Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

End of Year 2014 - Update

(Updated every day or so until 18 December 2014)
Wow your overdue books are coming back to the library even quicker than last year! Congratulations to Room 6A, who were the first class with all student library books returned and also to Room 1, who were the second. Well done.

The library stocktake is now almost complete. We again have a number of books that are missing - they are not in the library and they are not on issue. We'd love to have these books back again, so if you find any hiding behind shelves or under the furniture, at school or at home, please hurry them along back to the library before the holidays.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Getting Ready for End of Year 2014

Image from My Cute Graphics
The Christmas School Holidays are not far away now, but before they arrive there are some important tasks to get done. In the library we are preparing for our annual end of year stocktake.
All library books are due back before this Friday, 5th December. You can help out by returning all your library books to the library "As Soon As Possible" and before the end of this week please. I wonder if it will be your class that's first to return all their library books this year?

If you find any other school books
such as journals, junior reading books
and class books lying around at home
 please return these to school too.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Competitions - and the Winners are...

Image from HERE

Nathaniel, Room 4
Kaitlin, Room 10
Maxx, Room 10
Bella S, Room 10
James F, Room 8
Charlie, Room 8
Libby, Room 6B

Who all received prize packs today (a book & Diary of a Wimpy Kid badges, bookmarks, stickers and/or pens) for their entries in the two Diary of a Wimpy Kid competitions which ran in our library recently. Well done to all of you and thanks for taking part in the competitions.

Monday, November 24, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "How Santa Really Works" by Alan SNOW
  • "Mr. Men : A Christmas Carol" by Adam & Roger HARGREAVES
  • "The Nativity"  Illustrated by Julie VIVAS
  • "The Santa Trap"   by Jonathan EMMETT; illustrated by Poly BERNATENE
Fiction Book:
  • "Magic Reindeer : A Christmas Wish" by Sue BENTLEY (Magic Reindeer series)
  • "Little Chef, Big Curse" by Tilney COTTON
Senior Fiction
  • "The Screaming Staircase" by Jonathan STROUD (Lockwood & Co series)
  • "Tongan For Kids" by Jahri JAH JAH
  • "The Curioseum : Collected Stories of the Odd and Marvellous" edited by Adrienne JANSEN

Monday, November 17, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Little Miss Christmas" by Roger & Adam HARGREAVES
  • "Mr. Christmas" by Roger HARGREAVES
  • "I Am Not A Worm!" by Scott TULLOCH
Fiction Book:
  • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Long Haul" by Jeff KINNEY (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)
  • "Warriors: Tigerstar & Sasha - Escape from the Forest" by Erin HUNTER & Dan JOLLEY (Warriors - Graphic Novel series)
Senior Fiction
  • "Just a Dog" by Michael Gerard BAUER
  • "Against the Spin" by Michael PANKRIDGE (The Legends series)
  • "Apes and Monkeys" by Barbra TAYLOR (Discover Science series)
  • "Things to Make and Do For Christmas" by Fiona WATT (Usborne Activities series)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coming Soon ... More Books to Film

Paddington - due in cinemas just before the end of term 4, and the summer holidays.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day - due in cinemas early December.

AND for the older readers ... and possibly much older viewers ...

Hunger Games : Mockingjay - Part 1 - due in cinemas this month, only a week to go!

The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies - due in cinemas mid December.

Monday, November 10, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "How to Catch a Monster" by Christina BOLLENBACH
  • "Hero of the Hill" by Joy COWLEY; illustrated by Philip WEBB
Fiction Book:
  • "Don't Look Now - Book 1" by Paul JENNINGS; illustrated by Andrew WELDON (Don't Look Now series)
  • "Ava Anne Appleton : Accidental Adventurer" by Wendy HARMER (Ava Anne Appleton series)
  • "The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett" by Tom ANGLEBERGER (Origami Yoda series)
Senior Fiction
  • "Feed" by M.J. HOWES
  • "Fantastic Frogs" by Penelope ARLON (Scholastic Reader series)
  • "Scooby-Doo! A to Z Ultimate Joke Book" by Howie DEWIN and others

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mrs Keane recommends ...

