Fuzzy Mud Creative Writing Competition for students. Enter Now!

Win books for you and your school!

To celebrate the release of Fuzzy Mud by the bestselling author of HolesLouis Sachar, Bloomsbury is giving students the chance to win a $200 book pack for themselves and another one for their school!

fuzzy mud writing comp

To enter, students must write a short story with the following title: “A little mud never hurt anyone, did it?” Entries must be emailed to au@bloomsbury.com with the student’s name, age, and parent/guardian’s email address. The deadline for entries is 31st October 2015.

Get writing!

Book Week 2015 at Cabra


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Last Wednesday Cabra went all out to help celebrate the 70th Annual Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week. Years 6-8 and many staff came dressed inspired by a book that lights up their world.

As always both teaching and non-teaching staff got into the spirit of the week with an excellent array of book inspired costumes. The overall staff winner as voted by staff at the Book Week Morning Tea was Fiona Graff, or should I say “Princess Fiona”. Runners-up were Sarah Russell and Bec Jasper.

The winner of the Year 6-8 Book Week Dress-Up were as follows: Year 6; Morgan P as Harry Stiles, Runner-Up Joe as The Joker. Year 7; Mikayla N as The Chimney Sweep from Mary Poppins, 2nd place went to Leala T with honourable mentions to Keenan M and Sophie M. The Year 8 winner was Hanna B for her excellent Saddle Club costume, with Ruby E claiming 2nd prize as Tinkerbell.

A huge thank you to the Library Staff, teaching and non-teaching staff and all the students for putting in such a tremendous effort. The enthusiasm for books and reading really did light up our world this week.

2015 Celebrating 70 Years of CBCA Book Weeks

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Cabra College Book Week 2015 gets off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Today (Sunday) 15 dedicated writers and illustrators are writing a book in a day. This annual competition is run to raise money and support The Kids Cancer Project. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week and the theme this year is, “Books Light Up Our World”. Be sure to drop down to either library to borrow a great book to light up your world this week.

Years 6-8, remember this Wednesday is Book Week Dress-Up day. What book or character lights up your world?

Check out the links below for the list of Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for 2015

Books Light up Our World Fiction List

2015 Science Week Starts Now!

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National Science Week runs all this week here at Cabra. Remember to check out the links below for our huge selection of Science Related books, DVDs and videofiles. And most importantly remember what They Might Be Giants have told us, “Science is Real”!


National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.

Science Week is designed for everyone – it’s definitely not restricted to schools and universities – with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group.

It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.

Best Science Websites

Cabra Library Diigo Faves

Diigo Community Science Education Sites

Academic Search Engines for Science

With a focus on science, these academic search engines return all-science, all the time. Sites 41-50 from TeachThought’s 100 Search Engines For Academic Research.

  1. SciSeek:In this science search engine and directory, you’ll find the best of what the science web has to offer. Browse by category, search by keyword, and even add new sites to the listings.
  2. Chem BioFinder:Register with PerkinElmer to check out the Chem BioFinder and look up information about chemicals, including their properties and reactions.
  3. Biology Browser:Biology Browser is a great resource for finding research, resources, and information in the field of biology. You can also check out their Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews.
  4. Athenus:Athenus is an authority on science and engineering on the Web, sharing a directory and full-featured web search.
  5. SciCentral:Use SciCentral as your gateway to the best sources in science. This site has a literature search, journals, databases, and other great tools for finding what you need.
  6. Strategian:Strategian is a great place to find quality information in all fields of science. Featured resources include free full-text books, patents, and reports, as well as full-text journal and magazine articles, plus a special collection of Vintage Biology with important articles and books in biology.
  7. Science.gov:In this government science portal, you can search more than 50 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. This is an incredible resource for millions of pages of U.S. government science information.
  8. CERN Document Server:This organization for nuclear research serves up a great search and directory for experiments, archives, articles, books, presentations, and so much more within their documents.
  9. Analytical Sciences Digital Library:Through the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, you’ll find peer-reviewed, web-based educational resources in analytical sciences, featuring a variety of formats for techniques and applications.
  10. WorldWideScience:Use WorldWideScience.org as a global science gateway, offering excellent search results in the sciences, and even the option to select specific databases and find resources in your own language.

