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May 2017

Celebrate Story Creators Night

May 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Canberra Girls Grammar School, Grey Street
Deakin, ACT 2600 Australia
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Celebrate Story Creators Night Listen as a panel of awarded Story Creators from Canberra, share their insight into the creative processes behind their works - both published and 'in the pipeline'.   Creators & Speakers: Emma Allen, Merrilee Chignell, Tony Flowers, Tracey Hawkins, Anthony Hill, Gina Newton, Stephanie Owen Reeder, Robyn Siers, Carlie Walker and Cate Whittle   COST: $15 members, $25 non-members (Light Supper included) RSVP: Monday 15 May 2017                Event Code: CSCN17   Harry Hartog…

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Library and Information Week

May 22, 2017 - May 28, 2017

The week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, information pills facilities, dosage events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community. This week is your chance to show your skills and your value to the community in a fun way! More details soon.

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National Simultaneous Story time

May 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 17th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Grades 1 to 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework. More details soon.

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July 2017

CBCA Short List Workshop

July 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
St Monica’s Primary School, Evatt, 1 Moynihan Street
Evatt, ACT 2617 Australia
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By the end of the workshop you should be able to... know about why certain titles are on the Short List have ideas for activities to use with the Short List titles have a greater understanding of what quality literature is. have a greater understanding of exceptional Australian authors and illustrators. Come along to gain access to the new On-line Judges' Presentation. A great PD opportunity for teachers, pre-service teachers, librarians and other professionals working with students on developing literacy…

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Imagine If… opening of the exhibition

July 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Building 1 University of Canberra Australia

Professor Nicholas Klomp | Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President Academic | University of Canberra and Emeritus Professor Belle Alderman AM | Director | National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature Inc Invite you to attend the opening of the exhibition Imagine If... Speakers Margot Hillel OAM, Chair, The Children’s Book Council of Australia & Bob Graham, Children’s book author and illustrator Date Thursday 27 July 2017 Time 5.30pm 7.30pm Venue Clive Price Suite, Building 1, University of Canberra Dress code Business Parking Available…

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August 2017

ACT Branch Celebrates The Book of The Year Awards

August 18, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The CBCA ACT Branch invite you to attend our local celebration of the Book of the Year Awards and the launch of  Book Week, themed Escape to Everywhere, at the National Library. Be entertained by students from schools around the ACT Region as they share their interpretation of  both the Book Week theme, Escape to Everywhere, and re-enact one of the Early Childhood Short Listed books, Nannie Loves, before being present for the great reveal - who will win Book of…

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CBCA ACT Branch Book Week Dinner

August 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Come and join the ACT Committee to discuss the Book of the Year Awards and share in some great ideas for CBCA Book Week. You might even meet a winner!!  The Hellenic Club has generously donated to the MYOSBC prizes, so help us say thanks by sharing a meal together at their club.  Fillos Taverna + Bar @ Hellenic Club Matilda Street, Woden ACT  6.30pm Bring a friend of colleague and your favourite book you are celebrating with during Book…

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September 2017

2017 The Reading Hour

September 14, 2017

Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is our aim for The Reading Hour on the 14 September 2017. We know it's not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings. Most of our brain development happens between birth…

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Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program – Victorian Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia

September 26, 2017 - January 31, 2018

The Victorian Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia is pleased to announce that with the assistance of The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund the Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program is now open for submissions. With the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund THE CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA - (VIC BRANCH) INC MAURICE SAXBY CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is offering emerging children’s writers and/or illustrators a two week mentorship in Melbourne from 17th Aug – 2nd Sept in 2018. Applicants…

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Meeting with Margot Hillel (Board Chair – CBCA National)

September 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Turner Primary School, 32 Condamine Street
Turner, ACT Australia
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Margot Hillel (CBCA Board Chair) will be meeting with members of CBCA ACT Branch in relation to the potential restructure of CBCA National. This meeting is to he held at Turner Primary School on Thursday, 28th September at 6pm. CBCA ACT Branch encourages all members to attend this meeting. Any questions you may have for our Board Chair may be addressed in this meeting.

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October 2017

Children’s Week

October 21, 2017 - October 29, 2017

During Children's Week we will be hosting CBCA Stall at the ACT Playgroups Expo Make Your Own Story Book Competition Awards Ceremony More details in Term 3.

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PlayFEST 2017

October 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street
Cook, ACT Australia
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The Children's Book Council of Australia ACT Branch participate in PlayFEST with an information stall. PlayFEST is an ACT Playgroup event for parents, carers and children under 6. It offers parents and carers the opportunity to gather important information and parenting resources. For children it offers free exciting, fun entertainment and activities. Previous days have had up to 1500 parent, carers and children attend the day. CBCA ACT Branch generally speak to around 100 families at this event. Volunteers Needed for the ACT…

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December 2017

Packing Day – Chirstmas Book Appeal

December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

We are now seeking volunteers to help us pack the books for each of the selected recipiants of the Christmas Book Appeal. Many hands make light work. If you are able to come, shop even for a little while, capsule your time and help would be greatly appreciated. Date: Saturday 3 December Time and Location: 10am at ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close Deakin Please let us know if you can help email info@cbcaact.org.au

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February 2018

Reading to Children Presentation

February 21, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close
Deakin, ACT Australia
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NCACL are hosting Julie Long talking about reading to children, come along and find out how to do it and why it is so important. Booking information will be updated shortly

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Notable Announcement and Discussion

February 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Harry Hartog Woden, L38 Keltie Street
Phillip, ACT 2606 Australia
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Share the excitement of the release of the CBCA BOTYA Notables list. Raise your glass to those on the list and discuss the books chosen. InvitationNAD2018

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March 2018

And the Winner Could be….

March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St Francis Xavier Library, Barnard Circuit
Florey, ACT 2615 Australia
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Come and hear our local members talking about who they think will be on the CBCA 2018 Short List. This event is very popular each year, so book early to secure your place. Bernadette Aitken talking about her picks for Younger Readers Award winning author, Stephanie Owen-Reeder talking about her choice for the Eve Pownall list Jen Ferdinand talking about her picks for Early Childhood Tony Flowers will reveal what his pick for the Picture Book Short list will be…

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Short List Celebration Dinner

March 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai Urban Kambah, ACT 2902 Australia

Join us for dinner and discussion after the release of the 2018 CBCA BOTYA Short List. Further information will be provided closer to the event

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April 2018


April 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close
Deakin, ACT Australia
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Join us to learn about what 2018/19 will mean for the ACT Branch. Hear about exciting new events and initiatives and learn about the directions CBCA Nationally is taking and what that will mean for the ACT. Hear our special guest speaker, Sarah Stead, from ACT Libraries. Want to contribute to the CBCA, perhaps volunteer for an event, join the committee or just make a donation. Further information including reports and nominations forms can be found here http://cbcaact.org.au/annual-reports-and-agm/

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July 2018

Romancing the Stars 2018

July 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close
Deakin, ACT Australia
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$15 – $25

Meet our local authors and illustrators Listen as a panel of Story Creators from Canberra share their insights into the creative processes behind their works - both already published and in the pipeline.  Creators & Speakers: Craig Cormick, Pauline Deeves, Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern, Jack Heath, Kerry Malone and Maura Pierlot Download booking form here  CSCN18 Form

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