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Horror Library Display Pt2

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 6, 2010

So we’ve been working on our horror display in bits and pieces all week and I think it looks pretty good now. I’ve taken a few more photos this morning for you all to have a look at, but I think you should come down to the Library to check it out in person. We’ve had a student working on her own display table as well, and she’s just finished that. It looks fantastic! Definitely worth having a look at!

This is a picture of the table the student decorated. She’s gone crazy with the spider web but I think it looks really effective. She’s also cut out some little bats to hang, some which are flying around and some which are asleep.

Here’s another picture of the table! I love it!

And here are some pictures of some of the props that have been added to the display. They’ve been kindly donated by some of the staff that work at the school and I think they look really good. Very creepy!


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Blogs that I follow

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 4, 2010

It’s been a while since I last did a ‘Blogs that I follow’ post, so I thought I’d do an update! The following are a few blogs that I follow, a couple of which I’ve only just found recently but that I’m really impressed with. I seem to follow mainly college oriented blogs, but that’s because I like the styles of clothes/furniture/accessories they show and I like the fact that most of the things they show are able to be achieved on a budget. So here we go…..

College Candy

I’ve been following College Candy for quite a while now. It’s my guilty pleasure, I love it so much. The articles are all submitted by college students and there are some really clever, well written articles on there. Some of the articles cover some fun topics such as fashion, cooking, reading and gossip under sections titled ‘haha’, ‘Cool Stuff’, ‘Style’ and ‘Buzz’, whereas on the other end of the spectrum there are the more serious articles which cover relationships, whether it be with family, friends or partners, fitness and wellbeing, college issues and internships under sections titled ‘Relationships’, ‘Reality’ and ‘Body’.

College Fashion

College Fashion is another blog that I’ve been following for a while now. I think that I originally found it through College Candy. This is a site which, as it’s title says, is purely about fashion. One of the reasons that I love it so much, is that everything is aimed for college students, so it’s all very young, fresh and….most importantly….reasonably priced! The site is aimed towards American students, which is the only catch, but a lot of the sites they recommend do ship to Australia which is great. They also offer some great specials, links to interesting sites, great recommendations for fashion for young people and real life experiences of students doing internships and jobs. Definitely worth a look!

Lovely Undergrad

I only just found out about Lovely Undergrad and I’m already hooked! This was another blog that I found out about through College Candy. This is also aimed at College Students, however it’s more aimed at decorating dorm rooms or apartments. I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas for decorating my own house through this blog already, and as it specializes in smaller rooms/homes I think it’d be perfect inspiration for those of you who are moving out of home next year, be it to university dorm rooms or your own house/apartment. The blog also has some great articles for students about things such as choosing a university/college to suit them, about moving in with a room mate and whether to live on or off campus. I must admit that I mainly love it for the decorating ideas though, as I like most of the things they recommend, plus it’s all very fresh and bright ideas. The other bonus is that, being aimed at college students, most of the recommended ideas are either DIY or budget.

Just Flew the Coop

Just Flew the Coop is another new blog which I’m already addicted to. Like Lovely Undergrad this blog is more aimed towards decorating and designing college dorm rooms or small apartment/flats. I love the styles on this blog as they’re so bright and fresh, and exactly how I want to decorate my own place! In fact I’ve already got some great ideas from Just Flew the Coop. I do also like the fact that they include articles about fashion and accessories (and some beautiful pieces at that),  and everything you need to know about living out of home. She even has real life articles about her own home and her decorating tales which I really love reading.

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High School Students Budget: $9.95 Movie Tickets

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 3, 2010

I know how hard it is to get by on a low budget, especially that of a High School Student. But we all still need our entertainment and the cheaper, the better! Which is why I thought I’d share this recent deal that I found, with all of you. Through this website movie buffs can now get Hoyts movie tickets for only $9.95. If you’re going to take advantage of this deal you’ll have to do it quickly, as it ends in just under 16 hours. The tickets are valid for up to two months, for any movie session at Hoyts cinemas, except for sessions after 5pm on a Saturday.

