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First 5 Forever to continue

In today’s 2018/19 budget, the State Government announced $20 million over four years for the successful First 5 Forever initiative — an ongoing partnership between State Library of Queensland, public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres (IKCs) across the state. This is fantastic news as First 5 Forever continues to grow. In its first three years, … Read more

NSS at the Injune Library

National Simultaneous Story Time with the Injune Kindergarten

The Injune Library (Maranoa Regional Council) participated in the ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, school, pre-schools, childcare centres, homes, workshops and many places around the country to encourage more young Australians … Read more

Educational technology: education outreach programs (Part 3)

Emily delivering coding session at a school

In this three part blog series ‘Educational Technology’, Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, Emily de la Pena answers her question, ‘If I had $2000 to spend on educational technology, what would I buy to get the most out of it?’ Emily has been visiting regional libraries around Queensland delivering coding and robotics training to library … Read more

First 5 Forever in the Torres Strait – connecting with families

In February, Torres Strait Island Regional Council (TSIRC) Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) staff met on Thursday Island to brainstorm ways to promote First 5 Forever throughout the region. Ella Kris, TSIRC Manager Health and Wellbeing/IKC said she was keen to share the learnings with her community from participating in First 5 Forever professional development. She … Read more

Educational technology: explore the landscape (Part 1)

Educational technology

In this three part blog series ‘Educational Technology’, Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, Emily de la Pena answers her question, ‘If I had $2000 to spend on educational technology, what would I buy to get the most out of it?’ Emily has been visiting regional libraries around Queensland delivering coding and robotics training to library … Read more

Inclusive early literacy library programs: a focus on diversity, culture and language

Did you join the recent First 5 Forever webinar? If not, take the time to access the full recording. In this webinar we heard from Queensland Public Library and Indigenous Knowledge Centre staff who shared their ideas and experiences for providing inclusive library programs for children and families. The webinar includes tips for including culturally … Read more

Braille House writing competition for visually impaired

Reading Braille

The Queensland Braille Writing Association (Braille House) writing competition for legally blind, low and no vision writers.is now open. The (Braille House) Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition 2018 theme is Imagine. Entry is restricted to vision impaired Australian residents and entries must be accompanied by an official, completed and signed form. Submissions can be a short … Read more

Are you running a STEM club in your library?

Boy playing with robotics

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is undertaking a project on behalf of the Queensland Museum and Inspiring Australia to establish an evaluation framework for Queensland STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) clubs.  USQ are working to collect information about STEM clubs across the state to inform the project, and we’d like to hear about … Read more