September 2017 | ASP Upper School Library Newsletter         


The US library newsletter
September issue

"Libraries are the thin red line between civilization and barbarism."
Neil Gaiman (author)

Dear students, families and faculty,

Welcome to what promises to be an exciting and memorable year for us all. 

This first electronic monthly newsletter of the year will get you familiarize with the Upper School library and will help you stay informed of resources, curriculum and program updates throughout the year. 

Preparations for our move to the new purposely-built library facility are well under way and we’ll keep you updated of the latest development as we approach the moving date.

Anthony Tremblay and I wish you a great school year. We’re always happy to hear from you so don’t hesitate to send us your feedback, questions and suggestions. Or simply stop by and say hello in person. 

Mario Chioini 
US Librarian        



In this issue                 

New additions to the library
. New p(rint) and ebooks
Library Overview

Book Highlight
. Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis 
Summer check out update


The Hub! The library web site

Past newsletters

Bits and Pieces

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Alexis, Andre, 1957-. Fifteen dogs : a novel. London, UK : Serpent's Tail, c2015.

Tells the story of a group of 15 dogs, kennelled at a veterinary clinic in Toronto, who are suddenly gifted by the gods with human consciousness and language.




Kourouma, Ahmadou. Allah is not obliged. New York : Anchor Books, 2006, c2000.

Birahima, a ten-year-old orphan from the Ivory Coast, is seized by rebels on the way to Liberia to live with his aunt and forced to become a soldier.



McMorris, Kristina. The edge of lost. Large Print ed. Farmington Hills, Mich :Kennebec Large Print, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.

Tells the story of an Alcatraz prison guard's only daughter who goes missing and the prisoner who knows the truth, and the story of Shanley Keagan who almost twenty years earlier leaves Dublin, Ireland and comes to America to find his father




Charlier, Jean-Michel. Menace sur mirage F1 : une aventure "Classic" de Tanguy et Laverdure. 1st ed. Paris, France : Dargaud Zéphyr, c2016.

Tanguy and Laverdure are two pilots in the French Air Force with opposite personalities. While Tanguy is serious, honest and obedient, Laverdure is eccentric, blundering and awkward. Dangerous missions and spying are everyday tasks for the two pilots, who are flying aces and efficient defenders of their homeland.



Aymé, Marcel. Le passe-muraille. Paris, France : Gallimard, 2014, c1943.

The excellent Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to pass through walls, but has never seen the point of using his gift, given the general availability of doors. One day, however, his tyrannical boss drives him to desperate, creative measures -- he develops a taste for intramural travel and becomes something of a super-villain. How will the unassuming clerk adjust to a glamorous life of crime?



158 BRO

Bromfield, Richard. How to cite APA style 6th : in psychology, social work, education, and the social sciences. Boston, Mass. :, c2011.

Gives real examples for every sort of source material, showing how to cite the material in the text and then how to cite the source as a reference in the footnotes. By doing this on the same page, students and writers will know at once how to do both without confusion. It also offer students and writers dozens of ways they can cite material.


201 COY

Coyne, Jerry A., 1949-. Faith versus fact : why science and religion are incompatible. New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2016, c2015.

Examines why science and religion are incompatible, arguing that science is reliable since it is based on reason and evidence, while religion relies on faith, dogma, and revelation.



E 394.1 GOO

Goodman, Jordan. Tobacco in history : the cultures of dependence. London, UK : Routledge, 2005.

Explores the historical transformation of tobacco from Amerindian shamanism to global capitalism, from the food of the spirits to the fatal epidemic, from the rough pipe and cigar to the modern day cigarette.


808.3 STI

Stiefvater, Maggie, 1947-. The anatomy of curiosity. Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Lab, c2015.

Three stories with commentary on the creative process.


909 MAN

Hannah, Kristin. The nightingale. London, UK : Pan Books, c2015.

In this tale of two sisters, bolder Isabelle enjoys her life in Paris, while older Vianne lives peacefully in the country with husband Antoine. Their bond is tested when war comes and their father sends Isabelle to help Vianne as Antoine marches off to battle.




Babel.  Studio Canal, 2007, c2006. Directed by Alejandro Gonzáles Iñáritu

 A tragic accident in Morocco sets off a chain of events that will link four groups of people who, divided by cultural differences and vast distances, will discover a shared destiny that ultimately connects them.




Barton Fink. Universal Pictures Video, 2011, c1991. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen.

A satire about a New York playwright who relocates to Hollywood to write screenplays and experiences writer's block.



Boyhood. TF1 Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by Richard Linklater.

A story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy named Mason, who ages from six to eighteen years old on screen.





The elephant man. Universal Pictures Video, 2008, c1980. Directd by David Lynch.

John Merrick is exhibited in a sideshow after being disfigured by neurofibromatosis. Dr. Frederick Treves rescues him and helps him regain his human dignity.




Out of Africa. Universal Pictures Video, 2003, c1985. Directed by Sdney Pollack.

 The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya (British East Africa) in 1914. An epic romance of love and loss.




You will find more information about the library on our web site at <>

. The library resources include over 9500 print books, access to thousands of ebooks and a large number of online databases.

. A search in Destiny, our online catalog, will provide a list of print books, ebooks and videos related to your query.

. To help you discover our resources we will profile a different type of resource in each issue.

. Note: Our databases are password-protected. You can pick up the log in sheet from the library. 

. This year we’d like to publish a monthly reader’s “Book Highlight”. We invite students, parents and faculty to send us a short book review of a US library book that you’ve read and would recommend. Contact Mr. Chioini for details.

. The library supports the needs of individual students and collaborates with classroom teachers for the teaching of research and information literacy skills.

. For their extended essays, Diploma students are asked to meet with Mr. Chioini informally to discuss their project and make sure they use a proper citing format.

. The grade 9 library orientation will start in the next couple of weeks. It will be done through GAPS classes.

. We also extend a special welcome to all grades 7 and 8 students.

. Parents can check out library materials after we provide them with a user number.

. If you are new to ASP, please note that the library offers a variety of workshops for parents on library resources and research skills. We plan on having our first workshop in October. Stay tuned. 


Title: Fifteen Dogs
Author: André Alexis
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 159 pages
Call number: F ALE

Heard on King Street, Toronto: 

"I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence."

"I'll wager one year's servitude, said Apollo, that animals - any animal you choose - would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they had human intelligence." (p.2)

Led by their curiosity and competitive nature, our two gods quickly bestow the gift of human speech and intelligence to fifteen dogs. Unable to cope with what has just happened to them three canines die soon after their escape. The remaining pack runs away guided by a new conscious that will prove librerating to some and deadly to others. Delighted by his new language ability, Prince, for instance, finds both happiness and solace in poetry which helps him connect to the world around him. For his part, Atticus, their imposing and aggressive new leader, hates poetry, and everything to do with their undogly awareness and forces everyone who wants to follow him to return to their dog-eat-dog ways.

From dissention, treason and harsh acts of violence to poignant moments of love, kindness and friendship Alexis's modern day myth is a powerful work about life, death and what it means to be conscious. 

I have to say that my reading experience was enhanced by the fact that I read Fifteen Dogs immediately after devouring Antispéciste by French author-journalist-essayist Aymeric Caron in which he defends “the reconciliation between humans, animals, nature”. 

NOTE: Fifteen Dogs is Alexis’s 9th book and the second in his Pastoral series. It won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writes’ Trust of Canada Award.

mario chioini, usl



Please remember to return all the library materials you checked out for the summer. 




Mr. Mario Chioini - US Librarian,
 Mr. Anthony Tremblay - US Library Assistant

American School of Paris

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