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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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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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#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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Newly Updated: The Recommended Reading List!

Newly Updated: The Recommended Reading List!

cover of the 2018 Recommended Reading ListCasti Library’s Recommended Reading List has been updated for 2018! These books have been handpicked by your librarians as truly excellent reads. We have a mix of genres, and many of the books are available on our digital library as ebooks or audiobooks. If you want more personalized recommendations, come on in and talk to a librarian.

Click here to view the new list!

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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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New Periodical Alert: frankie Magazine!

New Periodical Alert: frankie Magazine!

Lexi B. ’19, our very own Aussie, takes a look at Australian magazine frankie:

cover of frankie, October 2017frankie magazine could simply be described as Australia’s answer to the Rookie Yearbook, except it’s so much more than that. The trendy magazine consists of “design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, home, and life,” as proclaimed on the front cover, and includes a writer’s piece section containing works of unknown poets and other contributors, all-inclusive beauty tips, cute craft and home life sections, and did I mention that the entire layout of the magazine is super cute? The colorful, disposable camera-like aesthetic of the entire magazine makes it just as appealing to

cover of frankie, December 2017read as the engaging content. Though some parts of the magazine aren’t necessarily applicable to our daily lives — unless you’ve somehow suddenly become Australian — the rest of the magazine contains information that is both necessary and fun! I always enjoy reading frankie and get super excited every time it comes to the library. Check out the latest issue of frankie in the library!

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