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52 Book Challenge - Week 31

Do you like scary books?

What frightens you most? Tales of monsters and creatures of the night? Tales of terror and suspense? Biographies of former Prime Ministers? We have them all - and this week, we're challenging you to read a book you may have to put in the freezer.

Yes, this week's Reading Challenge is:

31. A scary book

So grab a book, make sure there's space in the freezer, and enjoy.

By the way, please don't put any of our books in the freezer. Or, for that matter, the fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine or dryer. The cupboard above the pantry is fine.


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

Reading Challenge Week 30 - A play

Plays are actually a lot of fun to read - they don't take too long, they're driven by dialogue and character and you get to imagine what it would look like on stage if you were directing it. Or how you'd film it for the movie version (if that's the way you roll).

So it's good that the Reading Challenge for this week gave us all an excuse to pick up a script and read it like a book. Hopefully some of you will catch the bug and start reading plays more often.


Rachael McGarvey read Macbeth, by William Shakespeare.

I had to read many plays in high school, most of them I thought were ‘meh!’ but I don’t mind a bit of William Shakespeare, and let’s face it, Bill had a bit of talent for writing.

One of the plays I did like was Macbeth (or "the Scottish play", for the superstitious ones among us - 820 SHAK 1C MAC).  Macbeth starts off being a nice guy, until he is told by three witches that there is a prophecy that he will be king (Gullible much!!).  So he and Lady…

GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network

How many of the world’s infectious diseases occur in Australia? 

How many of these are caused by parasites?

Which of the parasitic diseases of Australia are carried by dogs?

GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) is a dedicated infectious disease knowledge management tool. If there is anything you need to know anything about infectious diseases, GIDEON is the place to look.

GIDEON consists of two principle content modules: Infectious Diseases, and Microbiology.

The Infectious Diseases module encompasses over 350 infectious diseases, 231 countries, and over 400 anti-infective drugs and vaccines. Use this module to find whatever it is you need to know about infectious diseases, diagnosis, travel, drugs, or vaccines.

Have a patient or scenario you need help with? Start in the Diagnosis module to enter symptoms and narrow down potential diseases. Wondering why a particular disease isn't listed? Click the Why Not button at the bottom of the Diagnosis Results w…

New Book: Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the list via New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

An eBook title of interest is: Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance by Roger A. Barker, Francesca Cicchetti, and Emma S. J. Robinson

An extract from the book summary states:
Everything you need to know about Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience ... at a Glance! Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance is a highly illustrated, quick reference guide to the anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology of the human nervous system. Each chapter features a summary of the ana…

52 Book Challenge - Week 30

"The play's the thing!"

Or so they say. And by "they", I am, of course, referring to all of the actors who have played Hamlet in a little play you might have heard of, called Hamlet.

Many of us were forced... er... I mean "encouraged" to read at least one Shakespearean play in school, and for some people that may have been the first, last and only play they've ever read.

Well, we'd like to challenge you to change that. This week, the Reading Challenge is:

30. A play.

Yes! That's right! We challenge you - no, we dare you, to find a play and read it just like you would read a book.

You could go old school and read the likes of Shakespeare, MarloweFry or Behn, or "modern" (in the mid-20th Century version of the word) with Beckett, Brecht or Chekhov. Maybe you want to pick something particularly Australian, with Lawler, Hewett or Gray (fun fact, did you know that Gray's The Torrents actually tied with Lawler's Summer of the…

Reading Challenge Week 29 - A book set in the future

Ah, the future. If the books we set there are anything to go by, it's a uncomfortable place full of things we don't want to happen.

This week's reading challenge was to read a book set in the future, and while there are some books set in "nice" futures, most of them aren't. Or, if the future actually is nice, someone goes and scratches the surface to find out that horrible things are secretly seething beneath.

How about the book you chose? Did it show a future you'd like to live in?


Brenda Carter read The Giver by Lois Lowry.

The Giver by Lois Lowry (c810 LOW)  seems to be one of those wonderful books that slipped under the radar of many readers. Although written in 1993, I only discovered it myself a few years ago and absolutely love it. It was adapted for film in 2014 but if you’ve seen the film, put it behind you and read the book instead.

The Giver is set in a seemingly Utopian society devoid of potentially harmful emotions, stress and difficult choices.…

Library Opening Hours, Study period 2, 2018

Welcome back to all our students.  The Cairns Campus library and the Mabo library (Townsville) will be open at the following times during Semester 2: 

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 
Monday to Thursday 7:30 am to 9:30 pmFriday 7:30 am to 7:30 pmSaturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00pm 
Cairns Campus Library 
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 12:00am (midnight) The library will be staffed from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Thursday and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on FridaySaturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 12:00am (midnight). The library will be staffed from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cairns Show Day opening hours:
Friday 20 July, 5:00pm to 10:00pm (unstaffed) The Townsville library will be open for business as usual.
A security guard patrols the Cairns library when the library is unstaffed and can escort you to your car on request.
You can find all our opening hours on the library website.

