Minecraft Library Design Competition closes this Week.


Kyle Kingsbury

Image by Kyle Kingsbury

Thanks to the fabulously talented students who have already submitted their Minecraft Library entries into the competition. If you are still working on your dream library (or haven’t started yet) you have time yet.

ENTRIES CLOSE BY END OF SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY.

Great prizes to be won! Book Vouchers as well EB Games Gift Cards.

What better way to get these ideas and plans across than to build them in Minecraft and enter our great competition? We are looking for innovative, funky, student-centred ideas to incorporate into our new, real library re-design here at Cabra. You have till the end of Week 10 (Friday 8 April), to design, craft and submit your ideal library (or part thereof) to our competition. You can use the Submit Form at the bottom of this post or email us a link to a short 3 minute video tour of your finished Minecraft Library for us to judge. Please ensure you also include your name, Home room any other technical specifications you want us to consider.

Use the Contact Form below to submit your entry.

Check out some of the best Libraries ever created in Minecraft here.

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How much Do You Know About Australian Film and TV?


Test your Australian film and television knowledge with Australian Screen Online’s Aussie Film Pop Quiz.

Screen Online Trivia QUiz

ASO Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

  • australianscreen is operated by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The NFSA is the national audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s moving image and recorded sound heritage.
  • It is a promotional and educational resource providing worldwide online access to information about the Australian film and television industry.
  • It contains information about and excerpts from a wide selection of Australian feature films, documentaries, television programs, newsreels, short films, animations, and home-movies produced over the last 100 years.
  • It also includes teachers’ notes that identify and describe the educational values of many of the film clips. These resources are developed in partnership with the NFSA by Education Services Australia through The Le@rning Federation.
  • The site brings together material from the vast collections of the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Archives of Australia, the ABC, SBS, and AIATSIS in a unique collaboration. All material is made available with the permission of the copyright holders.
  • The site is curated by experts, specially commissioned for australianscreen.

For lots more Australian film and television resources visit our blog page here.

 

 

Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne talks Australian Rules


adelaide cinematequeAcclaimed author Phillip Gwynne is returning to Adelaide in May for a one off showing of the award-winning film Australian Rules (which he adapted from his novel, Deadly, Unna?).

 As part of the Mercury Cinema’s 2016 ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE season, Phillip will be introducing the film and doing a Q & A after the showing.

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Details here:

https://mercurycinema.org.au/products/our-films/cinematheque/2016-season-1/australian-rules-off-the-record-with-phillip-gwynne/

Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

March 8 is International Women’s Day.


The theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Pledge for Parity”. So, what exactly is this year’s theme all about?

Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet let’s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.
Leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity.

IWD posters

Want to do more than just say, “Happy IWD”? Then check out the excellent Pledge for Parity resources to kick-start your own campaign.

iwd-resourcesClick on the image for more resources.

Also, take a peek at all our own blog resources related to women, girls, and gender.

View these IWD videos from all around the world.

IWD vids

 

 

Help Design Our New Library. In Minecraft! Entries close End of Week 10.


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Calling all library lovers and Minecrafters. As you know we are planning to re-design the Cabra Library spaces and as always we want student input. If you have a great idea, fantastic concept or dream library space in mind, we want to know. You can work as an individual or collaborate in a group.

Great prizes to be won! Book Vouchers as well EB Games Gift Cards.

What better way to get these ideas and plans across than to build them in Minecraft and enter our great competition? We are looking for innovative, funky, student-centred ideas to incorporate into our new, real library re-design here at Cabra. You have till the end of Week 10 (Friday 8 April), to design, craft and submit your ideal library (or part thereof) to our competition. You can use the Submit Form at the bottom of this post or email us a link to a short 3 minute video tour of your finished Minecraft Library for us to judge. Please ensure you also include your name, Home room any other technical specifications you want us to consider.

Check out some of the best Libraries ever created in Minecraft here.

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Some of these are Minecraft re-creations of real ‘bricks and mortar’ libraries while others are a you will see pure fantasy!

