Children's Book Awards
Who cares about our children's reading? Noosa Library does, hosting a range of literacy related activities and there will be even more of them over the next month with Children's Book Week (aka Book Now !) being celebrated between August 19th and 26th.
Over the July/August period Noosa library will be hosting a variety of special book festivals.
Wednesday July 27, 3:30 pm. The Queensland judge for the Australian Children's Book of the Year Awards will bring the entire short list of books to Noosa to 'show and tell' judges' impressions. (Children's Book Awards aim to promote excellence in children's literature, and the winners are announced in Children's Book Week in August each year.)
Wednesday August 2, 3:30 pm. Noosa Library's own Community Literacy program called 'CARE - Children and Reading Experience' will introduce parents to skills and strategies to help their young readers at an early age.
Wednesday August 16, 6:30 pm meet author James Moloney, whose book "Lost Property" has been short listed for this year's Children's Book Award for older readers. James will be talking about another of his many books for young people : "The book of lies" . (This event is provided through the Books Alive program - a Commonwealth Government funded initiative to promote literacy and the love of reading.)
Young People's Librarian Maureen O'Shea says that developing a positive attitude toward books as a source of pleasure and information is a priority in an environment where so many other media demand attention. "University studies show a child's language skills are improved by being listened to as much as being read to," says Ms O'Shea.
"The television set and the computer cannot listen; parents and teachers can."
We regularly host storytelling sessions, school group visits and homework help facilities, to enhance young people's learning in our community. Visiting authors, illustrators and storytellers are also a regular feature on the library's calendar."
Following a recent public meeting with renowned children's author Krista Bell, Noosa's Young People's Librarians plan to start a BookSpeak book club, for parents who want to share their children's reading experiences and find out more about books that will be interesting and inspirational for them. For more information on this programme, please 'phone the Library on 5442 4411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Children's authors speak to children," says Ms O'Shea. "The children listen, and become raving fans."