Banned Books Week 2016

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read, and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. –American Library Association

Stop by the CA Library today to check out some banned books!

Citation Help

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Looking for a good resources to help understand the fundamentals of citations? Not sure when or why or how to show where you got your information for a project? is a fantastic and reputable resource that quickly and clearly explains the details of giving credit where credit is due in your assignments. Click HERE for more info!

New York Times Book Review Editorial: Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander on Children’s Books and the Color of Characters

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“When we segregate literature, we focus only on mirrors. Certainly, seeing yourself in books is necessary and crucial to the development of identity — my sisters and I proudly found ourselves between the pages of Nikki Giovanni’s “Spin a Soft Black Song” and Lucille Clifton’s “Everett Anderson” series — but not allowing those same books to serve as windows into the lives of others will most certainly limit imagination and possibility.”

Want to read more by Kwame Alexander? Try “The Crossover” available at the CA Library!

2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist


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“This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair), Jon DayAbdulrazak GurnahDavid Harsent, and Olivia Williams. It was chosen from 155 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.”

Click Here to find out more!

Looking for a good book…

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but you don’t know where to start?

One of my favorite ways to find new books to read without getting overwhelmed by choice is to find a good list. The IB doesn’t have a list of required or even recommended reading for DP students, but there is a list of “IB World Literature Approved Texts” that can be found here:  IB World Lit

65 books, short stories, plays, and even a graphic novel (The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons). The authors are from all over the world and from different periods of history and we have most of them on the shelves in the Secondary Library.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the CA Secondary School Library for the 2016-2017 school year!

A few beginning of the school year reminders:

The CA Library Catalog can be found HERE

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The library is a GREAT place for:

  • reading
  • studying
  • quiet collaboration
  • research
  • browsing
  • planned meetings

For most other things, check out the new and improved student lounge on the 1st floor!