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Fierce Literary Females – Bec’s Top 20 October 29, 2017

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As part of Women’s Health Month at my school, I was asked to compile a list of books about women, for women, by women.
I created a bunch of book lists shareable by QR codes and wheeled in a trolley of great books along with my trust Destiny phone app. Whilst we all ate, drank, laughed and celebrated women, I also nerded out on pushing beloved titles into people’s hands. I managed a few “sales” so I was happy 🙂


People often ask me what and who I love in the literary world. My favourite female of all time is, and most likely, always will be, the mighty, MIGHTY Hermione.
She is all I aspired to be as a kid (despite not reading the series until I was in my late teens) and who I hope I am raising in my own mighty girl.

If you need some inspiration for fabulous females, check out my very favourite phenomenal authors and characters across a variety of genres.

These books are in no particular order of favouritism because that would be unfair – I love them all for such different reasons. The only thing they have in common is fierce female characters who have inspired and moved me profoundly.

Of course I will have missed SO MANY so go ahead and comment on this post to remind me of the fabulous women I have left off!

Ask me about any of them, PLEASE, I relish the chance to talk about them.

  1. Room by Emma Donoghue
  2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  3. The Red Tent by Anita Diament
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  5. Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  6. Matilda by Road Dahl
  7. Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  9. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
  10. A Rose for the Anzac Boys by Jackie French
  11. People of the Book by Geraldine Brookes
  12. Anything by Marian Keyes (I simply cannot choose one. They are all brilliant.)
  13. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
  14. The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
  15. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  16. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (first one is the best though…)
  17. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
  18. Saving the World by Isabella Allende
  19. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  20. Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
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Study visit: British school in China September 20, 2014

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Students in Grade 2 – 5 are the predominate users of this library however children aged 3 to 6 are also catered for with weekly lessons given by a visiting TL who is based on a separate campus.

Now that the library is staffed with a qualified TL who promotes the space as a learning hub, students are slowly becoming more frequent users of the library for services other than pleasure reading. Explicit information literacy teaching and hosting literature based events are new and developing facets of this library’s services. 

A more developed AV and database collection would be beneficial for this school.

It is a sad indictment on the previous librarian and the philosophy of the school that this library utilises almost no technology.

The library faces substantial challenges in internet access due to the Board’s refusal to pay to circumvent the government firewall.

Locally sourced resources are the responsibility of the already time-strapped TL and library aide which means piles of books litter the staff work area.

Literature based events are held weekly and library displays are now stretching into the corridors of the school, sending a clear inclusion message.

 

This small space started out as the TL's first teaching space but she has since migrated to where the large screen TV is situation so she can utilise the document camera into her lessons.

This small space started out as the TL’s first teaching space but she has since migrated to where the large screen TV is situation so she can utilise the document camera into her lessons.

 

The shelves are too tall for the young kids but they have a good collection of fiction resources. As the school uses a British curriculum, there is a heavy emphasis on British writers.

The shelves are too tall for the young kids but they have a good collection of fiction resources. As the school uses a British curriculum, there is a heavy emphasis on British writers.

The TL is working diligently training a core group of upper primary students as Junior Librarians. Learning to reshelve correctly is their number one job!

The TL is working diligently training a core group of upper primary students as Junior Librarians. Learning to reshelve correctly is their number one job!

One of the (many) things that drives the TL crazy is the complete and utter lack of storage space. This circulation desk area is a mess because there just isn't anywhere to put anything out of view!

One of the (many) things that drives the TL crazy is the complete and utter lack of storage space. This circulation desk area is a mess because there just isn’t anywhere to put anything out of view!

I squeezed my body into one of these and chilled out with a book. They don't really match the rest of the library decor but they are pretty cool.

I squeezed my body into one of these and chilled out with a book. They don’t really match the rest of the library decor but they are pretty cool.

As with most international schools in Beijing, there is a large Korean population whose information needs have to be met.

As with most international schools in Beijing, there is a large Korean population whose information needs have to be met.

The NF is in a mess! The only way the TL can cope with the disorder is to tackle a shelf at a time, knowing that soon, SOON, it will be right!

The NF is in a mess! The only way the TL can cope with the disorder is to tackle a shelf at a time, knowing that soon, SOON, it will be right!

Getting kids to be interested in the library is of top priority. Competitions seem to be working in this regard.

Getting kids to be interested in the library is of top priority. Competitions seem to be working in this regard.

The collection speaks volumes (!) about what clientele is served in the library.

The collection speaks volumes (!) about what clientele is served in the library.

 

 
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