Monthly Archives: February 2014

Getting Organised



Getting Organised

Getting Organised


Year 7

In this session you will get to watch a very inspiring film The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore.  This film is inspired by Hurricane Katrina and the disaster felt by that community in New Orleans.  It also takes literary and artistic inspiration from the Wizard of Oz and Buster Keaton, a celebrated silent movie comedic actor.

How does this film speak to you about perhaps…

  • stories?
  • reading?
  • readers?
  • writing?
  • writers?
  • books?
  • life and being human?
  • coping with disaster?
  • anything else?


To get to know you and your reading interests a little better we will ask you to complete a reading survey.  Please complete both sides and hand it in to your teacher with your name clearly written.

Year 8

In this session we will have an introduction to Evernote.  Evernote helps you keep your notes and documents organised.  It is a free program and available across all platforms.  You can download an app on your phone or ipad and keep everything synced (updated) across devices as long as you have internet access. The program works with windows too. It means if your laptop is not working, or with the techs etc. you can always use the computers in the LRC and continue where you left off because everything is stored in the cloud. No excuses. You can register for a free online account and also download a desktop client to your own device which really is more beautiful to look at.  Why are we using Evernote?  We would like you to use this excellent program to help you stay organised and  for all the work you do in the LRC.


We may rotate this task over a number of weeks so that the Teacher Librarian can help you in small groups.  This is not an activity that can be done in huge numbers.

After signing up, create a notebook (like a folder) and call it 2014 Info Lit.

Create your first note (like a document).  Call it Reading Wish List.

You can have a notebook for every subject if you want to.

Type up your Reading Wish List in your new note.  You can even attach a word document. Please don’t include personal info here such as your name.

Next, make your notebook public. To do that go to your notebook and click on the arrow.  Copy the public link.

Then visit the LRC website.  Go to the year 8 Info Lit page.  Send me the public link via the Evernote survey form.  Paste the internet address (public link) into the form.

Only people who have the link can visit your page and that will be teachers only but still take care that you do not put personal information into this space such as your full name, address or any other identifying information.





Reading Wish List






Good readers make plans for what they will be reading next.

They enthusiastically belong to a reading community.  They ask their friends about what they’re reading,  join book clubs and willingly recommend books to others.

They get to know their Library, become savvy searchers  and use online tools or blogs to keep them informed about books that they will enjoy.

The activities below are designed to help you develop this way as a reader:

Year 7

In this session, you will be getting to know the genres in the LRC.

You will notice that we have organized our Fiction books a little differently to some libraries.

We ask students genuinely browse and find books to add to their genre list that they would like to explore through the year.

We will also show you how to use the online catalogue.

Year 8 

Try Inside a Dog which is a website run by the State Library of Victoria.

Remember if you sign up, protect your privacy.  Use your first name only or a pseudonym and sign up with your school email account.

You can read or write reviews on this site.

You can browse wonderful YA Literature and develop a to read list.


Try Google Books in your gmail account.  You don’t have to sign up for this one.  Again sample books and add them to My Library.  Make a plan of books you would like to explore in the future.


Use the print list to develop a Wish List.  Discuss your selections with your Reading Teacher who will keep it for you.

Talk to your friends and ask them for books that they would recommend for you and add them on the list.

Congratulations to the students from Darwinia and Callistemon who won the opportunity to read Slated, Amulet and The London Eye Mystery.

Go into our Book Draw and be the next to read:

‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan (the full length novel).

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck’ the latest bestseller by Jeff Kinney.

The Fault in Our Stars by award winning author John Green.

Book Trailers


Welcome Back in Term 1


Sharing My Holiday Reading

I was reminded that one of the things readers do is share information about their reading.

I read a considerable number of books.

Some of my favorites were:

1. Slated by Teri Terry (Mystery & Crime) (Dystopian)

What happens when you are sixteen and all of your memories have been wiped and you have been given a new family  and have to learn everything from the start?  It’s called being slated and you have to wear a Levo that monitors your moods.

What a frightening vision of the future.  Can you trust the government which tells you this has been done to you because you were either a criminal or a terrorist and this is for your own good and the only way to give you a fresh start?  This is what happens to Kyla.

A great thriller you won’t be able to put down and the first of the series that will have you wanting to read more.

If you love the Hunger Games or the Divergent series then you have to try Slated.

2.  The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Mystery & Crime)

When Salim goes missing from the London Eye, which is like a giant ferris wheel in the city of London, his cousins Ted and Kat work together to crack the mystery.  Ted the narrator is not your ordinary thinker.  He puts his brain together to find the answer.  You will love reading this mystery and I wonder if you can solve the case before Ted does?  Happily the case also brings him closer to his sister who has not always understood and appreciated the different way he thinks. So the book celebrates people and is also about accepting people who are different.

3.  Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphic Novel)

After their father’s tragic death, Emily and Navin and their mother inherit an old ancestral home.  Their mother is kidnapped by a tentacled creature and Emily discovers a mysterious amulet which also forms a part of her strange inheritance.  There’s a lot to figure out about this strange world and even more interesting strange creatures.  The images are beautiful and even though I have not read many graphic novels the story was really easy to follow.