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What is a zine, anyway?

Zines (rhymes with “beans”) are small circulation, self-published works created by a person (or small group) with a passion for a particular subject.  Zines can be educational, creative, wry, beautiful, political, whimsical, silly, sarcastic, dark, and even disturbing depending on the aim of the author.  APUSH fans may be interested to know that Thomas Paine’s self-published 1775 pamphlet, Common Sense, is considered by some to have been an early zine.  In the 20th century, the popular comic book hero, Superman, was based on a short story from the 1933 zine, Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization.

a photograph of several zines on a dark brown table

There are no limits on the variety and breadth of topics addressed in zines.  Are you aware of the characteristics of face blindness and its causes?  Did you ever wonder how morphine and heroin are chemically related?  Are you fascinated by the experience of young, second-generation Asian immigrants living in the Bay Area?  Are you just curious about many different things? The Castilleja Library has a large selection of zines – there is something for everyone. Please come ask your library team about what is available now!

-Emi S. ’19

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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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#BooksOnBreak

#BooksOnBreak

a picture of a pineapple on a blue background with yellow text that says Books On BreakAs we start the summer, don’t forget that the library is here for you! We have an amazing selection of ebooks and audiobooks on our Overdrive, for all your vacation reading needs. Check out our Pinterest page and our newly updated Recommended Pleasure Reading List.

Happy reading!

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The Joy of Ebooks

The Joy of Ebooks

Text: The Joy of Ebooks over a picture of a rainbow and the link https://baislca.libraryreserve.com

Summer’s approaching, classes and final projects are wrapping up. We know that you’re worried how you’ll survive without the library this summer. But never fear! We have a huge ebook library online just waiting for you. You can access it online anywhere: at home, at camp, in the car. Ebooks are super easy to pack; you can pack 10+ ebooks in your suitcase, and the suitcase won’t get any heavier. You don’t need wifi to read an ebook; you can easily download ebooks onto your phone or computer and read them offline.

Recently, our ebook library merged with other Bay Area schools, so there are even more options than before, including books and audiobooks. Have you discovered the joy of audio books? They are a wonderful way to pass time on a long road trip or plane flight.

There are so many books available in the ebook library, you won’t know how to decide between the numerous possibilities. But we’ve got your back! The librarians are more than happy to give recommendations for good ebooks or audiobooks available.

-Ella H. ’19

 

Header picture: “Last Minute Rainbow” by Andrew is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Middle School Book Review Blog

Middle School Book Review Blog

The Middle School’s book review elective has started a book review blog!

Called To Read or Not to Read, the blog features reviews of books from different genres, written by the members of the elective.

Check it out!

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