Queensland Judgments - New Database

Queensland Judgments is an essential – and free – resource for all Queensland law students and professionals.

The website is a joint initiative of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland (ICLRQ) and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee (SCLQ), publishing an authoritative, complete, and functional collection of Queensland case law, including the Queensland Reports.

Included on the site is a complete online set of the authorised reports of the Supreme Court of Queensland, commencing from the foundation of the Court in 1859. The set is updated monthly and includes:
Queensland Supreme Court Reports (QSCR) (1859-1878)Queensland Law Reports (Beor) (QLR (Beor)) (1876-1878)Queensland Law Journal Reports (QLJ) and Notes of Cases (QLJ (NC)) (1861-1901)State Reports of Queensland (St R Qd) (1902-1957)Queensland Weekly Notes (QWN) (1902-1972)Queensland Reports (Qd R) (from 1958). In addition to the Queensland Reports, Queensland Judgments also includes a …

Biggest Book Club, Sunday 12 August 2018

The 2018 Tropical Writers Festival will be held in Cairns from 10-12 August 2018. This biennial event brings together local writers and readers with Australian and international authors and speakers to stimulate literary conversations.



One of the many sessions on offer is the Biggest Book Club.

When: Sunday 12 August, 11am to 12.30pm
Where: Hilton, Cairns

In this popular event, a panel of writers and journalists have an animated discussion about three very different books:

The Shepherd’s Hut, by Tim Winton
Force of Nature, by Jane Harper
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer, 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner

Buy your tickets now and join in the fun (reading the books is not essential).

For the full program of events, go to the Tropical Writers Festival website.

52 Book Challenge - Week 29

Week 29 of the 52 Book Reading Challenge is hitting us just in time for O-Week. For anyone who is new to this challenge, we've stolen a reading challenge from Hannah Braime, and every week we're challenging people to read a book (but not just any book - it has to match a certain theme).

Jump in at any time and read as many of the books as you can. Die-hard readers who manage to complete the entire challenge get... um... well, we don't have any prizes. But reading is it's own reward.

This week's challenge is:

29. A book set in the future

Just to make things interesting, it doesn't have to be our future. It can be a book that was set in the future back when it was written, even if we've overtaken it now (like 1984, or 2001: A Space Odyssey).

And, just remember, we only have one copy of The Handmaid's Tale, so if you want that one you'd better move fast.


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

Reading Challenge Week 28 - A book with a place in the title.

So this week's reading challenge was to read a book with a place in the title. There are a lot of places in the world. There are places close at hand, and places far away. You could have a planet, a country, a county, a city, a street or the chair you're sitting on right now (although, that last one would be a very specific book and I'm not sure we'd have that in our library). It can be a real place, an imaginary place or a metaphysical place.

The place could be somewhere to go, somewhere to be, or somewhere one's been. Here or there. Anywhere. Nowhere. Erehwon...

Let's stop waffling about places and look at some books, shall we?

Louise Cottrell read The Australian Colonies: Their Origin and Present Condition, by William Hughes.

And now for some shameless self-promotion: Did you know that the JCU Library has a Special Collections? While we normally spruik the North Queensland Collection, we also have a Rare Book Collection. You know, the type where a Librarian gu…

O-Week Library Workshops

Active learning is the key to success at university. Get a head start during O-Week with these library workshops:

Thursday 19 July - Keys to Academic Success (Part Two)
Power Up Your Assignment Research, 11:00am-11:45am
Your assignment is only as good as your research. Come to this session to build up some serious research muscle. 

Referencing Bootcamp, 11:45am-12:30pm
Learn the nitty gritty details of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism. The library website also has guides on different referencing styles, and of course our friendly staff can offer support at the Infohelp desk or via online chat.

Find us in Building A3.3 (Cairns) or Central Lecture Theatre, Building 5 (Townsville). If you miss this session, you can take the Info Skills Road Trip online.

52 Book Challenge - Week 28

"Do you know the way to San Jose? I'm only 24 hours from Tulsa, but I left my heart in San Francisco, and now I'm stuck catching a bus with some kids in America. I'm a bit out of place here - I'm a Galway girl (don't believe anyone who tells you I belong to Glasgow), but I expect, by the time I get to Pheonix, I'll feel like it's a long, long way to Tipperary. I'd like to make a call, but that darn Wicheta lineman is still on the line, and I don't want to use the payphone in MacArthur Park. It looks oddly melted..."

