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Remember that the card is king in the LRC: in order to borrow you must have your ID card with you.

Fiction and non-Fiction books, magazines and CDs are available for 2 week loans. 

Items in The VCE collection are available for 3 night loans. Public holidays do not count as a 'night'. Students who fail to return VCE resources by the due date will, on their 3rd recorded overdue date, have their borrowing privileges on VCE resources suspended for a term. 

Any laptops borrowed must be returned by the end of the day.  

LRC Important Dates 2018

Wednesday 31st January 2018: ALL STUDENTSHoliday borrowing items due back.

Friday 16th of March: Holiday borrowing starts for fiction, non-fiction, magazines. All students can borrow up to 10 items.

Tuesday 27th of March: Holiday borrowing starts for VCE loans. All students can borrow up to 10 items.

Monday 16th of April: ALL STUDENTS – Holiday borrowing items due back.

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February 2018 | Umat Practice Tests
Are you a year 12 preparing for this years UMAT test? We have just received a new set of practice tests, created by the National Institute of Education (NIE) to help you study. As usual they will be available for three night loans only.

February 2018 | Chinese New Year 

This year Chinese New Year falls on the 16th of February. Best wishes and celebrations in the new year, which will be Year of the Dog!

February 2018 | Valentines Day In The LRC

Today you can go on a blind date with a book. Come down to the LRC and try your luck, you just might find your perfect match!

February 2018 | Information Literacy classes
9F came into the LRC today for a day long course on how to be a good researcher in the 'information age'. At the end of the day they were asked to present on what they learned, which they did so in an entertaining manner: acting out short plays, clapping along to jingles and hosting Kahoot! surveys. 

February 2018 | The New LRC Team

In 2018 we have two new staff members in our library team: Peta Noonan and Oliver Jach. Returning as head of the LRC is Nuccio Gurciullo. We look forward to meeting you.

February 2018 | New VCE Checkpoints
Welcome to the 2018 school year everybody! We have the new Checkpoints.

November 2017 | Happy Travels

With the holidays upon us the LRC wanted the last display of the year to be recreational reading. With that in mind we present Read the Word and display of fiction and biographies from authors born of different nationalities. From the somewhat contentious Princess by Jean Sasson to As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston there is hopefully something for everyone to enjoy. No one said that you summer holidays (and all your holiday loans) need to be all work. All items are borrowable, just give the attached flags to the librarian so they can be reused where possible.

To go with the display there is a corresponding new webpage listing the books that were found in the LRC collection and some useful links if you want to continue your armchair traveling. The webpage also explains why some countries are harder to come by than others (such as Liechtenstein or Monaco). The webpage is located under the Books & Reading tab.

Remember you can borrow up to 10 items regardless of your year level (excluding laptops and charging cables which maintain their daily borrowing limit and do not count towards your 10 items) and all items will be due for return on Wednesday the 31st of January 2018.


Happy holidays to all, stay safe and enjoy your break.

Ms. McPherson

November 2017 | Learn Where to Draw the Line

Another display for all the arty among you this term. This time we’re focusing on drawing a sketching. The display features the work of Vince Low and current Mac.Rob student Danna Wan.  As always the books on display are available for loan.

Over on the laptop trolley there is a display and list of the top ten fiction books at Mac.Rob in 2017. Unsurprisingly perhaps it is dominated by studied texts and items adapted to screen. The top fiction book was Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking-Bird, not only a studied text but able to be counted by year 9 students as part of the Premiers' Reading Challenge. The top non-fiction (excluding texts and study guides) is one the year's guest speakers, Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

A reminder that holiday borrowing for returning students will begin on Thursday the 23rd of November at 8am for all items including VCE items (usual restrictions apply). These items will all be due for return on Wednesday the 31st of January 2018.

Congratulations to those year 12 students who have already finished their examinations, best of luck to those still going.

