Holiday borrowing for non-fiction, fiction, audio recording and magazine collections starts on Monday, 11th September, 8:00 am
Holiday borrowing for VCE collection starts on Wednesday, 20th September, 8:00 am.
For years 9 & 10 loans are increased from 5 to 10 items.
All items to be returned on Monday, 9th October.
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With the success of the INKY awards display (voting is open until 17 September) the LRC in continuing with the fiction displays, just in time for the holidays.
We are displaying YA books by Aussie authors and promoting the #LoveOZYA movement. As INKY is giving people the chance to win prizes so is LoveOZYA. You can go into the draw to win books and help improve the organisation. The #LoveOZYA movement is focused on encouraging Australians to read local authors as well as the big international names rather than being traditional in their promotion they use modern promotion on social networks using readers themselves. If you share your love of books online, blogging, bookstagramming, booktubing, tweeting, check out #LoveOzYABloggers and join in the fun. You might be surprised how many of your favourite authors are Australian or how many of your favourite books have a match.
The LRC would love to see what you can come up with let us know if you participate and we will add it to the website if you would like. If you do decide to try it out and want to share with the LRC email Ms McPherson (email@example.com).
Our next guest talk will be by YA author and MacRob alumnae Lili Wilkinson on October 19th at Lunchtime.
As promotion for her most recent solo publication, The Boundless Sublime, Lili recorded Let's Talk About Sects looking into types of cults, what makes a cult leader and some of the more unusal common themes around cults. This includes an interesting and frank admission about why sects interest her so much. There is some rather graphic description in the videos, but let's all be honest here we're talking cults not fluffy bunnies (though you may want one afterwards). Let's Talk About Sects is on Youtube but the series is posted on Lili's website.
Finally, it's that time of term again Holiday borrowing is back... starting on Monday September 11th for fiction, non-fiction, magazines and audio recordings and for VCE items on Wednesday September 20th. Year 9 and 10 students will be able to borrow and an additional 5 items. All items will be due Monday October 9th.
As the saying goes “it was standing room only” on Tuesday the 8th of August in the LRC when Yassmin Abdel-Magied spoke to a packed house of students and staff. During my planning of the visiting author program I sought to create a variety of speakers of diverse backgrounds, writing styles and genres. Yassmin came to my attention during this process. As luck would have it, on the evening of the Art festival “White Night”, I spotted Yassmin and approached her asking if she would consider a school engagement. Her response was as warm and inspirational as her talk was.
Beginning with an acknowledgment of the traditional owners of our land. Yassmin’s talk covered a variety of topics including growing up in a new country, working in non-traditional fields like engineering and family pressure and expectations. She talked about growing up in suburban Brisbane where she was one of only two Sudanese families. The notion of “belonging” was developed and she made a very clear point that no matter where we come from, what our beliefs are etc that we are all Australian.
Yassmin talked a lot about risk, failure and chance. Referring to many instances in her life where the path she started on and expected to go down did not always end up the path that she’d chosen. The overwhelming message was that students and young people in particular should really follow their desires and their dreams.
Accidental opportunities: Yassmin recounted how accidents can lead to all sorts of opportunities. A chance bumping into a person in a lift, a sight altercation and a follow up cup of coffee lead to a dream job opportunity.
Accidental philosophy: she recounted a conversation with rough looking oil worker who gave some life changing advice on trying to be someone she was not. In outback Queensland from the least likely character, she learnt to accept herself as she was and not try to change herself in order to fit in.
After this point, she decided not to “tow the line” and to speak when she wanted to on matters that she cared passionately about even if this may prove unpopular. She will use her public persona and voice to represent oppressed, women the underclass.
Her parting message to our students was to “start the ball rolling, others will step in” I am confident her address to the students and staff will do that in more than one case.
