Book sale, Usborne Children’s Books

On October 10-11th (during the development talk days) there will be a book sale in ISGR library, Campus Götaberg.

The library will be visited by Yvonne Kennedy from Usborne Children’s Books, one of Europe’s leading publishing companies.

Yvonne will bring interesting and amazing fiction and non fiction books for secondary school students, and also books at different reading levels.

These books stimulate and challenge the kids to learn fascinating facts about complex topics and get new ideas, entertained and excited about books.

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Pocket study skills

In the end of the last school year, the library got a book series called: Pocket study skills.

These will probably be helpful for many students, so therefor the library will categorize them as reference loans, that is that you will only be able to read them in the library and not bring them home.

The titles are:

Reading & making notes by Jeanne Godfrey

Brilliant writing tips for students by Julia Copus

Getting critical by Kate Williams

Posters & presentations by Emily Bethell & Clare Milson

Doing research by Gary Thomas

Referencing & understanding plagiarism by Kate Williams & Mary Davis

The books will be placed near the handout for The Information Search Process, source criticism and more. At the same shelf there will also be added non fiction books on fake news, news values and more.


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J. K. Rowling is still too busy to do any skype interview with us

For the third year in a row, we tried to get hold of JK Rowling, since the students at ISGR really love her books, and have asked for an author skype talk with her.

ISGR library keep trying its best, but the response we get is still:

“Dear Elin,

Thank you for your email. We regret that due to Ms Rowling’s very busy schedule and the overwhelming number of similar requests she receives on a daily basis from all over the world, she is unable to do skype interviews.

We are sorry for this disappointing response.

Kind regards

Office of J. K Rowling”

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Paraphrases of artworks and Comments of a contemporary event

The ISGR library is currently hosting two exhibitions, made by students in Grade 9.

The first exhibition is made by LGRM 9. It consists of their final project in Art, in which they have made paraphrases on famous artwork that they have chosen themselves. Several students have chosen to paraphrase the artist René Magritte. The teacher has been Jennifer Hawkins.

The second exhibition is made by students from MYP9, and has been arranged by their teacher Ida Fastén. The students have painted and written poems based on the ongoing debate on the Swedish Academy, that is related to the Metoo debate. The students have made their own have made their own interpretations and comments.

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Jacqueline Woodson has been awarded the ALMA prize

Today, the American author Jacqueline Woodson will receive the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) Prize. The ceremony will take place in Stockolm at the Concert house at 18-19. From tonight you will be able to watch images and high-resolution videos from the ceremony in this pressroom:

Jacqueline Woodson

The prize was established by the Swedish government in 2002 and is the world’s largest children’s and youth literature award. It is based on the Children’s Convention and the children’s right to culture. The prize is handed out internationally, to authors regardless of language or nationality, as long as their work have got the highest artistic quality and is characterized by a humanistic spirit.

Who is Jacqueline Woodson then? She debuted in 1993 and has since written about thirty books for children and young people. In her books, she brings up such topics as invisibility, racism, segregation, prejudices and silence. She does so through focusing on people who has been marginalized and the purpose is to fill a gap in the literature. She does not to speak loud or become aggressive, but find a way to make people understand and change.

Here you can read more about Jacqueline Woodson:

Here are some titles by Jacqueline Woodson, represented in the library:

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Grade 8’s visits of the exhibition Together, at the World Culture Museum

For four days, MYP and LGRM students have visited the World Culture Museum and their exhibition Together to do a workshop on interpersonal relationships. The workshop leaders tried about the same arrangements for all student groups.

The students brainstormed what love can be. They showed each other love through writing nice comments about each other. After that, they looked at items a part of the exhibition, titled Collected stories, and pointed out objects explaining why those represented love.

After that, the students were divided into groups, and were sent to different part of the exhibition. The different parts of the exhibition addressed different themes: Living together, Fitting in, Understanding, Separating, Fighting and Making up, Dancing and Interaction. The task was to choose two items from your part of the exhibition, which represented love, and explained to the other group members why the item represented love and how the item was related to the theme of their part of the exhibition.

With some groups, a walking tour took place during the presentation. With some other groups, students used their iPhones, and showed their items with the help of a projector.

Children’s questions were put in focus and feelings you go through in everyday life: How does it feel to miss someone? When do you fit into a group? Is it just silly to have a quarrel or sometimes needed?

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Sexual cityzenship by Tommaso Milani

Today, ISGR received a visit by the Italian professor Tommaso Milani, who spoke about his work with gender issues in South Africa through discussing an incident that took place  in 2012

He brought up questions like what is pride? What is the difference between a parade and a march? He did so in the context of an activist group’s attempt to temporarily stop the yearly Pride parade in Johannesburg, South Africa through means of a die-in protest, resulting in resistance and violence on the part of the Pride participants.

One of his main points were that you need to apply an intersectional perspective that takes into account how gender and sexuality are closely linked to social class, race and ethnicity.

He showed a video on a protest in Johannesburg, and presented some photographic data and media reports. As a preparation before the visit, the students read about the One in Nine group at Facebook.

They also read the first 8 pages of the South African Constitution:

Here you can read Tommaso’s lecture: Sexual cityzenship GTB

Here is a video clip he showed us during the lecture.

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