Every year the ASIJ High School Library adds hundreds of new books to its shelves and electronic devices. As a vital tool of the school, the library is consistently working to keep the resources it offers to its constituents relevant and up-to-date. Taking into consideration the new materials needed for class work, personal requests from students, teachers and parents, along with our own research we do to curate current best fiction and non-fiction books, the library has collected nearly 500 books in the past 6 months. This is not only a significant number of books, also the range of content is vast and diverse. In 2016 popular topics included, but were not limited to, the effects of technology on our brains and society, the environment and climate change, religion and spirituality, medical science, and various issues within education. Other books include the history of Indigo, maritime ship vessels, astronomy, synesthesia (blending of senses), minimalism, the power of music, Elon Musk, and Dreamworks animation. This is just scratching the surface. There really are just too many interesting books to read and not nearly enough time! For a full list of the 496 new books, click here.
This week the ASIJ HS Library, along with other libraries and schools across the United States, is celebrating Banned Books Week, which raises awareness around intellectual freedom and the right to read. This event is endorsed by the Library of Congress, and supported by the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers and the National Coalition Against Censorship. Started in 1982, Banned Book Week works to counter an increase in bans and challenges in schools, stores and libraries. The theme for 2015 is Young Adult fiction.
In 2014 there were 311 requests of books to be removed or restricted access from libraries and bookstores across the U.S. Some of the books included a National Book Award winner, an ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award winner, and a book by Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize Winner.
Come check out the banned book display in the HS library this week. There are a lot of great books to choose from!
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The 9th grade students have visited the library twice in the past few days. The first time was to get acquainted with some great books, such as our new Sakura Medal titles and books recommended by the library staff. They sat in circles and spent one minute each with five books. Then they discussed the five books with the others in their circle. The second visit was a library orientation. The students worked in teams to discover information about both the physical and virtual library and then presented what they had learned to the rest of the class. Topics covered included the Online Databases, the Citation and Creative Commons Guide, the Destiny Library Catalog, the Sakura Medal Program, the fiction genres in the library, the Tech Help Desk, and rules around borrowing computer chargers, books, Kindles, iPads and other library materials.
Congratulations to Maya C, Paris K, Emma K, Anna L., Marika A, and Erina Y! Their work was selected by a panel of judges to be ASIJ’s submissions to the Sakura Medal 2015 Art Competition in the HS English and HS Japanese categories.
You can see the submissions from all the schools participating in the art competition on the HS library website.
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Prize Drawing on May 4.
We wish our ASIJ contestants the best of luck!