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Welcome one and all to Footscray City College’s annual Open Day! This is a fantastic opportunity for us to share what we do with the wider community and to give prospective students and their families an idea about some of the wonderful programs, experiences and services we have to offer. If you’re here on the day, make sure you check out all the great displays and activities around the school. In some areas there will be Passport Activities for kids to take part in, such as drumming in Music, a sports challenge in the Gym, a dry ice experiment in the Futures Centre and a hair raisingly electric activity in the Science area. But of course, the Library is THE place to be! (Check out some of these pop-culture Librarians if you don’t believe me!) While you’re in the Library today why not speak to the staff about our services, check out the Curiositas blog in detail, take a look at the Photography Club and CiNECiTY Film Club displays and have a quick browse at our awesome collection of books. Can you find the Shakespeare books that are over 120 years old?

Now that we’ve shared with you, it’s your turn to share your thoughts with us. As our Library Passport Activity, we’d like you to post a comment to this site telling us what you thought was the best thing you saw at FCC Open Day today. Just click on the title of this post and then scroll down to leave a comment. (You’ll need to do a quick maths equation to prove you’re NOT an evil spamming robot trying to sell us snakeskin handbags!)

Have a great day!openday


EBook Lending Platform New to FCC Library!!

Our library has finally made the move to the digital world of eBooks! We have worked with a company called Wheelers to provide patrons with an easy to use lending platform. To browse the collection of fiction and non-fiction texts just click on the top link to the left of this page! 

You can also visit the site at: 

At the moment the collection is quite small but over time if they prove popular we will acquire more and more! These eBooks can be read online via the internet or offline by downloading the file to your device or netbook. This file will only be active for the loan period, which is 2 weeks. However, some books such as the classic Gutenberg titles are exempt from copyright restrictions and can be kept by all patrons. In order to borrow you must log in using your usual school username and password. Patrons may borrow up to 3 eBooks at a time.

For info about technical requirements have a look here:



Global Express is looking for young contributers…

global-front-300x213Express Media (the people behind VOICEWORKS magazine for young writers) are looking for up to 15 young people aged 12 – 29 years who have a migrant or refugee background to be part of an exciting creative expression and writing workshop series in the Melbourne CBD.

Workshops will be held fortnightly between February and May 2014.
Workshops will be at The Wheeler Centre on Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
All workshops are free!!
Write and create and/or perform original works.
You get paid $100 for your final submission piece and it will also be published.
All published pieces will be launched in mid-2014.
If you have stories to tell and something to express they want to hear from you!
These workshops will be Auslan-interpreted and wheelchair-accessible.
To enquire or apply contact them on:
p. (03) 9094 7891 or
When applying make sure to include:
Your name, age, address, languages spoken at home
A bit about why you want to be a part of these workshops and what you would like to get out of them/learn
A sample of your work (Stories, lyrics, poetry etc)
Applications close Friday January 31, 2014.
This project is a partnership between CMY (Centre for Multicultural Youth), Express Media and Banyule City Council with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts through the Community Partnerships Board and Arts Victoria through the Community Partnerships initiative.

Someone please cover up these covers!! Urgh!

We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” which is generally a good rule of thumb. But it really becomes gospel when publishers make terrible decisions about their covers. Have a look here at some of the appalling cover images bestowed upon some very well known books, as compiled by ‘’.

For example:

Really? No, I mean REALLY!?!




Today we will screen the first session of our HALLOWEEN SPECIAL for CineCity, the 1968 horror classic Rosemary’s Baby. This very creepy movie is a brilliant example of filmmaking at its finest. The cinematography, writing and acting performances all come together to create a feeling of unease and tension. There is also some very interesting social commentary underlining the film which is just as pertinant now as it was in the sixties. As a librarian I must also recommend the writing of Ira Levin, who penned the original novel. We have a number of his books in our collection and he is a personal favourite of mine. Stephen King has described Ira Levin as “the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores.” Chuck Palahniuk, in Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories, calls Levin’s writing “a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used.”

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Cast:  Mia Farrow

            John Cassavetes

            Ruth Gordon

            Sidney Blackmer

Written by:    Roman PolanskiRosemarybaby

Based on the novel by Ira Levin

Genre: Thriller / Horror / Mystery /Drama

Rating: M

Duration: 136min 

Colour: Color (Technicolor)

Country/Language: USA /English

Budget: $2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross: $33,395,426 (USA)

Year of Release: 1968

Production / Distribution Company:

William Castle Productions


Background notes:

  • This was the first film that Polanski made in the USA after making quite a few films in various European countries including his native Poland.
  • Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress which made this film the only horror movie to win an Oscar for acting until The Silence of the Lambs in 1991.


