CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2020 Issue 3
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2020 Issue 3
6th October 2020

Welcome to issue 3 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2020. 

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President’s Report September 2020

Hello everyone,

We were fortunate to have a face to face belated AGM last month and the 12 people who attended were all pleased to be able to socially distance, sanitize and catch up. We have an almost full committee and would welcome interest from people who would serve as a Minutes Secretary or an Archivist.

The re-imagined CBCA Book Week online Awards Announcement is imminent as we send out this eNews. Please post photos of your Book Week activities to social media with these hashtags- #cbca2020, #cbcabookweek2020 and #in the wild. There are bookmarks and draw your own curious creature pages to download from the National site and even CBCA Book Week Tshirts to purchase at Red Bubble. That’s all on top of the usual Book Week merchandise!!! There are details for our Branch Book Week dinner further in this edition, everyone is welcome (RSVP is vital), so come along and chat about your Book Week plans and your response to the books entered and awarded.

We are excited to host our inaugural Reader’s Cup on Thursday 15 October, (the day before the Awards announcement). This has been capably managed by Rachael Hind at Radford College, who has re-imagined it as an online event. Good luck to the 23 teams who have entered and we hope that they have enjoyed reading the 5 chosen books.
There was great excitement at Macgregor Primary recently because they were the winners of a free Street Library donated by the National Board in partnership with Street Library. The school held a design competition and chose 4 works to be used to decorate the Library. They used real paint and the winners and school leaders helped with the decoration. The school’s services officer varnished it and bolted it to a post. It was his last job before he retired, so it was a significant event for him. It was filled with books as the students left for the holidays. Thank you to Norma John who co-ordinated this.

Happy reading everyone,

Julie Long 
CBCA ACT Branch President

Survey Time

We need your feedback - if you haven't already done so, could you please fill in the survey:

Please take a few moments to do the survey for a chance to receive a CBCA Book Week merchandise pack (extended until 9th October).

Book Week 2020

Please use #inthewild as well as the #cbca2020 and #cbcabookweek2020 hashtags on social media to promote your Book Week activities. Also photos of people wearing/using the Book Week merchandise, including the Curious minds logo t-shirts available on Red Bubble.

Merchandise: There are still CBCA Book Week and Shortlist posters, stickers, bunting and creature pins available.
CBCA ACT Dinner – 16 October

Come celebrate the 2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, announced at noon on
16 October, over dinner that evening. A great opportunity to toast the winners and reconnect with fellow members (and to join/renew CBCA ACT if you haven’t yet done so).

When:  6.30pm, Friday, 16 October 2020
Where:  Olim’s Hotel (Mercure Canberra)
              Corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenues

Dinner will be via the Olim’s Bistro menu (each person to order and pay on the night) but served in the (private) Carlton Room.

RSVP:    Maura Pierlot - phone 0403 465 107;
We hope you can make it!
Readers Cup CBCA ACT 2020
Online Competition
Thursday 15 October 2020 10 am
23 teams from schools around the ACT will be participating.
Teams of four to five students together read a set of books,
and then compete with other teams to answer quiz questions from the books.
The following was in the latest ALC newsletter:

During Book Week there’s another very important day for readers. October 20th is International School Library Day, when we celebrate our precious school libraries and school librarians and remember what an indispensable role they play in nurturing a love of reading in children. The school library is a unique dedicated room that says in a loud voice to the whole school that books and reading are valued, important and loved, and that the children themselves are valued, important and loved. That’s what children feel when they go into the school library, and what every child deserves to feel.
Congratulations to Macgregor Primary School who were the winners of the CBCA Street Library for the ACT.

Have you seen these emails?
Julie Long has been busy keeping everyone up to date until we get the enews happening on a regular basis.  The following are links for information from the emails that went out:

  • Curious Creatures, Wild Minds at Taronga Zoo and other events from NSW CBCA Branch 
  • New book from local author Krys Saclier - Vote for me
  • Read Local - conversations with authors from Libraries ACT
  • Sound your bell writing program from Siobhan Jones featuring Aleesah Darlison
  • Story Scoop - authors and illustrators sneak peeks into their inspiration, creative choices, artwork and the story behind their stories
  • Jan Ormerod Artwork Silent Auction
The Committee:

Julie Long OAM - President      
Dawn Shield - Vice President, Playfest  
Kirrin Sampson - Vice President, Website
Vacant - Minutes Secretary
Vacant -  Archivist
Justine Power - Membership
Rob Smith - Treasurer
Catherine Morgans - Website
Norma John - Public Officer, Schools Contact
Heather Wilkinson - enews
Colleen Caddey - Committe Member
Maura Pierlot -   Committe Member
Veronica Melville - Committe Member, TL Contact    

We are still looking for a Minutes Secretary and and Archivist.  If you are interested in either position, please contact Julie Long at          

Megalo Archive Exhibition, Canberra

Recently the massive Megalo/Studio One Archive featuring prints made there over the decades has been returned to Megalo. And what better way to commemorate this than with a group exhibition featuring selected work from the archive by lots of artists, including Julian Laffan and Judy Horacek.

The exhibition is on until November 30 2020. Megalo Print Studio is at 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston.

New 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 #CBCA2020 when promoting any events.

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