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HUNDREDS OF NEW eBOOKS AVAILABLE FROM THE LIBRARY’S ePLATFORM

The library has recently added over one thousand new and classic ebooks to our online collection. Ebooks are great because they can be accessed during school holidays, weekends, at midnight; in fact they can be accessed at anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection! You can read them on your netbook or tablet or smart phone, and now our collection has been bolstered by the addition of hundreds of the hottest titles in YA literature as well as the old classics. We have the latest Harry Potter volume as well as other hot series’ by authors like Derek Landy, Veronica Roth and Amie Kaufman, so the collection has definitely improved since the last time you may have checked it’s virtual shelves.

You can browse our ebook collection by visiting footscraycity.wheelers.co . For the easiest and quickest way to read our ebooks you should download the ePlatform app from the app store that matches your device:          button-play-storebutton-app-store

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Once you’ve done that, search for our school and login using your compass details – then you can start borrowing and reading. With this app, once you’ve borrowed your book you don’t even have to be online to keep reading it!

So why not download the app and take advantage of the huge range of ebooks you can read over the school holidays.

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It’s been a while…. but we’re back!

Well, it’s been quite a while since we’ve posted anything here on Curiositas – but that just means we’ve been busy!!

In the first half of this year our library’s many extra-curricular clubs have continued to thrive, with Caught Read Handed Book Club and Photography Club recieving record high attendance numbers. Our Chess Club’s FCC Knights have been to a few inter-school tournaments and are gaining a reputation as fierce competitors, bringing home a few trophies! CiNECiTY, our library Film Club continues to screen a diverse range of classic, foriegn and arthouse films on Wednesday afternoons during Terms 2 and 3.

We will also be hosting a couple of excursions to the Melbourne Writers Festival in August, where students will hear authors discussing their latest books and the books they love or have inspired them. If you’re interested in attending one of the two whole day outings, please come and speak to the library staff. You may have heard that some keen FCC students have formed the inaugural Melbourne Writers Festival Youth Program Advisory Committee!! If not, then read all about it here.

As well as providing all these amazing extra-curricular opportunities our library continues to support our school community in the delivery of the curriculum by helping staff with resources for class, providing a fantastic range of online and print reference material which is searchable via our library website and by continually updating our vast fiction book collection. We have a huge range of diverse novels, biographies, picture books, comics and graphic novels and we are always buying in more.

And speaking of new fiction take a look at some of these great new books now available in our library:

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn onewouldthinkthedeeponewouldthinkthedeep

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.

broBro by Helen Chebatte

What happens when you mix teenage boys, a fight club and ethnic rivalries?  You get war. Romeo Makhlouf knows the rules. Stick with your own kind. Don’t dob on your mates or even on your enemies. Respect the family. But even unwritten rules are made for breaking. Fight clubs, first loves and family ties are pushed to the limit in Helen Chebatte’s explosive debut novel.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona


Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)!

The Road to Winter by Mark Smith

Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company. He has stayed alive for two winters—hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage. But Finn’s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is a Siley—an asylum seeker—and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn’s help. Kas is still missing somewhere out in the bush. And Ramage wants the girls back—at any cost. The Road to Winter is an unforgettable novel about survival, honour, friendship and love. It announces an extraordinary new talent.

Black by Fleur FerrisBlack

Ebony Marshall is in her final year of high school. Five months, two weeks and four days . . . She can’t wait to leave the town where she’s known only as ‘Black’. Because of her name, of course. But for another reason, too. Everyone says Black Marshall is cursed. Three of her best friends have died in tragic accidents. After Oscar, the whispers started. Now she’s used to being on her own. It’s easier that way. But when her date for the formal ends up in intensive care, something in quiet little Dainsfield starts to stir. Old secrets are revealed and terrifying new dangers emerge. If only Black could put all the pieces together, she could work out who her real enemies are. Should she run for her life, or stay and fight?

blacksadBlacksad by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido 

Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido’s sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the “red scare” Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.

Feel free to come and chat with us in the library if you need any help with schoolwork, research or finding a book to read. We’re always happy to help.

READING AND DIVERSITY MATTER

Sara Farizan, Will Kostakis and Amie Kaufman; three of the amazing and diverse writers who spoke at the 2015 Reading Matters Conference

Sara Farizan, Will Kostakis and Amie Kaufman; three of the amazing and diverse writers who spoke at the 2015 Reading Matters Conference

Some of our library staff recently attended a two day conference called Reading Matters, run by the State Library’s Centre for Youth Literature. There, we heard some amazing discussions involving a host of Australian and international authors and illustrators of young adult (or YA) literature.

One of the overarching themes of the conference was the importance of the existence of a wide variety of texts with diverse characters, each telling stories from as many different perspectives as possible. The authors who spoke of this need were themselves from very diverse walks of life, who felt the need to write the kinds of stories that they were never exposed to when they were young because YA books were predominantly written with very western, straight and conservative characters at the fore.

Readers need to identify with the characters in a book and believe that they are real; therefore books need to reflect the diversity of people in the real world. Thankfully, these days, the YA market is full of amazing and diverse stories featuring characters with many different genders, races, religions, sexualities, abilities, dreams, needs, flaws, illnesses… the list goes on and on!  And this is exactly the point! Diversity is a fact of life and the stories we share should reflect that diversity or we are doing our young adults a disservice.

