About Riverbend and Schools
At Riverbend Books we believe that books and reading are central to all of our lives. Libraries provide the heartbeat for schools and Riverbend Books aims to contribute to the efforts school staff put into making libraries and schools vibrant places of learning. We are determined to provide to schools with good quality literature for children, representative of both local and international authors.
We offer a variety of services to schools and Teacher-Librarians including:
Bookchats for Teachers, Students and Parents
Bookclubs for Primary and Secondary Teacher-Librarians coordinated by Pauline McLeod
The Whipper Snappers Bookclub run by Jane Sullivan caters to kids in years 5 to 7, with ages varying from 9 to 12
The Bright Young Things Bookclub run by Jane Sullivan caters to teenagers in years 8 to 12, with ages ranging from 13 to 17
OUR Schools TEAM
Pauline McLeod is Riverbend’s Children's and Young Adult Specialist. In 2015 she was awarded the ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children's Bookselling. A Teacher-Librarian and former English and History teacher Pauline worked for over a decade as a coordinator of The University of Queensland Library's outreach program UQL Cyberschool. She has a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and has a special interest in Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer Boyle has loved working with Teacher Librarians at Riverbend for fifteen years and has acquired an extensive knowledge of the challenges that Teacher Librarians face in their vitally important roles within schools. What many don't realise is that she is also a talented ceramicist, painter and photographer with successful exhibitions under her belt. Check out her work here: http://www.jenniferorland.com.
Lisa Norman is well known to many in Bulimba after many years of of working in the Sts Peter and Pauls' Library. We tackled her on the Riverbend deck one day and are grateful that she agreed to join the Riverbend team. A lifetime love of books and reading informs her work. She has also taken on the challenge of running Riverbend's Social Media.
Jane Sullivan is a self-confessed bibliophile who has taught English in secondary schools since 2003. She plans to return to teaching when her three young sons are a little older. In her spare time, she has worked at the University of Queensland teaching Academic English as part of a Tertiary Preparation Program.
Trisha Buckley has been a teacher librarian for 12 years, and an active member of The Children’s Book Council of Australia for almost as long. She served as the Qld Judge of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2012. She completed her Master of Education in 2016. Her favourite thing in the world is to read young adult fiction all day long.