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Find your treasure: Bookweek 2018

Being based at a school again has been an absolute treasure! The biggest week for school libraries is Book Week where the CBCA announces the awarded books for the year in a number of categories. You can find out the winners by clicking here. I absolutely love ‘Do not lick this book’ and delighted in hearing kids laughing excitedly during a reading of it this afternoon.

This year the theme is ‘Find your Treasure’ and at my school I went a step further to encourage interactivity in engagement.

Our theme is Find, Make and Share a Treasure.

What this equates to is the following:

Find a Treasure by exploring the newly added shortlisted books that are on display and the student created Zines in the Treasure chest.

Make a Treasure by participating in a Zine making workshop during lunchtime and adding to the new Zine collection of the library.

Share a Treasure includes a number of facets because we all love sharing. The inclusions are:

A Bookfair hosted by Readings to enable community selection of books that will be donated to the library.

Recommendations of favourite books shared by students on to paper leaves that are stuck to the bare tree branches on display. I can’t wait to watch the forest grow. We have had twenty leaves stuck up on the first day of the display and it’s not officially open yet. It’s always an insight to find out what books young people love.

A book parade where students share their favourite character by dressing up. Everyone loves cosplay!

Book Week is always super fun and an exciting time in the school calendar. Kids light up as they share the delight of reading and books.

Now that the posters have been created and posted up, the newsletter write-up is complete, events are scheduled, booked and the display is complete, I can start the fun. Phew! Next week I join the community and enjoy the celebration of books and reading.


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Summer Reading Club

Scare up a good book ~ shared by ALIA Summer reading club

Visit Summer Reading Club for more information and for Librarian and teacher resources visit the Summer Reading Club Wiki. Enjoy!


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Celebrating Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan Website

Visit Shaun Tan Website

I absolutely adore Shaun Tan and have been extremely excited about his recent successes. On the back of his Oscar win for the short animation based on his book The Lost Thing,  he has just been awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize. The second Australian to be awarded this prestigious prize in the last five years, the other being Sonya Hartnett. A Shaun Tan book is wonderful and appeals to all ages.

In 2004, The Lost Thing was a stimulus for the year 12 VCE unit 4 Drama curriculum and teaching this unit at the time was wonderful. This stimilus was one of my favourite of the ten provided. below is an example of how inspiring Shaun Tan books are for performing arts.

The Arrival as a performance for The Sydney Festival 2010

However, there is nothing like a Shaun Tan book in your hands and a quiet spot to peruse the detail of each page at your own time. Sheer Delight!

Don’t forget on Sunday 3rd April at 4.45 pm his Oscar winning animation will be screening on Australian ABC television.

Celebrate Shaun Tan!


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Learning From Diversions

With my scholarly paper looming, diversions are ever so present. This diversion is one that I cannot resist. Besides as a librarian in training, it is my duty to attend such an event. Now for a hearty breakfast and then off to this wonderful event…


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