Science Resources August 2015

AMCS Amazing Oceans Photographer of the Year competition. Enter Now!


Australia’s oceans are some of the richest and most diverse on our blue planet. Our northern oceans are some of the last remaining healthy tropical seas in the world, and our southern oceans contain an incredible 80% of marine species that occur nowhere else on Earth.

With our oceans under threat from climate change, overfishing, inappropriate development and pollution, it’s more important than ever that we show the world how incredible – and fragile – our seas are.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the Australian Marine Conservation Society has launched the AMCS Amazing Oceans Photographer of the Year competition! It’s free to enter, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. Entries close 27 September. Click on the link below for the full Terms and Conditions of entry.

Categories include: Conservation, Animals, Landscapes and Macro. Full category info here.

$15,000 in Prizes

All winning entries will be featured in the AMCS Amazing Oceans Calendar 2016. The Overall winner will be featured on the front cover. All winners will also receive a certificate.

AMC Amazing Oceans Photo comp TERMS_AND_CONDITIONS

Harper Lee’s novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Divides Opinion

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Sequel, prequel but not equal? The companion novel to Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has hit the shelves in the last month and caused a popular and critical storm. It became the most pre-ordered book in Harper Collins’ history. No surprise given the now elderly author’s only previous novel has sold more than 40 million copies to date.

Set after, but written before the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman follows the story of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch returning home to Maycomb from New York. She is shocked and confused by the changes she finds and the brewing discontent between White and Black amid the Civil Rights protests that swept the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Told in the third person this is no “unfinished novel” or even “first draft of Mockingbird” as some have suggested. Rather it stands alone and in some ways outside the orbit of its more famous relative.

I have curated a selection of reviews, background and info about the book below. Some positive, some negative. The only way to really understand any of this of course is to read both books yourself. We have added several copies of “Watchman” to our collection and have multiple “Mockingbirds” for your reading pleasure.

Read a selection of reviews and info below:

wash postBackground to the publishing of Go Set a Watchman.

guardian banner ‘more complex but less compelling.”

NYT bannerGo Set a Watchman gives Atticus Finch a Dark Side.

New Republic review

New Republic Review

Loads more reviews here.


Year 9 English Students Play Casting Director

Today Year 9 English students had the opportunity to play casting director in their own adaptation of a short story.

goodreads list     jane campionAfter choosing a short story of 10 pages or less from the Library collection students had to read their story, paying close attention to the setting and the characterization of the main and secondary protagonists. After completing a short setting and character worksheet, students cast real-life actor’s in the principal roles of their imaginary film adaptation.

Some useful links and the worksheets are below: Short Story Collection 2015Film Resources.

Character Map Female

Character Map Male

Casting the Characters and Setting Worksheet

short story index  Short Story index. Browse and read short stories online.

Neil Gaiman’s Free Short Stories

19 Short Stories from Nobel Prize Winning Author Alice Munro

10 Wonderful Stories to Read Online from Flavorwire

100 (or so) Great American Short Stories

New Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels added to Cabra Libraries.

Clcik on the pic for a list of new Graphic Fiction for 2015

New Manga In Senior Library

Take a look at the list of new Manga, comics and Graphic Novels added to the Cabra Library Collections so far this Year. That’s over 250 items so far this year.  New Graphic Fiction 2015 As well as the usual suspects we have been developing an interest in both illustrated novels and original graphic novels for older readers. For more info on Manga, comics and graphic novels check these links.



New Resources added to the Cabra Libraries May-June 2015.

Take a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections since the start of May this year. That’s almost 1000 items including almost 150 new DVDs for Loan. To view all the latest DVDs click below:

New DVDs May June July 2015

Click on the link to the right for the whole list: New Titles May June July 2015

If you don’t see what you want above, search our new OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) here,

or leave us a message with your requests for new titles.