100 Greatest Novels of All Time?

book300It’s always interesting reading someone else’s list of the “Best novels of all time”. Check out the Guardian Newspaper’s list here. They also have compiled their 100 Best Non-Fiction Books list too. What do you think? What books are missing in your opinion? How many have you read? If 100 books is not enough for you to choose from then take a look at the Guardian’s 1000 books everyone must read. Spanning five centuries this is a mega list of the best books ever written.

Read what you like, like what you read.

Today is International Children’s Book Day

International Children's Book Day

April 2 is International Children’s Book Day. This event is celebrated worldwide and is organised by The International Board on Books for Young People. IBBY is a non-profit organization which helps to build bridges to international understanding through children’s books. IBBY is committed to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the United Nations in 1990.

Check out the newest titles in the Cabra Libraries and celebrate books and reading today!

New book titles March 2014





A Solitary World. Short Film Inspired by Writings of H.G. Wells

Check out the link below to a fantastic short film inspired by and featuring the writings of the prophetic English writer H.G. Wells. Wells famously predicted all sorts of machinery, technology and events that have since come to fruition. His books include, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and many, many others.

For more info on one of the most influential writers of the last few centuries check out the links below:

Internet Speculative Fiction Database  Speculative Fiction Database. Huge collection of links to visionary authors.

H.G. Wells' Visions Come True Article about how many of Wells’ predictions have come to pass.

Bestselling Books of 2013

hard luck wimpy kid It’s heartening to discover that topping the list of the bestselling books across all genres and age ranges including fiction and non-fiction last year was the 8th installment in Jeff Kinney’s middle school saga Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Hard Luck. Selling almost 2 million copies  in hardback, this heavily illustrated children’s novel outsold Dan Brown, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald and even Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James.

As is so often the case forthcoming or newly released film adaptations helped spur interest and ultimately sales in both recent novels like Kinney’s as well as old chestnuts such as Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Read the full Publisher’s Weekly article here.

Website of the Week: ABC Splash

ABC SplashThis week’s Website of the Week is ABC Splash. This useful website features loads of excellent interactive activities, videos and games based on the Australian Curriculum. You can access Secondary and Upper Primary School material. There is also lots of things for teachers and parents to access.

2012: Cabra Senior Library Blog in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Indigenous Literacy Day is Wednesday September 5

Can you imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of
medication? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in
remote communities today.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and
opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. This is done by
providing books and literacy resources to Indigenous communities and raising broad community
awareness of Indigenous literacy issues.

The major fundraising day this year will be on Wednesday 5 September. Join individuals,
schools, booksellers and publishers, libraries and other businesses to celebrate and raise funds on
the day. Register your support now and contact The Indigenous Literacy Foundation if you would
like any further information or brochures and posters.

The information above was provided from the Indigenous Education Bulletin, August 2012

First Australian Children’s Laureates Named

The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) has announced that the inaugrual Children’s Laureate Honour will be shared by much-loved children’s authors Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor. The programme is modeled on a wildly successful programme run by Booktrust in the UK where previous Children’s Laureates have included Anthony Brown, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Anne Fine and Quentin Blake.