Picture Books:

A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel

Henry's Map
by David Elliot

Seesaw Po
by Kyle Mewburn &
illustrated by Katz Cowley

Library Lion
by Michelle Knudsen & illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Monday, November 3, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "That's Mine" by Michel Van ZEVEREN
  • "Oku Tae Maori = My Maori Colours" by Tracey DUNCAN
Fiction Book:
  • "Dragon Boogie" by Erik CRADDOCK (Stone Rabbit series)
  • "Cosmic" by Frank Cottrell BOYCE
  • "Spooky House" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Mystery series)
Senior Fiction
  • "The Year of Big Dreams" by Karen McCOMBIE
  • "Nana, Poppa and Tetchy Tui" by Ann SERGEANT
  • "Nana's and Poppa's Bucket List" by Ann SERGEANT

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Competitions

Image from HERE
From Monday we'll have two Diary of a Wimpy Kid competitions running in the library.
  1. Design a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book cover
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trivia Quiz
The competitions will run until the end of morning tea on Friday, 14th 21st  November. 

Entry forms & competition details available in the library.

Please make sure you put your name and room number on your form(s) and give them to Mrs Keane no later than the end of morning tea break on Friday, 14th 21st November 2014.

PRIZES to be won!

Please note: These competitions are open to students of  St Brendan's School (Heretaunga) only.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Tiger who was Angry" by Rachel ELLIOT; illustrated by John BENDALL-BRUNELLO
Fiction Book:
  • "Double Trouble : Prank Alert" by Fiona REGAN (Double Trouble series)
  • "Double Trouble : Midnight Mayhem" by Fiona REGAN (Double Trouble series)
  • "Undead Pets : Goldfish from Beyond the Grave" by Sam HAY (Undead Pets series)
  • "Emily Feather and the Enchanted Door" by Holly WEBB (Emily Feather series)
Senior Fiction
  • "Monkey Boy" by Donovan BIXLEY
  • "Titanic : Disaster at Sea" by Sean CALLERY (Scholastic Reader series)
  • "Reptiles" by Belinda WEBER (Discover Science series)
Browsing Book:
  • "Mind-Boggling Lateral Thinking Puzzles" Lucy Dear (editor)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coming Soon ... Diary of a Wimpy Kid Lunchtime Activities

Image via
The latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, The Long Haul, is due out in bookstores on Wednesday, 5th November 2014. 

To help you all prepare for this new addition to the series we'll have Diary of a Wimpy Kid activities in the library at lunchtime on Thursday, 30th October and Tuesday, 4th November. 

Come along and join in the fun!

We'll also be running a competition, or maybe two - check the blog again next week for details.

Monday, October 20, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Junior Browsing Book:
  • "The Usborne Big Book of Big Trains" by Megan CULLIS
Fiction Book:
  • "EJ Spy School : The Test" by Susannah McFARLANE (EJ12 Spy School series)
  • "EJ Spy School : The Race" by Susannah McFARLANE (EJ12 Spy School series)
  • "The Extincts" by Veronica COSSANTELI
  • "Night of the Living Dust Bunnies " by Erik CRADDOCK  (Stone Rabbit series)
Senior Fiction
  • "The Earthsea Quartet" by Ursula LE GUIN
  • "Flight of the Honey Bee" by Raymond HUBER; illustrated by Brian LOVELOCK
  • "Ponies" by Laura MARSH (National Geographic KIDS series)
  • "Vile Victorians" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)

Monday, October 13, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Dangerous!" by Tim WARNES
  • "The Lamb who came for Dinner" by Steve SMALLMAN; illustrated by Joelle DREIDEMY
Fiction Book:
  • "The Monster Story-Teller" by Jacqueline WILSON; illustrated by Nick SHARRATT
  • "Strawberry Thief" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Mysteries series)
  • "Undead Pets : Night of the Howling Hound " by Sam HAY (Undead Pets series)
Senior Fiction
  • "Dizzy" by Cathy CASSIDY
  • "Minecraft : Construction Handbook" by Matthew NEEDLER & others (Minecraft Handbook series)
  • "Minecraft : Combat Handbook" by Stephanie MILTON & others (Minecraft Handbook series)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mrs Keane recommends ...

Senior Fiction:

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare 
Clary witnesses a murder at the all-ages nightclub Pandemonium. The perpetrators seem invisible to everyone else and the body vanishes into thin air. She has witnessed a clash between ancient enemies, between a demon and Shadowhunters, and now her life will never be the same.

