First 5 Forever helping parents buck national literacy slide

Queensland libraries are a key ally in efforts to address sliding literacy rates among school children. A News Limited newspaper article recently reported that: “Australia is facing a ‘national crisis’ on literacy with students showing up to kindergarten less prepared than ever before.” “Experts say distracted parents are not doing enough to equip their children … Read more

Young writers get inspired at SLQ’s inaugural Young Writers Conference

On Saturday 25 November, 100 young writers gathered at the State Library of Queensland for the inaugural Young Writers Conference, and the 2017 Young Writers Award ceremony. While the Young Writers Award—which is open to writers aged 15 to 25—is now in its twenty-first year, the Young Writers Conference is a new initiative from SLQ’s … Read more

SlammED! 2016

Lucy Cottier from Kedron State High School (winner of the 2016 SlammED! Final).

Over winter 2016, SLQ and the Queensland Poetry Festival partnered to deliver SlammED!, a series of slam poetry workshops and heats. The workshops were facilitated by a range of professional poets based in Queensland. Ten schools across Queensland held workshops and slam heats, and in total over 150 high school students participated in the SlammEd … Read more

Digital stories teach global themes

Story of Selvammal by Alexandra Toohey and Tahlia Lymbery.

Cultural diversity. Poverty. Pollution. Bullying. Violence. If you are studying or teaching any of these global themes, digital stories created by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) pre-service teachers provide excellent stimulus material. Developed in collaboration with State Library of Queensland (SLQ) as part of The Global Teacher subject, the digital stories have been released under … Read more


SLQ Word Up

Word Up invited aspiring young writers to come together at State Library of Queensland from the 5-7 April, 2016  for a three-day intensive writing workshop for young people aged 15-17. In 2016, the twenty-one Word Up participants that gathered were ambitious, bold, unique, and talented young people with a passion for creativity, writing and self-expression. Across … Read more