Friday, September 30, 2011

Books: September 26th - 30th

Banned Book Week was celebrated this week in the United States. The books featured this week had, at one time, been challenged or banned as they were deemed inappropriate for school libraries.

The following novels were promoted on the television screens and are available in the school library:

This true account of a young Jewish girl who hid from the Nazi's during WWII was "too tragic" to read.

This satircal novel was banned because it "centered around negative activity".

This book chronicles one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Books: September 20th - 23rd

The following books were featured this week:

     "A morally challenging story: it will haunt you,   . . . it will complete you . . ."

A fake My Space page . . . a love triangle . . . a prom date . . .

Book Two of the Kane Chronicles: The adventures of Carter and Sadie Kane continue . . .

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Terry Fox Fundraiser Begins

The students and staff of St. Mary High School are busy collecting donations for the Terry Fox Foundation. The library has numerous resources to inform the students about Terry Fox, the Marathon of Hope, his dream . . . and his courage . . . to never give up on a dream.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Books: September 12th - 16th

The following books, available in the library, were featured this week on the televisions in the Commons and on the virtual Shelfari bookshelf:

"Trust no one . . . not even an angel."

Brimming with history, mystery, love and loss . . .

Unforgettable . . .

Four unlikely friends navigate middle school during monthly book club meetings.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scholastic Book Orders

Once again, the library staff is offering the opportunity for students and staff to purchase books, computer software, bookmarks and other supplies from Scholastic Canada.

The September Scholastic Book Order fliers are now available in the library. The orders are due by Wednesday, September 21st.

Come into the library and grab a flier! FALL into the habit of reading!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Help With Assignments

While the semester is only a few weeks old, students are already busy with their school assignments!

Many students visit the library to complete these assignments, seeking an available computer, reference material or a quiet place to concentrate.

The SMHS library also offers other materials to support students in completing their assignments in the library: calculators, protractors, rulers, felt markers, crayons, stencils, old magazines for cutting, and paper.

If you require additional materials, please let us know. We are here to help you succeed!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Books: September 6th - 9th

Every week the library staff features three books that are available in the library. These novels are displayed on the televisions in the commons, as well as on the Shelfari virtual bookshelf of this blog.

The three novels featured this week were as follows:

"A plane crash . . . a mysterious transformation . . . an adventure unlike any other . . ."

A true account of a four-year old boy's journey to heaven . . . and back.


Mississippi in the 1960's . . . three extraordinary women . . . one extraordinary dream . . . 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Giller Prize Longlist

The 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist has been announced!
Saskatchewan author, Guy Vanderhaeghe, has made the list for his novel, A Good Man.

“Multi-award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe's eagerly awaited new novel is a dazzling follow up to his bestselling The Englishman's Boy and The Last Crossing (a Canada Reads winner!).

A Good Man culminates what could be thought of as a trilogy of books set in the late nineteenth-century Canadian and American West, and it is a masterpiece. Vanderhaeghe skillfully weaves a rich tapestry of history with the turns of fortune of his most vividly and compellingly drawn cast of characters yet. Vanderhaeghe entwines breathtaking, intriguing, and richly described narratives that contain a compelling love story, a tale of revenge and violence, a spectacular battle scene, the story of an incident in Welsely's past that threatens his relationship with Ada, and much, much more. While raising moral questions, this novel weaves the historical with the personal and stands as Vanderhaeghe's most accomplished and brilliant novel to date.” (
Coming soon to St. Mary High School Library!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day!

International Literacy Day is celebrated around the world on September 8th with the goal of raising awareness about the importance of reading and writing skills. Literacy skills help us participate fully in families, in schools and in the community.

Participate in International Literacy Day by coming into the library and reading a newspaper, magazine or book!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome Back!

Welcome back for the 2011 - 2012 school year!

The library hours are as follows:

Monday - Thursday     8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday                           8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.