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52 Book Challenge - Week 5

Well, we've read books from our childhood, books from other people's childhood, books from the past and books from the, er, more recent past.

The 52 Book Challenge is keeping us on our toes, and hopefully you're enjoying it, too. Remember, you can jump in and out of the challenge at any time, and as long as you're reading a few books this year that you might not have read unless "challenged" to do so, everyone wins!

In this week's challenge, things get real - or at least, non-fictional:

5. A non-fiction book

We may have a few of those in our library.

In fact, most of the books in our library are non-fiction, so knock yourself out.

Are you new to the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up with what we've done so far.

Reading Challenge Week 4 - A Book Published in the Last Year (or five)

It can often take a while to read the 'latest releases', but here are a couple of titles we recommend that were published in the last five years.

Scott Dale read The narrow road to the deep north by Richard Flanagan

I am always glad to read something new and I love to read Australian stories. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (820A FLA(R) 1C NAR) snuck into the five-year newness criteria necessary for this week’s challenge.

This book won the Man Booker Prize 2014 and I have been meaning to read something from Flanagan for years but I had no idea of the journey ahead. The book takes readers to some dark places with much of the story set in a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway. Alongside the unthinkable hardships, there is a lot of love and light that comes through in what is a very powerful novel. The book is dedicated to Flanagan’s father who was himself a surviving prisoner who worked on the railway described in the book. 



Brenda Carter read Qu…

Australia Day opening hours

James Cook University Libraries in Townsville and Cairns will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Friday 26th January 2018. The Townsville 24 hour Information Commons will remain accessible on Australia Day.

The Libraries will reopen on Monday 29th January. See the full library opening hours online.

New students to JCU will find there are normally community events held on the public holiday. Check out the Australia Day website for Queensland to see if there are any events in your area.

52 Book Challenge - Week 4

Last week we challenged you to read a book published over 100 years ago. This week we're bringing it closer to home:

4. A Book Published In the Last Year

Now, we're magnanimous librarians. And we spend a lot of time teaching information literacy classes where we point out that information is "current" if it has been published within the last 5 years - so we'll open the challenge up a bit.

If there's a book you really want to read this week that was published within the past 5 years, we'll allow it. Aren't we nice?

Did you know that you can use One Search to find books published within a certain date range? It's on the Refine Your Search column down the side of the screen. You can select a particular publication date range, or you can hit one of the quick options to narrow to the Last 12 Months, the Last 3 Years or the Last 5 Years.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Reading Challenge Week 3 - A book published over 100 years ago

It's always good to engage in a spot of time travel when you can. Fortunately, with books, you've got a ready portal into the past.

This week's challenge was to read a book published more than 100 years ago. Did you find an interesting book to read? Here are some of the books the librarians have been reading:


Ruth Marsh read A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
I chose to read A Journey to the Centre of the Earth as it was a favourite childhood book of my husband’s and I thought I would give it a go.  The challenge this week was a book more than 100 years old and A Journey to the Centre of the Earth was first published in 1864 so fitted the bill perfectly.
The story involves an eccentric professor Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel who travel to Iceland after discovering a secret document telling about the delights and intrigues of the tunnels under the earth.
After descending into the tunnels they have many amazing adventures, nearly die from thirst and disco…

52 Book Challenge - Week 3

Okay! Well, it's time to move away from books you encountered in school or childhood, and pick up a book that has been around for a while.

This week's challenge is:

3. A Book Published Over 100 Years Ago

Now, that includes everything written before 1918, so you've got a few to choose from.

By the way, you'll notice that most of these challenges don't specify "fiction book" or "novel" - so you can choose any kind of book you like, so long as it's a little long in the tooth.

And we've had a few people say the idea of all 52 books is a bit daunting - but never fear! We don't mind how many books you read this year. The challenge is just designed to encourage you to think about reading a book you might not have read without the prompt.

Feel free to jump in and out of the challenge as you go along, and see how many books you can fit in.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Reading Challenge Week 2 - A Book From Your Childhood

We're still valiantly struggling on with the 52 Book Challenge, and finding some interesting books in our Curriculum collection to help us with the second book on the list:

A Book From Your Childhood.

What have you been reading? Here are some of the books we've been reading:

Brenda Carter readTales from the Arabian nights by James Riordan.

