Minecraft at the library – finally!

Finally bought Minecraft for the library! We have an Xbox 360, so up to 4 players at a time. It’s already had quite the workout 🙂

Minecraft Display at Frankston Library



Storytime – Monsters

1What could be more fun than channeling your inner monster? Not much that I can think of!

This week I have selected a few of my favourite monster-themed books and songs and have attached a few photos of some suggested craft activities.


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Hazel Edwards – Fountain Gate Storytime

While presenting a couple of storytimes at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, I had the opportunity to meet Hazel Edwards, who was there to promote her book ‘There’s a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake’. I have loved her books since I was a child, so needless to say I was extremely nervous about reading this in front of her!

Now for some shameless self promotion –

Me and Hazel

Rachel-the-Librarian has the BEST storytelling voice.

She read the Mini-books at Fountain Gate autographing.

via Photo Album | Hazel Edwards.

Inky Awards 2012 – Library Prize!

To celebrate the Inky Awards, the Centre for Youth Literature offered libraries and schools across Australia the chance to win one of two complete sets of the 2012 Inky longlisted titles for their library collection… Below is the display I created for my library:

I was contacted with the very exciting news that this display won! I went to the booktalkers Inkyfest event on the 30 October to accept the prize on behalf of Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation.

Storytime – Dream, Wish, Imagine…


Nothing like new displays, redesigning book club logos and dreaming up new and exciting storytime themes to give the imagination a workout! In such a busy, fast-paced world, the importance of cultivating a child’s imagination can sometimes be forgotten.

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ― Albert Einstein

This term I combined the themes dream, wish, imagine and hope you find the attached booklist, songs and craft ideas useful…

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September School Holidays

Every school holidays Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation offers a range of free activities for children and young people of all ages. Each holidays has a different theme, this program being Champions Read! You can view all children’s activities available through the September school holidays here. There are plently of storytime sessions, performers and 7 years + activities.

Be inspired by the brochure of what’s happening and check out this display that I whipped up to promote the program within my branch.

September School Holiday Display

Book Week with Ripper Readers

Book Week 2012 was Saturday 18 – Friday 24 August, the theme being Champions Read. Quite appropriate in a very sports dominated culture we have in Australia!

I usually make my way through the shortlisted books and place reservations on the titles so that I can show them to my Ripper Readers. I think it’s a great way to introduce the kids (and myself!) to new authors and illustrators.

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