Our next visiting author is former student Lili Wilkinson. Lili has spoken in the LRC before so we look forward to welcoming her back on Thursday October 19th at lunchtime
Mr Nuccio Gurciullo
The LRC's latest acquisition is a new spinner for books which is set up near our existing spinner (used for recent returns). We have purchased it to free up space on the shelves and allow for even more fiction titles for you to enjoy. Our way to use this is to display one genre at a time on the spinner. First up: Fantasy. Fantasy is one of our most popular genres, it is typified by unrealistic elements and make believe. Though there are many types of fantasy they all fall under the same banner. Don't forget on our Recommended Reads page we keep lists of recommended books sorted by genre.
On the sign for fantasy books is a piece of art by Syncadia (Zerochan.net formerly on DeviantArt) called simply Mash up. How many fictional references can you find?
After wrapping up Harry Potter the LRC displaying something equally well loved… Food.
For the rest of this month we are showcasing some of our recipe books. For those who are loving the adorable character who is the face of this months display she is from a game called Cooking Mama available on Nintendo DS and Wii. A big thank you to the Art and Food Technology departments who loaned items for the display (yes, the wedding cake and cupcakes are real).
Remember all books on display can be borrowed or if you only want one recipe you can photocopy it.
Premier's Reading Challenge 2017
Term 3 also marks the end of MacRob's participation the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge. Between January and mid July students in year nine read 9207 books. 2223 different titles were read across the year, the most popular book read by students was The Hunger Games. Some of the more unusual titles included Ghost In The Shell, The Jane Austen Book Club and Six of Crows.
Final Verified totals:
9B - 258 books
9E - 363 books
9G - 414 books
9D - 450 books
9A - 517 books
9F - 679 books
9H - 812 books
9I - 1138 books
9C - 1742 books
The LRC wishes to congratulate 9C on being this years inter-form competition champions and thanks the PRC captains for all forms for their work. 9C will receive a pizza lunch and a trip to the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Program as their prize.
Did you know it’s a double anniversary for Harry Potter this year?
By now most are aware that 2017 marks 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was published but July 21st is also a major milestone marking 10 years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released.
To celebrate the LRC is running our own House cup. We are asking students (and staff) to make lucky stars and put them in their house’s container. The winning house will be the one whose container is full first. If you don’t know which house you belong to check out Pottermore or use the origami sorting hat.
And of course there are bookmarks so you can always carry a bit of magic with you.
I need to finish with a quote because Harry Potter is honestly one of the most quotable series. "It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Looking for something to keep your hands busy? Do you like the feeling of satisfaction when you get to say to people “ Thank you, I made it”? Or do you like helping charities?
Knit one, read too
In the LRC there is a display of knitting and crochet books just in time for the holidays, along with some examples of student and Meg’s work. If you are a knitter or crocheter in need of help Meg works in the desk in LRC most lunchtimes and is happy to help. (psst. For those who are already miisng the postcards you might be able to find something on the table to pick up.)
The One Million Stars Project
Also in the crafty vein on the study free table until the end of term is the one million stars to end violence project, brought to Mac.Rob by year 11 student Meisie. This is a weaving project creating stars for in installation at the Gold Coast commonwealth games in 2018 and creating discussion about ending all forms of violence. Materials and instructions are provided.
Holiday borrowing has already started for fiction, non-fiction and magazines. Holiday borrowing for VCE begins Wednesday 28th June at 8am. Students with overdue items are not able to borrow books for the holidays and the item limit for year 9 and 10 students is 10 items. Exchange students (welcome ladies) are also able to borrow 10 items under their own names, simply ask LRC staff.
Enjoy your holidays.
Ms McPherson and the LRC Staff
Due date for VCE items
With the long weekend this weekend and a disrupted week next week due to the Consolidation Day, Careers Digital Delivery Day and Mission to Mars on Tuesday and the GAT on Wednesday the LRC has made the decision to have all red spotted VCE items returned on Thursday June 15th. This means students who borrow from today, Wednesday June 7th, will get an extended time with VCE items. A reminder that students cannot have outstanding loans when looking to borrow.
