New VERY interesting Reference book

Do you want to know everything without spending too much time to read?

Check this new book from the Reference shelve (spine 030.2 /R) and its clever visual way of presenting facts and stats.


Earth: from space to water cycles, weather, natural disasters, record breakers…

Wealth of Nations (c) p. 140-141

People: from population to diets, beliefs, celebrations, school days…

Power: countries, political systems, human rights, business, crime and punishments…

Industries: world market, land use, energies, minerals, robots, shopping…

Connections: tourism and internet, media and satellites…

And for each chapter, a fascinating “World in one day” page.

Reference Books

Visit the Reference area in Maclic along the wall on the right when you enter the library. Reference books are sources of information or facts: Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, atlases or books that gather all the knowledge on one subject. They contain an index to help you find quickly what you need.

Books are organised on the shelves along the DEWEY classification, like the knowledge area.

Generalities (0) start on the top right, with general encyclopaedias and World books, Guinness books of records.

Below are stored Social Science (3) books, with in particular a beautiful “Book of the People of the world” and Yearbooks which provide for a comprehensive statistical picture of life in New Zealand.

 Then are Dictionaries and thesaurus (4), which are great to find synonyms and keywords.

 Then are the Science (5) reference books, with a new set of scientific discoveries books, several science encyclopaedias, including one of the Animal world.

Under Science are Technology (6) books, that include Health and body Encyclopedias, followed by Arts (7) and sports guides.

At the bottom are literature (8) guides and the very useful Biography (92) books which trace the lives and achievements of famous people.

On the left shelf are the History (9) encyclopedias and Chronicles books which detail events and happenings year after year. Last are atlases to learn about places and geography.

They cannot be borrowed from the library, because:
– you generally only need them briefly in search of a particular piece of information (you can photocopy)
– they need to be always available for other library users.
– they are often very expensive, too large and fragile to travel in school bags.

The reference section is where to start a research and where to browse and gather nectar.

Here is help to find information from references online.

Homework and research made easy

Scroll down the page to find on the right a “Homework & Research” links list.

It is here to help you search for your studies and I encourage you to explore it… and use it.

On , you can email to real online librarians, trained to help you work out the sort of information you need, then begin searching with you. Visit the ManyAnswers database first for hundreds of previously asked questions and links to the information found.

EPIC DATABASES  is a great initiative by New Zealand libraries to give New Zealand schools access to a worldwide range of online resources, from Britannica Encyclopedia Online to  MasterFile Premier offering articles from over 2000 major international publications and so much more…
The Username and Password must not be published in any publicly available format but are largely advertised in the school or ask the librarian.

Te Puna Web Directory is an organised listing of New Zealand and Pacific Island web sites, great to find all the good websites in a subject or a place.

 Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand offers many pathways to understanding New Zealand. It is a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. It’s my favourite “cruise” website!

And if you still prefer Googling, then use Google Scholar which provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Find it in the More menu.

Make the most of these great websites, your knowledge and your marks will improve amazingly!

Graphic Novels

A new study by  Carol L. Tilley, a professor of library and information science at Illinois University, shows that “comic books are just as sophisticated as other forms of literature, and children benefit from reading them at least as much as they do from reading other types of books”. Click here to read the University of Illinois press release.

There are several sorts of graphic novels:

Non-fiction graphic novels are bringing to life stories,  facts, figures or concepts. Global Warming book coverThere are many historical and science graphic novels. Check out the Knowledge picture books section in the library to find for example:

  • The story of Gladiators and the Colosseum, 937 /P *
  • Surprise attack! the Battle of Shiloh, 970 /P
  • Understanding Global Warming with MAX Axiom super scientist, 363.7 /P
  • Magic school bus books (for primary pupil). “Horrible” books are half graphic and are a good continuation of Ms Frizzle’s adventures (many are stored in the yellow box on the LEXILE book stand, others in the relevant Knowledge section).
  • Funny weather : everything you don’t want to know about climate change but probably should know, by Kate Evans, Knowledge section, 363.7
  • Warning: Asterix books are not historical graphic novels, despite being quite well documented and smart 😉 

LionRetold Classic literature is designed to help young students to access classic literature with a twist. The original text will generally be simplified. In MACLIC you will find:

  • A Christmas Carol, adapted from Charles Dickens, DIC /P
  • Jane Eyre, adapted from Charlotte Bronte, BRO /P
  • The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, abridged from C.S. Lewis, LEW /P
  • Mr William Shakespeare’s plays. The words that Shakespeare actually wrote are spoken by the actors and the plot of the story is told underneath the pictures, SHA /P

It is a great way to access to our cultural heritage, but you actually miss the literary part of the works, so if you are a good reader, choose the original unchanged text.