Not sure how to get started? Check out these super ‘how-to’ video tutorials below:

 

What’s the Librarian Reading Now? You Are The Music.


Mr Bull is currently reading You Are The Music, by Victoria Williamson.

Dr. Victoria Williamson is a post-doctoral research fellow at Sheffield University and one of the world’s foremost researchers on the Psychology of Music. In this, her first book, she explores the complex relationships between music and our brains. She poses such questions as:

  • Do babies remember music from the womb?
  • Can music help with exercise or recovery from illness?
  • What is going on in your brain when that certain song transports you back to teenage years.

For more Psychology and Music information and latest developments check out Vicky’s Blog here.

For more info on Vicky and her other publications and research interests check out the link below.

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Minecraft. 21st Century Collaborative Education or Mindless Obsession?


pic by Mike Prosser

Unless you have been living in a hole (but not a pixelated mineshaft) you will have heard about the online world building game Minecraft. Its enduring popularity and cult-like appeal for children, young (and not so young) adults has been surprising and perplexing to many adults. In a world where super high resolution computer graphics are available on PCs, tablets and even phones, why does this clunky, pixelated, retro looking game mesmerize so many?

As well as the game itself, Minecraft has spawned (no pun intended) a panoply of websites, books, merchandise and entire YouTube channels dedicated to the concept and all it encompasses.

Common Sense Media has released a list of their 12 best Kid-Friendly Minecraft related YouTube Channels. View the whole list below.

The 12 Best Kid-Friendly Minecraft Channels on YouTube

Take a look below at the wonderful books about Minecraft which we have for loan in the Cabra Libraries.

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Minecraft Books at Cabra Feb 2016

More Minecraft resources and links below. Go crazy!

minecraft wiki logoMinecraft Wiki. Huge collection of articles and resources by multiple contributors.

Some of the best Minecraft related Websites can be found here.

List of other books about Minecraft. Librarian and kid approved.

 

 

 

What’s the Librarian Reading Now?


Mr Bull is currently reading The Winter Book by Tove Jansson.

Tove Jansson is best known perhaps for her children’s book series featuring The Moomins. The first of these eight books appeared in 1945 (The Moomins and the Great Flood) and the final novel wasn’t published until 1970 (Moominvalley in November). As well as writing and illustrating this delightful series she also produced a long-running Moomin comic strip which was subsequently taken over by her brother Lars when Tove gave it up to concentrate on her novels and short stories for adults.

tovejanssonstudio  Finn_Family  saari19In 2014 the centenary of Jansson’s birth was celebrated with much fanfare. For more information on Tove Jansson’s life and work as a writer and artist check out the fine links below:

Brief biography which appears on official Moomin site.

Tove Jansson Virtual Museum and Life Story

Moomin iOs and Android games

moomin characters

Which Moomin character are you most like? Take the Moomin character personality test.

Website of the Week: Nations Online


One World – Nations Online

The Nations Online Project :: Get In Touch with the World.

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This week’s Website of the Week is The Nations Online Project. This site provides a superb collection of information and links about just about every country in the world. Search by country, continent or language. There are also some excellent articles on cities including Megacities and famous cities. Nations Online compliments the excellent statistically focused CIA World Factbook and the more culturally oriented A-Z of World Culture.

The Nations Online Project – is, among other things, a more or less objective guide to the world, a statement for the peaceful, nonviolent coexistence of nations. A statement in favor of cultural diversity and the free flow of information and knowledge across national, cultural and religious boundaries.

Nations Online Project is a pioneer in providing information about countries. It is actually as old as Google, and older than Wikipedia.

 

2016 Reading Challenge. Are You Up For It?


Last year (2015) I manged to complete my Goodreads, Reading Challenge 2015, ploughing my way through 33 books; fiction, non-fiction and even some graphic novels for the first time. Check out what I read last year below using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I’ve upped my goal by 2 books to 35 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.

If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page above with some excellent prompts for what to read in 2016.

Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.

Read what you love, love what you read.

 

2015 reading chalenge boks part 1 reading challenge books part 2