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New Library Materials for ESL students

The Oxford Illustrated Science Dictionary
PE1127.S3 O846 2012

ESL Beginner: English as a Second Language by Sherry Boguchwal
PE1128 .E85 2013

Writing Essays: From Paragraph to Essay by Dorothy E. Zemach & Lisa A. Ghulldu
PE1408 .Z462 2011

Study Skills for Speakers of English as a Second Language by Marilyn Lewis and Hayno Reinders
Based on interviews with international students and their teachers, this book offers straightforward advice on academic topics such as language use, as well as social topics and the culture of Western universities. It also contains a helpful mini-dictionary of university words, and so will be an ideal guide for any international student studying in an English-speaking university.
PE1127.E37 L485 2007

Writing Paragraphs: From Sentence to Paragraph by Dorothy E. Zemach & Carlos Islam
PE1408 .Z463 2011

Writing (Teacher's Guide) by Dorothy E. Zemach, Lisa A. Ghulldu, Carlos Islam, Robyn Brinks Lockwood
PE1408 .Z46 2011

ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors by Shanti Bruce & Ben Rafoth
PE1404 .E83 2009

Writing Research Papers: From Essay to Research Paper by Dorothy E. Zemach, Daniel Broudy, Chris Valvona
PE1406 .Z464 2011

Writing Sentences: The Basics of Writing by Dorothy E Zemach
Writing Sentences introduces students to the most common and useful structures in basic written English. Each unit introduces relevant vocabulary and culminates with an enjoyable writing activity that takes students through the steps of the writing process: brainstorming ideas, arranging ideas with the help of a graphic organiser, writing a short text, and sharing the finished product with classmates.
PE1408 .Z465 2011


Electronic Resources: New Additions in July/August


New Database Additions

  • A to Z World Business: A comprehensive country-by-country resource for international business research. Info:
  • State Stats: Comprehensive data coverage of each state including health care, crime, education and more. You'll find reliable, easy-to-use data from more than 80 different sources covering more than 15 years. When you find data you're interested in explore it using the mapping and graphing tools, compare it with other data sets, or export it to Excel. Info:
  • Axis 360 A platform for downloadable POPULAR fiction and non-fiction e-books, and downloadable audiobooks. Please note that this platform is reserved for popular reading materials only.
  • Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: The online version of the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

New Streaming Video Collections from Alexander Street

New Multimedia Collections from Alexander Street.

  • Women and Social Movements in the US 1600-2000
  • Black Thought and Culture

New Features in Existing Databases

  • Reference USA: We have now a “data visualization” tool added to our subscription.
  • Standard & Poor’s: More detailed stock information feature.

Cancellations effective July:

  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Essay and General Literature Index

New Additions Coming Soon

New Reference Book

Distributors Directory.jpgFind this gem in our Reference Collection. This 4 volume set lists over 27,000 wholesalers and distributors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Search this by SIC code or broad subject terms derived from each company's principal product line.


New Macmillan Graded Readers

We've added several new Macmillan English readers at the Starter Level. Each book features about 300 basic words in fewer than 20 illustrated pages. Each book includes an audio CDs so readers can strengthen their listening and comprehension skills while they read. See the Library's catalog for a complete list of our Macmillan Starter Level readers.

In the Frame by Polly Sweetnam
Starter level
It's the end of Lisa and Alice's holiday. They are on the airport bus. They are leaving Greece. Vera is on the airport bus too. Vera has two children and a lot of luggage. "I'm very worried," Vera says. "My husband is ill. He is in England. I must go to him. I'm going home." Lisa and Alice feel sorry for Vera. They want to help her. But who is Vera? Can Lisa and Alice really trust her?
PE999.M23 I56 2005

L.A. Detective by Philip Prowse
Starter level
Los Angeles. Len Samuel is a private detective. Carmen Blane is a prisoner of the Young Ones. They want $100,000. Carmen's father is a rich man. But he is also a bad man. Len Samuel has a dangerous job.
PE999.M23 L2 2005