People learn through experience and reading is the sharing of experience. Books have the power to shape, change and even save lives, as the authors we heard speak will attest. A teenager who may not know how to deal with certain issues can safely share the experiences of the characters in a novel and thus become enlightened about how best to conduct themselves. They will learn about the consequences of certain actions. They will see other people’s points of view. It may help them comfort or support their friends or families. It may indeed change or save their life.

FCC Library endeavours to reflect the wonderful diversity of our own school community through the selection of our collection. We have novels, comics, picture books, biographies, non-fiction and short story collections which we feel have as much diversity of content and characters as is available in YA books today. Our staff love to help students select books so come and speak to us if you need anything specific or if you just want to chat about books.

The hashtags #YAmatters and #weneeddiversebooks have been trending on social media recently. Check them out for more perspectives on this topic.

 

Issues in Society

R142200-1_v385CoverOur library has recently subscribed to the Issues in Society series published by Spinney Press. They are a valuable resource for students who are researching current issues, as they curate content from a variety of sources and put them in one clear volume. They can be accessed in both print and digital formats from our library. Here is what Spinney Press says of the series:

Issues in Society is an invaluable series of books which contain previously published information sourced from newspapers, magazines, journals, government reports, surveys, websites and lobby group literature.

The series offers up-to-date, diverse information about the social issues shaping our changing world. Each book explores a range of facts and opinions, providing the reader with a concise overview of the topic.”

Some of the topics covered include online safety, wealth inequality, animal welfare, youth unemployment, sexual health, violence and obesity, but there are many others.

The print books are available for short term loan R142200-Coverv382incomewealthandinequalityfrom the library’s circulation desk. However you can also read and download digital copies from our library website as long as you are logged in to your school Google account (YOUR USERNAME@footscray.vic.edu.au).

Follow this link to see the digital copies: library.footscray.vic.edu.au/issues-in-society—spinney-press.html New titles are added to the collection as they are published.

Please speak to our dedicated library staff if you have any questions.

Watch Nick Lake talking about his new book

Our library has just purchased Nick Lake’s new YA book, There Will Be Lies. Here are a couple of videos of Nick talking about the new thriller. His other books, Hostage Three (about modern pirates kidnapping a rich family) and the Blood Ninja series (about un-dead samurai warriors) are also available to borrow…

New Arrivals

As you know we are always getting new books into our library. Here are a few to check out:

A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell

LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DIANNE TOUCHELL ON RADIO NATIONALA Small Madness | FRONT COVER (10 September 2014)

Rose didn’t tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she could, leaning over the bathroom basin, looking into her own eyes until they disappeared behind the fog of her breath. Looking for something. Some evidence that she was different now. Something had shifted inside her, a gear being ratcheted over a clunky cog, gaining torque, starting her up. But it didn’t show. How could all of these feelings not show? She was a woman now but it didn’t show and she couldn’t tell anyone.

A devastating, compelling novel that will get everyone talking, from the author of Creepy and Maud.

STORM by Tim Minchin

22997383A storm is brewing at a London Dinner party. When Tim meets the mysterious fifth guest at the table, small talk descends into a battle between science and belief.

Audiences around the world have been wowed by the lyrical wonders of Storm in its viral smash-hit animation form. Now fully reimagined with original artwork, this sparkling ode to scepticism by multi-award-winning comedian and musician Tim Minchin is brought to life for the first time in a book. Includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman.

INFOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MUSIC by Graham Betts

Discover what’s on ZZ Top’s mind, the degrees of separation between Indiana Jones20706944 and Rihanna, the most popular songs chosen for funerals and more!! Infographic Guide to Music presents unique, witty and surprising facts about every music genre, from pop, rock, indie, house, dance, electronic, rap, country and classical. Mixing musical stats with facts on all your favourite leading legends, it features infamous and often ludicrous tales of the music business. More than just a book of words, with graphs, Venn diagrams and charts, this book provides a unique overview of the music world, boasting over 100 original artworks and illustrations and at-a-glance facts to amaze and astound readers.

FOR THE FOREST OF A BIRD by Sue Saliba

24709229A novel about love and the things you can and can’t change, from the winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction, Sue Saliba.
‘I want to tell you that he’s coming home. . . and it’s going to be like it was before he went away, before everything broke apart.’
Nella waits for the swallows by the creek each spring. It’s a secret vigil she’s followed ever since her father left.
This year she’s going to take him with her . . . but can we ever return to the way things were?
A novel about love and the things you can and can’t change, from the winner of the Victorian’s Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction.

REALITY BOY by A.S. King20454066

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child television ‘star’ struggling to break free of the oppressive anger he’s felt since he was five years old. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth – which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle – and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts; everyone is just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that – until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

WE ARE ALWAYS GETTING NEW BOOKS…

FCC Library is always buying new books to add to our amazing collection. Here are a few to peak your interest, but there are many, many more. Just speak to the library staff to help find the perfect book for you!


 

the lost boyTHE LOST BOY by Greg Ruth

Nate’s not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, Nate is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy. Some mysteries are too dangerous to leave alone . . .

 


GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smithgrasshopperjungle

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend, Robby, have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean. Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town America in this ground breaking coming-of-age stunner.

 


STUNGSTUNG by Bethany Wiggins

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered-her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighbourhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she’s right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .


 

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: http://footscraycity.wheelers.co/ 

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: http://footscraycity.wheelers.co/help

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