Thursday, 21 March 2019

World Poetry Day 2019

(image and text source: Tech Soup for Libraries)

Today is UNESCO World Poetry Day!

World Poetry Day is a United Nations holiday celebrated on March 21 every year. It was officially founded by UNESCO in 1999. Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing, and teaching of poetry throughout the world. One of the main objectives of the day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

Celebrate by reading some poetry! We have some fantastic reading lists in our catalogue for you to explore and borrow all types of poetry - from free verse to haiku, and even whole novels written in verse!

We love reading and writing poetry here at SIDE - every year we take part in the Red Room Poetry Object in Term 2 and 3 - so keep an ear out for more details coming your way soon.

You can follow us on Instagram as well (@side_libraryrc), to stay in touch with all the latest library news.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Inky Awards 2019 Longlist

The Inky Awards 2019 Longlist has been announced!

The Inky Awards are the only Australia-wide teen choice book awards. The 20 longlisted books are read and judged by the selected teen judges, to form the shortlist, then the shortlist is voted on by teens across Australia to select the winner of the Gold Inky (for Australian titles) and the Silver Inky (for international titles).

This year's longlist is a ripper! Of the 10 titles longlisted for the Gold Inky, we have 9 of them available for you to borrow right now and 6 of the 10 titles on the Silver Inky list (soon to be more!). Quite a few we've talked about before during Wide Reading lessons and in the Reading Room book reviews forum:

Scythe - by Neal Shusterman (you can also read its amazing sequel, Thunderhead)

To borrow any of the books we have available from the longlist (many are also available as ebooks), click here.

Harmony Week 2019

The SIDE Library Resource Centre is promoting Harmony Week leading up to the national celebration of Harmony Day on 21st March. It is a time to celebrate WA’ s diverse heritage that originates from all over the world and builds upon our rich indigenous culture. The week is promoted by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the Office of Multicultural Interests. Some interesting Australian Bureau of Statistics facts include

  • Australians identify with over 300 ancestries
  • Since 1945 more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
  • More than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia
In the library we have set up a display of promotional materials, flags and both information and fiction resources that will interest and challenge the students as they view and borrow these resources. Some popular information texts include Whoever You Are by Mem Fox,  Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia ed. Anita Heiss and the comprehensive series Living in Australia including Chinese Australians, Vietnamese Australians and many more. Some popular fiction picture books include Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy, Sorry Day by Coral Vass and Hello! by Tony Flowers, in which twelve Australian children from a range of cultural heritages including Torres Strait, China, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Thailand, Vietnam and remote Australian communities share their language and customs.

To browse or borrow any of these resources, head to our catalogue.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Submit your story to The Golden Pen Awards at Scribblers Festival 2019

Scribblers is an annual festival of literature and arts for young people brought to life by cultural non-profit FORM and the Town of Claremont. The free family program takes place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of May 2019, and the amazing line-up of authors was announced today! If you are in Perth, you should head on on over to see Lynette Noni, Neal Shusterman, A.J. Betts and so many more!

The very first Golden Pen Awards are taking place this year as part of Scribblers Festival - it's an award for creative writing, open to young people between the ages of 12-17.

If you are a writer, a poet, a storyteller, a graphic novelist, a comic strip creator, an essayist - you can enter a creative work about DISCOVERY by 31st March 2019 to be in the running for the Golden Pen.

Best of luck if you enter, and we hope you get to participate in some of the awesome program of events if you happen to be in Perth for the Scribblers Festival itself.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

WorldBook ebooks now available!

This year, SIDE Library Resource Centre have subscribed to the WorldBook ebook collection!

In this collection you'll find over 2000 ebooks: non-fiction, illustrated ebooks about a wide range of topics and fiction classics from all over the world.

To borrow, you can head to the Resource Centre Online: Research section and click the link (use the details provided to log in), or head to our catalogue and access them there. You'll see a little WorldBook ebook icon (see below, far right) and there will be a link with log-in details when you click on the book cover.

Have fun exploring - please let us know some good things you find, or if you have any questions, by emailing

Thursday, 28 February 2019

CBCA Book of the Year Notable Books 2019

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) this week released the list of Notable Books for the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards!

Click here to see the full list.

This list will be narrowed down to the CBCA Short List which will be announced on Tuesday 26th March before the CBCA Book of the Year awards are presented on Friday 16th August.

Click here to search for and borrow any of the 2019 CBCA Notable books that are available from the SIDE Library Resource Centre.

WAYRBA 2019 Shortlists Announced!

The shortlists for the 2019 West Australian Young Readers' Book Award have been announced!

You can check out the Older Readers, Younger Readers and Picture Books shortlists and see if the book(s) you nominated made it.

Click here to search for and borrow any of these books from the SIDE Library Resource Centre and don't forget to cast a vote for your favourites!