CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2021 Issue 4
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2021 Issue 4
May 2021

Welcome to issue 4 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2021. 

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 President’s Report May 2021

Hello everyone,

We held a very successful AGM at the CIT restaurant on 22 April. The food and service were excellent and we have a full committee again (apart from an Archivist!!!!) Thank you Maura Pierlot for suggesting the venue and for making it happen. We welcome new member Kellie Nissen to the Committee.

Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman gave an interesting talk about the latest on line database work of NCACL and promoted a new exhibition “Dog Tales”, which opens on 10 May. This will be a must for dog lovers, with art work, paintings, sketches, drawings and ephemera from well known Australian book creators which feature dogs such as Alison Lester, Jackie French and Bob Graham. It is free at the Mura Gadi Gallery in the UC Library, Building 8, Mondays to Fridays 10.30am-4.30pm until 23 June.

Our next event is “And The Winner Could Be......” at ALIA House at 6.30pm on 16 June. Our knowledgeable presenters will select which books they consider worthy as Winner and Honour Books from each category on the 2021 Shortlist. A good selection of Shortlisted books will be for sale at this event.

I can confirm that there will be a Canberra Awards Announcement at the National Library Theatre on Friday 20 August, 11.30am-12.15pm. Students will perform and local authors and illustrators will attend.

From the National Board- The Street Library organisation is offering a free library again, with the aim being that it is up and running by Children’s Book Week. Norma John (Macgregor Primary) had the successful entry last year. Her school ran a design competition and a Launch. Speak to her if you are interested. It can be for a school, Child Care Centre, Playgroup place or a local street or a neighbourhood park. Please try to keep the 2021 CBCA Children’s Book Week theme in mind – Old World, New Worlds, Other Worlds and include the CBCA logo as part of the decorations on the Library. Submissions with brief information about where you would put the Library, who will benefit from its installation, how you will decide who decorates it and what plans you have for a Launch to by the end of May.

Happy reading everyone, 

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President


10 May - 23 June: Dog Tales Exhibition - UC Library
Wednesday 19th May: National Simultaneous Story Time
Wednesday 16th June: And the winner could be
Friday 20th August: Book Week winners announced
Wednesday 20th October: Reader's Cup

For a full list of events and details, go to the CBCA ACT website Events page.

And the winner could be

Come and learn about the possible Winners and Honour Books for the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Wednesday 16 June 2021
6.30pm – 9.00pm
At ALIA House, Napier Close, Deakin
Cost: Early Bird $5 members, $15 non-members by 1 June
Late: $5 members, $25 non-members by 15 June
Due to COVID-19 Safety Plan, bookings can only be accepted through TryBooking. If you need your school or workplace to purchase your ticket via invoice please contact
A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees for Teacher identified PL and a light supper will be served.
NCACL and UC collaborate to bring an adventurous exhibition showcasing pet dogs in
children’s literature

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc and the University of Canberra
collaborate to bring well-known dogs to this exciting new exhibition including Bob Graham and
Alison Lester.
The University of Canberra announces an exciting new exhibition opening up in the Mura Gadi
gallery located in the library. The exhibition will showcase pet dogs in children’s literature and
preliminary artwork and sketches by Bob Graham and Alison Lester. It will be free of charge.
The exhibition includes:
- 35 objects ranging from watercolour pieces, preliminary and framed artworks.
- Three different themes including companionship, adventure and ‘a helping hand’.
The exhibition includes unused material, rough sketches and collages plus objects that have
rarely been seen by the public.

The Exhibition has been put together by four UC students, NCACL volunteers and Alex Stalker-Booth (Art Collection Coordinator for UC).
AGM and Laurie Copping Award Announcement

Congratulations to Rachel Hind, Winner of the 2021 Laurie Copping Award.

The AGM was held on 22nd April at the CIT Restaurant.  Thank you to our guest speaker, Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman for her talk on NCACL.  A new Committee was formed (see later in newsletter).
Street Library

Would you like a Street Library for your local school or neighbourhood?  If you are a member of CBCA you can apply! Last year Norma John applied and won one for Macgregor Primary school. 
It can be for a school, Child Care Centre, Playgroup place or a local street or a neighbourhood park. Please try to keep the 2021 CBCA Children’s Book Week theme in mind – Old World, New Worlds, Other Worlds and include the CBCA logo as part of the decorations on the Library. Submissions with brief information about where you would put the Library, who will benefit from its installation, how you will decide who decorates it and what plans you have for a Launch to by the end of May.

For more information, go to the website:
The Great Book Swap   

The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, learn more about Indigenous languages and culture, while raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Schools, workplaces, libraries, universities, book clubs, individuals and all kinds of organisations can host a Great Book Swap. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation.

This year, we are aiming to raise $350,000! By registering to host a Great Book Swap at your school or library, you will be actively helping us gift 35,000 new, carefully chosen books to children in remote communities across the country.

To register, go to

Book Week Theme 2021
"Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds"

Awards announcement August 20

Hashtag for this year is #CBCA2021

Book Week Merchandise
The merchandise has been released.  To order, visit the CBCA store.

The book is illustrated in black and white, about 196pp and will retail for $20 + gst and P&H to members. Available from 28th May. If you are interested, please email

We are going to be using a new membership app called 'Hello Club'.  In the next few weeks should receive a welcome email from Hello Club.  This is not a spam message.  We ask that you register and complete your profile.

This will allow us to make renewals easier for everyone and will later include a booking system.

We thank you for your assistance and patience.
"Cosy on the couch"
Your chance to own a Bob Graham original artwork.

Auction opens : Monday 19 April 2021
Auction closes : Monday 31 May 2021

For further details click here
CBCA ACT 2021 Committee

President : Julie Long
Vice Presidents : Dawn Shield, Kirrin Sampson
Treasurer : Justine Power
Minutes Secretary : Veronica Melville
Enews : Heather Wilkinson
Membership Secretary : Heather Wilkinson
PlayFest : Dawn Shield
Website : Catherine Morgans, Kirrin Sampson
Public Officer : Norma John
School Contacts : Norma John, Veronica Melville, Kellie Nissen
Committee Members : Kellie Nissen, Colleen Caddey, Maura Pierlot
Archivist : Vacant

The latest edition of Story Scoop aired on 1st May.  It featured local author Gina Newton, Tiffanee Daley, Liz Ledden and Dub Leffler. Gina talks about her book 'Combat wombat'.
To see the latest edition, click here.
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (formerly Lu Rees Archives) is a comprehensive collection of books and other resources about authors, illustrators, publishers and their creative works.

New titles added to the NCACL Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander database.
Go to the NCACL website for the:
As well as information on their collections, resources and exhibitions.

Libraries ACT - Story Walk

Enjoy walking? Enjoy reading? How about both at the same time?

Both have great health benefits and we’ve combined them to create a walking route with a difference. Enjoy Libraries ACT’s first ever story walk and follow Erin-Claire Barrow’s retelling of Cinderella, with a page to read at each stop. Starting from Belconnen Library, follow the walk to each stop to find out what happens next. Find out more on the Libraries ACT website where you can download a map to follow (or you can scan the QR code at one of the stops to download it).
ACT Instagram Account

We have a new CBCA ACT Instagram account: 
We would love you to follow us! 

CBCA Instagram Account

The Communications Subcommittee recently launched a new CBCA National Instagram account @cbcaustralia (@cbca was unavailable). This, along with our Facebook and Twitter accounts, will be used to communicate our key announcements and to share interesting and relevant content with our members and followers. Just a reminder to use the hashtag #CBCA2021 when promoting any events.

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