Library News

Here's the latest news for the La Salle Prep Library.  Check back often to view photos from the library, watch book trailers, check the calendar or find out about recent arrivals.

Join the TECH NEST

posted Aug 28, 2014, 9:59 PM by

Do you have good computer skills?  Do you like to help people?  Do you want to learn more about your iPad?  The TECH NEST is recruiting volunteers to help work the "nest" before and after school.  See Mrs. Cassinelli if you are interested.

Meeting Author A.S. King

posted Oct 14, 2013, 7:21 PM by

Mrs. Cassinelli recently attended the Oregon Association of School Libraries conference and met Young Adult author A.S. King.  The La Salle Library has three of King's books and is looking forward to her newest title "Reality Boy" that is coming out later this month.  King often writes about teens struggling with real-life issues and coming to terms with hard decisions each person must make.  I highly recommend her books!

Please Ignore Vera Dietz
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

Everybody Sees The Ants:  A Novel

Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Ask The Passengers:  A Novel

Astrid Jones deals with the narrow-mindedness of her small town by town by sending her love to the passengers in the planes that fly above her backyard. She has no idea how it will affect their lives and her own.

Library In Your Pocket

posted Oct 14, 2013, 6:57 PM by

Library in Pocket

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Room To Read

posted Aug 30, 2013, 10:25 AM by

Room To Read
In places where community libraries or internet access are non-existent, Room to Read libraries serve as one of the few resources for independent learning and information-gathering for curious young minds. Our goal is to provide a variety of content to children in these communities, covering a myriad of themes including: gender equality, the environment, health, art, beginning words and basic vocabulary, morals and values, family life, folktales, rhymes and poems.

“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.”
-Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General 

OBOB - Oregon Battle of the Books

posted Aug 14, 2013, 10:28 PM by


Calling all readers!!  Grab some friends and create your own OBOB team.  Teams of students will compete against each other to represent La Salle Prep at the Oregon Battle of the Books Competition this year.  Teams of 5 have between now and February to read as many of the books on the high school list.  A series of friendly "Jeopardy" style matches will determine our school's winner.  That will team will go on to compete in the regional competition and hopefully on to State.  Round up some friends and let Mrs. Cassinelli know who is on your team and GET READING!!!!

Grades 9-12 Division
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, 2012.
  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, 2010.
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, 2011. 2014 ORCA
  • Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper, 2006.
  • The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez, 2012.
  • Winterdance by Gary Paulsen, 1995.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, 2012.
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock, 2006.
  • Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Jaynes Omololu, 2010.
  • Everybody Sees the Antsby A. S. King, 2011. 2014 ORCA
  • Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber, 2011. 2014 ORCA
  • Every Day by David Levithan, 2012.

Meet Author: Kari Luna

posted Aug 14, 2013, 9:04 PM by

Author Kari Luna Presents The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything
Author Event

Join us to meet author Kari Luna and her novel for teens, The Theory of Everything. One part Libba Bray's Going Bovine, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.
Sunday September 22, 2013 1:30 PM

Portland/ Bridgeport Barnes and Noble
7227 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard, OR 97224, 503-431-7575

Meet Author: Cassandra Clare

posted Mar 19, 2013, 11:33 AM by

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare

Author Event
Come meet the author of City of Bones (soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013) as her New York Times bestselling 'Infernal Devices' trilogy comes to a close with Clockwork Princess. See a bookseller for details and guidelines.
Sunday March 24, 2013 2:00 PM

Clackamas Town Ctr Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086, 503-786-3464

Special Instructions
Events are free, but to enter the signing line, you must purchase at least one copy of a visiting author's featured title from Barnes & Noble. Receipt is required. Attendees purchasing feature title on event day will be granted priority entrance to the signing line.

