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?
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
by Joshua “Corporate drone Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) hates his soul-killing job at software company Initech. While undergoing hypnotherapy, Peter is left in a blissful state when his therapist dies in the middle of their session. He refuses to work overtime, plays games at his desk and unintentionally charms two consultants into putting him on … Continue reading Movie Review: Office Space (1999)
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)
“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
This week hundreds of thousands of children across Australia are celebrating their love of books with Book Week. Book Week is an initiative of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and has been running since 1945. The CBCA mission statement is; “to achieve positive social impact by engaging the community with literature for young … Continue reading The Reason for Book Week
Last term, during the Trinity Arts Festival, the Arthur Holt Library held a poetry competition with a difference. Students were challenged to write a sonnet (in the Shakespearean style) fold it into a paper aeroplane and throw it across the quad. Prizes were awarded for creativity of composition, the longest distance travelled, and best … Continue reading ARTS ALOFT with the Soaring Sonnets Competition
The July issue of Delicious was filled with tempting dishes to warm the cockles of the soul and banish the discontent of winter. Slow cooked this, hearty that, pulses and legumes, nourishing soups. And the librarycook did try. The Three Cheese Lasagne was OK, but its attempt to replace Bechamel sauce with three different cheeses … Continue reading The librarycook sells out
When I was assigned this post by Miss Mileto, I had no qualms, read a book from a genre of which i was inexperienced. I read a lot, what would be the problem? I had forgotten how distracting the lure of procrastination can be! In the time I had planned to read Stormbreaker, the first of … Continue reading Alex Rider, dated yet worthy
When I started in the library in Term 4 last year, Ms Gaspari handed me an Avant Guard postcard with the details of a “Changed My Life” campaign, an initiative of the Copyright Agency. Her words were simply “ To get you into ‘Library land’ I would like to extend the challenge to you to … Continue reading Which Book Changed Your Life?