We have added a small number of titles to our collection this month. Both The Moth & The Unseen are March & April’s book club picks for our staff book club. Both staff and students alike really enjoyed Asne Seierstad’s One of Us, so Two Sisters should also be of interest.
Tara Westover’s Educated has been hailed as a fascinating read and should appeal to both our students & staff who enjoyed The Hillbilly Elegy,The Glass Castle and even elements of Elizabeth Strout’s My name is Lucy Barton, a best selling fiction title will resonate with the reader.
John Connell’s The Cow Book has received some really positive reviews, and looks to appeal to fans of Patrick Deeley’s The Hurley Maker’s Son (a HUGE favourite amongst our staff), and the gentle rural Irish fiction of John McGahern & William Trevor.
Each year we run a short induction session for our 2nd year students who are new to the school.
They get to learn the rules and regualtions of the Learning Centre, how to use all of the services and resources available, and get to know both our Learning Centre and Archive staff.
Our first activity is to get all students to write the last book that they have read on a post-it note and pin it to our display board – then we make a display window onto the outside corridor of all of the book jackets.
Slightly in advance of the new academic year we have a number of new books in the Learning Centre, covering a myrid of genres including Irish & American fiction, some young adult series, poetry, nature, science and some true crime.
For a full listing of what has come in please take a look at our Padlet, which lists each book by category and gives the location of the book in the Learning Centre.
An article in this week’s Guardian online looks at the longevity of author Stephen King and the hollywood adaptions of his work, recently we’ve seen remakes of both Carrie and It, and this year we have 4 adaptions of his coming out – starting with The Dark Tower in August.
King is a firm favourite here in the Learning Centre, with an old battered copy of Misery being the most borrowed (it will probably need to be replaced with a newer copy soon). We also have a well-thumbed copy of On Writing, which is read by both King fans and those interested in writing their own pieces.