Exhibition on the love theme, summer reading tips and Digiflora

The library now is hosting a new exhibition: the products of grade 8’s work on the love theme. The students have created books dealing with the question what love is. This time, the exhibition is outside the library, since the library is currently full of book trolleys and textbooks. We apologize for that!


We would like to give you some book tips for summer reading. Below you can find some tips of what other students have borrowed during the summer and also some books on the love theme.

Are you interested in wild plants? The library has in cooperation with the science teacher Susanna Kertesz recently added a resource to identify plants growing in Sweden and the Nordic region: The Digiflora database. You can find it in the right menu bar below the heading Other resources. It is freely available and contains more than 1500 plants. It is run by the engineers Jan-Olof Nordenstam, Ulf Larsson and Ingmar Tönnby in cooperation with other professions.

Digiflora is available in English, Swedish, Danish and French and the names of plants in more languages than that. To use Digiflora you fill in information about the plant you have found and can get help to determine the name of it. The name is also available in Latin.

The library wishes all of you a very nice summer!

If you want to get in touch with the library during the summer you can always call 031-7089206 or send an e-mail to elin.wastlund@isgr.se. The library will only be closed the week 30-31.

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New book covers

MYP6 has recently completed a project in Swedish run by Ida Fastén where the students have read Swedish youth novels. In conclusion, they have written new blurbs for the back-covers of the novels, written reviews and created new book covers using the web-based design tool Canva. Most students have also written about and added photos picturing the authors of the novels.
Strikingly many students have chosen to work with Bert books, written by Sören Olsson and Anders Jacobsson. Now, you may wonder who Bert is if you do not know about him since before?
Bert is a guy interested in girls and football. He also plays electric bass in the pop/rock band Heman Hunters. In the books you can follow him from grade 6-9. The books are fun but also have serious undertones by addressing topics like a parent’s death, bullying, cancer etc.. Here you can read more and see what different Bert books are available. Most of them you can borrow in the school library: http://www.soren-anders.se/articles/articles/20140911/de-populara-bertbockerna


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Sculptures by 9A & 9B

9A and B have made mini-environments centered around a fence or a wall. They have been encouraged to produce grafitti, props and sculptural details to enhance the environment. From being a frontal image, many of their fences became truly three-dimensional, having a front and a back to view. The theme was grafitti but 9A and 9B took it a step further.

Jennifer Hawkins, Art Teacher, ISGR

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Author skype talk by Michael Buckley

Yesterday, ISGR had an author skype talk with Michael Buckley, residing in New York, The United States.

Michael told us about the way to become an author, his authorship and book series The Sisters Grimm, N.E.R.D.S and The Undertows series and also what it is like creating animated films.

The students were really talented, brave and asked great questions. Well done Rishi too, who dared to be the first out among the students. Michael Buckley was very talkative and entertaining. Gave very good tips to us regarding reading, writing and doing research. He inspired us a lot and gave a detailed, grounded and somewhat unexpected picture of what it means to be an author and create animated films. Everyone seemed very pleased when they left the talk.

All Michael Buckley’s books have been bought in and can be borrowed in the school library. Thanks to the IT technicians Dick and Martin who helped us to set up the technical equipment, Tamara who did a great job as the moderator of the skype talk and all other people being involved and preparing for this unique, interesting and enriching event!

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How much do you know about “Don Quijote de La Mancha”?

“En un lugar de La Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme…” – or “In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind…” – is the beginning of this hallmark of the Spanish literature which any Spaniard will be able to tell you by heart, and if they are from La Mancha as well – like the cheese and myself – probably a bit more than just that.

