September 2017 Issue

US Sawiris Library


"She is carrying a book past the fire station and the five and dime.                   

What this town has not given her the book will provide; 

a sheep, a wilderness of new solutions (...)              

she will not be alone.
She will have a book to open
and open and open.
Her life starts here."

From "Because of Libraries We Can Say These Things" - Naomi Shihad Nye

ASP Visiting Writer in 2014 and 2017


Welcome to the September issue of The Hub, the library newsletter. If you are new to ASP please make sure you come by and introduce yourself. If you're a parent, we'll help you create an account to enjoy borrowing privileges.

The monthly newsletter is our main way of communicating with you throughout the year and update you on our resources, programs and activities .

Mr. Tremblay and I wish you a productive, fun-filled and rewarding academic year.


To contact the library, and to link to our web site, please use the information given at the bottom of this newsletter.


Mario Chioini 

8-12 Librarian



Summer checkout 

Please remember to return all materials checked out over the summer and get your deposit back.

Call for Student Partners

We are looking for a small number of creative and dedicated students to help us plan, organise and run activities throughout the year such as book clubs, online book trailers, reading competitions, etc. One group in MS, another in US. Please contact M. Chioini.


Students Book Club

We're excited to announce that Flavie de Germay and Mia Kwon will co-lead the first US students book club. What better way to bring your stress level down a notch this year and meet new people. 


Parents-Faculty Book Club

Our parents-faculty book club will meet on Tuesday, September 12 to discuss Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell and share our summer readings. I hope you'll find the time to join us. Info: M. Chioini.

Poetry by Heart

Early this Fall students from grades 9 to 12 will have the chance to represent ASP at the 2018 Poetry by Heart recitation competition organised by Ecole Jeannine Manuel. Details to follow.

Middle School Author Visit: Kwame Alexander

We've invited New York Times Bestselling and Newbery Award-winning Children's and YA author Kwame Alexander to come and work with grades 6 to 8 on March 22 and 23, 2018. Mr. Alexander will use his book Crossover for the workshops. More to come. 


Parents Workshops

I will be conducting an introductory workshop about the resources available through the US library. The hands-on workshop will focus on the tools that will support your children's reading and research needs.  Agenda: A tour of the library, the print collection, the online catalog, The Hub library web site, and subscription databases. September or October. Date to be confirmed. 



The small e icon preceeding a call number indicates the item is an electronic book (e-book).



F ALE      MS visiting author in March 2018


Alexander, Kwame. The crossover. London, UK : Andersen Press, c2015.


Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.


Clare, Cassandra et al. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. London, UK: : Walker Books, 2016, c2015.

Collects short stories chronicling Simon's journey from amnesia to Ascension, as he works to regain his lost life while attending the Shadowhunter Academy.




Hawkins, Paula. Into the water. London, UK : Doubleday, c2017.


A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.


Nesbo, Jo, 1960-. The thirst. London, UK : Harvill Secker, c2017.

Retired detective Harry Hole is called back into service in order to find a serial killer who is targeting Tinder daters.



Whitehead, Colson, 1969-. The underground railroad : a novel. London, UK : Fleet, 2017, c2016.

A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.


128 DEN


Dennett, D. C. (Daniel Clement). From bacteria to Bach and back : the evolution of minds. New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Co., c2017.


Explores evolutionary thinking through the lens of computer science, biology, and philosophical thought.


128 SCR

Scruton, Roger. On human nature. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2017.

Presents an original and radical defense of human uniqueness.

330.09 KIS

Kishtainy, Niall. A little history of economics. New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2017.

A lively, inviting account of the history of economics, told through events from ancient to modern times and the ideas of great thinkers in the field.


338.7 MUSK VAN

Vance, Ashlee. Elon Musk : how the billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is shaping our future. London, UK : Virgin Books, 2016, c2015.

A biography of businessman Elon Musk, discussing his childhood in South Africa, his immigration to the United States in 1992, and his involvement with PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX.

647.94 GAL

Gallagher, Leigh. The Airbnb story : how three ordinary guys disrupted an industry, made billions-- and created plenty of controversy. London, UK: : Virgin Books, c2017.

A thorough and objective profile of this groundbreaking and unusual company covers its founders, meteoric rise, nagging troubles, and global popularity.


741.5 DEL


Delisle, Guy. Hostage. London, UK : Jonathan Cape, 2017, c2016.

Twenty years after the events award-winning cartoonist Guy Delisle recounts Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André's harrowing experience as a hostage in the Caucasus region.

778.5 PEP


Pepperman, Richard D., 1942-. The eye is quicker : film editing : making a good film better. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, c2004.

A comprehensive guide to film editing that explores the principles, methods, and strategies that play a key role in the film editing process.


Springsteen, Bruce. Born to run. London, UK : Simon & Schuster UK, c2016.

In his autobiography Bruce Springsteen describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination. He also recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Ashbury Park, the rise of the E Street Band and the personal struggles that inspired his best work.
808 PIN

Pinker, Steven, 1954-. The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century! London, UK : Penguin Books, 2015, c2014.

Discusses the style and grammar of the English language.

808.3 WEI

Weiland, K.M. Creating character arcs : the masterful author's guide to uniting story structure, plot, and character development. PenForASword Publishing, c2016.

A method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write. By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, the author offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.

918.1 GRA

Grann, David. The lost city of Z : a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon. London, UK : Simon & Schuster UK, c2009.

Details English explorer Percy Fawcett's exploration for a lost city in the jungles of South America and relates efforts made by the author and other individuals to find out what happened to him.


976.6004 GRA

Grann, David. Killers of the flower moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI. 1st ed. New York, N.Y. : Doubleday, c2017.

Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.



Burn after reading. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2009, c2008. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen.

Two gym instructors accidentally stumble across and try to sell a disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent who has recently been fired from the agency. Their attempts at blackmail go wildly awry, gradually engulfing the agent's estranged wife and her lover, whose involvement triggers a series of tragic consequences.



Unbroken = Invincible. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2015, c2014. Directed by Angelina Jolie.

Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.


Le premier jour du reste de ta vie. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, c2008. Directed by Remi Bezançon.

A sprawling drama centered around five keys days in a family's life spread out over a dozen years.




Pride & Prejudice = Orgueil et prejugés. French ed. Issy-les-Moulineaux, France : Studiocanal, c2005. Directed by Joe Wright.

An adaptation of the Jane Austen novel in which a spirited young woman in early nineteenth-century England must cope with the courtship of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.



21 grams = 21 grammes. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2012, c2003. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.


A violent car accident unexpectedly throws together the lives of a college professor, an ex-con and a young mother with a reckless past.




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