QHS Information Centre
Term three, 2013
DVDs now available from the Information Centre
And if you have any DVDs at home that you would like to donate to this collection, please bring them in.
QHS Library Week 2013
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Author David Hill on the Value of Reading
Reading isn't a solitary activity. It's a time of continual connections: with the characters, with aspects of the reader's life that the story evokes. Reading makes sense of things; it helps give shape and meaning to the world. Julian Barnes puts it perfectly: "Life says, this happens. Books say, this happens because ..."
He uses the example of a boy he taught some years ago, who was virtually uncontrollable (and unteachable) but who was totally captivated by a story David read aloud to the class, showing the power of a good yarn to change lives (if only temporarily). David also emphasises how reading builds vocabulary:
I watched a 20-something rugby fan on TV a few years back, after the All Blacks had lost yet another World Cup knockout match. "Oh, mate," he went. "I haven't got words to express how I feel, mate!"
Well (mate), I thought, if you read more, you'd have more words, and that might just help you handle the next semifinal.
You can read his article in full here.
Top Young Adult books for Adults
Many people dismiss YA books as only being suitable for teens, but more and more titles are being published that blur the distinction between YA and general adult fiction and appeal to a wider audience. There is also the added bonus that many of your students will have read the same books, paving the way for some great book discussions.
For more Young Adult books suggestions, have a look at book reviews on the Information Centre website.