Friday, November 15, 2013

A Poem About the Library

The Cone Library

Is the place to be

When studying or writing about vitamin d (or other topics of course)

Theres plenty of books

And be sure to look

At the selections on the front table

Here you'll find reading suggestions

Picked by the finest librarians

Don't forget to ask questions

To the SLP's who will give you suggestions

As to where to find what you need

Please dont eat

So we can keep the library neat

Respect your peers

And keep your headphones in your ears

Or at least play your music so no one else can hear

Follow the rules

And the library will be your favorite tool

At Berkeley Preparatory School.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hey guys! Today I'm going to write a review on a book that I just finished--Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

This book is about a group of young English boys who get stranded on an island during World War II. Ralph, one of the main characters, becomes the leader of this group of boys as he competes with Jack, a mean "bully" who also wants to be the leader so he can boss people around. And all alone on the side, with nobody ever listening to him, is little old Piggy, a plump, lazy, but smart boy who proves to be the wisest of them all. Oh, but, please don't call him Piggy, because he doesn't like that name! Anyway, Lord of the Flies is a story of teamwork, survival, and betrayal, but be careful, it does contain a good amount of violence and bloodshed. One key question that the book discusses is Are humans really savages? What do you think? Are we, deep down, savages, just like the cavemen from millions of years ago or the wild animals living in the Sahara? Let me know after you read the book!

Yours Truly,

Eva :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Wrinkle In Time

This week I review another of my favorite books of all time: A Wrinkle In Time!
Book Cover
Fourteen-year-old Meg Murry's classmates and teachers see her as a troublesome student. Her family knows that she is emotionally immature but also see her as capable of great things. The family includes her beautiful scientist mother; her mysteriously absent scientist father; her athletic 10-year-old twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys; and her five year-old brother Charles Wallace Murry, a super-genius who can sometimes read Meg's mind. Follow this motley crew of children as they cross the universe in an attempt to rescue their father from the forces of evil!

I really like this book because it is both a great adventure story and an interesting scientific novel, including concepts like rearranging atoms and the tesseract, a 5-dimensional cube.
All in all, I would rate this book 5 Tesseracts out of 5! Find it at call # F LENGLE MADELEINE TIME 1, or its graphic novel counterpart at call # GN-ALL LENGLE MADELINE WRINKLE.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Library Film Festival

The Library's first Film Festival of the year is going to be occuring NEXT FRIDAY, October 11th from 4:00-9:00PM.  Come and join us for Pixar movies and good eats!  Don't forget to vote for your favorite Pixar movie and to sign up by Wednesday, October 9th if you are going to be attending the Film Festival!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Banned Books Week

Hi everyone! It's Eva here! I'm a new SLP this year, and I'm part of the blogging team. If you didn't know already, this past week was Banned Books Week. All around the world, many books are banned, like the Bible, John Green's Looking for Alaska, and even the one-and-only Harry Potter series! Just think about it--What would your life be like if you weren't allowed to read any of your favorite books?

Today I'm going to talk about one of the best books of all time (in my opinion, of course)--Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. This was not only one of my all-time childhood favorites, but I still read it for fun even to this day! After spending hours and hours reading about Absolutism in the 17th century for AP Euro, Where the Wild Things Are lets me let loose my imagination and relax my mind. But why, you may think, is this childish book banned in some places? Well, on the outside, the book may look very simple, talking about a little boy's crazy dreams and imaginations, but if you delve deeply into the book, there are a few controversial themes that pop up. First of all, the book talks about the somewhat naughty and mischievous behavior of little kids.  For example, when the main character, Max tells his mom "I'll eat you up!" some parents believed that this book would encourage what they call "bad" behavior in kids. The book is also somewhat gloomy, and the first time I read the book, I felt pretty depressed at the end. Max's family is a little messed up and disorganized, with his mom who calls him "a wild thing" and doesn't give him any dinner. The combination of his somewhat abusive household and his own dark emotions caused many parents to believe that this book would, simply put, frighten children, and expose them to the blunt truths of the world way too early. In other words, many parents believe that Where the Wild Things Are can scare their children and even turn them into bad kids.

Well, anyway, I've got good news, because Where the Wild Things Are is not banned in our library! I encourage you to find some time to read this book, because it will truly make your imagination run wild (hence the title). But, be careful-- don't let your imagination run too wild.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

Welcome back to school everybody!
This week's review is:
BEYONDERS: A World Without Heroes
Beyonders is a fantasy series written by Brandon Mull, a really great fantasy author who wrote the Fablehaven book series.
Jason Walker has often wished his life could be less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank into a strange, imperiled world. Lyrian holds dangers and challenges unlike anyplace Jason has ever known. The people all live in fear of their malicious wizard emperor, Maldor. The brave resistors who once opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.
All in all, this series is an interesting read if you like fantasy! I rate this series 6/6 syllables of the word of power!
See you next time,

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Welcome Back!

Hey All - it's Annie!

I'm in charge of the blog this year so expect posts from me and the rest of the blog team. The library is going to do some really cool things this year so stay posted and look for announcements. We're planning on 2 film festivals and just in general reaching out to the Berkeley community. Dewey is having a great time, he's just so cute. He's a bit timid so be careful when you approach him but otherwise he's a total sweetie.

That's all for now - stop by the library and check everything out