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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 completed work will be compiled and edited into an eBook that will be available on the LRC catalogue.
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 ( 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: 

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!

September 2018 | Melbourne Writers Festival
Recount by Selini Samaranayake, PRC captain of the winning form

On the 29th of August, 9F attended the 2018 Melbourne Writers’ Festival at Federation Square as a reward for winning the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Our day started with a workshop called Living on Hope Street which was a live interview with Demet Divaroren, the author of the book. Demet explained how she began to write and what inspired her as a turkish girl living through a war and having to move back and forth between homes in different countries. It was about her past experiences that interlaced with her imagination to write a book like Living on Hope Street, after being rejected by many publishers, but it was the result at the end that made the hard work worth it.

“Having an author come and talk about her process of writing the book and why she wrote it was very inspirational.” - Zoe

Our second workshop was Crime Scene Investigation which was a discussion between two young authors that had written books about crime. They both believed that a captivating and suspenseful crime novel would need connections and different perspectives of the people that were involved, also like the ‘ripple effect’ and a crime novel never needed to be completed as cliffhangers and plot twists fulfil the story.

“The discussion was really intriguing as I discovered how crime novels can deeply connect with the characters within the book as well as people reading the book.” - Catherine N

Our final workshop was a showcase based around the experiences of immigrants, transgenders and the youth. There were spoken words, poems, songs and even dances that were presented to the audience. We were taken aback about the stories that were told about leaving their home countries to start a new life, coming out as a father to their children and the power the younger generations have on the future.

“It was really interesting to listen to the stories of various people each with their own distinct personality, experiences and background.”  - Imandie
“The third workshop was an abundance of performances from people all around the world, helping us celebrate different cultures and the beauty of poetry. It was an amazing way to end our day at the Melbourne Writers Festival.” - Meg

“The host’s shiny, glitter jacket was the best thing I ever saw in my life. I want that jacket, my life was changed. Apart from that, I really liked the workshop because it was really cool to hear everyone’s story who are from diverse and cultural backgrounds in creative ways such as poems, songs, and storytelling. - Catherine P

Overall, the day was well organised and I’d like to thank the library staff for giving us the opportunity to experience such a wondrous event as well as my classmates for making such a fun day for everyone!



PRC Captain 2018

September 2018 | Read the Rainbow
Ms. Noonan's been getting a little creative with the book spinners, creating a rainbow out of great reads. Red, orange, yellow, green and blue. Choose the colour that speaks to you!

August 2018 | Cath Crowley

Young adult author Cath Crowley visited us in the LRC yesterday. Cath's novel Words in Deep Blue was a smash hit last year, winning the Gold Inky among other awards and her latest novel Take Three Girls recently won the coveted CBCA award. To a large audience of staff and students, Cath told us the backstory to these novels, how long they took to write and where she got ideas from. Both novels took over five years to complete. Words in Deep Blue was a particular challenge, and it was interesting to hear how she got out of the writer's block she suffered from. She was struggling with the novel, when she began getting anonymous letters in the mail, ordering her to complete various writing challenges. Her friends had noticed she was struggling with he novel and in this way were trying to help out. It worked and gave Cath the idea for The Letter Library, which became a key part of Words in Deep BlueIt was great to have Cath in the LRC and we are grateful to all the staff and students who turned out during lunchtime to see her. 

August 2018 | INKY's 2018 Voting Open
The INKY's are an award for teen readers, voted by teen readers. This years shortlist is out and it includes some great local and international novels. All of the books on the INKY shortlist and longlist are available in the LRC and we currently have a display of them above the magazine section
If you have read any of these titles, you can follow this link to vote for your favourite.

August 2018 | PRC Winners Announced

9F are the winners of this year's Premier's Reading Challenge. The Premier's Reading Challenge is a co-curricular program that all year 9 students take part in. The students are challenged to read as many books as they can from an approved reading list, and have to work together as a form to achieve victory. We hope that through this program the students connect more with the LRC, with their classmates, and of course with books. Here's a photo of Mr. Gurciullo and Mr. Jach with the winning captain Selini Samaranayake.

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