Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners
Three incredible writers haven made history by becoming the first joint winners in the Short Story Section of the 2021 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards and impressive writing featured in the ABC Radio Children’s Awards. We are pleased to announce the winners:
Short Story: Joint winners: Co-authors Sagamba Muhira and James Page; and Carmel Lillis:
1st Co-authors Sagamba Muhira, Townsville QLD, and James Page, Redcliffe QLD – Out of Africa
And joint winner:
1st Carmel Lillis, Yarraville VIC – Laughing like children
1st Prize, Mark O’Flynn, Katoomba NSW – Interesting times we could all do without
ABC Radio Children’s Awards
1st Lola Stafford, Billywilliga near Bathurst NSW – Story – One Land …Two People
2nd Sybilla Chapman, Bathurst NSW – Poem – Our Underwater Aussie Garden
3rd Luke Favantines, Mt Victoria NSW – Poem – Light and Dark
Congratulations to all who entered the awards and the 2021 winners!!!
National Simultaneous Storytime
Central West Libraries members will be treated to an out-of-this-world experience during the 2021 National Simultaneous Storytime at Orange, Cowra, Forbes, Manildra and Molong libraries.
Space and science-themed dress-ups are encouraged for adults and children alike!
NASA astronaut Dr Shannon Walker will present this year’s featured book Give Me Some Space by author and illustrator Philip Bunting from the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 19 at 11am.
The story, about a young girl’s dreams of life in space and completing her mission, will be read simultaneously to more than one million children across Australia and New Zealand. Come along and join the intergalactic fun.
Storytime Fridays at Forbes Library
Storytime returns to Forbes Library on Friday 12 February at 10.30am during school terms and Forbes Library Birth to Kinder program makes a welcome return on alternate Fridays at 10.30am.
There is a wealth of evidence to show that children can benefit from someone reading aloud to them:
- Books bring variety to the way we communicate.
- Books enhance language development and develop a child’s imagination.
- Reading is fun and is a special bonding activity between a parent and child.
- Children that grow up in a book rich environment are more likely to associate reading with pleasure and to later become successful readers themselves.
Join us for Storytime and Birth to Kinder programs at Forbes Library on Fridays at 10.30am. Please book your place online via eventbrite or call the Library on 6852 1463. See you soon!
Cowra Library Storytime Returns
Storytime caters for preschool age children and their carers. It helps them prepare for school with children practising listening, communication and social skills. It is free and each session lasts approximately half an hour.
Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow the event to run on time. The storyteller and audience are disrupted by people arriving late. And please bring your enthusiasm, but leave your mobile phone in your bag turned off or down. Thank you.
Orange City Library Programs Return
Literacy Programs are returning to Orange City Library from Monday 20 July for School Term 3. Hygiene and social distancing restrictions will be in place according to NSW Health COVID-19 Guidelines. Programs returning are Ten Minutes a Day, 1,2 Books, Storytime and Pageturners Book Discussion Group. Please book your place online via eventbrite or call the Library on 6393 8132. Numbers strictly limited.