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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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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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