CBCA ACT Branch eNews 2021 Issue 3
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CBCA ACT Branch eNews:
2021 Issue 3
April 2021

Welcome to issue 3 of the CBCA ACT Branch eNewsletter for 2021. 

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                                                             President’s Report April 2021

Hello everyone,

The Short List announcement celebration attracted 33 members and three apologies. The Book Cow bookshop was a wonderful venue and thanks to Peter’s IT skills, the evening ran smoothly and was an informative PL session for the educators who were present. Rosemary Thomas did an excellent job analysing the fiction books and ACT Judge Margaret Bromley spoke about the Eve Pownall category. We were pleased to be able to congratulate Gina Newton for her well deserved short listing of “Hold On! Saving the Spotted Handfish”. Every library, school library and home library needs this book. The formalities were rounded off by a talk from Lisa Fuller about her book “Ghost Bird” which was an Honour Book last year. This is a riveting read for Older Readers and adults, suspenseful and with insights into Aboriginal traditions and law. There was time left talking with our speakers and for browsing and buying. There were many happy book purchases made.

Please look out for our next big event And the Winner Could Be... at Alia House on Wednesday June 16. Keep checking our very up to date and active website and enews editions for all the details.

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.

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.

For more information, go to the website:
Shortlist Announcement

Congratulations to Gina Newton, her book 'Hold On! : Saving the spotted handfish' is in the Eve Pownall category.

To see the video of the announcement, click here.
For the full Short List, click here.

Thank you to Paul from The Book Cow (Kingston) for hosting the ACT event.  It was a wonderful night.  Thank you to Rosemary Thomas and Margaret Bromley for presenting the books and to Lisa Fuller for her talk on her book 'Ghost Bird'.

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.
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).

This is a matched funding campaign, running from now until 16th March.  Further information, click here.
To donate, click here
Your kind support of the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation and our work will be greatly appreciated.

'The March of the Ants' is Ursula's new book.  It is the story that she wrote especially for the ceremony at the National Library when she was announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate in February last year.  If you go to the Laureate Downloads (under Read, Write & Learn) on the ACLF site you will a lot of resources from Ursula including writing and other fun activities.

To subscribe to the ACLF newsletter, click here then scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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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