Festival winners

Thank you everyone for your participation, it has been fun to receive all your entries!

Best Poster: Slated, by Teri Terry

Slated by Teri Terry - Poster by Ella Robinson

Congratulation Ella Robinson!

Second Best poster: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder by R. J. Palacio - poster by Mackenzie Allison

Congratulations to Mackenzie Allison.

The library is now beautifully decorated with your many posters. And they are good recommendations for what to read next.

Best photo : ILB

IBL -1 Best

Most People with a book on a photo: Pisa House!

Pisa House with a book!

Most interesting Location

Reading in the Principal's car!

The winning House is Pisa,. followed by Barker, then Roy and Iron!

 

 

Favourite books 2016

These are the books MAC students chose to feature on the Favourite Book Posters they created at the occasion of the Library Festival in 2016.

Title

Author

3 Keywords

Darwin Awards Wendy Northcutt Evolution in action
The Painted Man Peter V Brett Fights back against predators
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess Dark, dystopian, humourous
Molly Moon Stops the World Georgia Byng Mindblowing hypnotic powers
The Selection Kiera Cass Charming, captivating, entertaining
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer Fairies, butter, mulch diggums
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Peta, brave, great
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Mockingjay, hunt, adventure
Lion Boy Zizou Corder Jaw-dropping, eye-opening, stunning
The Power of One Bryce Courtenay Compelling, powerful, exciting
Snake and Lizard Joy Cowley Friendship, arguments, trouble
One Sarah Crossan People, love, siamese twins
Matilda Roald Dahl Genius, awesome, engaging
Lake of the Dead Stu Duval Lake, death, survival
The Honest Truth Dan Gemeinhart Adventure of a lifetime
Lord of the Flies William Golding Exciting, interesting, microcosm
Asterix Rene Goscinny Fighting, funny, adventure
Sands of the Scorpion Bear Grylls Breathtaking, survival, adventure
And the Mountains Echoed K Hosseini Family, love, life
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S Thompson Too weird to live, too rare to die
Don’t Look Now Paul Jennings Exciting, weird, funny
The Secrets of the Fearless Elizabeth Laird Intriguing, awesome, wrapping
The Giver Lois Lowry Rediscover, mystery, adventure
The Road Cormac McCarthy Adventurous, interesting, compelling
The General Robert Muchamore Spy, War, Exciting
Acid Emma Pass Exotic, dangerous, scary
Hatchet Gary Paulsen Exciting, thrilling, survive
Percy Jackson Rick Riordan Immortality
How to Speak Dolphin Ginny Rorby Water, swimming, dolphins
Harry Potter J K Rowling Magic, wizard, Gryffindor
Dork Diary: Once Upon a Dork Rachel Renee Russell Humour Girls
Holes Louis Sachar Camp, curse, friendship
Varjak Paw S F Said Most gangster, cats
The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Captivating, emotional, revenge
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Epic poem
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss Fun, exciting, adventurous
The Light Between Oceans M L Steadman Morally riveting story
One Dollar Horse Lauren St John Heartwarming, heroic, thrilling
Girl Online: On Tour Zoe Sugg Life on tour
The Hobbit J R R Tolkien Quest, fantasy, dragon
Ratburger David Walliams Thrilling, funny, crazy
The Book Thief Markus Zusak Knowledge, death, racism

Library Festival coming up!

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The library festival will start in 2 weeks!

There will be the traditional Favourite book poster competition and new events. Surprise!

And I need your advice, please vote below!

Lots of new Breezy Reads

Breezy ReadWhen the South Pacific books representative brought her boxes of new books to choose from, I asked some students to choose easy books they’d like to read. They are now ready !

Spot the Smiley Face!

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The vocabulary is easy, the chapters are short, the fonts are large and legible, there are some illustrations, just like in children’s books. But the stories are engaging and high-octane to provide the experience of a good novel.

Find them in the Picture Books / Breezy Reads section of the library.

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Maori resources

We were donated 4 excellent resources about maori history in Upper Clutha written by Richard Hewitt.

