The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

On this day in 1966, the Republic of Botswana was formed, declaring its independence from the U.K.. You can learn more about this African land if you check out Alexander McCall Smith‘s series that begins with The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Life in Botswana is the backdrop to this gently humourous, sometimes sad but mostly delightful series. Come get it from your school library!

Library Unplugged

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Are you an up and coming band? (click for source)

Are you in an up and coming band and are you looking for a place to perform?  Are you a solo act? Are you a musician? A singer? Library Unplugged wants to hear from you.

Library Unplugged is an upcoming series of lunch-time performances in the School Library / Learning Commons.  We want to feature the musical talent of our students in a small, intimate setting.  We have a new stage and sound system and want to help you show off your talent! If you are interested in being in one of our shows this fall, let us know. Mr. Swaddling will be hosting auditions soon, so stay posted for details. If you have questions, see Mr. Swaddling in the Film&TV room, or Mr. Sexton in the Library.

Why SSR?

buckheavyssrWhy SSR? ¬†(Reason #7 of 3,487,659)¬†Reading for fun increases your vocabulary. ¬†In fact, studies show that reading for fun (recreational reading or “free voluntary reading”) is much more effective in building vocabulary than common strategies such as studying vocabulary lists.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

George Costanza

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Jay Greenspan was born on this day in 1959.¬† Greenspan would go on to become an actor who performed under the name Jason Alexander. He would¬†land a spot on the television show “Seinfeld,” portraying what some consider to be the greatest comedy character of all time, George Costanza.¬† For more on George Costanza and “Seinfeld”, check out WikiSein.

Surrey Teens Read

Surrey Teens Read lets you  join with other high school students from around Surrey to read and discuss great Young Adult literature.

STR Logo transparentThe nominees for 2014 include: Don’t Turn Around; The Age of Miracles; Erebos and more.¬† We have mulitple copies of each book here in the school library. Come down to check out your copy today!

You be able to vote on your favourites¬†in the Spring 2014.¬† For more information, a full list of this¬†year’s nominees, a discussion forum, access to book trailers, and more, check out surreyteensread.weebly.com

International Day of Peace

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Celebrate it. Dream of it. Work for it. Enjoy it. Promote it. Demand it. Model it. Protest for it.

In 1981 the United Nations established the International Day of Peace. In 2002¬† the UN declared September 21 to be the permanent day¬†“Peace Day.”

For more information, check out the official site. And come down to your school library to check out some of our resources on peace, including champions of peace, peace education and more.