New normal in the library

Welcome to Term 2!

In Level 2, the new normal in the library is:

Sanitize in !
30 students maximum at any one time. So:
– 1 class each period
– interval and lunchtime: we let 30 students come in and lock the library. Only students who plan to stay the whole time are welcome.
Contact less issue:
– we ask student for their name
– they present the back of the book so we scan it.
It is best if they issue at the end of the period
Sanitize out!
For everyone’s safety, we clean and quarantine all the returned books for 3 days.
Enjoy off-screen time in a good book 😉

How to find reliable information

As research projects begin and news affect everyone, here are a few information literacy skills resources, to help identify the truth.

How to conduct a research project? Follow the Define, Locate, Select, Organise, Present, Assess steps in this Prezi!

How to use the internet efficiently for research -senior: Youtube video 3.19 mn

To help with research, here is the direct access to selected databases for New Zealand schools -no login required. Scroll down on the page to this search box:


Spot Fake News

Here is an interesting article about identifying Fake information:  Visual clues, resist emotional response, look for the motives. 1000 words – 5mn read

Lots of new books

More than 130 books have been added to the collection this year and it will keep growing, of course.

Check them out on the New Books revolving shelf in the library or on the Book Lists page. If the book you want to read is already borrowed, ask the librarian to reserve it for you.


20-02-17 New Books




ToitoiWell done to Anataia White from Mount Aspiring College for her beautiful drawing published on page 48 of the TOITOI Magazine.

Quite special to have a work actually published!

You can send your writing and art for Issue 20 by April 9, 2020.

More information here

Human rights display

Human rights

A very wide subject profusely declined in fiction as well as documented in knowledge books. Grab one from the display area or choose your own from the collection.

Keywords to try in the library catalogue: oppression, rebellion, civil rights, slavery, freedom, social control, resistance, equality…

In Knowledge area: 303.6, 305, 305.8, 320, 324, 355, lots of biographies…

Grab your paper copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the issue desk or read online here. 

The theme is challenging but essential to human growth and well-being!

Making time for reading

We know reading is good for us so how can we read more in our busy lives?

  • boy wearing white poloAlways carry a book with you: waiting time becomes reading time
  • Download a book in your phone – MAC students and staff can access nearly 2000 books on MAC e-library
  • Have another book near your bed. Studies have shown that reading 15mn before sleep improves sleep quality
  • Stop scrolling and reading random bits from magazines and phones, use this time to dive into your chosen read
  • Use a bookmark to find where you stopped instantly
  • Skip parts, read how you like. A boring paragraph? Scroll to the next.
  • If you don’t like what you are reading, stop and choose another book

Observe how more reading changes your life!

Library Awards

Congratulation to the best readers of the college this year!

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Year 7

Olivia Shore and Olive Sedon 73 books
Lincoln Rimmer 69 books

Year 8

Ben Pell – Also Best borrower overall with 276 books!
Annika Massey 53 books

Year 9

Julia Shepherd 45 books
Oscar Waddington 37 books

Year 10

Caleb Wright 56 books
Tai Olley 31 books


Best reader Year 11 Gracie Cartlidge

Best reader Year 12 Lillian Eastwood
Best reader Year   Luella Harry

Morris Gleitzman visits MAC

We had the honour and pleasure to welcome Morris Gleitzman in our college today.
He is the author of more than 40 books, and one of Australia most popular author. Here at MAC, books in his series Once, Then, Now etc have been on the most-read-booklist for 3 years in a row!
Morris told us the process of creating the story of a beautiful friendship in a most unfriendly world he wrote in Once.
He talked about how characters are his friends in his mind and how he develops their personalities by asking them questions before telling their story.
He explained how problems in stories (as well as in life) are prompting reflections and interesting series of actions.
He says what going on inside during the decision making process is as interesting as the resulting action.
By imagining what it feels like, the reader not only gives life to the story but also learns more about himself.
What a nice lesson, heard by most our Year 7 and 8 students!