Meet Laini Taylor, Author of Days of Blood and Starlight

posted Oct 30, 2012, 1:09 PM by Colette Cassinelli

Laini Taylor

Barnes & Noble Author Event

Join us to welcome young adult author and National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor to our store for a reading and signing event presenting her new book, Days of Blood and Starlight, the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. We hope to see you!
Tuesday November 27, 2012 6:30 PM

Clackamas Town Ctr Mall
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086, 503-786-3464

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor: Book CoverDays of Blood & Starlight
by Laini Taylor


Available for Pre-Order
This item will be available on Nov 06, 2012.

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Here are the Top 10 Books You Shouldn’t Miss!

posted Oct 30, 2012, 10:18 AM by   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 10:20 AM ]

It’s the middle of Teen Read Week, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by picking the best teen/Young Adult books (not including “classics” like Harry PotterTwilight or The Hunger Games) you have to check out.

We know that sometimes you can get stuck reading something totally boring that your English teacher assigned — there’s only so much Shakespeare a kid can take! — but keep in mind that reading can still be fun (plus it will definitely make you smarter)! Here’s the Top 10, in no particular order, because they’re all rad in their own ways. Also, don’t forget to let us know what some of your fave reads are below!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This incredible book follows two teens in a cancer support group. While the premise seems like it would be a downer, the story is ultimately beautiful and touching.

This book about a high school kid trying to make friends and navigate being a teenager is now a movie with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, yet it’s still worth a read on its own. The language is b-e-a-utiful, but don’t worry about not being able to relate. This book is chockfull of “I think that too!” moments.


The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
At first this doesn’t seem like a teenage read because it’s narrated by, umm… Death. But the story is super captivating about a girl trying to survive the Holocaust. Touching and suspenseful.

The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
Since we’re obsessed with Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, we didn’t think there could be another franchise containing werewolves that would actually be, ya know, good and different. But then we read this trilogy about a girl who falls in love with possibly the sweetest boy wolf ever — and we were hooked!

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This one’s old school, but totally still applicable to life now. Just imagine what it would be like to be stuck on a desert island with some of your classmates. Could be a true horror show, right? This read gives you an idea of what could happen when a plane crash leaves a group of young boys on their own on an island. Worst possible outcome of boys gone crazy? Check.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Anyone who’s had some dark days will find something that resonates with them in this heartbreaking story of a teen who finds cassettes that detail why his classmate decided to end her life. With issues of bullying and teen suicide everywhere we turn, this book shows how much we need to be there for our fellow teens.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
If you love a good mystery, this read is for you. A boy tries to figure out what’s behind the death of a neighborhood dog. A total page-turner.

Anything by Sarah Dessen
Books like Just Listen and The Truth About Forever show that Dessen is amaze at writing about young girls and what they go through. Her books deal with stuff like family issues, boyfriend trouble, and best friend drama. It’s hard to believe she’s not secretly reading our diaries. (Or is she?…)


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Okay, you might have to read this one in school. But surprisingly, your teachers got it right this time. The story follows a young girl named Scout as she tries to figure out the secrets of her strange neighbor. It’s true that this book is full of serious themes like race issues and the hard truths about growing up, but it’s the story’s unexpected twists that will draw you in.

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Welcome Back Students

posted Sep 5, 2012, 8:06 AM by

The 2012-2013 school year is sure to be a great year in the Library.  We are purchasing some new books, graphic novels and eBooks this year.  During class meetings students will find out about guest wireless access in the Library so you can bring your own device and do your work in the Library before and after school.

There are a few updated policies in the Library and Computer Labs.  To maintain the academic integrity of our school technology use from 7:30am - 3:30pm needs to be for academic purposes only.  That means no gaming in the computer labs until after 3:30pm.  Get your homework done first and then come and hang out with your friends.  A reminder that no food or drink is allowed in the Library - that includes coffee and tea in the morning and food at break and lunch.  Headphone checkout in the Library will be for academic use only.

Feel free to ask Mrs. Cassinelli and Mrs. Poteet for help or if you have any questions.

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