Children’s Book Week 2017

The theme for Children’s Book Week 2017 is Escape to Everywhere.

Each year in Australia, The Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together in celebrating Children’s Book Week.

Kelvin Grove Library is supporting this event with a wonderful display of all the shortlisted and winning books from The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced and published on their website on Friday 18th August.

Check out the shortlisted books in each category. Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Book of the Year: Older Readers (For ages 13-18 years)
  • Book of the Year: Younger Readers (For ages 8-12 years)
  • Book of the Year: Early Childhood (For pre and beginning readers)
  • Picture Book of the Year (Can be for any age)
  • Eve Pownall Award for Information Books (For ages 0-18 years)

You can borrow these from QUT Library’s Curriculum Collection, which is located on Level 4 of Kelvin Grove Library. To read the shortlisted and winning books, just visit the Children’s Literature Library Subject Guide and follow the links to QUT Library’s online and print copies.

Halloween stories in the library!

Halloween is almost upon us and what a perfect time to delve into the spooky areas of our library collection to see what you can borrow to scare your friends!

The House on the Hill by Kyle Mewburn & illustrated by Sarah Davis is available to borrow from the Kelvin Grove and Caboolture Curriculum Collections. It is a rhyming picture book for students in primary school, but there is no reason adults can’t enjoy it too.

American Horror Story is a spooky television series to get into if you haven’t already and nothing beats a few episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Of course, nothing beats reading a good book from the king of horror – from Carrie to The Shining and The Dark Tower series, there is always something to read from the prolific and deliciously unsettling Stephen King.

Don’t forget we have many Ebook collections for you to find a thrilling scare and if you’re looking for online videos we have access to The Darkside a film retelling various Indigenous ghost stories from around Australia.

Do you have any suggestions for scary Halloween stories? Let us know your favorite author or story in the comments.

 

Our Dreaming: Animating Country

QUT Library is lucky enough to be hosting the Our Dreaming: Animating Country exhibition. It is currently on display at Kelvin Grove Library on Level 4, within the Curriculum Collection, until the end of March.

Our Dreaming: Animating country allows you to experience the colourful culture and history of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. It focuses on the cultural medium of storytelling which has been used for generations to develop a multitude of enduring connections from past to present, people to place and to each other. As their traditional storytelling is transferred to modern communication it is preserved for future generations so that they can. Our Dreaming retells Queensland people’s stories through interactive displays and games which you can explore to your heart’s delight!

This display helps you to understand yourself and your place in the world through the cultural channel of story. So make sure you pop into see it at Kelvin Grove Library before the end of March!

Our Dreaming: animating country display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library

Our Dreaming: animating country display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library

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

Mythbuster Series: Shhhhhhh!

Myth #1: You can’t talk in the library.

Not-A-Librarian: “You must love telling people to be quiet all the time.”

Please Keep Quiet in the Library By Enokson (CC BY 2.0)

Librarian: “Only when people ask that question.”

Contrary to popular belief librarians don’t revel in shushing people all day. The days of the library being a silent place of study are long-gone and librarians are embracing the community spirit. We like to think of the library as a place where students can not only do individual silent study but come to work on assignments or study with peers.

To help facilitate your collaborative study needs we have group study rooms available for you to book in advance. If you need to blow off some steam after an exam or assignment, why not get a group of friends together and play some games in the Games Lab. Students are free to talk to their peers on each level of the library – except those areas that are marked for silent study (the top two floors of Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries).

So remember, the library doesn’t need to be the kind of place you can hear a pin-drop but be mindful of your fellow students and keep noise to a respectful minimum (or we’ll have to shush you!).

Sibling rivalry in riotous rhyme!

Book cover and puppets

National Simultaneous Storytime book for 2015: The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

Blog post by Education students, Catherine Ayres and Jessica MacLeod.

Last Wednesday, QUT Kelvin Grove Library held a National Simultaneous Storytime event with enthusiastic attendance from forty children (aged from three to five!) belonging to C&K, Herston Road and C&K, School Street. National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign held nationwide to encourage reading and literacy, with children coming together to listen to an Australian storybook … simultaneously!

Students reading to the children

Student volunteers, Catherine and Aaron – no, not Aaron Blabey, a different Aaron!

The book chosen this year was The Brothers Quibble written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey, a rhyming riot of sibling rivalry which was well received by all our guests. There were lots of giggles!

Children doing activities

Everyone’s involved!

Eighteen student volunteers from the Education Faculty helped the librarians run the day’s program, which involved reading the book at 11am (with the rest of Australia!), discussing it as a group and then breaking off into various activities within the Curriculum Collection (4th floor).

Aside from creating paper crowns, the children coloured in images which were run through an augmented reality app (Quiver –  3D Coloring App). This was a really big hit with young and old alike!. The children could also read other books written by Aaron Blabey or dress up in fun costumes. Although energy levels were depleted by the fun and games, nutritious snacks were provided before the children and their

child reading book

Is there a happy ending?

