Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?

InternetThinkingThought provoking ideas from a wide variety of thinkers are brought together by editor John Brockman in Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? In the opening essay, “The Bookless Library,” Nicholas Carr asserts:

As a technology, a book focuses our attention, isolates us from the myriad distractions that fill our everyday lives. A networked computer does precisely the opposite. It is designed to scatter our attention. It doesn’t shield us from environmental distractions; it adds to them. The words on a computer screen exist in a welter of contending stimuli.

Carr isn’t arguing that the internet is bad.  We cannot dispute that the internet has given us huge advantages. However, those advantages come at a cost.

My own reading and thinking habits have shifted dramatically since I first logged on the Web fifteen years ago or so. I now do the bulk of my reading and researching on-line. And my brain has changed as a result. Event as I’ve become more adept at navigating the rapids of the Net, I have experienced a steady decay in my ability to sustain my attention… What the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation.

The computer age has not rendered the book obsolete. True, the future of paper publishing may be in doubt. The physical book is here for at least the short-term. In the long run maybe they will be completely replaced by e-books. That is not the point. Regardless of the format, we need books, more than ever. We need them for many reasons, not least as an antidote to the distracted, shallow thinking that is the product of so much of what people do on-line. We need long-form text, including fiction and non-fiction. We need to read things that require concentration, engagement and deep thinking.

Sense and Sensibility

senseandsensiSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen was published on this day in 1811.  The novel was published anonymously, “BY A LADY.”  Few people knew the identity of the author, and she was never famous in her lifetime. However, over time her fame has grown and she has become one of the most beloved authors of all time.

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Sense and Sensibility has been adapted many times for television and film, and has also been the subject of a “mash-up,” Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

Other novels by Austen include Emma, Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice (my personal favourite.)

Allegiant

Allegiant

You have been asking for it.  If you were impatient you went and bought your own copy last week. For those who were able to wait a few days, your patience is rewarded. We now have some copies ready to lend to you… FOR FREE!

For those who want to start from the beginning, check out Divergent by Veronica Roth.  This dystopian YA novel was followed up by Insurgent.  Many fans claim that the trilogy is superior to the “Hunger Games” series. Read them and decide for yourself.

Check out our Sci-Fi & Fantasy section, with all sorts of related titles including Dystopian, Time Travel, Steam Punk, Alternate History, Fairy Tales, Mash-Ups and more.

Reading is a Beautiful Thing

DEAR2013Drop Everything & Read is just eleven days away! National School Library Day is Monday, October 28.

As part of the celebration of school libraries, the BCTLA and the BCTF have issued the “DEAR Challenge” to EVERY PERSON in BRITISH COLUMBIA.  All over the province, people are challenged to put down the work, turn off the TV, set aside the iPad,iPod or iPhone, pause the video games–  you get the idea– and just read!

October is International School Library Month and Canadian Library Month. October 28 is National School Library Day.  Be sure to stay posted for news and special events happening to celebrate your school library!

“Reading is a beautiful thing. Today.
Every day.
Read for twenty minutes.”

Alice Munro Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Canadian literary legend Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the first Canadian woman and first Canadian based author to win the award. Munro is considered to be a master of the short story and is often compared to Russian author Anton Chekov. She has previously won the Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award.

Come down to the school library to check out some of her books.

October is OUR month!

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Canadian Library Month 2013

ISLMonthLargeOctober is International School Library Month and Canadian Library Month.  October 28 is National School Library Day and the day for the DEAR Challenge: Drop Everything and Read.

Check out the following for more info:

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DEAR Challenge

DEAR: Drop Everything and Read.  The BCTLA and BCTF challenge everyone around the province of British Columbia to “Drop Everything and Read” on Monday, October 28.

At Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School we students and teachers read every day during SSR. On the 28th we are challenging everyone in the building, including administrators, clerks, custodians, education assistants and visitors, to join with people from all over British Columbia to read for twenty minutes.

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source: bctladear.blogspot.ca

Even better, find twenty minutes to read every day!

International School Library Month

Happy International School Library Month!
Check out our display of books related to libraries, books, literacy and more.

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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!

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