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Book week has arrived

LIBRARIES across Wollongong city are getting behind Book Week and, as always, there’s a whole range of activities to mark the annual event.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, popular young adult’s author Bill Condon will visit Thirroul Library. The local author will talk about his career as a writer and his work. Bookings are a must to hear the 2012 CBCA Older Readers and Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlisted author.

Plus, across the month Wollongong City Libraries’ Book Week Battle of the Books Competition continues. It’s open to members of our libraries for the whole month to children aged between 0-12. All they need do is pick up, fill in and submit a reading log, to be in with a chance to win a range of prizes.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Book Week is Australia’s longest running children’s festival and is always a great celebration of the importance of reading.

“I’d encourage parents, grandparents and carers to see what’s happening in our libraries and book in now to avoid missing out. We all know it’s important to instil a love of reading from a young age, and activities like these help us do just that. I wish my parents had done so,” he said.

Book Week is organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and is in its 67th year. This year the theme is Champions Read.

Book Week Events

Wednesday August 22, 2-2.45pm
Author talk – Bill Condon author of “A Straight Line to My Heart” shortlisted title for both the 2012 CBCA Older Readers category and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards will speak at the Thirroul Library. Call 4227 8191 to book.

Book Week Competition: Battle of the Books for 0-12 year olds – During August Wollongong City Library members can pick up a Battle of the Books reading log at their local library. They then:
• Record the Wollongong library books they have read during August onto the Battle of the Books Reading Log.
• Complete the reading Log and attach loan receipts.
• Drop the completed Reading Log into any library by the August 31 to go into the prize draw.
Prizes include 3 x $25 gift vouchers and 3 prizes will be drawn at each of the seven library locations. Prize Draws will take place on Friday September 7.

Special Book Week Storytimes
Warrawong, Tuesday 11am, Corrimal Library, Thursday 11am, Dapto Library, Friday 10.30am and Thirroul Library, Friday 10.30am

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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