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Library News

As many public libraries close, students have been taking full advantage of our fantastic library collection and stocking up on books for the holidays. 


In year 7, 8 and 9 wide reading classes we have introduced Thornbury High School’s very own reading challenge. The THS reading challenge runs from March to October and encourages students to read widely from 16 different genre types of books that the library offers. House points, stickers and certificates will be awarded for students who achieve:

   Bronze level = 4 books

   Silver level = 8 books

   Gold level = 12 books

   Platinum level = 16 books

Our most popular genres or types of books at THS are currently manga, biographies/autobiographies, horror and ghost stories, contemporary fiction and humour.


Don’t forget the library catalogue is online and available 24/7. Access via compass or here:


The catalogue includes not only the listing of physical books available in the library, but also a curated collection of over 18,000 authoritative websites suitable for student study. A key focus in research classes has been to assist students to use the library catalogue to find information because our library resources are reliable and trustworthy.

The library has been busy adding new eBooks for research to our library catalogue. These are downloadable pdf books on various topics including Australian history, geography, health, food tech, social issues and more! Students can access our eBook collection when they log into the library catalogue at school or at home.

There has never been a better time to read a good book. Reading for leisure provides an escape from everyday pressures and is proven to reduce stress. If students are looking for reading inspiration they can go to the library catalogue and select “books and wide reading” There students can find author interview videos, links to book excerpts, book review websites and everything students need to be inspired to read.


Although public libraries are closed, you can use your Darebin Libraries membership card to access free online resources including:

  • Britannica Library and World Book online: ideal homework help for student research projects.
  • Borrowbox:  a collection of thousands of eBooks to read and audiobooks to listen to
  • RB Digital: a range of online comics to read with over 1,500 titles from Disney to Marvel to manga

Not a member? Parents/carers can sign up online for a temporary membership giving you immediate access to these free online resources.