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Junior School Winter Break Bookmobile

Happy 2 days before break!

Dear Junior School,

First of all: a huge thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out our survey. We’ve gotten some great responses, and have enjoyed hearing about what you like to read and would like to see at our next bookmobile. Speaking of which…

Winter Break Book Mobile

Tuesday, December 18th, 12:10 pm
Thompson South Atrium

We’ll be there with bells on,* plenty of print books, and 18 new books on the Kindles based on your requests and recommendations!

Some of those titles are:

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And, as a preview of some of the books we’ll be bringing and highlighting:

princess diariesThe Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot (Funny)
While Anne Hathaway is adorable in the first book-to-film adaptation, please do not judge the book by the film. While I can’t speak for the rest of the series (10 in all), this book is smart and hilarious. Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo (Mia for short) discovers that she’s not just an awkward girl living with her artist mom in NYC, she is also the princess of Genovia (fake country, I checked) and heir to the throne. Her grandmere shows up and makes her take princess lessons, all while she is busy being a flat-chested, 5’9 freshman. Cabot tends to make pop culture references throughout, many of which are now dated, however they are charming and nostalgic. And, hopefully still vaguely familiar to new readers of this SUPER FUNNY BOOK.
-Ms. Barrows

Professor and the Madman

The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester (Non-fiction)
The madman is a Hopkins Alum. ‘Nuff said.
-Mr. Gette

Octavian Nothing The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (Historical Fiction)
This story is set in pre-revolutionary Boston and Octavian, son of a captured African princess, is it’s hero. He’s the subject of a series of mostly nice experiments by scientists and philosophers of the fictional Novanglian College of Lucidity who provide Octavian with an education “equal to any of the princes in Europe,” and treat him in a way that makes him believe he is a free member of a utopian society. But that all changes as the revolutionary unrest increases, and Octavian is subjected to horrifying experiments that make him understand that he is anything but free. Historical fiction at its best.
-Mrs. Prendergast

We’ll also be bringing up more mysteries, as they and fantasy were the runaway favorites when we asked what type of books you most liked to read. So stop by on Tuesday, and pick up a book to take with you on break!

*probably no bells

-Signing off, Kit Gette (who has WAY TOO MUCH to read over the next two weeks…)

The Feast of Books


 photo credit: EVRT Studio via photopin cc

Now that we have your attention…

Here Ye, Here Ye! Come one, come all to the Calarco Library Feast of Books! Whether ye be a Sevie or Senior, stranger or familiar face, we welcome you to join us for the first annual Feast of Books! Dine on Green and Mitchell, Asher and Johnson (Denis, not Ben), Funke, Pullman and so much more…including cookies. Take, indulge, and photograph for a chance to be featured on this very awesome blog! Please, fellow book feast-ers, read the details below.


 photo credit: Mrs Magic via photopin cc

Feast of Books

Junior School: Thursday, November 15th during Free Period in Thompson South Atrium

Upper School: Friday, November 16th All Day in the Library (Upper Level)

What: Books, Cookies, Calarco Library, and YOU

Why: So you can take a book (or Kindle) on Thanksgiving Break

Photo Contest

Submit a photo of you and your book (or Kindle!) enjoying the glories of Thanksgiving break for a chance to win an Amazon gift card AND be featured on this infinitely awesome blog.
-Signing off, Jenny Barrows (who sincerely hopes no gets too excited and accidentally ingests book pages)

Shipping Up To Thompson

We’ve been back in our beloved library for a couple weeks now, and it is so good to be home. Surrounded by books, with access to our desks and our files and our workroom, able to catalog books and shush people (there is no shushing Heath), Ms. Barrows and I have been feeling good. Happy. Comfortable.


See, we’d gotten used to the Vagabond Librarian lifestyle: fitting the library on a table, exploring a new space, seeing different people, having the Cafe right there…

And so we decided to go on the road. 67 books and our 12 JSchool Kindles made the trip up with us from Baldwin to Thompson last Thursday (with help from Security. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Earl!) where we would ply our wares to the Junior School during their precious 15 minute break. The plan was to have a ton of books out to choose from, and then download books to the Kindles by request. To highlight some titles, we prepared six book talks to stun and amaze. We’d then be ready to check out so many copies of these wonderful books to an eager and cheering crowd.

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley

-Robert Burns (Ed: N0 typos, just Scottish)

That didn’t happen. Not because there weren’t eager crowds (the cheering was a little too much to hope for), but because students were SO eager to look at and check out books that we only had time to specifically plug one book. That three students then asked for. Hooray! The rest of the time was spent answering questions and checking out materials.

Thompson South Atrium, Thursday, Oct. 18, 12:15 pm
photo credit: wvs via photopincc

Although it was a little overwhelming, we had a great time, we hope the students did too, and we can’t wait to go back. See you in Thompson before the Thanksgiving Break!

-Signing off, Kit Gette (who can now type in a wifi password at the speed of light)