Make a Senior Book Display, Get a Bookmark!

We are in the process of printing out these bookmarks. Thanks to the students for making the displays and to Max C. (class of 2014) for making the bookmarks.


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Browsing Newspapers or Magazines in ProQuest

These instructions were made for the Stagecraft class, which is looking at ads and pictures in newspapers from the 1940s and 1950s, but it could be used for browsing through any magazines in ProQuest (passwords).

Choose “Publications”

Enter the title of the newspaper or magazine.

For Stagecraft, this is the index of the NewYork Times that you want.

Keep clicking the plus signs until you get a date.

Click “Next page” and start browsing!




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This Week’s Senior Book Display: Jacob F.


Come to the Library and enjoy an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction in Jacob’s display.

Want to make a Senior Book Display? Let Ms. Abarbanel know!


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Writing Reviews in Destiny

With our new library catalog, you can write reviews to help your classmates, teachers, and librarians find the best books in the library.

To get to the library catalog, visit the library home page and click on the library catalog button on the right hand side.

From there, you will be taken to the main screen of the library catalog.  To log in, click the “login” button in the upper right corner. Your login information is your Brentwood username (the portion of your email address before the @ symbol) and your Brentwood password.

Once you’ve logged in, you can search for library materials using the search bar on the main page. When you’ve found the item you’d like to review, click on the title to open the item details page. The reviews tab is in the upper right hand corner.

To write a review, simply click “Add Review.”

You can write a review, and rank the item using the 5 star system.

Reviews are moderated by the librarians, and will usually appear within 24 hours. Many reviews have already been posted for popular items and required reading, check them out when searching for books!

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Banned Books Celebration 2012

The Library, Amaranth, and the GSA hosted this year’s banned books celebration, where we highlight favorite books that have been banned or challenged at other schools or libraries.  People read from Howl, What my Mother Doesn’t Know, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Leaves of Grass, Ulysses, The Giver,  Annie on My Mind, and more while we enjoyed lunch and desserts.









Thanks for helping me set up the furniture, guys!

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National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature

The National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature were announced this morning! The National Book Award is an American literary prize that is awarded to writers by a panel of their peers. There are four award categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. The five-person panel of judges has been reading all of the nominees for Young People’s Literature, and has released their list of finalists.

The books are:


Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.




Goblin Secrets by William Alexander. Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing.





Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos. Published by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing.






Endangered by Eliot Schrefer. Published by Scholastic.






Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. Published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.



The National Book Awards Ceremony will take place in New York City in mid-November, and the winner will be announced. The winner receives $10,000 and a bronze sculpture, while all the finalists receive $1,000 and a medal in a private ceremony. While we wait for the awards in November, check out these books and let us know which one you’d vote for!

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E-book, ebook, or eBook?

The Grammar Girl website discusses this, and says “yes” to the hyphen:

Does “E-book” Need a Hyphen?

Troy K. wrote: “Kindles, Nooks, and headline hooks: Have you picked a side on ‘e-book’ versus ‘eBook’ versus ‘ebook’ versus ‘electronic book’ yet?”

The Associated Press and Chicago Manual of Style editors recommend “e-book.” I’m with them on the hyphen.

  • Authors were treated badly in the recent e-book dispute.
  • E-books currently make up twenty percent of my book sales.

The choice between “e-book” and “ebook” could be considered a style choice, but “eBook” is simply wrong. Brand names, such as iPad, sometimes use camel case (an internal capital letter), but in standard English such style is unacceptable for anything other than names.

But do you agree? How do you spell email, e-mail, eMail? I think we usually write email, and we should be consistent. But we should also be correct! What do you think about it? what do you write?

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Will We See you at the Book Fair?

Meet authors for young adults like Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Bloods) and Cecil Castellucci, hear from famous author/chefs, journalists, poets, and more at the West Hollywood Book Fair. The program looks fabulous – hope to see you there!

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Brentwood Loves the Library!

This afternoon during lunch, the library was the place to be! We estimated there were around 120 students using the library, almost a quarter of the Upper School. Every seat was full, and students were studying with laptops, desktops, iPads, and books. Come join us at lunch, just try to remember to keep your voices down!

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Ebooks How-To Guide

The Brentwood Library now has some fiction ebooks available! We’re excited about these new resources, and would love your feedback on your experience with them.

Fiction Books with Axis360 (iPad or Computer)

For fiction books, you’ll need to create two accounts. One with Axis360 (to browse available books on our Magic Wall), and one with Blio (to read the books).

  • On a computer, go to Axis360 and create an account. Use your Brentwood School username with “BWS” before it (for example: BWSJsmith). Then use your Brentwood School password as your PIN.
  • Then, visit the Blio website and create an account using your Brentwood School email. When you check out a book using Axis360, you will enter your Blio account information, and it will download to your reader automatically.
  • Then, download the Blio App for your iPad or iPhone.

When you are logged into the Axis360 Magic Wall, you can save books you’d like to read in your wishlist, or you can check them out by clicking on “Check Out.” Make sure to check out the Blio version (not ePUB). Please come visit us in the library if you have any issues, or if there are any ebooks you’d like us to acquire!


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