On my last day of primary school, I surreptitiously left a small pile of “the best books I had ever read” on a bookshelf in the school library, as a silent recommendation to other students. One of these titles was an edition of Tales from the Arabian nights (C398.210953 RIO).  My preference for fable and magic was beautifully catered for by this small selection of tales , and I have since purchased the complete version which includes elements of crime, horror, fantasy and science fiction, as well as plenty of suspenseful adventures.

One thousand and one nights is a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic, collected over many…

Martin Luther King Day

2018 marks 50 years since the death of social activist Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King Day is commemorated on 15 January this year. As a leader of the civil rights movement for negro people, King travelled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action.

King was arrested more than twenty times and assaulted at least four times; he was awarded five honorary degrees and was named Man of the Year by Time magazine in 1963. At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated on the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee.

You can read more about King's inspirational life, including his speech,"I have a dream" in the library catalogue.


52 Book Challenge - Week 2

We hope you enjoyed revisiting a book you read in school for last week's part of the 52 Book Challenge.
This week, we're still revisiting books from the past:
2. A Book From Your Childhood
We've got a great range of children's books in the Curriculum Collection (which is designed to be a miniature school library), but if you were the kind of kid who liked reading books like Dracula, or the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you might need to check out the 810s and 820s to find your old friends.
We'd love to hear from you about the books you are discovering (or rediscovering). Feel free to use the comments section in our posts (or on Facebook) to share.
Next week the challenge is to read a book that was published over 100 years ago. What would you like to read?

Reading Challenge Week 1 - A book you read in school

How have you been going with the 52 Week Book Challenge?

Last week's theme was "A Book You Read in School", and here are some books we've been reading:

Brenda Carter read Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen:

It is a truth universally acknowledged...that everyone should read Pride and Prejudice at least once in their life.

Pride and prejudice (820 AUSTE) by Jane Austen was one of my Year 12 texts and has since become my favourite novel. In fact, Pride and Prejudice is cited by academics and booklovers as the bestselling novel of all time and has never been out of print (Powell, 2017). Austen's wry social commentary, expert characterisation and timeless wit make this book my go-to read. From a 90's rom-com (Clueless) and Colin Firth's 'wet shirt' (Andrew Davies' 1995 screenplay) to a Bollywood musical (Bride and prejudice), the novel's many adaptations demonstrates its continuing relevance in the 21st century. Already hooked? You might consider …

2018 - the year of...?

Each year, the United Nations seeks to raise awareness of a global issue by designating an International Year dedicated to the topic, however no theme has been advertised for 2018 as yet. We are, however, still in the midst of the Decade of Action on Nutrition, which runs from 2016 until 2025.

UN statistics reveal that 155 million children are stunted and 1.9 billion adults over 18 years of age are overweight. With health targets relating to mental health and wellbeing, substance abuse, road traffic accidents, sexual health, and chemical use, there are many ways individuals can get involved and make a difference.

Improving personal health and wellbeing is a popular new year's resolution, so why not check out WHO's goals and commit to one or more this year?

A Reading Challenge for 2018 - Week 1

Happy Tuesday, everyone! And welcome to the first week of 2018!

Just to liven things up this year, we've decided to adopt Hannah Braime's 52 Book 2018 Reading Challenge.

Every week, for the next 52 weeks, we'll be inviting you to make use of our books (eBooks as well as print books) to complete the challenge.

We'll be reading along, and posting some reviews of the books we've read as part of the challenge.

You don't have to read every book - just what you can (although the more the better) - and we'd love to hear about the books you have read as part of the challenge, either in the comments on the posts we write, or on our Facebook page.

We'll be issuing the challenge for the week each Tuesday, and catching up on Monday to see who has been reading what.

Think of it as a giant book club, only with everyone reading different books....

This week's challenge should send you to our Curriculum Collection (where all the best books are):

1. A Book You Read …

Welcoming the New Year

The library has been closed for an entire week, can you believe it?

Well, we open again tomorrow (Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018), and we're looking forward to a great year, where we'll get to see a lot of wonderful people (that's you).

We're still on Summer Time - this means we open from 8.00am-5.00pm during the week, and we're closed on the weekend. We'll change our opening hours again when Semester 1 starts.

Why not spend the rest of summer exploring our collections? You'll find we have all sorts of interesting things scattered around the place. Is there a topic you've always wanted to learn more about? Now's your chance. Do you have a favourite classic author, and you want to read more of their work? We've got your new favourite book sitting on our shelves, we're sure of it.

If you are a returning student or staff member, you can still access all of our resources as per normal. If 2017 was your last year at JCU, then we wish you luck in the…