Storytime, Science, and Silliness: Up Close with Librarian Susan Anderson-Newham

“I think ideas are one of the things I do well,” says Susan Anderson-Newham, 2013 Mover & Shaker, block-play advocate, actor, writer, storyteller and, most importantly, the Pierce County Library System’s (WA) early learning supervising librarian. In this interview, Anderson-Newman talks about the importance of collaboration and a good sense of humor, why hands-on play is key to kids’ learning, her inspirations and passions, and her top picture books of all time.


The Inkys are Australia’s only teenage choice book award

See the 2010 shortlist here:

See the 2010 longlist here:

Young people (under 20 yrs) can now vote for their favourite book and go in the running to win a prizepack of every shortlisted book. Voting closes on 19 November.

There’s also a display competition that schools and libraries can enter

Developing toddler literacy

A great set of tips on how to play and learn with your toddler – developing language and literacy – using reading and playing.

Great for parents, but also as a handout for a library to use.

Toddler Learning Tips for Parents

Somerset International Conference for Librarians and Teachers

registration for the 2010 Somerset
International Conference for Librarians and Teachers is now open.

The theme ‘Reading Locally, Learning Globally: creating a universal experience’ will
provide an excellent opportunity for delegates to hear and learn from
international library professionals and literary specialists.

Registration covers two days of wonderful Professional Development.
Conference Monday will be held on 15 March 2010 at an exciting new venue
– Conrad Jupiters Hotel, Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Workshop Tuesday will
be held at the Somerset College Library on 16 March 2010.

Presenters at the 2010 Somerset International Conference include:

*        Dr Carol Gordon – Associate Professor at Rutgers University,
School of Communication and Information and Co-Director of the Centre for
International Scholarship in School  Libraries
*        Janet DeNeefe – founder and Director of the Ubud Writers &
Readers Festival
*        James Moloney and Anthony Eaton – award wining Australian
*        Kevin Hennah – Retail and Library Consultant
*        Keith Webster – Librarian and Director of Learning Services at
the University of Queensland
*        Marj Kirkland – CBCA National President
*        Maggie Garrard – Education Officer Australian Children’s
Television Foundation

This, the 9th Somerset International Conference for Librarians and Teachers,
promises to be a valuable, enlightening and professionally rewarding event
for all. Registration is available both on line (credit card only) and via
the attached registration form. Early Registration discounts apply until 8th
February 2010.

Further details will be posted on the Conference Website and information
will be updated on a regular basis. As always, should you have any queries
please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

I would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to
welcoming you to the Gold Coast in March 2010.

Best wishes

Andrew J Stark
Head of Library Services and
Somerset International Conference Director<