Friday, August 19, 2011

via The Springston School Library Blog,

This lovely video is about what books mean to us, to people, to communities and to those who love books.  Libraries are about technology, communication, inspiration and ideas and part of this is books.  King's library loves all of the above!  Enjoy.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thanks Fish and Game

The King's High School Library was the lucky recipient of a whole bunch of magazines from the Fish and Game magazine people this week.  This magazine is a well read treat for our students, and we were thrilled that Mr Bennett - avid library user and keen fisherman acquired them from Fish and Game for us.  They are becoming very well thumbed already!

Here is a photo of a bunch of students and a few staff too displaying the magazines.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mathletics in the library

Last week Mr Bell and Mr Koedyk ran a Mathletics competition in the library.  It was ultra ultra competitive, students emerged with their brains expanded, and exercised!  The noise levels were extreme, and there was a very large amount of laughing and this was contrasted by the very quiet times when the boys were concentrating hard.  Here are some photos of the event.

What you don't see in the photos are the runners who were sprinting for the finish lines in the next games.  Stations were set up all around the library and students were sprinting as fast as they could to get their answers in.  It was fabulous learning fun.

Steampunk Rocks!!

This is a photo of our Steampunk display.  Since this photo was taken lots more books have come and gone from the display, every time I buy a new book of this genre and put it in the cabinet it is loaned almost immediately.  

What is Steampunk? this definition is from the League of Victorian Imagineers based in Oamaru

Steampunk is “tomorrow as it used to be”, fantasy. The “punk” in steampunk is a rebellion against the present day preference for plastic and the disposable way of life. For many it is a search for where society might have taken the wrong turn at the end of the Victorian era.
The punk era of the late 1970's and early 1980's gave rise to a group of science fiction authors who set their plots in the Victorian world.“Steampunk” was coined to define their type of sci-fi. It is set in a world where steam was the primary source of power, where everything was considered possible and expantion was the norm. Empires were built, new areas of the world taken over and why not go into space? – but at what cost to society? Significant influences were H.G. Wells and his time machine, Jules Verne and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and Alan Moore's super heros in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.


Steampunk is very popular here at King's and even those of a sceptical nature are enjoying lots of the books.  A new book in our collection is The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer.  This is a beautifully produced book which is subtitled An illustrated guide to the world of imaginary airships, corsets and goggles, mad scientists and strange literature.  It is full of cool illustrations, diagrams, explanations, author profiles, fashion suggestions, definitions and pretty much anything you can think of Steampunk.  It is heartily and lustily recommended to all Steampunk fans for your perusal!


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