Good Reading : April 2010
6 goodreading ı APRIL 2010 EDITOR & PUBLISHER Rowena Cseh email@example.com DEPUTY EDITOR Sarah Minns firstname.lastname@example.org COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Alexandra Irving email@example.com ART DIRECTOR Sonia McAllan DESIGN ASSISTANT Jenni Leigh FINANCIAL DIRECTOR David Morcom firstname.lastname@example.org BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Gabi Cseh email@example.com ACCOUNTS ENQUIRIES firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING MANAGER Andrew Durack email@example.com ONLINE RESOURCES MANAGER Bevan Rigato firstname.lastname@example.org SUBSCRIPTIONS Merle Bennett Good Reading Magazine Reply Paid 3835 SYDNEY NSW AUSTRALIA 2001 Phone (61 2) 8090 1051 Fax (61 2) 9810 2488 email@example.com Website: www.goodreadingmagazine.com ISSN 1445-2839 Subscription rates Print only 12 months (11 issues) Within Australia $84.50 New Zealand A$109.50 International A$162.00 Online only 12 months (11 issues, single user) $49.50 Print and online 12 months (11 issues, single user) Within Australia $105.00 New Zealand A$129.50 International A$175.50 PUBLISHED BY Good Reading Magazine Pty Limited ABN 38 003 750 150 2a Booth Street Balmain NSW Australia 2041 www.goodreadingmagazine.com Phone (61 2) 8090 1051 Copyright © 2010 Good Reading Magazine Pty Limited All rights reserved. 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The manufacturer, Arnott’s of Australia (whose subtitle is ‘Not the biscuit co’), says the globes will never need replacing. Don’t forget, every letter published in the magazine will win its writer a book light! So send us your views, news, opinions and yes, gripes, and if your letter is published Arnott’s will send you one of their great book lights. your say Dear gr I was all set to let you know about Literati 2010 [the literary event for readers and writers on the Gold Coast], as we have just been putting the final touches to the event program, when I picked up the February issue of the magazine and read Rowena's editorial and just had to contact you. Again this year at Literati we have a wonderful line-up of talented Australian authors attending including Michael Robotham, Shane Maloney, Marion Halligan, Sonia Orchard, Steven Amsterdam, Patrick O'Neil and Marion Lennox, and we have changed the location of the Saturday program to a single venue. Also, here's a selection of some of the other innovative things that we are up to on the Gold Coast. We recently launched Book Coasters (gcbooks.wordpress.com) an online book club where people can read, post and share their thoughts and opinions on what they are reading and also join the discussion on our Book of the Month. We recently gave away $500 worth of books in our Hit Picks for Summer competition and we will be running a new competition over winter. In December last year, we launched a new program called Older Adults Only for those aged 55-plus who are active and interested in lear ning and sharing a laugh.You can see the program for the next few months at our website (www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/ library/). On a recent weekend we hosted PodCamp Gold Coast 2010, where over 80 people of all ages and ability gathered together for an 'un-conference', where they explored and discussed social networking tools and media. There were some serious 'techies' in attendance and they happily rubbed shoulders with people just starting out and lear ning how to blog and Twitter. It was a big hit and again reinforces the important role that libraries play in encouraging all for ms of literacy, including infor mation literacy. In March we launched our Readers' Rendezvous sessions. Branch libraries across the Coast hosted open book club sessions at different times and days to provide an opportunity for readers and lovers of books to come together and meet like-minded folk. The sessions are run a little bit like an ordinary book club meeting, in that the book of the month (the selection from Book Coasters) was discussed, then the floor made open for people to discuss what they are cur rently reading. The idea of the open book club is two-fold in that it gives people a chance to attend a book club meeting on a casual basis and it provides an opportunity for people who are wanting to start a book club to meet and connect with others. These programs are in addition to regularly scheduled Story Time and Computer Basics sessions, as well as a plethora of other events that happen each week in branch libraries across the Coast. The cur rent issue of our quarterly Calendar of Events is at our website, should you wish to have a look. Gold Coast City Council Libraries also offers services such as being able to search the library catalogue online, reserve selections and have them sent to your nearest branch library and then receive an email or SMS advising that they have arrived and are ready for collecting - pretty cool huh? Not to mention the collection itself, with the latest release fiction and non-fiction titles, award-winning films and online services that enable our customers to download a book to their iPod so they can 'read' while driving or walking on the beach! As I said, Rowena's editor ial struck a chord and I just wanted to share! Maryanne Hyde Library Services Program Development Officer Gold Coast City Council Note from Ed Don't forget you can also read gr online at all Gold Coast libraries!