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About mgslibrary

What we do, how we do it, and what's coming up in the world of books and information.

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Elon Musk, one of the most innovative and visionary minds of our time, credits his success to just eight books he has read!

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If we don’t already have the book you want to read on our shelves, we will purchase it for you!


Check ’em out!

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The Inky Awards are books that have been voted on by YA readers across Australia, so if you haven’t read any of these books yet, come and collect a copy from the GFL.

Mentone Grammar has already had two students apply and be selected to be a an Inky Judge, so if you love reading, talking about books and debating what makes a great book, then apply now to be a 2017 Inky Awards Judge!

Come and chat with any of the library staff in the GFL to find out more.


How a Teacher Librarian can help you!

Thanks Chris Riddell for this awesome poster which sums up all that a Teacher Librarian can give school library patrons!

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Library Poster
23rd February 2017

 

 


STOP-LOOK-LEARN #2

Could there be life on other planets?

New discovery by NASA just announced.


STOP-LOOK-LEARN #1

Human population growth through time

Be sure to watch this video to the end.


Are you an aspiring astronomer?

If the answer to this question is a resounding YES, then gain inspiration from a 15 year old Caulfield student.

Reported in last Saturday’s Age newspaper, Will Stamp, a Year 11 student at John Monash Science School, discovered a variable star using his home computer and an interstate telescope.

He kept a keen eye on his patch of sky for six months, during which time he studied more than 250 images. The amateur skywatcher was looking for stars with a fluctuating light intensity – the hallmark of stars that change in brightness, which are known as variable stars.”

Melbourne teen discovers star 300 times the size of Earth. (The Age, February 10th, 2017)

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Pretty impressive for someone so young!  With a ‘can do’ attitude, we are positive that you too can reach for the stars!

The GFL receives hard copies of Melbourne’s newspapers daily which are available from the front desk.  Want to read these newspapers online but not sure how?  Ask the library staff for assistance.

Be informed.  Be knowledgeable. Get into the habit of reading what’s happening in our world on a daily basis.  Newspapers are a great resource for both local and international news!


Come check out the revamped GFL!

After a considerable amount of effort and with the grateful assistance of some strong hands, the start of 2017 has seen the revamp of the Gregory Fish Library, our senior school library, fondly known as the GFL.

The makeover has indeed given new meaning to the term ‘flipped classroom’ as quite literally, the mass of student desks on one side of the old library have swapped places with the shelves holding the wide range of resources in our various book collections.  Resources are easy to locate and a friendly library staff member is always around to lend a hand.

We are open for business as always: Monday-Thursday 8.00am-6.30pm and Friday 8.00am-4.00pm (except for morning recess daily & Wednesday afternoon when we close from 12.30-3.30pm).

Come visit and check out our new look!

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Getting Hooked on Reading in the GFL!

From little things big things grow!

That is certainly the intention of a new program begun with some of our Year 11 students.  Hooked on Reading, a program which will build bridges through reading between our International and Non-International students is a new initiative that is having a trial run in the Gregory Fish Library at lunchtimes over the next few weeks.

Aiming to assist our International students gain confidence and improve their ability to read, write, listen and speak English, a side benefit of the program undoubtedly will be to provide an opportunity for all students to develop friendships with each other and learn more about each others’ lives, lifestyles, country and culture and in the process build a warm and welcoming community in which all students participate.

While early sessions will focus on getting to know each other, it is anticipated that future sessions will be relaxed and casual in which students will be able to interact and talk about reading and books or even share a story together.

The first session which was held on Tuesday 26th April (see some pictures below) started with a small group of interested students, but any Year 11 students are welcome to join the next session on Tuesday May 3rd and future sessions which will be run over the next few weeks.  Speak to GFL staff for more details.

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Inky Longlist 2016 announced!

Inside a Dog have just announced the longlist for the 2016 Silver and Gold Inky Awards.  Selected by teens, for teens these books represent the best of the best!

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Gold Inky Longlist

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Silver Inky Longlist

Students interested in being an Inky Awards Judge to select which 10 books from this longlist will make the shortlist, should submit applications here be Monday 28th April.

Don’t hesitate!  Get your applications in!  Mentone Grammar has already been honoured to have two of our students as Inky Award Judges!