Ms McPherson

November 2017 | Lili Wilkinson Author Visit Report

The LRC presented to the Mac.Rob community the final author in the visiting author program for 2017; Lili Wilkinson. Lili is a former student and a high profile figure in the world of YA (young adult) fiction. She was instrumental in the establishment of the much lauded “Inside a Dog” book review website and the famous YA awards “The INKY awards”. She has worked with the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas and has an office to base herself in at the State Library of Victoria. Lili lectures and teaches as well as presents to groups and schools.

Former students are such a vital link between school and the outside world. The links between life of a student’s studying works of writing to direct contact with one creating and publishing are strong. The group learnt so much about her inspirations and ideas, some of which stem for her time at Mac.Rob itself. A prolific writer, the LRC has all of her titles and some copies displayed in the illustrious cabinet in the Kingsway foyer. Lili was able to explain her desire to make fiction relevant and “cool” to her audiences. Topics covered in her fiction include, cults, select entry schools, the enrichment reading provides, breaking down of cliché characters (in particular women and young women) the celebration of being “Nerd” and smart and LGBTI issues.

She gave a reading of her latest book “The Boundless Sublime” which highlighted character and setting very well. As usual the Q and A session post the talk was interesting with questions covering a wide range of ideas. The audience were certainly left fascinated in the Inky Awards and the voting process. The LRC had a large and comprehensive display of all the long listed, short listed titles in both categories of international and national nominees.

I leave you with the quote which formed the title of Lili’s first foray into the digital world.

Groucho Marx Quotes. “Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read”

The LRC is currently planning its 2018 visiting author program which may include a writer in residence. Details will be in the newsletter once authors and dates and confirmed.

Mr Nuccio Gurciullo

The other books read from were Pink and Green Valentine. For the creation of the school used in Pink Lili drew upon her experiences at Mac.Rob but turned the volume up to eleven making everything just more.

October 2017 | Oh the Horror!

Tis the season to be spoopy in the LRC. All our horror books are out for show. Just in time for the stressful time of exams there is colouring (of an appropriate theme) on the Study Free Table. To reflect the season the genre spinner has changed to a horror theme and will remain that way for the rest of the year.

Our thanks to the Theatre and Science departments for their kind donations.

After the announcement of the Man Booker Prize previous winners of the Booker prize are now showcased on top of the magazines. This years winner of the Man Booker Prize is George Saunders with Lincoln in the Bardo


Some reminders

  • All VCE books are expected to be in the LRC for the duration of the SWOTVAC and examination periods beginning Tuesday 24th October. Non-Fiction Fiction books, audio items and magazines will remain in usual circulation.
  • For VCE students, as in previous years a refueling station will set up in the LRC for your use during SWOTVAC and exams.
  • The Final day for borrowing for year 12 2017 is Friday 20th October and please take the time to complete the exit survey that was emailed to you on Monday it will help the LRC greatly. Thank you to all that have already completed it.

Best of luck to all students undertaking exams.

Ms McPherson

October 11th 2017 | Welcome Back to Term 4

Welcome back for term 4, what is sure to be a busy term for all.

First of all some housekeeping. Due to the popularity of VCE (red dotted items) the LRC does keep the who whole collection as a reference collection during the VCE examination period, and for a brief period beforehand to ensure equal access. As such we do ask that all students return VCE items on Monday 23rd October. After the examination period for senior students, on Thursday 23rd November all items will once again be available for loan. This will mark the beginning of the Holiday borrowing period for returning students, all will be able to borrow 10 items due for return Wednesday 1st January 2018.

Over the term holidays the winners of the Inky awards were announced.Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (previously named as a honorable mention by the CBCA) won the Gold Inky for Australian authors. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman won the Silver Inky for best international author.
Two other awards announced while we were on break were the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Franz Kafka Award. Both prestigious literary awards honouring the whole body of work of an author. The Nobel Prize for Literature this year was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro the LRC holds multiple of his works. The Franz Kafka was awarded to Margaret Atwood, the LRC holds a diverse collection of her works.

Finally, don’t forget our final guest speaker for 2017 on Thursday 19th October, Lili Wilkinson. Lili is a young adult author and helped establish, she’s also Mac.Rob alumnae.

