Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Cricket books in the SIDE Library

With the men's Ashes series between Australia and England starting tomorrow, and the Australian women's team retaining their version of the trophy earlier this month, at least one member of the SIDE Library Resource Centre team has "caught" a case of cricket fever!

If you're feeling the same way and want to spend the lunch, tea and drinks breaks catching up on some reading, we have a number of titles suitable for all ages available to borrow.

We have books for younger readers written by Australian superstars David Warner and Ellyse Perry, instructional titles on batting, bowling and fielding, and biographies of current players like Mitch Marsh and Meg Lanning as well as legends like Don Bradman and Adam Gilchrist.

We also have hard copy and eBook versions of Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton's fantastic Boomerang and Batthe WA Young Readers' Book Award nominated picture book about the first ever all-Indigenous Australian cricket team that toured England in 1868.

You can borrow these titles or any other cricket books in our collection by clicking here.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Our new look Oliver interface!

If you've paid a visit to the SIDE Library Resource Centre catalogue in the last couple of weeks, you will have noticed some big changes!

The most striking difference is the Browse page, which allows you to immediately see clickable cover page images of NewPopular, and Recently Returned items that you might like to borrow.

Once you login to the catalogue (using your DoE Portal/Saba login details), you will see two more browse lists that are tailored specifically for you: Recommended For You, which uses algorithms to study all your previous loans and come up with a list of items you might like; and Because You Borrowed, which looks at a specific book you have previously borrowed and recommends similar titles you might enjoy.

There is also a new Reading List page that gives you easy, one-click access to all the lists of books our Teacher Librarians have created to cater to your year level, study topic or genre of interest, and a brand new, better looking News page where you can find out all the latest happenings in our library.

If you haven't checked it out yet, we encourage you to do so and start borrowing books to build up your own list of recommendations by clicking here!

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Cristy Burne at SIDE

Perth-based science writer, teacher, editor, and author Cristy Burne presented two hilarious and engaging Saba sessions for SIDE students yesterday.

In her first session, Cristy discussed the writing process and her Takeshita Demons series with our Year 7, 8 & 9 students.

After a quick break for morning tea and to take some photos with SIDE Library Resource Centre staff in front of her very own display, she logged back in to Saba to hold a session for our Year 3-6 students which focused on her newest book To The Lighthouse.

These two sessions were incredibly entertaining, with both students and teachers thoroughly enjoying them.

We would like to thank Cristy for coming in and presenting so wonderfully to our students!

Click here if you would like to borrow Cristy's books and ebooks from the SIDE Library Resource Centre.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

WAYRBA 2018 Student Nominations

The 2017 WAYRBA winners were only announced a couple of weeks ago, but already the committee is looking for books to add to their 2018 reading lists!

If you would like to recommend a favourite book,
 click here to download a nomination form.

The competition is open to fiction books published in the last five years by Australian or overseas authors.

You could vote for a book by one of this year's visiting authors, something you've read from the CBCA Book of the Year shortlists, or perhaps something covered in a Wide Reading or Primary Saba class.

Once you have filled in your nomination form you can email it to

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Authors Online: Cristy Burne

Our next visiting author is the multi-talented Cristy Burne!

Cristy will be joining us for two Saba sessions in Week 6 on Wednesday 15th November.

A Perth-based 
science writer, teacher, editor, and author of adventure fiction for children and teenagers, Cristy has also worked as a science circus performer, a garbage analyst and one of Santa's pixies!

Cristy will be conducting a session for Years 7-9 from 9.30-10.30am which will focus on her Takeshita Demons series, and another from 11.30am-12.15pm where she will discuss To The Lighthouse with our Year 3-6 students.

If you would like to be enrolled in one of these sessions please contact your English teacher.

Click here if you would like to borrow Cristy's books from the SIDE Library Resource Centre.

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Friday, 27 October 2017

WAYRBA 2017 winners

The West Australian Young Readers' Book Award (WAYRBA) winners for 2017 were announced this week!

In the Older Readers category, The Smuggler's Curse by West Australian author and past SIDE Authors Online presenter Norman Jorgensen won the top prize.

The Younger Readers category was taken out by Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams, and Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee & Heath McKenzie was voted the best Picture Book.

Congratulations to all the authors, and a big thank you to all SIDE students who voted this year.

You can check out the 2017 Shortlisted books we have in the SIDE Library Resource Centre collection by clicking here, or click on the category titles above to check out the full shortlists.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Red Room Poetry Object shortlist

The 2017 Red Room Poetry Object shortlist has been announced... and we have a SIDE student on it!

Saraah A. (Year 6) has had not one, but TWO of her poems shortlisted in the Primary category of this year's competition.

Congratulations to Saarah, and to all SIDE students who entered this year. Your poems have now been published online in the Red Room Poetry Object Library.

We wish Saraah good luck in the final judging - the winners are announced on November 29.

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