Hopefully, we've managed to get at least one song stuck in your head and prompted you to ask: "Why are they using song titles to talk about a Reading Challenge?"

Well, these aren't just any song titles - they're titles with place names in them. And it just so happens that this week's challenge is:

28. A book with a place in the title.

So go find yourself a book to read.


Have you missed out on hearing ab…

52 Reading Challenge Week 27 - A book with a character with your first name

Finding a book with a character who shares your first name may be as easy as pie - or it may be one of the hardest challenges we've seen so far. It really all depends on what your name is.

We managed to rustle up a few name-sharers, but it did require some creativity and a bit of lateral thinking.


Nathan Miller read The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.

Written in the 1800s about events in 1757, this classic novel is probably one of those formative creative works for me. The most recent movie based on the novel had just been released in 1992, when I was in high school. I was already a fan of historical adventure novels and movies by authors Rosemary Sutcliff, Wilbur Smith and Robert Louis Stevenson, and any western, pirate, or sword-and-sandal film. I had also inherited a classic collection of novels as a primary school kid (Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, King Solomon’s Mine, Robin Hood).

I never finished reading many of these originals as a child; the wr…

NAIDOC Week: 8-15 July 2018

In 2018, NAIDOC Week will be celebrated from 8-15 July. NAIDOC Week is a time of celebration, reflecting on the survival and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people. This year's theme - Because of her, we can - focuses on the active and significant roles women have played at the community, local, state and national levels. 

JCU has links to many female researchers, professionals, community leaders and activists, including Dr Gracelyn Smallwood, Dr Lorraine Muller, Dr Roxanne Bainbridge, Dr Felecia Watkin , Michelle DeShong, Sharon Moore, Juanita Sellwood, Dr Lynore Geia, Dr Roianne West, and Professor Yvonne Cadet James.

Research Online contains a wealth of publications by Aboriginal and Torres Strait women from, among others, the Cairns InstituteIndigenous Education and Research Centre and the Indigenous Health Unit.

There will be a free panel discussion at the Cairns Institute on Tuesday, 10 July at 1:30pm. Hear panel speakers:
Vonda Moar-Malone, Mayor Torres Shire Cou…

Plastic Free July

Following TropEco's successful morning tea to launch Plastic-Free July, the Cairns Library has created a display to showcase a range of current resources and environmentally-friendly alternatives to common plastic items (You can join in Townsville's Plastic Free Morning Tea on Wednesday 11 July).

Plastic Free July is an international initiative to drastically reduce plastic waste and improve recycling. While going completely plastic-free may be a near-impossibility, July is a time to increase our awareness of the 'throw-away mentality' and focus on replacing single-use plastics with reusable and preferably compostable alternatives. Changing basic but frequently used items such as straws, coffee cups, bags, plastic wraps and take-away containers can make a significant difference to the health of the environment and future generations. See our display for suggestions and explore many more ways to live cleaner and greener at the Plastic Free July website. 

To dig even deepe…

52 Book Challenge - Week 27

And we welcome in the second half of the year with a reading challenge that may be either incredibly easy or incredibly difficult, depending on what your name is.

27. A book with a character with your first name.

So, last week we gave you some advice for finding information about characters who have the same first name you do. Looking up your name in Wikipedia, for example, or trying to find your name within a few places of the word "character" in a Google search: (Yourname AROUND character).

You could also try going to a site like Goodreads and LibraryThing, and search for your name there, but as neither of these sites have an option to narrow your search to character names, you'll also end up finding a lot of authors with your name (and they probably haven't named any characters after themselves, unless they're quite narcissistic - or, like Jane Austen, their names were so common at the time that it was impossible to have a family that didn't have a "J…

52 Reading Challenge Week 26 - A book you were supposed to read in school but haven’t yet.

Okay, we had a few issues with this one. For one thing, we're a bit light on the ground. Even though we're all quite busy at this time of year (when we're not helping students, we finally have time to work on the dozens of projects that have been waiting for our attention), it's really the best time of year to take off a week or two as leave, so quite a number of our ranks aren't here to review books for us.

The second problem we have with this week's challenge is that it required us to have not read a book that was mandatory reading at some point. We're librarians. We didn't exactly gravitate to this job because we're not into that "reading" thing.

So we only managed to rustle up one naughty kid for this week:


Sharon Bryan read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr.

I can't remember what grade I was in when we were supposed to read this book. It was either Year 8 or Year 9 (as part of a unit where we also read The Hiding Place