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Examination Super Hours, 1st Semester 2019

Examination Super Hours run from the 3rd of June until the last week of scheduled exams, on Friday 21st June. Opening hours are extended to give students extra use of the library's study spaces during study vac and exams. During this time, when a lot of students are feeling stressed, we ask that you be mindful of the other people using the library spaces and share the space with good will and kindness - keeping in mind the Client Service Charter and Library Use Policy . Or just remember our unofficial motto: Be Excellent to Each Other The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville Campus will have the following hours : Main building Mon-Fri, 7.30am-12.00am (midnight) Sat-Sun, 10.00am-10.00pm Services Mon-Fri, 7.30am-12.00am (midnight) Sat-Sun, 10.00am-10.00pm Information Commons and iLearning Rooms on the Ground Floor - 24 hrs. The Cairns Library will be open for the following hours : Main building Mon-Fri, 7.30am-12.00am (midnight) Sat-Sun, 10

Reading Challenge Reviews: Football heroes and tragics

We're nearing the end of May's theme of Sport and Recreation in our 2019 Reading Challenge . Unfortunately, no one has so far reviewed a book about backgammon or roller skating , but there's still a few days left for this month, so maybe you'd like to fill the breach? So what have we read in the last days of May? Football. Of course, exactly what you mean by "football" is a matter of opinion, but we've covered a couple of codes. Shannon read an autobiography about a man who played rugby league reasonably well, and Sharon read a novel about a young man who had a talent for Australian Rules Fooball , but didn't live up to his potential. Shannon Harmon read Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography , by Johnathan Thurston with James Phelps.  Living in north Queensland and a NRL Cowboys fan, I couldn’t go past reading and reviewing JT’s book for the May challenge. Johnathan Thurston writes humbly about his past, from a skinny kid who could kick a

Reconciliation Week, 2019

The 2019 National Reconciliation Week theme is Grounded in Truth: Walk together with Courage . This theme looks at the role truth telling plays in race relations and reconciliation - that is, talking about the true, lived experiences of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and having honest, respectful conversations about race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, historical acceptance and unity. National Reconciliation Week runs from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June, and incorporates Mabo Day (3rd June). The library building in Townsville was named the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in 2008 in honour of Mr Mabo, who conducted much of his early research in his landmark Land Title case at our library. Sadly, this will be the first Mabo Day since the passing of Eddie Koiki Mabo's wife, Dr Bonita Mabo, AO. Our thoughts are with the Mabo family at this time. You can read a timeline of Eddie Koiki Mabo's life on our website. Several e

Reading Challenge Reviews: Swords and Sorcery

We are almost through May's Readings challenge "Sport and Recreation" and we have had some broad interpretations on the theme. But therein lies the beauty of this challenge. This week we visit Hogwarts and do some fencing (what kind? read on to find out!). Bec Franks read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling is one of the most beloved book series of all time, by children and adults alike. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (the fourth in the series) is no exception. Harry Potter’s fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry contains darker content than the previous 3 books. Harry is now 14, and the story begins at the Quiddich World Cup, a wizard sporting even where hundreds of wizard’s have gathered to support their favourite teams. After some trouble at the world cup caused by Death Eaters (supporters of the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort), Harry and his two best friends Ron & Hermione return t

Reconciliation Lecture 2019 - Making the History of the Australian Colonial Frontier Visible

As part of National Reconciliation Week 2019 JCU in association with Townsville City Council will be hosting the Reconciliation Lecture. This free event will be held on Monday 27 May from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.   The lecture will take place on the JCU campus Townsville, at the Science Place (Building 142 Room 111), with a video link to The Cairns Institute (Building D3 room 054). For more details and to register visit the event site.   Titled Making the History of the Australian Colonial Frontier Visible: How the Newcastle Digital Map of Frontier Massacres is changing the way we understand the past. The lecture will be presented by Professor Lyndall Ryan (Centre for the 21st Century Humanities, University of Newcastle). Professor Ryan will discuss the origins of the project and how it is still a work in progress. By drawing on a frontier massacre site in North Queensland, she will show how the map works, by discussing the definition of frontier massacre and the criteria and p

