World Book Online

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You can now use the Woodleigh subscription to access World Book Encyclopedia online.You can access World Book Student and World Book Advanced. The password is – woodleigh, and the login- library.
On the site you will find a wealth of information, maps, photos, videos, and links to associated sites. World Book Advanced offers research tools such as dictionary, atlas, world newspapers, and primary source documents and letters.There is also an e-books centre with thousands of e-books available for downloading.

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Book of the Year 2013

For information about this year’s shortlisted books check out this prezi

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Mr Pip

For all fans of Lloyd Jones’ prize-winning novel, Mr Pip, the long awaited film adaptation, starring Hugh Laurie, will be released next month. Check the trailer on YouTube – but be sure that you have read the book first!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRn3gr8Pt_o

 

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Woodleigh moves into ebooks!

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Not before time, Woodleigh Library is now making available ebooks for students to borrow online. As part of the Wheelers Books platform students can access books through the library catalogue or by going to http://woodleigh.wheelers.co and logging in using your school login. Books may be read on Macbooks, iPads, iPhones or android devices. Check with Mrs Boundy for more details.

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Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing – from book to film

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All fans of the fabulous Australian illustrator, artist and author, Shaun Tan, should make a point of visiting the exhibition presently on show at ACMI in Federation Square in Melbourne. The exhibition gives a detailed account of how Shan Ton.s picture book ‘The lost thing’ was transformed into an Academy Award winning short animated movie.

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It’s official – reading literature makes us smarter!

DSC00561Readers have known it all along, but now there is research to prove it…..research psychologists in Canada have completed a number of surveys which indicate that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. Another study found a similar result in young children: the more stories they had read to them, the keener their “theory of mind,” or mental model of other people’s intentions. Deep reading can be likened to a hypnotic trance where brain activity is elevated and enhanced.
So….keep reading!

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/06/03/why-we-should-read-literature/#ixzz2ZBQihvcl

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Parkouring – new urban adventures

runParkour can be described as a creative way of getting from A to B quickly and efficiently, using only your body and the physical surroundings to propel yourself. It can include running, jumping, sliding, vaulting, rolling and more.
Parkour is non-competitive. It may be performed on an obstacle course, but is usually practiced in a creative (and sometimes playful) reinterpretation or subversion of urban spaces.Parkour involves ‘seeing’ one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it.[Wikipedia]
In Tim Sinclair’s exciting new novel ‘Run’, Dee invents an alternate world to escape his mundane life. With parkour he is not running away – but he is free. Sinclair uses the visual text to add to his narrative.

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