October 2017 Issue

US Sawiris Library






"Google can bring you back a hundred thousand answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one." Neil Gaiman, author


Welcome to the October issue of The Hub! 

This month:


. Additions to the collection 

. Book gifts from two authors

. Two library book clubs

. Students are showing interest in poetry recitation

. Student and library work connection is off to a good start

. Our parents workshop is right around the corner

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

Happy reading...


Mario Chioini 

8-12 Librarian




Match d'impro en français

Nous sommes à la recherche d'une quinzaine d'élèves Francophones en Upper School qui seraient intéressés à participer à une activité créative et récréative : Le match d'impro tel que joué à la Coupe du Monde d'Improvisation. Réunion: Le mercredi 4 octobre, devant la bibliothèque. Pour plus d'information ou pour vous inscrire veuillez contacter M. Chioini.


Poetry by Heart at the US

ASP will participate in this year's Poetry By Heart recitation competition. A few students have decided to take the challenge. Deadline to register: Oct. 4. Contact: M. Chioini

US Students Book Club

After reading The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the members of the Students Book Club chose the legendary On The Road by Jack Kerouac for their second read. From the claustrophobic huis-clos of Kafka to the freedom of the Beat Generation... Don't you just love the power of stories!

Info: M. Chioini



    Flavie de Germay



Mia Kwon



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




Asher, Jay, 1975-. What light. New York, N.Y. : Razorbill, c2016.

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon--it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.


Backman, Fredrik, 1981-. A man called Ove : a novel. New York : Washington Square Press, 2015, c2013.
When a new, chatty, young couple and their two daughters move in next door, Ove's well-ordered, solitary world turns upside down.



Diaz, Junot, 1968-. This is how you lose her. New York, NY : Riverhead Books, 2013, c2012.

A collection of nine short stories by American author Junot Díaz.


Donoghue, Emma, 1969-. The wonder : a novel. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2016.

An English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life.



Gyasi, Yaa. Homegoing : a novel. London, UK : Penguin, 2017, c2016.

A hugely empathic, unflinching portrayal of west Africa's role in the transatlantic slave trade told through the story of two half-sisters with two very different destinies: One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife.




Konen, Leah. The romantics. New York, N.Y : Amulet Books, c2016.

When his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents' painful separation, seventeen-year-old Gael is heartbroken until Love, the trusty narrator, intervenes.




Wilson, Andrew, 1967-. A talent for murder. New York : Atria Books, 2017.

On the night of 3rd December 1926, Agatha Christie went missing, and was eventually discovered in a hotel in Harrogate ten days later. But what happened to her in that time? In this novel Wilson ingeniously take the facts and creates a gripping, utterly believable story of blackmail and murder.


128 MER

Mercier, Hugo. The enigma of reason : a new theory of human understanding. London, UK : Allen Lane, c2017.

Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. If reason is so useful, why didn't it also evolve in other animals? If reason is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? In their groundbreaking account of the evolution and workings of reason, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber set out to solve this double enigma.



153.4 SLO

Sloman, Steven A. The knowledge illusion : why we never think alone. London, UK : Macmillan, c2017.

Cognitive science explains how the human brain relies on the intelligence and knowledge of others in order to overcome its shortcomings of being error prone, irrational, and often ignorant.

306.874 BURNS

Burns, Carina Sue.The Syrian jewelry box : a daughter's journey for truth. New York, N.Y. : Morgan James, c2015.

A young American girl growing up in blissful innocence in the Middle East discovers a shocking family secret while searching in her mother's forbidden jewelry box.


378.1 GRE

Green, Sharon, 1939-. Barron's new PSAT/NMSQT. 18th ed. Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, c2016.

Presents a comprehensive guide to preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT exam and includes 3 practice tests, study and test-taking tips, subject reviews, and answers and explanations for all questions.

378.1 GRE

Green, Sharon, 1939-. New SAT. 28th ed. Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, c2016.

A guide to preparing for the SAT college entrance exam, with five full-length practice tests, study advice, test-taking tips, review, practice, and a master word list.

378.41 OLE

O'Leary, John, 1951-. The Times and Sunday Times good university guide 2018 : where to go and what to study. 23rd ed. Glasgow, UK : Times Books :, c2017.

Provides a comprehensive overview of information to assist readers in selecting a college in Great Britain that is affordable and suitable for them.
R 378.71 MAC

Maclean's 2017 Canadian Universities Guidebook. 2017 ed. Toronto, Ontario : Rogers Publishing, c2017.

Offers comprehensive profiles of 80 universities across Canada, exclusive MacLean's university majors, entering grades, co-op and internship programs, and scolarship.


741.5 TAN (Fr)


Taniguchi, Jiro. La séparation. Paris, France : Casterman, 2000, c1995.


Second volume that follows the life of a male protagonist that returns to his hometown of Tottori after his father's death and relates his coming-to-terms with parental decisions that he'd deeply resented.

770 AND


Anderson, Peggy. Subway readers. Self-published.


Peggy Anderson is a photographer based in New York and Sweden but currently living in Paris. Her most recent project and book, Subway Readers, was exhibited in the Autumn Salon 2016 at Fotografiska in Stockholm. This is a series of people reading books on the New York City subways.



770.994 ROE

Roemers, Martin. Metropolis. Ostfildern, Germany : Hatje Cantz Verlag, c2015.


According to calculations by the UN, by 2050 around seventy percent of the global population will be living in cities. For his spectacular series Metropolis, Martin Roemers sets his sights on megacities worldwide with more than ten million inhabitants in which people often live under difficult circumstances in densely populated areas.

