Thursday, December 10, 2009

School's out for summer!

Today is the last day of school for 2009.  It is not the last blog posting though, these will go on throughout the summer, there are lots of photos that I didn't get time to put on and some reviews that are waiting in the wings as well.

It's been a great year here at King's High School.  We have had a focus on academic performance and lots of new initiatives have been implemented.  This blog is just over a year old today.  I can't believe it's had 4,000 hits and people from all over the world come and have a look.  However it is good to reflect on what you do and I thought on the last day I would ponder a little.

What is good about the blog?  
  • A place for the students to interact with the library and the librarian and to feel engaged and involved with what is posted on here.
  • A place to show parents and friends of the school some of the great things about our school and our students and what happens in the library and sometimes in the greater school community.
  • A venue for the students to see some fun stuff in a learning environment.
  • New services and new ideas can be showcased and introduced to the students on the blog.
  • One thing that I personally think the blog shows is how much the boys value our library, they love being here and enjoy the atmosphere and the friends they make in the library and often these groups of boys who are very different, but who connect through the library, stay friends through their high school lives.
What can make this blog better, and what can make it grow?
  • Next year there will be a student as a blog team member.  A way to get greater buy in from the students.
  • A suggestion book for the blog as well as the one for the general library.
  • Staff will be encouraged to participate much more in the blog.
  • More student work will be profiled on here.
  • The blog will be an inherent part of library week in October.
  • Our bookclub will hopefully be up and running early in the year next year and will take an active part in contributing on the blog.
So lots to look forward to in the coming year.  2010 - can't wait!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The desperate reader!

Micah is such an avid reader that he just can't give up the library during the holidays.  Year 11 students have been out of school for a couple of weeks, but Micah can't stay away!  He is pictured here reading Stephanie Meyer's The Host, which he thinks is quite good as long as you haven't read Twilight.  He is determined to finish it before we lock the building on Friday, he has a whole stack of books at home so doesn't want to take it home for the holidays.  Read On Micah!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The library's greatest hits 2009

Time for the lists of the year.

The 10 Most Popular Items 2009 

The most issued books this year are:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Point Blanc by Anthony Horowitz
Rangers Apprentice, Book 1 by John Flanagan
Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
Class A by Robert Muchamore
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Watchmen by Alan Moore and John Higgins
Naruto 1, The tests of the Ninja by Masashi Kishimoto
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz

There were slight mutterings in the staff room when it was declared that in our all boys school the most popular book of the year was a vampire romance.  I think that it just goes to show that boys also like a little romance in their lives.  The dominance of Anthony Horowitz means we have many copies of each of the books and they have a huge turnover, whereas with the Twilight series they have to reserve them because we only have two of each book.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Point Blanc, the graphic novel

based on the novel written by Anthony Horowitz. Graphic Novel by Antony Johnston and Kanako and Yuzuru.

This is based on the second book by Anthony Horowitz in the Stormbreaker series.  I've read all the books in the series that our library has, there is a new one coming next year and I can't wait.  This graphic novel is an alright book, I quite liked it but it left out quite a bit of stuff that happens in the novel.  An example is when the guy comes and sabotages the elevator so that the wealthy businessman falls down the elevator shaft to his death, how could they leave that out?  Anyway I read it quickly and I quite liked it but it isn't as good as reading the actual book.

Want to read the beginning?  You can download it from here

Review by Ben Seaton, Year 9 (assistant to Ms Schaumann during sports day because of a broken heel)


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