Friday, July 2, 2010

Learn how Google works - in gory detail

The link to this graphic just came across the library Twitter feed from @libsmatter.  (And this is why we do this Twittering thing!) Here is a diagram of the way Google finds your query. Put your hand up if you knew this is how it all worked inside there!

How Does Google Work?
Infographic by PPC Blog

Prophecy's Ruin by Sam Bowring

This review is by Mr Greenfield 

In a world where people and creatures are born either light (good) or shadow (evil) a child is prophesied to come and determine a victor for one side.  But the blue haired one is also split into two, one light and one of shadow.  They become the champion for their respective sides but both feel incomplete ...

What I liked the most about this book was the idea of being either good or evil by birth rather than choice, but the fact that behaviour is still a factor.

What I liked least about it was that it was a little slow to get going.

I really liked the book, I am a fantasy fan and I am going to be needing the remaining two of the series when they are released.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Reviewed by Aidan Hall (Year 13)
Usually I write reviews for fiction books but this Non-fiction book definitely deserves a good review.
It is a history book about the lead up to the battles at Stalingrad during WW2, telling the history from both sides of the war.  What sets this history book apart from others is the style of writing in it. Most history books are written in a real boring style which is simply hard to read, but Stalingrad is written in a more informal style, kind of leaning towards the style of a fiction book.
So, I pretty much recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn a bit about the battle of Stalingrad, or anyone that just wants to read a history book just for the sake of it.
Antony Beevor writes books about major historical events and our library has almost all of them.  If you want more information about him and his other books you could go and look at his website. The newest one we have is D-Day which Ms Schaumann says the staff are reading one after the other right now.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Studying Hard

This photo is of Brett and Matt both studying in the library during one of their study periods.  This year the structure of our year 13's studies has changed and now the numbers of the rowdy ones in the library have dropped considerably.  This means that those who want to get on with their work don't get disturbed as often.  Great for guys like these who have plenty of work to do and want to get as much done at school so that they have enough time to do all the other things they are involved in after school.  Brett is working away on his French and Matt is getting to grips with Othello.

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