New e-books available on VLeBooks

We have recently added a selection of new titles to the VLeBooks e-book platform.VLebooks e-book catalogue

You can read the books online – via the e-Library through a browser on your laptop, PC, iPad etc.

Login with your usual wellington user name (password wellington)

App – use the VLeBooks  app on your android or iPhone or iPad. (For this you need to create an Adobe account. This is quick and easy to do just follow the instructions online)

New e-books:

  • Particularly for staff – “How to Lead” by Jo Owen
  • For Horowitz fans read his latest in the “Power of Five” series – “Oblivion” (also available in the Library in print form)
  • “15 Days without a Head” by Dave Cousins.   Nominated for the Berkshire Book Award by young people around the county. Always moving but often hilarious and peppered with surreal moments. “Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it’s not easy when your mum is a depressed alcoholic, and your six-year-old brother thinks he’s a dog.”
  • From the PE Top Ten reads – Mind Games: Inspirational Lessons from the World’s Biggest Sports Stars”
  • From the Biology Top Ten list – “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins
  • Guinness Book of Records 2013
  • If Poetry a treasury of poems for almost every possibility (also available on the iPads)
  • “Alan M Turing” by Sara Turing. ” To commemorate the centenary of Turing’s birth, this re-publication of his mother’s biography is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan’s older brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography reveals tensions and sheds new light on Turing’s relationship with his family, and on the man himself.”
If you need help or more information ask the Librarians!


Bali’s Books for Christmas Reading

Calling all 3rd and 4th form

We are excited to announce that Bali Rai, writer of young adult books will be visiting us on Monday 25th February 2013. This seems a long way off now but it is the first day back after the half-term break so we need to be ready.

Bali writes thought-provoking, engrossing books and doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects. Many of his books are set in multicultural Britain. “Killing Honour” tackles the subject of honour killings and “Rani and Sukh” is an Asian version of Romeo and Juliet. His latest book “Fire City” is a very different style –  one for fantasy fans – a dystopian fantasy with teenage protaganists fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

We have a good selection of his books in the library so why not take a book out for the Christmas holidays? Who wants to get out of bed on a cold winter’s day when you could just reach out a hand, grab a book and stay warm and comfortable?

Have a browse of the pinterest board to see the range of his books and come and collect one from the library. We welcome feedback and if you enjoy the book why not request to attend one of his sessions in February and hear more about his work?

If anyone wants to help organise the event – show Bali around college, plan what you want out of the sessions, introduce our author please get in touch with Mrs Atherton in the library.

Of course I don’t approve of bribery but chocolate flows freely in the library at Christmastime! Celebrations! Celebrations! Celebrations!


Just 4 days left to nominate books for World Book Night by August 31!

Read any good books over the Summer? Enthusiastic about sharing them with others? World Book Night is seeking book nominations for the 2013 list

There are only 4 days left to tell us the ten books you’d most like to see featured in World Book Night 2013 (though if you just want to nominate one or a couple that’s fine too!). We’ve had thousands of nominations already and you can see the current top 10 and the full current top 100 as it constantly evolves – what do you think of it so far?

The current WBN Top 10

  • To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  •  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  •  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  •  Birdsong  by Sebastian Faulks

See the full top 100 list here

World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading which takes place on 23rd April. 20,000 volunteers give away half a million books within their communities.


Summer Reading Suggestions

What a joy – the summer holidays – a chance to catch up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read!

Here are some places to visit for suggestions:

Top Ten Reads  For each subject you will find 10 top reads.  The lists are graduated: each subsequent read is more challenging than the last.  Start at the beginning and aim to read all 10.  Each menu also suggests some journals or magazines you might find interesting, particularly if you are thinking of reading that subject at university.

Here’s a fun infographic on summer reading ideas. Follow the flowchart to explore a mix of classics and contemporary books, fiction and non-fiction. 101 book suggestions.


Read online: Browse the Public Library online shelves from the e-library and read an e-book.


Here is our Delicious Book Recommendation stack – plenty of book ideas, reviews, author interviews and book trailers to inspire you.




One for the boys  – one of the links in our Book Stack is the website “Literature for Lads” – crammed with reading ideas and reviews.