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Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 27, 2009


Did you know that the food you are buying is pushing Orangutans to extinction? Palm oil is found in most food products and its rampant cultivation is destroying the Orangutans habitat at an alarming rate.
The United Nations has warned that Orangutans could be extinct within a generation if we don’t act quickly.
The simple fact is that you can’t tell whether you are contributing to this crisis because palm oil is not labelled on most food products. Most of the palm oil that ends up in our food is unsustainably harvested. In fact, only one to four percent of the palm oil used in our food comes from sustainable RSPO certified sources. Without proper labeling we as consumers cannot demand palm oil that is sustainable RSPO certified in our food products.

You have a right to know whether the products you buy contain palm oil. However without legislation change, palm oil will remain unlabelled and you will continue to push orangutans towards extinction.

Do the right thing that let FSANZ know that you want the right to choose what you put in your mouth! Follow this link to sign the petition.


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New Fiction July 09

Posted by rportelli on August 21, 2009

Here are some new books that we have in the library.  Come in and have a look!

The trouble with sauce by Bruno Bouchet (BOU)

Stolen by Lucy Christopher (CHR)

Flitterwig by Edri Cullen (CUL)

It’s yr life by Tempany Deckert (DEC)

High stakes and hunted by Alex Duval (DUV)

The viking invader by Fergus Fleming (FLE)

Dark summit by Nick Heil (HEI)

Lessons for a werewolf warrior by Jackie French (FRE)

The night they stormed Eureka by Jackie French (FRE)

The year my sister got lucky by Aimee Friedman (FRI)

Polar boy by Sandy Fussell (FUS)

The dragonfly pool by Eva Ibbotson (IBB)

After by Sue Lawson (LAW)

Perry Angel’s suitcase by Glenda Millard (MIL)

Season of secrets by Sally Nicholls (NIC)

The devil you know by Leonie Norrington (NOR)

Wings by Aprilynne Pike (PIK)

Extreme kissing by Luisa Plaja (PLA)

The bride’s farewell by Meg Rosoff (ROS)

Fill out this application and wait over there by Ruth Starke (STA)

Measuring up by G. J. Stroud (STR)

Loving Richard Feynman by Penny Tangey (TAN)

Lucky by Rachel Vail (VAI)

Pink by Lili Wilkinson (WIL)

Beatle meets destiny by Gabrielle Williams (WIL)

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Wings review

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 21, 2009

Aprilynne Pike
Rating: Very Good
Located on the fiction shelf under PIK

Laurel’s family has just moved to a new town so her father can open a bookstore. This means that Laurel, who has been homeschooled all of her life will have to start going to high school. She quickly becomes friends with David, despite feeling closed in at school. But then Laurel finds a bump on her back, which keeps getting bigger and bigger. At first she ignores it and hides it from her family and friends, but eventually she has to tell David when she wakes up to find a wing-like blossom has grown from the bump.
David and Laurel set about trying to figure out what’s going on with her body. David, the science wizz, concludes after looking at Laurel’s cells through a microscope that she is more plant than human. But it takes a trip back to the woods behind her old house and an encounter with the handsome Timani for Laurel to realise that she’s a faerie! She also learns that it’s up to her to save her old home from the evil that is trying to take it away from her, her parents and the faeries that live there.
Wings was a really enjoyable story to read. It had a unique twist, was funny at times and overall a very entertaining story. Laurel was a very likeable character, although I felt that David was a little boring at times. But both them, and the other surrounding characters grow through the novel and you really get to know them.
Another blogger mentioned something about the possibility of there being a sequel which would be interesting, especially with the growing love triangle between Laurel, David and Timani.

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Creative Writing Contest!

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 20, 2009


A creative writing competition is being run at Salesian College! Students can either write a short story (500-800 words) or a poem (4 stanzas). Your entry must be handed to your English teacher by the 18th of September.

Those entries that come first, second or third receive a prize and will have their work published in this years Year Book.
First Prize – $50
Second Prize – $30
Third Prize – $20

Good luck!

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Changes to the Fiction section

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 20, 2009

You may or may not have noticed some changes that have taken place in the Library recently. We found that we had a lot of space on our shelves so decided to shorten and get rid of some of them. We’re really happy with the results!

As you can see in this photo, we’ve cleared out some shelves from the front of this big window. It opens up the area a lot, and lets a lot more light in.


And in the next photo you can see that we’ve taken off the top shelf in this row of fiction. We found that the top shelf was much too high for some people to reach, so now, with the changes, the top shelf is much more accessible. Plus there were little windows hiding behind that top shelf, which are now opened up and letting more light in.


