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Children's Book Council Book of the Year Winners

The winners of this year's Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards have been announced. Please note that some of the books are for mature readers. All the nominated books are on display in Orange City Library. And the winners are:

Picture Book of the Year
Requiem for a Beast by Matt Ottley, Lothian

Older Readers Book of the Year
The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett, Viking

Early Childhood Book of the Year
Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey, Viking

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books by Frances Watts, illustrated by David Legge, ABC Books

For more information and a list of honour books and nominations go to the Children's Book Council website www.cbca.org.au. Did you predict any of the winners?

Snow Snow Snow

Look out! The Library toboggins are ready to go, Frosty the Snowman is happy as we are enjoying the spectacle of a highly unusual midday snowfall. The snowflakes are huge and a thick layer of snow has covered the buildings and surrounds of the Library. It is hard to believe our colleagues in Sydney are basking in a beautiful sunny day no doubt thinking of champagne and oysters while we indulge in medicinal doses of hot chocolate and add another layer of clothes. Brr Brr cold…… but scenic.

Children's Book Week 2008 Fuel Your Mind

The saying goes “seven days without reading makes one weak” so why not Fuel Your Mind with winners of the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. Winners of the Book Awards will be announced on the eve of Book Week, held from 16 to 22 August. Come into Orange City Library to see a display of the winning books or join in with the special Book Week storytimes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11am. Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia, celebrating its 63rd birthday this year. Picture books (please note some are for older readers) nominated this year are: The Peasant Prince by Anne Spudvilas and Li Cunxin; The Island by Armin Greder; You and Me: Our Place by Dee Huxley and Leonie Norrington; Ziba Came on a Boat by Robert Ingpen and Liz Lofthouse; Requiem for a Beast by Matt Ottley; and Dust by Colin Thompson and 13 other illustrators. The other categories are Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood and Eve Pownall Award. Visit the website cbca.org.au to view the Children's Book Council of Australia Shortlist for your next children's book to read and see if you can predict the winner.

Give peace a chance with Poetry

The Annual Peace Poetry Competition, held in conjunction with World Peace Day and sponsored by the Cowra Guardian is calling for entries but be quick  entries close on Friday 15 August. Winners will be notified by phone and invited to read their poems at the World Peace Day Ceremony on Tuesday 23 September. There are sections for Primary and Secondary School Students where entry is free and for the Open Section entry is $6. Winning poems will be added to the collection which is housed in special folders at the Cowra Library. A Book of Peace Poems has been printed, containing all prize winners for the first 10 years of the competition and is available from the World Peace Bell Association committee. Works must be on the theme of Peace. For entry forms, rules and further information call 6342 2975 or PO Box 910 Cowra or visit Cowra Library.

Keep donations coming in for walking duo

In seven weeks Marion and Caroline have clocked up more than 436000 steps i.e. about 218 km walking at Cowra Library to raise money for the Rotary Shelter Box project. Donations are coming in all the time and they greatly appreciate all the support given from library patrons. The pair still has some way to go to reach their target of $1200 and need a bit more help, so give them some encouragement next time you visit Cowra Library and make a donation. Cue music…”These boots were made for walking”…..