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Author Visit: Nina LaCour

Author Visit: Nina LaCour

Picture of author Nina LaCour: a brunette white woman wearing a yellow velvet shirt, looking at the camera.

Coming to the Castilleja Library in late September is Nina LaCour, author of five young adult novels! LaCour seems to charm every reader with her stories of love, grief, and friendship. Her novels are a true and candid study of her characters’ identities and emotional journey to find themselves in the world around them. Her novel We Are Okay received the Michael L. Printz Award for Best Young Adult Novel of 2017, and all of her novels have been recognized by Publishers Weekly.


What is most striking about LaCour’s novels to young adult readers is her beautiful writing and narrative that truly allows readers to connect with her characters. She tells stories about all forms of love, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself, LaCour’s novels are a testament to all young adults and their experiences with love and friendship by centralizing their character development and emotions rather than their queer identities. LaCour’s literature stands out for this as well as her outstanding quality of writing, earning LaCour her critically-acclaimed status.

a collage of Nina LaCour's books

Nina LaCour will visit our library and campus from September 24th-26th. She will speak at an Upper School assembly on the 24th, and will visit all the tenth grade English classes. She will also have lunch with student writers, hold office hours in the library, and host a writer’s workshop in the Ace Center during late start on Wednesday.

–Meher S., ’20


Ms. LaCour’s Schedule:

Monday, September 24th:
Assembly for grades 8 – 12, Chapel Theater: 2:35pm – 3:15pm
Book signing and informal Q & A, Library: 3:20pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 25th:
Lunch with upper school student writers, ACE Project Room: 12:10pm – 12:55pm

Wednesday, September 26th:
Writing workshop during late start, Library: 8:00am – 9:00am
Office hours, Library: 9:00am – 11:00am
Lunch with middle school student writers, Room 9: 11:15am – 11:50am

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Introducing Sora, a new ebook app

Introducing Sora, a new ebook app

the logo of the ebook app SoraExciting news! Overdrive has a new app just for schools called Sora. Sora makes it easier than ever to browse, download, and read books from our digital library. The best thing about Sora is that your librarians can create collections of books with you in mind! We have collections of everything from books your librarians especially loved to retold fairy tales to John Green read-a-likes.

Click here to see a page on how to get started with Sora. You can also click here to visit Overdrive’s Help Center, where you can watch device-specific videos that will help you check out books for the first time. If you have more questions, see our ebook FAQ page or come in to talk to your librarians!


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New Database: EBSCO!

New Database: EBSCO!

We’re always on the lookout for resources to help you tackle those research projects, and this year we’re adding EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete database for you! A complete index of included journals can be found here.

EBSCO says about this database:

A leading resource for scholarly research. It supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more.

Content Includes

  • Nearly 6,600 active full-text journals and magazines
  • Nearly 6,000 active full-text peer-reviewed journals

Subjects Include

  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Ethnic and multicultural studies
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and philosophy
  • Technology
  • Veterinary science
  • Women’s studies
  • Zoology

Click here to try out Academic Search Complete, or go on over to our database page to see what other databases we offer!

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September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Author Katharine McGee shares the final installment in her epic Thousandth Floor series, The Towering Sky.
Monday, September 10, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 2251 Chestnut St. San FranciscoCA
More information here.

Mighty Middle Grade: an amazing panel of middle grade authors who will be talking about strong-willed girls who persist, dragons, spies, monsters, dogs and so much more.
  Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here.

Ngozi Ukazu shares her charming debut work, Check, Please!: #Hockey.Thursday, September 20, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600, Campbell, CA
More information here.

Lisa Margonelli and Mary Roach discuss Margonelli’s new book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
Thu, September 27, 2018 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Your librarians are so excited for school to start up again! Come on in and check out our amazing array of brand new books and magazines we got over the summer.

Picture of a hand holding up books in front of a sign reading "What did you read this summer?"We would also love to hear about your summer! Stop by and tell us all about it, especially if you read anything you loved.

Ms. Huyck-Aufdermaur’s favorite summer read was Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

Ms. Seroff’s was Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Ms. Bergson-Michelson’s was Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages.

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July and August Bay Area Author and Literary Events

July and August Bay Area Author and Literary Events

Ben Costa and James Parks in celebration of the second Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo book, The Middle-Route Run
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 11:00am
Books Inc.
1875 Bascom Avenue, Suite #600
More information here

Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medalist fencer and first hijabi to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games and her autobiography, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
Tickets here

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday and 20 Years of Magic
At Laurel Village/San Francisco Books Inc.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 4:00pm
3515 California Street
San FranciscoCA

At Campbell Books Inc.
Tuesday July 31, 2018 – 7:00pm

1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600

Marvel Trivia Night
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 7:00pm
Palo Alto Downtown Library
270 Forest Ave.
Palo Alto, CA
The Craft of Storytelling with Bree Barton, debut author of the YA feminist fantasy Heart of Thorns, and Andrew Shvarts, critically-acclaimed author of the Royal Bastards series, and Mark Walsh, Animation Lead for Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Ratatouille
Monday, August 6, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
More information here

Stephanie Kuehn talks with Gretchen McNeil about her new book #murdertrending
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here


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