The Last Kingdom is a terrific historical television series produced by BBC2 and based on the books by Bernard Cornwell (which we also have in the library and on Overdrive). Season one has just arrived in the library and it is based on the first 2 books: The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman. If you have an interest in early English history or the vikings then this is a must-watch series. (There are a few adult scenes so this series is best for HS and up.)
At the end of the year, it is a great idea to check your library account to make sure that all your materials are returned. Here are the steps for making that happen.
Start here, at the library page of AAS. Click on the yellow button that says “Djupedal Library Catalog” to get to our page. Or, click here.
You will see three options, and you want to click on the “Anglo American School Library” page to get to our catalog.
Once you see the matroshka dolls, click on the upper right hand side of the page where it says, “Log In.”
This log in is matched to the other parts of the AAS systems, so students will use their ST numbers and the passwords that get them on the computers at school, or for young students the password “penguins”. Parents will use their P number and password like when logging into the Penguin Portal. Teachers should use their last name, first initial, with the same passwords as their email accounts.
A successful log in will bring you back to the matroshkas, and you can click on the upper left hand side, when it says, “My Info.”
If you see a screen like this one, your account is completely clear. This will show all the materials that are out in your name, and you can take whatever steps you need to!
If you run into any problems or trouble, the librarians are very happy to help you. Just email email@example.com to get some help.
K and Kris have been making lots of improvements in the AAS Library this year, some big remodels and some little good changes just to make people pick up a book and smile. One of the latest things we are trying is Awesome Tape. If as you browse the library shelves you notice a book spine flagged with white tape bearing the statement AWESOME, don’t pass it by, pick it up and take a look. These are books that have been read and loved by a community member who believes that the book is a real winner. If you’d like to recommend any titles for awesome tape then please let us know.
K just finished The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. It was stunning, an amazing novel chronicling the life of a young black girl who loses a friend to police violence. The book discusses this girl who lives half her life in a suburban prep school, and half her life in the black community.
This book is an absolute recommendation for any student (or adult) who wants to better understand the Black Lives Matter movement, and the people behind the news. Recommended for mature middle schoolers, high schoolers, and above.
See a review in the Atlantic here.
We are happy to announce that we have made some excellent progress in our Juvenile Fiction (or J FIC) sections. This sections, most often for grades 1-4, has early chapter books, big series like Magic Tree House, and other levelled readers ideally for those just beginning to read.
We noticed that this section could use a facelift, so we took out anything that was too difficult (above level Q or reading level 4.0), cleared out some of the things that hadn’t been circulating, and made sure that most of our students could reach all of the books.
We were also able to update the spinners! We have two full Geronimo Stilton spinners (because he is so popular), a Magic Tree House spinner, a Rainbow Magic Fairy spinner, and an American girl spinner.
Other spinners that are new are the school spinner (with Junie B Jones and other funny school stories), the mystery spinner (with Cam Jansen and other sleuth stories), and the animal stories spinner (with Puppy Patrol, Animal Ark, and other animal favorites).
So far, the response has been very wonderful. Grade one noted that the books are easier to see and front facing, and that they can reach all of them. Grade 3 spent their library time browsing and enjoying. The students seem very excited!
Come up and see our wonderful new things, and keep an eye out for changes in Middle Grades fiction and High School fiction. We are doing things to improve the library for all of our users and patrons.
This book, I picked up because March, book 3 just won a stack of national book awards. I am a lover of graphic novels, and this one seemed to be a fantastic sort of read. Sure enough, the book was incredible. One single session of Drop Everything and Read had this book finished, and I loved it. The series deals with the civil rights movement, with the mobilization of the different groups of people. The sit-ins and non-violent protests began in a grassroots style, and this is all about that. It is powerful, and timely, and gorgeous, and I highly recommend it.
K just finished Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah, the current host of The Daily Show. I listened to the audiobook version of this, which is read by the author. It was just beautiful, a mixture of anecdotes and stories of his childhood peppered with discussions about race and ethnicity, the cycle of abuse, and the importance of family. Add to that the author reading in his very pleasant voice, and that makes this a highly recommended read/audiobook!
We’ve just got this in as well. Drop by on Thursday or Friday to check it out!
K just finished Relish, the next chapter of her food book reading list. This one came new into the library, and it was given to me almost immediately as a graphic novel about food. I picked it up one morning and had trouble with the first few chapters. It seemed like it was lacking some heart that I expected from my own relationship with food. It turned around with the last few chapters, though, and I finished the book happy to have read and enjoyed it. Every chapter has a recipe that corresponds with the story, from sushi to pickles to sangria, and the illustrations are gorgeous. It’s sweet, and I’m happy I read to the end.