The LRC is still open to students in the school on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In recent days the LRC has discovered a quirk with the communal laptops. These laptops have not been charging correctly due to students plugging them in while they are still turned on. Logging off is not sufficient, LRC staff will now ask you to ensure that the laptop is turned off before you return it to the trolley and plug it in to charge.
The end of term is fast approaching, keep an eye on the website and in the LRC for when holiday borrowing begins. Year 9 & 10s will then be able to borrow 10 items each and all items will be due for return Monday July 17th.
As of the Monday June 5th Mac.Rob’s year 9 cohort have read a total 3741 books toward the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 9H are currently leading with 679 books. The challenge is going well with all forms adding books regularly and still plenty of time to go for even more books. The winning form and their teacher will receive a day at Melbourne Writers' Festival Schools Program and a free lunch.
For those who signed up for the app trial and haven’t seen me yet can you please do so ASAP or contact me if you are no longer interested.
Enjoy your long weekend and best wishes to those undertaking the GAT on Wednesday.
On Thursday the 18th of May the LRC presented to the Macrob community our second visiting author for 2017.
First time author Kate Mildenhall addressed an enthusiastic audience of staff and students during our lunchtime session. Kate presented in a wonderfully open and affable manner. She gave us unique insights into the depth of research and emotionally charged journey she went through in the writing of her novel “Skylarking”. The genesis of the story was an ongoing and close childhood / teenage friendship. From this friendship she developed her story about 2 girls in the 1880’s in a fictitious coastal location of NSW. All the action centring on a lighthouse. The extent to which she researched her story for historic accuracy was impressive. Everything from the recipes for the food that characters ate through to which newspapers which published at particular periods in time. She read extensive dairies of young women during the period to give real voices to her characters.
The wealth of information available through state and national libraries and in particular “TROVE” gave her endless inspiration. This enabled her to effectively mesh fact and fiction to produce a high quality work. Kate spoke about the idea of a “sensitivity reading” whereby you can get a manuscript read professionally for an audience or experience etc. to ensure that what you are writing about rings true and authentic. In this case she was concerned about the situation of indigenous people and characters in her novel. To her surprise after this sensitivity reading she discovered the language used by characters was in fact not harsh enough in reference to aborigines. This was a quite a shock and she reviewed her writing accordingly but ethically did not feel she could use such language in her novel.
Some very sound advice was given to our students about emerging writing and writers. She told them that failure, rejection of manuscript, was not be taken negatively but instead to embrace it. Failure, she suggested, in fact makes you stronger and better at your craft. Forcing you one to reflect, focus and improve. Very wise words indeed. Our next visiting author will be Yassmin Abdel-Magied. She will speak in the LRC on Tuesday the 8th of August at lunchtime.
Head of Library
Do have a way to play mp3 files? Do you commute to school? Are you procrastinating reading those books? Did you know the LRC has a collection of audio books?
Currently on display in the LRC is a selection of the LRC’s audio book collection. The LRC holds over 50 audio books including some studied texts. From the great classics to more recent works the LRC has something for everyone.
To see a full list of titles open the catalogue use the advanced search option and search “Sound Book” in the Type field. If the title you want is out you can place a reserve by logging in.
Texts held from the 2017 booklist:
Available free from LibriVox is a free audiobook site hosting readings of out of copyright material. Some titles have multiple versions with either solo or dramatic group readings available or simply a different narrator if you find one not to your liking. For Shakespeare the group performances may be particularly useful.
A message for those preparing for SATs.
The Khan Academy is offering free full practice exams tailored to you. Also available through their website are a variety of other tutorials and tests from a variety of disciplines. There are apps (iPhone/ Android) available for those who travel some distance to school.
May 4th marks International Star Wars Day and the LRC is getting into the spirit. Come in and see our display of Star Wars books and some of Meg’s personal collection, you might even be able to grab a bookmark.
A reminder that the LRC is closed on all Parent/ Teacher Interview days, including May 4th.
