National Simultaneous Storytime a success!

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On Wednesday our library participated in National Simultaneous Storytime.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event spearheaded by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

A picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

This year’s book was Hickory Dickory Dash.

The entire cohort of Griffith’s on-campus school, Yarranlea Primary School, trotted up to the Mt Gravatt campus library to attend the reading.

Griffith’s Director of Library and Learning services opened the storytime event with a moving story of the importance books have had in her small-town upbringing.

School of Education Associate Professor Bev Fluckiger, a former primary school teacher and principal, then read the story to a very engaged audience.

Following the reading, the students participated in interactive colouring activities organised by our Library Services team member Jana Rutledge.Take a look through our photo slideshow to see an intricate hickory dickory clock that Jana made specifically for the event and presented to a very excited Yarranlea Primary School after.

We also screened the storytime with Facebook Live and people joined in online (including all the way from Ireland)—a simultaneous storytime, indeed!


Dash to attend National Simultaneous Storytime

The countdown is on! (Literally, there’s a countdown on the website).

Wednesday 23 May is National Simultaneous Storytime.

It’s an annual event spearheaded by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). A picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, will be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Of course, Griffith Library is joining in.

Have young kids who may enjoy it? Or simply want to escape the stress of study and revert to a time when things were simpler, you didn’t know what an essay was and your parents still read you picture books? Come along!

This year, we’ll be reading Hickory Dickory Dash. Well, our Library and Learning services director will be opening the storytime and our School of Education Associate Professor Bev Fluckiger will be reading it. Following the reading, our Library Services team member Jana Rutledge will be putting on some fun interactive activities to get involved in!

  • Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
  • Location: Mt Gravatt Library (M13)

Story time gets spoooooky!

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There’s more to Mount Gravatt Campus than meets the eye – in fact, it even houses a historic primary school, Yarranlea Primary School.

There’s also more to our library staff than meets the eye. In addition to providing our patrons with great client support, our Library Campus Services Team Member Jana Rudledge is also a qualified Children’s Librarian.

Once a month she puts these skills to good use, inviting the children from Yarranlea Primary School to the Mount Gravatt Library for Storytime.

As the excited children shuffled into the thoughtfully set up and decorated reading area, we could tell this event is clearly a highlight of their week.

This month’s Storytime theme was Halloween. Jana read Miss Nelson is Missing to the captivated students, a book which was one of her own favourites as a child. It tells the story of a teacher with an unruly class, who disappears and is replaced by a ghastly substitute teacher. Who would have thought, when Miss Nelson returns her students are much more appreciative!

Storytime is always followed by a fun related activity – this time, some spooky Halloween magic.

Children were given a balloon and small ghost cut out of tracing paper. By rubbing the balloon on your hair, you create static energy. If you then hold the balloon above the ghost, it will raise off the table and into the air – magic (almost)!

Whether the children were more engrossed in the magic, or simply playing with the balloons, we can not ascertain! Though the students left Storytime with huge smiles on their faces and some slightly dishevelled hair.


Mt Gravatt campus library closure

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Mt Gravatt campus library will be closed this Saturday 29 April for essential maintenance. But good news! All other Griffith University campus libraries will maintain their regular opening hours.

Come and visit the Nathan campus library – it’s really close! You can visit the desk for library and IT assistance over the weekend, or simply use our range of study spaces. And remember, you can also contact us by phone, email or chat.

If you are keen to use a computer lab at the Mt Gravatt campus, the Psychology (M24) lab is open 24 hours. Check lab computer availability here.

Mt Gravatt campus library will reopen Sunday 30 April at 12pm.


Mt Gravatt campus library closure

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UPDATE: Good news, the Library will be remain open! We’ve managed to resolve the issues and Mt Gravatt library will remain open as usual. See you there. 

 

Mt Gravatt campus library will be closed the weekend 22-23 April 2017. But good news! All other Griffith University campus libraries will maintain their regular opening hours.

Come and visit the Nathan campus library – it’s really close! You can visit the desk for library and IT assistance over the weekend, or simply use our range of study spaces. And remember, you can also contact us by phone, email or chat.

If you are keen to use a computer lab at the Mt Gravatt campus, the Psychology (M24) lab is open 24 hours. Check lab computer availability here

Mt Gravatt campus library will reopen Monday 24 April at 8am.


Bats off to Mt Gravatt Library for a stellar storytime

The school kids at Yarranlea Primary are batty for books! They visited Mt Gravatt campus library on Friday for a bat-themed storytime.

Library Campus Services, Team Member, Jana Rutledge read them the story of Stellaluna; an award-winning picture book by Janell Cannon about the adventures of a lost baby fruit bat.

The Yarranlea kids were so engrossed in the story they didn’t bat an eyelid when Rachel, a volunteer from Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland, popped by with two baby fruit bats during the book reading.

But once the book was finished and Stellaluna was reunited with her mum (#spoileralert), the kids were excited to gather around and see a real life bat.

They listened intently as Rachel introduced them to the wrapped-up bundles of black and grey fur. The grey-headed flying fox was named Felix whereas the black-headed baby was nameless until the kids christened him Fletcher.

Fletcher and Felix were under the care of Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland as they, like Stellaluna, had lost their mothers.

Rachel explained to her young audience that bats are killed by power lines, barbed wire, nets on fruit trees and viruses. The key message Rachel delivered to the children was to never touch a bat in trouble; if a bat bites you, it will have to be destroyed. Only people trained and vaccinated should handle bats.

If you see a bat on electricity wires or caught in barbed wire or netting, call the 24-hour Rescue Hotline: 0488 228 134. Check out the Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland website for more information.


A beary good time was had by all

Yarranlea students had fun folding origami bears.

Yarranlea Primary School students had a beary fun time folding origami bears.

Step aside Paddington, there’s a new bear in town! And the kid’s at Yarranlea Primary School got to hear all about him and his big, blustery adventure.

Mt Gravatt Library Campus Services, Team Member, Jana Rutledge read the story of Nelson Bear and the Yellow Umbrella to an enthralled group of children on Friday.

As part of the monthly Mt Gravatt Storytime, the Yarranlea students heard about Nelson and the bedlam that ensues when he heads outside on windy day with his yellow umbrella.

Nelson Bear and the Yellow Umbrella is written by Norfolk Island historian and author, Merval Hoare. It was written for her daughter and was based on a ‘real bear’ owned by the young girl.

Yarranlea Primary School shares the campus grounds with Mt Gravatt campus library. Each month, students walk from their classroom to the library and are read a story by a Library Campus Services team member.

They are also treated to fun and educational activities run by Griffith’s library staff. This month, in keeping with the bear theme, the children got to fold origami bears.

Mt Gravatt campus library has been opening its doors (and books) to the students since the community initiative began last year.