Monday, December 12, 2011


It's like Survivor, except it's for books: The CCRSB Teen Readers' Choice Award is a "vote 'em onto the island" and "vote 'em off the island" showdown that will result in one winning book, announced this spring.

Here's how it works:

Between now and Jan. 13, pick up a form in the library to nominate your favourite book for a CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award -- any genre, any publication date, any origin, and any format. (Can't remember the name or author? Your friendly librarian can help!)

The top 10 books nominated among all participating CCRSB schools will be announced in February. Between Valentine's Day and May 13, read a nominated book and discuss it online or at school.

From April 25 to May 14, vote for your favourite top-10 book. The winner will be announced at the end of May.

Track the trends and timelines at: CCRSB Teen Readers' Choice Award

Monday, November 21, 2011

Everything old is new again

Interested in old and not-so-old books? Want to help our library buy new books? Stop by the library any Monday, Wednesday or Friday to peruse the titles on our cart of recently withdrawn books. Take an armload, make a donation, and we'll buy new ones!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say "hi" at the PRHS Christmas Craft Show on Nov. 19. We sold $90 worth of withdrawn books. I was sad to see Leonard Cohen's poems go, but they went to a good home (and our old paperback was admittedly pretty dog-eared and worn...).

Thanks also to the incomparable Ms. Bartlett, PRHS's former librarian, who has turned over the reins to me. I will now be steward of the books and the blogs. I'm happy to be here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

SYNC YA Literature into Your Earphones

2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week
June 23 - August 17, 2011

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and required reading classics this summer. Each week from June 23 - August 17, 2011, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title's theme and is likely to show up on a student's summer reading lists. For example, Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, the first book in a popular series with strong allusions to Romeo & Juliet, will be paired with Shakespeare's classic.

To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit

SYNC Titles
Summer 2011

6/23/11 - 6/29/11
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Trial by Franz Kafka

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
Beowulf by Francis B. Gummere [Trans.]

Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Rescue: Stories of Survival From Land and Sea by Dorcas S. Miller [Ed.]

Immortal by Gillian Shields
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

GLBTQ books at the library - update

I've just updated (for the third time) the GLBTQ books at the library post that I originally published in January 2009. According to the statistics for this blog, it's one of the most popular posts so I thought some new content would be helpful.

And President Snow will be played by...

...Donald Sutherland!

I like it, I really like it.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hunger Games casting update

There are a couple of important updates to my earlier post about the Hunger Games movie cast:

Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy

Although I was hoping for John C. Reilly as Haymitch, Woody Harrelson is growing on me. I'm eager to learn who they cast as President Snow!

Additionally, all the tributes have been cast as well as Seneca Crane, Caesar Flickerman, and Katniss' mother and while most are listed on IMDb, there are pictures of all the tributes posted on the film's Facebook page.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Don't you ever interrupt me...

I was hoping to find this video somewhere other than YouTube since it's blocked here at the school, but no dice. I hope you can enjoy it elsewhere!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hunger Games movie casting

It appears that new Hunger Games cast members are being announced daily, so I thought it would be helpful to have a look at them as a group. Lots of unknown actors in the mix, which should be interesting!

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta

Liam Hemsworth as Gale

Willow Shields as Prim (Katniss' little sister)

Amandla Stenberg as Rue (District 11 tribute)

Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh (District 11 tribute)

Levin Rambin as Glimmer (District 1 tribute)

Jack Quaid as Marvel (District 1 tribute)

What do you think of the casting so far? Do they look like you imagined they would?

Watch for new cast members on the Hunger Games Facebook page.