They are:

  • “The Promised Land”
  • “The Neck Lake Hawea Maori reserves”
  • “Maori History”
  • “Maori Occupation of the Great Lakes and Middle Island & use of some of the resources. Prior to European Occupation”

They  contain detailed research and numerous illustrations. They can be borrowed by MAC students and staff.

We thank the Town library and Richard Hewitt for their valuable donation.

New series

There are lots of new series on the shelves.  For younger and older readers, for boys, girls and everyone. Sport, humour, adventure, fantasy, thrillers…  2017 Series

Welcome to 2017!

Enjoy the library!

7100 Fiction books, 6520 Knowledge books, 500 picture books, 1264 Ebooks… Whatever your style, read read read!

The library is open Monday to Friday, 8.30 to 4pm, including interval and lunchtime. NO FOOD please.

Here is a quote I found during my summer reading in “The Well of Lost Plots” by Jasper Fforde (Check out this amazing, witty Thursday Next series – FFO).

After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colours of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer’s breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer – perhaps more.”

Offer a book to family members! (for teens)

christmas-treeTired of offering socks to your Dad or plastic things that break in 2mn? Well here are some cool, cheap and intelligent ideas:

Books!

Choose books on what they like, books recommended by a teacher (or ask the librarian), award-winning books, and books you would like them to read (for example how to stop yelling at your teen)! Head down to our local bookshop, at DOC or at Puzzling World or you can shop online on Wheelers (cheap and user-friendly).

Magazine subscription

Buy the latest issue of your parent’s favourite magazine. Before you wrap it up, look for the subscription page and subscribe for the time you can afford, maybe 3 months, maybe a year. Get help from the other parent for payment. S/he’ll love it and will be impressed with your thoughtfulness.

Book related items

Bookmarks: there are plenty of beautiful bookmarks in the shops or you can get crafty and make your own. You can find materials for very cheap at Wastebusters and there will be a workshop on Monday 5th December from 4pm – 5.30pm to create hand-made recycled gifts.

CTH thumbthing01.jpgBook things: Book covers, bookends, book holders, book jewels are available from local shops or online at NZ Book Lover. For example, this handy bookmark/hold-your-book-with-one-hand devices is only $9.

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Book lamps: we need a good light to read in the evening. Consider a cheap simple lamp and clamp lamp (with soft blue or neutral tones LED approx 4 Watt), available locally from Mitre 10.

If your budget is bigger, one of these smart and sleek reading lamps are sure to impress and delight!

The Lumio Lamp: A book, lamp, portable

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http://www.hellolumio.com/shop

The LiliLite: A shelf, Lamp and bookmark!

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http://www.lililite.com/#lililite

And remember to add a book or book series on your Christmas list, reading is good for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Books and book stuff to your teen for Christmas (for parents)

bookschristmasOffering a book for Christmas prevents the “Summer slide” and is a great way to show you value books and reading. So head down to the bookshop and stroll the shelves. What to choose?

  • A book of the genre your teen likes
  • A series is a great gift as it is difficult to get them all in order from libraries.
  • An award-winning book, they are actually usually good
  • Books to Films are popular eg. Mortal Engine, by Philip Pullman
  • A book to convey a message, eg. Life of Pi
  • A useful book, eg. cooking or fitness (for teens)

If you don’t know, go book shopping with your child, it is a great way to talk books, what s/he likes, what you like or offer a book voucher.001

I like to make hamper presents that include a book. It demonstrates actively the usefulness and ubiquity of reading. For example:

  • a learn-to-knit book in a basket with wool and needles
  • a learn-to-fish book with a fishing rod and kit
  • bike maintenance or bike skills with a new bike

Other ways to reinforce the love for books is to offer book-related items, bookmarks, bookends, bookstands… but also fancy book covers, book jewels, decorations or book paraphernalia. For example book earrings will tell your girl: “I know you’re a great book lover, I value that and it suits you well”. You’ll find ideas at the bookshop, at DOC or online on Wheelers for books. Explore NZ Book Lovers and Ex-Libris crafts for other book-related gifts.