If Star Wars and puns aren’t your thing elsewhere in the LRC are displays for longlisted books nominated for The Inky Awards (chosen by teens for teens), notables for the Children’s Book Council of Australia book of the year for older readers and the Stella prize.
All books on display can be borrowed.
If you’ve walked past the LRC circulation desk recently you may have noticed large, hardcover books on display…with some mysteriously familiar illustrations.
A flying car? Owls soaring over a red steam engine? Only in the magical world of Harry Potter of course, now brought to life in the first illustrated editions of our much loved series by J.K Rowling.
The publishers are releasing one illustrated book a year for the next 5 years, with the second edition (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) just released this October.
British artist Jim Kay was chosen by J.K Rowling herself, and has remained faithful to the story. There are all kinds of hidden details in the rich illustrations which were made using many techniques such as pencil, charcoal, wax crayons, house paint, oil paint and acrylic. The Guardian reports that Kay filled 2 drawers with his drawings of the Hogwarts castle and grounds alone!
Come in to the LRC and see Harry, Ron and Hermione plus many more wizards and witches brought to life on the page.
The 2 illustrated editions (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) are available for borrowing.
One of Mac.Rob’s guiding values is to ‘offer and education based on liberal and democratic values’. Inspired by this value, the LRC recently created a Banned Books display which features some well-known titles which have been banned or challenged throughout history.
A ‘challenge’ is an attempt to remove reading material which offends a person or group, and then ‘banning’ is the restriction or removal of that material. Challenging resources in a library or curriculum does not just effect one person’s sensibilities but rather it restricts the access of others. Spotlighting censorship is a way to promote freedom of speech and choice, and celebrate the freedom to read.
Often throughout history and in more recent times, the efforts of librarians, teachers, students and community members have seen bans overturned or books remain available. This is an excellent example of standing up and speaking out for the freedom to read.
When The Grapes of Wrath was removed from shelves in the 1940s, local librarian Gretchen Knief worked to have the ban overturned. At the risk of losing her job, she stood up to the county supervisors and wrote a letter asking them to reverse their decision. She wrote:
"It's such a vicious and dangerous thing to begin.
Besides, banning books is so utterly hopeless and futile.
Ideas don't die because a book is forbidden reading."
In the 20th century, Australia was experiencing one of the strictest censorship policies in the western world, frequently banning books considered suitable in Europe and the USA. Find out more about the 15,000 books, magazines and comics banned in Australia – a collection now held by the National Archives of Australia.
Don’t forget to come into the LRC and discover some banned titles. You may find a very interesting book to read!
The LRC was proud to present Sofie Laguna to the school community in the LRC as part of 2016 visiting author program. Sofie is the recipient of the prestigious Miles Franklin literary award in 2015 for her incisive novel “The Eye of the Sheep” and was also shortlisted for the Stella prize for women writers in the same year. She has also won a multitude of awards for her huge collection of fiction mostly written for children.
Sofie addressed an intimate audience of fans who listened intently to some excellent advice on the writing process. Sofie spoke a lot about the function and purpose of journal writing. She often went back to her hand written teenage journals as a source of inspiration for her ideas and writing. Writing from the personal mixed with a fertile creative imagination is a key to good, interesting stories. “Perfection is death”, words of wisdom indeed. Many of the students at MacRob grapple with the idea of perfection. Sofie made it very clear the perfection is not what you think it is. The road and journey to achievement is fraught with difficulties and the idea that one must achieve perfection constantly is a recipe for failure. The imperfections in life and her case writing make for reality and interesting writing. Nothing is ever perfect in life and in this case writing. There is always room or areas to improve. This is something I think was a new idea to some of the audience.
As an author she also talked about the idea of “inhabiting” a character in print. Coming from a theatrical background as an actor she brought this technique of being a character into her writing. She also spoke about the pressure and doubts that authors feel as writers and how again this should be seen as a source of strength and not weakness. In her case winning the top literary prize is living proof.
