Library Assistants visit the MHS Archives

A group of MHS library assistants visited the Melbourne High School Archives along with Catherine Morton and Denise Beanland. The Archivist, Jock Murphy, gave the group an introductory talk – which included the sharing of a not-so-resplendent report belonging to a boy in 1936! The group then had a look at the treasures to be found in the John Elden Room, before braving the wind outside on top of the Tower. Thanks for a great visit, and a number of the boys showed an interest in joining the Heritage Club.

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

Archive Visit - Introduction

Archive Visit – Introduction

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

In the John Elden Room

Up top...

Up top…

Up top…

Up top…

Up top…

Escaping the wind - the end of the tour

Escaping the wind – the end of the tour

Emilie Zoey Baker slams MHS again #poetry

Guess who’s back in town? Emilie Zoey Baker has returned to Melbourne High School for another crowd-raising series of spoken word workshops (Shhh… we won’t tell them it’s poetry). If today’s year 9 assembly was any indication of how engaged our students are going to be with poetry – slam poetry or spoken word poetry – then it’s going to be a wild ride.

We had a poetry slam competition: 3 awesome spoken word poets and some mean judges. What’s going on with that?!

Judging by the amount of cheering and booing in Mem Hall, everyone had a great time. Thanks, Emilie.

We meet Isobelle Carmody and Alison Goodman!

Thanks to Paul Collins and Ford Street Publishing we hosted the launch of Isobelle Carmody’s Scatterlings. Scatterlings was first published in 1991 and, as you tell from this review, is a much loved book, and now it’s being (re-)launched with a new cover featuring Isobelle’s own daughter. It was awesome to meet Isobelle Carmody and also author Alison Goodman of Eon fame. Alison introduced Isobelle as our ‘national treasure’, reminding us that she has been writing from the age of 14. We could have listened to Isobelle for the rest of the day! It was obvious that MHS students were enthralled by her passionate talk about writing which she did without notes and from the heart. Students had the opportunity to win a prize by imagining a snow dome – since one features in Scatterlings – with the winner choosing a book prize. We were happy to see two old boys (grad. 2011), Ruben and Paolo, come and visit for the event, as well as Acting Assistant Principal, Nick Fairlie, and English teachers Helen Bekos and Lynne Hamilton, Stonnington Library staff and other visitors. Thanks to Monty and Gregor (leaders of our Book Club interest group) for the excellent introduction.

Origami keeps appearing. Mindfulness in the library.

As if by magic origami creations keep appearing in the library. All we do is leave out paper and then paper cranes, flowers or abstract paper things appear. It’s lovely to see students quietly and slowly folding paper amongst the usual bustle and roar of daily library activities. A mindfulness exercise? Definitely.

I happen to know that the rose was made by Truman Wang. What is that you’re making now, Truman?

Meet Isobelle Carmody and Alison Goodman! @MHS library

This is an opportunity not to be missed!!

It is our pleasure to invite you (yes, reader, YOU) to Melbourne High School Library (4th floor if you’re coming up the lift from Chapel St.) for the launch of Isobelle Carmody’s Scatterlings on Friday 19th June, 1-2 pm .

‘For a long time there was silence and endless sleep. Then came a grinding sound – a metallic scream and a dazzling flash of whiteness.’

After the accident, Merlin wakes not knowing who or where she is. Strange voices whisper in her head, but the words mean nothing to Merlin, who cannot even remember her face. Only one thing is certain: this is not her world, though it might once have been.

Yes! Isobelle Carmody will be there in the flesh! Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! And also author Alison Goodman, author of Eona (sequel to Eon)

Books will be for sale ($19.99).

There is a competition to win the authors books, so bring a snow dome to enter. Details on the posters at school. Sadly, lunch will be provided only for guests so bring your own nibbles, MHS boys.

 

Engaging Young Adults in the library – Outside the Lines Unconference #getotlau

What makes a successful (un)conference? If at the end of the day participants are buzzing with ideas, happy with new connections – add to that a gorgeous location, beautifully designed new library with water views and perfect weather – you have a winning event. Thank you to the organisers of Outside the Lines: Third Biennial Youth Unconference 2015, for such a day.

It is your chance to gain insight into what young adults are interested in, how libraries can support and collaborate with them and how we can broaden our thinking about young people into a more creative, flexible and innovative framework that will take libraries outside the lines.

By participating you will have the opportunity to: Hear first-hand from young people and their experiences with the library and community organisations.

Here is the link to most of my tweets and those of others at the unconference. I think you’ll get a good idea of what the day was about through this Storify and the photos included.

In the afternoon we had a chance to take part in activities such as making zines, playing around with virtual reality and learning about 3D printing. We are keen to start some sort of Makerspace at MHS. Catherine and I loved the zines and would like to try a session at school. I have some photos of the zines displayed but it’s late now so I’ll keep them for another post.