TAG | displays

Apr/11

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Sherlock Holmes in the Library

 

With the holidays fast approaching, the last week of term is always an ideal time for the boys to stock up on holiday reading.  We constantly have the latest titles arriving in the Library, so there is always plenty of good reading material available to choose from.

For boys who enjoy classic mysteries, we currently have a display in the Library of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels.  After the release of the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downie Jr and Jude Law, many of the old classic Sherlock Holmes books were reprinted with new covers, sparking a resurgence of interest in these great titles.

There are also a number of Sherlock Holmes book apps available for download from the iTunes App Store:
-  for iPads – The Sherlock Holmes Collection and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
-  for iPhones – The Adventrues of Sherlock Holmes (Classique), Sherlock Holmes – 3D Classic Literature, The Sherlock Holmes Collection

Byook have also recently released a “beyond words” version of Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, featuring animations and music to accompany the text, as you can see from this YouTube video.

In any case, boys can always seek advice for their reading from any member of the Library staff.

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Brisbane Grammar School Open Day today was a very well-attended event, with hundreds of current and prospective parents and students visiting the Library and the Lilley Centre.

Our main display in the Library at the moment is a Shakespearean display (see the photos below) to tie in with what the boys are studying in English. William Shakespeare is arguably one of the most influential writers of all time, and his plays are studied in schools around the world. Our Year 12 boys have just completed a unit on Macbeth or King Lear, and next term the Year 10 boys will be studying Julius Caesar.  The period costumes used in our display have been very generously loaned to us by the Brisbane Arts Theatre, a theatre company located close to the School, which also has costumes and rehearsal rooms for hire.

As well as this display, each of the Library staff members has created a book display, featuring both fiction and non-fiction titles. Mr Howes, one of our teacher librarians, asked the boys for their suggestions, then created his display around ‘Books to Make You Laugh’, and ‘Books to Make You Cry.’  He was also kept very busy today taking photos of visitors holding a favourite book, then making these into free, laminated bookmarks for them to take home. This all tied in very nicely with the English Department display of coursework, which was also located in the Library.

Mr Hills’ blog – The Wyrm Turns

Ms Ragen, another of our teacher librarians and BGS Chess Master, ran very popular 2-minute Lightning Chess games all day, while Mr Hills, one of our library technicians and Strategic Games Club leader, enlisted the help of some of the boys to offer visitors the chance to try out the games they play every Tuesday afternoon. These include Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer, and through these games the boys develop strategic and co-operative thinking. Mr Hills also has a blog,  The Wyrm Turns, where he sets up the game each week for the boys.

As well as all this, the boys on the Closing the Gap Committee sold new and pre-loved books all day to help raise money for The Indigenous Literacy Project, and we really appreciate their efforts.

Below are photos of some of the displays we have up in the Library at the moment.

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