President’s Report February 2020
As you read this, I hope it is beginning to cool in Canberra and the fires have dissipated, although the enforced indoor time has provided the opportunity for extra reading!!
You will see that there is a 2020 membership renewal with this enews. Please note that members of PETA, ALIA, SCBWI and ALEA can now be Associate Members at the Concession price of $35.
The National Board requested ideas for the 2021 Book Week slogan. In 2021, the National Simultaneous story is going to be a space theme (ie STEM) and a picture book is being commissioned for it which will be read from the International Space Station. With our links to ALIA in mind, we considered the following and sent them to National as suggestions:
Make space for reading
Make space for books
Take me to your reader
1,2,3, read to me
3,2,1, reading is fun
Triangulate your reading
Blast off into reading
Reading out of this world
Cosmic connections through reading
You can count on books
Make books your Mission
Make stories your Mission
Infinity and beyond in books
Gravitate to books
Gravitate to reading
Gravitate to stories
Stories reach for the stars
So we look forward to the announcement of the 2021 theme to see whether one of our choices is successful.
By now I hope you have all heard that the Notables are staying as Notables and not changing to Longlist. Further news from National is that the Short List poster will be returning in 2020 and that there will be a more manageable 2 book mark designs. The stickers will be printed in rows that are easy to cut and the decals will be made so that when put on windows they can be seen on both sides.
The Judges have had their Conference in Melbourne and we thank Lucy Holliday (EP Judge) and Margaret Bromley (EP Judge) for representing the ACT Branch.
Our first big event this year is the Notables unveiling on February 25th, where you will be able to see the books and chat with colleagues about the chosen books. This is a 2 hour Teacher Identified PL opportunity.
CBCA ACT Branch President