Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy Holidays

Congratulations on yet another great year. Enjoy the break and we will see you again in 2014.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Activities

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching now is a good time to remind you that the library will be closed from Thursday December 5, but don't fret. Gold Coast City Council Libraries have a full program of activities to keep you occupied. Click here to view the program.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kid's Reading Guide

The 2013/2014 Kid's Reading Guide is out now and will keep you up to date on all the latest there is in kid's and young adult books. Click on the link above to read the guide now.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dr Karl at Riverbend Books

Game of Knowns is the new book by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. He will be appearing at Riverbend Books on Sunday 24th November at 10:30am for a book signing. It's a free event and no bookings are necessary.
In Game of Knowns, he divulges why psychopaths make good kings, how smartphones dumb down our conversations, why the left side of your face is the most attractive, how the female worker bee gets a raw deal and why we drink beer faster when it is served in a curved glass. He discloses the amazing opportunities that 3D Printing will bring, the magic of hoverboards, solemnly shares why dark matter matters, and spills the scientific basis of wealth distribution.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Matthew Reilly at Helensvale Library

Matthew Reilly will be at the Helensvale Library at 6pm on Wednesday the 20th of November to talk about his new novel, The Tournament. The book is a murder mystery set in 1546 Constantinople during a chess tournament. It promises to be very different from the Scarecrow series.
Phone 07 5581 1625 if you'd like go.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Top 100 Australian Books

As well as doing the list of the Top 50 Books You Can't Put Down, Get Reading have also put out a list of the top 100 Australian books as voted for by the Australian public. Click here to see the list. There were almost 6000 votes so it's sure to be a diverse list. We have many of the books in the library ready to be borrowed so take a look at the list and borrow one soon.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Gold Coast Writer's Festival

The Gold Coast Writer's Festival is on over the 25th and 26th of October. This year the keynote speaker is broadcaster, author, journalist and comedian, Wendy Harmer. Click here for a full list of speakers and activities.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Word - Library Newsletter.

Just a heads up to let you know that 'The Word' - the secondary library's excellent newsletter is out for term 4. You can view it on the Newsletter tab here in the blog or you can grab a hard copy from the library. This quarterly newsletter features some of the exciting new books we have in the library and also has information to help you with your research needs.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Welcome back!

Welcome back everyone. We trust you had a relaxing break and are all ready to finish the year strong in term 4. Remember that if you need any help with research for your assignments the library staff are more than happy to assist you with finding resources.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Holiday borrowing.

Congratulations on making it through another busy term. Today is your last chance to borrow for the holidays so be sure to get in before the day is out.
Enjoy the well deserved break and we will see you in 2 weeks.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Activites at Upper Coomera Library

At Upper Coomera Branch Library on Tuesday 1 October 9.30am - 10.30am, author Dimity Powell will show kids why writing is crazy good fun. This hands-on writing workshop especially designed for the budding younger writer's is packed with useful tips, tricks and tools to bring your story ideas alive! Book Here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Holiday Activties at the State Library

If you are looking for something fun to do over the break try the Scratch Animation Workshops for kids aged 13-17. It's on at the state library and is a chance for you to learn how to create your own digital animation!

It is a paid event but you do learn how to make an animation and will also receive a USB with a copy of your animation, and the Scratch software.
There are two sessions to choose from: Wednesday the 25th of September or Wednesday the 2nd of October, 9.30am-12.30pm.

Monday, September 9, 2013

GCWA Children's Writing Competition

The Gold Coast Writer's Association is hosting the 2013 Children's Writing Competition which is open for kids up to 17 years of age. Details are below however click here for a link to their site where you can download the entry form. Entry is free and the deadline is Sunday the 15th of September.

Theme:  What’s Special About The Gold Coast

7-10yrs, (short story up to 350 words, poetry up to 15 lines)
11-13yrs (short story up to 500 words, poetry up to 20 lines)
14-17 yrs. (short story up to 750 words, poetry up to 25 lines)
Prizes:  First place in each of the six sections will be awarded $50.
Runners-up will be awarded a GCWA Certificate of Achievement.

Deadline: 15 September 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Get Reading - 50 Books You Can't Put Down

It's that time of year again for Get Reading's - 50 Books You Can't Put Down. Click here to link to this years list. We have all the books in the list available in the library for borrowing so if you see one you are interested in be sure to come and borrow it.

