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Teen Read Week 2015

Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week

October 18-24, 2015 is Teen Read Week in the US, a literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association. This year’s theme is Get Away @ your library.

Now, down here in Australia we don’t usually celebrate Teen Read Week. We have recently celebrated the CBCA Book Week, which is for all ages, but I love the idea of specifically targeting teenage reading audiences. And really, what librarian wouldn’t another excuse to decorate the library and celebrate the fabulousness of young adult books.

This year’s Teen Read Week theme conjures images of summer reads (holding onto the last summer rays for those in the Northern Hemisphere, while awaiting the coming warmth in the Southern), holiday destinations and, of course, the epic Road Trip.

While our library won’t be celebrating Teen Read Week as such, it is certainly timely for inspiring some teen-related displays, activities and book lists.


Display Ideas

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Book Week 2015Book Week 2015: Books Light Up Our World

And so Book Week is over again for a year. The winners have been announced, all the displays are up and looking fantastic and the costumes have been proudly worn and are now packed away.  All that is left is to reflect on the week’s celebrations and anticipate next year’s theme.

Here are some photo highlights of my Book Week 2015

Short-listed titles

Short-listed titles

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Book Week 2015: Library Display #3

 

Book Week 2015

Celebrated in Australia from 22 August to 28 August 2015, Book Week is a fantastic time to celebrate books, authors, illustrators, readers and all those involved in the book industry, from publishers to librarians. And in our library, celebrations mean displays!!

Here is the third display for this year’s Book Week:

Books Light Up Our World.

Lighthouse Window PaintingThis lighthouse has been painted onto the back window of the library using window paint. During Book Week the students will be invited to write the title of their favourite book onto a small, yellow star and stick it onto this display. Standing almost 3 metres tall and 2.5m wide, this is a striking image. I have already received lots of compliments about how effective it looks and the students love it (and really wanted to help with the painting).

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Book Review: The Protected

The Protected

The Protected – Claire Zorn – University of Queensland Press – Published 23 July 2014

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Synopsis

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

My thoughts

What a heartbreaking story. Grief and bullying, family, friends and sisters – the relationships that break you, and how you learn to survive them. 

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Book Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

The Incredibly Adventures of Cinnamon Girl – Melissa Keil – Hardie Grant Egmont – Published September 2014

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Synopsis

Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared. And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails. And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving. Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

My thoughts

This story starts with a house and two boys – but it’s not what you think. With that line in the opening chapter, along with the use of the word foetusi, I knew this was going to be an epic book. The many references to freshly baked bread and cakes probably helped build the love (and the hunger). And it’s really not what you think. It’s way cooler. It took me a little while to get into the swing of this story, but once I did I really enjoyed it.  Continue reading

Book Week 2015: Library Display #1

Book Week 2015

Celebrated in Australia from 22 August to 28 August 2015, Book Week is a fantastic time to celebrate books, authors, illustrators, readers and all those involved in the book industry, from publishers to librarians. And in our library, celebrations mean displays!!

Here is the first of many displays I am working on for our Book Week celebrations:

Books For Starry Nights.

Book Week 2015 Starry Night 1

This display is a mix of  Van Gogh’s Starry Nights and the illustration from the last page of short-listed book The Duck and the Darklings. The swirls of colour used to illustrate this wonderful and imaginative book work so very well with Van Gogh’s painting.

Van Gogh Starry Night

The themes of light, story, hope and knowledge are also nicely reflected in this year’s Book Week theme, Books Light Up Our World.

Duck and Darkling Last Page

I painted this display onto the set of four windows that sit behind the circulation desk. I used a mix of  window paint, the recipe for which you can find here, and washable chalk markers. I also printed a line of text from the story to highlight the theme, as well as another relevent quote that we are using in a Book Week Quote Quest.

Book Week 2015 Grandpapa and Peterboy

I am completely thrilled with how the display turned out. As I was painting it I received plenty of positive comments, and I was surprised at how many students recognised and were able to name Van Gogh’s work.

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Book Week 2015: Costumes

Book Week 2015

 

Book Week 2015: Books Light Up Our World Costume Inspiration

This year for Book Week, I need a costume that embodies both the light theme and links to a book or character.

Searching on my favourite sources for inspiration (Pinterest) I think I have come up with a winner: Katniss' Fire CapeKatniss Everdeen’s fire cape from The Hunger Games. Continue reading

Book Week 2015: Books Light Up Our World

Book Week 2015Book Week 2015: Books Light Up Our World

This year Book Week in Australia runs from the 22 of August to the 28 of August 2015. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Book Week is an opportunity for school and public libraries to join in celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. It is a fun time of dressing up, creating beautiful displays, participating in activities, and of course, reading. This year’s theme, Books Light Up Our World, makes use of archived artwork originally from the 2005 Book Week. The range of official merchandise can be found on the Children’s Book Council of Australia website here. As part of the Book Week celebrations, Australia’s Book of the Year is announced from among the Short Listed titles, which you can find here.

Throughout the time leading to Book Week 2015 I will be posting a range of display ideas and reviews on the Short List titles.

Other useful resources include Mrs Mac’s Library, which has links to teaching notes, author interviews and videos, and The Book Chook, which has plenty of activity ideas and inspiration for celebrating Book Week.

 

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