Here you can find books that people are finding popular. As well as book reviews and some recommendations. 

Also here you can find out how to use the library catalogue and the on-line e-magazines that are on offer. 

The Book Of The Month

posted 21 Jul 2010, 04:23 by Carla Taylor   [ updated 6 Mar 2018, 04:29 by W Plain ]

The Rain
Virginia Bergin

One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she's being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices - 'It's in the rain, it's in the rain'. That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren't prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn't realize that you couldn't drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn't know where to start.

Suggested Reading age: 14+
You can receive a Senior Read Form for parental consent if you are younger than 14 and want to read this book.

Book of the Month will be updated on Thursday 29th March.

Book Reviews

posted 15 Jun 2010, 05:07 by Carla Taylor   [ updated 1 Feb 2017, 01:32 by W Plain ]

We've all read a good book at some point or another and we've all read a book that's just not been our cup of tea. Share your opinion on a book. You never know, you might have the same opinion as some one else or one that is completely different but still SHARE!!!

Tell us what book you read, the author, why you dis/liked this book, what made it good/bad and if you would read it again. Thanks

Book Review

Here are some example book reviews for you to look at and help you with your book review.


Title Of Book - The Piper

Author - Danny Weston

What Was The Plot Of The Book - The piper is a book about a kind young lady who loves to visit her grandpa, but one day when she suddenly announces she's going on a school trip her grandpa goes back and tells her how his experience was not a pleasant one.

Why Did You Not Like The Book - The book was not to my liking because it took a little while to get into and was not a very good page turner.

Would You Recommend This Book To Others - I did not like this book but would recommend it to others who are into horror.

Rating - 1/5

ZINIO East Lothian's E-Magazine Service

posted 14 Jun 2010, 03:43 by Carla Taylor   [ updated 2 Nov 2015, 13:02 ]

As well as the East Lothian Library Catalogue. You also have a selection of E-magazine websites on offer to you one of which is ZINIO. ZINIO is an online resource available to look at all different kinds of E-magazines from Apps Magazine UK to the BBC Top Gear Magazine.

Below is the link to the ZINIO website,

Accessing ZINIO E-Magazines

Above is the page that will be similar to what opens when you click on the link above. 

To create an account all you need is your Young Scot/Staff Card number to register. When click on Create New Account you will 

be asked to enter:
  •                          Your Card Number

  •                          Your First Name

  •                          Your Last Name

  •                          Your Email (Probably be best to use your school email)

  •                          A password

Once you have created account it then means that you will be able to access all the magazines that ZINIO has to offer.

Once you're logged in, click on a magazine you wish to read. You can then choose to continue to browse all the magazines available or search for one in-particular. 
When you find a magazine that you want to read, select it and then go to "Checkout". (If you aren't already logged in then you will be asked to enter your login details then). 
You will then be presented with two options "Browse" or "Start Reading". The Browse option will take you back to the selection of magazines where you can browse. Start Reading will take you on to the magazine to start reading it.

Reading and Downloading

When you are online you can read most magazines using your browser by clicking on the magazine in "My Collection".

When you are offline to read any magazines you have to download the ZINIO Android or Apple App using the link on the bottom of our ZINIO e-magazine collection page and you can download the magazines you've selected to read offline by signing in with your ZINIO account. 

You can also access ZINIO from your smartphone or tablet's app store and sing in with your ZINIO account to download and read your selected titles offline and on the go!

If you have any questions about ZINIO then please complete the form below and I will get back to you soon as I can.


The Library Catalogue

posted 12 Jun 2010, 05:57 by Carla Taylor   [ updated 6 Nov 2015, 12:31 ]

Here at Knox Academy we have a wide selection of books and it can sometimes be difficult to find the right book on a subject that you are researching or just a general book you want to read. You also have on offer some E-magazines for more information go to the ZINIO East Lothian's E-magazine Service and the Library PressDisplay page in the navigation bar.

The link below will take you to the website.

Below you can find some helpful tutorials on how to use the library catalogue. 

Above is a picture of the home page of the East Lothian Library Catalogue.

My Account

First, here is some information on the button the tab bar, My Account.

By clicking on My Account, you can access your library account. 

When you select My Account, you will be asked to enter your Borrower Number and your Library P.I.N.

When you login to the catalogue something like this will come up. At the top are different tabs that let you see different parts of your account. 

Loans: This tab lists all the items you are currently borrowing from the library.
Charges: From 16 + you will be charged BUT ONLY IN PUBLIC BRANCHES NO THE KNOX LIBRARY.
ReservationsLists all the items you have requested and are waiting for.
Bookings: No need to worry as it does not apply 
        Inter-library Loans:  S6 pupils only see Mr Plain for more information.
        Loan HistoryThis tab lists all the items you have previously borrowed. This tab also allows you to rate the items you have previously borrowed. This can be done by selecting the item and then simply going to the rated section and selecting how many stars you would rate this book at.
        Settings: In this settings section you can change your pin.

Searching and Reservations

The search box is at the top of every page of the catalogue. You can carry out a broad search or you can use Build Search to narrow your options down and be more specific. 

Type in what you are looking for and click on search.

The catalogue will search what is available in all East Lothian Libraries for you and display the findings on screen.
To reserve an item you must first click on: Check Availability.

This will take you to a screen showing all the libraries who have a copy of the item. If you are logged into your account you only need to click on Reserve, you can also select where you want to collect it from. It should automatically be set to Knox Academy if you are logged in to your school account. If you are not logged into your account then you will be asked to login then. 

Don't worry If something like a charge may apply as if you reserve the item through your school account and with collect at the Knox library then charge will not apply. However if you collect the item at a public branch the charge may apply. However if it just says to Reserve then no need to worry just continue as usual. 

My Lists

You can save your favourite author's books and items for project work in My Lists
They help you to keep track of items you have used for projects and also for items that you might like to borrow at a later date. 

For this you do need to be logged into My Account to set up your lists.

To start a list you need to begin a search on a topic or for an author's books. I'm using a search on dinosaurs as a demonstration for you. 

You will see the red button on the right hand side of the screen, Save. You click this to begin saving your list. 

When you select the Save button you will be prompted to name your list. Once you have given your list a name select Save

Your first item is automatically saved to your list. Click on save for any other items you wish to add to your list. 

If you have more than one list you will need to specify which list you want to add the item to. 

If you have any questions about The Library Catalogue please complete the form below and I will get back to you with an reply.


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