May 2016

Summer is almost here! At this time of the year, after the excitement of Book Week has settled down, we spend some time evaluating. We look at library lessons we need to catch up on, new books we want to order, and making preparations for next year... it's never too early to plan!


Peak School Library e-book platform is up and running

We spent a bit of time over the past two weeks making sure the students are familiar with our e-book platform. This is an exciting new development to our Collection with more titles added all the time. Not only can students find titles that are not on the shelves because they are being borrowed, we have electronic titles that we do not even have in the Library (it's like an exclusive on-line offer!)
The system could not be simpler - every student from year 3 through to year 6 has been shown how to access the ebook browser from Planet Peak.

We have placed a reminder of their username and password on the page.


Then they just need to sign in and start browsing!

There is no limit to number of titles borrowed but we ask the kids to be principled when selecting and not to take more than 2 at one time. It's an automatic return after 2 weeks - so no overdue notices - and the ebooks can be reserved if they are being read by someone else.

Books can be read on any electronic device - smartphone, tablet, laptop, home computer and because each account is attributed to each username/password, no matter what device they pick up to read, they will always find the place they left off in their book when they last logged in.

We do spend a lot of time trawling through the on-line bookshop to buy titles for our Peak School Collection, so if you don't see that ever-so-popular book you are looking for it probably means that the Publisher does not allow e-book library lending and it is unavailable in that particular format.
Over the summer holidays, this will be available!

So students can take out books from our Collection throughout July and August... how amazing is that?

NEW books

Some great new titles coming to the Library!

We are also stocking up on books for the shelves and we've been looking through lists to see what has been recommended and what might appeal to our young readers. Here are a few top picks from what we will be getting in the Library over the next few weeks.

Scarlet & Ivy: The Lost Twin, by Sophie Cleverly

When shy Ivy's troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to "take her place." But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school's true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?

"I think anyone who doesn't get too scared by stalkers and the mysterious disappearances of girls, along with teachers who throw children off rooftops, will really really enjoy it."

Guardian children's books young reviewer

Listen, Slowly, by Thanhha Lai

12 year old Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. But instead, her parents make her travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place Mai wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds. As she watches ­others, she studies the culture and gains perspective on her own. As she laughs with others, she learns to laugh at herself.

"[with] a summer's-worth of touching and hilarious moments, grand adventure ... this compelling novel shows the lingering effects of war through generations and how the secrets our parents keep can shape us."

School Library Journal Review

Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl, is a graphic novel about how things change for Astrid during the summer between fifth and sixth grades. Against the backdrop of a roller-derby day camp, the book explores themes of friendship, working hard for something you really want, being a team player, and being ready for how much more complicated life becomes as you grow up. Sportsmanship, fair play, and being a contributing part of a team are all emphasized.

"Full of charm and moxie—don’t let this one roll past."

Kirkus Book Review

Home, by Carson Ellis

In Home, readers are invited to explore the many kinds of dwellings in which creatures of many types make themselves comfortable. Home can be an apartment, a palace, or a wigwam. It can be a shoe (if you’ve nursery rhymes on the mind), underwater, or the elaborate home of a god. The possibilities are endless, and Carson delves into it with wonder in this beautifully designed book.

“Where is your home?” she asks. “Where are you?”

Publisher's Weekly book review

Auggie & Me

Over 2 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Auggie & Me is a book of three stories told through the eyes of people who knew Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie's oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie's new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don't want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder.

"In all, I think this is a BRILLIANT book, and worth having, no matter your age, gender or anything. I rate it a FIRST TIME 10/10. It deserves all the praise it can get."

Kat Winter, Guardian children's books young reviewer

Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson

This exquisite picture book, illustrated by Sydney Smith follows a father walking inattentively down a Toronto street with his daughter, who collects flowers to share with others. It’s wordless, but the absence of text seems to provide a nuanced story that allows children to freely share their perceptions of the narrative. As she picks the flowers, including daisies, buttercups and dandelions, she hands them out freely as they move on. Although these small gestures of kindness go unnoticed, she keeps giving anyway. The only pop of color on the first page is the girl’s bright red hoodie, while more color suffuses these pages as the pair gets closer to home.

"I’d give this book to anyone with a coffee table, in a household with or without children."

NYTimes Sunday Book Review

The King And The Sea

In this charming book of ultra-short stories, we meet a rather impassioned little king. As the king attempts to pass rule over every single thing that crosses his path, from the rain to his very shadow, the reader hopes he will begin to see that the majesty of life is in the world around him, not within himself.

"These stories are so utterly abstract and charming, they will also enchant adults. Younger children will enjoy the abstract meaning via association, and older kids will also glean much wisdom and humour."

Kids' Book Review

The Thank You Book, by Mo Willems

It's really rather sad and hard to believe that the Elephant & Piggie franchise is coming to an end. In the final book from the fabulous duo, The Thank You Book does just that - thanks everyone, including us - the readers - for sticking with them through all the drama. But no, thank you, Elephant & Piggie, for ushering a cohort of children into reading, and all the laughs along the way.

In honour of the grand finale, we are ordering the entire collection for our students to enjoy in the Library.

... and many, many more fabulous literary and series fiction for middle grade readers as well as new picture books are on their way!


Please help your child to remember his/her library books each week or they will not be able to borrow books. In order to take books out, they need to return the ones that they have. Make sure that they find their books at home the night before their library day and have them ready in their bag! Thank you so much from a very grateful Library Team.

Want to get involved but don't know how? Wonder what exactly goes on the Library? Have a burning desire to sort things? Do you like good coffee?

We are looking for volunteers to come in after morning drop-off.

There are 2 main jobs that always need to be done:

1. Putting books back on the shelf alphabetically, or according to dewey decimal number. We need help on Thursday and Friday mornings.

2. Covering books with sticky back paper (we will show you how!) Tuesday mornings.

Drop in and we'll fuel you up on coffee (we do tea as well) and get you started!

Thank-you for your continued support!