Celebrating The Harry Potter Book Night

“The stories we love best do live in us forever. ”
― J.K. Rowling

On February 6th fans of all ages and all over the world are celebrating Harry Potter, the author J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter novels, because of the Harry Potter Book Night.

In connection to this, ISGR library has prepared some activities. For about a week you can do:

· A Harry Potter quiz with 15 questions. If you take the quiz you will have the chance to win a book prize. (Three students will get a book prize.)

· Two coloring pages of badges representing student homes: Gryffindor and Hufflepuff.

· A Harry Potter word search.

For you who have not read the Harry Potter books yet, it is a loved fantasy series, as can be found in the ISGR library.  Here is the order of the books in the series. If you click at the links you can also find some information on each book title:

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The database World Book

ISGR has renewed its subscription to the database World Book. 

You access it through this library web page: https://lmcgotaberg.wordpress.com/

In the right menu bar you have a list of Databases.

Scroll down that list til the end, where you find World Book.

Click at that and you will arrive to the starting page.

From here you can choose what World Book product to enter.

The most used products are Student where you can do research and Ebooks containing easily accessible, full length non fiction and fiction books.

You can access World Book from home via a login that is common for everybody at ISGR Campus Götaberg. Please ask your school librarian Elin about this. Hope you will find this resource useful!

Why World Book?

World Book is designed for you in secondary school who are doing research. Here are some “quick facts” about World Book from the database providers (see below).

Please get in touch with the library if you have any questions.

  • The range of topics and features spans the curriculum to support a variety of subjects, grade levels, and research needs.
  • Find reliable information in a variety of sources for papers and projects.
  • Access to such primary source documents as presidential papers and Supreme Court decisions.
  • Look up definitions or learn parts of speech with the electronic dictionary.
  • Easily format citations in MLA, APA, and Harvard formats using the citation builder.
  • Look up answers for homework assignments.
  • Compare and contrast animals and places.
  • Organize thinking and outline ideas with printable graphic organizers.
  • Download pictures and videos to use in reports.

Stay informed with behind the headlines, current events, and world newspapers.

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2020 International Holocoust Rememberance Day

Today January 27th is the International Holocoust Rememberance Day. That is the date of when Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated and the ones still alive were freed. Six million Jews and millions of other victims died during the Holocaust.

Through history many other genocides have also happened: for example in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Often there are crisis, conflicts, national and global problems that trigger hostility and discrimination including violence. It can be based on religion, nationality, culture or any other reason for not accepting people for who they are.

Today is more important than ever to stand up when facing injusticies, no matter what people they target. This is to create a society that respect all people’s equal value and democracy. Because no genocide happens by itself. It is a process that lead forward to it, if not discrimination, racism, anti-semtism are checked. It often start with the opinion that some groups are superior and others inferior, and the view of “the others” as a unified group, that is being assigned negative traits.

Since the millenum shift, anti-Semitism has become increasingly evident in Sweden, Europe and other parts of the world. This is for example because conspiracy theories, propaganda and anti-Semitic messages have been increasingly spread and supported by nationalist, racist, extreme right-wing and extreme islamist trends.

So it is crucial that we learn from history and say no to all forms of racism. If prejudices, conspiration theories and hatred towards one group are accepted or apologized, then the risk of prejudice and hatred towards other groups increases.

To highlight the International Holocoust Remembrance Day, ISGR library Campus Götaberg display books on the Holocoust, massacres, racism and discrimination, both now and then.

This semester, on April 23rd grade 9 will also have an author talk by the Lithuanian American author Ruta Sepetys. Ruta has written a couple novels on Second World War theme. Those novels are survival stories bringing up geographic areas and topics that have not yet been so covered by history writers, because there were so many other things going on during the Second World War. What is special with Ruta’s novels are that a genuine and thorough research lies behind. Because of that, she has been the first American youth author having talked to the European Parliament.

