Gerald Murnane wins Prime Minister’s Literary Award for ‘exquisite’ novel

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are among the most prestigious in Australia presented for exceptional works by Australian creatives. The awards recognise our talented authors, illustrators and historians greatest literature of the year. Winners selected from six categories    Above: Winners in the Children’s and Young Adult categories. Gerald Murnane was awarded the Fiction prize … Read more

Springfield Central Library a huge success for Ipswich community

Steps leading into library, shelving displays with books

According to Ipswich City Council, nearly 1,000 people are visiting the new Springfield Central Library every day.  The flagship facility has seen visitor numbers across all Ipswich libraries jump from 141,415 in the April-June quarter to 173,797 for July-September. An average 914 people daily went to Springfield Central Library. Arts, Social Development and Community Engagement … Read more

Realise your potential with the help of a Micro Grant

Realising our Potential cloud graphic

State Library of Queensland’s Realising Our Potential Micro Grants Program provides a total funding pool of $50,000 for quick response funding to councils to deliver short-term, time-limited projects through public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKC) across Queensland. Applications must demonstrate how the Grant will address an immediate identified local need, have measurable outcomes and … Read more

Lynda.com courses for architects and designers

Man holding house plan. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Home: a suburban obsession is a State Library of Queensland exhibition showcasing home and the stories within, inspired by one of the largest digitised photographic collections of Queensland houses. Has the exhibition inspired someone you know to want to know more about architecture and design? Lynda.com has over 1,000 architecture training courses and tutorials on AutoCAd, … Read more

Creating Dementia-friendly communities

Front cover of the Dementia-friendly community toolkit

Dementia Australia describes a dementia-friendly community as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life. Your library can help create a dementia-friendly community by supporting library staff to understand dementia, and people with dementia and to help people with dementia remain actively … Read more

Queensland Local Studies Group update

Members of the Queensland Local Studies Group with exhibition of art works by Sam Cranstoun in the background at Museum of Brisbane

The 2018 Minutes Queensland Local Studies Group 6 December Meeting, are now available online. The day was a very full one visiting two small exhibition spaces in Brisbane CBD, both linking to different aspects of Brisbane’s history and early settlement. Each provided the opportunity to re-interpret collections in Libraries and to reveal the narratives the … Read more

Minister Enoch visits Townsville CityLibraries F5F session

Hon. Leeane Enoch MP with CityLibraries Townsville staff standing in library with children from the Amaroo Childcare Centre standing and sitting around them.

This week, CityLibraries Townsville hosted a special visit with Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts. Staff provided a tour of the library prior to the Minister joining in an afternoon of Christmas stories and rhymes with children from Amaroo Childcare Centre … Read more

Whitsunday Regional Libraries are on the ball

ALIA mini conference presentation. Photo by Sharon Lam

Whitsunday Regional Libraries are on the right track, judging by a couple of recent ALIA mini-Conference presentations. Leela Wittmer’s How Libraries are saving the world: an Introduction to libraries and our role in action on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), reinforced our decision to include, where applicable, several Goals that aligned with elements … Read more