The aim of the library at St. Joseph’s Academy is to provide information in various formats and to assist the members of the school community in efficiently accessing, critically evaluating, and creatively and ethically using that information.
Students are invited to come to the library to: • Research topics for assignments, • Study or do homework, • Find a quiet study place, • Relax and read a book, magazine, or newspaper.
The library is a special part of the learning environment, a place for investigation and research, for study, and for personal enrichment. The library’s collections support and enhance the curriculum with materials appropriate to varying abilities and interests, and the professional staff is available to assist all students in locating and using information resources.
The Library Collection
Use the online catalog to search the library catalog; it contains the records for all the books and magazines in the library. It is searchable by author, title, subject, keyword, call number, and series. It also provides reading lists and recommendations.
If the library does not have what you are looking for, please email Ms. Millikan with your suggestion. You can also make suggestions while in the library—there are purchase request slips or simply tell us what you want!
Genre of the Month: Romantic Fiction
What is Romance?
Romances are about two people who meet, fall in love (usually with some obstacles to keep it interesting), and eventually find a happily ever after. The story is about the development of their romantic relationship and sometimes a little bit of the happy ever after. Romance in many ways has a simple definition but an astonishing number of variations: from contemporary to historical, happy to angst-y, humorous to serious, realistic to paranormal, and a little more often now, straight to GLBTQ.
Common themes and characteristics
Edgy, steamy contemporary romances featuring characters with less-than-perfect lives are growing in popularity. Katie McGarry, Simone Elkeles, and Christina Meredith all work in this vein.
Paranormal and fantasy-based romances continue to be popular though there's a lot more than vampires to choose from including: werewolves (Maggie Stiefvater), shapeshifters (Patricia Kindl), fairies (Holly Black, Melissa Marr), ghosts (Laura Whitcomb), angels (Becca Fitzpatrick, Lauren Kate), psychics/mysterious powers (Lisa McCann, Kelley Armstrong), witches (Laurie Faria Stolarz), and even the occasional zombie.
Rewritten or re-worked fairy tales are common. The tones of these stories can vary widely and one story can generate very different retellings. For example, Beauty by Robin McKinley is a classic and elegantly rewritten version of Beauty and the Beast, while Alix Flinn's Beastly is much grittier and contemporary, though laced with humor.
A popular theme is ugly ducklings finding their inner swans and proving to themselves, their crushes, and their peers that they are more than worthy of love, popularity, and respect.
Another popular theme is romantic self-actualization which finds a confused teen figuring out who she really is, where she really fits in, and eventually who it is that she really wants. (Fangirlby Rainbow Rowell is a good example of this story arc.)
The story's protagonist is often recognized as special by an equally special/unusual romantic interest: This is especially true for paranormal romances. Twilight is a classic case of this. Everyone wants to be recognized as special and for who they really are so this is classic wish fulfillment.
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.