The Riverbend Schools' Teacher-Librarian Bookclubs are coordinated by Pauline McLeod, our Children's and YA Literature Specialist, and Jane Sullivan. They meet once a month on a Tuesday Thursday night. Dates are sent out at the beginning of the year. The Book Clubs run from March to October and participants receive a Certificate for 8 hours of Professional Development.
Primary Schools Teacher-Librarian Bookclub is held from 5-6pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Members read one picture book and one primary fiction each month.
Secondary Schools Teacher-Librarian Bookclub is held from 6.30-7.30pm on Thursday. Members read one secondary fiction each month.
More about Riverbend & Schools can be found here.
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Expression of Interest
Please register your interest below and Riverbend staff will notify you when space opens up in one of the groups you've selected.
Please note: joining our bookclubs requires an annual membership fee of $100, to be paid before you start in order to secure your place.
Secondary Teacher-Librarians Reading in March 2018
The Centre of My Everything by Allayne L. Webster
Justin's back, and wants to put the past behind him. Corey's a footy hero and high-school dropout who can't even find work picking fruit. Tara wants to be loved. But if her mother doesn't care, why would anyone else? Margo wants out, and she has a plan to get there. Plans change. Life happens. Some secrets won't stay buried. Peace isn't as simple as laying bones to rest. This is a story about love and loss, about tragic secrets and the lengths people will go to hide them, about inter-generational pain and desperate attempts to break the cycle and about yearning for love and finding it where you least expect.
Primary Teacher-Librarians Reading in March 2018
Here We Are Now: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
The exquisite and thought-provoking new book from the multi award-winning, internationally best-selling picture book creator of Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers.
Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth.
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you've only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let's explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey.
And you'll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else...
Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you've just got to be kind.
The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan
It struck Henry that perhaps he was waiting for the exact right moment to be daring and brave. The exact right moment where he felt no worry at all, not one tiny flicker. But what if that moment never came? Henry Hoobler is a reluctant adventurer worried about his summer holiday: camping at the beach, bugs, spiders, snakes, stingers, blue ringed octopi and sharks. Worst of all, his family and friends are pushing him to ride his new silver bike without training wheels. But when Henry meets Cassie, he discovers that courage is there to be found when you have a friend who is straight up and true...A joyous, heart-warming story from the much-loved author of My Big Birkett.