‘grown up’ supervisors made their journey back to Kindergarten.
It’s debatable who had more fun – the volunteers, the librarians, or the students – but whatever the answer, everyone agrees it was a rousing success, and we cannot wait to have them back in the Library soon!

Many thanks to Education students, Catherine Ayres and Jessica MacLeod, who wrote this post for us.

National Youth Week!

Are you young or young at heart?

This year’s National Youth Week runs from April 10-19 and there are a bunch of great events happening around Queensland.

Here in the Library, we’ve got heaps of resources to help you bring out your inner child:

Hire a console from the Help Desk and bring some friends to the Games Lab this Youth Week!

  • Hire out a Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360 or PS3 and play in our Games Lab
  • Our social media resources have some great tips for using social media proactively in your studies
  • QUT Library has a new Facebook page – head on over and give it a ‘like’ for study tips, workshop news and other useful Library tips!
  • Check out the Curriculum Collection on level 4 at Kelvin Grove – we’ve got puppets, books, maps, puzzles and other fun and games for children of all ages

So, if playing with a puppet, doing a workout with a Wii or Farmvilling on Facebook is your thing, take a break from your study and see what else the Library has to offer this Youth Week!

Summer Series Four – For the kids

Let us help you avoid hearing this!   'I'm bored - Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow' by Laura Suarez

Let us help you avoid hearing this!
‘I’m bored – Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow’ by Laura Suarez (CC BY 2.0)

For any littlies in your care this Summer, the Curriculum Collection can provide some much needed distraction and provide ‘new’ activities, books and toys without a price tag!

Books just for small ones – including big books – as well as puppets, puzzles, costumes and more. Any current QUT student and/or staff member can borrow from the Curriculum Collections at Kelvin Grove or Caboolture – you don’t have to be an Education student. So don’t be shy, come and take a look.

For more entertainment (for those inevitable  rainy days perhaps) QUT Library also has children’s television programs on DVD for you to borrow, as well as children’s music CDs such as The Wiggles; Music from Sesame Street and Justine Clarke from Play School.

And remember, if you can’t get to the campus where the item is held, you can simply place a hold and get items sent to your home campus to pick up there! Don’t forget to ask at the Library Helpdesks for assistance finding what you’re after and stockpiling some ‘break out in emergency’ boredom busters.

Rainbow Families Storytime

September is Pride Month in Brisbane and an opportunity to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer culture and community at QUT. To help celebrate, QUT Library is hosting Rainbow Families Storytime, an event for QUT families, students and staff. Rainbow Families Storytime is a QUT Library and Rainbow Families Queensland presentation about the importance of inclusive practice.

rainbowfamilies

Join us for children’s stories about LGBTIQ families read by students from the School of Early Childhood. There will also be kid’s activities, morning tea and balloons!

To be part of the free festivities Register now!

Date: Friday 26 September 2014
Venue: Kelvin Grove Library       Curriculum collection
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: No cost
RSVP: By Wednesday 24 September

Everyone is welcome! So feel free to invite your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you there!

Forever young

"Where the Wild Things are, Maurice Sendak, Library of Congress, Washington, DC' by Photo Phiend (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

“Where the Wild Things are, Maurice Sendak, Library of Congress, Washington, DC’ by Photo Phiend (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Discussions around beloved childhood books brings out the best in people. To-ing and fro-ing regarding the merits of Spot VS Clifford; whether the means to an end justified Harriet’s spying habit; whether the rabbit hole is equal parts philosophy and mathematics and indeed, did Hermione ‘settle’?

You never forget those characters or tales that brought joy, comfort, amazement and thrills to your small heart and sharing and discussing those love affairs now as adults allows you to relive the joy. Seeing those familiar book covers of the classics transports you back in time, makes the world A-OK  and I must say, there is no greater thrill than introducing your own children to those very same titles as you fervently hope that they love them as much as you did.

Every year since 1945,  the  Children’s Book Council of Australia has designated one week a year to celebrate all things reading with Children’s Book Week. Libraries and Schools around Australia organise extravaganzas, activities and competitions particularly acknowledging Australian authors and illustrators but generally rejoicing in the written word and teaching our children to do the same. This year’s theme is Connect to Reading and, through Children’s Book Week, little eyes, minds and hearts will be opened to the joy that is truly connecting with a story, its characters and exploring brave new worlds.

Children’s Book Week 2014 runs from August 16-22 and QUT Library will be celebrating with a display in the Curriculum Collection at Kelvin Grove from Monday 18 August. So, come along – if you want to come dressed in a wolf suit we won’t tell – and check out the fantastic displays and wonderful books on offer for the little people in your (rich inner) life.