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Jun, 2018

Top Tips for Staying Safe Online

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Are you concerned about whether you can trust the internet? Too scared to use internet banking? You’re not alone. Here are some helpful tips from our Librarians: Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date. You might not need an expensive internet security suite, but you do need anti-virus software. AVG Free is a commonly used one. Use a strong password – I know, I know, it’s so hard to remember all those passwords! The Australian Government’s Stay Smart Online website has some great tips for understanding how to create […]

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Feb, 2018

It is never to early to read to your baby

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In the first years of life, your child’s brain develops faster than at any other stage. During this time, the simple things you to together each day can have an enormous impact. Even though your baby isn’t reading yet, sharing books and reading stories is such a valuable way to develop your baby’s pre-literacy and language skills. It is important to familiarise your child with how a storybook works, the beginning, the end, and how text reads from left to right. Tips for reading to your baby Choose a book […]

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Jan, 2018

Audiobooks at Western Downs Libraries

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Audio books have become the fastest growing format in publishing today. Smartphones, tablets and the need for multitasking have made them ideal for the 21st century. But, did you know that they started when Edison recorded Mary Had a Little Lamb on a tinfoil phonograph in 1877? The first novel-length talking book was made for blinded World War I veterans and today it is a billion-dollar industry. You can listen to them on long drives, on walks or even in the bath. Audio books are great if your sight is […]

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Jan, 2018

Conference Program

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Day 1 – Saturday 19 May 8.00am Registration & Trade Exhibition 9.30am Introduction & Welcome to Country 9.45am  Miracles and Mirth: Why Reading to Young Children Changes their Lives This presentation is full of stories that will both sadden and gladden hearts.  Mem will be exploring and explaining the urgent reasons for reading to young children— what happens when we do it regularly; and why children fail at school when we don’t. Many books will be read to show the difference between dullness and vivacity, and why we should be […]

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Jan, 2018

Keynote Presenters

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Mem Fox Mem is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies from Flinders University, South Australia, where she taught teachers for 24 years. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates. There’s nothing that Mem Fox enjoys more than watching the joy on children’s faces as she fills their hearts and imaginations with her stories. One of Australia’s most loved writers of children’s fiction, Mem has written over 40 books for children and several non-fiction books for grown-ups, including her renowned book for parents Reading Magic. […]

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Jan, 2018

Accommodation & Transport

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Looking to stay in Dalby for the Western Downs Language to Literacy Conference? Here are some options for your travel and accommodation to help you plan your visit. Accommodation   Drovers Motor Inn Drovers Motor Inn is a 4-star modern luxury country motel offering stylish accommodation nestled in the heart of Dalby. All rooms are Wifi-enabled. The motel is a short walk from local shops, restaurants and recreational facilities, and only a 3-minute walk to the conference location. Please note: Drovers Motor Inn are fully booked for Saturday 19 May, […]

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Jan, 2018

Conference Presenters

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  Kylie Webb Kylie Webb is a Paediatric Speech Pathologist with over 20 years experience working directly with children and their families. She has worked in libraries, health, education and disability settings both throughout Australia and internationally. Kylie has conducted and published clinical research in early childhood educator training and has extensive experience running professional development workshops in language and emergent literacy. Kylie has been working with the State Library of Queensland within the First 5 Forever team for over 3 years providing training for libraries and key early childhood […]

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Jan, 2018

Sponsors

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  Sliver Sponsor   Sound Text Media commenced trading in 1999 as a specialist library supplier for children’s backlist, adult literacy resources and audio resources. Since its commencement, Sound Text Media has continued to specialise but has expanded to become a well-known mainstream library supplier for children’s and young people’s resources (book and non-book), adult non-fiction, literacy resources for children and adults, indigenous resources and DVDs and audiobooks. Sound Text Media is passionate about early literacy and delighted to support the First 5 Forever programme. STM has an extensive range […]

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Aug, 2017

What is marginalia?

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For centuries, readers have inscribed books with handwritten marginal notes, or marginalia.   These annotations can serve as ownership indicators, inscriptions, study notes, summaries, or they can facilitate what has been described as social reading in which two or more readers discuss the book’s contents in a margin-based conversation.   Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the term marginalia to encompass all such annotations, but the practice is as old as the printed book and even older: marginalia have been found in scrolls painstakingly copied down by medieval monks.  Marginalia can serve […]

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