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Unfortunately, the library is closed from Wednesday 20th until Tuesday 25th due to CAT testing. This means that under NO CIRCUMSTANCE should you use the library nor should you walk through

Mrs.Davidson's Persuasive Essay Links

Topic 1 - America needs to change it's gun laws today.

Suggested essay plan:
  1. Introduction - What is the picture in the USA - why do they need to change gun laws? 
    1. New York Times article compares gun deaths in US to other countries.
    2. Everytown for Gun Safety has a running total and more information on School Shootings in the USA since 2013.
  2. Particular example - Sandy Hook Elementary. Why didn't America change then after that shooting?
    1. Article from The Guardian about the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting
    2. This article from the BBC talks about why Obama couldn't change gun laws even after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
  3. Similar international example - Dunblane Primary plus what the UK government did about it.
    1. Article from The Independent on the Dunblane Primary shooting here in Scotland (it also talks about the actions taken by the government as a response).
  4. Widen up the argument - how does US response gun violence compare to elsewhere in the world?
    1. NBC report on Port Arthur massacre (includes comparison to USA)
  5. Example of a country similar to US who managed to change gun culture
    1. John Oliver's video on gun control in Australia (you can view the transcript if you don't want to watch it again).
    2. Guardian article about who Australian guns laws have stopped mass shootings. 
  6. Conclusion.

Topic 2 - Everyone should become a vegetarian to help save the planet.

Suggested essay plan:

Introduction - Meat production cannot be sustained - impact on planet
Meat production vs. plants - drain on water resources/ impact on waterways
Meat production vs. plants - strain on available land/ destruction of habitiat
Meat production vs. plants - greenhouse gas emmisions

Guardian article: There's a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you think. - George Monbiot

Additional resources can be found via Independence Issues and Complete Issues in book form or online (see notice board beside reference for the usernames and passwords)

Thank You!

Another year is drawing to a close and another batch of amazing young people are heading off to pastures new. So it's time for me to say a massive thanks to the library monitors who give up their free time to help make JYHS Library almost as fabulous as Steven.

As our Head Monitor once said 
"Everyone's experience in this library is uniquely different. Each and everyone of us come in here not as pupils or as friends, but as a collective. An exclusive club to only those brave enough to pick up a pen and fill out the form."

Thanks for being brave enough!

JYHS Library Annual Sponsored Readathon

30 pupils joined Mrs.Wilson in the Library for the 2nd Annual Readathon. 
Over the course of 12 hours they read 114 books.
So far nearly £200 has been raised for the school library and that number is set to grow as sponsorship money is collected. 
 Many thanks to all the pupils for taking part and the Senior Leadership Team who supported the event and stayed on in school until after 8pm to allow us to run it.

LGBTQ* resources online

It's not just books in the library that can help LGBTQ* pupils and their supporters (remember to look for the rainbow on the spine). All of these sites offer support and information about LGBTQ*.

Equality Network
A national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland.

Scottish Trans Alliance
An Equality Network project to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society.

UK Trans Info
A national charity focused on improving the lives of trans and non-binary people in the UK.

Provides sexual health and wellbeing services for trans* people, their partners and friends.

Terrence Higgins Trust
Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is part of the UK’s largest and leading HIV and sexual health charity.

Beyond the Binary
An online magazine for UK Non-Binary People.

Sexual Orientation for the Genderqueer Person
One of many helpful articles from blogger, activist, educator and artist Sam Killermann on 'it's pronounced Metrosexual'.

Gender Queer and Non-Binary Identities
Information, and resources for genderqueer, non-binary, questioning, and gender non-conforming people and their allies.

The Body Is Not An Apology
Radical self love for everybody and every body.

UK LGBTQ* charity. They also produce education resources.

Gender Wiki: Neutrois
Article on Gender Wiki about Neutrosis (a non-binary gender identity).

A curated list of resources and other websites relevant to those who identify as Neutrosis or want to learn more.

Androgyne Online
A curated online resource for those who identify as androgynous or want to know more.

Transitioning While Non-BinaryExcellent article by West Anderson on The Body Is Not an Apology.

This list was provided by Luca Fois, a student at University of Strathclyde MSc Library and Information Studies, is looking into LGBTQ* materials availability in Scottish high school libraries.

Harry Potter Day

For one day only JYHS Library was taken over by Hogwarts for a magical Harry Potter themed day. 37 pupils joined Mrs.Wilson for the day which included a sorting ceremony, potions class, dueling, butterbeer, creating a patronus, divination and quidditch.
As usual cosplay was a big part of the fun with Ron, Harry, Hedwig, Newt and many more joining us for the day.

Thanks to the pupils and staff who helped make the day such a success - role on SciFi Con next year!

May the 4th be with you

Are people who love Star Wars weird? Erso no! Yoda best if you love Star Wars. I cantina believe not everyone feels the same. Why Anakin’t we just all agree that it offers many great lessons.

Luke-ing at my life through the lens of Star Wars I can C3P0 many ways it has influenced me. I just can’t Leia it alone, I know you might think I’m a bit of a Windu bag for going on about it but Star Wars is a Rey of sunshine in my life. I’ve loved it since birth and I’m not gonna Bail on it now.

It would be a Grievous error to go a Kylo-ng time without watching at least the original trilogy. The new movies are K2 exciting, Sidious-ly it’s become as much a part of my winter season as Christmas. Rogue One did leave me with heart Palpantine-ations but that ending really Lando-ed well. I can’t Sith an end to the current production either which is BB-8 news.

