CBCA – Book of the Year Notables 2016


The CBCA ‘Book of the Year’ notables for 2016 has been announced… Just when I thought my ‘to-read’ list was becoming more manageable!




Inky Awards 2016 Long List Announced


The 2016 Inky Awards longlist has been announced! Selected by teens and announced on Inside a Dog last week, this year’s list is:

Gold Inky Award (Australian books):

·         Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie

·         The Flywheel by Erin Gough

·         Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

·         Sister Heart by Sally Morgan

·         Carousel by Brendan Ritchie

·         Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield

·         Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

·         Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson

·         The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and his Ex by Gabrielle Williams

·         Cloudwish by Fiona Wood


Silver Inky Award (international books)

·         Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

·         A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

·         Dumplin by Julie Murphy

·         I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

·         The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

·         All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

·         The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

·         Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

·         The Marvels by Brian Selznick

·         Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

The shortlist will be selected by a panel of teen judges and announced on 16 August, 2016. Have you read any of these books, and if so, what are your thoughts?

International Games Day 2015

IGD 2015On Saturday 21 November 2015 we held a massive gaming session as part of International Games Day at the library. This is an opportunity for  libraries to promote fun activities and raise awareness of the social and educational benefits of play, including card games, board games, and online games.

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Storytime – Father’s Day 2014

dads rockMany Australians observe Father’s Day on the first Sunday of September. It is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures. In the lead up to their special day, the library runs storytimes featuring books about Dads  and a craft the children can give to Dad on Father’s Day. This year I made a card template for the craft activity – also see below for links to other great ideas.

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Storytime – Opposites

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted!

What's Up Duck?Please see below for some suggested books, songs and rhymes for an Opposite themed storytime. There were so many books about big/small I decided it warranted its own Storytime Theme – so stay tuned! For the craft activity I created a printable Opposites Book that includes a few pasting activities and a list of opposites – feel free to use this!

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