Monday, August 26, 2013

2013 Brisbane Writer's Festival

The 2013 Brisbane Writer's Festival is on between 4 - 8 September. Click here for a link to their website where you can get full details of the program of events. There are plenty of events on for kids and teenagers too so be sure to check out the kids program.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Children's Book of the Year

The CBCA Children's Book of the Year winners have just been announced. See them listed below. We have all of these titles in the library. Borrow or reserve a copy now.
Older Readers Book of the Year 2013
  • Winner: Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan
    • On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing.
  • Honour: The Ink Bridge  by Neil Grant
  • Honour: Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Younger Readers Book of the Year 2013
  • Winner: The Children of the King by Sonya  Hartnett
    • Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
  • Honour: Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French
  • Honour: The Tender Moments of Saffron by Glenda Millard with illustrations by Stephen Michael King

Friday, August 2, 2013


Words Out - children’s creative writing competition.


The Gold Coast City Council is running the WORDS OUT writing competition for local kids under 17 years old. You can write a story or poem and be in the running to win an iPad.  
There are two categories: 11 years old and under; and 12 to 17 years old. The winner of each age category will receive a new iPad!
To enter, children should write an original story or poem of up to 1000 words inspired by the 2013 Children’s Book Week theme: 'Across the universe'.
Include your name, age and contact details with your typed entry and drop it off at a Gold Coast branch library, or email it to by 5pm, Friday 11 October
Click here for terms and conditions.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Reading Hour

You might have noticed the countdown just to the right counting down to The Reading Hour? The Reading Hour is an event initiated by Love2Read that will be taking place on the 24th of August between 5pm and 6pm. It's set up to encourage parents to read to their children but we think you should read to anyone who'll listen. Read to your friends and family, work colleagues, people on the bus, the family pet. If it has ears it probably wants to hear your dulcet tones. And don't limit it to that one hour! Be encouraged to read whenever the moment spontaneously grabs you. Whip out that book or e-reader and get reading.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Vote for Australia's Favourite Books with Get Reading!

Get Reading! is conducting a nationwide search for our favourite Australian books of all time. You can let them know what your favourites are by visiting their web site here.
Voting for Australia's Favourite Books closes Friday July 26, 2013 and they’ll be announcing our top choices for homegrown books on September 1, coincidentally the same day that they will also announce the annual Get Reading! List for the Top 50 Books You Can’t Put Down for 2013.
As usual we will have a display in the library featuring most of the "Top 50 Books You Can’t Put Down for 2013" available of course for your borrowing. Keep eyes peeled for that!

Don't Forget - Byron Bay Writer's Festival 2-4 August

Get Your Tickets Now!

"2013 represents the seventeenth annual occurrence of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. Once more it will take place in its spectacular home at North Byron Events on Bayshore Drive. Once more, the white marquees will ring with laughter, buzz with controversy and pulse with the intense exchange of ideas and experiences. Ticket holders will have the freedom to choose from five marquees rippling with ninety separate conversations. The program for 2013 corrals over 120 writers contemplating the art of writing, the future of our world, politics local and global, the human heart and survival against all odds."

(Reposted from Byron Bay Writer's Festival)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Short Story Workout

Short Story Workout (Age 14 – 19)  with Kathleen Noud

Qld Writer's Centre

Sunday 28 July 10:30am – 4:30pm

Need some help stretching out a story from concept to prose? Or maybe you’ve got a not-quite-novel-length idea that you want to compress? Join Kathleen Noud for this one-day workshop, and learn the art of the short story. Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman did it, and so can you! This workshop is perfect for young writers looking at submitting to the State Library’s Young Writers Award.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Story Safari

Story Safari (Age 10 – 15) with Tristan Bancks

Qld Writer's Centre

Monday 24 July 10:30am – 4:30pm

Calling all young imaginations with a love of adventure! Come on an outdoor writing voyage with Tristan Bancks, exploring South Bank’s parks, people and places. Like true documentarians, discover all the benefits of transforming real life stories into a written world on a page, and learn to use your own life, and the world around you as inspiration. An opportunity not to be missed!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Holiday Reading

With only two days to go until the mid year break we thought it would be a good time to remind you to sort out your holiday reading. Drop in and browse the shelves for something to keep you occupied over the break as the library will be closed for the holidays.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

2013 Queensland Poetry Festival

The 2013 Queensland Poetry Festival is on between Friday the 23rd to Sunday the 25th of August  at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

The annual three-day festival, spoken in one strange word, is a highlight of Australia’s literary calendar. Check their website for the full list of events and artists which will be announced tomorrow, June 18th.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Riverbend Poetry Series 3

Yes we know it's in Brisbane and that involves a drive up the M1 but... it's worth it.

