The Riverbend Schools' Teacher-Librarian Bookclubs are coordinated by Pauline McLeod, our Children's’ and YA Literature Specialist. They meet once a month on a 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. Members read one picture book and one primary fiction each month.
Secondary Schools Teacher-Librarian Bookclub is held from 6.30-7.30pm. Members read one secondary fiction each month.
Our previous discussions can be found here.
Expression of Interest
All Teacher-Librarian Bookclubs sessions are currently full. 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 for April
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
War-torn Germany. Four young people. Four dark secrets. They come from different lands but each of them is hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies . . . and war. As thousands of refugees flock to the coast, desperate to escape the advancing Red Army, the paths of four young people converge. All are hoping to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the worst disaster in maritime history, Ruta Sepetys, award-winning author of Between Shades of Gray, brilliantly tells a shocking, illuminating and ultimately life-affirming story from World War II.
Primary Teacher-Librarians Reading for April
Slow Down, World by Tai Snaith
A timely reminder for children and adults alike to slow down, stop and appreciate the world around us. From a fast-paced metropolis to the greener, magical places a young girl's imagination, Slow Down, World is a whimsical journey towards mindulness.
My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins by Tristan Bancks
Have you ever been trapped inside a runaway car? Have you broken a world record? Is there someone in your class who will stop at nothing to kiss you? Have you ever tricked your dog into doing your homework? Or found something seriously disgusting in your food? Have you sold head lice for fun and profit? Or has your mum ever used raspberry and white chocolate muffins as weapons of minor destruction? I'm Tom Weekly and all of these things have happened to me. I've captured them here in stories, jokes, cartoons, quizzes and lists. Believe me, real life is weirder than anything you can make up.