Holiday reading packs


Following the SHRIMP programme  created by Pam Garry, Librarian at John Mc Glashan College and Slanza award recipient, 2_packs_leftMACLIC presents the MAC Holiday Reading Pack.

Each pack will contain:

  • 10 books chosen by the librarian based on the student’s reading history and information provided in the form below,
  • The list of  books read by the student in the past year to share with parents and prompt discussions,
  •  and a surprise!

The pack will be delivered in class on the last day of the term. The bag must be returned with the books in the first week of term 2.

Enrol now by completing the form below by midnight Wednesday 16th April.

Lots of new books!


Lots of new books have arrived on the shelves!

New Award Winning Books

New Award Winning Books

  • Jacqueline Wilson classics and recent books
  • Action / Thriller series: Beast Quest, by Adam Blade; Vampirates by Justin Somper; Special Agents, by Sam Hutton, Malichea by Jim Eldridge…
  • Dystopian fiction (like the Hunger Games): The last Thirteen, by James Phelan; Gone series, by Michael Grant; Blood Red Road, by Moira Young; Divergent series, by Veronica Roth; Wool trilogy, by Hugh Howey…

And romance, mystery, adventure, humorous books, award winners (featured), graphic novels…

So many books, so read faster!

What does the library look like in the future?


As part of the QLDC public libraries review, our students were invited to answer to 3 questions:

  • What do you value the most about a library service?
  • What would encourage you to use the library more often?
  • What does the library look like in the future?

To the latter, the 107 students answers are (some students gave several answers):

  • More technology (includes more ebooks, more computers, more e-readers): 33
  • Bigger place: 16
  • More books: 12
  • More comfortable seats: 9
  • EBooks instead of books: 8
  • Same as today: 7
  • Movies: 4
  • Other (talking books, research facility, games): 3
  • Less popular: 2

That’s less than 5% seeing a future without books.

Bob presents lots of great books



Last Thursday, Bob Docherty came to our school and presented lots of excellent books to a dozen of junior classes. He kept the crowd focused and entertained. 

Here are the lists of books he presented:

Come to the library to reserve one or several of them.

Check out Bob’s blog for lots of books recommendations.

Find a book that interests YOU


Read_what_you_enjoyReading for your pleasure will make other reading tasks easier. Here is how to find books you enjoy.

What do you like? Sports, travels or scary films? Enter a keyword in the library catalogue and explore the results list.

Ask your friends to suggest books they enjoyed or even to come with you to the library to help you choose a book. You know how easier it is to find nice clothes when shopping with your BF.  Same for a good book.

Find a book like the one you enjoyed. How to do that? Find the book in the library catalog. Then click on See Also then on Related subject. Choose a subject and explore the results. See_also

Online, you can explore Read Alike lists on GoodReads for example. 

Use book lists and posters in the library: There is a green Book lists folder on the trolley, genre posters and book suggestions posters. Also check the Book lists page.

Browse the shelves, look for a title, a colour, a cover that you like. Read the blurb at the back. Open the book to see the font size, read the first chapter or a random paragraph.  

Ask the librarian. “Can you please recommend a good book on … ?” or “Are there any other books like … ?” 

Browse books in a shop: Books covers are usually facing you so they might “talk” to you more than spines. It is the same online, at Wheelers or Amazon. Once you know the book you want, come to the library to borrow it or ask me to buy it for you!

Explore and join a reader’s online community.

  • Goodreads to “Meet your next favourite book”: I use it to choose books for our library ;
  • Library Thing is a major book lovers site to explore ;
  • Shelfari is noteworthy too, more US centered though.

To enjoy reading, read a book you like!

Reading is good for you


A study published in December 2013 has demonstrated that reading increases brain activity. 17 students were asked to read a novel and had an MRI every morning. “On the days after the reading, significant increases in connectivity were discovered on hubs in the brain…”

Enjoy_ReadingReading is good for school achievement. In 2012, Nick Gibb, the UK School Minister, said that “Reading books for just half an hour a day could be worth up to 12 months’ extra schooling by the age of 15“. In New Zealand, a study carried out in 2006 had linked academic success and reading: High performers were more likely to read widely, use a library, have access to a range of books in their home, and enjoy reading (page 158).

Reading is good for social skills. A new research published in October found that “Reading literary fiction improves empathy“. In this study, the choice of book is important. In short, easy reads, whether thrillers or romance, are written to entertain the reader; little thinking is involved. Literary works on the contrary, engages the reader to imagine the unsaid or to elaborate characters, therefore sharpen the ability to understand others’ emotions.

Reading reduces stress levelsIn 2009, a research compared the heart rates and muscle tension of participants involved in different ways to relax.  Reading was the most effective way to overcome stress, more effective than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or even going for a walk!

Reading is good for your sleep! A study from the National Sleep Foundation conducted in 2004 concludes that reading as part of the bedtime routine will ensure a better sleep. 

Studies have also shown that reading throughout life is good for older people, even reduces the Alzheimer risk but I doubt I can convince teenagers to read using this reason!

Book lists for summer reading


What to read this summer? Which book to offer to please for sure? Here are lists to help you decide.

Click here for information on where to get them.

Number 1 !

MAC Favourite

Here are Mount Aspiring College most read books per year level. These lists are a bit rough as they are simply reports from the database, sorry, but they definitely reflect the most popular reads. They are not all good literature and some content is debatable… that’s why kids love them!

Librarian’s choice

Librarian’s choice lists are a mix of classic must-read books, award-winning or unforgettable stories.

Other Top books lists

Leave a comment below to recommend your favourite book!

Where to get these books

  • From the town library, it’s free! Here is their online catalogue.
  • From the local shop. You can phone to check if they have the book or order it.Wheelers_promo
  • From Wheelers, our main online book provider, who offer book credits to our school when you order (choose Mt Aspiring College at the checkout).
  • From Whitcoulls, who provided the excellent list above, have shops in Queenstown and also offer online sales.
  • Amazon of course have all the books of the creation, new and used, but the freight is often doubling the price of the book and it only says it at the checkout. Be careful! Amazon also offers the widest range of ebooks, but here again be aware that they cannot be read by many ereaders  (Kobo, Sony, Laser), only by Kindle ereaders. They can however be read on any Ipad or computer-like tablet or computer, using a Kindle App or reading on the cloud.
  • Finally, Book Depository established in tax-free Guernsey Island has unbeatable prices on new books and freight is free!

Offer a book for Christmas!


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