Posted in Events, library

Family-friendly activities at the State Library of WA

Picture a Story Family Day

Explore the magic of picture books with your child at a fun family day at the State Library of Western Australia.

Join a magical story-time before taking part in the host of art activities on offer.

Kids will love creating artworks to hang in our tiny gallery. They’ll also learn new drawing techniques from local illustrators and create a small book to take home. Don’t forget to visit the fabulous fairy tale photo booth to have your picture taken!

Before you leave, purchase picture books from the State Library Shop and have them signed by the illustrators themselves.

The Family Day is a wonderful opportunity to explore the world of picture books illustrations with your little ones.

When: Saturday 2 November.

Join a special storytime from 10.30am and fun family activities from 11.00am to 1.30pm.

Where: The Place, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of Western Australia (25 Francis Street Northbridge, WA)

Recommended for: Children aged 6+ and their families. Younger siblings are also welcome.

Cost: Free

Bookings: Not required

More info: visit the State Library of WA website

SLWA event

Picture a Story Exhibition

 The Picture a Story Family Day is being held as part of the Picture a Story exhibition which is taking place from 2 November 2013 to 27 February 2014. On display throughout The Gallery (Ground Floor) and The Place are original illustrations from Australian picture books from the 1970s to today.

When: 2 November 2013 – 27 February 2014

Where: The Gallery, Ground Floor and The Place, Mezzanine Floor, State Library of Western Australia (25 Francis Street Northbridge, WA)

Entry is FREE. Open during library hours.

Posted in library, poetry

Poems at the Nedlands Library (WA)

winning poems in the Roland Leach Poetry Prize
Winning poems in the Roland Leach poetry prize – on display at the Nedlands Library.

This afternoon we stopped in at the Nedlands Library to check out the winning poems from the 2012 Roland Leach Poetry Prize. (You can find the display in the Children’s Library section.)

Congratulations to Celine Ng—the 9-year-old poet who won the overall prize, as well as the Year 3, 4 & 5 category. Way to go!

(If that’s inspired you to get writing, you can check out a list of kids’ writing comps here on the blog.)

Posted in Events, library, teachers' resources

WA event: Libraries hosting Book of the Year talks

Here’s something for grownups in Perth who love children’s books. (If you live in another state, check with your branch of the Children’s Book Council for similar events around Australia).

Book of the Year Award—Shortlist Talks

Every year around May, the WA Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia presents a talk about the books that have been shortlisted for the Book of the Year Awards. This year a panel of experts will present the Shortlist Talks and our editor—Rebecca—will be on the panel on 3rd May at the Joondalup Library. Come and say hi!

So—come along and discuss good books, enjoy a light supper and cheer for your favourite shortlisted title!

North of the River
Where: Joondalup Public Library, 102 Boas Ave.
When: Thursday, 3 May 6:30 pm for 7pm
Cost: $10 members $15 non members. Pay at the door
Light refreshments available
Bookings are essential—visit the CBCA WA website for details.

South of the River
Where: A. H. Bracks Public Library,
cnr Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Melville.
When: Wednesday, 9 May  6:30 pm for 7 pm
Cost: $10 members $15 non members. Pay at the door
Light refreshments available
Bookings are essential—visit the CBCA WA website for details.

See you there!

Posted in competitions, illustrator, library, teachers' resources

Exhibition of picture book artwork (VIC)

Free exhibition: Look! The art of Australian picture books today
If you’re in Victoria, take your family to the Keith Murdoch Gallery to see illustrations from many of our favourite illustrators (and probably yours, too!). It’s free, and there are free events and activities for adults and kids, tours and a kids’ drawing competition.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 29 May 2011. For all the details, visit the State Library of Victoria website.
We’d love to go, but we’re in Perth. If you’ve been, tell us what you thought of it!
Posted in authors, Events, illustrator, Indigenous Literacy Day, library, teachers' resources

Indigenous Literacy Day 2010 (Perth City)

Today I went into the city to eavesdrop on Indigenous Literacy Day events. At the State Library I arrived in time for a Meet The Author presentation by Gladys Milroy and Sharyn Egan, who were answering  questions from an enthusiastic school group. Gladys Milroy has written a title in the Waarda series, The Great Cold and Sharyn Egan was talking about illustrating Dead Man’s Gold (written by Michael Torres).

"The Great Cold, by Gladys Milroy""Dead Man's Gold, illustrated by Sharyn Egan"

"Gladys Milroy and Sharyn Egan at The Place, Perth, WA"
Gladys Milroy and Sharyn Egan talking about their books. (ILD 2010)

Off in another room, Cheryl Kickett-Tucker was talking to two more school groups (and her gorgeous baby was with her too!). She talked about how there were different ways you could tell a story—not just writing a book, but also perhaps plays, movies, music with or without lyrics, collage, news stories and even more. She talked about how she loved writing in a diary when she was growing up. (Even if her brother did show it around to everyone and embarrass her!)  She also read two chapters from her new book, Barlay!, and showed some photos of the scenery around Rocky Pool, where the book is set.

"Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, reading a chapter from 'Barlay!"
Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, reading a chapter from her new book. (IDL 2010)

While the authors and illustrators were off having lunch and resting their voices, school groups were taking part in The Great Book Swap—looking through piles of books on trestle tables at the State Library. So many books!

"Gladys Milroy and Sally Morgan waiting for their session to begin."
Gladys Milroy and Sally Morgan waiting for their session to begin in the Art Gallery. (ILD 2010)

Next I stopped by the art gallery where two groups of children were busy experimenting with story and art, guided by Sharyn Egan, Gladys Milroy and Sally Morgan. Sharyn Egan talked about how sometimes you need to make lots of little sketches and play around a little to find what it is that you want to draw. And she pointed out there are different ways of looking at things (like an aerial view, rather than looking straight on)—which echoed what Cheryl Kickett-Tucker had said about storytelling earlier.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting some more WA writers and illustrators, and hearing about where they find their inspiration!

Indigenous Literacy Day aims to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project. You can read about the project on the ILP website, and donate while you’re over there. There are also a number of bookshops participating in Indigenous Literacy Day by donating a percentage of their sales on 1 September 2010 to the Indigenous Literacy Project.

Alphabet Soup magazine is donating 10% of all orders today to the ILP (and until 5 September, if you add a note ‘ILD order,’ we’ll count it with today’s orders!). Subscribe via our website! (It’s only $29.80 for a 1-year subscription!)

~ Rebecca Newman (Editor, Alphabet Soup)

Posted in authors, Events, library, teachers' resources

Free event (WA): Meet Michael Wagner, author of the Maxx Rumble books

"Maxx Rumble (cover)"At this free meet-the-author event, kids can meet the author, and enter a maze competition for a chance to win signed collections of his books.

When: Wednesday 11 August

Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Where: AH Bracks Library, cnr Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Melville (Western Australia)

Ages: AH Bracks library advises this event is suitable for ages 5 to 12.

Cost: Free

Bookings: 9364 0115

Posted in Events, library, school holidays

July 2010 School holiday activities: Sydney

If you’re in Sydney and looking for fun activities during the July holidays, check out what’s on at the Ultimo Library 9 – 17 July 2010.

  • Scrapbooking (ages 5 – 15)
  • Learn to knit (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Yoga for kids (ages 5 – 10)
  • Fairy Fail – performance with live music (ages 5+)


Ultimo Library
Level 1 Community Centre 40 William Henry St, Ultimo NSW 2007
Phone: 9298 3110

You can find all the details about times etc here.

Posted in Events, illustrator, library, teachers' resources

Write Now! (A writing workshop for kids)

In case the flyer is difficult to read, here are the details.

If you are passionate about writing, you live in Perth, and you are between the ages of 9 and 12 – the State Library of WA has the writing workshop for you!

The hands-on workshop will be led by Duncan Ball (author of the Selby and Emily Eyefinger series), and Chris Morphew (one of the authors of the Zac Power series). And you can get tips and hints about book design from graphic designer and illustrator, Tracey Gibbs.

Date: Saturday 20 March 2010

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Where: ‘The Place’, State Library of WA

Ages: 9 – 12

Bring: Lunch and a water bottle. (Morning tea, afternoon tea and writing materials are supplied)

Cost: $55 – payment taken by State Library shop, in person or by phone.

Bookings essential as places are limited.

For more information or an enrolment form, go to the LISWA website:

or contact Joanna on 9427 3173.

Posted in authors, Events, library, school holidays, teachers' resources

Australia’s myths and legends with Mark Greenwood

We interviewed children’s author, Mark Greenwood, in a 2009 issue of Alphabet Soup magazine. If you’re in WA on 19 January 2010, you can hear him talk about Australia’s myths and legends. (Bookings are essential.)

When:  19 January 2010, from 4.00pm to 5.00pm
WhereAH Bracks Library (Cnr Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Melville WA)
Cost: Free
Contact: Phone AH Bracks Library on 9364 0115 for more information.
For: ages 7 to 12.

Posted in Events, library, school holidays, teachers' resources

Meet storyteller Glenn B Swift

Tall Tales and True of Brave Knights and Fair Maidens (WA event)

Storyteller Glenn B Swift will let you in on what Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Sir Lancelot had in common and what lessons they had to learn to live happily ever after. For ages four to 12. (This event is part of the WA Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge.)

Tuesday, 12 January from 11.00am to noon at Willagee Library and 2.00pm to 3.00pm at Canning Bridge Library.

Wednesday, 13 January from 1.00pm to 2.00pm at A.H. Bracks Library and 3.00pm to 4.00pm at Civic Square Library.

Cost: $2.00 per child (bookings essential).

For more information,  phone the City of Melville on 1300 635 845.