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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: http://www.liswa.wa.gov.au/whats_on/the_place

or contact Joanna on 9427 3173.

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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.

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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.

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Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge 2009 – 2010

For children in Western Australia, the Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge runs from 7 December 2009 until 8 February 2010.

On the ‘kids’ section of the website, you can find out about some authors and illustrators, register for the Challenge and download an entry form. (Make sure you get your mum or dad’s permission before doing this.)

And your parents can take part in the Challenge (and even win prizes), so make sure they get some reading in over the school holidays too! (Tell them to check out the ‘parents’ page on the website.)

There’s also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page if your parents want to know more. Here’s an example:

Q: What should children read?
A: Children should read what interests them. This could be a variety of books, magazines, comics and newspapers. They all count towards completing the Challenge.

See – you can even read Alphabet Soup and it counts. (And you’d be reading that anyway, right?)

Happy reading!

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Meet birds of prey at City of Melville libraries!

If you live in Perth, Western Australia, and you’d like to do something different this school holidays –  you can  go to the City of Melville libraries to meet native birds of prey!

This event is for children aged 5 to 12 years, and only costs $2! (Bookings are essential.)

Monday 5 October 2009, 11 – 11.45 am: Canning Bridge Library, 2 Kintail Rd, Applecross. (ph: 9364 0121)

Tuesday 6 October 2009, 2 – 2.45pm: Willagee Library, Cnr Winnacott and Archibald Sts, Willagee. (Ph: 9364 0170)

Wednesday 7 October 2009, 1.30 – 2.15pm OR 3 – 3.45pm: Civic Square Library, 10 Almondbury Rd, Booragoon. (Ph: 9364 0138)

Thursday 8 October 2009, 3 – 3.45pm: Bull Creek Library, 24 Leichardt St, Bull Creek. (Ph: 9364 1250)

Friday 9 October 2009, 10 – 10.45am OR 11.30am – 12.15pm: AH Bracks Library, cnr Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Melville. (Ph: 9364 0115)

There will be more information available soon on the City of Melville libraries’ website.

Email us if you know of other cool events on at libraries this school holidays!
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Competition for young poets in Western Australia

If you are 25 or younger, live in Western Australia and like writing poetry, bushlandyou could enter your work in The Roland Leach Poetry Prize.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in each age grouping. Winners receive book vouchers, a trophy and a certificate. The Roland Leach Poetry Prize is presented to the writer with the most outstanding entry.

Entries must be received no later than 5pm, Friday 4 September 2009.

For more information and an entry form, see the Nedlands Library website, or call them on 9273 3644.

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The place to be in Perth city!

On Sunday 24 May, we went to the launch of the new children’s library at the State Library of WA. The new library is called ‘The Place’, and on Sunday it really was the place to be! 'The Place'  at the State Library of WA

On our way in, we passed a butterfly stiltwalker. The three year old with us was mesmerised. (Later, the stiltwalker was her pick for ‘best part of the visit.’)

First we visited the music library – as part of the launch celebrations there were energetic music sessions run by Danielle Joynt (of Cantaris and Cottage Music fame). There were posters up to say we could find children’s music at the library, and borrow it too. So we walked along the shelves looking for books of folksongs (we’re rather partial to folksongs) – to the rhythm of Danielle’s maraccas, which were being shaken by an enthusiastic group of kids.

On another floor we came across a glass display case with the smallest book and the oldest book in the library. The smallest book was very very small. Someone  nearby asked ‘how would you READ it? It’s so small you’d need a magnifying glass!’ One book on display had been munched by termites. The munching was actually done in a rather artistic way, but we all felt very sorry for that book (and its owner!).

We arrived at the mezzanine level (the children’s library itself), and found ourselves in the middle of  a story-reading session. It was Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion, an old favourite of mine.  All around us there were kids playing games and doing puzzles on the computers, reading books inside ‘book cubbies’, playing with large puppets, checking out the totem book sculpture, and reading the displays of certificates showing the favourite childhood books of some well-known Australians. (Enid Blyton was very popular. We were pleased to see the Bunyip of Berkeley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner got a mention too!) We looked up Paul Jennings and the Prime Minister’s favourite books among many others! The children's library

We also loved the exhibition of children’s picture book artwork, and a display with the puppet from Cat Balloon, on loan from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

There were balloons for everyone on the way out – and as we were leaving we ducked into the State Library shop to look at the pre-read library books which were so cheap. We love second-hand books!

The Place‘ is definitely worth visiting! There are heaps of books, and lots of space to find a comfy spot to read. And you can see the ‘favourite childhood books’ display until 19 July – so we won’t tell you what the Prime Minister’s favourite is, in case you want to find out for yourself! It’s very easy to get to by train, as the State Library is only a short walk from the train station. Check it out!