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Reading Challenge Reviews: The last leg

Our travels in January are sadly coming to an end. Of course you can still read books about travel and geography during the year but you should probably be preparing for Februrary's Challenge theme - Fact and Fiction. We're not quite sure what that means yet so in the meantime, sit back and enjoy our final sojourns, including a review from our guest reviewer, Theresa! We don't have the specific novel she reviewed, but you can find the audio book in the Townsville City Library. Theresa Petray read The Little Snake by A.L. Kennedy. The Little Snake is a gorgeous tale of a girl, Mary, and a magical golden snake, Lanmo. The story follows Mary as she grows up, goes on a big journey and grows old, and also Lanmo as he learns love. Lanmo is a snake who is responsible for death, and he travels through all the lands in the world to do his job. He notes, though, “that he would have been much busier had it not been for humans helping him with his work”. As an outsider, Lanmo i

Australia Day Public Holiday

James Cook University libraries in  Townsville  and  Cairns  will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday 28th January 2019. T he  Townsville 24 hour Information Commons  will remain accessible 24/7. Both  Townsville  and  Cairns  hold community events you can take part in on Australia Day. The libraries will reopen on Tuesday 30th January at 8:00am.  See the full library  opening hours online .

Reading Challenge Reviews: Rivers, Roads and Rediscovery

Well, it has been another adventurous week in the 2019 Reading Challenge , continuing with January's theme of Geography and Travel. This week we have a lovely picture book  involving a canoe trip in Victoria, a rough-and-tumble autobiography covering "safaris" through the heart of Australia and a family trek in the footsteps of Burke and Wills. Ruth Marsh read  Rivertime by Trace Bella . My eight-year-old and I enjoyed this book as we travelled the road to Darwin this week. We especially enjoyed the wonderfully detailed pencil drawings of the Glenelg river and it’s amazing native Australian wildlife. This graphic novel is a winner of several book prizes, including the Readings Children’s Book Prize, the Wilderness Society’s Environment Award, and shortlisted in the CBCA Awards, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Speech Pathology Australia Awards. It is aimed at older children and is a story about a boy, Clancy, who goes on a river journey by canoe with his Uncl

2019 - Year of the Public Domain

Letter from Jane Austen  to her sister Cassandra, 1799 June 11 As of 1 January 2019, millions of items from Australia’s national collections will fall out of copyright for the first time, becoming free for all to use. This wealth of new material is a result of changes to copyright law introduced by the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and other Measures) Act 2017 . The new laws starting on 1 January give unpublished materials the same copyright term as their published counterparts - 70 years after the author’s death. Previously, unpublished material was locked in copyright in perpetuity. Some of the treasures now available include: Captain Cook’s diaries and Jane Austen’s correspondence held at the National Library of Australia;  Ephemera from both World Wars, including posters, postcards, and advertising;  Handwritten manuscripts, letters and papers from numerous Australian poets, including Henry Lawson; The personal papers of a multitude of former Australian polit

Reading Challenge Reviews: Songlines, Submarines and South America

The 2019 Reading Challenge is continuing at a cracking pace. This month's theme - Geography and Travel - has given us a chance to explore far flung corners of the world, as well as our own back yard. This week, Nathan looks at Aboriginal Australian trade routes, Sharon travels into a nuclear wasteland in a submarine and Scott spends some time in Patagonia. Nathan Miller read  Aboriginal dreaming paths and trading routes: The colonisation of the Australian economic landscape , by Kerwin, Dale. A common myth is that Aboriginal Australians were ignorant of the wider world, did not travel far beyond their local area - or, alternatively, roamed aimlessly. That they had no large scale geographic understanding of Australia. The truth is the whole of Australia was mapped orally and abstractly through song, songlines, spiritual stories and abstract designs - partially for trade of physical items including particularly hard stone axe heads, shells and even narcotic substances. I

Reading Challenge (Guest) Reviews: Pacific Islands and Italian Towns

We've had two of our favourite people send us reviews for the 2019 Reading Challenge! They have used this challenge to read a few books they've had their eye on (which, unfortunately, aren't in our collection), which just goes to show how useful a little challenge can be. Bethany Keats tackled a book that could have fit into several categories for last year's challenge . We don't have the specific novel she reviewed, but you can find the book in both print and audio formats in the  Townsville  and  Cairns  City Libraries. We do have several other novels written by Lloyd Jones , if you are interested in seeing work by this author. Theresa Petray gave us a book of short stories (good job! We love short stories), which can also be borrowed from the local libraries. Bethany Keats read Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones .  As a book set in another country, with a film released in 2013 that helped put the Autonomous Region of Bougainville on the tourism map , Mister Pip

Reading Challenge Reviews: Coral, Countries and Caravans

Our Reading Challenge for 2019 is to read as many books as you can within a particular month which "fit" a particular theme. Of course, how  the books you read fit the theme is all a matter of interpretation. January's theme is “Geography and Travel” , which gives us a great excuse to wander around the planet vicariously through books. So what are some of the books we've been reading so far? Brenda Carter read Saving the Great Barrier Reef , edited by Justin Healey . For the new Challenge at the start of a fresh new year I decided to check out the new books in the JCU library collection. Saving the Great Barrier Reef is Volume 436 in the Issues in Society series.  This series is a great way to get an overview of a current topic from an Australian perspective. Each book in the series is a compilation of short, factual articles, reports and opinion pieces expressing a variety of viewpoints from different sources. The language is simple and easy to u

Graveyard shift continues for North Queensland authors - Anne Alloway and Roberta Morrison

Roberta Morrison and Anne Alloway in the Helen Mays reading room continuing their research into Cloncurry graves. The first visitors to the Helen Mays reading room this year were local authors Anne Alloway and Roberta Morrison who had travelled from the Sunshine coast and Hughenden respectively to use our materials. Anne and Roberta, childhood friends who both originate from Hughenden were raised on pastoral stations and hence from an early age both had a heightened awareness of the graves sites in remote areas of western Queensland.  In 2011 they decided to research and document the graves in the Hughenden area before all trace of them was lost.  This resulted in their 2012 publication “ Tales from Bush Graves ”. Anne Alloway in 2017 with her books, two of which have been co-authored with Roberta Morrison. Anne then followed up with another book pertaining to Hughenden titled “ With this Ring ” in 2015 which focused on weddings from the earliest times through to 1960.  Anne

A Reading Challenge for 2019

We had such a great time playing with Hannah Braime's 52 Book Reading Challenge last year that we thought we'd try another Reading Challenge for 2019. Read As Many Books As You Can This year, we're not challenging you to read 52 books, we're challenging you to read as many books as you can each month. You may have some months where you read 4 or 5 books, and other months where you can only fit in 2. That's okay. You might end up reading more than 52 books over all. Each month we'll be giving you a theme, and you have to try find books that fit within that theme. You can be creative - for example, if the theme is "Geography and Travel", you can read a novel set in a country you'd like to visit, the diary of an explorer and a book with the word "Geography" in the title (like this one ). You get to decide how your books fit the theme. Minimum Requirements It's not much of a challenge if we don't give you a few hoops to j