Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's the first day of school!!

Welcome to Lancaster Country Day School's Library blog!  Every month I will post all the new books in the library along with cover images and links to their reviews on GoodReads.

You're welcome to let me know what you think.  Tell me what you loved!  What you didn't like!  Anything else you think we should get for the library!

So without further ado, here are some great titles for you to check out and get your year started off right.  I confess, the non fiction section is a little slim this month but there are some great titles in older fiction, young adult and check out the e-books!

Friday, May 1, 2015

New books in the library

April showers bring!

This is it guys, the last batch of new books for this school year.  There are nearly one hundred titles here!  So if you can't find something to peak your interest, I'll just throw in the towel, hand over my degree and go be a tomato farmer somewhere.  (And I don't have the best track record growing tomatoes so I really hope there's something here for everyone.)

As always, if you're interested in what other people have to say about these books, click on the link below the picture and it will take you to the Goodreads page.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April is National Poetry Month!

April flew by!  It was a fantastic month of poetry! 

Here are some examples of the awesome poems that were constructed.  And for the first time in four years, one of them actual rhymes!!

Not only was the poetry door a bumping place, but Senora Brubaker's Spanish classes wrote some fantastic poems which decorated our windows all month.

Thank you to everyone who participated to make the library a place to be for National Poetry Month!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

So what's new with non fiction?

We're creating a new collection here in the library!

I wanted to call it, Super Awesome Non Fiction That is Too Good To Get Lost in the Stacks but was shot down as that is apparently too long of a title and the wooden sign would have cost like eighty million dollars so...

...we're calling it High Interest Non Fiction (party poopers)

Unless you guys can think of a better title!!  That would be great!  The winner will get their title turned into a wooden sign that will sit on the top shelf.
Just keep the title fairly short because we're charged per letter for the sign

What's so special about this collection that we're pulling it out of the big stacks?

The titles that are going into the High Interest Collection are typically shorter then general non fiction.  They also appeal more to recreational readers (people who are reading for fun).

For example, I recently received a great book called The World After an Asteroid Strike which is skinny, only 56 pages long but full of interesting information about how the climate would change, what people would have to do for food, and how animals would react.  However, because it's such a slim book, if I shelved it with the other non fiction titles it would be lost forever.

And that leads me to another great thing about this collection.  It's browse-able!  How many of you like reading non fiction?  The current stacks don't exactly give off a warm and fuzzy browsing vibe.  But this new collection will be much more manageable.

So stop by the library and tell me what you think we should call this new collection.  Or reply to this post!  The winner will get their title immortalized forever!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New books in the library!

Here we are...March!  And with it Spring Break has arrived!  And you know what that means!  It's time to read all the things!

Now I know it doesn't feel particularly spring-like yet, what with us having two delays this week and possibly no school tomorrow...but I promise you, one of these days the sun will shine and the flowers will bloom and We Will Have A Spring.

So wherever you are this week, take a an hour or two to sit back, relax and read something for pleasure.  And if you're traveling and don't want to lug around books, don't forget to check out our e-book collection.  You only need to download the Overdrive app from iTunes and you're good to go.

(Just create an account using your school username and password).

Without further ado...TO THE BOOKS!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Author Visit Coming Soon!

Can you believe it?  In just ten school days Spring Break starts!  And you know what that means?

Jimmy Gownley is coming!!!

Order forms are going up on lockers today, please have them back to the library by next Friday, February 27th.

If you want to preview the books, they'll be displayed in the library for everyone to read.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What's new in the library?

Yikes, nobody look at the last time the blog was updated. *cringe*  Well I'm about to make up for it because hold on your hats, you're about to be deluged with posts. New books!

They're here!  Finally!  Actual new books on the actual new bookshelf waiting for actual students to check them out!

I'm going to start with the non fiction because it's unbelievable.  Asteroids!  MMA fighters!  That guy who invented frozen food! We're talking life and death topics here.  And something important regarding the non fiction in our library will be announced in the next post featured on this blog so be waiting for that in breathless anticipation!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New books in the library!

Well it's November.  And that means...NEW BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY! 

Can I get a whoo hoo?

Alright, the list of awesome titles this month is staggering.  We've got more Naruto manga, more High School Debut, the new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel, Smile.

There's the third (and final, I believe) book in the Insignia trilogy, Catalyst and word on the street is this book is back to all the awesome glory of the first after a bit of a slump in the second.  There is also the possibly traumatic conclusion to the Unwind series, aptly titled UnDivided.  Be prepared that's all I'm saying.  

And for the older audience the historical fiction this month is off the charts. Check out Hild (Seventh century Britain full of blood, bribery and belief [that's a direct quote by the way] ) written by Nicola Griffith or The Shadow Queen (Seventeenth century French court, oh la la) by Sandra Gulland.

So many books! So little time!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Big News! Jennifer Holm to visit LCDS!

On Friday, October 31st, Jennifer Holm will be visiting our school!

Jennifer is the three time Newbery honor willing author of Our Only May Amelia, Turtle in Paradise and Penny from Heaven.  She's also the co-creator of the famous graphic novel series, Babymouse as well as the new series, Squish.

Order forms to purchase signed copies of her books are going out on lockers today.   

Deadline to have forms back is Friday, October 24th.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New books for October!!!

Happy October everyone!  I think October is the greatest month of the year.  And there's a great stack of new books to go with it!

We're starting some new series this month, so you'll notice there are a couple sets of titles that group together.  The Magic Thief series is amazing and the fourth book will be in our library next month so you definitely need to get started on the first three.

John Delaney does spooky like nobody else. It was only fitting I bring in some of this work for the month of October.  If you want a creepy book to read by flashlight then definitely jump into the Apprentice series, it's worth it.

