Friday, 5 July 2019

Happy Holidays and Returning Your Books

The SIDE Library Resource Centre team would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays. We hope you stay warm, have some relaxing times, some fun times, and hope you get to read some good books!

Remember that you can go to our catalogue in the Resource Centre Online if you're looking for something to read.

We also have a brand new video available about how to access our digital libraries: OverDrive and ePlatform by Wheelers - you have thousands of ebooks and eaudiobooks at your fingertips.

Please remember to return any books you've now finished with - click here for instructions.

The SIDE Library Resource Centre will be open through the holidays: Mon-Fri 8.30am - 4pm. You can pop in to return books, browse and borrow.

See you next term!

Amy, Liz & Sue

Thursday, 4 July 2019

An exciting announcement - Morris Gleitzman to visit SIDE for Author Online!

SIDE Library Resource Centre is proud to present...

Author Online - Morris Gleitzman!

WHEN:   Wednesday, 24th July (Term 3, Week 1)
               Year 7-10: 9.30am - 10.30am
               Year 5&6: 11.30am - 12.30pm
WHERE: Webex (access the sessions via Moodle)

Morris Gleitzman is a bestselling Australian children’s author whose books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways. Morris wrote his first children’s novel in 1985. His moving and humourous style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is now one of Australia’s most successful authors, both internationally and at home.

To borrow Morris Gleitzman's books, click here!

For more information, email

Hope to see you there!

Friday, 21 June 2019

Photos from Tamara Moss's visit!

Tamara next to her display in the library

Our new studio set-up

Some screenshots from the Year 5&6 session

Teacher librarians Amy and Liz with Tamara
Did you miss the session? Would you like to borrow some of Tamara's books? Click here!

Friday, 31 May 2019

Term 2 Author Online - Tamara Moss!

Meet WA FANTASY WRITER TAMARA MOSS. She has now published three books in the Lintang series . . .

Lintang dreams of escaping her island home and having adventures on the high seas. She gets her chance when she and her best friend, Bayani, face a deadly mythie and survive, attracting the attention of the infamous Captain Shafira. Lintang’s bravery earns her an invitation onto the ship of the pirate queen, who is on her way to hunt down a nest of vicious sirens.

But they’ve barely left the island when Lintang discovers that Bayani has risked his life to stow away. Worse, he won’t tell her why. Lintang must choose whether to be loyal to Captain Shafira and continue with her adventures, or be loyal to her best friend and lose everything she’s ever wanted.

Tamara Moss is coming to SIDE in Week 8 this term, to present two special sessions:

Wednesday 19th June 2019
Year 7 & 8: 9.30am - 10.30am on Webex
Year 5 & 6: 11.30am - 12.15pm on Webex

You can borrow Tamara's books right now! Click here to borrow the books and ebooks through our catalogue, or email us at

Here are some glowing reviews of the Lintang series from SIDE students:

This book is about a girl who is a story teller and has a dream of traveling and fighting. She loves to dual especially with her best friend Bayani. He practices a lot but never wins the duals and Lintang rarely practises and she always wins. There are mythies in her world that are nice and dangerous and mean. Their danger levels can go from 1- 10 but you have to read the book to know the rest. I love this book and the characters - I can’t have favourite character because it is like having a favourite child. I would recommend this book for everyone.
– Emily, Year 8
(You can read Emily’s reviews of the other books in the series in the Reading Room book reviews forum!)

I like the Lintang series because it is full of adventure, laughter and mythical creatures. Sometimes I feel like I am Lintang. I also like it because Pelita makes funny stories. My favourite characters are Pelita, Lintang and Captain Shafira.
– Tiana, Year 6

Lintang is an interesting story because she is following her dreams. Sometimes I felt like I was a part of the story. Lintang learnt that she wasn't always right.
– Damien, Year 4

I loved the Lintang series because it has lots of adventures and lots of funny bits in it. Other people should read it because it is funny and sometimes it felt like I was in the story. It has lots of exciting bits to read.
– Erika, Year 2

Friday, 24 May 2019

National Simultanous Storytime at SIDE

Thank you to all of our Primary School students who shared in National Simultaneous Storytime last Wednesday 22nd May.

Alpacas with Maracas by Australian author/illustrator Matt Cosgrove was presented to over 1 000 000 children. SIDE was one of 11 000 locations across Australia to enjoy the story of the talent quest with Macca and his friend Al.

If you'd like to see the author present the story with some real live alpacas visit Story Box Library in the Resource Centre Online.

You can also check out some more videos and activities we've put together, and borrow Matt Cosgrove's books, by heading to our NSS LearnPath page!

TL Liz Allen reading the story to our Webex class of SIDE Primary students!

National Reconciliation Week

 Click to find out more about the poster design and what it means!

This week is National Reconciliation Week, and we have put together some fantastic displays to showcase stories of and stories by, Australia's First Nations peoples.

This term during Year 7-10 Wide Reading sessions with Teacher Librarian Amy, we are focusing on Stories of First Nations peoples - exploring and celebrating some of the fantastic books (many written and illustrated by First Nations peoples), both fiction and non-fiction, that explore Australia's shared history.

Featured are WA authors such as Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Kim Scott, who explore themes of Aboriginal spirituality, prejudice and racism, historical events and real-life contexts through their books of varied genres; autobiographical (My Place), picture books and dystopian/fantasy/adventure series (The Tribe series). Whatever a student's favourite type of story is, we aim to bring to each class a selection of texts to entice and encourage students to find out more.

By knowing and accepting the wrongs of the past, and the impact of prejudice, we can make amends and ensure that these wrongs are never repeated. (Reconciliation Australia, 2019)

We have also put together some catalogue lists of recommended reading for Primary and Secondary students:
Check out some photos of our displays below, or pop by to see them in person! Make sure you follow us on Instagram (@side_libraryrc) to see some of these books featured in our feed.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Library and Information Week 2019

This week is Library & Information Week 2019, where the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) celebrates libraries for a whole week!
Yesterday was National Library Technician's Day, so we celebrate and say thank you to our library technicians of the past year:
  • Michael Bate - our long-time library tech (and voice of this blog) who we sadly said goodbye to at the start of 2019 as he moved onto other opportunities - we wish him all the best!
  • Luke Mitchell - out fantastic temporary library tech who worked with us in Term 1, during the crazy busy time of our year! Thank you, Luke!
  • Sue Lomax - our newly appointed permanent library tech, who has hit the ground running in Term 2 - she's doing a great job and we look forward to hearing from her on the blog in future.
The theme of this year's LIW is Truth, Integrity and Knowledge, and we recognise the important role of libraries in supporting these ideas in their community - in our case, the SIDE community! Our range of resources and services available through the Resource Centre Online, and our ever-growing collection of video tutorials and helpsheets all help to promote the importance of truth, integrity and knowledge to SIDE students.

Another exciting event that happens during LIW is National Simultaneous Storytime, which took place today - a wrap-up blog post will come shortly, but head over to our Instagram page (@side_libraryrc) in the meantime to see some photos and video from our K-4 Webex session and our great display.