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.

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.

The Brisbane Cultural Precinct gets magical with the Out of the Box Festival – monsters will be sighted

The end of exams can’t come soon enough. Let’s celebrate – the Out of the Box Festival starts June 25th!

Out of the Box is a biennial festival of theatre, music, circus and art – all for the under 8s. Older children (and adults) love it too, though! Started in 1992, it is a national leader in programming for kids. QUT students and staff have been involved over the years both as participants as well as writing and thinking about this unique festival.

For eight days, the area round QPAC (and the museums and galleries) will be full of colour and energy, art and theatre, music and dance. Some highlights include:

You will need to purchase tickets for some events, but there are many free activities as well. Check the event schedule for the full details.

More on the festival from Brendan Ross, the OOTB director: