Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Library Lover's Day and Blind Date with a Book

Its that time of year again. February 14 is Library Lover's Day. As part of the celebration, over the past couple of days, the year 7s have been enjoying their introduction to the secondary library with the Blind Date with a Book activity. The idea is that you borrow a book without knowing anything about it and make a pledge to approach the book with an open mind and to give it a go. You don't have to love it or even like it. The main point is that you look beyond what you would normally go for. You never know, you might fall in love with a hidden gem.

We have new library furniture!

Over the summer break we completely re-furnished the library and we have to say, it looks brilliant. As most of you would know we also moved the textbooks into a room underneath the library which has meant more space on the shelves for your favourite fiction authors. So from now on most of your textbook borrowing and returning will be done downstairs.

If you have not been in to see the new library fit out then please drop by for a gander.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Activities at Gold Coast City Libraries

The Gold Coast City Council Libraries are running a range of free fun activities for high school students these summer school holidays.
Check out the digital brochure for more details on individual programs, dates and locations. Bookings are required and can be made online.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Summer Reading Club at Gold Coast City Council Libraries

The Gold Coast City Council Libraries have partnered with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary this summer to encourage kids to keep reading over the school holiday break.
You can submit your reading records to go in the draw to join GC City Libraries for a day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Sunday 19 February.
Register at your local library from 1 December.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SLQ Young Writers Award

The State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award is open for submissions now. Entries close Friday September 30 at 5pm. The competition is open to young writers aged 15 to 25 with great prizes on offer. All you have to do is submit a short story (up to 1500 words) through the online submission form.
Click HERE for more information.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Reading Challenge Deadline

Today is the last day to submit your reading forms for the Coomera Anglican College Junior Secondary Reading Challenge.
Be sure to hand them in to library staff before the end of the day so that you can go in the draw for one of the excellent prize packs.
The prizes will be drawn on Thursday at lunch time.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Competitions for Students

This is an early heads up!

The Somerset Celebration of Literature will take place in March 2017. Yes that is a while away however as part of the celebrations there are two writing competitions open to school age students and they are both open for submissions now. The competitions are The Somerset National Poetry Prize and The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition.
The purpose of the Somerset National Poetry Prize is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature.
The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!
More information can be found by visiting their website HERE.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Reading Challenge For Junior Secondary Students

Heads up! There is only 1 week to go until the deadline for the reading challenge. Remember to fill in your entry forms listing the reading you have done and then submit it to library staff. You will then be entered into the draw to win one of the awesome prizes.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Byron Writers Festival

Heads up! The Byron Writers Festival starts today in Byron Bay and runs all weekend finishing on Sunday afternoon.

The program is absolutely packed full with interesting speakers. Click here to take a look.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Reading Challenge For Junior Secondary Students

The Reading Challenge finishes in just over 5 weeks - still plenty of time to get your reading done and go in the draw for a prize. Tell us if you're struggling to find something to read and we will help you to find a quick read to get you up to the minimum of 15 books. It might sound hard but we will make it easier for you by choosing the right books. Come and speak to us.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

GCCC Libraries Competition

The Gold Coast City Council Libraries are hosting the "Words Out creative writing competition for young Gold Coasters." 
All you have to do is Write an original story or poem of up to 1000 words on the theme Australia: Story Country.
The prize on offer is an iPad mini 4!
There are two age categories for Gold Coast residents:
  • 11 years and under
  • 12 to 17 years.
The winner in each category will receive an iPad mini 4.
You can grab an entry form by dropping in to one of the council libraries or by visiting their website from August the 20th.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Reading Challenge For Junior Secondary Students

Get involved in the 2016 Coomera Anglican College Reading Challenge and you could win a fantastic prize pack.

Easy! Just read 15 books at your reading level.
They don’t have to be huge books, just the sort that you would normally read.
All students who successfully complete this challenge go into the prize draw.

The Reading Challenge is open to Junior Secondary students in years 7 to 9.
Registrations started on Monday June 12th.
Stop reading your books on Friday September 9th.
All completed reading forms must be handed in to library staff by Tuesday September 13th.
Prizes will be drawn on the last day of Term 3—Friday September 16th.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Holiday Fun - State Library Story Lab

The State Library Story Lab is on again over the winter holidays which are fast approaching.
They describe the program as an "action packed program of hands-on, minds-on fun and creativity — with workshops in Lego Mindstorms, augmented reality, the art of blogging and more.
Step into the ever popular Story Lab and explore the art of storytelling through a variety of fun digital mediums including workshops in film making, gaming, origami art and robotics. Story Lab will let your imagination run wild, while learning skills and techniques from the experts."
Sessions do sell out so be sure to book early.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Byron Bay Writers Festival

