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Young Adult Video Competition – ‘YOUR LIBRARY’


Calling all 10 to 18 year olds; create a short video (maximum of two minutes) on the theme YOUR LIBRARY.

You could give a tour, showcase your favourite place, or tell a story. The Blue Mountains City Library just has to feature, in some way, in your video.  All appropriate videos will be published on the Library’s Youtube and social media sites.   Please be respectful of others when filming in the library.

The competition is open for 10—18year olds and entries are due by close of business Friday, April 15, 2016.

Save your video on a labelled USB stick and hand in to any Blue Mountains City Library branch.  Don’t forget to include your name, contact details, age and library card number (if you’re not a Library member it’s easy to join, just call us to find out how).

The competition will be judged by local video, sound and performance artist, Naomi Oliver.

Here’s one to give you some inspiration – The Library on Loftus St



2014 Inky Awards Longlist

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

Here is the longlist for 2014

Zac & Mia by AJ Betts – The last person Zac expects in the room next door is a girl like Mia, angry and feisty with questionable taste in music. In the real world, he wouldn’t—couldn’t—be friends with her. In hospital…
All This Could End by Steph Bowe – What’s the craziest thing your mum has asked you to do? Nina doesn’t have a conventional family. Her family robs banks—even she and her twelve-year-old brother…
Steal My Sunshine by Emily Gale – During a Melbourne heatwave, Hannah’s family life begins to distort beyond her deepest fears. It’s going to take more than a cool change to fix it, but how can a girl who lives in the shadows take…

The Whole of My World‘Today I am free. No guilt for who’s missing, what’s been left behind. My face aches from smiling in the wind and my voice rasps from all the screaming, and I know that it’s been forever since… 

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet.

The First Third by Will Kostakis – Life is made up of three parts: in the first third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made….

Every Breath by Ellie Marney – Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near – A deliciously dark bubblegum-gothic fairytale

Run by Tim Sinclair – Dee lives for two things: the physical/mental discipline of parkour, and the dystopic scenarios he invents to escape his mundane life.

The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn – For Fin, it’s just like any other day – racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe. Only it’s not…

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry – Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends…

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller – Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home,…

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. But…

When We Wake by Karen Healey – My name is Tegan Oglietti, and on the last day of my first lifetime, I was so, so happy.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – Seventeen-year-olds Craig and Harry are trying to set a new Guinness World Record for kissing.  Around them, Ryan and Avery are falling in love, Neil and Peter are falling out of love,…

ACID by Emma Pass – 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it…

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron – Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob….

Winger by Andrew Smith – Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team….

Wild Awake by Hilary T Smith – Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:   1. You will remember to water the azaleas. 2. You will take detailed, accurate messages….

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud – Hauntings are our business . . .
Ghosts crowd the streets and houses of London. Anthony Lockwood, with his slightly grumpy deputy George, and his junior field operative Lucy,…

Get along to the Inside a Dog website for more information on each longlisted book and to write a review.

The shortlist will be coming out in August and the winners will be announced on 21 October 2014

Comfort reading for teens

cat reading 03According to The Guardian books blog, a recent report into what British children are reading at school has given some experts cause for concern because the study, which calculates the reading level of a book using software that measures the text’s complexity, says that Year 7 students in particular “are reading at over a year below their chronological age”.

According to the report’s author, Professor Keith Topping, this is a “matter for alarm”.  Author Philip Pullman, however, disagrees. “Isn’t it only the natural thing to do? You go from being a big child in a small school to a very small child in a very big school. There’s all sorts of new anxieties, new people to meet, thousands of new things to do – so isn’t it natural you turn back to the things you felt safe with when you were younger? I remember doing that myself,” said Pullman.

Children’s author Mal Peet reckons there are at least three reasons why children read below their age:

  • Reading programmes are pitched with low and they get used to easy reading
  • Teachers and librarians, worried about putting children off reading instead of turning them on to it are afraid of recommending challenging reads (oh dear)
  • Publishers go for books that are commercially viable – ie, safe.

What do you think? Read the full Guardian article, It’s not only adults who need comfort reading, and let us know.


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Inky Award winners 2013 announced

The winners of the 2013 Inky Awards, presented by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, have been announced.

The Inky Awards recognise local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults.

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(This is for an Australian book)

My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

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The shortlist for the Gold Inky Award included :

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane & Marion Roberts

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

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(For international books)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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The shortlist for the Silver Inky Award included :

The Diviners by Libba Bray

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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You can read reviews of the shortlisted books here and to see the titles longlisted for this year’s awards, click here.

Junior Roller Derby Info @ Springwood Library

Junior Roller Derby Blue Mountains

Roller Derby is a sport that has been gaining a massive following in the last few years. It’s a roller skate-based game which involves two teams attempting to out-lap each other. Often, Derby includes fun elements like costume and personas. Films like ‘This is Roller Derby’ and ‘Whip It’ have certainly contributed to Roller Derby’s popularity.

Springwood Library will soon be hosting a Junior Roller Derby information session, so make sure you come along if you are aged 9 – 17 yrs and are interested to learn more!

April School Holidays for Teens

YA Photoshop Workshop

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