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

Book Crossing at SLQ

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State Library of Queensland provides services for interstate and international visitors who may not be eligible to borrow from our collections. These visitors are able to take books home through the Book Crossing program. There is a small collection of books in State Library’s Infozone on level 1 that are marked with Book Crossing stickers. … Read more

Bring your imagination – we’ll provide the paints and pencils

Examples of illustration from Brisbane Illustrators Group

You are invited to come and draw with the Brisbane Illustrators Group at State Library’s Fun Palace this Saturday. Paint, pencils and textas will be provided. Just bring your imagination! We have created an activity challenging kids to create a Fun Palace character then draw them into scenes created by our members – just like a page … 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