July 2019 | Readings Teen Advisory Board
Recognise some familiar faces in the above photo? Carolyn Zhang (12C) and Chenuli Halgamuge (11G) have been appointed to the Readings bookstore's Teen Advisory Board for 2019. As part of this program they will learn more about careers in the book industry, receive free books, and write books reviews and other content for the Readings website.
July 2019 | Throne of Maas
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas has been one of the biggest Fantasy YA hits of the last few years. So many of our students have been enjoying this series so we thought we would order some more copies. There are now 3 sets of the series in the library so if you've been curious to try out one of these books, or fancy a re-read, come in and borrow a copy today!
June 2019 | Demet Divaroren
As part of multicultural week, the LRC organised author Demet Divaroren to talk about writing and multiculturalism. Demet is the editor of Growing Up Muslim in Australia and the author of the novel Living on Hope Street. Demet led a warm, collegial workshop, talking about how she has used fiction to challenge cultural prejudices and stereotypes. As a muslim Australian with a Turkish heritage and an Indian husband she has often experienced people making assumptions about other people because of their race or religion. Her message was to not let labels affect how we define ourselves or how we perceive other people. It was a great tie-in for multicultural week and the students seemed to get a lot out of the session.
June 2019 | PRC Reviews
In 2019, we have redesigned the long-running Premiers Reading Challenge competition for year 9s. This year there is a greater focus on responding to reading through reviews and creative pieces. This display shows some of the reviews Year 9s have done so far this year for the PRC. There have been over 100 reviews on the LRC catalogue so far, and it has been a pleasure to read such insightful and passionate reviews.
May 2019 | Stella Schools Creative Writing
In May 2019, Mac.Rob students had the opportunity to take part in a series of creative writing classes with acclaimed author Ellena Savage. The sessions took place over two weeks and four sessions, where a variety of creative writing activities and drafting were completed by the students. The stories that the students wrote have been compiled into an e-book, which you can access here.
May 2019 | Stella Display
If you've got a moment come in and check out our display of Stella Prize winners and nominees. The Stella Prize awards $50,000 to the best piece of literary fiction or non-fiction written by an Australian woman each year. It's become one of Australia's biggest literary awards, and you are sure to find some fantastic reads amongst this collection.
May 2019 | The Sisterhood Collection
Aligning with International Women's Day, Penguin have reissued some a series of literary classics written by women. The Sisterhood Collection is available to borrow at our library, come in and see these gorgeous editions in person.
May 2019 | New PRC Books
Each year more books are added to the Premiers Reading Challenge Year 9-10 reading list. Highlights from this year's batch include Indies award winner 'A Song Only I Can Hear', Shaun Tan's resplendent 'Tales From the Inner City', and thought provoking dystopias such as 'Unplugged' and 'Who Rules the World?' If any of these books catch your interest, come in and borrow them today!
April 2019 | Holiday Borrowing
Great to have students back in the library today. There was lots of borrowing as students get ready for holidays.
April 2019 | Library Re-Opening
Tomorrow The LRC will be back in action. Holiday borrowing has started, all students can borrow up to 10 items, so come in and grab some resources for the holidays!
March 2019 | Stella Prize 2019
Want to read more books by Australian women? The Stella Prize shortlist (and longlist) are here!
March 2019 | International Women's Day
Some great new resources for International Women's Day. Brand new Womankind magazine, new Angie Thomas novel, and The Big Issue's feature on J.K. Rowling.
February 2019 | Study Free Table
Need something to take your mind off studying? There is a new puzzle on the study free puzzle that needs completing. Come and build a map of Australia- one piece at a time.
February 2019 | Valentine's Day
In the spirit of Valentine's day, we had a Blind Date With a Book display in the library today. Blind dates are perhaps not the best way to find a partner but the students seemed pretty happy with the books they found under the wrapping paper.
February 2019 | Chinese New Year
This years Chinese New Year falls on the 5th of February. Best wishes and celebrations in the new year, which will be the Year of the Pig. Our new display shows that contrary to popular belief, pigs actually do fly!
February 2019 | New Inside a Dog Website
Inside a Dog (https://insideadog.com.au/) is a website for 'bookish teens' and the home of the Inky Awards. They have recently upgraded their website to make it more interactive and more like a social media platform. To celebrate their new website they are hosting an event at the State Library on February 10th, featuring young adult authors such as Lili Wilkinson in attendance. The event is free but you have to book in advance, see tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-dogs-breakfast-celebrating-the-new-inside-a-dog-site-registration-55250103547?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
December 2018 | Work Experience Students
Last week, we had three Year 10 Work Experience students in the library: Carrie, Julia and Alisa. They were an enormous help in completing the Stocktake, in setting up the new Mission to Mars display and in getting the PRC display boards ready for 2019. Check out this fantastic display they created. Great work year 10s!
November 2018 | Year 9 Bat Artwork
This year we have coordinated with the art department to display some amazing year 9 artwork in the library. The latest creations are some Halloween themed Bats! Check out the video to see them spinning above the class reading area.
October 2018 | David Astle Visit
On Friday of week two, the LRC hosted David Astle for a lunchtime Cryptic Crossword Crash Course. David is well-known to some students who attended, as they have been watching ‘Letters and Numbers’ on SBS for several years, where he is a co-host. David describes cryptic crosswords as a ‘playground for the brain’ and enjoys the way both creative and analytical thinking are involved in setting, as well as solving a grid.
With only a handful of students having tried this style of crossword before, David took us through the basic ‘signposts’ that help a solver figure out cryptic clues, and inspired many delighted gasps of understanding as he revealed each clever solution throughout the presentation. Students were quick to grasp these concepts and enjoyed the many examples of anagrams, homophones and synonymous words that David seemed able to rattle off without a pause for thought.
An entertaining speaker with a knack for spreading his love of language, we suspect that via this well-attended event, David will have infected some MacRobbians with the word-nerd BUG! (In-joke, you had to be there…)
October 2018 | Books to Film Display
It's been a big year for book to film adaptions, with Crazy Rich Asians, Simon vs. the Homo sapiens Agenda, and To All The Boys I've Loved Before all making it onto the big screen. We've got some of our best examples of this genre on display in the LRC at the moment, so come on down, and borrow a book, or borrow a movie!
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