The Byron Bay Writers Festival, which takes place between the 1st and 7th of  August, has early bird tickets on sale now but if you can't afford the ticket price you can apply to volunteer at the event. The reward for doing so is free entry for the days that you volunteer. You must be over 18yo to volunteer. Applications close this Friday 27th of May.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ipswich Poetry Feast

The Ipswich Poetry Feast is on again so consider this a heads up to our poetry fans out there.
The competition, which has cash prizes for all categories, is open now to all ages. The entry deadline is 5pm July 29.
Click here for more information.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Easy Reads

We love the simple pleasure that a book can provide - the chance to become lost in another world and escape our own, even if just for a little while.
We know that sometimes finding the time to sit and read for fun can be tricky. There are so many things pulling us in different directions that we can neglect the true pleasure of getting lost in a good book, a good story or even a good character.
You will be interested to know that we have a whole collection of books in the library called Quick Reads. These books are all less than 100 pages long so they aren’t going to take you forever to get through. The great thing is that they are filled with stories that are easy to read.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CBCA Awards

The Children's Book Council of Australia recently announced their list of notable books which are being considered for this year’s CBCA Awards.
The list of notables is narrowed down to a short list which is announced on Friday May 20th with the winners being announced on Friday August 19.
The books are available to borrow from the library. Check out the list here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Library Lovers' Day takes place on February 14.
Come in and show some love for your favourite author by borrowing one of their books.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Byron Bay Writer's Festival

The Byron Bay Writer's Festival is happening this weekend. In fact it kicks off this Friday the 7th.

Be sure to check it out.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Heads Up - Entries Closing soon for the 2015 Ipswich Poetry Feast

Entries close for the 2015 Ipswich Poetry Feast on the 24th of July. That is just 1 week away.

Click here to enter your poetry now.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sofie Laguna wins 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award

The 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award goes to Sofie Laguna for The Eye of the Sheep

Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.

Come in to the library to borrow this book now.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Miles Franklin Award Short List

The Miles Franklin Award short list was announced recently.

The books that made the list are...

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna
The Golden Age by Joan London
After Darkness by Christine Piper
Tree Palace by Craig Sherborne

Check out the list here for synopses of the books along with author biographies.

We will have copies of these books, and books from the long list, in the library for borrowing.

The winner will be announced on June 23.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Byron Bay Writer's Festival

The Byron Bay Writer's Festival is on between August 7 - 9 but you can get your early bird tickets now.

This year the festival will feature some big names, such as:

Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Ipswich Poetry Feast

To our budding poets...

The 13th Annual Ipswich Poetry Feast is a writing competition that aims to encourage young and aspiring writers. You can take part in poetry writing workshops and enter your poetry to win cash prizes.

Entries are open now and close July 24th 2015.

Click here for more details.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Write On for Young Writers

Welcome back from the Easter break everyone.

Some of our junior secondary writers might be interested in taking part in the State Library's Write On program.

"Commencing Tuesday 28 April, Write On is specifically designed to encourage and support young writers to flex their creative writing skills. Over six sessions, learn everything from characterisation and story structure to writing for comics, how to get inspired and more."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Think Poetry is Boring?

Check out Poetry Slam at the State Library of Qld and it might change your mind...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Library Lovers Day

If you don’t already know it,
February 14th is not just Valentines Day.
It is also Library Lovers Day.

This is a chance for you to celebrate your school library and your local suburban library too, by dropping in and borrowing  something to read.

Keep your eyes open for fun activities around the library as we join in the celebration too.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Belated Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone.

We've been very busy in the first weeks back for 2015 and only now can we take a moment to stop, reflect, breathe and look at the library blog.

This year is shaping up to be as busy as ever and we look forward getting lots of new books in for you to borrow and read. We also look forward to meeting the new year 7 borrowers over the coming weeks.

Keep your eyes open for some fun activities taking place in the library very soon.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Farewell Year 12

Goodbye to the Year 12 Class of 2014.
Congratulations to each and every one of you
for completing your secondary studies.

We wish you all the best for the future.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Missed a TV Show?

Attention CAC students and teachers...
Did you know that you can access free to air broadcast television content here at the college through our subscription to Enhance TV Direct?
If you're doing some research or would simply like to catch up with a program you've missed, just speak to Secondary Library staff and we will send you your password and show you how you can access this very useful resource.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Richard Flanagan Wins Man Booker Prize

The 2014 Man Booker prize has been won by Australian, Richard Flanagan. We congratulate Richard on his success and take the opportunity to let you all know that we have his book here in the library ready for borrowing.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North details the lives of men living in a Japanese POW camp on the Death Railway as they struggle to survive.

QUIZ: Which Dystopian YA Character Are You?

Matt Heckler has written a fun quiz that lets you see what type of character you are from young adult dystopian books and films. Are you a fearless Katniss Everdeen type of character or "lovable canon fodder". We can't vouch for its character profiling accuracy but it does look like fun.

Click here to take the quiz.