Leave no one behind!

Today is the International Day of People with Disabilities.

This year’s theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”

The all-embracing principle is to ‘leave no one behind’ and provide people with disabilities with the tools to be active contributors in society.

The global framework outlined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a basis for transformative change via:

  • inclusive education
  • lifelong learning
  • and sustainable economic growth

with full access to:

  • justice
  • health care services
  • infrastructure
  • and accessible communities.

QUT Library is committed to improving the accessibility of our websites and facilities which are regularly reviewed as part our usability and accessibility testing processes.

Community events to celebrate this year’s theme are being held on Sunday 3rd December around Australia.

Remembrance Day

The 11th of November marks the anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Each year on this day, a minute’s silence is observed at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts (Australian War Memorial).

The red Flanders poppy is the symbol of remembrance that commemorates the First World War. Wild red poppies flourished in churned up mud and soil in the battlefields of the Western Front during the war. In 1921, the red Flanders poppy became the British Legion’s official emblem. Today, red poppies feature in sprays and wreaths laid at memorials, at memorial services and military cemeteries. Cloth poppies are worn in memory respect of those who gave their lives.

Available through the QUT Library, this documentary, Not Forgotten, presents individual stories from the First World War and unlocks “the experience and the legacy of the Great War on a personal, family, community and national level, and ensuring that 90 years later, these names are not forgotten.”

We will remember them. Lest we forget.

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.

Rainbow Families Storytime 2015

Pride Month at QUT is all about celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer culture. We understand families come in all shapes and sizes so to celebrate the diverse families in the community why not bring the kids along and join us at QUT Kelvin Grove Library for some stories and fun?

The event is hosted by QUT Library and held in conjunction with Rainbow Families Queensland and will be a fun morning of kid’s activities, storytelling, and morning tea.

Where: QUT Kelvin Grove Library, Curriculum Collection – Level 4, R Block
When: 
Thursday, 24 September 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
How much? Free
RSVP: Register via Eventbrite