Thanks for your Rainbow Storytime support

Thank you everyone for attending Rainbow Storytime last month! We had a lovely time and read lots of fabulous and joyful stories, rainbow chalk art, hula hooping and making giant bubbles. The playground was fun too!

Big thanks to Diversity ACT for their venue and graceful hosting, to Veganarchy Baking for her vegan sausages and BBQ loan, and to all who shared on social media. Lots of glittery love to Carl at CMDphotographics who created our magnificent poster.

Chalk art, photo by Sarah
Chalk art, photo by Sarah

We highly recommend Diversity ACT’s Diversity Hub as a venue for parties and events, do consider hiring them for your next ‘do! Their rates are ridiculously reasonable and all funds go towards their grassroots work in the LGBTIAQ+ community. You can donate to Diversity ACT at their site through paypal.
Stay tuned for our next event!

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Rainbow Storytime on Saturday, whether rain, hail or shine!

See you this Saturday for our Rainbow Storytime at Diversity Hub in Kambah!

Don’t worry if the Weather Bureau thinks it will be cloudy – the playground and reading areas at the Hub are all under cover!

Our official book-readers will start at 10:30 with a few stories, and then you can relax by choosing your own reading or have fun on the playground or enclosed lawns.

Bring your favourite books, or try some of ours!

RSVP for our Rainbow Storytime on facebook or eventbrite, or rock up on the day.  It is free but we’ll be fundraising with a sausage sizzle (there will also be vegan options available).

Rainbow Storytime poster with event details
Rainbow Storytime poster by CMDphotographics

We are very grateful to CMDphotographics for making our stunning poster. It makes us think of Rainbow Brite, nostalgia, books and sherbet! Everything you’d want in a Storytime. Thank you so much Carl!

See you all at Rainbow Storytime!

Rainbow Storytime this Saturday!

Excitement! Rainbow Storytime is this Saturday 18th of March!

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families. RSVP via facebook or eventbrite (or just rock up).

We are very pleased to be partnering with Diversity ACT, who are kindly providing the venue at Laidlaw Place, Kambah. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola.

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

Rainbow over Drakeford Drive
Rainbow (image courtesy of Tuggeranong Tomatoes)


Please bring some money! While the event is free, there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments available to purchase, with all proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

Rainbow Storytime tickets available! Free, but we’d love your RSVP!

We’re pleased to share that tickets are now available for our next event, the Rainbow Storytime! See you on Saturday 18 March from 10:30am!

Thanks for being patient with our Save the Date.

Free tickets now available through eventbrite and facebook.

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families. It’s free but do bring some cash for sausage sizzle and drinks. All proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

National Archives of Australia: B4498, 27E7
Children’s reading session at Toorak library, courtesy of National Archives of Australia

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

We’re grateful for the beautiful venue from Diversity ACT. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola.

See you there!

Image credit: National Archives of Australia: B4498, 27E7

Books – Libraries. Val Foreman Photography, negative number D 7390-A11 Children’s reading session at Toorak library [Album 22]
circa1945 – circa1986

Rainbow Storytime, Save the Date for Saturday 18 March!

The Canberra Library Tribe delightfully announce our next event, a Rainbow Storytime.

We are doing readings of children’s books about diversity, all are welcome, especially families.

Our talented storytellers will read a few books to the crowd, afterwards there are lots of spots to sit together and read a book with just your family and friends. Books will be available but you’re very welcome to bring your favourite books too.

Diversity Hub in Kambah, Canberra ACT
Diversity Hub in Kambah, Canberra ACT

We are very pleased to be partnering with Diversity ACT, who are kindly providing the venue. The Diversity Hub has a lovely enclosed grassy yard including a shaded playground and pergola (you can’t see these areas in the photo, but trust us, they are amazing, verdant and delightful).

Please bring some money, as there will be a sausage sizzle and refreshments available to purchase, with all proceeds towards Diversity ACT’s valuable community work.

Rainbow flowers
Rainbows!

Date: Saturday 18 March, in the morning!

Venue: The Diversity Hub, 8 Laidlaw Place in Kambah

More details to follow! We look forward to reading with you! ❤

Library Lovers Bookclub this Sunday

Our next event is a Bookclub this Sunday afternoon! It’s the best kind of bookclub as you’re not even required to have read the books! (but if you have, that’s also good)

The Canberra Library Tribe invites readers, library lovers and GLAMR staff and students are all invited to join local author L.J.M. Owen to discuss her Canberra-based crime fiction series ‘Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth’. With archaeologists and librarians, ancient murder and family secrets, this is one series where the skeletons don’t stay buried.

Book covers for Owen's #DrPimms series
#DrPimms, I presume

The book(s)

We’ll explore the historical research behind the first book in the series, ‘Olmec Obituary’, and L.J. will introduce – spoiler free – the history behind the second instalment ‘Mayan Mendacity’. There’ll be plenty of time to discuss your ideas about the themes, settings, characters and plot of ‘Olmec Obituary’ as well as ask questions of the author.

‘Olmec Obituary’ is available at a number of libraries in the ACT region and copies may be purchased from the National Library Bookshop. Arrangements may also be made via the Canberra Library Tribe for informal loan of personal copies.

Prize pack

There’s a prize pack up for grabs for the best question asked on the day: a collector’s set of all three editions of ‘Olmec Obituary’. All participants will also leave with a small gift pack of book-related items.

When and where

The Library Lovers Bookclub is on Sunday 13 November, 1pm till 2:30pm.

We’ll meet in the Ferguson Room, upstairs from the National Library foyer (it’s the glass room above the bookshop).

Second book in #DrPimms series
Mayan Mendacity!

Cost and tickets

The event is FREE, but please RSVP as places are limited. Tickets via eventbrite or facebook.


Gold coin donations gratefully received. All money collected will be donated to a worthy cause.

With special thanks to the National Library of Australia.

Other questions

  • There won’t be snacks, but you can buy take-away coffees and the like from Bookplate cafe.
  • Please get in touch if you need help with carpooling. Otherwise, there are buses that stop close by the Library or at Albert Hall. Bike racks are near the ramp to the library.

About the author

Dr L.J.M. Owen, author of the ‘Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth’ series, escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history.

Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision.

First 2016 event, #altVALA16 assemblage

We’re eagerly anticipating our first event for this year!

#altVALA16 assemblage at Wheat & Oats (Saturday 20 February, 12-2).

RSVP via eventbrite or facebook (free, just so we know numbers).

#altVALA16 assemblage invite
#altVALA16 assemblage invite

Just a casual Saturday lunch or coffee to talk about #vala16, for those who went, or those who missed out (represent, #altVALA16!).

You might also like to see this amazing thing, especially for us VALA-watchers:  @kylastephan handcrafted a bespoke #imaginarylibraryconference schedule, it’s very entertaining! (features lots of sparkles and conferencey benefits)* (*in no way represents the benefits of #altVALA16 assemblage)

Coincidentally, Bead Street is only a short walk away from our assemblage, should you wish to take Kyla’s #altVALA16 lead and make your very own “ridiculously sparkling” lanyard!

#altaltVALA16 envy
#altaltVALA16 envy

As an aside for the cataloguers, who knew that facebook is so fussy with event naming conventions (Title main entry?).

“Event names need to use standard capitalization [sic] and can’t make excessive use of special characters.”

#altVALA16 Cranky facebook
#altVALA16 cranky facebook

See you on Saturday!

Credits:

Event name from @snailx’s coining of the phrase in conjunction with @ccmcknz, @katecbyrne and @jobeaz.

Original photo courtesy of Ben Rogers (Flickr), Merry Christmas – All That Glitters, 25/12/13.