Library News

Celebrate the Landsborough Story Seat:

You’re invited to join in for a morning of stories, games and fun at the “I’m a Dirty Dinosaur” Story Seat at Pioneer Park Caloundra St, Landsborough on Wednesday 16 May at 9:30 am. Children up to 5 years are encouraged to come dressed as a dinosaur and enjoy some stomping good fun. The Sunshine Coast Libraries have released a map of the Story Seats to visit on the Coast. There are 10 seats with 10 stories, in 10 parks across the Coast. Pick up a copy from the library or visit Council’s library website for more details. Join the #Storyseat conversation by following Sunshine Coast Libraries Facebook page.

Landsborough story seat

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is an initiative for all Queensland students from Prep – Year 9 and runs annually. To complete the Challenge, students from Prep to Year 4 are required to read 20 books and students from Year 5 to 9 are required to read 15 books. The reading period runs from Monday 14 May to Friday 24 August. To register your child/children please complete the Google form that will accompany the PRC letter emailed to families, by Monday 21 May.

Please note students can include books read during the Read More in May Challenge in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Students who finish the Challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland. These will be handed out during the PRC Celebration Week in Term 4. We will also award prizes for the classes with the most participants across Prep-Year 2, Year 3-6 and Year 7-9.

Research Tips

Learning how to research effectively takes practice but it’s definitely worth the investment of time and effort. Asking good questions guides students in finding the information they need. Success in research involves a process of asking the right questions and then seeking out the answers from a range of quality resources. Our Library Weebly contains links to resources to help students with their assignment research. Links to databases and encyclopedias can be found under the ‘iResearch’ tab.

Library Weebly

The GCC Hub Weebly is regularly updated with information about library programs and events, providing access to research tools and databases essential for learners seeking quality resources. Please note that the GCC Hub  is password protected. Students have been given the password to access the GCC Hub  and are welcome to share this with parents/caregivers. Students are encouraged to use the quality educational databases and online research tools available to assist them with their learning and assessment.

Library Databases

We subscribe to the following databases that can be accessed at home and school via the GCC Hub under the iResearch tab:

icite/SLASLA online reference generator (Year 4-12) caters for Primary, Middle and Secondary school referencing and is based on the Harvard Author-Date System (abridged). Students simply add the details of a resource into the generator, press create citation, and a reference is generated that they can add to their reference list. More details on referencing can be found at the icite website.

EBSCOhost (Year 7-12) is a comprehensive database for multidisciplinary research. It provides a collection of full-text articles from leading regional and international periodicals, full-text reference books, tens of thousands of full-text biographies and more than one million photos, maps and flags. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources.

EBSCOhost History Reference Center (Year 9-12) contains thousands of reliable history resources, including primary source documents, biographies, photos, maps and more to help students complete their research. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources.    

EBSCOhost Science Reference Center (Year 9-12) is a research database with reliable information on thousands of science topics. View science videos, animations, access experiments and find thousands of science images, charts and graphs. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources.

Explora (Year 6+) provides a safe, trustworthy environment for younger students to look up articles and facts for research, class projects or homework. Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Secondary students can request specific research support and can make an appointment with Mrs Morris at the library or via email.

Enjoy reading more in May!

Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarians

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