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Welcome, Term 1 2011

Posted by SalesianLibrary on February 7, 2011

Hi everyone! Welcome back to school 🙂 I hope you’ve all had a fantastic holiday and are very refreshed and well rested. Did you manage to read any good books while you were away?

As you’ll probably have noticed (if you’ve been into the Library) there have been a few changes in the Library since the end of last year. Firstly we have two new staff members in the Library. Mrs Lewis is our new Librarian, who will be replacing Mrs Stanislawski for the first half of this year and Mrs Sten is our new Library Assistant and has replaced Mrs Ryan. I hope that you’ll come down to the Library to meet them sometime and make them welcome!

You’ll also notice that we’ve changed the layout of the Library! Firstly we’ve straightened up the shelves so they look a lot neater. This has created a dedicated Fiction section on the right hand side of the Library where the class area used to be. The class area has now been moved over near the computers. I think it looks fantastic, it really freshens the Library up! I hope you’ll come down and check it out.

We’ve also got some fantastic new books in while you’ve been on holidays! Mrs Lewis and myself made a trip to Big W the other day and filled a trolley full of books (mostly fiction) that we hope you’ll like. These will be processed this week and hopefully be available for loan by next week. 🙂


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Girlfriend Fiction Series

Posted by rportelli on July 16, 2010


Girlfriend Fiction is a collaboration between Allen & Unwin and Girlfriend Magazine.  There are currently 19 books in the series, with another one to be released in October.

We have recently purchased a copy of  The Boy/Friend for the library. 

Maude and Lou are best friends who live in the same street. She’s a smart girl from a sensible family. He’s a weirdo – a punk-rock musician. Despite being different, they’ve always hung out together. But when Lou asks Maude out on a date, all that changes.

A date with your best friend? How could that ever work?

We also have other books in this series available for borrowing:

My Life and Other Catastrophes    

Bookmark Days

Big Sky                                                        

Something More

Step up and Dance                                

Winter Grace

The Indigo Girls

How I Lost My Girlfriend and got her back Again

Go to the Girlfriend Fiction website to have a look at their other available titles.

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Posted by rportelli on June 18, 2010

We have some new zombie books for you to read – enjoy!

ZOMBIE BOOK 1 : Zombie Queen of Newbury High

    Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. Rob-super hot football god-has asked her to prom! Life couldn’t get any better. Enter Samantha -cheerleader queen and Miss Popularity-who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date. Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn’t end up dumped in front of the whole school. So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice-her holistic, hypochondriac best friend-and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with her. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus on her whole class instead, and she is their zombie leader! At first she loves all the attention. But when she learns from zombie hunter hottie Chase that her classmates will actually try to eat her in a few days, she’s not too thrilled. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but in the meantime, she’s suggesting that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.


ZOMBIE BOOK 2: Zombie Blondes

From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
     A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
     The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
     But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .

ZOMBIE BOOK 3: I kissed a Zombie and I liked it

 Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .

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Read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner for free

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 8, 2010

If you head on over to you’ll be able to read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner for free until July 5 2010. This library will still be getting a copy in. We got notice a couple of days ago that it’s been released and is on it’s way!

Thanks to Skerricks for posting about this on her blog.

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Book of the Week: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 31, 2010

As soon as I saw this book I knew I…I mean the Library had to have it! I’ve tried a few of Martha Stewarts recipes and they always turn out delicious. This cookbook ‘Martha Stewarts Cupcakes’ is full of amazingly beautiful looking cupcakes, some simple, some filled and a few more detailed.

Title: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes
Author: Martha Stewart
Publication Date: June 2009
Location in Library: In non fiction under 641.8 STE
Blurb: Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated, cupcakes are the treats that make everyone smile. They are the star attraction for special days, such as birthdays, showers, and holidays, as well as perfect everyday goodies. In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share 175 ideas for simple to spectacular creations–with cakes, frostings, fillings, toppings, and embellishments that can be mixed and matched to produce just the right cupcake for any occasion. Alongside traditional favorites like yellow buttermilk cupcakes swirled with fluffy vanilla frosting and devil’s food cupcakes crowned with rich, dark chocolate buttercream, there are also sweet surprises such as peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, dainty delights like tiny almond-cherry tea cakes, and festive showstoppers topped with marizpan ladybugs or candy clowns.

