Australian Reading Hour

Australian Reading Hour

What is Australian Reading Hour? Australian Reading Hour is an initiative supported by the Australian Government, Better Reading and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund to encourage all Australians across the country to pick up a book and read for one hour on your own or with your children. It is being driven by libraries all across Australia to promote the benefits of reading.

What are the benefits of reading? Well, it helps to increase literacy and numeracy skills and has a positive and significant effect on your work. Reading reduces stress by 68%, relieving stress more quickly than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea, and we all know that tea fixes everything 😉. The more leisure books people read, the more literate they become and the more prosperous and equitable the society they live in becomes. Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days. Who knew that indulging in your fave author or book genre could have a positive effect on society and yourself? When tested for empathy, readers of narrative fiction achieved significantly higher than other groups. With a bit more empathy, our world would be a more harmonious place to live.

Children who know adults who read for pleasure take it for granted that reading is valuable and reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities. It was found by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research that reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to. So reading to children and encouraging them to read is setting them up for success in life. Isn’t that what every parent wants?

Sounds good. When is it? It’s on Thursday September 20 2018, and the hour and reading material are your choice. Find more information and to register your interest on their website, go to  https://www.readinghour.org.au/.

I don’t have a book to read for leisure at the moment. Do QUT Libraries have anything? Yes! QUT Libraries have more than just your textbooks. There are great fiction novels in print and online, for adults and children. Check Quick Find today.

But I prefer non-fiction. That’s okay. QUT Libraries have that covered too. We have autobiographies, biographies, commentaries, self-help books plus a whole lot more. The choice is yours! 😊

Don’t forget, when searching in Quick Find, you can limit your results to books and ebooks only.

Tired of textbooks? Try these titles…

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With the mid-year break here, why not put down your textbooks and enjoy reading a good book or two?

QUT Library has a wide variety of books to choose from, no matter what you’re studying (whether it’s social work, creative writing or finance), you’ll find books to suit your interests and inspire you. Here are some suggestions to get you started…

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine (2017) by Gail Honeyman
Available in print from Kelvin Grove Library.
Soon to be made into a movie by Reese Witherspoon. This best-selling debut novel is a funny and uplifting story of Eleanor’s journey, from isolation and a damaged past. Beautifully written and hard to put down.

My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry (2015) by Fredrik Backman
Available in print from Kelvin Grove Library.
When her grandmother passes away, seven year old Elsa goes on an adventure delivering letters to people her grandmother wants to apologise to, while learning the truth about her grandmother’s fairytales. This book comes from the author of A man called Ove.

The barefoot investor: The only money guide you’ll ever need (2017) by Scott Pape
Available from the library as an ebook.
An easy-to-read book on personal money management. This guide offers simple and helpful advice on banking, insurance, super, reducing debts, growing wealth, home buying and retirement, from an Australian perspective.

You can find out about downloading and using ebooks and search for more books and ebooks on the QUT Library website. If you’d like to visit the library during the holidays, please see our current opening hours.

From everyone at the library, we hope you have a safe and relaxing mid-year break!

Coming up next ... film suggestions for the winter holidays!

World Book Day, Yay!

On the 23rd April get off Netflix and grab yourself a book. Not just because you know you should, but to celebrate our freedom to do just that.

It is our duty then, everywhere in the world, to protect these freedoms and to promote reading and writing in order to fight illiteracy and poverty and to strengthen the foundations of peace, as well as to protect the publishing-related professions and professionals.

It’s World Book Day, so time to think about how books make our lives better.  The Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay tells us that when we celebrate books, we celebrate everything that comes  with them like writing, reading, translating and publishing. 

We like to think we do the same here at  QUT Library, and we have hundreds of thousands of books and eBooks, so why not borrow a classic, take on a new genre, or delve into something you’ve always wanted to explore?

Here are some suggestions from your friendly librarians:

Improve those negotiation skills with Getting to yes by Roger Fisher, William Ury & Bruce M Paton.

If you don’t have the time for a global odyssey enjoy someone else’s try Lights out in Wonderland by DBC Pierre.

If you want to read the book before you see the movie try The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

If you want to sharpen up those English grammar skills try Grammar for grown-ups : everything you need to know but never learnt in school

If you like botany and historical novels try The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

World Book Day isn’t just about books it’s about Copyright too, and QUT Library has this great guide to all things copyright.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day and coincides with celebrations for Refugee Week in Australia. This year Refugee Week runs from Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June 2017 and provides an opportunity for us all to experience and celebrate the rich diversity of refugee communities.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, and for World Refugee Day 2017 has suggested we read a book about refugees.

QUT Library holds a wide collection of resources about refugees, including the following highly recommended reading.

Books for children:

Titles for adults:

National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

National Simultaneous Storytime will be held on Wednesday 24 May 2017, as part of Library and Information Week.

An annual event, National Simultaneous Storytime provides an opportunity for libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country to promote the value of reading to young Australians.

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You’re invited to participate in National Simultaneous Storytime, which this year takes place at 11am this Wednesday 24 May. Everyone can join National Simultaneous Storytime – it doesn’t matter whether you are a home school, a public library or even a university library! This year both Kelvin Grove Library and Caboolture Library will be participating in National Simultaneous Storytime so join in and share The Cow Tripped Over the Moon written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.

There are plenty of resources available to support your National Simultaneous Storytime event – check out these Teacher Notes for The Cow Tripped Over the Moon and get creative making these finger puppets to accompany your reading of the book!

Reading at University

Week 1 is over and university work is starting to kick in, this includes readings for each of your units.

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The best place to access your readings is through your Blackboard Unit site. Under the Learning Resources tab you should be able to see QUT Readings. This will take you to the readings assigned for your unit and can include books, book chapters, journal articles, videos and lots more. You can access QUT Readings directly as well and search for a unit code as well as for past exam papers. Make sure when you are in QUT Readings that you click the log in button so that you can access all of the resources available. Visit QUT Library to find out more about how to find your readings and textbooks.

The first few weeks of university life can be overwhelming at times, especially with all of the readings you have to do before, after and during class. To assist you with doing your readings and to stop them from taking up all of your study time, QUT Library has put together a quick video to tell you about different strategies to use when reading such as skimming and scanning.

QUT Library has also put together a short workshop, Read it, Note it, Recall it, that you can access online anytime you like. This workshop gives you some more reading tips as well as some notetaking tips too! QUT has other online workshops available to assist with writing for university, researching for your assignments and referencing. You can access these online anytime you like.

If you have any questions about how to access your readings or need further assistance with reading strategies you can contact the library!

“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.

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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!

National Simultaneous Storytime

Today is National Simultaneous Storytime! It is the part of Library and Information week and promotes reading and enjoying books to young Australians. Every year a picture book is chosen from an Australian author and illustrator and read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centers, homes, bookshops and wherever else anyone can around the country!NSS2016-Web-Heading

This fun and exciting event encourages the value of reading and literacy. It addresses key areas of learning from the National Curriculum for Grades 1 – 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework. It is a great opportunity to get together and share the joys of books and reading.

I-Got-This-Hat-cover-imageThis year’s National Simultaneous Storytime book is I Got This Hat by Jol and Kate Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye. Around the country at 11am the story will be told simultaneously for all to enjoy. Even if you can’t make it by 11am or to a Storytime in person, have no fear for everyone can enjoy National Simultaneous Storytime.  It doesn’t matter whether you are at home, school, a public library or even a university student,  you can watch the video of I Got This Hat!

And to top it all off (literally!) why not wear a fun hat or make your own pirate hat to show your enthusiasm and support for National Simultaneous Storytime?

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.