Riverbend Books are hosting Riverbend Poetry Series 3, 6pm, June 18, $10 per ticket.

The evening celebrates the launch of the 2013 Queensland Poetry Festival : spoken in one strange word program. The Queensland Poetry Festival takes place in August however if you attend Riverbend on June 18th you'll see some of the poets and artists featuring at the festival including Rob Morris & Sheish Money, avant-garde performance artist Pascalle Burton, poet Nathan Shepherdson, duo Rhyll Tonge and Fern Thompsett, and singer-songwriter Sue Ray.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SLQ Young Writers Award 2013

The State Library of Qld is calling all young writers, storytellers and wordsmiths. If you’re aged 18–25 and live in Queensland, submit your short story in SLQ’s Young Writers Award competition for a chance to win $2,000 and career launching opportunities. We know that some of our recent graduates would be interested in this. Click here to go to their site for more information on how to enter.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Literati 2013

Gold Coast City Council Libraries will be hosting Literati 2013 on May 17 and 18. It has workshops designed for aspiring writers and for those aimed at getting published, offering talks and master classes by a host of authors including Anna Campbell, Angela Slatter, L.A. Larkin, Matthew Condon and many more. Many of the events are on at the new Upper Coomera library which is very convenient for all of you local writers. Download the program here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

CYA Hatchlings Competition

A heads up to all our budding writers out there. The Children's and Young Adult Writers Hatchlings Competition is on now. This competition is open to young people aged 8 to 18 who would like a chance to have their writing published. Categories include picture book, graphic novel, illustrated novel and young adult novel chapter. There are cash prizes and shortlisted entries get submitted to a publisher for consideration.
The closing deadline for this competition is April 30 so there is not much time left to get your entries in.
Click here to go to their website for further details on how to enter.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Youth Passes to the Byron Bay Writer's Festival

Byron Bay Writer's Festival

The festival isn't on until 2-4 August but you can get your early bird passes starting tomorrow.

Join some of Australia's best kids' writers for fun and frivolity in the kids' marquee on Sunday 4 August from 9.15am-4.00pm. Kids between 6 and 16 can enjoy storytelling, activities, readings and an opportunity to meet the authors during book signings.
COST: $35 or $30 for Northern Rivers Writers' Centre Family members. An accompanying adult pass will be provided on request.

Click here to go to their website.

(Reposted from Byron Bay Writer's Festival)

Welcome Back!

We hope you've enjoyed your break and return refreshed for the new term ahead. We've had large deliveries of new fiction over the break and will have them on the shelves for borrowing very soon. Check back here for updates as new books go on the shelves. Also, next time you're in the library be sure to pick up this term's copy of THE WORD (pictured left), the Secondary Library newsletter outlining all that's new and wonderful in the library.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Write On!

Write On! (Age 12 – 17) with Aimée Lindorff

Qld Writer's Centre

Commences 16 April, 4:30 – 5:30pm.

Do you love to write? Want to make new friends with similar interests? In this 10-week workshop series with Aimée Lindorff, you’ll learn the secrets of building tension between your heroes and villains though narrative, themes and story structure. Discover the core ingredients of great storytelling, from getting ideas out of your head and onto paper, to dialogue, characters and setting. Explore novels, comics, transmedia and more!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Easter

Enjoy the break everyone!
Wishing you a very relaxing, safe and happy Easter. See you all next term.

Friday, March 22, 2013

11th Annual Ipswich Poetry Feast

The Ipswich Poetry Feast is an annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete for over $7,800 in prizes. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community, this competition attracts local, interstate and global entries.

2013 Competition:
Opening Date: Sunday 24 March 2013
Closing Date:Friday 26 July 2013 at 5:00PM

Click HERE for details on how to enter.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Holiday games at the State Library of QLd.

Make Your Own Computer Game

You may have noticed that we've been promoting several events being run by the State Library of Qld by reposting them on our blog. We will do this from time to time when we see events you might be interested in such as the Gold Coast Young Writers competition or holiday events being run at Gold Coast City Council libraries. Keep an eye out on the blog because new events and competitions are listed as they become available.

Learn how to use Scratch to create your own a-mazing game!
Scratch is a free program that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art.
Participants will be shown how to make a basic interactive game and have the opportunity to develop and refine it.
All participants will also receive a wristband USB drive with a copy of their creation and the program.