If you have a chance make sure to come down to the Library to check it out in person. The big windows (which are in need of a clean at the moment) look out to a garden, although the trees in it are quite big so we’re hoping to plant some smaller plants in the future.

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Alice in Wonderland trailer

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 19, 2009

One movie that I’m particularly interested in seeing when it comes out next year is Alice in Wonderland. The book ‘Alices Adventures in Wonderland’ (which the library has by the way) has been made into many films over the years but this one should be interesting as it’s being produced by Tim Burton. Apparently he’s doing it the way ‘Alices Adventures in Wonderland’ was originally meant to be like! It’s also got a few great actors in it, with Johnny Depp playing the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter the Red Queen, Stephen Fry the Cheshire Cat and more. The movie is due for release here in Australia on March 11, 2010.
Anyway, check out the trailer!

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Exchanging Lives review

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 17, 2009

exchanging-lives-buchananExchanging Lives
Kathy Buchanan
April, 2009
Rating: Good

Exchanging Lives is a very light and fun novel about two young girls from Sydney, Australia. Charlie and Annie used to be friends, but once they hit high school, Annie joined the popular group and pushed Charlie away. Now both girls have been chosen for an exchange student program where they will spend 3 months in America with a host family. Annie is supposed to be going to New York where she’s excited about checking out the latest fashions, and Charlie is supposed to go to a small town in Ohio, where she’s excited about finding out what living on a real farm will be like. But their parents, who are also friends, decide to pull the ultimate switcheroo and send Charlie to New York and Annie to Ohio with interesting results.
Exchanging Lives was a nice story about what real friendship is about, and making the most of what life throws your way. Both girls learn a lot about themselves and each other in their 3 months away, and also to look beyond their first impressions of places and the people they live with.

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Second Star to the Right review

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 17, 2009

secondstartotherightSecond Star to the Right
Deborah Hautzig
2008 (first published 1981)
Very Good

 Second Star to the Right is an incredibly moving story about 14 year old Leslie Hiller. Leslie is a perfectionist and constantly worries about disappointing her mother. To take control, and she believes, to make herself happy she decides to go on a diet. But things get out of control, when Leslie can’t stop dieting. She starts eating less and less, believing that she’ll know when she’s thin enough. But she’s never thin enough. Soon Leslie is throwing up whatever she eats, throwing food out her bedroom window and is too exhausted to even go to school. Leslie is aware that she’s slowly killing herself and that she needs help, but finds it impossible to bring herself to eat.

Leslie is soon admitted to hospital, where the treatments and reactions to anorexia seem very dated. It frustrated me so much whenever someone asked Leslie ‘couldn’t you just eat a little so you put on weight?’, not realising there was more to her problem than that.
There is no proper outcome at the end of the novel, which left me wanting to know what happened to Leslie. But overall Second Star to the Right was a very good, and often sad, read. I found it very interesting to see anorexia through the mind of someone suffering from it.

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New Fiction

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 13, 2009

Check out some of the new books the Library has gotten in recently. You can find these on our new book stands as you come in the Library.

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The Year my Sister got Lucky review

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 13, 2009

The Year My Sister got Lucky
Aimee Friedman
June 2009
Rating: Very Good

Katie and her sister Michaela are extremely close, more like best friends. They have lived in New York all their lives, both attend a prestigious ballet school and both love their lives in New York. Or so it seems.
Katie is devestated when she finds out that she has to move with her family to a small town, called Fir Lake, in upstate New York. It’s nothing like her beloved New York City. The people are overly friendly, her new ballet school is, to put it bluntly, a joke and they actually live near real cows! Katie immediately sticks out like a sore thumb, with her ‘New York’ sense of style and attitude. But to her surprise and horror, Michaela fits in straight away.

As Michaela settles into her new country life, making friends, gaining a footballer boyfriend, joining the yearbook team and attending homecoming, she and Katie grow apart. Katie finally does start making friends and trying new things, but she does this reluctantly. And then she finds out that Michaela has been hiding things from her, important things that she would usually tell Katie. Can these sisters also be best friends?

I had added The Year my Sister got Lucky to my wish list on Amazon, only to have it bought by my Library the next day. What a coincidence! And I’m glad I got to read it too, as it was a wonderful and entertaining book, with a great message about how your attitude effects your situation. Both Katie and Michaela were likeable, in their own way. Neither of them were perfect and made plenty of mistakes through the book, but this was part of what made them so likeable and real. The Year my Sister got Lucky is a great story about sisterhood, change and growing up that I’d definitely recommend.

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