Harper Lee’s novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Divides Opinion


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Sequel, prequel but not equal? The companion novel to Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has hit the shelves in the last month and caused a popular and critical storm. It became the most pre-ordered book in Harper Collins’ history. No surprise given the now elderly author’s only previous novel has sold more than 40 million copies to date.

Set after, but written before the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman follows the story of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch returning home to Maycomb from New York. She is shocked and confused by the changes she finds and the brewing discontent between White and Black amid the Civil Rights protests that swept the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Told in the third person this is no “unfinished novel” or even “first draft of Mockingbird” as some have suggested. Rather it stands alone and in some ways outside the orbit of its more famous relative.

I have curated a selection of reviews, background and info about the book below. Some positive, some negative. The only way to really understand any of this of course is to read both books yourself. We have added several copies of “Watchman” to our collection and have multiple “Mockingbirds” for your reading pleasure.

Read a selection of reviews and info below:

wash postBackground to the publishing of Go Set a Watchman.

guardian banner ‘more complex but less compelling.”

NYT bannerGo Set a Watchman gives Atticus Finch a Dark Side.

New Republic review

New Republic Review

Loads more reviews here.

 

Year 9 English Students Play Casting Director


Today Year 9 English students had the opportunity to play casting director in their own adaptation of a short story.

goodreads list     jane campionAfter choosing a short story of 10 pages or less from the Library collection students had to read their story, paying close attention to the setting and the characterization of the main and secondary protagonists. After completing a short setting and character worksheet, students cast real-life actor’s in the principal roles of their imaginary film adaptation.

Some useful links and the worksheets are below: Short Story Collection 2015Film Resources.

Character Map Female

Character Map Male

Casting the Characters and Setting Worksheet

short story index  Short Story index. Browse and read short stories online.

Neil Gaiman’s Free Short Stories

19 Short Stories from Nobel Prize Winning Author Alice Munro

10 Wonderful Stories to Read Online from Flavorwire

100 (or so) Great American Short Stories

New Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels added to Cabra Libraries.


Clcik on the pic for a list of new Graphic Fiction for 2015

New Manga In Senior Library

Take a look at the list of new Manga, comics and Graphic Novels added to the Cabra Library Collections so far this Year. That’s over 250 items so far this year.  New Graphic Fiction 2015 As well as the usual suspects we have been developing an interest in both illustrated novels and original graphic novels for older readers. For more info on Manga, comics and graphic novels check these links.

 

 

New Resources added to the Cabra Libraries May-June 2015.


Take a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections since the start of May this year. That’s almost 1000 items including almost 150 new DVDs for Loan. To view all the latest DVDs click below:

New DVDs May June July 2015

Click on the link to the right for the whole list: New Titles May June July 2015

If you don’t see what you want above, search our new OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) here,

or leave us a message with your requests for new titles.

New Japanese Cinema Resource Page


 Checkout the latest addition to our growing film resources page, Japanese Cinema. Here you’ll find tonnes of info and resources related to Japanese filmmaking, cinema, and Anime. From traditional Kabuki adaptations to the latest Japanese animated films.

お楽しみください!

New updates to Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre


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New updates to:
Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

There are more than 150 topics in your Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre subscription, helping you to critically analyse multiple sides of a current / controversial issue, and develop persuasive essay writing skills.

This quarterly update includes the following new topics:

  • Australian Jihadists in Iraq
  • Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginals
  • Corporate Tax Rate
  • Drug Use
  • Education & Aboriginals
  • Effect of Mobile Devices on Personal Relationships
  • FIFO Workers in the Mining Industry
  • Journalist Peter Greste Jailed in Egypt
  • Nuclear Cooperation between Australia & India

All topics contain four essays written by subject experts from Australia or New Zealand, with a balance of materials from all viewpoints, overviews, arguments, and opposing ideas.

For more info on Points of View go here. For ‘How To’ Tutorials on ‘Points of View’ and other EBSCO Research Databases click here.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this or one of the friendly Cabra Library staff.

Cabra Libraries Introduce Flipster™, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines


~ The One-Stop-Shop for Digital Magazines Allows students, staff and parents
to Browse the Latest Issues of the Most Sought After Magazines ~

The whole of the Cabra College community can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

Cabra Libraries have both Flipster and  Hardcopy magazines  so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to iPads, phones or any mobile or desktop device via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere. Current Flipster titles are below. We will be adding more as the year progresses. All suggestions for additional titles gratefully received.

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Flipster offers an easy, browseable reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Contemporary School Libraries should be all about choice. A wide selection of resources, and a choice of the best way to access these for each user. Flipster provides Cabra Libraries with a digital access point for both general interest and curriculum magazines. Coupled with our vast EBSCO eBook and Gale Virtual Reference Library Collections Flipster allows users a digital reading experience for both research and pleasure.

To access Flipster and all these digital collections use the usual Cabra Login details. For a reminder of these contact Libraries Coordinator Mr Bull.

To view tutorials for all our databases click here. To view a Flipster tutorial see below:

Website of the Week: What Happened In My Birth Year.com


This week’s Website of the Week is What Happened In My Birth Year.com. This site is  a fun way to find out what was happening in the year of your birth.  It was created by Philipp Lenssen.  You can  Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here. Just type in the year of your birth or any other year you want to find out about and this simple site will start scrolling out all the facts, figures, people and things that made that year and that decade special.

Website of the Week: Vintage Ad Browser


This week’s Website of the Week is Vintage Ad Browser.com. Vintage Ad Browser is an indexed website devoted to advertising images stretching from the mid 1850s to the present day. Vintage Ad Browser was created in 2009/2010 and released in 2010, by Philipp Lenssen from Germany, currently living in China. This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more. At the moment, this site contains 123,311 ads. Vintage Ad Browser has a sister site called Cover Browser, started in 2006 – please have a look. This site is an amazingly useful tool for English, Media Studies, Art and HASS amongst other subjects. It allows you to compare the depiction and marketing of a product over time and between countries. Fantastic for tracking society’s changing relationship with a particular commodity such as alcohol or tobacco. Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here.

The Beatification of Óscar Romero


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On May 23rd, thirty-five years after his assassination, Óscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, will be beatified. Read the full New Yorker article here. Beatification is the first stage in the process of making a person a Saint, or canonization. Pope Francis has rescinded the ban on beatifying Romero paving the way for him to be made a saint as a Martyr to the Catholic Church.

For more Romero Quotes check out the PowerPoint below:

Oscar Romero Reflection & Resources

Oscar Romero Trust

Loads more info and resources on Oscar Romero from the Archbishop Romero Trust.

Oscar Romero resources in the Cabra Libraries below.

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