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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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Society of Young Inklings Writer’s Circles!

Society of Young Inklings Writer’s Circles!

The Society of Young Inklings is offering Online Writer’s Circles for young writers! From their website:

Join a small circle of dedicated writers who will encourage, provide specific feedback, and inspire you. Your group will be facilitated by a pro-writer and mentor through an online video chat. In each session, you will:

  • play games and do activities that will help you develop your characters, the world of your story, and your plot
  • share and discuss pieces of your writing project
  • look at the writing of your peers and share what you love and what you wonder
  • build close reading skills, and learn to discuss creative work in a way that supports another writer while also helping you to grow your own skill set
  • discuss and explore at least one practical strategy to strengthen your writing craft

Click here for more information and sign ups!

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Introducing Statista

Introducing Statista

The library has a new database!

Statista is one of the world’s leading online statistics portals, with statistics & studies from 18,000 sources. It provides access to several fields of study including marketing, business, politics, social sciences, law, and finance.

Some points of interest:

  • Fast and comprehensive starting point for research
  • Daily infographics on global issues
  • Insight into the digital economies of 50 countries worldwide
  • Awarded 2012 Best Statistics Portal 2014 by Library Journal

Go check it out on our databases page!

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Got Audiobooks? (Your Library Does!)

Got Audiobooks? (Your Library Does!)

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The library is delighted to announce that we now have audiobooks that you can check out!

Our collection, offering a range of choices for listeners age 11-18 and beyond, is with the ebooks in Overdrive. If you want to see which of our audiobooks are recommended for someone your age, check out our Pinterest board.

If you are not an audiobook devotee already, you might be wondering what there is to get excited about. Click on a cover below to take a listen to some samples from our collection and find out:

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (Gr. 8+) Full Cast Reading

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope (Gr. 8+) Full Cast Reading

The Night Circus (Adult for young adult) Reader: Jim Dale

The Night Circus (Adult for young adult) Reader: Jim Dale

The Graveyard Book (Gr 5-8) Readers: Tim Dann and Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book (Gr 5-8) Readers: Tim Dann and Neil Gaiman

 

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Gr. 6+) Reader: Katherine Kellgren

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy (Gr. 6+) Reader: Katherine Kellgren

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Gr. 9+) Reader: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Gr. 9+) Reader: Lin-Manuel Miranda

How It Went Down (Gr 9+) Full Cast Reading

How It Went Down (Gr 9+) Full Cast Reading

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Gr 7+) Reader: Ray Porter

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War (Gr 7+) Reader: Ray Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So check out some audiobooks today, an tell us how you enjoy experiencing books in a whole new way!

Learn how to check them out on our how-to page.

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Open Access Books at JSTOR

Open Access Books at JSTOR

JSTOR, one of the loves of our collective lives here at the library, is once again doing something neat.

From their announcement:

“We are pleased to announce a new program to make Open Access monographs available on the JSTOR platform. An initial set of titles is available from four outstanding publishers: University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, UCL Press, and Cornell University Press. We expect to add several hundred more Open Access titles over the next year […]

The ebooks, which reflect JSTOR’s high standards for quality content, are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Each ebook carries one of six Creative Commons licenses determined by the publisher. The titles are easy to use, with no DRM restrictions and no limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing. Users will not need to register or log in to JSTOR.”

The first set of books includes some amazing titles like:

“Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay”

“Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction”

“Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1600-1740”

“The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity, and UFOs in the American Uncanny”

and so many more. Check them out here!

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Don’t forget! The library has an Instagram!

Don’t forget! The library has an Instagram!

At the beginning of the year, we sent out a survey to the Upper School asking about what social media you all would like to see us on. A whopping 54% of respondents said they’d follow us on Instagram and you’re in luck, because the library already has one!

So if you’d like to see the brand new books, picture opportunities like our Miss Peregrine’s photos, or general library shenanigans, follow us @castilibrary!

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