Children’s Book Council Winners 2017

The winners of the Children’s Book Council Awards for 2017 – Older Reader’s have been announced.  All shortlisted books are on display at the moment in the Senior Library.

Winner: One Would Think The Deep by Claire Zorn

It’s 1997 and seventeen-year-old Sam is mourning the sudden loss of his mum …
Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she’s dead, it’s worse than ever.
With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.
Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision … will he sink or will he swim.


Honour Book: The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Subhi’s imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he’s spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting hymn to freedom and love.






Honour Book: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley [Available on our digital library]

This is a love story.

It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words.It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.

Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She’s looking for the future in the books people love, and the words that they leave behind.

Librarian Pick of the Week – “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullally Hunt

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullally Hunt

Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia suitable for staff and students.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.

However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities.

New magazine subscription – Bella Rae

We have a new magazine subscription in the Senior Library – Bella Rae.
This magazine is aimed at high school girls – with a mission to empower girls and explore issues that are important to young women.

First edition on display now on the circulation desk – take a look.


Librarian Picks of the Week – Into the White & The Fall

Into the White by Joanna Grochowicz

The enthralling and harrowing true story of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, with evocative photographs, and illustrations by Sarah Lippett.

Together, they have taken on the greatest march ever made and come very near to great success; never giving up, and never giving up on each other.

This is the story of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica and the memorable characters, who with a band of shaggy ponies and savage dogs, follow a man they trust into the unknown.

Battling storms at sea, impenetrable pack ice, man-eating whales, crevasses, blizzards, bad food, extreme temperatures, and equal measures of hunger, agony and snow blindness, the team pushes on against all odds.

But will the weather hold? Will their rations be adequate? How will they know when they get there? And who invited the Norwegians?

Into the White will leave you on the edge of your seat, hoping against hope that Scott and his men might survive their Antarctic ordeal to tell the tale.

The Fall by Tristan Bancks

A fast-paced, action-packed story that will have readers on the edge of their seats, from the award-winning author of Two Wolves.

In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above.

He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall
from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks.

Sam goes to wake his father, Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed.

The next twenty-four hours could be his last.

Inaugural Readings YA Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Readings Young Adult Prize has been announced.

These great Young Adult reads are on display now – come in for borrowing.



The shortlisted titles are:

  • Boone Shepard (Gabriel Bergmoser)
  • Freedom Swimmer (Wai Chim)
  • The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon)
  • Becoming Aurora (Elizabeth Kasmer)
  • The Road to Winter (Mark Smith)
  • Our Chemical Hearts (Krystal Sutherland)


Draekora read by Migali.

The winner of the #fahanlibweek selfie competition was announced today – Migali Ennis-Short wins the $25 book voucher with her amazing underwater entry.

from the fahansnrlibrary feed.

Thank you for all your entries – very creative and fun.  Please go ahead and follow the fahansnrlibrary Instagram feed.

2017 Library and Information Week #fahanlibweek

This week is Library and Information Week in Australia.  We invite you to share your love of reading with our school community by posting a selfie on your Instagram account with the hashtag #fahanlibweek showcasing you reading.

It could be your favourite book, a book you are reading now or one that you would like to read.

At the end of the week we will select the best selfie and that person will win a $25 voucher to spend at the Hobart Bookshop.

If you do not have an Instagram account you can simply email your selfie to

Good luck!

How Employers Use Social Media to Screen Applicants – consider your digital identity.

We all know recruiters use social media to screen candidates on a daily basis. But how are they doing this?
A survey of 300 professionals who are involved in the hiring process at their company was undertaken to understand the use of social networks for screening job applicants. The results of this survey are shown in this infographic below.



  1. Whether you like it or not, hirers are using social networks to screen job applicants. This means it is important to carefully manage your image on these types of sites.
  2. Hirers are looking at the social networking profiles of candidates very early in the process. This means that job seekers need to have their online act in order before they begin looking for a job.

The bottom line is that it is important for users, whether they are looking for a job or building up their professional reputation, to manage their online image across the different social networks they use.



Book Requests – Tell us what you want.

Did you know that the Senior Library takes requests from students and teachers?  If you have a book, or something else, you think would be great in our library, or you see a great read at a book shop – please write down the title, author if you know it, and your name in the little green request book at the library desk.  We will do our best to get in everything you want!

Here are some books requested lately for Middle School students.