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Reading Blog

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 28, 2010

Due to the fact that I’ve created this blog mainly for the students and staff at the school that I work for, I only write about books that we actually have in the library. But what you might not know is that I’ve also got another blog that I write which is a more general reading/book blog for all the books that I read. I enjoy reading both adult and young adult fiction, and every now and then some non fiction (mainly history based). So this other blog that I have, which is called The Readers Nook has reviews, wish lists, books that I’ve purchsed/borrowed/won and other interesting book related news. So if you’re interested in reading about books other than young adult fiction, head over to The Readers Nook and check it out.

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Book of the Week: Soulless

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 14, 2010

Title: Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: October 2009
Location: In Fiction under CAR

Blurb: First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social ettiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia is responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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Book of the Week: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 25, 2010

This week’s book was inspired by the new Alice in Wonderland movie, which is fantastic. If you haven’t seen it yet, I definitely recommend it, especially in 3D! This is a beautifully but very strangely illustrated version of the book which we’ve just got in at the Library.

Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Illustrator: Camille Rose Garcia
Year: 2010
Location in Library: CAR
‘Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!’
Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has delighted the world with a wildly imaginative and unforgettable journey, inspiring children of all ages to suspend disbelief and follow Alice into her fantasy worlds. This new gift edition present Carroll’s tale fully unabridged with a unique visual interpretation by renowned artist Camille Rose Garcia.

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New Fiction Feb 2010

Posted by rportelli on March 12, 2010

We have acquired many new fiction books, which have been carefully selected for your reading pleasure.


SKULDUGGERY by Derek Landy (LAN)

Who is Skulduggery Pleasant?

Skulduggery Pleasant:  The Faceless Ones

Skulduggery Pleasant:  Playing with Fire

Other new books:

Molly Moon, Micky Minus  and the mind machine by Georgia Byng (BYN)

Allie Finkle’s rules for girls: the new girl by Meg Cabot (CAB)

Princess of  Egypt by Vince Cross (CRO)

Oliver Nocturne: The Demon Hunter by Kevin Emerson (EME)

Oliver Nocturne: blood ties by Kevin Emerson (EME)

Jaguar Warrior by Sandy Fussell (FUS)

The 13 treasures by Michelle Harrison (HAR)

Children of the lamp:  The Blue Djinn of Babylon by P.B. Kerr (KER)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days by Jeff Kinney (KIN)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (KIN)

Headgames by Casey Lever (LEV)

Nightmare Academy:  Charlie’s Monsters by Dean Lorey (LOR)

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (MAR)

The hunt for Ned Kelly by Sophie Masson (MAS)

The Chaos Code by Justin Richards (RIC)

Cave to empire by P.D. Richards (RIC)

Anonymity Jones by James Roy (ROY)

The Seven Month Itch by Allison Rushby (RUS)

When the hipchicks went to war by Pamela Rushby (RUS)

The Edge Chronicles:  Vox by Paul Stewart (STE)

Little Paradise by Gabrielle Wang (WAN)


Miley Cyrus:  miles to go

Find out about Miley and her rise to stardom, written by Miley, herself!

You will find this book in the non-fiction area under 782.4216 CYR.

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Competition & Blog

Posted by SalesianLibrary on July 16, 2009

I’ve recently (as in just now) found out about a great little website called Windowpane Memoirs. The creator was such a great reader and fan of reading that she decided to start her own website. It has lots of reviews and, the main reason I’m letting you know about the blog, competitions.

Right now the site is running a Harry Potter competition, which is perfect considering the next movie has been released! Click here to be directed to information about the competition and to enter yourself. Or click here to go to the home page of Windowpane Memoirs.

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