Archive for March, 2011

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Library Book Sale!

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Words.  Big ones, little ones, easy ones, weird ones.  We use them every day, but how much do we really know about them?  This week on the library blog quiz, answer our fiendishly tricky word trivia questions and you could win prizes and glory!

How to enter:  Fill in the form at the bottom of this post with your name, email address and the correct answers to all ten questions.  Entries which answer all questions correctly will go into the draw to win a book voucher from our literary friends at Readings book shop.  This competition will close at 10am on Friday April 1st, and winners will be announced on the blog later that day.  You must be a Uni High student to enter this competition.  Good luck!

Quiz questions

  1. What is the longest word you can spell using only one vowel?
  2. Many of the symbols on the computer keyboard have special names (for example, the symbol ~ is called a ‘tilde’).  Can you name the symbols below?
              a.   &
              b.   *
              c.   #
  3. Can you name three words which end in ‘-dous’?
  4. Name an English word which contains all five vowels.
  5. Which language does the word ‘walrus’ come from?
  6. Give two anagrams of the word ‘earth’.



Dewey Decimal Rap

Posted: March 18, 2011 in General

The Dewey Decimal System is a numerical code that librarians use to organize non-fiction books.  This is why you will see a mysterious number on the spine of every non-fiction book in our library.  The idea is that all the books about the same subject will have the same code, thus being coveniently close together on the shelf for your browsing pleasure. 

Good idea in theory.  But have you ever thought, ‘Gosh the Dewey Decimal System is confusing… if only someone would explain it to me using rap music and funny dance moves, that would really help me to build my research skills…’?  Well, your devoted library blog is here to help.  (Actual explanation of the system kicks in at about 1:37.)

You’re welcome.

Miles Franklin Award Longlist

Posted: March 18, 2011 in General

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is a super-prestigious prize given each year to the best new Australian novel or play that portrays life in Australia.  The award is named after novelist Miles Franklin who, interestingly, was actually a woman (her real first name was Stella).  It has been happening annually ever since 1957 and is the source of lots of speculation every year as book lovers wonder who will be the lucky author to win not only publicity and critical acclaim but also fifty thousand dollars in prize money.  (Sadly blogs are not eligible for the Miles Franklin award but we here at library blog HQ live in hope.)

This year’s long list is particularly noteworthy because popular Young Adult writer Melina Marchetta, author of Looking for Alibrandi, has been nominated as a contender for her latest novel The Piper’s Son.  It is quite rare for a YA author to be included in the list so the library blog is very excited about this unexpected turn of events and will keep you updated about future developments.

The list of novels up for the Miles Franklin award is as follows:

Jon Bauer – Rocks in the Belly
Honey Brown – The Good Daughter
Patrick Holland – The Mary Smokes Boys
Melina Marchetta – The Piper’s Son
Roger McDonald – When Colts Ran Vintage
Stephen Orr – Time’s Long Ruin
Kim Scott – That Deadman Dance
Kirsten Tranter – The Legacy
Chris Womersley – Bereft

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our International Women’s Day-themed book quiz this week!  Several brainy book lovers submitted a complete set of correct answers, thus entering the draw to win an exciting and relatively lavish book voucher from Readings.  It is with great pleasure that the library announces the lucky winner of this highly competitive contest: Mr Stewart McMillan of 10S3!  Runners-up were Wendy Zhao, Deylan Kilic-Aidani, Claudia McHarg, Madeleine Castles, Ed Brunetti and Luke Van Jager, who all get a slightly more modest but equally glorious prize of their very own.  Prizes are to be collected from the library from Monday.  Watch out for our next book quiz coming soon!

Exposé: Teachers Caught Reading

Posted: March 18, 2011 in General

Here at the library blog we believe in hard-hitting journalism.  So, when it was recently brought to our attention that teachers had been observed reading books both on and off campus, we considered ourselves duty bound to research this phenomenon and present our findings to you, our blog reading public.  Today we present Part One of our investigation into the strange world of teachers and their books, in which we ask teachers four burning questions:

  • What are you reading?
  • What’s it about?
  • Why this book?
  • Who would you recommend it to?


Dr Benson


I’m reading Hans Fallada’s book Alone in Berlin.  It’s by a crazed alcoholic German, and it tells the true story of a couple who distributed anti-Nazi material in the 1940s during Hitler’s rise to power.  I’m reading it because Ms Cooper recommended it to me, but also because I feel that to neglect the past is to destroy the future.  I’d recommend it to senior students, Year 11 and 12.  And to staff. 

 Mr Ma

 I’m reading a lot of fan fiction and sci fi stories on the internet.  I read fan fic of well-known Japanese anime shows, but also American TV shows like Battlestar Galactica.  I’m reading it because it’s easy to access and I can read it on my phone any time I want, like if I’m on the way somewhere or just have some free time.  Also because I’m into sci fi and fantasy: when I was a student here at Uni High I read heaps of science fiction books from the library.  I’d recommend it to students who are interested in the TV shows that the fanfic is about.

Ms Watson

I’m reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.  It’s written from the perspective of an up-and-coming writer, about the elusive character of a pretty young woman who lives in his building.  There’s lots of suspense and mystery around her.  I’m reading it because some of my Year 10 students are studying it in their Lit class and have been talking to me about it, and I’ve never read it before… plus it goes well with coffee.  I’ve been trying to get my reading mojo back lately by reading every time I drink coffee.  I have to work hard at my reading mojo: it’s kind of fragile because I’m a really slow reader.  I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in modern American literature.

 Mr Campbell

I’m reading an Isaac Asimov book called Foundation’s Edge.  It’s the follow-up to his Foundation trilogy.  It’s set in the future when Earth has colonized the universe, and it’s about what the future would be like if the whole universe was settled.  I’m reading it because in the last holidays I went to a second-hand book shop and they had the first three books of the series all in one volume for about two dollars.  I’ve always like Asimov’s writing but I hadn’t read any for ages.  The series was written from the 1960s to the early 80s but it’s interesting to read it now that our real world technology has surpassed all the things that Asimov was imagining.  He couldn’t have dreamt of what we’re doing with technology now: he certainly couldn’t have predicted the iPod!  It’s true science fiction rather than fantasy sci fi.  I’d recommend it to older students, people in their late teens.