Library News | Preparatory School

Library Borrowing

As students return to school, they will have many books they need to return and will be excited about changing them out for new titles. To ensure the safety of all students, we are following a new process for all borrowing and returns of library books, including the following:

  • Any returned books need to be returned to the classroom.
  • There will be a box of books in their classroom that they may borrow from.
  • If there is a title they wish to borrow that is not in the box, they are welcome to email me at We will endeavour to get this resource to students, but this will happen if and when resources allow.

Unfortunately, students are unable to come to the library whilst we are on our current level of school restrictions. When these eases, we will make students and families aware that boys can return to the library for normal borrowing.


The Young Australians Best Books Awards (YABBA) is a not-for-profit organisation that sets out to bring Australian Children’s Books alive. It was founded in 1985 and run by volunteers with the intention of having children recommend recently published Australian books, read recommendations from their peers and then rate them. The winners are then announced mid-October.

The awards ceremony was on Tuesday this week. We strongly encourage any students who are wishing to learn more about new books to head on over to their website to see who the winners are.

Author Spotlight – Catherine Meatheringham

Catherine Meatheringham is a children’s author. Her first picture book, My Possum Plays the Drums, was published by Windy Hollow Books in March 2020 and is a shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2020. Her second picture book, also with Windy Hollow Books, is All Dogs Bark.

Catherine is on the Committee for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ACT branch. In this role she fosters social connections and professional development for aspiring, emerging and established authors and illustrators in the Canberra region.

She lives in Canberra with her husband, two children, a noisy possum that keeps her awake at night and a Welsh Springer Spaniel who barks, barks, barks.

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

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