Full Scratch games workshops schedule

For ages 12 – 16
•  Thu 4 Apr, 10am – 1pm
•  Thu 11 Apr, 10am – 1pm

These workshops are part of SLQ’s Garage Gamer program - unleash your passion for play with a games gallery, workshops, talks, films and more. Check out the full program of events.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Game Changers

Game Changers
Wed 20 Mar, 6pm–8pm | Free, bookings

Are you interested in learning about game apps?
Hear from Shainiel Deo, CEO of Halfbrick Studios, the company responsible for creating the hit game app Fruit Ninja, at the launch of the Game Changers series. Facilitated by Ray Weekes, Chair of CEO Institute, this series brings innovation leaders from business, technology and creative industries to share their insights. Link to it here.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Garage Gamer

Garage Gamer
Open daily until 14 Apr at the State Library of QLD and yes it is FREE
Are you interested in computer games and all things digital?

This is the basic program of activities aimed at getting you thinking, creating, and living games.
This month you can join pop-bit band 7Bit Hero as they launch their debut EP We Eat Loot (2 Mar), explore the creative ways industries are adapting games for serious health outcomes (6 Mar), kick off the weekend with Halfbrick studios at Level Up games night (8 Mar), and take a look at the working life of an indie game developer studio (16 Mar). Check out the full program here.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

New Links in Links Page

We have uploaded a bunch of new links to the Links Page to help you with research, referencing, copyright and digital citizenship. The links cover issues to do with APA referencing style, plagiarism, how-to-study guides and cyber safety. Familiarise yourself with these links as they will help you greatly in your studies.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Free eBook

Check out the winners of last years Gold Coast Writer's Centre Writing Competition by clicking HERE. Download the free eBook from their website and read the winning entries. Keep an eye out on the blog later in the year as we will be advertising when entries are open for this years competition.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Library Lovers Day

Every year Library Lover's Day coincides with Valentine's Day and we take the opportunity to celebrate the value of our library and the love of books that we know you all share with us.

So on February 14th make sure you come into the library and take part in this occasion by borrowing out a book by your favourite author.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Steve Biddulph "Raising Girls"

Steve Biddulph "Raising Girls"
Tuesday 19th February
Recorded for Radio National's Big Ideas Programme.
6pm for a 6.30pm start

$7.50 book online HERE

Steve Biddulph’s Raising Boys was a global phenomenon. The first book in a generation to look at boys’ specific needs, parents loved its clarity and warm insights into their sons’ inner world. But today, things have changed. It’s girls that are in trouble.
There has been a sudden and universal deterioration in girls’ mental health, starting in primary school and devastating the teen years. Steve Biddulph’s Raising Girls is both a guidebook and a call-to-arms for parents. The five key stages of girlhood are laid out so that you know exactly what matters at which age, and how to build strength and connectedness into your daughter from infancy onwards.
Raising Girls is both fierce and tender in its mission to help girls more at every age. It’s a book for parents who love their daughters deeply, whether they are newborns, teenagers, young women – or anywhere in between.
At last, there is a clear map of girls’ minds that accepts no limitations, narrow roles or selling-out of your daughter’s potential or uniqueness. Steve Biddulph’s Raising Girls explores how to help your daughter feel secure, become an explorer, get along with others, find her soul, and become a woman.
All the hazards are signposted – bullying, eating disorders, body image and depression, social media harms and helps – as are concrete and simple measures for both mums and dads to help prevent their daughters from becoming victims. Parenthood is restored to an exciting journey, not one worry after another, as it’s so often portrayed.
Steve includes many of the world’s leading voices on girls’ needs and makes their ideas clear and simple, adding his own humour and experience through unforgettable stories. Even the beautiful and moving illustrations, by Kimio Kubo, provide unique and moving glimpses into the inner lives of girls. Along with his fellow psychologists worldwide, Steve is angry at the exploitation and harm being done to girls today. With Raising Girls he strives to spark a movement to end the trashing of girlhood; equipping parents to deal with the modern world, and getting the media off the backs of our daughters.

- Reposted from Avid Reader's newsletter -

Friday, February 1, 2013


Welcome back from the holidays everyone. We trust you enjoyed the break and return refreshed for the year ahead. We have many new books in the library available for borrowing right now so be sure to drop in soon. Check out the Newsletter page on the blog for a run down on just some of the new books, just click on the Newsletter links in the page and it will open the newsletter as a PDF file. Also don't forget you can borrow eBooks as well. The eBook collection is growing quickly so click on the eBook link and check it out.