Library returns and Summer borrowing

summer readsOur great library collection is now open for summer loans. Come on over and pick up all the books you want to keep you going over the holidays and avoid the “summer dip”! Check out our reading suggestions or simply come and browse. We catalogued over 1400 new books this year, so there are plenty of new titles to discover!

It’s also time for our annual inventory.  With the returns deadline of 19th June now passed, please bring your loans back in to avoid being fined for lost loans. If you have any loans or materials currently checked out that you would like to keep over the summer be sure to bring them back in to renew first.

C’est maintenant le moment de rapporter tous les prêts pour l’inventaire, avant de choisir vos lectures dans notre riche sélection de romans récents ou classiques, ou dans les nombreux titres de BDs que nous avons ajouté ces derniers mois à la collection…

The Cogheart Adventures , by Peter Bunzl

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure. Cogheart (book 1) and Moonlocket (book 2), F BUN

 

The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage

For centuries people communicated across distances only as quickly as the fastest ship or horse could travel. Generations of innovators tried and failed to develop speedier messaging devices. But in the mid-1800s, a few extraordinary pioneers at last succeeded. Their invention–the electric telegraph–shrank the world more quickly than ever before.

The Victorian Internet tells the story of the telegraph’s creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it. By 1865 telegraph cables spanned continents and oceans, revolutionizing the ways countries dealt with one another. The telegraph gave rise to creative business practices and new forms of crime. Romances blossomed over the wires. Secret codes were devised by some users, and cracked by others. The benefits of the network were relentlessly hyped by its advocates and dismissed by its skeptics. And attitudes toward everything from news gathering to war had to be completely rethought.

The telegraph unleashed the greatest revolution in communications since the development of the printing press. Its saga offers many parallels to that of the Internet in our own. (384.1 STA, 234 pages)

Le zapping des sciences, d’Ivan Kiriow et Léa Milsent

Des secrets du cerveau à ceux de l’ADN, de Galilée à Einstein aux dernières découvertes sur l’univers, le boson de Higgs, la génétique moléculaire ou les cellules souches, le Zapping des sciences dresse un panorama synthétique et accessible à tous. Médecine, mathématiques, astronomie, physique, biologie… L’histoire de toutes les grandes disciplines est ici passée au crible. Les grandes questions qui traversent la science aujourd’hui sont décryptées, leurs enjeux, quotidiens ou théoriques, analysés. Pour mieux comprendre et déchiffrer le monde dans lequel nous vivons, ses mystères et les défis qu’il nous impose (318 pages, 509 KIR)

Sherlock, by Steven Moffat and Jay

Adapting the episodes of the smash-hit TV series starring worldwide superstars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Holmes and Watson tackle brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London in this stunning Manga, presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialized! Meet Holmes and Watson for the first time… all over again! Sherlock, a study in pink, 224 pages (BD F MOF)

15 jours sans réseau, de Sophie Rigal-Goulard

Privés de réseau! Pour Émilie, 12 ans, qui adore FB et Instagram, Ambroise, 15 ans, qui ne peut vivre sans être connecté à sa team, et leur petit frère Lucien, ces vacances de détox numérique à la campagne sont un cauchemar. Il faut cesser de tweeter, liker, poster, snaper, scorer; et laisser tous les appareils hors de portée. Vont-ils protester, tricher ou jouer le jeu ? Si Émilie accepte de relever ce défi, Ambroise le réfractaire ne tarde pas à craquer; Supporteront-ils de vivre 15 jours sans réseau ? Et passer un été inattendu avec eux-mêmes, leur famille et des vacanciers, en réinventant leur quotidien ? (216 pages, R RIG).

How to read water, by Tristan Gooley

In How To Read Water , Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley shares knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations to help you enjoy the landscape around you. You’ll learn how to:  interpret ponds like a Polynesian, spot dangerous water in the pitch black with the help of  a clock face, read the sea like a Viking, forecast the weather from waves, find your way with puddles, decipher wave patterns on beaches, decode the colour of water, unravel a river like an expert. From wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding off Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, Tristan Gooley draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more to show us all the skills we need to read the water around us. 376 pages, 553.7 GOO.

Moby-duck, by Donovan Hohn

This is the remarkable story of how 28,904 bath toys spilled into the Pacific and have been washing up along beaches ever since.

When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of this mysterious loss, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn’s accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive arena of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, the global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. Moby-Duck, 551.46 HOH, 401 pages.

The song of the shirt : the high price of cheap garments from Blackburn to Bangladesh, by Jeremy Seabrook

In April 2013 Rana Plaza, an unremarkable eight-story commercial block in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, collapsed, killing 1,129 people and injuring over 2,000. Most of them were low paid textile workers who had been ordered to return to their cramped workshops the day after ominous cracks were discovered in the building’s concrete structure. Rana Plaza’s destruction revealed a stark tragedy in the making: of men (in fact mostly women and children) toiling in fragile, flammable buildings who provide the world with limitless cheap garments – through Walmart, Benetton and Gap – and bring in 70% of Bangladesh’s foreign exchange.

In the Song of the shirt, Jeremy Seabrook investigates the disproportionate sacrifices demanded by the manufacture of such throwaway items as baseball caps and sweatshirts. He also traces the intertwined histories of workers in what is now Bangladesh, and Lancashire. Two hundred years ago the former were dispossessed of ancient skills and their counterparts in Lancashire forced into labour settlements; in a ghostly replay of traffic in the other direction, the decline of Britain’s textile industry coincided with Bangladesh becoming one of the world’s major clothing exporters. The two examples offer mirror images of impoverishment and affluence. With capital becoming more protean than ever, it won’t be long before global business, in its nomadic cultivation of profit, relocates mass textile manufacture to an even cheaper source of labour than Bangladesh, with all too predictable consequences for those involved (288 pages, 338.47 SEA)

Premiers hommes, de Pascal Picq

Tant de découvertes ces dernières années ont achevé de nous perdre dans le labyrinthe des Premiers hommes et la diversité de nos ancêtres. Pour suivre cette longue évolution, Pascal Picq raconte nos origines communes avec les singes. Cela se passe au cœur de l’ère tertiaire, durant le long Miocène (de 23 à 5,5 millions d’années), l’âge d’or des hominoïdes, plusieurs millions d’années avant l’émergence de notre lignée africaine. Au fil du récit, on comprend que nos origines, même très lointaines, sont beaucoup plus humaines qu’on ne l’imaginait : ainsi, l’invention des premiers outils de pierre taillée au temps de Lucy et des australopithèques, l’organisation des groupes en société pour se défendre, se nourrir et se reproduire. Des hominidés qui marchent, utilisent des outils, échangent et chassent depuis des temps immémoriaux… L’émergence d’Homo erectus vers 1,9 million d’années marque un nouveau tournant dans l’histoire de la vie : ses innovations techniques et culturelles, comme le feu et la cuisson, vont interagir avec son évolution biologique, modifiant son corps, son cerveau et la société au travers de médiations symboliques, comme le langage… Premiers hommes, 341 pages, 599.93 PIC.