Thursday, December 1, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It's been a hectic end to the term which has made it fly by in what seems like no time at all. Now that the end of the year is here we'd like to thank everyone who became involved in the many activities that have taken place around the library this year. Your contributions to the blog and other activities have made the library a more dynamic and fun place to spend time in and has made our job here as library staff a more enjoyable one. We look forward to that continuing in the new year.

Things have certainly not slowed down since the beginning of the year and we have had masses of new resources arriving even this week. Now is the last chance to come in and get your holiday reading organised as the library will be closed over the Christmas break.

Have a great break and we will see you in the new year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


We are already a third of the way through this final term of the year and the Christmas holidays are sneaking up quicker than you can say YOUR BOOK REVIEWS. No we're not counting down the days...honestly we're not...just the weeks. And as we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and summer draws ever closer and the days are longer, we have fallen into a festive stupor here in the library. Well that may be a slight over exaggeration but in celebration of the coming big break we've decided to reward some people who've contributed in a very positive way to our blog and as we like to think have become a part of the library family.

If you are savvy enough to read this post and you have contributed to the YOUR BOOK REVIEWS or the YOUR CREATIVE WRITING pages this year then you are in luck. We have something for in the a small reward might you say, a token of our appreciation, a gift for your gab and a lift to your drab school day. So come in and get it! Hit us up in the library for your gift.

If you haven't looked at the YOUR BOOK REVIEWS or the YOUR CREATIVE WRITING pages lately there is some great writing being done by some very talented writers. Check it out! Stop by and enjoy the creative writing. Contribute something yourself before the <3 holidays <3 and you will also receive a gift.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Trent Jamieson on Zombies

We know that most of you wont be able to attend this because of work/school commitments however we are posting about it anyway because it sounds like a fun event.

Trent Jamieson's new book, The Business of Death the final instalment in the Death Works trilogy, is out now, and will be the ABC Coast FM's book club book of the month for October.

He will be discussing the book on Friday 28 October at 10.30am on 91.7 FM and then moving on to the Southport Branch Library to discuss zombies in fiction.

This link will take you to the ABC Coast FM Book Club. Look for the link to the podcast if you are unable to listen in or attend.

[Friday 28 October][12 noon - 1pm][Southport Branch Library][For bookings phone (07) 5581 7200]

Thursday, October 20, 2011

2011 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets

The 2011 overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize is now open. The award is open to poets who have not yet had a collection of their work commercially published. This is the richest award for new poets in Australia, with a major prize of $5000, and two runner-up prizes of $1000. Closing date: Tuesday 15 November.
More info here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Get Reading Competition

The Get Reading competition has been drawn and prizes handed out to the lucky winners. We had over 50 entries for the competition and would like to thank everyone who entered for making it such a fun and successful event. Come in to the library to check out the pics.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Well the results are in. Opinion amongst those first to read the new Matthew Reilly Scarecrow novel is that it is a great read. We have a couple of copies available in the library at the moment and have more on the way. There are a lot of readers interested in getting their hands on it so we've set up a reserve system that you can find at the Matthew Reilly display in the library.

In other news the GET READING competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, we've had a huge response. The competition will either be drawn today as planned but only if it rains and sport is cancelled, otherwise we will draw the prizes next Tuesday so that all students who entered can attend.

Matthew Reilly in Brisbane

If you enjoy high-adrenalin, non-stop-action books, then this is a fantastic opportunity to hear
Matthew Reilly
promote his latest book,
Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves.
When: Friday 21 October, 6.30 - 7.30 pm.
Where:  Centenary Hall at Brisbane Grammar School
Book sales begin at 6.00 pm and book signings begin at 7.30 pm.
Purchase your tickets now from Riverbend Books: phone - 3899 8555

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Matthew Reilly

As a celebration of the imminent release of Matthew Reilly's new book Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, we have set up a display in the library to showcase the Scarecrow series.

The new book is released tomorrow 12/10/2011 and we have several copies ordered that will be available in the library very soon.

Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (Shane Schofield #5)

At an abandoned Soviet base in the Arctic, the battle to save the world has begun...

It is a top-secret base known only as Dragon Island. A long-forgotten relic of the Cold War, it houses a weapon of terrible destructive force, a weapon that has just been re-activated...