Mr Nuccio Gurciullo, Head of Library
Our Year 9 students finished the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge last term, with the highest total of books going to 9H - 1970 books! In total all forms recorded almost 10,000 books which is an outstanding effort.
This year's PRC Captains did an excellent job managing their forms, attending meetings, collecting verified lists and much more. We would also like to thank all students who participated in the voluntary post-Challenge survey. All feedback is being considered and will impact future Challenges at Mac.Rob.
Visit our PRC page for more info.
The winning form 9H attending the Melbourne Writers' Festival, and here is a short report from Mr. Gurciullo:
On Wednesday the 31st of August Year 9H, Ms Shaprio and myself took the winning form to the Melbourne Writer’s Festival schools program. Tickets for this coveted event sold out fast so we were lucky to secure two sets of tickets for two sessions. Our first session was called “Graphic Storytelling : Live” whereby accomplished authors Bernard Caleo and Nicki Greenberg spoke with gusto and passion about the medium and the role of “chance” in the making of graphic stories. Splashes of ink were projected onto a large overhead screen. Next sets “stick on” eyes added to create a variety of characters. Each of these characters due to their originality would then give the story a different tone and direction.
Session two was called “Amie Kaufman’s guide to Space”. The author responsible for fantasy fiction writing and the hugely popular “Iluminae” series talked about her passion for writing science fiction. Interestingly she revealed trade secrets about utilising the expertise of scientists, NASA and experts in space engineering. She recounted that nothing in her stories was fake. Everything in her writing either has to be provable or probable.
During the break we also visited the stunningly visual exhibition by Del Kathryn Barton which chronicled her interpretation of the famous Oscar Wilde poem “The Nightingale and the Rose”.
The Inky Awards are an annual literary prize for the best new Young Adult (YA) books as voted for by you, teen readers.
This year the teen Inky judges released two longlists: The Gold Inky Australian YA and The Silver Inky for International YA. Soon after a shortlist was released and voting opened at insideadog.com.au.
The Mac.Rob LRC has created a display of all the shortlisted titles which are available for borrowing. Come in and find a book to read before casting your own vote before the 18th of September. Not only will you influence the Inky Awards, you will also go in the draw to win all 20 books from the longlists! (See the Inky website for terms and conditions).
The Inky Awards are run by Inside A Dog, a project for the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria.
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx
One of our recent displays spotlights a collection of books from Emma Watson's Book Club: Our Shared Shelf.
Emma, famous as Hermione in the Harry Potter film franchise, and more recently as UN Ambassador (see her inspiring HeforShe speech), began her online feminist book club in January this year. Hosted by Goodreads.com, Our Shared Shelf has already grown to over 100,000 members from across the globe. All you need to do is register for a Goodreads account and join the group.
Every second month Emma chooses a new book, often based on members' suggestions, and the forums are open for discussion, questions, rants, raves and much more! Emma has been able to interview some of her featured authors such as Gloria Steinem and Caitlin Moran, and videos are featured on the group's page. If you would like to join Emma in sharing what you are learning about feminism and equality, then this is the group for you.
Visit Goodreads.com today and search 'Emma's Book Club' to join, and don't forget to pop in and see which books are on display in the LRC.
In September/October the club will be reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Join the conversation!
In the first few weeks of Term 3 the LRC’s study-free table was overtaken by the "Bookface" phenomenon. Inspired by the creative ways people have used book covers to take amazing photos of themselves, the LRC team invited the Mac.Rob community to take part. Our display showcased some of our favourite Bookface photos from around the world and we searched our own shelves for interesting Bookface possibilities. The best Bookface photos demonstrate an ability to think outside the box, or in this case – outside the cover!
Thank you to everyone who visited the display, snapped some photos and entered the Bookface Competition. Congratulations to Anita Date in 10I who won the book voucher prize with her clever Bookfaces. Keep an eye out for Mac.Rob Bookfaces on the LRC’s virtual display screen at the circulation desk.
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