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.

20 Free tools for creating more interesting assignments

Are you tired of using the same tools to present your work like Powerpoint?Here’s a list of interactive apps and tools you can use to enrich your assignments from copyright-free images to video, data visualisations, and infographics.  These tools are all free and use Web2.0 applications to jazz up your work.  Take a look.

by Abigail Edge


Referencing at Fahan – some reminders and updates

One of the jobs of the library is to assist students, and teachers, with accurate referencing – please ask if you need help!  The Senior Library has updated some information on Referencing on The Tree.  


You will find links to generators, tips, videos, printable guides and more.


For those of you who are not aware.  Fahan subscribes to the SLASA Online Referencing Generator.  Please use this tool as it ensures that your references are consistent.  You will find a link from the Senior Library homepage or other locations in the site.  We have HARVARD and APA versions.  Middle School girls – please use HARVARD.  Senior students – please check with your teachers which style they require.  It looks like this:

There is Junior, Middle and Senior levels – the only difference between them is detail, use anyone that suits your needs.  The generator:

  • Creates references (citations) for a comprehensive range of sources – simply fill in the boxes, press ‘create citation’, then copy & paste into reference list, when all complete put into alphabetical order
  • There are examples of in-text references for each source – which may help senior students when writing assignments


When taking notes or working on your assignments, ALWAYS write down/record the details of your source, or even better create the reference as you are working on your assignment and save into a Word document as you go. This saves you back-tracking later.

We hope this will help you with your assignments and research work.