April is Almost Here!

With April swiftly approaching we have set up our library displays to celebrate Poetry and Jazz Appreciation Month (J.A.M). April is also Drop Everything and Read Month (D.E.A.R). Here are just a few books on our shelves:

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The TED2015 conference in 30 quotes

TED Blog

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TED2015 featured more than 90 speakers, and more than 20 hours of talks. We turned our perceptions inside-out, saw some new technology, traveled to space more than once, heard astounding life stories, learned about unusual materials, rethought artistic expression and contemplated the divides of society, with an eye toward ending injustice.

In the end, this collection of quotes seems to encapsulate the incredible breadth of this conference. Enjoy.

“Being a scientist is like being an explorer. You have this immense curiosity, this stubbornness, this resolute will that you will go forward no matter what other people say.” —Sara Seager

“I’ve learned about the poetry and the wisdom and the grace that can be found in the words of people all around us when we simply take the time to listen.”—Dave Isay

“I believe that beauty is a basic service.” —Theaster Gates

“We’re trapped on this very thin slice of…

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Prep Talk Participation Form

As the end of the 2014-2015 school year approaches, we want to use the remaining time as a period for reflection. Regardless of whether this is your first or last year at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, many of you have seen and done things that you never thought possible. The lessons gathered from these experiences have helped you develop into the men you are today. We ask you to please share your stories of growth with your fellow Prep Hawks by participating in The Prep Talk event on April 30th, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

Complete the Who Am I? participation form in order to give a speech. All forms should be emailed or handed to Miss Counts in McShain Library. Miss Counts can be emailed at ccounts@sjprephawks.org.

The forms can be found below:

1) PrepTalkflyer

2) Prep Talk Participation Form

Lifehacker’s 100 Most Useful Websites

Lifehacker.com is a valuable resource for those trying to find innovative, efficient ways to complete life’s everyday tasks. Today they posted an article that describes the 100 most useful websites on the internet. The websites listed can be used to complete a project or pass the time. Click on the following link to see the list. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/the-100-most-useful-websites-the-internet.html?mid=20150318&ref=mail&uid=373780&feq=daily.

Learn About the New iWatch

In April of 2015 Apple is set to release the iWatch for public consumption. Read the following articles to learn more about this groundbreaking device.

1)  http://www.techradar.com/news/portable-devices/apple-iwatch-release-date-news-and-rumours-1131043

2) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/technology/apple-smartwatch-and-bigger-iphones-to-be-introduced.html

3) http://www.apple.com/watch/

New Month, New Books

Hey, Prep Hawks!

March has finally arrived and so have three new books at McShain Library. Yeah! Get excited! Take at look at what we have received.

Students, please keep in mind that all books in McShain Library are available for checkout. We love when you guys check out books!


1) American Sniper by Chris Kyle (Autobiography)

Used as the basis for the award winning film American Sniper, Chris Kyle recounts his experience as a U.S. Navy Seal with the most recorded kills in American history.

2) Profiles in Courage by JFK (Historical, Biography)

Winner of the 1957 Pulitzer Prize, John F. Kennedy depicts the lives of eight extraordinary American Senators who defied  the majority by following their convictions.

3)The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright (Historical Fiction)

In order to provide for their family, Sang Ly and Ki Lim are forced to scavenge through Cambodia’s largest municipal waste dump for recyclables. With a chronically ill child to care for, life cannot possibly get any harder for the two. However, the discovery of a well-hidden secret about an unjust rent collector has the potential to change the family’s fortune.

Books to get you ready for TED2015

TED Blog

T15_index_r2Counting the days ’til TED2015? Yeah: we are, too. Before the conference begins on March 16, dive into a great book written by one of our speakers.

Books from speakers in Session 1, “Opening Gambit”

National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, by David Rothkopf. The foreign policy specialist examines the way U.S. leaders have coped with our unprecedented state of vulnerability, threat and crisis.

Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours, by Marina Abramovic. A catalogue of works from throughout the legendary performance artist’s career.

Books from speakers in Session 2, “What Are We Thinking?”

Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel, by Jason Padgett. Ever since a violent mugging, Padgett has seen the world in a completely new way. In this book, he explains how his brain injury gave him an unusual perspective.

Automotive Lighting and Human Vision, by…

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New Book Arrivals!!!

Students, it is that time of the month!!! The Junior Library Guild has sent a new shipment of books to McShain Library. Take a look at some of the titles we received:


1) The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp (Fantasy/ Historical Fiction)

2) Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti (Science Fiction/ Action)

3) V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel/ Science Fiction)

4) The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (Fantasy/Graphic Novel/ Asian Literature))

5) In Darkness by Nick Lake (Historical Fiction)

6) Reality Boy by A.S. King (Contemporary/Realistic Fiction)

7) Press Play by Eric Devine (Contemporary/Realistic Fiction)

8) The Shining by Stephen King (Horror)