Library’s new books thanks to Fandom Day

Fandom Day Books

These are the books we have been able to buy for the library from the money raised by the Fandom Day on 3rd February.  Huge thanks to the Year 8 School Council who organised the day.  The books ordered have all been selected from the Suggestions Box in the library.

Cecelia Ahern Visit, 30th March 2017

Cecilia Ahern Visit, March 2017

The award winning and worldwide bestselling author Cecelia Ahern came to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls yesterday, to launch her new novel for Young Adults, Perfect.  The visit was arranged by our Librarian, Mrs Hodgson who also conducted the interview.

The novel, the sequel to the hugely popular Flawed, concludes the story of Celestine North, a 17 year old, in hiding and on the run from the Guild, a court set up to rid the world of Flaws.  Her perfect life is ruined by the Guild when she herself is found Flawed and through the process she is forced to question everything about her life and the society she lives in.

It was fascinating to hear Cecelia’s inspiration for the story and her conviction that everyone should be allowed to make mistakes so that they can learn and grow.  She said “None of us are perfect. Let us not pretend that we are, or be afraid that we’re not”.

Cecelia revealed that the secret to her success lies in the fact that she always burns a Jo Malone candle when she writes.  She keeps office hours and handwrites everything in Bic biro!  A born story teller, Cecelia’s first (unpublished) novel was written at exactly the age of her audience, 14 years old, and was called Beans on Toast and a Bottle of Beer!  She advised the pupils to find something that they really loved to do and make that their work so that, like her, they could lead a life that they loved.

The pupils themselves were delighted to be able to meet such a successful author.  “It was really inspiring” said one girl, “I can’t wait get home and start reading”.

Library Activities

TED Talk Tuesdays

The programme for TED Talk Tuesdays which continue to be popular

  • Tuesday 28th February, 12.40pm – Why we have too Few Women Leaders by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Tuesday 14th March, 12.40pm – Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Ken Robinson
  • Tuesday 28th March, 12.40pm – How to speak up for Yourself by Adam Galinsky

The Graphic Novel Book Club

Lunchtimes on Day 1.

Avengers - Rage of UltronOn 27th February (12.45pm) we will be discussing the superhero comic Avengers: The Rage of Ultron

Beanbags for the library

Beanbags in the Library
Beanbags in the Library

We are extremely grateful to have received from the PTA, a set of Fatboy Point Beanbags for the library.  This has provided some much needed extra flexible seating for pupils.  Pupil Librarians chose the colours to fit in with the school colours and they chose well; the beanbags have added a touch of extra cheer to the space.

TED Talk Tuesday in the Glass Box

TED Talk Tuesday in the Glass Box

Tuesday 15th November, 12.40pm

TED Talk A Teen Just Trying to Figure it out Tavi GevinsonA Teen Just Trying to Figure it out

Tavi Gevinson (7:30)

15 year old Tavi Gevinson had a hard time finding strong, female teenage role models – so she built a space where they could find each other.  At TEDxTeen she illustrates how conversations on sites like Rookie, her popular web magazine, by and for teenage girls, are putting a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.

TED Talk - The Magic of Truth and Lies (and iPods) Marco Tempest

The Magic of Truth and Lies (and iPods)

Marco Tempest (5:07)

Using three iPods like magical props, Marco Tempest spins a clever and heartfelt meditation on truth and lies, art and emotion.



Tuesday 29th November, 12.40pm

TED - Science is for Everyone, Kids Included Beau Lotto & Amy O’ TooleScience is for Everyone, Kids Included

Beau Lotto & Amy O’ Toole (15:25)

What do science and play have in common?  Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks that all people, kids included, should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions.  He’s seconded by Amy O’ Toole who, along with her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by school children, about the Blackawton bees project.

Tuesday 13th December, 12.40pm

TED Talk - If I Should Have a Daughter by Sarah KayIf I Should Have a Daughter…

Sarah Kay (18:25)

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a TED Talk that inspired two standing ovations.

She tells the story of her metamorphosis from a wide eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project VOICE.