Library and Information Week 2018

This week is Library and Information Week!  The theme this year is “Find yourself in a library”.  We are lucky to have an excellent school library and a space for study and relaxation – so find yourself in our library this week.

To celebrate we are running a competition – find the hidden tickets located in our print collection.  A lot have been found already, but many more are still waiting for you to discover.  When you find one, fill it out and put into the competition box on the circulation desk.

Winner will be drawn next Thursday – Good luck!

Did you know…LINC databases

Are you ready to take your research to the next level by using up-to-date digital resources such as journals and e-databases?

Did you know that LINC have nearly 50 databases that you can access with your LINC library card?  If you are a LINC member, use your membership number and PIN to log-in.

There are many great and relevant databases for you to use, such as:

AustLit is an excellent resource for teachers and students, at primary or secondary schools. Use AustLit to explore the many ways Australians tell, retell, and think about stories. You can find biographical and bibliographical information about thousands of authors and works, and explore curated content relating to Australia’s cultural history.

PressReader – delivers an endless stream of top news stories to read and share.  Get full issues of top newspapers and magazines.

Health, Social Sciences and Business Collections – Informit provides access to a wide range of subjects. You have read full text journal articles and editorials.


How to I become a LINC member?

For students, you need to go into a LINC library to join, bring along a parent or guardian to show proof of current address and agree to our terms and conditions on your behalf.


Librarian picks of the week – Teen Breathe & The Endsister & Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah

We have the latest issue of the popular Teen Breathe Magazine available for borrowing from today!  If you haven’t seen it yet, it is a magazine filled with articles and tips about living a more positive life and being a person who’s comfortable and proud in their own skin.




Middle School Reading

The Endsister by Penni Russon

Unforgettable characters, chaotic family life and an intriguing ghost story combine in this funny, absorbing tale of a family who inherit a mansion on the other side of the world.



Senior School Reading

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Chon and David Levithan

Siblings Sam and Ilsa Kehlmann have spent most of their high school years throwing parties for their friends – and now they’ve prepared their final blowout, just before graduation.

The rules are simple: each twin gets to invite three guests, and the other twin doesn’t know who’s coming until the partiers show up at the door. With Sam and Ilsa, the sibling revelry is always tempered with a large dose of sibling rivalry, and tonight is no exception.

One night. One apartment. Eight people. What could possibly go wrong? Oh, we all know the answer is plenty. But plenty also goes right, as well…in rather surprising ways.

Magazines – now available for borrowing






The Senior Library subscribes to a range of magazines for education and leisure. They are located in the magazine nook and on display around the library. You can now borrow any edition for up to one week.  Go ahead and take one home today!

Librarian pick of the week – Indigo Blue by Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson is an Australian sailor, who, at just 16 years of age, completed a solo circumnavigation of the southern hemisphere; now Watson has added bestselling author to her already incredible resume. Indigo Blue is her first YA novel (the other being an autobiography), and features her first-class knowledge of sailing and boat matinence, as well as a combination of fascinating Australia history, magical realism, and romance.

Here is the blurb from the publisher:

Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown – the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex’s classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn’t care less about them . . . or so she tries to tell herself.

As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. An offer to help a shy classmate with a history assignment leads to a curious discovery and the beginnings of a friendship, but it’s Sam – the sailmaker’s apprentice – and his mysterious ways that really capture Alex’s attention . . . 

Recommended for Middle School students and anyone interested in sailing. Available now for borrowing.

Happy Library Lover’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Library Lover’s Day in the Senior Library!
When you come in today you will notice a Book in Jar Competition.  Can you guess what books are in the 5 jars?  If you can, fill out the entry form and put in the box.  You might win a $25 book voucher from the Hobart Bookshop.  Winner will be drawn next week.  Good luck!

Object Design 2017 display

Mrs Mac’s Computer Graphics class is currently exhibiting their Object Design final works in the Senior Library.  They are fantastic – make sure to have a look when next journeying through the library.


Librarian picks of the week

My Side of the Diamond is a breathtakingly brilliant new novel from international, award-winning author Sally Gardner.

This book is hard to define. Part mystery, part love story, it’s about the mysterious disappearance of a teenager, a girl
who jumps from a building and just disappears into thin air. Her best friend is searching for answers. The presentation of the novel—as a moleskin journal—and the illustrations throughout add to this extraordinary reading experience.

Untidy Towns, by debut author Kate O’Donnell, who is our featured author this month. The story is about Addie, who finds the pressures of Year 12 at her Melbourne boarding school
way too much and so she ups and leaves and heads back to her mother in the small country town she’s lived all her life. The book looks at the many challenges facing teens as they move from school to adult life.



Clan of Wolves is the second book in the Tarin of the Mammoths series

(we brought you book one in February). I’m really enjoying this Stone Age series about a young boy with a twisted leg on a quest that forces him to face his demons and find his courage. In this second book, Tarin must make some tough choices about continuing his journey.

New fiction

We have some great new titles just in today in the Senior Library.

A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland.

This book is delicious. It’s the story of Esther Solar who comes from a family who believes they are all cursed and destined to die from their greatest fears. When Esther comes face-to-face with Jonah Smallwood, a boy from her past, he encourages her to face her fears— one terrifying nightmare at a time. Funny, moving, romantic, tragic, quirky, this wonderful novel is peppered with bizarre and lovable characters and a few surprising twists.


Maybe is the latest title from Morris Gleitzman, the next chapter in the story of Felix, hero of Once, Then, After, Soon and Now. Set in 1946, Felix is now fourteen and is offered a trip to Australia—maybe this new country will be a home for Felix, if he can escape his past.



Beautiful Mess is the winner of the 2016 Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing and it’s a fantastic debut from Claire Christian, who is our featured author this month. It’s the story of Ava, who has lost her best friend to suicide and she’s a mess of anger, despair and grief. It’s the story of Gideon, who is a mess of anxiety and shyness that manifests in self-harm. It’s the story of how these two beautiful, messy people save each other. Compelling and so, so readable.



Genuine Fraud is the new novel from international sensation, E. Lockhart (We Were Liars). The novel is a psychological thriller that grips you from the start— which is really the end—as we uncover the truth about the morally dubious Jule. There are twists and turns galore. Even if you guess the ending (or the beginning…), the journey there is full of surprises.



The Fifth Room by A.J. Rushby is also a thriller, one which looks at issues around medical and scientific ethics. These issues are raised through the story of Miri, a brilliant young medical student who finds herself chosen by the Society, an illustrious medical research organisation. How far is Miri willing to go for her career?




The Book of Secrets is the first title in a new series called Ateban Cipher, written by A.L. Tait, whose previous series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, was a huge hit. This latest series centres on a mysterious book written in code and the orphan boy on a quest to uncover its secrets.