Library Lovers’ Day is on its way!

There’s nothing nicer than being able to celebrate a day of love!

Library Lovers’ Day, which is traditionally celebrated on February 14th in Australia, is inextricably linked to Valentine’s Day.  This is the reason that the fun competitions run in our library are focused around encouraging students to write love poems and letters.

This year, students are encouraged to write a poem about their favourite person, pet or library!   Entries should be placed in the box on the GFL front desk by Thursday 11th February.  Include your name and House and you will be in the running to win a Village Movie pass or a small Valentine’s bear.

While visiting the GFL, check out the displays and be sure to take a Speed Book Date!   The plain paper bags scattered around the GFL are labelled to indicate the gender of the novel’s main protagonist – pink: female, blue: male and green: both male and female.

Happy Library Lovers’ Day everyone!

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Awesome! Illuminae is to be made into a movie!!

Are you an Amie Kaufman fan?  How about Jay Kristoff?

Both are YA authors and come from Melbourne and just recently they published Illuminae, the first of a trilogy which has already garnered excellent reviews.

IlluminaeAnd if this isn’t exciting enough, the recently published International edition of Illuminae was listed just three weeks ago on The New York Times’ Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list, debuting at #5.   At the time of writing this post, Illuminae has skyrocketed to #3!

Almost probably this awesome listing has been propelled by the recent announcement that Brad Pitt’s movie production company, Plan B Entertainment, makers of World War Z and Twelve Years a Slave, has teamed up with Warner Bros to bring Illuminae to the big screen.

Wow!!  Fantastic news!!

If you haven’t read Illuminae yet, it’s no surprise.  It was published just a few months ago.   Stand in line though to get your hands on the book, it’s bound to be a ‘must read’ for YA fans!

And to think … just a couple of months ago, we were lucky enough to have Amie Kaufman visit our senior campus library.  She ran one of the most awesome writing workshops I’ve ever been lucky enough to attend!  I guess she will now be in hot demand for repeat visits to schools.  Without a doubt, those schools won’t just be in Melbourne!

Congratulations to both authors for this fantastic achievement!


The notJack Writers’ Prize

notJackThe notJack Writers’ Prize recognizes the significance of place for Australian writers and encourages submissions from people in any area.

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry.   Check the notJack Writers’ Prize website for the entry form, guidelines, prizes and other details.

The youth category is open now and closes 14 March 2016.


Book Week 2015 Day #7: Guest Illustrator Jacqui Grantford

Book week 2015 at the GFL continued today with another great guest speaker Jacqui Grantford.  Today’s talk was entertaining and engaging for the audience with so much to cram in over a short lunch break with students and staff.  One of our participating students had his portrait painted by the artist.  Caught on Canvas.

 

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This concludes our guest speakers for 2015.


Speed Book Dating!

It’s Book Fortnight in the GFL!

With a whole series of activities and events including competitions and author visits happening in the GFL over these two weeks, today was Speed Book Dating in our Senior Library where staff and students had a fun one minute to ‘sell’ their book to other contestants then rank the book presented to them from ‘doesn’t interest me’ to ‘awesome’.   While competition was fierce, a great sales pitch given by English Teacher Ms Jen Yoffie of her favourite book, The Year of the Flood written by Margaret Attwood, was a clear winner!

Pictured with the winning book is Ms Jen Yoffie, Alex (Year 12), Mr Henry Kiss and Robert (Year 11).

Congratulations and thanks to all contestants for an awesome event!

And the winner is!


Free eBook from iTunes – August 16

Who doesn’t love finding out science-y stuff?!

Where do all the teaspoons go?

Why do cockroaches ooze white stuff when you squish them?

Fee eBook!

Dr Karl’s Little Book of Trivia 101

Check out Dr Karl’s Little Book of Trivia 101! Free this week on the iBooks store.


Book Week 2015 Day 5 Marc McBride visit

Day 5  lunchtime visit to the GFL was none other than Artist/Illustrator of the Deltora Quest series Marc McBride.  Very entertaining and a great way to end the week.

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Book Week 2015: Books light up our world

Book week 2015 at the GFL Library is here! Day 2 of week 1 and the library has had two guest illustrators – Kevin Burgmeestre and Serena Geddes. Great way to finish on day 2 with Hakuna Matata from The Lion King.

 

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The Ampersand Project

Be inspired!

Melissa Keil was the first time winner of the 2013 Ampersand Award with her debut novel: Life in Outer Space!  This year, Melissa’s second novel: The incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl is short listed for theThe Ampersand Project Children’s Book Council of Australia Award.

Whip out your pens and start writing so that you are ready to enter The Ampersand Project.

What is it? An opportunity for unpublished writers to get published!
What’s the goal of the Ampersand Project? A way to find brilliant debut novels and new authors!
What’s to be gained? The selected writer will get a contract, an advance, and serious editorial development to bring their book to market.
When must manuscripts be submitted? From Tuesday 1 September until midnight on Monday 14 September 2015
More information: The Ampersand Prize


My Story My Content – Short Film Competition

Another awesome opportunity to create a short film and be in the running to win some awesome prizes – including $1000 for the first place winner – has been announced.

My Story My ContentTo be created around the theme ‘Movies Matter’ submissions of 60 second films from students across Australia are invited.

Submit entries online and read more about this fabulous competition here.

All entries must be submitted by August 10th 2015.


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