Best of luck with your studies this term

Ms McPherson

October 2017 | Recount of PRC Winners Excursion

Year 9 Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC)

Recount by Alina and Rebecca, PRC captains of winning form


Hello! We are Alina and Rebecca, the PRC captains of 9C - the form who won this year's challenge. We would like to share our experience during this event including the preparations, actions, and aftermaths.


Upon being elected as the two PRC captains of our form, we knew that it would take a lot of effort in order to best our competition; therefore, together with the class, we all put in our share of the responsibility to take home first place. Every week in form assembly, both of us would give updates on the amount of books each person has read, as well as the class total, all the while encouraging our peers to "step up their game" or "continue pushing far ahead". Originally, 9C was not one of the classes who appeared at the top of the ladder; however, through the weeks, we learnt that our simple obstacle was the motivation to log in books already read. It was with the entire class's cooperation, were we able to smash it out and win the PRC form challenge. 


Winning the competition was a huge surprise for us; our goal was not to lose, but we got so much further. As captains, we received a $20 Dymocks bookshop gift card each. Our whole class, however, was rewarded for our reading with a pizza lunch and an excursion to the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. On a Thursday lunch a couple of weeks after our success had been announced, 9C joined a year 12 form in L102 for lunch together. The pizza was juicy and delicious, despite being very greasy. 


Our form was very excited for the 30th of August — the day of our trip to Federation Square for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Our day started off with rain, umbrellas and coffee. Huddled around a table next to Fed Square’s NGV, we waited for our first session, “Dark Spaces”, to start. When ten o’clock came, we had come to one of ACMI’s cinemas and were listening to two novelists discuss their books and their writing. Both writers had based their stories around fantasy and a sort of hidden dystopia, which made for interesting and thought-invoking conversation. 


Our second session was called “Language of Shakespeare”, which sounded dull, but turned out to be very captivating. The main discussion was around the vocabulary Shakespeare used in his writing and how it affected his stories. One of our classmates, Orly, answered some questions correctly and won a book for the school library!


The last session at the Writers’ Festival that day was “Being Me” and seemed to be the favourite session among our class. The discussion was led by a host and two writers, neither of which defined themselves as either gender. These two authors provided new insight into writing about one’s own experiences, and how they overcame their obstacles when writing. Altogether, the Writers’ Festival was thoroughly enjoyed by 9C, as was the whole of the Premier’s Reading Challenge. 


Written by Alina Zhang and Rebecca Geary


Comments from the LRC


The LRC wishes to thank the canteen for all their work in providing the pizzas and Ms Alcock for supervising the excursion.

Orly won a book titled Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh. This was a prize for correctly answering the original meaning of words created or popularised by Shakespeare.

9C saw three authors speak whose books are now held in the LRC Nevo Zisin (Finding Nevo), Alison Evans (Ida) and Cally Black (In the Dark Spaces). Nevo Zisin and Alison Evans are the authors that Alina and Rebecca note as being genderqueer/ non-binary, with Finding Nevo dealing specifically with their coming into that identity in a binary world.

Congratulations to 9C on your win and your fantastic behaviour at the excursion.

Ms McPherson

September 2017 | #LoveOZYA

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 (

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.

Ms McPherson

August 8th 2017 | Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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

August 2017 | Genre Spinner

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 ( formerly on DeviantArt) called simply Mash up. How many fictional references can you find?

August 2017 | What's For Dinner? & PRC 2017

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.

Ms. McPherson

July 2017 | 20 Years of Harry Potter Magic

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.

Art credit in the display to StephLew

June 2017 | Feeling Crafty?

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

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

7 June 2017 | Queen's Birthday Week

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.

Holiday Borrowing

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.

PRC update

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.

App Trial

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.

Ms. McPherson

18 May 2017 | Kate Mildenhall

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.

Many Thanks

Nuccio Gurciullo

Head of Library

May 2017 | Keep Calm and Put Your Headphones On

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. 

Instructions for copying files to devices.

May 2017 | SAT Practice

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.

In additon the LRC has the latest McGraw-Hill Education SAT preperation book available for loan.

