Children’s Book Week 2016

Every year at the end of August, schools and libraries and lovers of children’s books come together to celebrate the fantastic stories made in Australia. The theme for this year was “Australia! Story Country”.

Did you miss out on all the fun of Children’s Book Week this year? Don’t be sad! Kelvin Grove Library took the time to put up a wonderful display of all the shortlisted and winning books. A few puppets from the Curriculum Collection came out to play as the winners were awarded their shiny new stickers.

See the winners on Children’s Book Council of Australia website and feel free to borrow one or two from the Curriculum Collection on Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library.  

If you would like to read some of the winning books you can do this via the library website, just click on the links below to access the books online or place a hold for a physical copy.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Soon by Morris Gleitzman

Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Flight by Nadia Wheatley, Illustrated by Armin Greder

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade by Davina Bell, Illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

aboriginal-art-503444_1280 cropJuly 3 to 10 is NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee and celebrates Aboriginal and Islander history, culture and achievements. It is a time to recognise the contributions Aboriginals and Islanders have made to Australia and our society.

There are lots of ways you can celebrate NAIDOC Week. The official NAIDOC website has Australia wide events that you can participate in.

Here are our top recommendations for celebrating NAIDOC Week and enjoying your break at the same time –

  • Put a NAIDOC poster on your fridge, wall or even in your study or work area.
  • Check QUT Library’s collection and borrow a book or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  • Relax and listen to some Indigenous musicians.
  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance. RACQ has published a great guide so you can look for places near you!

Have a look at NAIDOC for more ideas on how you can celebrate NAIDOC week.

World Refugee Day

Today we celebrates acceptance, tolerance and opening up our hearts and communities to refugees everywhere as it is World Refugee Day.

access-933122_1280Communities around the world have been celebrating refugees on special days for many years. However, it was in 2000 that the United Nations officially noted that 2001 would mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention that specifically related to refugees’ statuses. It was decided that this would be commemorated by having an annual celebration for refugees. Its date would coincide with Africa Refugee Day on the 20th June as Africa Refugee Day was a long standing celebration that had been adopted by several countries already.

QUT Library has a plethora of resources about refugees. Why not check out some of our books and videos currently available like –

To find out about World Refugee Day activities happening in Brisbane visit MDA and follow #worldrefugeeday on Twitter.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

In the library world the 14th of February is more than just a day for romance and chocolates. Library Lover’s Day is a chance to spread your #librarylove and celebrate the relationship libraries have within the community.

Remember the librarians at QUT are always here to help and you can contact us anytime!

Do you have a story to share about your favorite librarian or library? Post it on the QUT Library’s Facebook page or write it in the comments below.

Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

Happy birthday Wikipedia! It’s hard to believe it has been 15 years since the website first launched on January 15, 2001.

See below for 15 interesting “Did you knows?” about Wikipedia:

  1. “Wiki” comes from the Hawaiian word meaning “quick”
  2. Over 5 million articles have been published in English so far
  3. Some languages supported by Wikipedia are: Esperanto, Latin, Swahili, Vietnamese, and Simple English
  4. The symbols on the Wikipedia logo are glyphs from a number of different writing systems in the world.
  5. Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia by creating an account
  6. The articles which feature a bronze star are considered to be some of the best articles in Wikipedia
  7. You can race your friends to see how many clicks does it take for you to get from Moby Dick to Kim Kardashian
  8. You can view a list of the recent changes to an article with the time and name of the editor
  9. Wikimedia is a non-profit organization with a number of projects including: Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wikinews
  10. Being a Wikipedian in residence is a thing!
  11. Wikipedia relies solely on donations and volunteer contributors
  12. The majority of text and pictures on Wikipedia is covered by a Creative Commons license.
  13. You can put together a list of articles from Wikipedia to create your own book
  14. If you click on the “talk” tab of any article you can read a discussion on how best to improve the page
  15. Apparently it would take 16 years to read all of English Wikipedia

Follow the hastag #1lib1ref on Twitter to see what the librarians at QUT (and around the world) have been doing to celebrate this momentous occasion.