Teddy Bear Sleepover for The Reading Hour

The Reading Hour was a special nation-wide event on Saturday 25 August 2012 for the National Year of Reading 2012.

The aim for the Reading Hour was to encourage families to share a book with their child for 10 minutes a day, one hour a week.

We encouraged parents to host their own Teddy Bear Sleepover at home and to enjoy sharing a book with their child (and their teddies!) for ten minutes between 6 and 7pm.

We hosted our own Teddy Bear Sleepover at the library on the day. Teddies and soft toys explored the library and took part in a special story time.

Here is their journey:

Arriving at the State Library of Western Australia!
Arriving at the State Library of Western Australia for the Teddy Bear Sleepover!

Meeting some new friends
Meeting some new friends at the library. It was so fun to meet a tiny robot and a baby manatee, but the dalek scared us a little!

Hanging out the State Library Shop
Hanging out in the State Library Shop.

Checking out Better Beginning's
Checking out Better Beginning‘s “Baby Ways” board book.

Om Nom in the mirror!
Who is this here in the mirror!?

The staff at the State Library are so helpful!
The staff at the State Library are so helpful!

Riding up and down in the lift is lots of fun!
Riding up the lift to explore the library. Wheeee!

The State Library of Western Australia's
Meeting the State Library’s “Books Moove Me Cow!“. She was painted by Western Australian children’s book illustrators!

Meeting some more funny State Library staff
Meeting another State Library staff member. What a funny man.

Accessing e-books via the State Library catalogue
Accessing e-books from the State Library for free!

Checking out the view from the 2nd floor
Checking out the view from the 2nd floor of the State Library.
Look, there’s the BankWest Tower! Can you spot any other Perth landmarks?

Time for a yummy afternoon tea in The PlaceEnjoying afternoon tea in The Place. What’s your favourite afternoon treat?

Story time!
Having fun at a very special Reading Hour story time!

Goodnight everybody!
All tucked in after our bed-time story. Goodnight everybody!

This was a National Year of Reading event.

There are lots of fun and creative ways to share books with your children. If you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that brings.

Help Promote Reading @ Love2Read Cafe

46% of Australia can’t read newspapers, follow a recipe, make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle.

On Saturday January 21st the Love2Read Cafe opens at the State Library of WA. For five weeks there will be an outdoor reading room with  free events and activities including giant scrabble, music gigs, yoga classes, chalk art, word games, baby rhymetime, family storytime, school holiday activities, author talks, book signings and more.

To help promote literacy and be part of this fun event volunteer at the Love2Read Cafe.

For more information, leave a response here or contact volunteers@slwa.wa.gov.au

Volunteers Wanted for the Love2Read Cafe

Do you enjoy working with people?
Do you love books and reading?
Want to combine the two?

The State Library of Western Australian is celebrating the National Year of Reading in 2012, and we’re looking for volunteers to help enthuse people about books and reading in our Love2Read café. It is an exciting time to be involved with the State Library and we are inviting motivated volunteers to participate in and share Australia’s love of language, literature, books and reading in all its forms.

The Love2Read café is the State Library of Western Australia’s flagship initiative to kick-start the National Year of Reading. It will be based on the Bryant Park reading room model in New York. Trolleys full of new and pre-loved books, magazines, comics and newspapers will be wheeled out under the canopied area in the front of the State Library, which will be transformed into a book café and open air library from 21 January to 26 February 2012.

The Love2Read café will feature bright, engaging decor with colourful chairs, tables and beanbags to encourage people to sit down and discover or rediscover the joy of reading for pleasure. There will also be a range of events and programs to attract a wide variety of audiences to take part in the Love2Read café, from author talks and book signings, to fitness classes and festival fringe events.

You will be working with other State Library staff members to make the Love2Read café a must-visit destination within the Perth Cultural Centre.

Volunteer Position: Love2Read Café Assistant
Directorate: Community, Learning and Discovery
Team: Participation and Learning
Reports to: Manager: Participation and Learning

Primary purpose of position:
To assist and support all day-to-day operations required for the smooth running of the Love2Read café at the State Library of Western Australia. This may include:
• Responding to queries and/or providing assistance to clients in the Love2Read café.
• Keep the area clean, tidying tables, reshelving books, arranging and stacking chairs.
• Being aware of stock levels, and restocking book trolleys when necessary.
• Assisting with all aspects of events, including event set-up and take-down.

Volunteers must be:
• Able to work well with State Library and Aroma café staff in contributing to a team environment which ensures the delivery of quality services to clients.
• Physically capable of working both outdoors and in a library environment, for example shifting and lifting of books, stacking of chairs and tables, pushing trolleys.
• Available to work the hours to which they have committed, which may include evenings and weekends.

Desirable qualities and experience:
• Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to connect with a wide range of people.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Experience in the administrative and logistical aspects of running events and programs.
• Experience in a library, bookstore or other customer service-driven environment.
• An awareness of Occupational Safety and Health requirements relevant to the position.