Ms McPherson

4 May 2017 | May the fourth be with you

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.

Ms McPherson

November 2016 | Harry Potter's world of colour


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.

October 2016 | Banned Books in the LRC

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!

September 2016 | Sofie Laguna

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 

September 2016 | PRC Winners!

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”.

September 2016 | Inky Awards

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  


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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


August 2016 | Emma Watson's Bookclub

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, 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 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!


August 2016 | Bookface winner!

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.

18 July 2016 | Rosalie Ham at Mac.Rob

This year the LRC’s second visiting author came under the emerging genre of “book to film”. That is, books which have been turned into films through a creative process. 

Rosalie gave a PowerPoint presentation to the showing and explaining the background to both the film and novel. As part of her Masters in creative writing she was given the task of writing of novel, and when she asked her lecturer what to write about she was told "write about what you know". This is sound advice indeed. Drawing on her childhood in Jerilderie and her mother’s experience as a seamstress in small rural Victorian town, she developed the ideas for the novel. Although the film and novel are flooded with glamorous gowns the intention is much deeper. She saw as a child that costume and clothing gave the towns women both confidence and vanity. She observed and listened carefully to all the stories recounted during fittings. Tragedies and triumphs, gossip and fact. All these ideas are reflected in the novel.

Rosalie also talked about how she relinquished creative license of the novel to film director, Jocelyn Moorehouse, as she did not see herself as a script writer. She was confident enough to hand over the novel to another medium and creative mind to be explored on screen. Surprisingly one of the conditions was that she herself was to appear on the screen in a splendid 1950’s frock and hat as did her neighbours, and family all as extras.

The film version was screened in the days prior to the talk and a sewing machine very similar to the one in the film was displayed in the LRC along with her books, thanks to Ms Ryan.   - Mr Gurciullo

July 2016 | Bookface in the LRC - Win a $20 book voucher!

Welcome to Term 3 in the LRC!  

The LRC's study-free table has been overtaken by the Bookface phenomenon, and we're inviting you to join us! Come check out the display, be inspired and show us your own quirky, creative and clever Bookface.


Send us your photo to have it displayed -


Win a $20 book voucher just by sending us your Bookface - the most quirky, creative and clever Bookface will be chosen as winner!  Entries close August 1st, 2016.  Email to or come and see LRC staff.


30 May 2016 | Alice Pung visits Mac.Rob

The LRC kicked off its first author talk in the 2016 series of visiting authors on Monday the 30th of May with the wonderful former student Alice Pung. Alice is much loved speaker and has spoken several times before. Students here at MacRob have a special connection with her writing, experience and voice. During her talk to a full house she recounted her experience of talented young women of Asian background. To the MacRob audience this couldn’t ring truer. She presented a slide show of images depicting growing up in the quite unfashionable western suburbs and how that time shaped her writing voice. The clashes of culture, the awkwardness of parents and trials of relationships all saw the audience nodding. The theme of displacement is explored her latest novel “Laurinda” where a young girl of Asian background gains a scholarship to an exclusive girls school. Again this has well received by readers. The Q & A session covered areas about inspiration and motivation for writing, parental pressure, food and culture and growing up in the west. Alice and the audience posed for selfies and conducted a book signing with charm and interest.

Miles Franklin Winner of 2015, Sofie Laguna, author of “The Eye of The sheep “on Friday June 17th Term 2.
Rosalie Ham, author of the extremely popular “The Dressmaker” on Monday July 18th Term 3.


Many thanks

Nuccio Gurciullo

Head of Library

17 March 2016 | Digital Delivery Day

Welcome to the new and improved LRC website!  Please watch the short video tour below.

This 4 minute clip introduces you to the main features of the website, and explains ways in which the website can help you access resources and complete assignments.

After watching the video tour, please complete this very simple quiz and survey to provide feedback on the new website.  This will take you less that 10 minutes, and you may need to sign into Google using your student email.


To enlarge the video below either click the 'Full Screen' icon or the 'YouTube' icon in the bottom right-hand corner.  You will need to return to the LRC website to access the survey.

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