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Horror Library Display Pt1

Posted by SalesianLibrary on August 3, 2010

We wanted to celebrate book week in the Library, however we thought that the theme ‘Over the Story Bridge’ was a little young for our High School student audience. Which is partly why we went with a horror theme, the other part being that it tied in perfectly with our ‘Zombify it’ competition. So we’ve started decorating the library! You’ll be able to see in the pictures some of the things we’ve done so far (more are to come) and the fact that we’ve probably gone way over the top with the spider webs. lol But I like our book displays that we’ve done, the spider webs, tombs and bats give it that extra bit of spookiness, plus I love our Grim Reaper who is watching over the students and books!

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Zombify it! Competition

Posted by SalesianLibrary on July 26, 2010

Ever been reading a book and suddenly thought ”this would be so much better if someone had thought to put zombies into it’? I know I have! Which is partly why I decided to run a competition for the Library titled Zombify it!

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to take a chunk of text from a book you feel can be improved by zombies…and put zombies in there! The text you take from the book should be a maximum of 250 words.

 The competition is open to all Salesian Students, and entries can be handed in to the Library Staff, from Monday August 2 to Tuesday August 24. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be announced at the end of August. We have some great prizes for the winning three entries, including book and movie vouchers!

Remember, you must include the title and author of the piece of work you are zombifying or your entry will not be considered. Please also remember to make sure your full name, home group and year level are on your entry otherwise we will not know who you are!

 Good luck!

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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 25, 2010

We now have in the library two copies of  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer.  This book is a spin-off from the book Eclipse and details the newborn vampire world from the perspective of Bree Tanner.  This is a relatively short read of 192 pages and includes the elements of romance, peril and suspense.

If you  can’t get hold of the book in hard copy, it is available to read for free online until July 5th.  


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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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New Fiction (May 2010)

Posted by rportelli on June 11, 2010

We have had some fantastic new books added to our collection over the last month.  Please see below for the new titles, all are now available to borrow.


Johnny Delgado : like father , like son by Kevin Brooks (BRO)

British front by Eric Brown (BRO)

Firebug by Eric Brown (BRO)

Crow girl returns by Kate Cann (CAN)

Soulless : an Alexia Tarabotti novel by Gail Carriger (CAR)

Untamed : a house of night novel by P.C. Cast (CAS)

Lolli’s apple by Tomas Fleischmann (FLE)

The cold heart of summer by Alan Gibbons (GIB)

Now by Morris Gleitzman (GLE)

Beautiful malice by Rebecca James (JAM)

The worst thing she ever did by Alice Kuipers (KUI)

What now, Tilda B? by Kathryn Lomer (LOM)

Fury by Shirley Marr (MAR)

Send Simon savage by Stephen Measday (MEA)

Scout by Dee Phillips (PHI)

House rules by Jodi Picoult (PIC)

Two-timer by Bali Rai (RAI)

Double vision : two short stories by Norman Silver (SIL)

Keeper of the grail by Michael P. Spradlin (SPR)

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (STI)

Never bite a boy on the first date by Tamara Summers (SUM)

Destiny’s right hand by Michael Wagner (WAG)

Them by Lee Weatherly (WEA)

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Book Trailer – Uglies & The Host

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 10, 2010

This is a Book Trailer that I made up for a couple of books. The first is for Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and the second is for The Host by Stephenie Meyer. They’re very basic book trailers, so don’t expect too much! lol I had made them to be displayed in the Library that I work in, so unfortunately we couldn’t have any sound.

I’m very happy to note as well that the Uglies trailer has been shown by library designer Kevin Hennah in his talks around Australia and Asia so that’s a bit of an ego boost 🙂

Check out the LCD screen on the Library front desk to see these and more books trailers, Library news and new books displayed there.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Book Trailer – Uglies & The Host“, posted with vodpod


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