The Lost Ship by Stephen Colbourn
Starter level
The Captain and his men are looking at the strange ship. "Hallo. Is there anybody there? Can you hear me?" But there is no answer.
PE999.M23 L678 2005

The Magic Barber by John Milne
Starter level
Crossways is a quiet town. Crossways is a sleepy town. Everybody in Crossways wears a large hat. Why does everybody wear a hat? Do the people like wearing hats?
PE999.M23 M255 2005

Ski Race by Eleanor Jupp
Starter level
Rebecca and Sue like skiing. The sun's shining. There's lots of snow. They are good skiers. But Mark and David are good skiers too. And there is going to be a race. Who is going to win?
PE999.M23 S55 2005


New Oxford Bookworms: Human Interest, Classics & World Stories

The Piano by Rosemary Border
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 2, Human interest.
One day, a farmer tells a farm boy to take everything out of an old building and throw it away. "It's all rubbish," he says. In the middle of the rubbish, the boy finds a beautiful old piano. He has never played before, but now, when his fingers touch the piano, he begins to play. He closes his eyes and the music comes to him-- and the music moves his fingers. When he opens his eyes again, he knows that his life is changed forever.
PE999.O842 P526 2008

Changing their Skies: Stories from Africa retold by Jennifer Bassett
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 2, World stories.
Rubbish Dump by Steve Chimombo; Cardboard Mansions by Farida Karodia; Leaving by M.G. Vassanji.
PE999.O842 C452 2008

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; retold by Clare West
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 5, Classics.
Gatsby's mansion on Long Island blazes with light, and the beautiful, the wealthy, and the famous drive out from New York to drink Gatsby's champaign and to party all night long. But Jay Gatsby, the owner of all this wealth, wants only one thing-- to find again the woman of his dreams, the woman he has held in his heart and his memory for five long years.
PE999.O845 G7325 2013

A Time of Waiting: Stories from Around the World retold by Clare West.
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 4, World stories.
'Place to Stay' by Swapna Kishore; “Silk Fan” by Teoh Choon Ean; “Meeting Susamatekkie” by Tod Collins; “Clean Sheets” by Sue Seah; “Or Be Killed” by Elise Moser; “Down South” by Peter James; "Old Wife's Tale' by Luke Jorsling; “Swamiji's Ring” by Ridjal Noor; “Policy” by Sylvia McNickle; "Anywhere but Here" by C.J. Onyia; “Recycling” by Eleanor Verbicky-Todd; 'Eclipse' by Lee Jing-Jing; “One-Armed Thief” by Kachi A. Ozumba.
These stories offer many different experiences. Some are strange, some are scary, some are sad, and some are blackly funny.
PE999.O844 T564 2012

Doors to a Wider Place: Stories from Australia retold by Christine Lindop
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 4, World stories.
“Because of the Rusilla” by Mena Abdullah & Ray Mathew; “The Weeping Fig” by Judith Wright; “Going Home” by Archie Weller; “The Pepper-Tree” by Dal Stivens; “The Empty Lunch-Tin” by David Malouf; “Cross Currents” by Marion Halligan.
PE999.O844 D667 2008

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster; retold by Clare West
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 6, Human interest
A mysterious incident at the Marabar Caves, involving Adela Quested, newly arrived from England, and the charming Dr. Aziz, an Indian doctor, leads to a drama that divides the British and Indian communities in anger, distrust, and fear.
PE999.O846 P277 2009

Cry Freedom a novel by John Briley; simplified by Rowena Akinyemi
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 6, True stories
They said Steve Biko was a man of violence; then why did he talk of peace? They said he wanted revolution; so why did he talk of friendship? They said he died of hunger; why was his body broken and bruised? This is the story of a man's fight with the government of South Africa. It is the story of all people who prefer truth to lies. It is the story of all people who cry "Freedom" and who are not afraid to die.
PE999.O846 C79 2008

