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Book Review: Kafka on the Shore

Book Review: Kafka on the Shore

TA Margaret Z. ’17 reviews Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. “Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never […]

February Book Swap!

February Book Swap!

The library will be hosting a book swap during the week of February 8th through 12th, which means we need books! Starting on Monday February 1st, bring us gently used books that other Casti students might like to read. The week before February break, stop by the library to peruse the collection and pick up some […]

Book Trends: Retold Classics

Book Trends: Retold Classics

Humans are continuously telling and retelling stories, adapting and updating them to remain relevant to the current time and place. So naturally there are a whole lot of retellings of classic novels out there, and with the upcoming release of the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, we thought a round up of […]

Our Favorite Books of 2015

Our Favorite Books of 2015

As we’ve just put some of the best books of 2015 (according to sources like National Public Radio and the Young Adult Library Services Association) on display in the library, we thought it would be a good time to share some of our personal favorite books that came out last year as well. Ms. Huyck-Aufdermaur […]

2016 Genre Reading Challenge!

2016 Genre Reading Challenge!

11 January 2016

We all have a genre we prefer to read–there’s the fantasy binge-readers, and the people who only read realistic fiction, and those of us who refuse to read anything but true events and stick solely to the nonfiction section. I am definitely guilty of sticking to one or two increasingly specific genres in my reading. […]

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My Favorite Things: An American Time Capsule Printed Ephemera Collection

My Favorite Things: An American Time Capsule Printed Ephemera Collection

06 January 2016

One of my favorite things in the whole world is ephemera, those primary source snippets like advertisements, event posters and programs, pamphlets or political cartoons. The Library of Congress’s American Time Capsule Printed Ephemera Collection feeds my insatiable love. I have spent hours browsing through this website, finding gems like this advertisement for a vegetable based coffee […]

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Book Trends: Spies

Book Trends: Spies

17 December 2015

The spies are everywhere! In books, I mean. It could be because I love them, but it seems like everywhere I turn there’s books about spies, courtly intrigue, or girls going undercover. By now everyone has probably heard of Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series, or the wonderful book Code Name Verity, but if you can’t […]

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Looking for reading recommendations? Try our Pinterest page!

Looking for reading recommendations? Try our Pinterest page!

14 December 2015

We know that you’re going to want to stock up on books before winter break, but if you’re looking for some recommendations, the Castilleja Pinterest page is waiting for you! Our Pinterest has over a thousand books pinned from our collection, each with a short description of the plot, and divided onto boards by genre. […]

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My Favorite Things: The Historical Newspapers Database

My Favorite Things: The Historical Newspapers Database

09 December 2015

This week, while the 8th grade is working on their National History Day projects, I found myself recommending this database over and over as students were searching for primary sources. It’s actually one of my favorite Casti library resources–I love old newspapers and ephemera. They give such a concrete link to historical events, and allow […]

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

04 December 2015

Monday, December 7th is the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. For a nation who was not yet involved in World War II, the attack and loss of life were a horrifying shock. We’ve put together a display in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, featuring some of our collection about World War […]

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