LRC news, book reviews, and details of the current display in the LRC can now be found on the homepage of the LRC Catalogue. Just click on the Catalogue link on the LRC website menu (see above).
"ANZAC Day" is the current display in the LRC.
To find all the books in the LRC about the ANZACs or ANZAC Day search the LRC Catalogue: use "Fast Find" and type ANZAC in the search box. To find books about World War I, type "World War 1914" in the search box, or to find books just about World War II, search for "World War 1939".
Use the ANZAC LiveBinder to access some very useful websites.
I'm very excited to announce that the LRC has a fantastic new library Catalogue! Use the Catalogue to discover what books and other resources the Heaton Learning Resource Centre (LRC) has, on the shelves and online. The Catalogue will help you find:
The Heaton LRC Library Catalogue can be accessed from any Internet connected device, anytime and anywhere!
To access the LRC Catalogue, click on "Catalogue" from the LRC website menu (see above!).
As well as using the Catalogue to discover what we have in the LRC, you can also:
If you need help using the Catalogue, please ask me. Have fun using it!
Explore across a galaxy of great reads by reading at least one book from each of the 11 "Genre Planets". Ask Mrs Boniface or your teacher for a copy of the Heaton Interplanetary Reading Challenge. The Genre Planets that you need to visit to complete the challenge are:
Prepare to discover different worlds, expand your mind, unleash your imagination and enjoy!
We have some cool new magazines this year in the LRC, including:
MAD Magazine - lampooning your favorite TV shows, satirizing popular movies and lambasting popular junk culture!
NZ Musician - includes features on local musicians and self-improvement columns covering songwriting, singing, band guides, plus guitar and bass playing tips.
NZ Rugby World - analysis and insights into the game and the players.
Helix - science news, hands-on experiments, comics, competitions and mind-bending puzzles.
Make - do-it-yourself exciting projects and how to make the most of technology.
Animals Voice - informative and moving stories about the welfare, health and care of animals.
Wacky But True - entertaining short articles on history, nature, people and places.
All magazines in the LRC can be borrowed for one week. Come and check them out - they are on display in the LRC now!
Back to school, huh? It can be hard to adjust to the school routine after six wonderful weeks of holidays, so to help get you in the "school mood" and maybe remind you how much fun it can be, why not borrow one of our fantastic school stories from the Heaton LRC. Humour features strongly in this collection of "School Stories" currently on display in the LRC, which includes "Diary of a Wimpy Kid", "Middle School: Get Me Out Of Here", and "The Detention Club".
Have a great first term!
"Allegiant" is the final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series, set in a future dystopian society. I loved "Divergent" and "Insurgent", but I found "Allegiant" to be sadly lacking in both suspense and action, unlike its two gripping predecessors.
Allegiant, to my mind, becomes bogged down in the details of the genetic experiments and the credibility of the story starts to suffer.
Still, if you read and enjoyed the first two books in the series, then you will want to read Allegiant to find out what happens to Tris and Tobias and their society.
Mrs Boniface :-)
This is a wee gem of a book with something to appeal to all types of readers, especially Intermediate age Kiwi kids. Fourteen year old Melissa and eleven year old William are looking forward to spending their summer holidays in Queenstown and are devastated when, due to financial problems, their parents cancel the holiday. Instead Melissa and William are to go with their elderly (and decidedly odd) grandparents to the old family bach in Marlborough Sounds. Not only is the bach run down, it doesn't have electricity, an indoor toilet...or cell phone coverage! The siblings only reluctantly agree to go when they are told they will each be paid $1000 if they help their grandparents fix up the bach. In chapters narrated alternatively by Melissa and William we are entertained by the challenges they face as the two city kids adapt to life without all the "mod cons" and their struggles to relate to their grandparents. But just when they are starting to enjoy themselves, a storm brings down the telephone line to the isolated bach and one of the family suffers a serious accident...
"Dunger" would also make a great read aloud.
This gripping story is a twist on the usual dystopian theme because it is set, not in the future, but in an alternative 1950s in England.
Standish Treadwell, a dyslexic with different colored eyes, lives in a society where being different can mean your death. The government of the Motherland control people by forcing them to live in poverty in ghettoes. People often disappear, never to be seen again. This has happened to Standish's parents and when his best friend Hector also disappears, Standish is determined to take action against the Motherland - as hopeless as the case may seem.
A disturbing but enthralling read!