Things to think about:

  • How is the film working to build suspense and tension? Consider the film elements like mise-en-scene, cinematography and sound…
  • Can this film be seen as a feminist text? Bear in mind the 1960s culture when it was made. How much control does Rosemary have over her life and her body? How does this comment on patriarchal society?

It’s Raining Diamonds!

Researchers believe diamonds could be falling from the sky on Saturn and Jupiter!

The atmospheres of our solar system’s gas giants are perfect for creating diamonds, according to new atmospheric data.  Methane is transformed into soot (carbon) in huge lightning storms high in the atmosphere. When it falls it hardens into chunks of graphite and then diamond.  Read this BBC News article for more info.


At the end of last term we ran a competition calling for students to submit reviews of books they had read recently. We received many great entries, all of which will be published here and on Harbinger, the student online anthology. Three reviews were chosen for prizes because they were very well written and demonstrated a real love of reading by the students who penned them. Each of these students will be given a brand new book from a selection in the library!

And so, without further ado, the winners are:

Maddison Vernon-Hayes Year 11

Joel Verth Year 8

Spencer Davis Year 7

(click on their names to see their reviews)

A big THANK-YOU TO ALL students who entered, they were ALL great entries! Remember, the library is ALWAYS on the lookout for writing and art submissions to Harbinger and for book reviews to Curiositas


Just send your work to these email addresses:

For book reviews:


For ANY art, writing or other creative expression, please submit to:


You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter (LINKS BELOW). If you ‘follow/like’ us you can keep up with all the library news as it happens!

2013 Inky Awards Shortlist: VOTE NOW!!

The Inky awards are back once again, representing the best in new literature for young adults as selected by a panel of teen judges from around the nation. The Centre For Youth Literature and Inside a Dog proudly present the 2013 Inky Awards Shortlist:

Gold Inky (Australian books)

Girl Defective – Simmone Howell
My Life as an Alphabet – Barry Jonsberg
Cry Blue Murder – Kim Kane & Marion RobertsGold_winner
Life in Outer Space – Melissa Keil
Friday Brown – Vikki Wakefield

Silver Inky (International books)

The Diviners – Libba Bray
See You at Harry’s – Jo Knowles
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
This Is Not a Test – Courtney Summers
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
 Voting is now open for 12-20 year olds. The book with the most votes in each category will win the coveted Inky Award.

See this earlier post for the Longlist

Famous People and Their Letters

Letter writing may be a long lost communication form due to today’s digital technology, but thanks to the internet we can read some amazing correspondence by some famous people. Letters of Note is a remarkable website that archives fascinating letters from well known people, complete with scans and transcripts of the originals where available. Some of my favourites (though there are too many to add them all) include:

  1. letter to the band Nirvana from recording genius Steve Albini in which he discusses his philosophy on recording rock bands. His take on payment is particularly interesting.
  2. The letter of response from writer Robert Heinlein to his troubled peer Theodore Sturgeon, who asked for help with his writers block. Heinlein sent back a letter with a bizarre and staggering 26 story ideas (two of which Sturgeon ended up using) along with a cheque for $100!
  3. A request sent to director Francis Ford Coppola to make a film based on the book The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton, a favourite of the kids at Lone Star School, California. The letter was sent by Librarian Aide, Jo Ellen Misakian and after reading the book Coppola agreed to make the film. I think we might show The Outsiders for our next CineCity screening since it was thanks to a librarian that it was made at all!

There’s an abundance of literary, quirky, funny, heart-warming and insightful correspondence to be found, so check out the site and dive into a treasure trove of letters!


Where do you fit in the political landscape?

Have you tried Vote Compass ?

It’s an educational tool developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and hosted by the ABC.

Based on your responses to a short questionnaire, Vote Compass generates an analysis of how your views compare to the positions of the candidates in a given election, in this case, the upcoming 2013 Federal election. You don’t have to be old enough or eligible to vote to complete the survey.

This is cool because it allows you the opportunity to engage with and compare the policies of political parties in a clear and simple way. It shows how the parties differ on relevant public policy issues. It’s worth having a look at…