Library News

The first term of 2016 has started with the Library staff welcoming back old students and introducing our new Bethany girls to the facilities available to them at Bethany Library. The Library is open from 8am every morning for students to complete any homework or print out documents needed for that day. Unlike Primary School, our Library is open every recess and lunchtime for book selection or quiet study. After school, the facilities are available until 4pm for homework and quiet reading. Year Seven students are allowed to borrow resources immediately, however when their Student Cards arrive they will need to show their card each time they borrow books. The loan period is two weeks with one renewal if they haven’t finished the book. We are looking forward to seeing our new students make most of Bethany Library and what is has to offer.

Our first display for the year is “This is a GOOD Book” with romance novels on display during February. There are a mixture of classics and new literature available for loan during this month. In March we will be starting our Reading Bingo Competition with prizes to won for students who complete their reading card.

For history, art and photography buffs the State Library of New South Wales has a wonderful display on at their Exhibition Galleries in Macquarie Street, Sydney, from 13 February 2016 to 8 May 2016. When photographer and writer Sally McInerney’s aunt found a box of half-destroyed family photographs in her garage, a labour of love was set in motion.

The box held six unpublished photos by Sally’s mother — the late Olive Cotton, one of Australia’s greatest photographers — as well as photos by family members and others. Scanning the photos, Sally discovered that the printer alternately smoothed out or deepened their flaws. She then took the photos to the relevant person to unravel the story, creating a box of typewriter memoirs of their conversations

With some printed photopolymer plates and the box of memoirs, Sally approached Dianne Fogwell at the Edition + Artist Book Studio (ANU School of Art). Sally and Dianne started a collaboration in 1999, which was completed in 2004, meeting for two days every two or three months.

The result of this collaboration — Family Fragments — comprises 37 haunting solar plate etchings and handmade paper folders with beautifully handwritten inscriptions by Sally McInerney, providing a rare insight into the private lives of one of Australia’s artistic icons and her husband’s family. 

Featured image:  Olive Cotton, 1943 (Jean McInerney, nee Lorraine) from Family Fragments 2004

Do not forget the recreational facilities available at our local Municipal Libraries. Kogarah Library has many events this year with their CREATIVE CORNER available for students at Kogarah Library – Tuesdays, 3.30pm – 4.30pm (Ages 5 – 18) and Oatley Library – Fridays, 3.30pm – 5pm (All ages) Take some time out, colour in, make a simple craft or play a game. This fun program will be held during school terms.

For senior students Hurstville Library is offering Geek After Dark: MIYUKIKO ON COSPLAY.                            Date: Thursday 25 February 2016

Time: 7.00pm-8.00pm

Cost: Free event

Venue: Hurstville Library

Cnr Queens Rd and Dora St, Hurstville


Miyukiko is an Australian illustrator and cosplayer that has been doing cosplay for over 10 years. From small conventions, meeting new friends and acting as the character to professional photoshoots and expressing characters, anime and games as an art form, Miyukiko will share her cosplaying experience; the growth of the hobby and what it is all about! Please arrive at 6.30pm for 7.00pm starts For ages 16 +Free event, bookings essential

Geek after Dark is a series of stimulating programs of talks, comedy and performances last Thursday of every second month: April 2016 – Queenie Chan (Manga Artist) June 2016 – Benjamin Law (Writer) August 2016 – Zohab Zee Khan (Poet)

Keep reading!                                                                                  


Mrs Karen Pentland

Teacher Librarian