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan; retold by Clare West.
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 6, Human interest
This is the story of four mothers and their daughters-- Chinese- American women, the mothers born in China, and the daughters born in America. Through their eyes we see life in pre- Revolutionary China, and life in downtown San Francisco-- women struggling to find a cultural identity that can include a past and a future half a world apart.
PE999.O846 J69 2008

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo; retold by Jennifer Bassett
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 1, Human interest.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells the story of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, who has been hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert, after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
PE999.O84 M574 2012

Shirley Homes and the Lithuanian Case by Jennifer Bassett
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 1, Human interest
Shirley Homes is a private investigator. She is clever with computers and knows London like the back of her hand. She laughs when people say, "Was Sherlock Holmes your grandfather?" Sherlock Holmes, of course, was not a real person, but like Sherlock, Shirley has good eyes and good ears-- and she knows the right questions to ask. And in the Lithuanian Case, the right questions are important because Shirley must find a missing person, Carrie Williams, aged fifteen. Where is she? Who is she with?
PE999.O84 S455 2012

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler; retold by Jennifer Bassett
Oxford Bookworms Library. Stage 5, Human interest
After the death of his son and the departure of his wife, Macon's attempts to run his own life become increasingly desperate and more and more odd. Meanwhile, he has to get on with his work, writing tourist guides for business people. Then his dog, Edward starts to bite people and he has to send for Muriel, the dog trainer. And day by day, Macon's life gets more and more complicated.
PE999.O845 A235 2008


New Oxford Bookworms in the Graded Readers Collection

We've just added a new set of readers to our collection: the Oxford Bookworms Collection.
Each book contains a collection of unabridged short stories-- both classics and contemporary tales-- from well-known writers. These stories are a great option for our advanced English language learners or anyone looking for a good, short read.

And All for Love: Short Stories by Diane Mowat and Jennifer Bassett
What sad, appalling, and surprising things people do in the name of love, and for the sake of love. These short stories give us love won and love lost, love revenged, love thrown away, love in triumph, love in despair. It might be love between men and women, children and parents, even humans and cats-- but whichever it is, love is a force to be reckoned with.
PE999.O836 A53 2001

Crime Never Pays: Short Stories edited by Clare West
Murder: the unlawful, intentional killing of a human being-- a terrible crime. But murder stories are always fascinating. Who did it? Or why? And was it murder, or just an unfortunate accident? Who will triumph, the murderer or the detective? This collection contains a wide range of murder stories from the astute detection of the famous Sherlock Holmes, to the chilling psychology of Ruth Rendell.
PE999.O836 C756 1993

A Tangled Web: Short Stories edited by Christine Lindop and Alison Sykes-McNulty
Deception is usually frowned on as morally unacceptable, but is it always wrong? Can hiding or distorting the truth sometimes have good effects, adding to the sum of human happiness? These ten stories are full of secrets and lies, from a light-hearted bit of fun to dark and desperate deceit ; but whether harmless or evil, deception can sometimes lead to quite unexpected complications.
PE999.O836 T265 2005

A Window on the Universe: Short Stories edited by Jennifer Bassett
What does the future hold in store for the human race? Aliens from distant galaxies, telepathic horror, interstellar war, time-warps, the shriek of a rose, collision with an asteroid-- the unknown lies around every corner, and the universe is a big place. These nine science fiction stories offer possibilities that are fantastic, humorous, alarming, but always thought-provoking.
PE999.O836 W563 2010

The Eye of Childhood: Short Stories edited by John Escott, Jennifer Bassett
What does it feel like to be a child? Learning how to negotiate with the unpredictable adult world, learning how to pick a path through life's traps and hazards, learning when the time has come to put away childhood things. The writers of these short stories show us the world as seen from the far side of the child-adult divide, a gap that is sometimes small, and sometimes an unbridgeable chasm.
PE999.O836 E94 2000