808.2 FIE


Field, Syd. Screenplay : the foundations of screenwriting. Revised and updated ed. New York, N.Y. : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2005, c1979.


A guide to film writing, explaining exactly what a screenplay is, and discussing subject, character, endings and beginnings, sequence, plot, adaptation, and other topics.





Duel. French ed. Paris, France : Universal Pictures Video, 2000, c1971. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

California businessman David Mann, driving through the desert on his way to meet a client, passes an old tanker truck whose psychotic driver takes offense and turns Mann's life into a nightmare.


La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur. French ed. Boulogne-Billancourt, France : TF1 Video, c2014. Directed by Cédric Anger.

In this crime drama based on the real-life hunt for a serial killer in late '70s France a mentally disturbed cop goes on a murderous spree targeting women. As the rest of the police department slowly realize that the killer is among them and close in, he begins an affair with a cleaning woman.



Million dollar baby. French ed. Paris, France : Studiocanal Video, 2005, c2004. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

A male boxing trainer attempts to help a young female boxer achieve her dream of becoming a professional.



Un homme d'exception = A beautiful mind. French ed. DreamWorks Home Entertainment, 2006, c2001. Directed by Ron Howard.

Dramatizes the adult life of John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematician whose brilliance was tempered by his struggles with schizophrenia.


The library has a signed copy of Metropolis by Martin Roemers

Metropolis by Martin Roemers


Roemers' Metropolis provides a stunning visual testament of what has become of megacities around the world, for better or for worse!


Curriculum connection: Journalist-in-residence Beatrice Motamedi is leading a new unit of study on Global Cities with GAPS 10 students. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their thinking, critical, research, evaluation and writing skills. Beatrice will be at ASP until October 25.

Book gift from author

Carina Sue Burns


ASP Alumna (Class of 1979) Carina Sue Burns has recently written "The Syrian Jewelry Box," found at top English-language libraries and bookstores in Paris, including our ASP HUB! This acclaimed book focuses on Carina's experience as a young American growing up in blissful innocence in the Middle East whose life changed suddenly and dramatically upon discovering a shocking family secret. An exotic drive through the Middle East and Europe serves as a metaphoric journey for the woman she becomes—a silent nomad searching for her identity. Carina's fascinating story lends support to others on a similar search, and helps to bridge gaps between different cultures. (reprinted from ASP's Facebook page, Advancement Office)


            Author and Alumna Carina Sue Burns

           visiting ASP library in June 2017. Below, The

      Syrian Jewellery Box. Call number 306.874 BUR


Book gift from author

Peggy Anderson


The library was given by the author a signed copy of Subway Readers, a book of candid photographs documenting the very personal and engaging act of reading in a very public place, the NYC subway system. What a wonderful gift.


ASP was very fortunate to host the photograph exhibit of the same name last Spring. Peggy is an ASP parent, an author and a photographer.


Peggy Anderson about Subway Readers

What started as an Instagram series over three years ago eventually became a ritual on my daily subway commute in New York City. I am interested in the moment where public intersects private. What happens to a person while they are absorbed in their book in very public and often crowded space? And what does their body posture or facial expression tell us? I like finding little tableaux. What is happening around the reader? I take these photos "undercover" because I don't want the subjects to know they are being photographed. This helps preserve the naturalness of the setting and more importantly, it protects the intimacy of the moment. (this section reprinted from a May 31 notice from Advancement Office)


            Peggy Anderson's Subway Readers

Call number 770 AND



IB 11 Francophone

Mme Hallé's two Francophone classes studied "Les mythes" as part of their IB cursus. I was invited to share some tools and resources, including a unit pathfinder created for the class to help the understand the hero's journey identified by Joseph Campbell and start collecting information for their presentations. Studying myths is a wonderful way to travel across centuries and civilisations. Exciting union of study. 


One of Mme Hallé's classes posing after a presentation about Narcissus.

To help students get ready for their PSAT, SAT, ACT test preps and AP exams students have access to Shmoop, a test prep site that is available through our subscription databases page. Account info: M. Chioini



I had the opportunity to meet with all the Seniors who are new to ASP for a brief library introduction. AS this is their only year at the school we want them to know the resources and services available to them.  Part of their skills set for tertiary education includes understanding and knowing how to use academic databases, citing properly and evaluation information. 



All the Juniors who are also new at aSP received a mail invitation to meet with me at their leisure.


7th grade

Early in September I was invited to meet with all 7th graders to talk to them about the library and how it could help them this year. The sessions were initiated by Social Studies teacher Paul Albright who helps his students understand the ways historians think, work, analyse and bring new understandings. Teaching critical thinking is indispensable and the library can be an important ally.


If the energetic discussions generated at our first meeting are any indication then our book club members are in for another exciting year. Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell received great reviews from our members and the exchanges we had about our summer reading reaffirmed our conviction that reading contributes to general well-being. 


Next read: The Underground Railroad by Coleson Whitehead

Next meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 28 @3:50pm - Sawiris Library

Future dates: Jan. 16, March 13, May 22

If you're interested in joining the group, please contact M. Chioini.

Open to parents of all 3 Divisions.





Parents of grade 8 to 12 students are invited to an introductory workshop about the resources available through the US library. The hands-on workshop will focus on the tools that can 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. Sawiris library, 11am-12pm. Bring your laptop. Min. 5 - Places available. Sign-up:





Building 6, Room 6108,

at the top of the Coulson Commons stairs



Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am to 5 pm 

Friday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

During senior exams: Until 6 pm




Mr. Mario Chioini, MLIS, US Librarian,

Mr. Anthony Tremblay, US Library Assistant,


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