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Thursday, June 23, 2011

National Young Writers Month Is Not Over Yet !

Thats right! There's still one week left and plenty of ways for you to participate. Visit the Express Media website to find out how.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone

Well its been a very full first semester indeed. The library has seen a few changes during this time. We have expanded the shelving in the fiction section which has allowed us to increase our collection of fiction titles and we have also recently acquired some very nice movable shelving units, courtesy of Borders, which will also allow us to display more of our journals and magazines and expand our collection in that area too. We have also refitted the shelving for the audio visual collection which has again allowed us to greatly expand our collection in this area as well. This blog itself was created as a way to celebrate the library and has proven to be a great success not only within our school community but also globally. It has gained an audience in the United States, India, Malaysia, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, China, the United Kingdom, and also Australia wide. Our stats show thousands of page views.

On another note the Shaun Tan display has been a massive hit with students so you can look forward to more expansive displays that will incorporate the use of different forms of engaging media. Among other things to look forward to in the near future are upgrades to our library management and media management systems which will make accessing resources easier and will make your time doing research more effective.

Finally a reminder, don't forget to come in before the end of the day to organise your holiday reading and most of all remember to enjoy the break.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Avid Reader Salon Event

For those of you interested in hearing writers speak about their work read on...

Avid Reader Salon Event
Meet Dominic Smith author of Bright and Distant Shores. Three emerging writers will kick the evening off, reading from their own work before Dominic Smith reads and talks about the art and craft of writing.
When: 6pm for 6.30pm start,Thursday 16th June
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop 193 Boundary Street West End
Cost: QWC members FREE | general public $5.00
More info: RSVP events@avidreader.com.au 38463422  


Read James Bradley's review of the book in The Australian here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

myfuture Video Competition

Create a video of up to three (3) minutes profiling an occupation for a chance to win $10,000.
This competition is an exciting opportunity to explore occupations in a creative and innovative way.
Register to receive monthly competition updates that will provide helpful hints and tips for producing a video entry.  Register now!
The competition closes at 5pm (EST) on 31 October 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Story Lab: Holiday Workshops at State Library

As I am sure you are all aware, the mid year holidays begin at the end of next week. The good news is that if you find holidays to be boring the State Library of Qld are running their Story Lab from the 25th of June to the 8th of July and it is open to ages 9 to 16.
On offer are a bucket load of half day workshops that allow you to express your creativity and explore different story telling techniques such as writing, illustration, animation, cartooning, manga, or poetry.
The location will be at the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank.

Fourth Man Booker International Prize winner announced

American author, Philip Roth, has been awarded the bi-annual Man Booker International Prize, recognising 'achievement in fiction on the world stage', at a special event at the Sydney Writer's Festival on May 18 2011. The 78 year old writer was first published in 1959, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for American Pastoral. His most recent novel, Nemesis, was published last year.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers

Express Media and John Marsden present The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers.

There is $5,500 total prize money on offer.

Details are in the writing competitions page.

Don't forget June is National Young Writers’ Month

National Young Writers’ Month runs from June 1 – 30, 2011. During the month you can set yourself a writing goal, and reach your goal with the support of the National Young Writers’ Month community.
It's not too late to get involved so REGISTER NOW!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Congrats to Shaun Tan

Congratulations goes to Shaun Tan on receiving the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Although his win was announced recently he has only just been presented with the award in Stockholm, Sweden. The awards recognise the contribution to children and young adult literature.
Tan's books and now also his 2011 Oscar winning short film, show his deft hand at observing the human condition and his ability as a story teller to say something meaningful and powerful.
The CAC secondary library  has a collection of Tan's works on the shelves for borrowing and we also have a copy of his short film 'The Lost Thing' available on Clickview. We recommend you take a look if you would like to see what all the fuss is about.