there are some useful websites too.  Click here and here and here  and here  and here . 

And because


we have a great selection of books in the Discovery Library to make you



Friday, 5 May 2017

Free Comic Book Day 2017

If you love comics, this Saturday, 6th May, is Free Comic Book Day 2017!  The titles being given away this year include Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Doctor Who, The Simpsons and Guardians of the Galaxy.


The Forbidden Planet is hosting events and giving away bags of comics (whilst stocks last) – for more details and their nearest store checkout their website

You can also pick up a free comic at branches of the some London public libraries, namely Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

You may also want to check out Piranha in Bromley High Street, which sells comic books and cult collectables.

Meanwhile, don't forget to check out the Graphic Novel collections in the Libraries!

First News and Stabilo – Young Journalist of the Year 2017 Writing Competition

This is a great competition for anyone who loves writing and has a keen interest in journalism and To enter the competition, you must write a column of no more than 300 words about something that is happening in your local area or school or an issue affecting your family or friends that you would like to raise awareness about.  A column is where the writer gives their opinion on an important issue, which appear in newspapers, magazines and web sites.
current affairs!
The closing date is 7th July and is open to 8 to 18 year olds.  The winners get their own column published in First News and win a bundle of STABILO stationery products worth £1,000 for their school.

For hints and tips and how to enter go to http://www.stabilofirstnews.co.uk/.  Copies of First News are available in the Discovery Library.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Word of the Week - recent winners

The Library runs competitions throughout the year, including Word of the Week. Below are some recent winners. This week on Simon Mayo's Drive time show on Radio 2, hermaphrodite, our word of the week in the Discovery Library, was mentioned in relation to pineapples.

If you have an interesting or unusual word that you want to share with everyone, please ask for an entry form in either of the Libraries.  The competition is available to enter in both the Discovery and War Memorial Libraries.  All Word of the Week winners receive a pen of their choice!

Discovery Library

Haphazard
Adjective: not organised or planned; slapdash.
chosen by Christopher (8MP)

Enrapture
Verb: To fill with intense delight.
chosen by Kursat (7BT)
   
Kerfuffle
Noun: A commotion or fuss.
chosen by Rebecca (8WN)

Excruciating
Adjective: Very intense [pain]; very embarrassing, awkward or tedious.
chosen by Megan (8FH)

Elucidate
Noun: To explain or clarify
chosen by Roseanna (8MP)

Vivid
Noun: (of colour) intensely deep and bright, like a rainbow: powerful feelings or strong clear memories in the mind.
chosen by Chloe (9VC)

Protestation
Noun: A strong declaration in response to doubt or accusation.
chosen by Ben (8SH)

Obstreperous
Verb: Noisy and difficult to control (making things difficult just for the sake of it). The slang version of this word is stroppy.
chosen by Charles (7AH)

Zionism
Noun: A movement for the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.
chosen by Melanie (8FH)

Vertigo
Noun:  A sensation of dizziness felt because ones balance is disturbed.
chosen by Kursat (7BT)

Tangible
Adjective: Something that can be touched or felt.
chosen by Oscar (7WL)

Nirvana
Noun: In Buddhism and Hinduism, the highest state of knowledge and understanding achieved by mediation.
chosen by Tom (7CT)

Picturesque
Adjective: Visually pleasing or quaint, as if resembling a picture.
chosen by Isabelle (8CS)

Abrasion
Noun: The process of scraping or wearing something away.  In Geography, rough seas fling pebbles against the rocks, these pebbles act like sandpaper.
chosen by Valon (9BL)

Preposterous
Adjective: Laughable, an idea that is obviously not realistic.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)

Zodiac
Noun: In Astrology, a circular or elliptical diagram representing figures associated with constellations; an area of the sky through which the sun, moon and most of the planets appear to move, divided into twelve astrological signs each named for a constellation of stars.
chosen by Ali (7NE)

Stoic
Noun: A person who does whatever is thrown at them without showing their feelings or complaining.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)