Tomorrow When the War Began (Tomorrow series) by John Marsden 
Ellie and her friends head off for a week camping in the Australian bush, none of them suspecting that when they return their homes will be empty and their families imprisoned by hostile invaders. They have three choices: surrender, run back into the wilderness and hide or fight to save their families and their way of life.

Claws by Mike & Rachel Grinti (Fantasy):
Emma's sister is lost to the fairies, her parents have spent all their money following any lead to find her. Now forced to live in the least desirable part of town, her parents still desperate to find her sister, Emma meets Jack, a down on his luck cat who says he knows exactly how Emma can find her sister and reunite her family.

Freedom Merchants by Sherryl Jordan (Historical/Adventure):
Liam lives in a small Irish village. It's 1615 and like many coastal villages of the time they live in fear of slave raids by Barbary Coast pirates. When his brother is taken in a raid Liam hopes that with the help of local monks they can bargain for the return of the villagers. But first they must cross the treacherous, pirate infested waters before they can begin their search.

Maleficent Seven (Skulduggery Pleasant spin-off) by Derek Landy 
Not for the faint hearted this is Tanith Low at her best, and worst! Tanith is desperate for Darquesse to win the coming battle and bring an end to the world. With a hand picked team she sets out to collect the four God-killer weapons together and aid her cause, but she doesn't have it all her own way as another team, the good guys, are out to find them first.

Monday, September 22, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Bidibidi" by Gavin BISHOP
  • "Jewels for a Princess" by Ruth HOMBERG
Fiction Book:
  • "Eric Vale, Super Male" by Michael Gerard BAUER
  • "Pony Stories" by Jan ASTLEY and others
  • "Warriors : Warriors Return" by Erin HUNTER, Dan JOLLY; illustrated by James L. BARRY (Warriors - Graphic Novel series)
Senior Fiction
  • "Sorrowline" by Niel BUSHNELL  (Timesmith Chronicles series)
  • "The Life Cycle of the Frog" by Betty BROWNLIE
  • "My Little Book of Space" by Peter GREGO

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Library Cake

Image from HERE

It seems like such a shame to ruin this wonderful cake by cutting into it!

Monday, September 15, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Tortoise and the Hair" by P. CRUMBLE; illustrated by Louis SHEA
  • "Pig the Pug" by Aaron BLABEY
Fiction Book:
  • "The Princess and the Foal" by Stacey GREGG
  • "The Journey Through Time" by Geronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton series)
  • "Claws of the Crocodile" by Bear GRYLLS (Mission Survival series)
Senior Fiction
  • "H.I.V.E. Dreadnought" by Mark WALDEN (H.I.V.E. series)
  • "The Rat and the Octopus" by Jill MACGREGOR (Children of the Pacific series)
  • "The Solar System" by Charles HOPE (Going Supernova series)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Roald Dahl Day 2014

Happy Roald Dahl Day

Here's a short video where you can to take a look behind the scenes on how the Penguin Roald Dahl audio books were made.

You can find out more about Roald Dahl on the Roald Dahl Day 2013 blog post

Monday, September 8, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Princess Hearts" by Jennifer Liberts WEINBERG; illustrated by Francesco LEGRAMANDI
  • "Footsteps Through the Fog" by Margaret MAHY; illustrated by Gavin BISHOP
Fiction Book:
  • "Astronaut Academy : Re-Entry" by Dave ROMAN (Astronaut Academy series)
  • "Warriors : The Rise of Scourge" by Erin HUNTER & Dan JOLLY (Warriors - Graphic Novel series)
  • "When Did You See Her Last?" by Lemony SNICKET (All the Wrong Questions series)
Senior Fiction

  • "Naveed" by John HEFFERNAN (Through My Eyes series)
  • "Minecraft : Beginner's Handbook" by Stephanie MILTON, Paul SOARES & Jordan MARON (Minecraft Handbook series)
  • "Minecraft : Redstone Handbook" by Nick FARWELL (Minecraft Handbook series)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Friend Lucy - 365 Picture Books

A picture book a day for a year. If you, or someone you know, likes picture books this is a great place for you to visit. New books and old favourites you can find them at My Friend Lucy HERE.

