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Earth Hour 2009

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 19, 2008

It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?

The answer: Ask the people of Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour.

On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2,100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. If the greenhouse reduction achieved in the Sydney CBD during Earth Hour was sustained for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 48,616 cars off the road for a year.

With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities joined Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

So what happened at this years Earth hour?

  • 50 million people around the world switched off their lights for one hour
  • More than 370 cities, towns and municipalities took part
  • Earth Hour was held in more than 35 countries across seven continents, including Antarctica across more than 18 different time zones
  • From the Middle East to Asia to Europe and the Americas – millions from all corners of the globe played a part and celebrated Earth Hour in their own local way
  • 40,000 people gathered at a pedal powered concert in Tel Aviv; 19,000 people gathered to hear Nelly Furtado sing in Toronto, Canada; businesses, school groups, communities and individuals celebrated all over the world with candle lit dinners, torch parties and street celebrations
  • The lights of the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta USA switched off as did the famous Coke sign in Kings Cross, Sydney as well as the Coke billboard in Times Square, New York. Google home page went black.
  • Iconic buildings and landmarks went dark including the infamous Alcatraz Jail in San Francisco, The Sydney Opera House, The Sears Tower, Azrieali Tower in Tel Aviv, Tivoli in Copenhagen, The Coliseum in Rome, Italy, Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai and the lights of Brighton Pier in the UK.

Pretty amazing effort I think. Although next year we can definitely do so much better! Please sign up to take part! I just have at the Earth Hour Website.


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Summer Reading

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 18, 2008

Ever wanted to curl up inside or lounge out in the sun with a good book over the holidays, but haven’t found what you wanted to read in your personal collection? Well now you can borrow books from the library before you go on holidays!

The Library has recently changed our policy to allow borrowing over the Summer school holidays. Items will be due back in the first week of Term 1.

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Library Competition Results

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 18, 2008

The Library staff have voted on the names for our library cat and the winner with the majority of votes is ‘Bookey’ entered by Peter Collins. Congratulations to Peter! Peter is the winner of a voucher from Borders, to spend how he wishes!


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Inside a dog

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 10, 2008


You may or may not be familiar with the website that the State Library has created for younger readers. They have a yearly award called the Inky’s and the winners have just been anounced. The winner of the gold Inky was Town by James Roy, and the Silver Inky went to Before I die by Jenny Downham. The library owns both of these books and can be found by looking on our catalogue or by asking the library staff for help.

Inside a dog is a great website, and has the following for you to do:

  • read and write reviews
  • meet our online author-in-residence
  • win stuff
  • preview upcoming titles
  • read interviews with authors
  • keep up to date with all the latest bookish news
  • listen to podcasts and audio Chapter Ones
  • talk about books on the forum

Plus if you write and submit a review you have a chance of winning a free book!

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Staff only competition

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 5, 2008

This competition is now closed! Thanks and good luck to all who entered!

The Library has a new resident! We’d like to introduce you to our new furry friend and need your assistance in naming her. I’ve included a picture below, or feel free to pop into the library to meet her.

Submissions must be made in the comment section of this blog, or dropped in to the library (make sure you include your own name) by Friday 14th November. The person who’s name is chosen will be the winner of a mystery prize. The winner will be anounced on Tuesday the 18th of November, on this blog.


This competition is open to Salesian College staff only!

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ALA 2008 Teen’s top 10 (USA)

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 5, 2008

The people have voted! Or the teens have anyway. The ALA (American Library Association) Teen top 10 books for 2008 have been voted for and the winners anounced. I’ve put a mark next to the books that we have here in our library. The Australian top 10 are being voted on at the moment and you can see the nominees here. I’ll post the results here on the blog when the winners are anounced.

The 2008 USA Teens’ Top Ten is:

1. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer*
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling*
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney*
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
7. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld*
9. Before I Die by Jenny Downham*
10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

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