For further information contact Mary Doyle, Volunteer Coordinator, on 9427 3327. To apply, tell us in 250 words or less what you’d bring to the Love2Read café, and send a 2-page (max.) résumé with contact details of 2 referees, to Mary Doyle (mary.doyle@slwa.wa.gov.au) by 5 December 2011.

If successful, applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Monday 12 December at 2.30pm. Volunteers should also be available to attend a training session on Monday 16 January, 2012.

Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) Book Fair on Saturday May 7 2011

There are only two days to go until the Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) book fair on Saturday 7th May!

The fair will be at 20 View St North Perth, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

There are almost 4000 books as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, videos, cassette tapes and jigsaws available.

Entry is by gold coin donation and all books and other materials are free. All donations go towards the ECCWA Literacy and Reading Program.

I’d like to thank everyone who has donated books and other materials to this event. This support proves that people are concerned about those less fortunate than ourselves and are willing to do somthing about it.

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday. Please contact me on 9227 5322 if you have any queries.


Ananda Barton (Mr)

Coordinator – Literacy and Reading Program



Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia (ECCWA) Book Fair Saturday May 7 2011

The Ethnic Communities Council of WA will be holding a book fair on Saturday 7th May 2011. All books and other materials will be free, although people will be asked to make a gold coin donation at entry.

The response to my request for donations of books was far above what I expected. Proof, if anyone needs it, that people are generous and willing to go the extra step to help people in need.

I look forward to seeing you at the book fair, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, 20 View Street North Perth.

I am organizing a ‘busy bee’ on Saturday 16th April, starting 10.00 am, 20 View Street North Perth, to sort the books. If you can assist for a few hours your help will be most welcome. Please let me know a week in advance so that I can organize lunch.

Please contact me if you have any queries.


Ananda Barton (Mr.)

Coordinator – Literacy and Reading Project



Donations needed for the Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) Book Fair

Do you have any unwanted books, CDs or DVDs that you could donate to a free book fair being organised by the Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA)?

ECCWA is Western Australia’s peak ethnic body. It advocates on behalf of migrants, refugees, members of ethnic minority groups and indigenous people. One of our priorities is encouraging our clients to learn English, read and use libraries. To this end we plan to hold a free book fair on a Saturday during the April school holidays (Wednesday 20 April – Wednesday 4 May). This will be based on a similar successful event we held last year. All books and other materials will be free, although people will be asked to make a gold coin donation on entry to support our work.

This event aims to assist migrants and refugees to integrate by providing them with books and electronic resources on Australian society and culture and encourage ‘mainstream’ Australians to understand minority groups by providing books and other resources on different cultures. We hope to encourage cross-cultural interaction by holding an event at which Western Australians from different cultures will have the opportunity to socialise while selecting books and enjoying light refreshments.

Any unwanted materials you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Particularly useful will be books on Australian history and society and other cultures and nations (fiction and non-fiction). Children’s materials would be particularly useful.

All donations will be acknowledged at the event and in ECCWA’s annual report. If you have any posters or pamphlets advertising your services please forward them with your donation and they will be displayed at the book fair. I will be able to arrange the collection of donations within the metropolitan area.

Please contact me on 9227 5322 if you have any queries.

Regards, Ananda Barton (Mr.)

Coordinator – Literacy and Reading Project


National Year of Reading 2012

Engage, discover, learn from and enjoy books! It’s count down to the National Year of Reading 2012 and the State library is proud to be one of the partners in this exciting initiative. “Australian libraries and library associations have got together to turn 2012 into the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country.”

Do you have a favourite book you’d like to tell us about? 

Has a book ever changed your life?

What good books have you read lately that you think others would enjoy?

“…untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting…”

I’ve just started reading Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader (or click here to find a talking book version), and am finding it an absolute delight  (Yes,  Business Librarians do have souls beyond money!)  The story begins when the Queen accidently discovers a mobile library parked in the kitchen courtyard at Windsor and, out of politeness, borrows a book – an action which seems to be leading to some unexpected consequences…

…briefing is not reading.  In fact it is the antithesis of reading.  Briefing is terse, factual and to the point.  Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting.  Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up”.

The Uncommon Reader, p. 22

 You can hear Alan Bennett being  interviewed by Phillip Adams on Late Night Live earlier this year, find more of his work in our library catalogue, or find out more about him on the British Council’s Contemporary Writers website.

Tumble Books and other online resources for your children

Sharing a love of reading, rhyming and singing with babies and young children has been proven to be central to a child’s language growth and  latter reading ability.  The State Library of WA’s runs Better Beginnings, to support parents in giving their children a love of reading.

The most cruical way that parents can give their children a love of reading is by sharing books and reading to them, singing them songs and sharing rhymes with them from a very young age.  The Better Beginnings resources page has some excellent suggestions for first books, rhymes and songs to share with babies.   Links to a selection of websites will help you to locate the words and audios for many rhymes and songs.

As part of the State Library of WA’s commitment to supporting parents  a subscription to Tumble books has been provided.  Tumble books is a collection of collection of talking story books, puzzles and games that young children can enjoy online.  It is especially suited to children from 4 to 12 years old.