National Children’s Week Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 October 2019

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Children’s Week™ is a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship. In Australia it is held around Universal Children’s Day which is the fourth Wednesday of October. Universal Children’s Day calls society to a greater response to the plight of children around the world and to consider conditions in Australia which affect the lives … Read more

Booker Prize has two winners

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The annual Booker Prize for English language fiction is among the world’s most prestigious literary awards. This year, judges awarded the prize to two authors, Bernardine Evaristo’s eighth book of fiction Girl, Woman, Other and Margaret Atwood for The Testaments. Evaristo is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London. Girl, Woman, Other is described … Read more

Two new First 5 Forever grant rounds now open

Woman holding a baby in a library.

Applications close 19 November 2019 First 5 Forever Project Grant 2019-20 Funding totalling $500,000 is available to Queensland public libraries and IKCs to apply for grants of between $5,000 up to $30,000 to deliver innovative projects that: a) support stronger language and early literacy environments for children aged 0-5 delivered by public libraries and Indigenous … Read more

Join the First 5 Forever Early Literacy Champions Webinar

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Early Literacy Champions Webinar: Thursday 31 October, 1-2pm All library staff are welcome to join this session for tips to engage and use Early Literacy Champions in your local community and maximise your grant application opportunity. The next First 5 Forever webinar will help you to identify and recruit members of your community as Early … Read more

Celebrating Indigenous Business Month with State Library’s Business Studio

Is your business the next Faebella? Are you one of 12 500 Aboriginal-owned businesses in Australia? If the answer to either of these questions is “yes” then State Library’s Business Studio can help you! The Business Studio is located on Level 1 of State Library and open Monday to Friday. For Indigenous Business Month this … Read more

Kanopy Kids for Halloween

Dem Bones cover, Kanopy

Kanopy films are a great way to celebrate Halloween on October 31. Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain and evolved into a day of trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, costumes and eating sweet treats (History of Halloween). This ghoulish festival is enjoyed by all but especially children. Kanopy Kids films for Halloween Kanopy … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Forty-Two.

As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland. To coincide with World Food Day on 16 October, this week’s word is bana wudhula [pronounced … Read more