Happy Halloween! Here’s our Halloween book haul

Today is Halloween!

It’s also the date Trimester 2’s grades are published. We wonder if Griffith’s examinations and timetabling team planned this?

But we, the library, also have some spooooky stuff to scare you this Halloween. In our library collection. Books. Yes, books. Well, scary, scary, Halloween-ey books, to be more specific.

Check out our selections:


Tackle your food-waste with these simple recipes

In September, our library held Lightning Talks on sustainability.

One of our presenters, Dr Kathy Knox, spoke about her work on tackling the food waste issue (listen here, at 18 minutes in).

This campaign, Waste Not Want Not, was delivered by Social Marketing at Griffith. It included collaborating with PhD candidate Jeawon Kim and professional chefs to create ‘recipe cards’. These recipes incorporate food items that are often left over and discarded, and therefore provide a practical way to reduce food waste.

If you’re a uni student on a budget, you’ll definitely want to check ’em out. Time to get savvy with your groceries – we reckon they sound soooo much better than bulk mi-goreng!

Halloween Storytime at Mt Gravatt Library

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It might still be eight weeks till Christmas (phew!), but it’s only 2 sleeps till Halloween.

Mt Gravatt campus library got in even earlier with a special Halloween themed Storytime last Friday.

Our Library Campus Services Team Member, Jana Rutledge, runs Storytime sessions in the Mt Gravatt library on the last Friday of each month for the pupils of Yarranlea Primary School – the historic primary school situated on-campus.

Jana specialised in Children’s Librarianship in her Masters degree, which is a boon for the Library and our Storytime program. However, on this occassion, she also had an extra ‘qualification’ to add to her bow – she spent her childhood in the US where they really know how to do Halloween.

The students loved everything about this Storytime! From the perfect choice of book for this month’s reading – Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefller, to the decorations, ghost-shaped ‘treats’ Jana made for the students, the Halloween-themed colouring in activity and Jana’s Halloween-themed dress.

The children loved asking Jana about pumpkins and Trick-or-Treating, and it was a great opportunity for them to learn a little more about something else from another country.

Need help with research and publishing?

Griffith University Library is here to help you fly into your research!

We’ve created a Research and Publishing webpage to assist you through this process. The Research and Publishing webpage covers everything from getting started on your research journey to getting published and attaining academic impact.

You’ll find links to:

  • Free workshops on topics like EndNote, developing your academic argument, editing your writing, managing your research data, publishing during your PhD and many more.
  • Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules designed to guide you through every stage of your research journey.
  • Strategic publishing guidelines to assist you through publishing.
  • Academic impact resources.
  • Best practice data guidelines.
  • Plus much more.

Remember, Griffith Library is here to help you succeed in your research. Need more help? If you’re a Higher Degree Research candidate or academic you can book in for a free consultation with a specialist Discipline Librarian to assist you with your research specific information needs.

Our libraries are LGBTI Safe Places

Griffith is proud to be a diverse space where everyone is welcome.

As part of the Safe Campuses initiative, Griffith is committed to providing safe and inclusive campus communities, free from harassment, bullying, discrimination and assault.

Our campus libraries are safe and inclusive places – where anyone is welcome to explore any topic without judgment. Have you noticed the bright and beautiful stickers at our library entrances? They’re much more than just a sticker. They actually hold a lot of importance and identify all our Griffith Libraries as LGBTI Safe Places.

This means it doesn’t matter what your gender, background or sexual orientation is. Our libraries will provide a safe and welcoming area for all Griffith staff and students to work or study.

We invite you to show your support, and learn a few things about the LGBTI community, by completing the Walking in Rainbow Shoes eModule in your Learning@Griffith. If you need support or want to expand your understanding, come along to a coffee catch up or get in touch with the Griffith University Ally Network.

Griffith is also committed to its students’ wellbeing. Personal, relationship, study or work-related problems can impact mental health, so the university offers free counselling services to all students.

6 fun (student budget friendly) activities to do this trimester break

Whether you’re studying in trimester 3 to fast-track your degree, or taking a looong summer uni break, right now it’s holiday time!

Finally, you can sit in bed watching Netflix without feeling guilty that you should be studying. And while we think watching Netflix is a fantastic way to spend your break (FYI – we suggest Wild Wild Country), we thought we’d give you a few other (student budget friendly) options.

  1. 1. Catch a free live gig with Livespark at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s held every Sunday at 3.30 pm
  2. 2. Take a ride on a boat. Well, the CityHopper. Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane river, which runs every 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Try bare foot bowls at your local bowls club (it’s not just for retirees). It generally costs under $10, and you can grab some food or a drink while you’re at it.
  4. 4. Hang with some koalas at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre (free admission).
  5. 5. Hire a bike through CityCycle and go for a ride along the Brisbane Riverwalk.
  6. 6. Borrow a book from our library, curl up on the couch and have a good read! Need some book suggestions? We’ve got you covered.

Have a suggestion? Let us know in the comments!

5 books to read this trimester break

You did it! You survived another trimester of teaching.

How are you planning to spend your trimester break? FYI – we suggest on the couch, with a cup of tea, a cat nearby and a good book.

Though, like deciding what you actually want to eat for dinner, picking which book to dedicate yourself to for eight-or-so hours can be difficult.

Luckily for all you indecisive folk, there’s an online random book selector which will make that decision for you! Here are five books it suggested for us:

  1. 1. Enduring love – Ian McEwan
  2. 2. The end of history and the last man – Francis Fukuyama
  3. 3. Undertow – Sydney Bauer
  4. 4. Personal politics: the psychology of making it – Ellen Langer & Carol Dweck
  5. 5. Dreams in myth, medicine, and movies – Sharon Packer

You can find the above books in library catalogue or through Bonus+.

Don’t like any of those suggestions? Try the random book selector yourself and see what it comes up with for you!