Summer seems a very distant memory this week, with wild weather around the country, but here's a look back to a little bit of last summer for some of the students and staff at Queen's. Our Summer Book Bags were more popular than ever this past year - have a look below for a quick summary of the programme.
For the past few weeks we have been very focused on our Makerspace. On Monday we had a really fun paper circuits workshop and today our Cardboard Challenge closed with some fantastic entries being received. Judging has taken place and the winners will be announced in the Information Centre on Monday. Thank you everyone for taking part - we hope you've had fun!
... check out our current theme display! Guaranteed great reads that will have you reaching for the tissues feature on our #uglycry display.
And if you still need more to move you tears, you need to see this! We are VERY excited about the release later this year of the movie Everything, Everything based on the YA novel by Nicola Yoon. This book has been very popular, and deservedly so. Check out the official movie trailer below and then reserve your copy of the book - because it's good to read the book before you see the movie :)
To coincide with Valentine's Day, we have Blind Date Books in the Information Centre this week. Choose one of the wrapped up books, have it issued, and put your name in the draw for one of 15 strawberry lip balms from The Body Shop. All the books are guaranteed to be great reads. Your 'blind date' might not be something you would have chosen for yourself, but it could turn out to be something you really love!
It's already the end of week 1, and the Information Centre has been buzzing with new student orientations and summer book bags being returned. We have LOTS of great books on the shelves ready for you to borrow and a new webOPAC (online catalogue) to help us get the most out of our print and electronic resources. There have been a mountain of applications for student librarian positions, Book Group@ Queen's will start up again at the end of week 3 and we are getting ready for Blind Date with a Book to celebrate Valentine's Day. So all in all it is a busy start to what will be an exciting year!
If you haven't already borrowed your summer book bag, please do so as soon as you possibly can. We need all those great books back in the Info Centre so that others can borrow them! And thank you for the returned books and feedback surveys so far - it looks like we have had another very successful summer reading programme.
The Summer Book Bags are nearly ready!
If you have ordered a bag of library books for the holidays, remember that this Thursday, 8th December is the day to come and collect them (between 9am and 3pm please).
Thank you very much to the following for the donation of special treats that you'll find inside your bags:
University Book Shop (Otago)
Queen's Ex-Girls Association
Dunedin Public Library
The Body Shop
Whitcoulls George Street
Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Reading :)
Aren't these fabulous?! To match our 'Read Books' cushions, we now have another set in the pit area. A HUGE thank you to our cushion makers Serena, Breigha and Mele (all in Year 10) and to Ms Reeve and her amazing teacher aides. What an awesome gift for the school!
We have had a record number of students sign up for our summer reading programme this year, with 88 girls taking part! To add to the excitement, we've been busily buying and processing some fantastic new library books to go in the bags, including some titles we didn't already have that had been specifically requested. We've also had some pretty darned good treats donated to go in the bags again this year. So along with our new eBook library, we'll have your summer reading well and truly sorted!
If you've signed up for a summer book bag remember that they will be ready for collection on Thursday 8th December, so set yourself a reminder now.
The summer holidays are just around the corner, so it's time to get your summer reading sorted.
If you would like some library books to read over the summer break, apply for a Summer Book Bag now!
These bags are REALLY popular, so you will need to be in quick. Each bag will contain 6 to 8 library books, chosen specifically for you based on your reading interests and history. And once again this year it will also contain some goodies, to make the bags extra special.
Download an application form below or collect one from the Information Centre. These need to be completed and returned to Mrs Gardiner on or before Wednesday 9th November.
And don't forget, if you run out of books to read over the holidays, our eBook library will still be available.
We are very excited to announce the launch of eBooks here at Queen's. All students and staff now have access to over 1000 eBook titles 24/7. The eBooks are specifically selected for NZ secondary school students and you can do cool things like customise the settings and sync and read your eBook on more than one device.
So how does it work?
It's that easy!
Please see Mrs Gardiner if you have any problems or questions about getting started.
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