When Dragon Island is seized by a brutal terrorist force calling itself the Army of Thieves, the fate of the world hangs in the balance, and there are no crack units close enough to get there in time to stop the Army setting off the weapon.

Except, that is, for a small equipment-testing team up in the Arctic led by a Marine captain named Schofield, call-sign SCARECROW. It's not a strike force; just a handful of Marines and civilians. It's not equipped to attack a fortified island held by a vicious army. But Scarecrow will lead the team in anyway, because someone has to.



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Queensland Writers Week

Welcome back from holidays and good luck in the final term of the year. We know you want to finish the year on a strong note however life isn't all about work hence the reason for this post.

Queensland Writers Week is approaching fast.  It's for anyone who has a passion for writing, reading and ideas and is on between 10 – 16 October 2011. Queensland Writers Week aims to highlight the myriad of amazing writers, creative thinkers, readers and audiences that Queensland has to offer.

We will be celebrating  Queensland Writers Week in the library with a display featuring the works of Queensland writers. Come and check it out from the 10th onwards.  In the mean time check out the event's website for a full program for the week. There are a lot of interesting activities on offer.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Congratulations to all those who have found the hidden quiz and answered all questions correctly. You are among the first to go into the draw to win the cool prizes.

The holidays are here for most of you so enjoy the break and come back happy and energized for the final term of the year. The blog is also taking a break for the next two weeks but will fire up when we return after the break.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


As part of the GET READING campaign we have prizes to give away including T-Shirts, books, badges, and balloons. All you have to do is answer all questions in the hidden quiz correctly and you will go into the draw to win.
Entries close at 11am Friday the 14th of October and winners will be announced in the library at lunch time on that day.
The Quiz is located somewhere on this blog so hunt it down and submit your answers. You can submit more than once but only one correct entry will be counted and used in the draw.

Monday, September 12, 2011


We know that some of you out there will be dreading the coming holidays because you'll be missing school so much! Right? Well if you're hard up for ways to have fun and stay busy then you can check out the State Library of Queensland's site. They have a program of activities for young people over the holiday break that might be of interest to you.

Friday, September 9, 2011


GET READING has started. Come into the library to see the display of the 50  books you can't put down. Borrow them, read them, and let us know what you think about them. There's a great variety of books on the list so there will be something for everyone and you are sure to find one to suit you. We have t-shirts, books and badges to give away to the first to submit reviews so get into it! You can submit a review to the YOUR REVIEWS page on the blog.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Australian Poetry Slam

Queensland workshops for the Australian Poetry Slam are happening soon. Workshops will be held in Brisbane on the 8th of September, just up the road at Logan on the 17th and in the Moreton Bay region on the 20th. The workshops help you develop your performance and stage technique, and provide you with hands-on experience in slamming. They include fun and dynamic group writing and performance exercises using a live microphone.
Workshops are free, but bookings are required. At some venues, there are dedicated youth workshops ideal for ages 12 to 18. Phone: +61 7 3840 7424 or email

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Recently we posted about the Brisbane Writers Festival which is taking place between 7 - 11 September. We thought we'd post a reminder about the WORD PLAY segment of the festival which is for young readers, writers and illustrators. It promises to capture students' imaginations and hearts while providing a curriculum-relevant experience with books and writing, incorporating workshops on creative writing and illustrating.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


You know one of our favourite things to post about is upcoming events that relate to all things books and literature.
The Ipswich Festival of Children's Literature is holding a free event for families to see Andy Griffiths on Monday 5th September at 6pm at Ipswich Girls Gramar School - Katherine Carter Theatre. For further details you can email
Andy Griffiths is of course the Australian children's book author and comedy writer. He is most notable for his Just! series.

Friday, August 19, 2011

6 for 6 Comp closing soon

Back in late May we posted about the Gold Coast Libraries Read 6 to Win 6 competition. This is a reminder that the competition closes next Friday on 26 August so get your entries in soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Brisbane Writers Festival 7 - 11 September

The Brisbane Writers Festival is on between 7 - 11 September and has a very extensive looking program full of things to do for all ages. Word Play is a part of the festival aimed at children in grades 4 to 10. Full programs for both elements of the festival can be viewed by clicking on the links above. Some of the events are ticketed but many of them are free.