Hermaphrodite
Adjective: In Biology, an organism, such as an earth worm or flowering plant, that has both male and female reproductive organs.  
chosen by Suwarnan (8BA)

Lugubrious
Adjective: Laughable, an idea that is obviously not realistic.
chosen by Rosanna (8MP)


War Memorial Library

Tangential
Adjective: Of superficial relevance only; digressive
chosen by India Lindsay (13CP)

Conformity
Noun: Changing behaviour and/or beliefs in order to fit in with a group of people.
chosen by Harry (12CC)

Brachycephalic
Noun: Means short headed.  In dogs, it applies to breeds with a short snout or a broad short skull e.g. pugs.
chosen by Eloise (12HW)

Obnoxious
Noun: Extremely unpleasant.
chosen by Jordan (10 HY)

Melliflous
Adjective: Pleasant sounding and musical to hear.
chosen by Mahira (13CP)

Odious
Adjective: Extremely unpleasant, repulsive.
chosen by Geoffrey (10SY)

Aper├žu
Noun: A comment or brief reference, which makes an illuminating or entertaining point.
chosen by Ms Roberts (Librarian)

Acrimonious
Adjective: Full of bitterness
chosen by James (12SS)

Exacerbate
Verb: To make a situation or problem worse.
chosen by Comert(10RE)

Psychocentric
Adjective: A psychological term for a person who prefers the familiar and is not open to new experiences.  Psychocentric travellers are said to prefer trips close to home and to seek familiar environments.
chosen by Christopher (13WB)

Usurp
Adjective: To take (a position of power/importance) illegally or by force.
chosen by Frankie (13ME)

Toponymy
Noun: The study of place-names of a region or language.
chosen by Mr Nazer (Science)

Monotropy
Noun:  In Psychology, the concept that infants have an innate and inborn capacity to attach primarily to a single caregiver or attachment figure. 
chosen by Eloise (12 HW)

Orthogonal
Adjective: Of or involving right angles; at right angles.  In statistics, it refers to the independence of variates.  
chosen by Frankie (13ME)

Factionalism
Adjective: Fragmentation of the political system into separate groups, who then compete for patronage. 
chosen by Mr Mills (History) 

Bildungsroman
Noun: A novel based upon the moral and psychological development of the main character from youth to adulthood; a coming-of-age- novel.
chosen by Mrs Nolan (Librarian) 

Garnish
Noun: A small amount of food used to decorate other food. 
chosen by Christopher (13WB) 

Luthier
Noun: A maker of stringed instruments, e.g. guitar and violin. 
chosen by Joe (12MC) 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

TRS Carnegie Shadowing Group


A group of our Year 7 students at The Ravensbourne School have decided to shadow the CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Awards.  This involves reading, discussing and reviewing the eight shortlisted titles selected by the judges.




Take a look at our page on the Shadowing website here.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Easter Holiday Reading


Over the Easter holidays the Librarians enjoy making time to read, especially as we have just launched the Carnegie Shadowing Scheme and there are eight brilliant short listed books to read! Check out our Carnegie short list post for details.
From the short list, Mrs Nolan has just finished reading Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, which is set in Pennsylvanian, USA, around the time of the second world war.  It tells the story of a young girl and her relationship with a local man, who chooses to live his life outside of the community, and how everything changes when a new girl comes to town.  A compelling read, it focuses on identity and friendship and not judging people on appearances.
Mrs Nolan is also reading Lydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice by Natasha Farrant and came across a great quote:
“Don’t be afraid of books Miss Bennett. Simply treat them with the respect they deserve, and you will be richly rewarded.  You do not need to be clever or rich or have attended celebrated schools or universities in order to appreciate them.  It is enough simply to have an open and receptive mind – and, sometimes, it is true, a little perseverance.  But you must not be afraid, Miss Bennett, for books do not judge you.”
We look forward to hearing what you have been reading and are always keen to receive your book reviews, which we will post on this blog.