Everything is better with Star Wars even food Andor drink can be made Star Wars themed. Even if you are a Poe student you can make pool noodle lightsabers. They are a tauntaun of fun, Hans down the most fun you can have with a pool noodle and some duct tape. Then you can go down in a Baze of lightsabre glory.

Comics for Gamers

Up to Four Players - a webcomic about Tabletop Gamers.

Awkward Zombie  and webcomics - both poke fun at the more ridiculous elements for your favourite video games.

A Tale of Two Rulers by Lorraine (@figmentforms) is a webcomic based on the Legend of Zelda.

Want more free comics? Sign up for Comics Plus Library Edition! Just ask Mrs. Wilson for your library user ID number.

Mr.Holt's S3 Sugar Tax Links

Aim: to get a better understanding of the effects of sugar, and the reasons for and against a tax on it.

Outcome: to have 5 or 6 points and quotations about the health effects of sugar and reasons for and against a sugar tax.

How Mexico Took on the Soda Giants - The Guardian

Why is Sugar so Addictive - BBC 

Sugar Free Check App

Sugar Tax Would Work - BBC

Sugar Health Threat Underestimated - The Guardian  

Jamie Oliver Calls for 20% Sugar Tax on Fizzy Drinks - City AM

Sugar Tax Debate - City AM

Mrs. Hart - Shark Attack

•Information piece about the three types of unprovoked shark attacks. Entitled ‘Why Sharks Attack’
•Persuasive piece about why you think sharks should be protected or indeed why not! Entitled ‘Sharks – Persuasive Essay’
•Discursive about both points of view on the following topic, entitled…“Do Sharks Deserve their reputation as killers?”

Ms. McKeown's Christmas Traditions

Bet You Didn't Know! Christmas Traditions video

27 Winter Holiday Traditions

Father Christmas isn't the only festive character, we looked at these other options from around the world:

Iceland - Jólakötturinn (Yule Cat), Gryla and Yule Lads (Jólasveinar)

Sweden - The Gävle Goat

Germany - Krampus and Belsnickel

Spain - Tio de Nadal, Caganer and Olentzero

Netherlands - Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet

Wales -  Mari Lwyd

Russia - Ded Moroz

Italy -  La Befana

Greece - Kallikantzaroi

Latvia -  Mummers

Mental Wellbeing Resources

JYHS Library now stocks a range of mental wellbeing books - look for an apple on the top of the spine or just ask Mrs.Wilson to point you in the right direction. The books offer support not just for those suffering with poor mental health but also for those trying to support them.

Included in the collection is the excellent - 'I had a Black Dog' by Matthew Johnstone which deals with depression.

There are also a range of resources you can access online:

Mood Gym - free online course to help you identify the issues and overcome them.

The Mix - information and support for anyone on mental health.

BBC Advice - information and suggestions for support for good mental health.

Stress and Anxiety in Teenagers - NHS tool to help you deal with stress and anxiety

Living Life to the Full - helping you to help yourself deal with depression, stress and anxiety

Breathing Space - support for anyone is Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.

Action on Depression - Scotland's national charity for depression

Winston's Wish - offer support for children and young people dealing with bereavement

BEAT - beating eating disorders

For parents or staff - MindEd offers a free resource to help give you confidence in supporting and identifying young people struggling with mental ill health. Pooky Knightsmith's blog also has some things to help staff.

For those looking to change the perception of mental health or change the way you were treated:
See Me Scotland - campaign to end mental health discrimination
Young Minds - The voice for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

UK charity Fixers may also be able to help you advocate about anything you think is important.

Mrs.Wilson's Crime Selection

Looking for some holiday reading? Why not try a crime.

1. Agatha Christie - Nemesis
Ok so all Christie is well worth a read but this Miss Marple is a classic of the Christie cannon. A dead man sends Miss Marple a letter with instructing her to investigate a crime but fails to tell her who, where and when the crime was committed.

2. Alexander McCall Smith - The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
A captivating read which transports you to a different pace and way of thinking. Precious Ramotswe is Botswana's only female detective. Wayward daughters, curious conmen and philandering partners are her usual fare but this time the case of a missing child proves to be far more sinister.

3. Christopher Brookmyre  - Quite Ugly One Morning
A witty, face-paced crime set in Edinburgh and the dialogue is a real joy to read. Journalist Jack Parlabane stumbles over a corpse while nursing a hellish hangover and determines to solve the murder himself.

4. Ira Levin -A Kiss Before Dying
An award winning modern classic, it's a suspenseful tale which is a thrill to read. When Dorothy falls pregnant while still in college, the fear of her family discovering the truth and disinheriting her a very real threat. However, her handsome young beau, has the answer a few pills that would mean no baby - and perhaps no Dorothy either.

5. M.C.Beaton - Death of a Gossip
Well crafted and easy to read, the Hamish Macbeth series make and excellent lazy Sunday read. This is the first in the series and sees Lochdubh's Police Sergeant - Hamish Macbeth try to solve the murder of the town's gossip who was sharing secrets about nearly everyone.

Ms Dewar suggests the Dublin Murder Squad books by Tana French - they're a series but they don't all have the same police in them so they work as stand alones or in any order.

Mrs.Kerr (pupils support) recommends David Baldacci who writes thrillers with a crime element.

Mr.Toman suggests The City and The City by China Miéville which combines weird fiction with a police procedural.

(NB: these are all from the adult fiction section)