We encourage everyone, of all ages, especially those who might have only the slightest inkling that they want to write to get involved.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Children's book workshop with Angela Sunde

Gold Coast Libraries are holding a free one day workshop for those people out there who are interested in learning about how to write and illustrate children's books. The workshop will take place at the Palm beach Library on Tuesday the 23rd of August from 10am to 4pm be run by local artist and author Angela Sunde. It will take you through the process from finding an idea, shaping a story, sketching preliminary roughs, developing characters, storyboarding, page layouts, creating a dummy book to preparing your text and artwork for submission, all areas will be covered, including how to approach a publisher. Booking are essential. To book call (07) 5581 1671

Friday, August 12, 2011

Early Bird

The Brisbane Writers Festival is on between 7 - 11 September and today is the last day to get the discounted early bird tickets to their events. We will feature more info about the festival as it draws closer. In the mean time click here to go to their site and purchase at early bird rates.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2011 Australian Book Industry Awards Anounced

The 2011 Australian Book Industry Awards were anounced recently with the book of the year going to The Happiest Refugee written by Anh Do. He also received the newcomer of the year award and was jointly awarded biography of the year for the same title. Some of the other awards are as follows:

Illustrated Book of the Year 2011
Our Family Table Written by Julie Goodwin

Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2011
Bereft Written by Chris Womersley

Book of the Year for Younger Children 2011
Noni the Pony Written and illustrated by Alison Lester

Book of the Year for Older Children 2011
Conspiracy 365 Written by Gabrielle Lord

Biography of the Year 2011 – joint winner
How to Make Gravy Written by Paul Kelly

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2011
True Spirit Written by Jessica Watson

General Fiction Book of the Year 2011
The Distant Hours Written by Kate Morton

Nick Earls at Southport Library August 10

Just a heads up that if you missed out on seeing Nick Earls in the flesh at Avid bookstore on July 28, he will also be appearing at the Southport Branch Library on Wednesday August 10 between 6:30pm to 7:30pm to talk about his new novel The Fix.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Byron Bay Writers Festival

The Byron Bay Writers Festival is on from 5th to 7th of August and the program looks extensive. Click here to go to their website. Included in the events will be activities for young people, workshops, performances, book launches and much more.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

We've been absolutely flat out like lizards drinking with catch up work here in the library since we've been back from the mid year break, hence the lack of posts in the blog. What have we been up to? Well we've been cataloguing cataloguing cattledogging and so have lots of new books available for borrowing. We just know you've been waiting with bated breath to get your mitts all over them. Over the next week or so we'll be featuring some of them in the NEW BOOKS page of the blog so keep an eye out. Also book week is fast approaching (late August) so keep your eyes peeled for interactive displays in the library to celebrate that too.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Meet Nick Earls

Nick Earls will be reading from his most recent work, The Fix 6pm Thursday 28 July at Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End. Its a free event but you need to RSVP via email call 07 3846 3422.

Nick Earls is of course one of Queenslands most celebrated writers having writing 14 books including bestselling novels Zigzag Street, Bachelor Kisses and Perfect Skin. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

National Young Writers Month Is Not Over Yet !

Thats right! There's still one week left and plenty of ways for you to participate. Visit the Express Media website to find out how.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone

Well its been a very full first semester indeed. The library has seen a few changes during this time. We have expanded the shelving in the fiction section which has allowed us to increase our collection of fiction titles and we have also recently acquired some very nice movable shelving units, courtesy of Borders, which will also allow us to display more of our journals and magazines and expand our collection in that area too. We have also refitted the shelving for the audio visual collection which has again allowed us to greatly expand our collection in this area as well. This blog itself was created as a way to celebrate the library and has proven to be a great success not only within our school community but also globally. It has gained an audience in the United States, India, Malaysia, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, China, the United Kingdom, and also Australia wide. Our stats show thousands of page views.

On another note the Shaun Tan display has been a massive hit with students so you can look forward to more expansive displays that will incorporate the use of different forms of engaging media. Among other things to look forward to in the near future are upgrades to our library management and media management systems which will make accessing resources easier and will make your time doing research more effective.

Finally a reminder, don't forget to come in before the end of the day to organise your holiday reading and most of all remember to enjoy the break.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Avid Reader Salon Event

For those of you interested in hearing writers speak about their work read on...

