The Things We Leave Behind, in Books.


I read a really interesting article from AbeBooks.com recently about the strange, touching and sometimes valuable things booksellers have found wedged between the pages of books. These often mundane objects used as bookmarks, but long forgotten shed an eerie light on the lives and hopes of the book’s previous owners.

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Adam Tobin, owner of Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, New York, has created a display inside his bookstore dedicated to objects discovered in books.

“It’s a motley assortment,” he said. “We’ve been doing it for about two years since opening the store. The display quickly took over the back wall and now it’s spreading to other places, and there’s a backlog of stuff that we haven’t put up yet. There are postcards, shopping lists, and concert tickets but my favorites are the cryptic notes. They are often deeply personal and can be very moving.”

Read the full article here.

As a school librarian this article prompted me to recall the strange (and sometimes gross) objects that I and my colleagues have found in books that have been returned to us. If anyone else has a story of strange objects found in books please let us know via the comments page below.

 

Website of the Week: bethinking.org


 

BeThinking

This week’s Website of the Week is bethinking.org. This site offers a wide range of critical articles on Christianity and comparative religion. Bethinking.org is divided into four main sections; Engage, Explore, Compare and Relate which provide intelligent, thought-provoking articles on religion, morals, and the meaning of life.

R U OK?


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Today is R U Ok Day and it is a great opportunity to chat to each other about mental health and ask R U OK? How are you going?
Have a look at the website or just start talking to others.

Year 9s Begin Shakespeare Research


Today Year 9 Navy began a research assignment on Shakespeare. The  online resources below were of use. Check out the Shakespeare Strange Facts Padlet Page here.

SHakes Padlet

 

Oxford Shakespeare from Bartleby. Keyword searchable archive of all the bards plays and poems. Priceless.

 Absolute Shakespeare.Essential resource for William Shakespeare’s work in all its forms.

 Links to 12 Animated versions of Shakespeare’s Plays.

Elizabethan Era Links Vast range of information and links on Elizabethan Era and Elizabethan Life.

Visit our Shakespeare page here for even more resources.


Year 8 Create their own Book Week ‘Books into Film’ Posters


Year 8 students researched their favourite Books to film connections to create a poster. Why don’t you make your own using the template below.

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reading connection word Poster Template

If you’re stuck for ideas visit our Books into Film page here.

Our bigger Film page has hundreds more film resources to explore.

Book Week 2014 Celebrated This Week at Cabra


Miss Steller and Ms Rossi

Miss Steller and Ms Rossi

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Cabra College Book Week 2014 got off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Each morning students have had a two question quiz and we’ve been displaying Book Week posters created by staff representing their favourite films that were adapted from books.

As is traditional staff were treated to an excellent Book Week Morning Tea in the Senior School Library. Some of the best dressed staff were photographed joining in with the 2014 Book Week theme, ‘Connect to Reading’.

Check out the links below for

 

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014 Winners Revealed


CBCA winners 2014

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s winners below:

CBCA winners 2014 pics

For the full list of the winners in all categories go here. For a complete listing of the shortlisted books go here, and to view the Judges Report visit this link.

Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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University of Technology, Sydney’s Library Overtaken by Robots.


UTS robots

“Deep under the surface of a busy university library in central Sydney, robots are controlling a hidden bunker filled with books…” begins this amazing story of automation in a once conservative profession. Check out the ABC article here for the whole story.

Other libraries that use robotic retrieval methods include:

 

 

 

2014 Science Week Starts Now


National Science Week runs all this week here at Cabra. Remember to check out the links below for our huge selection of Science Related books, DVDs and videofiles. And most importantly remember what They Might Be Giants have told us, “Science is Real”!

Best Science Websites

Cabra Library Diigo Faves

Diigo Community Science Education Sites

Academic Search Engines for Science

With a focus on science, these academic search engines return all-science, all the time. Sites 41-50 from TeachThought’s 100 Search Engines For Academic Research.

  1. SciSeek:In this science search engine and directory, you’ll find the best of what the science web has to offer. Browse by category, search by keyword, and even add new sites to the listings.
  2. Chem BioFinder:Register with PerkinElmer to check out the Chem BioFinder and look up information about chemicals, including their properties and reactions.
  3. Biology Browser:Biology Browser is a great resource for finding research, resources, and information in the field of biology. You can also check out their Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews.
  4. Athenus:Athenus is an authority on science and engineering on the Web, sharing a directory and full-featured web search.
  5. SciCentral:Use SciCentral as your gateway to the best sources in science. This site has a literature search, journals, databases, and other great tools for finding what you need.
  6. Strategian:Strategian is a great place to find quality information in all fields of science. Featured resources include free full-text books, patents, and reports, as well as full-text journal and magazine articles, plus a special collection of Vintage Biology with important articles and books in biology.
  7. Science.gov:In this government science portal, you can search more than 50 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. This is an incredible resource for millions of pages of U.S. government science information.
  8. CERN Document Server:This organization for nuclear research serves up a great search and directory for experiments, archives, articles, books, presentations, and so much more within their documents.
  9. Analytical Sciences Digital Library:Through the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, you’ll find peer-reviewed, web-based educational resources in analytical sciences, featuring a variety of formats for techniques and applications.
  10. WorldWideScience:Use WorldWideScience.org as a global science gateway, offering excellent search results in the sciences, and even the option to select specific databases and find resources in your own language.
Click image for a full list of Science Related Books held in Cabra Libraries

Click image for a full list of Science Related Books held in Cabra Libraries

Science Books as Of Aug 2014