The library is operating eight book clubs during 2017.
This club operates once a cycle and meets on Thursday 2 in the history room in the d'Houet library (d131).
The Year Six Book Club
This club operates once a cycle at lunchtime on Tuesday Two. We meet in the History Room of the d'Houet library.
The Year Seven Book Club
This club operates once a cycle at lunchtime on Wednesday One. We meet in the history room in the d'Houet library.
The Year Eight Book Club
This club operates once a cycle at lunchtime on Tuesday Two. We meet in the history room in the d'Houet library.
The Year Nine Book Club
This club operates once a cycle on Friday Two. We meet in the History Room.
The Year Ten Book Club
This group meets every Friday One at lunchtime. We meet in the history room in the d'Houet library.
The Year 11 Book Club
This group meets every Tuesday One at lunchtime. We meet in the history room in the d'Houet library.
and The Year 12 Book Club
This group meets every Thursday One at lunchtime in the History Room of the d'Houet Library.
The book clubs engage in a range of activities that relate to reading and the enjoyment of the written word in all of its forms.
Activities may include:
See Dr La Marca, Ms Petricevic or Mrs Pucius for details
This book, about the different houses in Harry Potter, was made by the Year 5 to 7 Book Club for the National Year of Reading Read This! Competition.
The entry came second in the group section for Victoria.
This Hunger Games Board Games was made by the Year Eight Book Club for the Read This! Competition in the 2012 National Year of Reading.
It placed first in the group section for Victoria.
Literary Afternoon Teas.
This year we will host three Literary Afternoon Teas.
All members of the book clubs are invited to attend. We will also be inviting members of the Xavier College book clubs to join us.The afternoon teas will be held at the d'Houet Library commencing at 4pm and finishing at 5.30pm. During 2017 the dates are:
Those wishing to attend must return a signed permission form to Dr La Marca.
See Ms Petricevic, Mrs Pucius or Dr La Marca for details.
The Song of an Innocent Bystander by Ian Bone
Freda, 19, was held hostage ten years ago during a gunman's siege of a restaurant.
When Freda agrees to be interviewed about the incident, the reporter stirs up memories that she had long suppressed.
The story is told in alternating sections and from different points of view: Freda today, Freda at the time of the siege, the gunman, and sections titled “Napkin “that were written by another hostage.
The plot and multiple viewpoints make for compelling reading.
Book Club All Hallows
ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The novel concentrates on one man, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, as he attempts to survive another day in a Soviet concentration camp, or gulag, with dignity and humanity. The conditions of the camp are harsh, reflecting a world that has no tolerance for independence. Camp prisoners rely almost totally on each other's productivity and altruism, even for the most basic human need, food. The dehumanizing atmosphere of the gulag ironically forces prisoners to discover means to retain their individuality while conforming to the stringent rules, spoken and unspoken, of the camp.
The narrator Ivan Denisovich is both insightful and humorous, and the clever way he manages to keep his humanity intact despite his imprisonment is kept in perspective through the other prisoners' attempts at survival.