Visit MyFriendLucy HERE

Monday, September 1, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit" collected by Joel Chandler HARRIS; illustrated by Don DAILY
  • "Herbert : The Brave Sea Dog" by Robyn BELTON
Fiction Book:
  • "Demon Dentist" by David WALLIAMS
  • "Freak Street : Meet the Piratesons" by KNIFE & PACKER (Freak Street series)
  • "Rebecca and the Queen of Nations" by Deborah BURNSIDE (New Zealand Girl series)
  • "Hene and the Burning Harbour" by Paula MORRIS (New Zealand Girl series)
Senior Fiction
  • "Canterbury Quake : Christchurch, 2010-11" by Desna WALLACE (My New Zealand Story series)
  • "Harbour Bridge : Auckland, 1958-59" by Phillippa WERRY (My New Zealand Story series)
  • "How Dinosaurs Really Work!" by Alan SNOW

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Derek Landy is coming to New Zealand - Again!

Fans of Derek Landy and Skulduggery Pleasant will be pleased to hear that Derek is coming back to New Zealand later this year. Those in the Wellington region have the chance to see him on Friday, 3rd October at 5.30pm at Scots College. Tickets cost $10 per child/adult or $33 for a copy of The Dying of the Light + a ticket. 
Image from HERE
All profits to Save the Children.

To book contact:
The Children's Bookshop
Shop 26 Kilbirnie Plaza
Ph: 04 387 3905

Monday, August 25, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Happy Birthday, Princess" by Jennifer Liberts WEINBERG
  • "Trains" by Catherine FOREMAN
Fiction Book:
  • "Gobbolino the Witch's Cat" by Ursula Moray WILLIAMS
  • "Queen of the Universe" by Libby GLEESON (SOLO series)
  • "The Secret of the Fairies" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton series)
  • "Superhero Stampede" by Erik CRADDOCK (Stone Rabbit series)
Senior Fiction
  • "Amazing Agent Jennifer - Omnibus" by Nunzio DeFILIPPIS & Christina WEIR; illustrated by Kriss SISON
  • "The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia" by Clive GIFFORD

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Storylines Free Family Days 2014

Do you need something fun and free to do this weekend?

Image from HERE
When:       Sunday, 24 August, 10am-3pm 
Where:      Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.

For more information about the Wellington Family Day see HERE

For information about Family Day's in other parts of the country see HERE

Monday, August 18, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "All the Dear Little Animals" by        Ulf NILSSON; illustrated by          Eva ERIKSSON
  • "Horton Hatches the Egg" by           Dr Seuss
Fiction Book:
  • "Playground Detectives" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Mystery series)
  • "The Trouble with Chickens" by Doreen CRONIN (JJ Tully Mystery series)
  • "Undead Pets : Revenge of the Phantom Furball" by Sam HAY (Undead Pets series)
  • "Zac's Space Race" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power Test Drive series)
  • "Zac's High Dive" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power Test Drive series)
Senior Fiction
  • "City of Bones" by Cassandra CLARE (Mortal Instruments series)
  • "I am a Doctor" by Deborah CHANCELLOR (Caring For Us series)

Monday, August 11, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Cat in the Hat comes Back"             by Dr SEUSS
  • "Big Blue Train" by Julia JARMAN; illustrated by Adrian REYNOLDS
Fiction Book:
  • "Stories of Giants" by Christopher RAWSON
  • "Blood Ties" by Garth NIX & Sean WILLIAMS (Spirit Animals series)
  • "B C Mambo" by Erik CRADDOCK (Stone Rabbit series)
Senior Fiction
  • "The House of Hades" by Rick RIORDAN (Heroes of Olympus series)
  • "Cool City" by Sean KENNEY
  • "Magnets" by Steve PARKER

Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Fair 2014 - Update

St Brendan's Book Fair is over again for another year. A BIG Thank You to everyone who came along and supported our major library "fundraiser". It was one of our most successful Book Fairs with the value of sales this year earning us 36 free new books for our library collection. A BIG Thank you also to the families who purchased a "Red Dot" book for donation to the library - keep a look out for them in the library later this term, they'll all have special Book Fair 2014 Donation book plates inside!

For everyone waiting on book orders from the Scholastic Book Fair warehouse, unfortunately these didn't arrive today as hoped. Fingers crossed that they will all be on their way home with you after school tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Fair 2014

St Brendan's Book Fair will be open before and after school next week.
It will also be open late during Student Conferences on Monday and Tuesday.  