Graphic novel series, like Tintin, Superman or Mangas are enjoyable and do help readers because they have relatively few words and the images contribute to the comprehension. All my children have become fluent readers in French thanks to our many comic books and once they can read, they can read more substantial texts.

Graphic novels stand alone are often remarkable pieces of art, combining plot, words and drawings. In some comics, nearly each picture could be made into a beautiful poster.  For example:

  • Rapunzel’s revenge, by Shannon, Dean and Nathan Hale, HAL /P
  • The invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, Fiction, Fiction area, SEL (This is a different form of graphic novel where text pages and image pages alternate)

MausMy favourite ones are the graphic novels with a message. The drawings add weight, meaning or emotions to the text. Check out:

  • A child in Palestine, by Naji Al-Ali, ALA /P
  • Palestine, by Joe Sacco, SAC /P
  • Persepolis: the story of a childhood, by Marjane Satrapi, SAT /P
  • Persepolis 2: The story of a Return, by Marjane Satrapi, SAT /P
  • Maus : a survivor’s tale, by Art Spiegelman, SPI /P

* /P means the books lives on the Picture Books Shelves

Audiobooks & Multimedia section

An audiobook is a reading of a book by the author or by an actor recorded on tape or CD.

MACLIC has a collection of 50 audiobooks which you can borrow, together with the book, if you wish to follow the text. Listening to an audiobook is a bit like being read aloud, it is easy and lively. It is great when you travel. If you struggle to read, audiobooks will help you greatly and will offer you the pleasure of discovering a story.

MACLIC also offers more than 20 selected or donated documentaries DVD and videos.

You will also find a few music CDs, mainly donated by Real Groove and NZ Symphonic Orchestra.

Have a look next to the library office. Ask the librarian for the CDs.

Click here for the list of all the section’s titles:

New Sport Books

Check out the “Recreation” section of the library with lots of new books about Sports:

Ball games
Soccer skills for young players 796.3
Rugby skills tactics and rules 796.33
Tana Umaga : a tribute to a rugby legend 796.33
Complete encyclopedia of golf techniques 796.35
Cricket portraits : a century of New Zealand’s best 796.35

Outdoors and mountaineering
Coast to Coast: The Great New Zealand Race 796.4
Our Olympic Century 796.40
Tracking & navigation 796.5
Don’t forget your scroggin : a how-to handbook for New Zealand tramping 796.51
Tramping in the South Island : Mount Richmond Forest Park to Arthur’s Pass 796.51
Avalanche Awareness in the New Zealand Backcountry 796.52
Classic Rock Climbing in New Zealand 796.52
Complete rock climber 796.52
High-tech legs on Everest 796.52
Hillary & Norgay : to the top of Mount Everest 796.52
Danger on the mountain: scaling the World’s Highest Peaks 796.52 /P (Picture Book)
Extreme climbing 796.52 /P (Picture Book)
Camp Out! 796.54

On Wheels
Formula One 796.7
MX bikes : evolution from primitive street machines to state of the art off-road machines 796.7

Snow sports
Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding 796.9
Snowboarding basics 796.9
Snowboarding skills 796.9
New Zealand Snowboarder Trick Tips 101 796.9 /AV (in Multimedia area)
Whiteslide : snowboarding journal 796.9 /P (in Picture Book Area)

Water sports
Boating for all : navigation, boat-handling and skill-building activities 797.1
New Zealand whitewater : 125 great kayaking runs 797.1
Matt’s Kiwi fishing adventures 799.1

Angels can fly : a modern clown user guide 791.3
Hip-hop dancing 793.3
Diary of a skateboarding freak 796.22 /P (in Picture Book Area)
Diary of Phar Lap 798