In Between shades of gray in Swedish called Strimmor av hopp Ruta is writing about the deportation to Siberia of Baltic people, after the Soviet occupation. Salt to the sea in Swedish called Tårar i havet brings up an escape through East Prussia and what might be considered the biggest ship wreck in history, the one of MV Wilhelm Gustloff at the Baltic sea.

Both Ruta’s novels are popular in the library. Here are a couple film clips on those and the research behind.

Here is an excerpt from Salt to the Sea.

Here is also an author interview with Ruta Sepetys.

Forum för levande historia, an authority under the National Ministry of Culture, has also published a range of exhibitions on the theme of Holocoust. It contains materials about Jewish refugee children coming to Sweden during the 1930’s, genocides, Anne Frank, Raoul Wallenberg and more. Here you can find the link to the exhibitions. It is also possible to get the information read aloud.

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Library hacker. Workshop invitation

Xinyi You, a master’s student at the Academy of Crafts and Design, University of Gothenburg will do a library decoration project, Library hacker, at ISGR library, Campus Götaberg. She comes from China and is specializing at child culture design.
Xinyi will give five workshops during Thursday afternoons, at 15-16 in the ISGR library, during January til March. It will be for those students who are interested in library and / or design.
Xinyi and I hope that at least about 20 students will be interested in participating in the project. The result of the project will also be displayed bot in ISGR library and at the gallery at Valand in May. (Xinyi has got permission for that.)
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Author skype talk by Ruth Behar. On the novel Lucky broken girl

Yesterday, all students in MYP6, LGRM7 and MYP7 had an author talk with the Cuban American author Ruth Behar on her novel Lucky broken girl, within Creative School supported by the National Arts Council. In advance all students had read the chapter “The snowman” and many had also read the novel.

The author skype talk took place in the Aula. Since it took place in the afternoon Swedish time, and in the morning Eastern Standard Time, the students greated Ruth with: “Good morning!” Ruth then presented Lucky broken girl, a novel based on autobiographical content:

The novel takes place in the early 1960s in a multicultural neighborhood in New York. It is about Ruthie, who has emigrated from Cuba with her family. The family struggles to start a new life, since it has left everything behind at Cuba. They also try to adapt to a different language, climate, occupation, way of living, way of relate to each other and more. In the beginning Ruth felt sorry for her parents, and especially Ruth’s mom was longing to go back to Cuba. Luckily they had a relative that could help them though, Oncle Bill. Since he had been living in the U.S. during a longer time, Ruth’s family sometimes called him “The American”.

The family succeeds well in building a new life. Then they suffer from a terrible car accident. Ruthie gets seriously injured, so she has to stay in bed for about one year. The novel brings up the importance of resilience, hope, having friends and joys when life becomes hard.

After Ruth’s presentation the students got to ask questions.

How much in the book actually happened? Ruth answered that the novel contains a mix of reality and fiction. Otherwise it would be memoir, but much of the props for example is right.

Why did Ruthie want Gogo boots? Ruthie wanted them because they were very popular during the 1960s and she was very inspired by the song: “These boots are made for walkin’”. Ruthie thought that life would be so much better if she had them.

What was the first reaction when Bobbie and Clay took you outside? It was very exciting just to have the fresh air, freeze, sun, wind. If you haven’t experienced in seven months, it is amazing to do so again.

Is Ramu and Avik real people? Do you still have the necklace that Ramu gave you? In reality Ruth did not know Ramu and Avik that well, even if she wanted to. The necklace did not exist in reality. It is true though, that Avik fell out from the window and died. In Lucky broken girl, Ruth wanted to honor Avik’s memory.

What was it like to be in bed all the time? Ruth asked the students in return: How many of you have been in bed? You feel independent when someone needs to take care of you. You can’t go outside to play. You might feel angry, sad, crying. At the same time you get to know that there are a lot of people who care of you, say hello and entertain you. When Ruthie was in bed, there was no iPad or phone, so she read a lot of books, as her teacher brought her. Without the books, she is not sure that she would have survived.

Can you find any newspaper information about the accident? Yes it was published news about the accident in New York Times in 1966. Many people were involved and it was sad. The cars drove very fast. And my family might got more scared than others, because we were from Cuba and did not understand the language and did not know how people would take care of them.