       Opening Hours:
        Mon 28th July     2.40pm-8.00pm(approx.)
        Tues 29th July    8.40am-9.15am
                         and    2.40pm-5.00pm(approx.)
        Wed 30th July    8.40am-9.15am
                         and    2.40pm-3.15pm
        Thur 31st July    8.40am-9.15am
                         and    2.40pm-3.15pm
        Fri 1st August    8.40am-9.15am

        Hope to see you there.

Look out for the Book Fair brochure coming home soon. It showcases just a few of the hundreds of books on display and available for purchase in the library - next week only. 

Remember all purchases from the Book Fair help to earn free books for our school library.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Quiz - Fairies in Fiction

Photograph: Moviestore/REX ; via The HERE

So you like stories about fairies and you think you know quite a lot about them.....then take the 'Fairies in Fiction' Quiz set by Michelle Harrison for The Guardian HERE, and find out if you really do know as much about fairies as you think you do?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Benches & Quiz

Fifty Book Benches have been scattered around London in the United Kingdom in a project by the National Literary Trust to celebrate London's literary heritage and encourage reading. 

"The 50 benches are dedicated to books, characters and authors: from Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Hercules Poirot to Peter Pan, The Gruffalo and Paddington Bear. " The

The many 'Things' of Dr Seuss, as painted by Sarah Jane Richards.
Photograph: Chris O’Donovan for the National Literacy Trust’
Image via The HERE
Take the QUIZ and see if you can name the books that 10 of the Book Benches are dedicated to HERE.

The benches will be on display until mid September, then they will be auctioned in early October to raise funds for the National Literary Trust.

Make sure you take the QUIZ BEFORE you have a look at the list of all 50 Book Benches HEREThey truly are amazing!

Source: The HERE

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Coming Soon .... Book Fair 2014

Where: In the Library

When: Opens Week 2, Term 3

St Brendan's Book Fair 2014 will open after school on Monday, 28th July and be open before and after school until the morning of Friday, 1st August. Check back here early next term for more information about Book Fair opening hours. 

This short video below is from the United Kingdom in early 2013, so the advertised books and prices will differ, but the message is the same :)

All purchases from the Book Fair help to earn free books for our school library.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2014 - Winners

Picture Book Winner & 

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka

Junior Fiction Winner:

Dunger by Joy Cowley

Non-fiction Winner:

The Beginners Guide to Hunting 
and Fishing in New Zealand
by Paul Adamson

Children's Choice Winner:

The Three Bears ... Sort Of 
by Yvonne Morrison &
Donovan Bixley

The Young Adult Fiction winner  is:
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox.

You can see all the winners HERE.

Images via Booksellers NZ

Monday, June 23, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Dirty Bertie" by David ROBERTS
  • "Dr Seuss' A B C" by Dr SEUSS
Fiction Book:
  • "Undead Pets : Return of the Hungry Hamster" by Sam HAY (Undead Pets series)
  • "Code Breakers" by Sally RIPPIN (A Billie B Mystery)
Senior Fiction
  • "The City of Ember - Graphic Novel" by Jeanne DuPRAU; adapted by Dallas MIDDAUGH; illustrated by Niklas ASKER
  • "Lost in Babylon" by Peter LERANGIS (Seven Wonders series)
  • "Koalas : The Real Story" by Dr Mark NORMAN (OZ Animals series)
  • "Terrible Trenches" by Terry DEARY; Illustrated by Martin BROWN (Horrible Histories series)

Monday, June 16, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Best Mistake Ever! and other stories" by Richard SCARRY
  • "Terrific Trains" by Tony MITTON; illustrated by Ant PARKER
Fiction Book:
  • "Zac's Double Dare" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power - Test Drive series)
  • "Zac's Quicksand" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power - Test Drive series)
  • "The Worst Witch All at Sea" by Jill MURPHY (Worst Witch series)
  • "The 26-Storey Treehouse" by Andy GRIFFITHS (Treehouse series)
Senior Fiction
  • "H.I.V.E. : Escape Velocity" by Mark WALDEN (H.I.V.E. series)
  • "Juggling for the Complete Klutz" by John CASSIDY & B.C. RIMBEAUX
  • "Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm" by Nicola BAXTER; illustrated by Cathie SHUTTLEWORTH

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