Caboolture Open Day 2016

Sunday 21st August 2016 is the day for Caboolture campus to shine! Attending Open Day is your chance to explore your home campus, chat to staff members and fellow students, and most importantly… come and see the library.

If you’re interested in finding out what Caboolture campus is all about, make sure to visit between 9:00am-2:00pm. Plan your day by downloading the Open Day Program (PDF file, 1051.21KB).

Remember you can always take yourself on a virtual tour of the campus if you cannot make it on the day.

National Science Week

From the 13th – 21st August it is National Science Week. All over Australia people are celebrating the wonders of science and acknowledging the work Australian scientists have done in contributing to the world’s knowledge.

This event isn’t just for scientists, there are events for everyone young and old! The National Science Week Events page lets you search by your own location and there are even events online. Why not Journey into the Deep or get hands on with science?

At QUT Library this week we have a lot of events going on for National Science Week so make sure you pop in and say hi to our friendly staff!

For more information about what is going on this National Science week have a look at @Aus_ScienceWeek.

And remember, whatever scientific things you get up this week don’t forget to let us know @qutlibrary and #natsciwk. So go forth and prosper this Science Week!

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Meow, it’s International Cat Day!

cat-and-book-975572_1280International Cat Day is dedicated to a librarian’s best friend, our furry hot water bottles and companions, cats! It is a day for pampering your own cat or even the neighbourhood ones and recognising the impact they have made on our own lives and society as one of the most popular pets in the world.  Not only have cats been loving pets for many a millennium, the Ancient Egyptians worshipped our feline friends, they have also been known to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and improve mental health, yay cats!

To spur on your own worship of cats today, here are some interesting kitty facts

  1. A group of kittens is called a kindle, because book lovers needed another reason to love kittens! A group of cats is called a clowder.
  2. Cats have been to space! The first cat to be such a high achiever was Felicette in 1963. Her name is French for Astrocat.
  3. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, talk about purring machines.
  4. A male cat is called a Tom and a female cat is called a Molly or a Queen which sounds about right!
  5. When cats are happy or pleased they squeeze their eyes shut, awwww!

cat-984097_1280QUT Library has lots of cat related resources including online movies and documentaries. So if you’re feeling the love for cats why not watch The Cat Returns, an anime that takes you into the fantastical world of cats. Or if you want to learn more about our furry companions have a look at The Secret Life of Cats. You can find more cat videos by searching for “cats” in the How to find – Videos and DVDs search box.

So make sure you stock up catnip and string and bust out your best cat sweater or cats eye sunglasses because Monday 8th August is all about cats! And, if you’re a dog lover, don’t get catty, National Dog day is just around the corner on August 26th.

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The Ekka is coming!

CaptureIt’s that time of the year again where you scour the show bag guide, look forward to seeing a bit of the country in the middle of Brisbane and save all your spare change to spend on rides and strawberry ice-cream. That’s right, it’s EKKA time! The Royal Queensland Show aka the Ekka, officially started back in 1921 and has run every year since with only two exceptions. It is definitely a Queensland staple and a tradition that is loved by over half a million visitors every year.

Now with half a million visitors the Ekka can get pretty busy. So here are some quick tips to make sure you get the most out of your Ekka experience!

Quick Tip One: Tickets

If you are an RACQ member you can save a few more pennies to put towards a dagwood dog or a few extra Bertie Beetle show bags. RACQ offer discount tickets to all their members plus a few other exclusive offers including a $50 unlimited ride pass so you can spin, fly and rattle around to your hearts content. Don’t fret if you aren’t an RACQ member as there are ticket types available to suit everyone.

Quick Tip Two: What’s on

Before you get to the Ekka make sure to have a look at the What’s On  guide. This way you can see all the awesome events you might want to go to, where they are and most importantly what time they are on. Our favourite event are the alpaca judging, wood chop and sawing and the Grand Parade.

Quick Tip Three: Transport

Ekka transport has sure come a long way since 1921 however getting to and from the Ekka can sometimes be the most frustrating part of your day. Avoid all the angst and confusion and book in advance. You can now pre-book not only parking but also air train tickets.cows-1029077_1280

The Ekka is a fun filled and jam packed 10 days. Where else can you get cows alongside rollercoasters alongside fashion parades? Hopefully these quick tips steer you in the right direction i.e. to the Ekka!