Book Club Meet & Greet

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Last Wednesday we launched our first Book Club meeting for the year, what a great turn out with over 20 girls gathered around the reading area of the Learning Commons.
We each took turns in talking about our favourite books and genres and also took time to think back on picture books that stood out to us in primary school.

Thank you to all the girls who came to our first book club meeting for the year! We’ll be meeting fortnightly on a Wednesday at Lunch time.

Our next meeting will Wednesday 1st of March. Stay tuned for more exciting news and activities coming up!

Happy Reading. Ms Ambrosini

Great new titles for release next year

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Straight from the publishers’ mouths. I attended a preview night last night where different publishers presented their favourite picks for the soon to be released titles for 2017. I can tell you that there are some fabulous debut authors entering the YA scene in 2017 as well as some new titles from favorite authors. There will be new novels from Veronica Roth, Gabrielle Tozer, Melissa Keil, Michael Grant, Garth Nix,  J.C. Burke and Robert Newton among many others!

Worth waiting for: a wonderful collaboration to look forward to is the novel by Simmone Howell, Fiona Wood & Cath Crowley.  We were treated to a reading by these fabulous authors, each responsible for creating a different character in this wonderful story. So look out for the exploits of Ady, Clem and Kate.

Look out for the next in these exciting series: Illuminae #3 my Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff,   The Diviners #3 by Libba Bray and Zeroes #3 by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti

Ms Austin



What have you been reading lately?

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Tell us about what you have been reading. These a few of the books I’ve been reading lately. You can borrow them too from the Learning Commons!

RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)This is an intriguing introduction to the world of Blue Sargent. While she doesn’t have the clairvoyant ability of her family to read the future, she does possess the ability to make the energy stronger.  She becomes enmeshed in the lives of the local Aglionby boys, with strange and tragic stories of their own.

SPARK (Spark #1 ) by Rachel Craw How would you react if  you knew your DNA had been altered? This is the experience for  Evie, who is one day an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.”(publisher’s blurb”). Check out Rachel Craw’s trilogy Spark, Stray & her new release Shield.

JUMP (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams is a really intriguing look into the future of technologies and the fabrication and enhancement of goods and the changing impact of this society on our identiies.

ILLUMINAE (Illuminae #1) This is a great read if you enjoyed the 100 by Kass Morgan. Think artificial intelligence, intergalactic consipiracy and warfare. Be prepared to read official reports, transcripts, secret code, leaked memos and forbidden communications between crew members as our characters battle their way to safety.


Ms Austin


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Congratulations to all those new subscribers to our OLMC Library blog. We hope you enjoyed your delicious sweet treat!

We would love you to write about some of those fabulous novels that you have been reading. Check out our review section on this blog for more details of what to include. Perhaps there is a new film you just can’t wait to watch. Why not tell us all about it?

Make sure you come to our fantastic Christmas morning tea this coming Tuesday in the Learning Commons.  We would love to see you there.

Don’t miss out on our super quiz on Wednesday for Book Club.  Make sure you arrive early for our Rick Riordan extravagansa!

Also we would love you to join us on Friday for Film Fridays in the Learning Commons. This is your chance to check out the fabulous short films produced by students from OLMC.




Why use a database instead of Google?

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Why use a database instead of Google? Because any one can create a website, whether they know what they are talking about or not!

Databases provide access to reliable information from credible sources, which are only accessible through a paid subscription. The Learning Commons subscribe to a number of on-line databases covering all aspects of history, science, Geography, Environmental and Social issues including Britannica an On-line Encyclopedia. These databases can be accessed via the OLMC portal – Learning Commons – Catalogue or Home Page.  So next time you are searching for information for your Assessment Task, use a database! Or ask a Library staff member for help.

Ms Ambrosini

The following video will give you an insight to why you should use Databases instead of Google when searching for information.

Great Australian Fiction

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Why not read local?

We have some fabulous Australian authors with great stories just waiting for you to read.

If you enjoy those international best selling authors, check out some novels with similar themes and ideas with an Australian flavour.

If you love:

The Fault in our Stars by John Green, check out Zac & Mia by AJ Betts

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, try Mercy by Rebecca Lim or Shadows by Paula Weston

We were Liars, check out On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Divergent, try Jump by Sean Williams or The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymuilina

Come check out our display in the Learning Commons for a wider taste of Australian Fiction.

You can also follow the latest updates in Oz fiction at  #LoveOzYA and always remember to click on Inside a Dog for great reviews by teens.

We would love to hear all about the great Oz books that you have been reading. Leave us a comment or write your own review in the Reviews section of this blog.

Ms Rosalie Austin

The Hammer of Thor #2 – Magnus Chase & the gods of Asgard

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The long awaited sequel to ‘Magnus Chase and the sword of Summer has arrived!’ Borrow your copy today.

Ms Ambrosini

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon-the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki-and the price he wants is very high.

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