What was it like missing school? I was home schooled. I worked hard with a tutor, that was the head of the other teachers. I did math, read history, newspapers and more.

Did the coping mechanisms help you in any way? Storytelling helped me a lot and to listen to grandmother’s stories, read books, draw and paint. That distracted me and made me happier.

What was the biggest fear when you were bedridden? I was afraid of not being able to walk, play, run. There was a lot of tears. I was also afraid that the leg would not feel the same. When I learned how to walk again, the hardest part was to get rid of the crutches. You should always be grateful for the ability to be movable.

Why did you move from Cuba? It was the parents’ decision to leave Cuba. The parents were not happy with political system. They could not have properties and business because the economy was so controlled. They were also afraid of losing their religious freedom. Therefore the parents left together with thousands of others. Ruth always returned to Cuba though, to get to know more about herself and her heritage, experience memories and more. In the initial version of Lucky broken girl, there were a lot more stories about Cuba. Ruth wishes that she had kept more of those in the novel, so it would have been more like “the director’s cut” and less like “the commercial cut”.

How did painting help you express yourself while you were bedridden? It was a source of comfort and way of express yourself. Frida Kahlo was a very important role model. She had several surgeries, spoke Spanish and painted.

What do you want the readers to feel when they read Lucky broken girl? Ideally they would go through all the feelings in the book: fear, sadness, empathy, joy, love, hope and more. If I would have to choose, hope is the most important. The message of the book is caring, to be kind to others.

Why did you choose to write a book on your own story? Because I went through it myself a long time ago. It was such a long time ago, so it is nearly not the same Ruth anymore. I was 10 years old. I also wanted to write down my memories of family and friends. I thought the story would be fun to tell and I wanted to remember New York in the 1960s. Therefore, the story came out natural.

How has the accident made an impact on your current life? I have had trouble running. I am not so athletic. I am very conscious about my body and not as energetic. I am still afraid of high speeds on high roads and I am not a good person to bring on long car roads.

In the book a song is mentioned: “These boots are made for walkin’”. I thought this was interesting and wondered more about what other music was popular at the time the book was set? The Monkees and The Beatles were popular. We also listened to The West Side Story, Cha-cha-cha music. At Ruth’s homepage, there is a place where you can listen to the soundtrack of Lucky broken girl.

What thoughts did you have during the accident? I was sleeping in my grandmother’s lap, in the back of the car, not wearing any seat belt. I flew towards the chairs. When I woke up, nobody was there. I was probably alone for just a few seconds, but it felt much longer than that. I was wondering: Why am I here? Then I wanted to get out of the car, but I could not, because my legs were in a strange angle.

What advices do you have for young writers? Become a good listener. Listen to what friends, family and neighbors say. Be present, not in a rush. Take time to enjoy. Keep notes, wherever you are and go. It can be good to write a diary and read as much as possible, to become aware of how different a story can be told. Other tips are to visit museums, look at art and tell stories.



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New issues of journals in French, German and Spanish

There are new issues of the three journals ISGR library subscribe to in modern languages, adapted for secondary school:

  • Bonjour (French)
  • Schuss (German)
  • Ahora (Spanish)

Please feel free to borrow issues of these journals!

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Winter reading challenges

The library has put together some Winter Reading Challenges. This is meant to encourage reading during the winter break, and has been asked for by students. The idea is to encourage reading for pleasure, because it does not only develop you as reader. It also help you to increase your vocabulary, general knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

The ISGR library offers winter loan from December 16th-January 31st. In connection to that, ISGR library arranges a winter reading challenge.

  • Do a book bingo
  • Take a Percy Jackson quiz
  • Read four books of your choice (dystopian novel, fantasy novel, biography or any other book) and fill in book reports for those along the way.

After you have completed the challenges, hand it in to your librarian Elin, no later than January 31st.

By the beginning of February you are welcome to pick up a book prize in the library.

Have a wonderful and well deserved vacation!


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