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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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Apr, 2017

Trade Exhibition

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On Saturday 19 May, delegates will have the exciting opportunity to mingle and chat with an array of industry professionals who offer quality services, programs and products that support children’s literacy and language development. The Trade Exhibition will be available for delegates to explore during registration, morning tea and lunch. We encourage you to approach these organisations, have a chat, and discover what resources are available for your industry!   Sound Text Media James Bennett Elizabeth Richards Dalby Speech Pathology EDSCO Goondir Health Services In Safe Hands Nutrition Australia Val […]

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Apr, 2017

How do you choose a book?

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Why do some books fly off the shelves while others sit and gather dust? It’s all about the cover. The book cover plays a prominent role in our decision to borrow a book.   A cover or jacket’s ability to catch our eye and draw us in can often make or break a book’s success.  We use book covers to determine the worth of a book, the kind of story that might be told within, and whether or not we should take it seriously and borrow the book from the […]

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Jan, 2017

Author review – Paula Hawkins

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Paula Hawkins was born in 1972 and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Around 2009, Hawkins began to write romantic comedy fiction under the name Amy Silver, writing four novels including Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista. She did not achieve any commercial breakthrough until she challenged herself to write a darker, more serious story. Her best-selling novel The Girl on the Train (2015), was a complex thriller, with themes of domestic violence, alcohol, and drug abuse. The novel took her six months, writing full-time, to complete, at a time when she was in a […]

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Dec, 2016

Copyright for Crafters

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Crafters are a creative lot, and we love to share ideas, patterns, and techniques. But before you photocopy that quilting book for a friend, make sure you’ve considered your Copyright obligations! Because Copyright isn’t just for books… Copyright also applies to original handmade craft works and the designs and patterns used to create them. Copyright is automatic and applies from the time a work is created. Often, there’s an implied licence to make up a craft item when you purchase a pattern, but you may need to get permission from the Copyright owner before […]

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Oct, 2016

The Treehouse that Keeps Getting BIGGER

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Have you ever wanted your very own tree house to share with your best friend? Andy Griffiths, along with Terry Denton, has created a set of books based on the happenings in an ever-expanding tree house, where anything and everything imaginable is possible. Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are the main characters living in the tree house and their antics will keep you laughing out loud for hours! The set comprises six books (so far), with the latest edition being published in August 2016. All the books are available at Western […]

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Sep, 2016

Building World Knowledge and Vocabulary

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Reading a book with your child doesn’t have to mean starting at the start and reading through to the back page in one go. Children’s picture books (e.g. Grandpa and Thomas, by Pamela Allen) are a great way to build your child’s knowledge of how a book works and how the story goes. Examine the cover. Where does the story take place? What do you see on the cover? Who is at the beach? What can you do at the beach? Where’s the name of the book? Who wrote this book? […]

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Aug, 2016

Work With Us or Volunteer

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  Current Vacancies   Check for current Library vacancies through Western Downs Regional Council’s website.   Volunteer with the Library Volunteering at Western Downs Libraries is a life-enriching, rewarding experience. Volunteers work side-by-side with Council employees to strengthen customer service and programs, and enhance the Library’s relationship with the local community. There are many opportunities to suit different interests and skills; we need and appreciate help with all manner of Library tasks.   Who can Volunteer? Western Downs Libraries has opportunities available for adults and teens (ages 13 and up) […]

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