Wednesday, 18 May 2016

West Lothian History

BBC 2 programme 'Scotland's first oil rush' presented by Professor Iain Stewart told the story of the shale oil industry in West Lothian. West Lothian was the home of the world's first true 'oil rush' when James "Paraffin" Young developed a process which refined lighting fuel from shale. As a result of this discovery West Lothian became the centre of the shale oil industry for nearly one hundred years and saw the population of the region boom. The huge success of the industry was not without it's tragedies - in 1947 an explosion at the Burngrange mine near West Calder saw the loss of 15 men.

If you would like to know about this period in the history of west Lothian copies of 'Shale voices' by Alasdair Findlay (who featured in the programme) are available for loan from the School Library.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Good Bye and Good Luck

I would like to wish all students in S6 the very best of luck in the future. Thanks to those who helped out in the Library especially Erin and Ruth. I will miss all of those students who spent all their study periods in the Library. You were a great year group! No matter what you do in life remember:
                 "The only thing you absolutely have to know,
                     is the location of the Library."    Albert Einstein
Remember this one as you move on!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Book Spine Poetry

One of the first year classes were doing some book spine poetry in the Library. Below are some of the poems/stories they made up using the titles of some fiction books.




Monday, 7 March 2016

Scholastic Book Club

Our new Scholastic Book Club is now up and running.
Go to Scholastic to browse the latest books and order online.
For every £1 you spend on books this month, our School Library will earn 20 pence in Scholastic rewards.
Leaflets are available in the School Library and from the English Department. you can also browse the selection online.
Please place your order by 29th March 2016. Book are delivered FREE to the school to Mrs Aitken the School Librarian who will then distribute.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day

On 27th January 1945 the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated and this date is used to remember all victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, and to honour the survivors of these atrocities.
There are many fiction books which have been set during the time of the Holocaust. We are probably most familiar with John Boyne's "The boy in the striped pyjamas" but there are many others available in the Library to try.
Now by Morris Gleitzman

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli

The Mozart question by Michael Morpurgo

The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne