Episode 20 of Parra Pods HSC Hacks.
HSC is coming up fast!
Students and parents check out these tips and tricks to not just survive, but actually flourish during the HSC season.
All this delivered by the ultimate HSC guru Mohan Dhall, Text book author, CEO of Tutoring Australia and Leader of Potentia Tutoring.
To check out some of the amazing resources City of Parramatta Libraries has for HSC Students, click HERE.
We also have some helpful programs planned in October to support our hardworking students PROGRAMS.
Katherine & Nisa
Want to keep up with the news from the literary world but your dog chewed up your brand new issue of Good Reading magazine? Parramatta library is here to help! Not only can you reserve the latest copy and pick it up at any of our branches, but you can even read it online through our GR online database! Here is how to access it:
- Open Parramatta library online catalogue
- Choose e-resources from the menu on the left side of the screen
- Choose ‘For Readers’ icon
- Scroll down to find #4 Good Reading Online
- Click on the Electronic Access link
- Choose Browse Good Reading Mag here icon
- Read the current issue online or browse through past issues
Or just click the image below for a shortcut!
If you are experiencing difficulties accessing this online resource, please let us know in the comments.
The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
The Dressmaker is a modern Australian classic, much loved for its bittersweet humour. Set in the 1950s, its subjects include haute couture, love and hate, and a cast of engagingly eccentric characters. It is now a major motion picture, starring Kate Winslet and fine Australian actors including Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Liam Hemsworth and extras from the author’s hometown of Jerilderie.
What a great read! We thought this book was going to be a story of true love and redemption. Instead it was a pleasant surprise to find it was more about revenge with a little dark humour. A very enjoyable read that was extremely well written. Linguistically the book was beautiful. Allowing us to feel like the characters were real people and that the town of Dungatar was a real place.
While some of us found the start was a little slow and complicated with lots of characters to keep track off, the book soon found an easy rhythm. We all loved the book’s heroine and the cleverness with which she sort revenge her fellow townsfolk.
Read by – Cultcha Club Book Club
City of Parramatta Library’s Escape Winter Rebus Puzzle Competition has come to an end!
All winter long people had fun guessing the weekly Rebus Puzzles both online and in the Library. Over 330 entries were received.
Three lucky winners, drawn at random received one of three $50 Booktopia gift certificates.
If you had fun guessing the Rebus Puzzles and are eager to know if you guessed right, have a look at the answers.
Week 1 – Dr No
Week 2 – Castaway
Week 3 – A Town Like Alice
Week 4 – Blue Lagoon
Week 5 – Eat Pray Love
Week 6 – 50 First Dates
Week 7 – Out of Africa
Week 8 – Death in Paradise
Week 9 – The Old Man and the Sea
Week 10 – Miami Vice
Week 11 – Jaws
Week 12 – Lord of the Flies
Week 13 – Pirates of the Caribbean
Week 14 – Treasure Island
All winners have been notifed and have collected their great prizes.
Thank you to every one who entered.
Information Access Team
Wild: a journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed
At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s rapid death from cancer, her family disbanded and her marriage crumbled. With nothing to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – from the Mojave Desert, through California and Oregon, and into Washington State – and to do it along. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise – a promise of piecing together a life that lay in ruins at her feet.
Off the back of two books that had divided our group, we were hoping this one would reunite and inspire us.. Unfortunately it did not. We again had 2 distinct groups, those who liked and enjoyed the book and those who did not. For as many of us who liked the main character, finding her journey inspiring and showing us we can all find strength when we need it the most; there were just as many members in our group who found her a little whiny and annoying.
The book was well written, with the flashback scenes breaking up the long hiking sections. For those of us who did like the book, we found it an enjoyable read with enough interesting characters to keep us turning the pages.
Rating – 7/10
Read by Culcha Club