Earth Day 22 May 2019

Wednesday 22 May 2019 is Earth Day, an international day for environmental movement to educate and diversify the environment. Now in its 49th year, the theme for 2019 is 'Protect our Species'. The impact of human development is affecting the millions of species that live in the environment with numbers drastically reducing and more species classified as endangered or extinct. The Earth Day website has lots of information and resources about the day and how you can be involved in protecting the environment. The JCU Library's Environmental Sciences Guide has a range of resources including databases and websites to access for further information research about the environment and relevant organisations.

Reading Challenge Reviews: Bears, Tracks and Community Sports.

We have a very wide variety for this week's contribution to the Reading Challenge . With May's theme of " Sport and Recreation " giving us plenty of scope to play with, we've managed to rustle up three books that have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Sharon read a picture book about a girl and a bear (and a bike ride), Samantha read a guide book for bush walks in North Queensland, and Brenda read a book about telling the stories of a community through tales of community sport. Sharon Bryan read Maudie and Bear , by Jane Ormerod and Freya Blackwood . I discovered this book in the Curriculum Collection (where all the best books are) only a few weeks ago when I was there looking for something else, and I just love it. I’ve read it at least ten times since then, and actually tracked down a copy to buy for myself (in German – long story). It is now, officially, my Favourite Australian Children’s Book of All Time, squeezing The Eleventh Hour , by Gream

Join us in celebrating Laurie Bragge's generous donation

JCU Cairns Campus Library and the Cairns Institute is proud to host the launch of the Bragge Collection , an exciting and significant donation from Cairns resident, Laurie Bragge to the University.  This very generous donation has been gifted to JCU to facilitate further research into this diverse and fascinating tropical region and the societies that call it home. Donor, Laurie Bragge spent more than 45 years living and working in Papua New Guinea after taking a job with the Australian administration as a Patrol Officer (aka Kiap) in 1961. During this time he developed a deep appreciation and respect for PNG, its culture and peoples. He spent most of his time in the Sepik area but also in other parts of the country such as the Highlands, Milne Bay and the Gulf Province. The Bragge Collection features two intimately connected components - more than 600 material culture artefacts collected and well documented by Laurie Bragge during the time he lived and worked in Papua New Guinea,

Reading Challenge Reviews: Fighters, Murderers and Thieves

For our first round of reviews for May's theme of "Sport and Recreation" in our 2019 Reading Challenge , we have another guest review from the well-read Theresa Petray, a foray into the 1920s college cricket scene for some murder and mayhem, and a series of games within a game. How many books can you read that match the theme (in some way, shape or form)? Theresa Petray read My Longest Round , by Wally Carr and Gaele Sobott. In My Longest Round, champion boxer Wally Carr tells the story of his life. It’s a story full of fighting: in the boxing rings, in the pubs and streets, and for any kind of recognition. I admit I’m not a boxing fan, but I had never heard of Wally Carr before reading this book even though he held twelve titles in his career. Carr’s story of fighting is interspersed with Australia’s history. He grew up on an Aboriginal mission but managed to avoid being taken away by the Welfare agencies because he stayed with different family members. He mov

Reading Challenge - May: "Sport and Recreation."

*Ahem* "Oh, yes, with ever changing sports, We whiled the hours away; The skies were bright, Our hearts were light, In the merry, merry month of May" 1 In the northern hemisphere they sing songs about May because Spring is when everything starts to warm up after a cold winter and people can finally run about and play sports and games and such. Here in the southern hemisphere, May is the start of Autumn - but seeing as summer in the Tropics is so, well, "tropical", we're also quite fond of May - because the cool change makes it more pleasant to run about and play sports and games and such. This month's reading challenge is our first foray into the 700s with the theme "Sport and Recreation." The challenge is (as always) to read as many books as you can that fit the theme - of course, exactly how  the books fit the theme is completely up to interpretation. You could read a book in which people play sport. You could read a book about a