The importance of “Don Quijote” resides mainly in that in its time, the early seventeenth century, it was a very new piece of writing that told a different story of what people were used to and in a very different way and, just like we all do with past fashion trends, it criticises and mocks the old literature topics and characters. This “old literature trend” was the chivalry novels, those where a knight in shining armour rescued a damsel in distress, slayed the dragon and lived happily ever after a perfect life with his perfect lady. “Don Quijote” is considered the first modern novel ever written in Spanish, among other reasons because it is not a chivalry novel; but how come can it not be if Don Quijote is a knight? Well, that is the best part of it. “Don Quijote”, or Alonso Quijano, is a middle aged single man who loves reading chivalry novels to the point that he becomes obsessed with them and goes crazy. For this reason, one night he decides to name himself a knight, adopting the name of “Don Quijote”. He also gives his skinny horse a powerful name – Rocinante – and putting on an old armour of his grandfather’s he goes looking for adventures in the Spanish region of La Mancha.  The novel tells his adventures, which hardly ever end up well – you only have to imagine that happening just now – and are obviously very funny to read.

In Spain, “Don Quijote de La Mancha” has been reproduced in many ways. There are children books – my favourite with real pictures of La Mancha and with the characters drawn over them –, comic books,  unabridged editions, theatre plays, films, and even a TV cartoon series that all of is watched when we were children. It has also been a source of inspiration for songs, films, etc. Moreover, there is a route called “Ruta del Quijote” that you can take if you happen to go to La Mancha, where a guide takes you to the real places where the main character and his sidekick Sancho Panza experience their adventures.

On the International Book Day, the novel is read in Spain on a public stand throughout three whole days in the “Círculo de Bellas Artes”, in Madrid, by important politicians and many different personalities in the fields of literature and the arts. We celebrate the novel on this day not only because of what it means for the literature in Spanish, but also because its author Miguel de Cervantes died the 23rd of April of 1616, the same date as William Shakespeare.

I attach some pictures of the most famous places that appear in the novel and a comic strip easy-to-read version, so that you can get a taste of it; and if you feel like sharing the privilege of having read “Don Quijote”, you can find it in the school library!

Gema Ginés Navas

The original front page with it original title “The Wittie Knight-Errant Don Quijote of La Mancha”.

The map of Spain, where the darker grey area is the Autonomous Region of Castilla – La Mancha and the red part is the geographical region of La Mancha.

Windmills in Consuegra, Toledo. In his delusion, Don Quijote sees giants instead of windmills and tries to fight them. This is the most famous of his adventures.

Don Quijote and Sancho Panza in the TV series, with the windmills behind.


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Reading Week

Right now the Reading Week is going on in the school building and the library. Every day there are new activities coming up:

  • Tuesday: Book recommendations and fika
  • Wednesday: Book swap day
  • Thursday: Taste of the read out loud shelf. Come listen to some story telling!
  • Friday: Poetry workshop. Haiku writing.

Students can also during the whole week visit the library to do some crafts, for example making their own bookmarks, create a character cube and more.

During this week we also encourage teachers to begin each lesson with reading aloud or together with the students for 5-10 minutes. Sharing text you like yourself is a good way of inspiring other. It can be quotes, news articles, comic strips, interviews, poetry or whatever. The aim is to encourage all types of reading. In connection with reading week the library initiate the shelf Read Aloud, requested by teachers, where you can find several titles suitable for reading aloud. Below you can find some examples.

What characterizes a good Read Aloud book?
Among other things, the book has a good language, and not too long chapters. The book has an engaging content that stimulates discussion. It is a book that you probably would not have got in touch with otherwise. It broadens your reading repertoire and provide a common experience for those who read the book together. You’ll quickly get into the action and be able to identify yourself with the main characters.
Tip: Reading aloud can increase calm and concentration. You can gain insight into how other people think and feel and get perspective on your own life.“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” /George R. R. Martin, author of A Dance with Dragons.


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Happy Easter!/Glad Påsk!

It is the last day of term and the sun is shining in the library. For the past few weeks the library has had materials out for students to make Easter cards and decorations in their breaks. It has been very popular and here are some of the things that students have made.


Don’t worry if you missed out. After the Easter break, it will be Reading Week in the library. We have a number of activities planned, including making your own bookmarks, a bookswap and much more.

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