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Welcome to 2013!

Posted: February 11, 2013 in General

Welcome back to the 2013 school year!  We here at the library are looking forward to sharing another year of books and learning with our wonderful students and teachers.  To kick off our year of blogging, we asked all the library staff to smile for a photo and share a bookish thought.

Mr Castles

robThis year I’m going to finally get to the bottom of my books-to-read pile.

 

 

 

 

Ms Marquard

kateThere’s no better place to be than in a book!

 

 

 

 

Ms Fisher

andreaI’ve become obsessed with GoodReads: I love reading everybody’s book reviews on there.

 

 

 

 

Ms Versteegen

jennyI’m addicted to reading books on Italy at the moment.

 

 

 

 

Ms Day

nellMy goal for this year is to read 50 new books.  I’m up to about six so far.

New Blog Feature: Suggest A Book

Posted: October 26, 2012 in General

Say what?  Basically, the new ‘Suggest a Book ‘ page does what it says on the tin.  Recently on the blog one of our lovely commenters asked if we could create a feature allowing students (or teachers!) to suggest books for the library to buy.  We are very interested in student recommendations and always do our best to acquire books that you suggest: after all, it’s your library.  So we think it’s a great idea to have a page on the blog where students can suggest a book, and have just created this very feature for your book-suggesting convenience!

Awesome!  How does it work?  It’s very simple.  Just follow this link to our suggestions page or click on the ‘Suggest A Book’ link in the top navigation bar (next to ‘Student Reviews’).  You will be directed to our new page, where you fill in a form giving your name, email, the name of the book you would like us to acquire, and the name of the author (if you know it).  Provided that the book fits with our collection policy, we will do our very best to get our hands on a copy for you.  If you provide a working email address we will even send you an email to let you know when and if we are able to acquire your book.

So get recommending!  We await your suggestions with both enthusiasm and curiosity.

Book Spine Poetry at Uni High

Posted: May 25, 2012 in General

Today we are delighted to let you know that following our recent post about book spine poetry, it seems that some book-loving Uni High students have been inspired to create their own works!  Ms Steffensen’s Year 10 Literature class have made some beautiful book spine poems which we are very excited to share with you via the magical power of the internet.  If you also feel inspired to make some poetry, don’t forget to share it with us!  Take a photo and email it to libraryunihigh@gmail.com so that we may marvel at your genius.

Here’s our book spine poetry gallery: click on each image to see it in full size!

Maurice Sendak Dies

Posted: May 11, 2012 in General

This week we received the sad news that genius children’s author Maurice Sendak had passed away at the age of 83.  Sendak wrote and illustrated many classic children’s books including what was probably his most famous work, Where The Wild Things Are, as well as the super creepy Outside Over There and our personal favourite, In The Night Kitchen (because who doesn’t love a book where the main character spends most of the time running around naked with a saucepan on his head?).

We are pretty sad about Maurice Sendak’s death, mostly because it means there will be no more books written by him ever, which is a pity.  But we are happy that he left us with such a great body of work as well as the following hilarious anecdote about his correspondence with a young fan:

Maurice Sendak was a hilarious, grumpy legend, and you should definitely read or re-read one of his books this week.  You can find lots of his work here in the school library!

Welcome to Term 2!

Posted: April 20, 2012 in General

Welcome back everybody!  We hope you had a lovely break and read lots of good books.  We are, as always, hugely excited to be joining you from our super secret underground blogging bunker deep beneath the school library where we have been busy wandering around the internet collecting cool book-related stuff to inspire, amuse and educate our beloved blog readers.  Here is a summary of our findings.

The Hunger Games Game!

Okay, so obviously we are kind of obsessed with the Hunger Games and when the movie finally came out last month we got a bit overexcited and had to have a cup of tea and a sit down.  We have since calmed down a bit but still feel it is our duty to inform you that there now exists a Hunger Games Facebook game!  Sorry, “Official” Facebook game.  You may gaze upon its wonders here.  Or simply feast upon the visual splendour of this screenshot:

We don’t know much about the gameplay or finer details yet, but one of our favourite YA blogs, Forever Young Adult, has given the game a fairly lukewarm review.  Let us know what you think!

Book Spine Poetry!

We were very intrigued when the work of artist Nina Katchadourian showed up in our blog aggregator (we use Google Reader to help us keep up with our internet obsession).  Katchadourian’s Sorted Books project is a poetry series that she creates by stacking or arranging books so that the titles on their spines become the lines in the poem.  Here are some of our favourites:

Book stacking poetry is now our New Favourite Thing and has made shelving into quite an adventure!

A Book About Star Wars!

Do you like Star Wars?  Or is that for old people now?  We’re not sure if young folks are still into Star Wars but what we are sure about is that this new Star-Wars-based book is going to be absolutely delightful.  In Darth Vader and son, artist Jeffrey Brown imagines a world in which the evil overlord had taken an active role in raising his child rather than sending him away to live on a remote sandy planet (or whatever it was he did: we can’t actually remember all the details).  The resulting illustrations are hilarious and weirdly touching: here is the trailer for the book!

And that concludes our blog entry for this week. Tune in again next Friday when we are thinking pretty seriously about doing another Library Blog Quiz!

Welcome to 2012!

Posted: February 3, 2012 in General

Welcome back to school everybody!  Here at library blog headquarters we are very much looking forward to another great year of books, reading, laminating stuff that probably shouldn’t be laminated, and helping people figure out how to use the photocopiers.  Lots of great stuff is set to happen this year: new books, library adventures, the Hunger Games movie coming out, and possibly even some more library trivia quizzes on the blog!

For now, however, we would like to leave you with our very best wishes for a happy and productive start to the school year, and the following inspiring 1990s animation still which is the library’s unofficial motto for 2012:

Happy Summer!

Posted: December 2, 2011 in General

Today is the second day of summer!  Apparently yesterday, the first day of summer, was the coldest first day of summer in 15 years!  (We read that in the Herald Sun so we know it must be true.)

The beautiful weather and general feeling of optimism today has made us disinclined to post our usual hard-hitting pithy blog journalism… instead we have rounded up some cool vaguely summer-based stuff for you, our beloved readers, to enjoy.

Primo!  Over at excellent bibliophile internet haven GoodReads (which you really should check out anyway) some genius has assembled a list of books with the word ‘summer’ in the title.  Heaps of these look really good!

A screenshot for your visual edification

Secondly!  Our good friends and fellow lovers of the written word over at Readings have released their Summer Reading catalogue which is packed with delicious literary goodness.  They have also very kindly put it up on the internets here, where you can marvel at its glory.

And thirdly!  Sometimes when we are deciding what to blog about, we like to randomly Google image search whatever thoughts we are currently preoccupied with.  This is a fantastic way of generating new ideas and finding odd stuff!  Today we Google image searched ‘summer library amazingness’ and found the following:

Cool bookends! More here.

Tiny library! On a bookshelf! SQUEE!

Letters. The building blocks of books.

Bookshelf amazingness!

OH NO! It's a giant squid, or similar!

Tiny pencil carving alphabet.

Book cupcakes!

And finally, we leave you this week with some wise words from a wise man named Lemony Snicket:
“A good night’s sleep helps you perform well in school, and so if you are a student you should always get a good night’s sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside.”