by Isla Huffadine

Library News

This month in the library, the focus has been on continuing to create a safe, inclusive space for all students to feel a sense of belonging. Our rainbow display, “A Book For Everyone”, has drawn attention with its colourful spine presentation, with students reaching out to explore the titles on offer. A splash of colour has been added to our pillars too, thanks to a group of dedicated and creative volunteers!

Image by: Isla Huffadine

We know that as readers, we are both satisfied and encouraged when we see some part of ourselves reflected in the literature within which we are engaged. Likewise, books can provide us with opportunities for growth when they offer us a perspective that differs from our own. It is important then, that our shelves reflect the diversity found not just in our community, but beyond it too.

We are so fortunate to have an abundance of literature in our library - and we hope students are able to find a piece of themselves in this space.

UPCOMING: Book Week, 15-19 August. Get planning your costumes for dress up day as we celebrate all things bookish!

Mrs Ranby recommends…

Still Alice by Lisa Genova — Image by: Isla Huffadine

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it's like to literally lose your mind.