Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Holidays are here

This is the final post for the year.

Thanks to all those who viewed, commented and participated in the King's High Library Blog in 2009.  We will be back on board from about the middle of January 2010 with more of the same. 

Have yourselves some fantastic experiences while you are on holidays and enjoy yourselves.  See you at school next year.

 
New Zealand Christmas Tree - Pohutukawa

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ex Reluctant Readers

These two young men are Jordan and Tim, both were in year 13 this year and have now officially left school.  Jordan to a job in retail in Dunedin and Tim for a gap year working in a school in England.  These guys have always resisted the charms of the library until this year, when, required to spend their study periods here they both discovered a love of reading.  Jordan's taste is for young adult fiction, he likes Fleur Beale, Scott Westerfield, James Moloney and Malorie Blackman.  Tim really enjoys a good sporting biography he's enjoyed books like Tarawera Nicau's book, Shane Warne, Nathan Astle but has also discovered fiction and has been reading Marcus Zusack's The Messenger which he enjoyed.

One of the major joys of being the librarian in this school is when you help someone pick up a love of reading, almost by accident - Tim heard me talking about The Messenger to a class of Year 11 students and grabbed it for himself.  Jordan heard a couple of boys talking to me about the Uglies series and decided to try it.  Brilliant.
Rewarding, and one of the reasons I do my job.  Best of all I know that these guys are set for life.  On one of the last days of school Tim came in and told me that I had ruined his life.  He now can't go to sleep without reading a book.  Jordan came in to complain - "who is going to tell me what to read next"?  Lovely moments.
Jordan is on the left, Tim on the right.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan


I don't know what it is about Ian McEwan's style but his books are amongst those that stay in your mind long after you have finished reading them.  They need lots of processing, even this very small book stayed with me and I carried it around in my mind for a couple of months.  It has been doing the rounds of the staff room for most of this year and has been the subject of lots of discussion.  It has to be said, no everyone has loved it as I did.

It is the story of couple, Edward and Florence, set in 1962, who have just married that morning, they arrive at a small seaside hotel on the British coast for the first night of their honeymoon with so many fears and anxieties that your sympathy is with them right from the start, though my sense of frustration with them was also there.  Their lives are examined up to the point of their marriage and in the course of the evening you find out how they come to be here, in a situation which, today, would be hard to imagine but in 1962 England would have been common.  Reviews of this book say that it is 'tightly written' and I think that is true, nothing in the book is left to chance, every movement of the characters builds the anxiety and tension.  I put this book down totally exhausted, and it is a small book!

This book is unrelentingly sad to me.  The time it is set, the way that relationships were secret, important things went unspoken and the conversations that I remember from my own childhood were common, it is hard to imagine that people would go through this kind of honeymoon these days, but the book does such a fine job of taking you back there, it is just written so cleverly.

The Invisible Road by Elizabeth Knox


Review by Mrs Rosie

This is a very interesting and plausible read and yet very much a fantasy.  It is set in a New Zealand which is called Southland, but that is different in era and feeling to now, and it felt very familiar.  To me it felt implied that it was set on the West Coast of the South Island.  There is 'the place' an area that only Dreamhunters have access to, to become a Dreamhunter you have  to pass the test and prove your skill. 

  The theme of the book is dreaming.  Dreaming means in this context, to heal, subdue, punish, persuade, dreams can be caught and projected to audiences who can view them, the dreams are captured by Dreamhunters. Dreams are valuable, people want to see them and therefore they are an economy of their own, but some dreams are being used for a darker purpose.  The book is centered on a girl called Laura, whose father discovered that he could capture the dreams, and her friends and relatives.  There is romance, and intrigue, and so much to think about in this book.  It is hard to describe because the book is huge in scope and the world is so complex within it.

This is a book for those who are interested in the unusual and the paranormal.  I found it a gripping read maybe more of a girly read than what I usually read but I did enjoy it. Dreamhunter is a 'duet' book, it contains two books in the one volume, both have been released seperately.

Monday, December 14, 2009

9Tr Drama productions


On the last day of school the final performances from 9Tr drama were held in the library.  Here are some action shots from some of the groups. You will note how entertained the audience appear in the photo on the right.


Because a certain group know of the librarians fondness for John Campbell, a noted television journalist in New Zealand, there was a special performance concentrating on how fantastic he is.

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