Avid Reader Salon Event
Meet Dominic Smith author of Bright and Distant Shores. Three emerging writers will kick the evening off, reading from their own work before Dominic Smith reads and talks about the art and craft of writing.
When: 6pm for 6.30pm start,Thursday 16th June
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop 193 Boundary Street West End
Cost: QWC members FREE | general public $5.00
More info: RSVP 38463422  

Read James Bradley's review of the book in The Australian here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

myfuture Video Competition

Create a video of up to three (3) minutes profiling an occupation for a chance to win $10,000.
This competition is an exciting opportunity to explore occupations in a creative and innovative way.
Register to receive monthly competition updates that will provide helpful hints and tips for producing a video entry.  Register now!
The competition closes at 5pm (EST) on 31 October 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Story Lab: Holiday Workshops at State Library

As I am sure you are all aware, the mid year holidays begin at the end of next week. The good news is that if you find holidays to be boring the State Library of Qld are running their Story Lab from the 25th of June to the 8th of July and it is open to ages 9 to 16.
On offer are a bucket load of half day workshops that allow you to express your creativity and explore different story telling techniques such as writing, illustration, animation, cartooning, manga, or poetry.
The location will be at the State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank.

Fourth Man Booker International Prize winner announced

American author, Philip Roth, has been awarded the bi-annual Man Booker International Prize, recognising 'achievement in fiction on the world stage', at a special event at the Sydney Writer's Festival on May 18 2011. The 78 year old writer was first published in 1959, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for American Pastoral. His most recent novel, Nemesis, was published last year.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers

Express Media and John Marsden present The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers.

There is $5,500 total prize money on offer.

Details are in the writing competitions page.

Don't forget June is National Young Writers’ Month

National Young Writers’ Month runs from June 1 – 30, 2011. During the month you can set yourself a writing goal, and reach your goal with the support of the National Young Writers’ Month community.
It's not too late to get involved so REGISTER NOW!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Congrats to Shaun Tan

Congratulations goes to Shaun Tan on receiving the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Although his win was announced recently he has only just been presented with the award in Stockholm, Sweden. The awards recognise the contribution to children and young adult literature.
Tan's books and now also his 2011 Oscar winning short film, show his deft hand at observing the human condition and his ability as a story teller to say something meaningful and powerful.
The CAC secondary library  has a collection of Tan's works on the shelves for borrowing and we also have a copy of his short film 'The Lost Thing' available on Clickview. We recommend you take a look if you would like to see what all the fuss is about.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Read 6 to Win 6

Gold Coast Libraries are running a competition that challenges you to read 6 books and post your reviews to their site giving you the chance to win 6 more books to keep for yourself.

Visit the site here to see the terms and conditions.

Entries must be received by 5pm, Friday 26 August 2011.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisted Authors Talk

Invitation to an evening with 2011 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlisted Authors.

Shortlisted authors Roger McDonald (When Colts Ran) and Chris Womersley (Bereft) will be appearing at the State Library of Queensland to discuss their highly acclaimed shortlisted works from 6.30 – 7.30pm on 26 May 2011. 

This free event is a wonderful opportunity to hear these writers speak about the writing process and to gain an insight into their shortlisted works.

Bookings are essential so please email if you would like to attend.

To learn more visit the Miles Franklin website here.


 HEYWIRE is a competition open to young people aged between 16 and 22 that gives the opportunity to upload your stories and opinions about things that affect you.

Their website states "Anyone can upload stories to this website, but you have to be aged between 16 and 22, and live outside Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide or Perth, to be eligible to win the Heywire Competition. Each year in September/October the best stories that have been uploaded throughout the year are chosen to be broadcast across the ABC. The roughly 40 winning entrants get the chance to go to Heywire Youth Issues Forum in Canberra in February."

Check out the poster in the library or click here to go to their site.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Indigenous Authors

Check out Anita Heiss' blog for her list of her top 100 favourite Indigenous authored books as part of her 'Black Book Challenge'. It is her version of the BBC Book Challenge which itself lists 100 best loved books as voted for by the public. Their version lists all of the usual suspects however Anita's list contains novels by Indigenous authors you may not have heard of before. It's worth a look.

Dr Anita Heiss is an author and a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales.

New Books

We've added lots of new books to the library shelves over recent weeks. Check out the 'NEW BOOKS' page on the blog for a selection.

