Monday, December 21, 2015

The Print Book is Far from Dead

Whatever the haunting glow of your iPhone screen might seem to indicate, physical book sales are on the rise. A medium naysayers have been predicting the death of for decades just can't seem to be beaten. Latest trends include adult coloring books, books by the latest crop of Youtube stars, and retellings and reissues of old(ish) favorites like Harry Potter and Twilight.  

(data from Nielsen BookScan, formatted by Atlas)
Looks like print books aren't going anywhere any time soon. The NSHAHS library is expecting a shipment of brand-new on-trend books to tide users over for the next few months so be on the lookout!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Oy! or ¿Yo?

Living where we do means we are familiar with not only our own culture (or cultures, since in our school there are so many) but about so many others- New York city and the surrounding areas make up the quintessential melting pot.

Artist Deborah Kass' latest sculpture in Brooklyn Bridge Park expresses is that with the shortest possible word: OY from some angles and YO from others.

If you're interested in learning more about Hispanic culture through some classic Latino teen literature, our library is a great place to start. Here are some of the books we carry:

  • Nerdlandia (and others) by Gary Soto
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents (and others) by Julia Alvarez
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Life, After by Sarah Littman
  • Flight and Other Stories by Jose Skinner
  • 100 Years of Solitude AND Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Come in to the library and browse around- maybe you'll learn something!