#PopUpLibrary week started with the #66 spinner looking as if it were about to be kidnapped.
A couple of boys asked what the ransom was and we jokingly replied it was that all the books must be borrowed and read. After that it was off to the PE Centre where we set up in the reception area. Both copies of Fire and Fury were soon issued.
On Wednesday we popped up in The Laboratory, the newest building on campus. We set up between the George Farha Auditorium and the James Caird Hall and gave top billing to Stephen Hawking’s books after the sad news of his passing. Unsurprisingly, his works were soon snapped up by borrowers, as were many fiction titles including classics from our #42 Reading List and Alex Wheatle’s Crongton series.
Thursday saw us rolling our trolleys and #66 spinner into the Lord George Building. We added some politics and economics titles to the selection of books and enjoyed some interesting conversations about books people were already reading (and enjoying) as well as lending more, including Gut by Giulia Enders – a book enthusiastically recommended by Mr Rowney. To add to the Library vibe of our little pop-up, Solomon and Toby settled in to do some prep.
On Friday we decided to leave the spinners behind and set up in the Christison Hall with a selection of titles which drew crowds at break time. We could hardly issue books quickly enough! The #Summoner series was borrowed, as were a number of the Master’s recommendations of OA writers – including the C.S. Forester mystery The Pursued.
Over the 4 pop-ups, we were able to make 116 new issues, lots of renewals and scoop up some returns too. Best of all, we were able to showcase and talk about the great collection of fiction and non-fiction books that all staff and students have access to here in the Wodehouse Library.
Many thanks to our wonderfully helpful Pupil Librarians and Prefects: Rohan, Francesco, Luke, Jackson, Felix, Paul, Edward, Sami, Tom, Sam, Solomon, Lucas, Oscar and Harry.
Special thanks also to all the Site Officers who shifted equipment about for us and grateful thanks to everyone who held open doors and made way for us as we rolled around the campus.
Fingers crossed for more #PopUpLibrary adventures in the Summer Term 🙂
Look out for the Wodehouse Library #PopUpLibrary at morning break and lunchtime in these locations this week:
- Tuesday – PE Centre
- Wednesday – The Laboratory
- Thursday – Lord George Building
- Friday – Christison Hall.
We’ll have the #42 and #66 Reading List books, staff recommendations, lots of goodies from our fiction and non-fiction collections and we’re bringing the #ReturnsBox with us too so you can give back anything you’ve finished.
The Wodehouse Library got out and about last week, popping up in different parts of the school.
With the aim of encouraging boys and staff to #readmore we gathered up a small part of the Wodehouse Library collection (based on recommendations from tutors, reading lists and popular loans) and took it into 4 different locations around the school campus.
Books could be borrowed, renewed, reserved and returned and it was heartening that so many browsers and borrowers stopped by. We had some good chats about what people are currently reading and what they’re looking forward to reading too. A lot of smiles as well (sometimes after an initial ‘huh?!’ moment to see us in unexpected places!), which was great.
Many thanks to everyone who supported us last week, to all the pupil librarians who helped out and happy reading to all our borrowers!
The Wodehouse Library is hitting the road this week!
With a carefully chosen selection of titles from the collection, you will find us in pop-up form at morning breaks and lunchtimes in various locations around campus:
- Tuesday = PE Centre
- Wednesday = Lord George Building
- Thursday = The Laboratory
- Friday = Christison Hall.
You will be able to borrow, renew, return and reserve items as normal. The pop-ups will have a member of library staff and some volunteers helping out so do come and take a look, say hello and choose a book.
The Erasmus Essay Prize 2017 reading list is now available in the Wodehouse Library.
We are happy to order on demand any of the titles from the list that are not currently available in the Wodehouse collection. Below you will find links to the web based material:
- Luke Mastin, Moral Relativism: http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_moral_relativism.html
The Concept of Evil
- Sheri Fink, Playing God: http://www.radiolab.org/story/playing-god/
- Hank Green, Crash Course: The Problem of Evil #13: https://youtu.be/9AzNEG1GB-k
- Peter Millican, Making Sense of Free Will and Moral Responsibility: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/74-making-sense-free-will-and-moral-responsibility
- Philip Zimbardo, The Psychology of Evil: https://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil
The Logical Problem & Responses
- Hank Green, Crash Course: Metaethics #32: https://youtu.be/FOoffXFpAlU
- George Hrab, Rethinking Doubt: the Value and Achievements of Scepticism: https://youtu.be/orSjZaeyISI
- Peter Millican, Scepticism about the External World: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/41-scepticism-about-external-world
- Peter Millican, Possible Answers to External World Scepticism: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/42-possible-answers-external-world-scepticism
The Evidential Problem & Responses
- Sam Harris, Science Can Answer Moral Questions: https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_science_can_show_what_s_right
- Tim Mawson, Arguments Against the Existance of God: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/7-arguments-against-existence-god-problem-evil
Can Our Use of Language Solve the Problem of Evil?
- Dan Ariely, Our Buggy Moral Code: https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_on_our_buggy_moral_code
- A C Grayling & William Lane Craig, Belief in God Makes Sense in the Light of Tsunamis: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/belief-in-god-makes-sense-in-light-of-tsunamis-the-craig-grayling-debate
- Stephen Law, The Evil God Challenge: https://youtu.be/WiufsmxiUiU
- Marianne Talbot, What is a Good Argument? Validity and Truth: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/what-good-argument-validity-and-truth
A new voice for our blog today. Harry, one of the Yr 13 boys, shares his thoughts on the library:
The knowledge that can be found in books is the primary source of their appeal, novels are important too but my interest is more often than not directed towards the non-fiction shelves. The library is valuable not only for reading around syllabuses, especially as a first point of reference for individual studies such as history coursework (the stock of Very Short Introductions in particular), but also as a place to generally broaden horizons in a way completely detached from the syllabus. Tim Marshall’s ‘Prisoners of Geography’ for example provides a fascinating interpretation of geopolitics based on a geographic determinism that, while dubious at times, is rather illuminating and certainly thought provoking. The reference section is also important, feeding a fondness for apparently useless facts and obscure information, dictionaries of quotations or subjects as esoteric as the burial places of famous people are always wonderful diversions. Building a wider knowledge and understanding of the world, with history as a main focus, has therefore been the biggest influence that books have had on my life from a young age to now and in the future.