Category Archives: 2012 National Year of Reading

National Year of Reading wraps up!

George Ivanoff, Patron MGRA, with Matthew Scoot (left) and William Frost.

George Ivanoff, Patron MGRA, with Matthew Scott (left) and William Frost.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Handford’s brilliant series of books “Where’s Wally”, but for those attending the final wrap up event of Mentone Grammar’s National Year of Reading Program held in the Gregory Fish Library on Tuesday 4th December, the focus was on Where’s George?!

Dressed in his old school uniform, George Ivanoff, author of Young Adult novels, Old Mentonian and our Patron MGRA – Mentone Grammar Reading Ambassador – blended into the crowd of students who came to celebrate the culmination of the National Year of Reading 2012 at Mentone Grammar.  Joining George at this event were a number of student MGRAs from Eblana, Bayview and Frogmore campuses, as well as teacher and parent MGRAs.

Thanking George for the generous giving of his time, Head of Library, Miffy Farquharson also highlighted support from our school’s administration and all of the Library Staff who have worked tirelessly to inspire and ignite an enthusiasm for reading across the school.

Mentone Grammar Library Staff (Left to right): Bev Novak, Barbara Edgar, Chris te Lindert, Miffy Farquaharson, Alison Barnett (missing James Farquharson and Colleen Carapetis)

Mentone Grammar Library Staff (L-R): Bev Novak, Barbara Edgar, Chris te Lindert, Miffy Farquharson and Alison Barnett (missing James Farquharson and Colleen Carapetis)

As student MGRAs received certificates noting their involvement, Miffy thanked everyone for their support and involvement in what has been a fabulous year which saw a total of 48 National Year of Reading events held at Mentone Grammar throughout the year.

In response to a query of plans for next year, library staff were quick to dub 2013 as National Year of Reading + 1.   Those attending were told that being a MGRA does not end with a shift to the new year.  Instead they were told “Once a MGRA ….. Always a MGRA”.   Together with current MGRAs, new recruits will be canvassed and badged in 2013 so that we can continue our journey of inspiring reading.


I’m Not Stupid – National Year of Reading

You gotta be in it to win it!!

Be quick!   Entries must be in by May 31st!

Book People Unite!

If you’re a Book Person – tell the world!

Promoted by RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and Library of Congress, the Book People Unite website tells us what we already know:  Books open new worlds and unlock new doors…..   Declare your belief in the transformative power of books by encouraging friends to join the movement!

Tell everyone you know to read, read, and read some more!

Join a National Year of Reading Twitter Chat

Want to see – and enjoy – the value of Twitter!? Come dip your toes – or wings – in and give it a go!

Join a live Twitter discussion for National Year of Reading. Set to start at 8.00pm on April 24th 2012 using Twitter Chat, the theme for April’s discussion will be ‘Feel’ – one of the petals on the National Year of Reading which you can see on the official logo below. Participants are asked to use #NYR12 (so that everyone can see the comments shared) as you discuss reading that reminds you of tactile things or reading that makes you feel.

Not sure how use Twitter Chat? Follow these three easy steps!!

1. Go to

2. Select the ‘sign in’ tab at top right of the page

3. Enter #NYR12 in the search bar and enjoy the conversation!

Never used Twitter but would like to give it a go? Ask one of the Library Staff to give you a hand. See you there!

What’s this year all about?

National Year of Reading 2012 – Presentation made using

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Do you know a Reading Superhero?

Scholastic is running a great competition to find Reading Superheroes.

From the website:

A Reading Super Hero knows the awesome power of reading and loves to read for at least 10 minutes every day. The Reading Super Hero could be your mum, your dad, your teacher, your grandma or it could even be you… Tell us in 25 words or less who your Reading Super Hero is and you could win an amazing Super Hero prize! The most creative and fun answers will win.

The National Prize: 
The ultimate Apple home system including a Mac Book Air, iPad2, the latest iPod — worth over $2000 in total! —and a super Scholastic kids’ library valued at over $500.

PLUS the school of the National Prize winner receives $5000 worth of supplies from Scholastic! The school library also wins an iPad2.

State Prize:

A winner will also be selected from each State and will receive an iPad2 and a super kids’ library valued at over $250!

Enter HERE.

George Ivanoff – MG National Year of Reading Patron – blogs about our launch

The wonderfully generous George Ivanoff has written a lovely post about his experience at the Mentone Grammar launch of the National Year of Reading.

You can his post, and other terrific musings, HERE.

Read This! goes live today – $40,000 to be won!

At the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria they are running an AWESOME competition.

You could share in $40,000 worth of prizes!!!!!! Yes, that’s right. $40 thou. 40 big ones. 40 grand!

So what’s your book pitch?

Got a favourite book? Think everyone should read it? Here’s your chance to convince them – and win! You might not only have them reading it but you could also share in $40,000 worth of prizes.