Book Week 2020: Useful Links

Book Week 2020 – Useful Links

The theme for Book Week 2020 is – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Due to COVID-19, the usual date of late August has been changed. Book Week will be celebrated from the 17th to the 23rd of October.

When pulling together a plan for Book Week, it can be a little overwhelming, so I am sharing a few helpful links I’ve come across.

Official Updates

The official Book Week details and updates can be found on the CBCA website. They also share social media images and other free resources. You can also buy official merchandise from the CBCA Store or your state CBCA.

The official artwork for Book Week 2020 has been designed by 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year winner Gwyn Perkins. As the author/illustrator of A Walk in the Bush, I think this is the perfect match for theme.

Shortlist – Book of the Year

Check out this AWESOME Padlet by teacher librarian Carla Riles https://padlet.com/carlahoward80/27drpkc4638bhifk 

Teacher Guides

Hakea Hustler and Carl Merrison, the team that brought you Black Cockatoo, have created a fantastic teacher guide. Activity ideas, costume ideas, Check it out here. http://hakeahustler.com.au/curious-creatures-wild-minds-cbca-book-week-2020/

Curious Creatures, Wild Minds CBCA Book Week 2020 A Basic Teacher Guide

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Book Week 2020: Update

Book Week 2020 – Update

The theme for Book Week 2020 has been announced – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Due to COVID-19, the usual date of late August has been changed. Book Week will be celebrated from the 17th to the 23rd of October.

More details are available on the CBCA website.

The official artwork for Book Week 2020 has been designed by 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year winner Gwyn Perkins. As the author/illustrator of A Walk in the Bush, I think this is the perfect match for theme.

The delayed date will allow us to hopefully bring students together again to celebrate. It will be lovely after the experiences of COVID-19.

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Ramblings: Running Online Book Clubs

Running Online Book Clubs for Students

COVID-19 might have made online book clubs necessary for the past few weeks, but I have always allowed our school students to connect online. During COVID social isolation and schooling from home, our book clubs connected online and via video chats.

Online book clubs for students might look completely different depending on what platforms are available to each school and how each book club operates. I share here what worked for our school library and students and some of the things I learnt.

Backstory

At my school library, we have weekly book clubs that are divided by age group. For the past few years now I have been running a Year 6-12 book club that meets weekly to talk about what they are reading and writing, take a look a new books, argue about cliff hangers vs edge grippers (a term we made up, we believe), hold unofficial book launches and generally have lots of fun each week. I also run a weekly Year 3-4 book club and we do similar things, but also read aloud from a picture book or novel and colour in or do bookish craft. Our awesome library technician runs the Year 1-2 group and I was also recently approached by a group of students wanting to create a new Year 5-6 group. For more book club ideas check out this post. 

When COVID hit and schools were closed, I turned to online measures to keep our readers connected.

An Online Platform

Our school uses SchoolBox as an online learning management system. When that was launched I asked leadership for a Book Club group page for my Year 6-12 book club. Since then, we’ve been chatting, holding quizzes, sharing book-related Pinterest boards, giving book recommendations, sharing our writing and taking polls to determine everything from our favourite genres to preferred reading locations. Having an online area for the members to connect has allowed those not so vocal in meetings to have their say. It’s also added an element of fun to the group with quizzes, videos and polls. Members who can’t always join the lunchtime weekly session can stay apprised of group news.

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Ramblings: School Libraries During COVID-19

School Libraries During COVID-19

COVID-19 has, very quickly, changed our world. It seemed to come out of nowhere (though some dystopian writers might say they predicted this years ago) and within a matter of weeks and months, life as we know it has been altered. For many, the impact has been far greater reaching than a change in civil liberties. It’s a heart breaking situation for many.

Within schools, it has sparked quick change. A big drop in attending student numbers. The move to online learning. A very quick learning curve for many as they navigate new technologies and new pedagogies.

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Resource: New Shelf Dividers

New Shelf Dividers

It was time for an upgrade. Our library has been using cardboard boxes as shelf dividers for a while now. As our collection grows, the shelves get tighter and the boxes were taking up valuable real estate. They were also looking a little tired, not to mention the empty boxes made the perfect hiding space for students to stash books, rubbish or Easter eggs (I kid you not, the whole thing was in there all crumbled up. What a waste of chocolate!!).