Monday, May 9, 2011


The 'Get Reading!' annual celebration of books and reading runs from 24 August to 30 September this year, but don't wait until then to get involved. Visit the website, register early and check out the lists of great reads from years past.
The great thing about this event is that you can download free copies of  the first chapters of many of the books in the 2010 guide.  This annual guide lists 50 books you can't put down ... and they guarantee them to be 50 great reads. There are books for everyone so its definitely worth a look.

Visit the website here to find out more information.

Friday, April 29, 2011

JUNE is National Young Writers' Month

National Young Writers’ Month runs from June 1 – 30, 2011. During the month you can set yourself a writing goal, and reach your goal with the support of the National Young Writers’ Month community.
Register now to get involved.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Welcome back everyone. Treasure hunters are welcome in the library.

That's right.. there's gold on them there shelves. Hunt for it! You never know what gems you'll find. And check out the treasure display while you're at it.  Aaaarrrrrr

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


The Children’s Book Council of Australia has pleasure in announcing

Visit the link here to see the shortlist.
And click here to see past winners.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Holiday Reading

If you're struggling to find something to read over the holiday break check out some review sites for ideas

AussieReviews has reviews of Australian books aimed at children, young adults and adults. Enjoy the break and see you back here in a couple of weeks.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cartoon Animation and Manga workshops @ SLQ

The State Library of Queensland is running Cartoon, Animation and Manga Workshops these school holidays 18-21 April 2011.

So if you want to learn the art of visual storytelling then you should visit their site for more information. Just click on the hyperlink above. There are also some brochures stuck to the graphic novels bookshelves in the library. Take a moment to read them.


Congratulations to Homan and Melinda for being the first people to submit their words on the "Your Book Reviews" and the "Your Creative Writing" pages. We look forward to receiving many more in the future. Visit the pages to see what they’ve written.

And remember, if you like to write, check out the writing competitions listed on the writing competitions page.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


We currently have a display of all things vintage in the library. Take a look at the books on display featuring classic cars and fashion and let us know if you would like to borrow them. We also have a display of the colourful cars sculpted from clay by the year 7 art class. Check out the pics in the side bar on the right.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New stuff on the blog

Check out the new "Your Book Reviews" and "Your Creative Writing" pages in the tabs above. You can submit your own writing to share with others or simply read what others have posted.

Also make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page and subscribe to the blog posts by clicking on the RSS symbol like the one you see on the left.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

2011 Children's Writing Competition

The 2011 Children's Writing Competition deadline is 5pm Friday April 9th. That's just over 1 month away so if you are considering entering then you need to get cracking and get those creative juices flowing. Entry is free and there are cash prizes for each category. Click on the Writing Competitions tab above for further details.

It's a great opportunity for you to get your writing out there and show everyone how talented you are! Feel free to approach the library staff if you have any questions about entering.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Have a look at this link and watch the videos for the Google Art Project.

Google Art Project is an amazing site that has scanned hundreds of artworks by well known artists with zoom levels that show incredible detail. You can explore the galleries using streetview technology or you can choose to navigate their collections using drop down menus or the search feature. Many of the top galleries around the world are involved in the project such as The Museum of Modern Art New York City, Uffizi Gallery Florence, National Gallery London so the collection is quite extensive. Its a fantastic resource if you're doing a research project so go check it out.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Check out the pics on the side bar of students enjoying the days events.

There is still plenty of opportunity to enter the LIBRARY LOVERS QUIZ

Entries close Thursday Feb 17th and competition is drawn on Friday Feb 18th

Monday, February 14, 2011


LIBRARY LOVERS DAY coincides with Valentines day but will run here in the library for about a week. Its a great opportunity for you to discover a new book or author that you may not have known about previously. Come in and check out the great displays.

LIBRARY LOVERS events taking place in the library are:
  • Speed dating with books - Quickly become aquainted with lots of books in a short time and then choose one to take on a date (i.e. take it home for a read).  EVERYONE who borrows a book gets a candy to go with it. Has your teacher arranged for your class to attend?
  • Blind date with a book - come into the library and choose from a mystery book wrapped in wrapping paper.
  • Library lovers day quiz competition - grab a quiz sheet and search for the answers any way you like. There are lots of great prizes to be won and entries don't close until Thursday February 17th with prizes drawn on Friday 18th of February.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Welcome to the CAC Library Blog. The HOME PAGE is where you will find a feed of information about what is new and different in and around the library. The blog is only new so expect to see it develop into a more dynamic tool as time goes on.