YEAR 7 Wide Reading  – Reader Predictions

“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

The Reason for Book Week

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

ARTS ALOFT with the Soaring Sonnets Competition

  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 librarycook sells out

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

Which Book Changed Your Life?

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?

Book Review : RECKONING – Magda Szubanski

The Arthur Holt Library staff have been instructed to "read outside our habitual boxes" during the Whitsun term and then to share our adventures on this blog. For me this meant picking up a biography.   Though biographies and autobiographies are some of the most popular items bought from Australian book retailers and borrowed from … Continue reading Book Review : RECKONING – Magda Szubanski

Why reflect on learning?

By Vicki Courtenay, Teaching and Learning Librarian` As educators, we often ask students to undertake a process of reflection following the completion of an assessment / assignment / presentation. Occasionally, students offer up insights about their process and strategies and muse on ways to improve them. More often than not, however, what a teacher reads … Continue reading Why reflect on learning?

A better Library experience with RateIt

This term the Arthur Holt Library will be conducting a small scale demographic study of how staff and students use our services and spaces. We strive to provide the very best services possible and therefore we must also ensure that we regularly check that the reality matches our expectations. The Library is a place where … Continue reading A better Library experience with RateIt