Author Archives: Library

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Year 5 Live Key Production

During May, all of our Year 5 went on an excursion to St Helena Island to learn about some of Queensland’s colonial history.  The students had a very enjoyable and informative day, but their experience didn’t end there.  For the past few weeks since the excursion, the Year 5 students have been hard at work in pairs, writing scripts for a tourism promotion for St Helena Island Prison.  They have selected various shots of the previously filmed scenes, and included these in their scripts when they wanted them appear within their advertisement.  This week they visited the Centenary Library, which was turned into a studio complete with a chroma key screen, lights and and teleprompter. The boys then eagerly created their videos  while the rest of their classmates were able to see the finished composite on the screens around the library.


 It was a very engaging activity and the boys loved being instantly transported back to the island.   While each group presented, a fellow student controlled the speed of the teleprompter; some of the boys even had time to learn the live chroma key software and control the media and camera themselves.   This activity introduced many of the students to a new set of ICT skills, and gave them a better understanding of the ‘magic’ that takes place behind the scenes of TV programs.  The boys all left with a finished video product that could be played back in their classroom setting.


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Academic Support

Academic support is a wonderful service performed by some of our year 12 boys.  They generously give up their own time to assist other students in their studies.  Today it was a privilege to witness these boys helping younger students in different areas of study.  Not only were the boys being helpful but they were setting a wonderful example for their younger peers.  It certainly is a great opportunity for the younger students to not only access support, but to get to know these year 12 boys.  Academic support is on offer in all three of the libraries at Brisbane Grammar.


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The First Library Legend — the Legendary Mr Timms

“Last Friday, the school launched its first Library Legends session with the lovable character, Mr Timms, Head of Year Nine, discussing his preferred readings from his childhood to the present day. When he was in his early years, he buried himself in books by Enid Blyton, while now he likes to devour Empire magazines.

At the beginning of the presentation, Mr Timms recalled his childhood memories of reading books by Enid Blyton, and talked about her Famous Five series in particular, picking out parts of the third book, Five Run Away Together, to read to us as an example of her style of writing. Furthermore, he claimed that Enid Blyton was the “J.K. Rowling” for kids, before the Harry Potter series was written. I quite agree with him since, after reading a couple of books in her Secret Seven series, I discovered that through her simple, easy-to-understand style of writing, she delivers vivid descriptions and exciting actions embedded with deep, important messages. After that, Mr Timms recollected memories of his early years when he with his brother and cousins pretended to be the Famous Five (though at the time they did not own a dog), seeking out exhilarating adventures and fun. At other times, he waltzed around his ‘haven’ — a colossal, thickly-rooted Moreton Bay fig, where he would climb the large branches to read more of the Famous Five.

Next, Mr Timms told us about the books his three boys like to read. One of them loves to read books like the Percy Jackson series, while his two other boys like books about sports such as cricket. He also told us that he encourages his boys to read for at least 20 minutes at night before sleep, which is good since research shows that reading benefits sleep.

These days Mr Timms enjoys reading Empire, a British film magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media, consisting of film reviews, movie news, and interviews. On Sunday mornings, he likes to plop a physical copy of the newspaper in front of himself (earth-shatteringly not on any type of modern 21st century technology), while he clutches a warm cup of coffee in his hand.

Mr Timms concluded his fabulous presentation by giving us numerous useful quotes about books in general. He is a truly wonderful Library Legend, and there will be more fun and interesting presentations like his awaiting you in the future.”

By Yicheng Zhu 8C


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Library Lovers Day

Since 2006, 14 February has been celebrated around the world not only as Valentine’s Day but also as Library Lovers Day. It was initiated as a reminder to politicians of the value that libraries add to the entire community.

Here are a few interesting facts about libraries in Australia:

  • There is one public library service point for every 15 000 people and more than seven out of ten public libraries are open for more than thirty hours per week.
  • Almost 174 million items were lent to 10 million members of Australia’s public libraries. There were more than 112 million visits annually or more than nine million a month.
  • Almost 40 million items (1.7 items per person) were made available for the use of the community and more than $128 million was spent on ensuring these collections remain up to date and relevant (more than half of the collections are less than five years old.
  • There are 203 university libraries, used by around one million staff and students every year.
  • There are more than 9,000 school libraries and some 12 million people visit our National, State and Territory libraries every year.
  • Behind the scenes, 2,000-plus special libraries provide services for business users, lawyers, health professionals, government officials and other information consumers.

(Details from ALIA, the Australian Library and Information Association)

In the Centenary Library this week our Year 7 and 8 boys enjoyed speed dating a book, trying out a new title every 5 minutes until they found a perfect match. Some were even brave enough to venture on a blind date with a book, promising not to unwrap it until they reached home, and not to return it until they had read at least two chapters. In the Senior Library, red hearts containing love quotes decorated the columns, while the boys were offered romantic fiction with a bonus red chocolate heart if they borrowed today.


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Library Scavenger Hunt

There was a distinct air of anticipation amongst the Year 7 and 8 students this week as each class arrived for an introduction to the exciting space that is our 7/8 Library. Word had filtered around that there was a scavenger hunt during the lesson with chocolate for the winning team!

As the students entered they were divided into teams of five, with each group given a basket, an instruction sheet made up of QR codes, an answer sheet, an iPad and a laptop. Each group then had to find a fiction book, a non-fiction book, a magazine and an ebook related to a particular period of history (Pre-History, Ancient Worlds, Medieval Times, Australian History, The Wars, Post-War Era) and answer questions using the internet and iPad apps. (Copies of all the documents we used can be found here).

This was a truly engaging experience, with the students all actively participating and keenly focused on answering their questions as quickly and accurately as possible. Those who finished early had fun creating short movie clips of what they had learned using the iPad app Funny Movie Maker.

To make the experience even more memorable, each student was given a ‘show bag’ as they left containing information about our 7/8 Book Club, our 7/8 Maker Spaces Club, ‘power searching’ information, bookmarks, a Library pen and a lollipop! We thank Ms Hunter for her hard work in creating this wonderful learning experience for our boys, and hope to see a lot of them back in the Library on a regular basis.

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Middle School Library Repaired

After the severe hail storm last November, our Middle School library was quite badly damaged with around 800 books soaked and the ceiling and carpet needing to be replaced. Over the holidays the builders, maintenance staff and library staff have worked hard to get the library ready again for the new school year.  Books are back on shelves, the furniture has been rearranged and the library is ready to welcome the Year 5 and 6 students!