Enjoy the new books for this month and as always, you can recommend a book for Mrs. Julsonnet to add to our collection. Just let her know and she'll look it over!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A rousing success for LCDS's third annual Talk Like a Pirate Day!

There was a great turn out for Friday's Talk Like a Pirate Day library program!  Students came throughout the day to work on pirate hats, skull masks and pirate medallion necklaces.

During the last period, about half of the middle school descended on the library to watch The Princess Bride (and make hats, of course!)

We're pretty sure a good time was had by all!  Thank you to all of the Middle School faculty for putting up with the chaos and graciously allowing the wearing of hats and masks in class!

Till our sails meet again!

The Dred Pirate Julsonnet

6th and 7th graders working hard designing pirate hats

Skull masks

Club period featured an afternoon showing of The Princess Bride

Ethan B. and Gabriel W. digging through the scavenger hunt clues

Our eighth graders Carly C. and Konrad L. getting into the pirate action

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Talk Like A Pirate Day!!!

Friday  is the big day!

Middle School!  This one is all for you! 

Come down to the library for some fun and games!  We'll be designing masks, pirate hats and necklaces.  


Study Hall (if your work is done!)
Club period

During club periods you can come by and watch The Princess Bride (totally a pirate movie) as long as your club proctor says it's okay.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September is here with loads of new books!

Happy Friday everyone!  You're going to love the books we have available this month!

I know I talked up the great older titles in my email but it really is a solid list of young adult.

 John Flannagan has his latest Brotherband book out, Slaves of Socorro.  It looks just as exciting as the first two in the series.  And if you liked Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong then you're going to LOVE Odin's Ravens.  The young descendents of Thor and Loki are at it again, trying to save the world and cope with God-like powers.

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown is sad, I'm not going to lie to you, Jersey Cameron loses her entire family when a tornado destroys her hometown. However, it's a book about love and family and forgiveness and I highly recommend it.

And if you're in the mood for a modern spin on Romeo and Juliet, take a look at Una LaMarche's Like No Other.  It's the story of Devorah, a young Hasidic girl and Jax, a Caribbean boy from Brooklyn who fall in love and struggle with family, culture and strict rules in order to be together.

And while there aren't a ton of graphic novels this month, the few here are great.  A little bit of history, a little bit of mystery and dragons!

Click on the link to see all of the book covers and reviews of everything.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome Back! Have a book!

Welcome to the 2014-2015 LCDS school year!  

We're going to kick it off with some awesome new books.  (And by new I mean really new.  None of these books were published before 2014, they were sent to me directly by the publishers.  Fancy!)

Many of these titles have been nominated to potentially be selected as a top ten best book of 2014.  If you find a slip of paper in one of them, please fill it out for Mrs. Julsonnet!  It would really help her out!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Have you seen the summer display?

The school year is winding down (today is the last learning day in the Middle and Upper Schools). The library is closed over the long break but that doesn't mean you still can't check out books.

You can check out ebooks!

Two week checkout!

No overdues!

Available 24/7 on your iPad or Kindle!

If you have a Kindle or the Kindle App on your iPad, you're good to start checking out ebooks, just go to our ebook catalog at and select the Kindle version of the book you want to read.

If you don't have either of those options, it's fine, just download the Overdrive App and you can begin reading as well.  Follow the directions on the link below to get the Overdrive App on your iPad.

Happy reading this summer!!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Final New Books for the YEAR!!!!!

This is it, the final stretch.  We have made it to the end of the year.  I made this last installment of new books an especially large one.  Feel free to come get some to read during finals week, something to pick up when you finish your exam and wait for time to be up.

I think I used up all of my witty banter in the actual email that went out to everyone.  So without further ado, I give you the books!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy Windsday Everyone!

On such days as this, everyone always look out the window and says, "Today would be a good day to stay at home and curl up with a good book on the couch!"

Do you have tried and true books that you like to pull out on days like this?  Books you might have read before but there's comfort in the familiar pages and it doesn't matter if you finish it because you've read it already and know how it ends?

I do.  Here are a few of my favorite rainy day books.  Feel free to let me know yours in the comments!

A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

Decider by Dick Francis

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

And for those who didn't get the subject of this post, here's where it's from:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Remember when Charlie opened up that special chocolate bar and discovered he had the last golden ticket?  Penguin Publishing is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

They are awarding five golden tickets, just like in the original story.  This time instead of a trip to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, the winners will receive a Golden Ticket Trip of a Lifetime to New York City.

This includes:
  • A VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar (I've heard rumors you get to work there for a day)
  • Tickets to Matilda the Musical
  • A year’s supply of chocolate
  • A visit to the Empire State building
  • A library of Roald Dahl books
Go here, to the Penguin website to download the entry form and get the mailing address.

How exciting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Did you know...

...that April is Poetry Month?

Our poetry door is up and running and several students have shown their lyrical skills in crafting, well not poems exactly, more fortune cookies, but still very clever turns of phrase.

And for a close up...

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Books in the Library!

Here are the new books for this month!

Fans of Downton Abby should take a look at Landry Park and Manor of Secrets. The first has a dystopian slant and the other has a delicious upstairs/downstairs friendship for a twist.

The series that started with Cinder (think Cinderella with cyborgs) continues with Cress, I bet you can guess which fairytale character this one is about by looking at the cover.

Basketball lovers should take a look at Crossover. It's amazing...I didn't even notice it was written in verse, I randomly opened a page and ten minutes later realized I'd not stopped reading.

So many great new titles, and all for your choosing! Stop by and take a look, Easter break is not too far off, you may want a book for the holiday.

And if you happen to find a feedback slip in your book, would you be so kind as to fill it out?  Thanks!