Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced


What a great way to welcome you all back to term 2, with the announcement of the CBCA’s shortlist for 2015 Children’s Books of the Year.

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s shortlist below:

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Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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The Footpath Library Epic! Short Story Competition Now Open


Following on from the success of our Epic! Poetry Competition, The Footpath Library has launched the Epic! Short Story Competition for primary and secondary school students.

Students are invited to submit a short story under 300 words focusing the theme of “Home is …”.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age categories – Primary Students and High School Students. For each age category the prizes are:
1st prize – Notebook laptop
2nd prize – Camcorder
3rd prize – Digital camera

OPENING & CLOSING DATES
The Competition opens on Day One Term One 2015 and all entries must be submitted by 5pm (AEDST) on Thursday 2 April 2015.  Click 
here to enter.

Website of the Week: Wordsmith.org


word a dayThis week’s Website of the Week is Wordsmith.org. This site has a really cool Word of the Day feature which allows subscribers to receive a different word and its definitions as an email every day. Check out our sidebar for today’s word and feel free to follow this blog to see the new word each day.

Wordsmith .org is also the home of Internet Anagram Server, another brilliant little tool that generates almost endless anagrams for any words or phrases you enter.

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014 Winners Revealed


CBCA winners 2014

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s winners below:

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For the full list of the winners in all categories go here. For a complete listing of the shortlisted books go here, and to view the Judges Report visit this link.

Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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Spelling is Fun with Weird Al.


Weird Al Yankovic’s Spelling song, Word Crimes is just too hard to resist. Great fun! Check out the collection of spelling resources below to boost your skills and improve your spelling confidence.

Best Spelling Websites chosen by Common Sense Media

Best Spelling Games chosen by Common Sense Media

Best Spelling Apps chosen by Common Sense Media

Best Free Spelling Resources.

How Do You Like to Read? Take Our Poll.


Pic by Nate Bolt

Pic by Nate Bolt

This Week is Library and Information Week.


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Running from 19-25 May this year, “the week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community.” This year’s theme is “Join the Dots” and we are proud to show our support for the initiative by just being a really good library.

Check out exactly what we have to offer in our collections by searching our Access-It catalogue here. With almost 30000 items there’s surely something waiting for you.

 

Big Book Sale Continues Today


Students are spoilt for choice at this year's big book sale.

Students are spoilt for choice at this year’s big book sale.

Our Big Bring and Buy Book Sale is on again today. After a huge first day we still have a great selection of quality fiction and non-fiction titles for your reading pleasure. If you forgot your cash, don’t fear. Just select the books you want and we will hold them till tomorrow for you. Remember all proceeds split between Cabra Libraries and our selected Cabra Missions. All unsold books will be donated to local charities like Rotary who will send the most useful titles to needy schools in the South pacific region. We aim to let nothing go to landfill.

Used Book Facts:

Did You Know that The Lifeline Bookfest held twice yearly in Brisbane is widely regarded as the world’s largest second hand book sale. The last Bookfest, held from January 18-27, raised an incredible $1.18m! That’s an $80,000 increase on the previous year. The next Lifeline Bookfest will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from June 7-10, 2014. Lifeline is a Uniting Church Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention Service.

 

 

Gabriel García Márquez: 6 March 1927 (or was it 1928?) – 17 April 2014


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Colombia’s most revered writer Gabriel García Marquez died in his adopted home of Mexico last month. Renowned the world over for his writing; short stories, screenplays,  journalism and literary fiction. He was seen by many as the Godfather of the literary style Magical Realism. He published consistently often returning to the same themes in a way that garnered him considerable commercial and vast critical success. He was perhaps the most successful Spanish Language writer since Cervantes. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Read Marquez’s Nobel lecture in full here.

 

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014


CBCA shortlist 2014

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s short list below:

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Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.

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