So, we invested in some new acrylic shelf dividers. We purchased them from Syba Signs. While Syba sell the vinyl to stick on the dividers in a range of colours and labels, we wanted to completely control the font and colours, and customise them to our collections. Fortunately, we have a Cricut machine in the library, which can cut vinyl.

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Ramblings: I’m Speaking At NES 2020

I’m Speaking at the National Education Summit Brisbane 2020

I’m so excited to announce that I will be one of the speakers at the 2020 Brisbane National Education Summit Capacity Building School Library Conference. I was fortunate to attend last year – you can read my summary of the event here – and now I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present in 2020.

The conference runs across two days – Friday 15th May and Saturday 16th May, 2020 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. If Melbourne is more your area, there is a Melbourne-based conference that runs in August 2020. This year, the Brisbane conference is bigger than ever with 7 conferences and symposiums run across the two days, focusing on leadership, wellbeing, additional needs and, of course, libraries. As well as the conferences there is also a free expo and free seminars.

In 2020 the Capacity Building School Libraries conference’s focus is the power of reading, diverse collections, and the power of evidence. There will be four streams across the two days. Keynote speakers are Dr Margaret Merga, lecturer and researcher who is doing great things for school library research, and Dr Ann Gillespie, Doctoral Research Fellow at QLD Institute of Technology. There are also heaps of other amazing researchers, teacher librarians, authors and booksellers who are presenting. Head to the National Education Summit website for full details.

I’ll be speaking on the Friday with my Head of Library, about genrefication and the steps we have taken to increase student engagement with reading. I’m really looking forward to presenting and to listening to all the other presenters – it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business and take home lots of practical tips and ideas.

 

You can find information about the presentations and buy tickets on the NES website.  I hope to see you there.

Ramblings: 2019 – Year in Review

Year in Review – 2019

Well, 2019 has come and gone. I know everyone is saying the year has just flown by. And yes, I agree with that, but I can also see that the year has been very busy, with lots achieved and even more packed into each and every day. 2020 seems set to be an even bigger and better year.

So, here is my year in review. I’ll start with my favourite books and then add some library highlights, and then I’ll finish with some things I am looking forward to in 2020. Don’t forget to check out my lists of most anticipated titles due for release in January 2020. The list is HUGE and promises a fantastic year ahead in the world of book publishing.

Favourite Books of 2019

The Queen’s Resistance – Rebecca Ross. Sequel to The Queen’s Rising, I and my high school book clubers loved this amazing novel. Full review here.

Katie McGarry gave me two amazing reads, Only A Breath Apart and Echoes Between Us (which is due for release in January 2020, but I had the privilege of reading it in 2019, so it’s going on this list.) And if you like that edge of the supernatural, try another of my favourites from this year, Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia.

Jenn Bennett did it again with Serious Moonlight and the response from my YA contemporary library readers was the same “it’s just so good!!!”.

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Ramblings: Students Need School Libraries campaign

Students Need School Libraries Campaign

As a librarian, it’s no surprise that I believe that all students need access to a quality school library run by qualified and enthusiastic staff. Consider reading and all its benefits, exposure to literature that has the potential to expand readers’ lives, minds and world views, and research skills, digital literacy and information literacy, which are even more vital in today’s technology and news-driven world. To me, all of that equals a library. Plus of course, a safe space for young people to retreat to, a place for socialising, a place to receive support, a place of welcome, a place that encourages innovation and creativity.  Okay… you get it… I love school libraries and all their possibility and what that means for our students. Which is why I am a supporter of the Students Need School Libraries campaign.

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Book Week 2020: Theme Announcement

Book Week 2020

The theme for Book Week 2020 has been announced – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

If you have recovered enough from Book Week 2019, it’s time to start thinking about themed displays, costumes and activities.

Book Week 2020 will run from the 22nd to the 28th of August 2012. More details are available on the CBCA website.

The official artwork for Book Week 2020 will be designed by 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year winner Gwyn Perkins. As the author/illustrator of A Walk in the Bush, I think this is the perfect match for theme.

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Resource: Display furniture and equipment

Library Display Furniture and Equipment

If you have had a look around my blog you know that I love creating displays in our school library. Colourful, interactive, fun – whatever gets the books off the shelves and into the students’ hands. I am always on the lookout for new ways to present and create displays and I recently put the call out to my fellow librarians and asked them what their favourite display furniture and equipment was. Here is a quick list of things I and other librarians have used in libraries to create and present library displays.

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