What are you reading now? This is a question I am asked by (and ask of) students and staff regularly. And, yes, I have the New York Public Library tote bag to match! According to author, entrepreneur and journalist, William Schwalbe, this question can change lives, creating a shared universe for people who are otherwise … Continue reading What are you reading now?
According to Chinese mythology, long ago there was a monster named Nián (年) (which translates to 'year' in english). Nián lived in the deepest depths of the ocean and would come up once a year to fest on humans and animals that lived in a nearby village. On this day, the townspeople and animals … Continue reading The History of Chinese New Year
In theory, the recipe chosen by the librarycook for the November blogpost was the best and most reader-friendly yet. About 20 minutes of anything resembling work, and days of reading time while the dough proved. And yet. The dough was made on a Wednesday afternoon, and used on a Friday evening, thereby providing a good … Continue reading The librarycook kneads some dough
The Big Lebowski is cult classic comedy film focusing on the character of “The Dude” Lebowski and his bowling troupe. The movie presents “The Dude” and his associates carefree characters and drags them into a series of convoluted events, all of which test and define the character of “The Dude”. The movie manages to excel … Continue reading Movie Society review: The Big Lebowski (1998)
Every year in Australia in the lead up to both ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, there is a wave that rolls through Australian society. It is not a tidal wave, destroying everything in its wake, nor is it merely a ripple that goes ignored by all but the most sensitive of souls. It is a … Continue reading How should we remember them?
By: Aidan ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ manages to combine sci-fi speculative fiction and surrealism to create film that manages to make sense, which in both genres is a virtue that is often neglected. Furthermore, it explores many aspects of relationships including clashing personalities, rough breakups and sacrifice to name a few. These aspects … Continue reading Movie Review: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is only the second zombie film I have ever watched (the first being World War Z), yet despite my lack of experience I could certainly tell that Edgar Wight’s first film is the pinnacle of this genre. Wright’s use of music is masterful, and I was constantly surprised at the way … Continue reading Movie Society Review: Shaun of the Dead (2004)
“SUCCESSFUL READING is, in some respects akin to successful detective work.” (Cramer, 1970) The essential element of making predictions while reading is exquisitely portrayed by Cramer (1970) in his article ‘Setting Purposes and Making Predictions: Essential to critical reading’. He describes the way Sherlock Holmes instructs his close friend Watson in the ‘art of deducing … Continue reading YEAR 7 Wide Reading – Reader Predictions
With spring almost with us, the librarycook had a revelation, and a dilemma. Recipes for warmer weather don’t usually meet the librarycook’s requirement for reading time. Despondently, the librarycook rifled through the pages of the September Delicious magazine, becoming ever more despairing. Almost all the recipes required constant attention – attention that should more reasonably … Continue reading The librarycook springs into action
Of course a library these days is more than just books, but did you know that the Arthur Holt Library subscribes to the Bolinda Digital eAudiobook platform on behalf of our students and staff? eAudiobooks are narrated books that you can listen to on your smartphone, iPod, tablet or any device with an MP3 player. … Continue reading A Lesson in Listening