FUN PALACE 2018

Fun Palace Minecraft session at The Edge

On Saturday 6 October, Fun Palace 2018 rolled into The Edge at State Library of Queensland (State Library), giving hundreds of kids the opportunity to be an artist and scientist for the day. From crafting cardboard claws to painting with water bombs, from a battle bot championship to shooting marshmallows from catapults, there was something … Read more

Slam poetry in public libraries amplifies young voices

SlammEd participant performing at the Queensland Poetry Festival

State Library of Queensland and Queensland Poetry Festival have partnered to amplify the voices of young people via SlammED!, a Slam poetry workshop program engaging 9 – 16 year olds, in schools and public libraries across Queensland. What is Slam Poetry? Slam poetry combines performance, writing, competition, and audience participation. It is performed at events … Read more

The Vision in practice

BCC future ready 2

The objectives and enablers of Realising our potential: A vision for Queensland public libraries (the Vision) are evident in practice across Queensland’s network of public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs). Events such as Western Downs Libraries’ Language to Literacy Conference and Rockhampton Regional Library’s CapriCon Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention are establishing leadership and … Read more

The Power of Props – First 5 Forever tips for powering up your library early literacy sessions using props

Library staff holding open a red sheet

The recent First 5 Forever webinar discussed the many benefits to integrating props into Baby Time, Rhyme Time and Story Time sessions. Props are added into library sessions to enhance the level of facilitation and they can also: Increase engagement and interaction with children Enhance understanding of vocabulary and concepts Enhance story comprehension Provide examples … Read more

Messy Play in Libraries – 5 TOP TIPS FROM FIRST 5 FOREVER

Child playing with boxes

Did you tune into the Play in Libraries First 5 Forever Webinar? Library staff from Moreton Regional Council shared ideas for embedding play opportunities into library programs including STEAM, outreach and playtime in libraries. All webinars are recorded, click here to view the one hour Webinar. Sheree Arnett and the team from Cairns Libraries also … Read more