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Reading Challenge Reviews: Things Lost, Found and Rediscovered

We managed to squeeze one Easter themed book into the mix for our Reading Challenge this week (given that this month's theme is "Religion and Philosophy", and Easter is coming up at the end of the week, it seemed timely). Ironically, it's not actually about Christianity. We'll have to see what we can rustle up for next week. Mind you, it could be argued that Easter was originally a pagan holiday, in which case we've got just the right book for this week.

Brenda found a book about a Lost Thing, which invited readers to come to their own philosophical conclusions regarding the story. Samantha read a book about finding a more Australian symbol for Easter (to replace rabbits). Sharon took up the bonus challenge and read a book about pagan faiths, which touched on the idea of finding and rebuilding lost faiths. You could say we "found" a lot of interesting things this week.

Have you "found" anything interesting to read?

Brenda read The Lost Thin…
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Easter Long Weekend and Anzac Day Opening Hours

In the coming two weeks there will be some changes to the JCU Library opening hours due to public holidays for the Easter long weekend and ANZAC Day. We wish you a safe and happy break during this time. 

Easter Long Weekend

The opening hours over the Easter period are as follows:

The Cairns Library building will be open for staff and students via swipe card access only:

Good Friday to Easter Monday 10.00am – 12.00am

There will be no access to the print collections on these days. Library staff will be available for assistance via phone 4871 5500 or Chat during the Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library opening hours.

Easter Friday      19 April    Closed
Easter Saturday  20 April    1.00pm - 5.00pm
Easter Sunday    21 April    Closed
Easter Monday   22 April    1.00pm - 5.00pm

The Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 24 Hour InfoCommons will be open for the entire long weekend.

The ANZAC Day public holiday falls on Thursday, 25 April this year.

The opening ho…

Reading Challenge Reviews:

April's theme of "Religion and Philosophy" is certainly giving us some scope to play with, for our 2019 Reading Challenge.

This week, Tasch brought along a book by Alain de Botton, who is well known for making philosophy accessable to the average person.

Sammy and Sharon both looked close to home for their exploration of the "Religion" side of the coin, with both looking at books that use art to explore the Dreaming of Australian Aboriginal Peoples (although the target audience for each book is quite different).

Natascha Kucurs read The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
Feeling unpopular, broke, frustrated, inadequate, broken-hearted, or life is just flat out difficult? Then this is the book for you. What’s not to love about philosophy? Who would’ve thought that it could be used to reflect upon and help sort the every-day concerns of every-day people.
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Database overview - Liebert Online Journal Collection

Do you need to find information at the cutting edge of ecological psychology? Or wanting to know more about vector borne diseases? Liebert Online Journal Collection can help. This resource is internationally renowned for publishing cutting edge medical research.
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Reading Challenge Reviews: Mindfulness and Mind Bending

Let's kick off April's theme of "Religion and Philosophy" in our 2019 Reading Challenge with two very different books. One is a non-fiction reflection looking at the monastic life, the other is a beloved children's novel looking at a decidedly different kind of inner life.

Brenda Carter read Meditations: On the Monk Who Dwells in Daily Life, by Thomas Moore.
Have you ever considered entering monastic life or wondered what it might be like? Thomas Moore left home to enter a seminary at thirteen and spent the next twelve years in the Servite Order, a life characterised by dedication to community and contemplation. After leaving the order, he has spent the rest of his life as an academic, musician, psychotherapist, husband and family man.
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Reading Challenge - April: “Religion and Philosophy”

We're four months into the 2019 Reading Challenge, and it's time to get deep and philosophical.

The theme for April is "Religion and Philosophy", which gives you a good reason to raid the 100s (Philosophy & Psychology) and 200s (Religion). If you've never been down that end of the library, you're in for a treat - it's fascinating territory.

But let's not forget that, for our Reading Challenge, you also have to fit in a work of fiction. So you just may have to track down some novels with religious themes, or perhaps some philosophical fiction - or maybe even some books written by philosophers?

I've you've been looking for a good excuse to read Atlas Shruggedor Utopia, now's your chance! Or you could just take the opportunity to re-read the Chronicles of Narnia (fun fact: we have the Chronicles of Narnia in French, German and Italian - and, of course, in English).

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Following the trail...

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Credo: A really useful database

We have blogged about Credo before, but if you're new to study, this database is definitely worth adding to your research toolkit.

Credo is an online, full text reference library which includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art, to literature, to law. It's a great place to find definitions and gain an overview of a topic. For example, a search for "climate change" will return a list of subject-specific sources (science, history, geography, tourism etc) that you can choose from according to your research focus.

Results can be filtered by subject, media, date and even length. Some searches link to a Topic Page that curates relevant resources from a range of source types, while others include a Concept Map that you can use to find related topics to refine or expand your research. Audio, citation, print/export, email, and translation tools are located at the top of each article.

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Reading Challenge Reviews:

As March and it's theme of Languages and Literature is winding up, we take a look at a wide variety of books for this week's reviews in the 2019 Reading Challenge.

Special guest reviewer Theresa Petray read Margaret Atwood's retelling of a Shakespearean play. Scott reviewed Don DeLillo's novel about a man learning German. Sharon revisited Jasper Fforde's mind-bending trip into a world where literary characters can pop out of their books (and people on the outside can pop in). What's the common thread? Why, languages and Literature, of course.

Theresa Petray read Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold, by Margaret Atwood.
Hag-Seed is Margaret Atwood’s re-telling of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. It is part of a series of modern Shakespeare remakes published by Hogarth Press. Shakespeare is a key name in the world of literature, and his work has influenced contemporary storytelling and even language in really interesting ways.
Hag-Seed is a bit tongue-in-cheek in its re-te…

Harmony Day 2019

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Reading Challenge Reviews: Complicated Families and Easy Languages

March is marching on in our 2019 Reading Challenge. With this month's theme being Languages and Literature, we have the chance to explore works from the 800s and works from the 400s - both of which provide us with some good reading.

This week Brenda explores a family saga, while Sharon goes on a treasure hunt with grammar lessons. What have you been reading?

Brenda read The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy
If you enjoy late Victorian/Edwardian English literature, you are in for a treat with The Forsyte Saga. Spread over several generations, this three-part novel explores the fate and fortunes of the Forsyte family and those who marry into it. The Forsytes are a family to be reckoned with. Although they are not part of the aristocracy, they have accumulated wealth through trade, mining and professional occupations, and wield huge social influence due to the extent of their possessions.
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