Love reading? Then come visit the FAL and GFL!

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Or do you just love books and reading?!

Either way – make sure that you pop into the GFL this week to see what’s new!  With Library and Information Week running throughout the week, you’ll find lots and lots of great book suggestions, along with a fabulous display which highlights this years theme:


Join in the GFL celebrations by signing up for the Quiz to be held at lunchtime this Thursday 28th May.  As we always say – you gotta be in it to win it!!

Readers are winners!

James Patterson

James Patterson

Thanks to the generosity of well known author James Patterson, young adult and children visiting book shops in Australia are to be winners.

While touring Australia last week, US author James Patterson has announced he will donate $100,000 to Australian and New Zealand book shops to spend on projects to get children reading. Patterson, has run similar initiatives for booksellers in the US and the UK which have been greatly appreciated by book shop visitors.  Each book shop will be eligible to win $1000 for programs they initiate specifically for young readers.

Mentone Grammar Library Staff think this is pretty awesome!!

Books for boys and girls!

Don’t like the “Boys Books” and “Girls Books” labeling which gets slapped onto the front of books or on book shop displays?Els - victory against boys and girls books

One young girl in England got so annoyed that she decided to do something about it!

The result?

The move to scrap gender-labelling in children’s books is gaining momentum. In the UK, Scholastic has announced it will no longer use gender-labelling in its book titles after receiving a complaint from a young reader who argued that ‘no books should be “for girls” or “for boys”’. This follows a similar announcement from Penguin Random House children’s book imprint Ladybird in 2014.

Clip from Why ANZAC? with Sam Neill

NOTE: Only available internally at Mentone Grammar.

My Life Short Story Competition

My Life Writing CompetitionIf you are an Australian student aged 8-13, you could win $1000 cash plus a full set of signed My Life books written by Tristan Bancks!  To enter, just write a 500 word story about your life that is funny, gross, weird or amazing!!

Entries must be submitted by Monday 31 August 2015.  Check further details about this Random House Competition online!

2015 Inky Awards Longlist announced!

The INKY awards is an annual event hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. The Inkys are the only Australian awards for Young Adults which are voted on by Young Adults.

The 2015 Inky Awards longlist was announcement just last week and includes some awesome titles!


The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

The Awards are named after me, Inky – Inside a Dog mascot and all-round wonder-dog.”

Read more about the books longlisted on the Inside a Dog website and encourage young adults across Australia to put their hat in the ring to be one of the judges.  Read what is involved at:  Want to be an Inky Awards Judge?

My Brother Jack Awards 2015

My Brother Jack 2015The 2015 My Brother Jack Awards is now open to people who live, work or study in the City of Glen Eira (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). There are prizes for short stories and poetry in the categories of Primary School, Junior Secondary School, Senior Secondary School and Open.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the of the My Brother Jack Awards and the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing, any short story or poem set in or around World War One will be eligible for a special prize of $1,000*.

With great prizes to be won, get writing and enter this competition before the closing date of April 27th.

Inspiring a love of reading …..

IMG - Read around World 2It was one lunch time in August of last year that the staff of the GFL, in conjunction with the LOTE staff, ran a very successful Read Around the World program in the GFL.

It is quite exciting to see that an article about this event and other inspirational library programs run in the GFL has been included in the latest edition of INCITE – the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association.

Have a read of it here:
Inspiring a love of reading among senior school students

Get stuck into the Vic PRC!

All students from ELC to Year 12 can get involved in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge!

Come on ….. get reading!!  It’s cool!!!


PRC 2015

A great competition to enter!

Bayside Writing Competition 2015

Open to adults, teens and and junior writers currently living in Australia, the Bayside Writing  Competition 2015 is an opportunity to submit an original piece of writing in any one of four categories:

Open Competition – Short story
Open Competition – Poetry
13-17 years Micro Story (250 words or less)
12 and under – Short Story (500 words)

With prize money to win, this is an exciting opportunity for keen writers to submit their work.  Complete the online entry form and submit writing by April 24th.

You gotta be in it to win it!


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