Thursday, 14 September 2017

Deb Fitzpatrick at SIDE

WA author Deb Fitzpatrick was welcomed to the SIDE Library Resource Centre yesterday as part of our ongoing Authors Online series.

Despite confessing to having nightmares about using Saba, Deb had no problems in presenting two very interactive online sessions to students in Years 7-10 who were thoroughly entertained.

Deb fielded questions about her books, life and travels as an author, and one question about writer’s block segued into Deb sharing tips and tricks on how to be a successful writer.

The students, located in different countries around the world as well as onsite at SIDE's Leederville campus, appreciated Deb’s sense of humour and said it was a fabulous experience.

A huge thank you to Deb for presenting so wonderfully for us, to the students who attended and participated in the sessions, and to SIDE's teacher librarians for organising another successful Authors Online visit.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Australian Reading Hour

This Thursday 14th September is Australian Reading Hour so the SIDE Library Resource Centre is encouraging students to stop what they are doing for one hour and read a book!

Australian Reading Hour is a national initiative run by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) that encourages people to rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading.

We would love to see pictures of our students participating, so please take some snaps of you reading in the weirdest place or position you can think of, or reading to your pet (or even your pet reading to you!) and send them to us - our email address can be found

Let your imagination run wild and have fun reading!

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Authors Online: Deb Fitzpatrick


West Australian author Deb Fitzpatrick will be presenting Saba sessions to Year 7-10 students as part of the SIDE Library Resource Centre's Authors Online series.

Wednesday 13th September
Years 7 & 8 - 9.30am-10.30am
Years 9 & 10 - 11am-12pm

Deb has written six books including CBCA Book of the Year Notables 90 Packets of Instant Noodles and Have You Seen Ally Queen?. She will be discussing those two titles in the Year 9 & 10 session, while the Year 7 & 8 session will focus on The Amazing Spencer Gray and its newly released sequel The Spectacular Spencer Gray.

If you would like to attend a session please contact your English teacher to ensure you are enrolled.

Click here to borrow Deb's books from the Library Resource Centre.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

The Great Book Swap 2017

This Wednesday 6th September the SIDE Library Resource Centre will be hosting The Great Book Swap to help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

SIDE staff are encouraged to bring a book to swap (or more than one!) and a gold coin donation for the ILF to the Resource Centre during lunch. You will be able to browse other people's books, talk about why you loved yours and take home a new book to read!

The history of the ILF dates back to 2004 when Suzy Wilson launched the Riverbend Readers Challenge to raise money to boost Indigenous literacy levels. The foundation was established in 2011 with a focus on improving literacy levels in very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Last year the Australia wide Great Book Swap raised over $160,000, and this year they hope to raise $200,000 to gift 20,000 new books to remote Indigenous communities.

Please come along on Wednesday and help the ILF to achieve this goal!

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Friday, 25 August 2017

CBCA Book Week Saba Sessions at SIDE

As part of our CBCA Book Week celebrations, the SIDE Library Resource Centre held three special Saba sessions for our primary school students.

Teacher librarian Amy Rosato (aka Harry Potter) spoke to our Pre-Primary to Year 2 students about the books shortlisted in the Early Childhood category, and to Years 3-6 about those on the Younger Readers shortlist.

In each session the students decided on some judging criteria and voted on which books they thought were the best, before finding out who the CBCA judges picked to win. The Year 3-6 class were on exactly the same page (pun intended!) as the judges, picking the same winner (Rockhopping) and honour books (Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade and Dragonfly Song).

The students participated enthusiastically in the sessions and, as you can see from the screenshots below, relished the opportunity to dress up as their favourite characters.

Even the primary teachers got into the dress up spirit!

A big thank you to everyone involved in organising and conducting the sessions, and to all our wonderful students for making this year's Book Week such a fantastic experience!

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Monday, 21 August 2017

CBCA Book of the Year Award Winners

The CBCA Book of the Year winners for 2017 were announced and presented on Friday 18th August at a ceremony held at Government House in Hobart.

Check out the full list of winners and honour books

Older Readers
One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Younger Readers
Rockhopping by Trace Balla

Early Childhood
Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell (ill. by Dion Beasley)

Picture Books
Home in the Rain by Bob Graham

The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Amazing Animals of Australia's National Parks by Gina M Newton

The Crichton Award for Children's Book Illustration
The Patchwork Bike ill. by Van T Rudd, text by Maxine Beneda Clark

Click here if you would like to borrow any of the 2017 CBCA Shortlisted books from the SIDE Library Resource Centre.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

CBCA Book of the Year Shortlists: Early Childhood & Picture Books

To get you ready for CBCA Book Week 2017 we are showcasing all the shortlisted titles in the SIDE Library Resource Centre collection.

Today we are focusing on both the Early Childhood and Picture Book categories.

If you would like to borrow any of these books please click here to access them from the SIDE Library Resource Centre online catalogue.

Click on the covers to find out more about each book.

by Kylie Howarth

One Photo
by Ross Watkins
ill. by Liz Anelli

by Leila Rudge

by Angela May George
ill. by Owen Swan

by Lance Balchin

The Snow Wombat
by Susannah Chambers
ill. by Mark Jackson

Go Home, Cheeky Animals
by Johanna Bell
ill. by Dion Beasley

Home in the Rain
by Bob Graham
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