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!

“I Got This Hat” – National Simultaneous Storytime 2016

Last Wednesday, as part of Library and Information Week, QUT Kelvin Grove and Caboolture libraries hosted the annual National Simultaneous Storytime which aims to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Local kindergartens supported the event and thoroughly enjoyed the reading of the book ‘I Got This Hat’ written by Jol and Kate Temple. Education students assisted the Library staff to organise the activities and enjoyed dressing up for the occasion maybe more than the children did.

CAB NSS 2016 Reading

From puppet play, dressing up and colouring in, to exploring the uses of an app called ‘Quiver’ on the iPads, the children were immersed in the book and enjoyed reading about different hats. There were also pirate hats to be made and games to play with the “I got this hat’ book app.

This is an event not to be missed next year!

Mother’s Day

Don’t forget this Sunday 8th of May is Mother’s Day!

QUT Library has some fantastic resources for you to help celebrate the special lady in your life. If you want to sit-back for a lazy Sunday, why not watch a movie using some of the streaming services we subscribe to?

Kanopy offers both feature films and popular television series. Informit Edu TV features off-air recordings of movies and television programs from the major TV networks. It helps to think about these services like YouTube or Netflix, just search for what you want to watch and away you go!

So, what is your go-to movie for Mother’s day? I’ve posted a few suggestions below to get you started!

The Imitation Game
Ex Machina
Bridesmaids
The Dressmaker

Reading for the holidays

Did you know now that semester is over you can actually read for fun?

QUT Library subscribes to some fantastic online resources which you can read on your mobile device when you take a break from uni. Whether you are jetting-off on an overseas adventure or relaxing by the pool, our ebook and audiobook choices will put you right into holiday mode.

Overdrive and BorrowBox are two options where you can read or listen to books online. You can download books to either your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

 

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

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.

Shaun the Sheep – baack in the Library!

Have you seen Shaun the Sheep? He’s woolly, wily and awfully cute – and you can find him in the Library!

Animation Subject Guide

Animation Subject Guide

Shaun the Sheep is now one of the most successful animated characters ever. He’s wildly popular not only in English-speaking countries, but also in Japan, China, Indonesia and the Middle East. A recent exhibition in Tokyo attracted 30,000 visitors in only five days!

Little Shaun has actually outshone the much beloved Wallace and Gromit, also a product of Aardman Animation. (You can find out all about Aardman here.)

And if you’re interested in animation, our Animation Subject Guide is a great place to begin your investigations!