September 15

Thank you for attending the afternoon tea meeting

14 teacher librarians met at Nepean Performing Arts High School’s library on Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed sharing some great ideas from their 2017 CBCA Book Week celebrations.

Sue Pitt and Ian McLean had prepared digital slideshows to present and Kelly Finch shared an art activity that involved using Publisher‘s tools to change backgrounds from photos of students reading to create new surroundings so they could “Escape to everywhere”.

We also discussed the exciting concept of “Book Styling”:
Jimmy Cook
#BookStyling: Captain Jimmy Cook discovers third grade.

Many thanks to our teacher librarian host, Karuna Chetty, for making us feel so welcome.

Ian McLean,
Chairperson, PMBW TLs.

Here are Penrith PS’s class displays to celebrate CBCA Book Week! Click HERE to view a slideshow.

“Escape to everywhere” display by Classes KF & 3F, Penrith PS

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“Chip” mobile by Class 3/M, Penrith PS

“The gigantic book of genes” display by 3W, Penrith PS

During Book Week, Penrith PS also had a visit from author Bruce Pickworth, a former teacher at that school. He had introduced his picture book The godwits to students in Class 23, and all of Stage 2 and Stage 3. This resource has strong links to the new geography and history syllabuses, and will feature at our Term 4 full-day meeting.

“The godwits” by Bruce Pickworth & Lorraine Robertson

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Bruce Pickworth

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“The godwits” display by Class 5/6N, Penrith PS

And here are some old friends…

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Bear and Chook read the latest picture book by Lisa Shanahan.

August 30

Term 3 afternoon tea meeting

The Committee of the Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor (PMBW) teacher-librarians invite you to an informal afternoon tea gathering to network, and to share the successes of your Book Week activities. This is a great opportunity to meet your TL colleagues, especially if you are often unable to attend full-day professional learning opportunities with us. We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, 13th September (Week 9)
Venue: Nepean Creative & Performing Arts High School Library
115-119 Great Western Highway
Emu Plains
Time: 3:30 for 4.00pm – 5:00pm
Topics: Networking opportunities and sharing of Book Week successes
Cost: Free. Afternoon tea refreshments will be provided.
RSVP by Friday 8th September to Karuna Chetty (Teacher Librarian)
Email: or
Phone: 02 4728 7200
Parking details: TBA.

May 5

Term 2 professional learning day – Thursday 22nd June

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor (PMBW) Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting Term 2 Conference on Thursday 22nd June, 9am – 3.30pm at Caddies Creek PS, Glenwood Park Dr & Currawong St, Glenwood. (Host: Jenny Scheffers.) The cost is $40. The payment information is on the Tax Invoice (sent in our email to members).

Online registration through MyPL (see below). Please note your registration is not official until payment has been received. Places for this PD Day are strictly limited! (UPDATE: ALL PLACES NOW FILLED. Waiting list only.)

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Jenny Scheffers at

The Committee hope you will be able to join us for this exciting Conference, which will provide most valuable professional development and networking opportunities!
Ian McLean
​Teacher Librarian @ Penrith PS
Chairperson PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group

How to sign up for the PMBW conference in MyPL
1. Open MyPL
2. Select Browse learning
3. Type course code NR14363 into Search box on right hand side.
4. When the course appears, click new green button.
5. This makes the enrolment button available so you can click on it.
6. An email will arrive very soon after with 3 buttons on it. Click the ‘Accept’ button.
7. Another email will arrive, confirming that you’re enrolled in the course.​

8:15 am
Registration & Coffee
9:00 am
Welcome by Principal, Housekeeping & General Business
9:15 am
CBCA “Book of the Year Award” Short Listed books, and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
10:15 am
Sponsors’ Presentations
10:30 am
Morning tea
11:15 am
Professional Development Plans (PDPs) : Bradley Cook & Leanne Steed (Teacher Quality Advisors, Nirimba)
12:45 pm
1:45 pm
Using Google Docs (PDPs) & Google Forms (Evaluation): Julie Grazotis & Lolita Garcia
2:15 pm
Discussion Groups
3.00 pm
Evaluation & Badge Draw

We hope to see you there!

July 7

CBCA Book of the Year Awards slideshow

At our Term 2 full-day conference, “Connect to collaborate and create”, The Children’s Bookshop proprietor, Paul Macdonald, was one of our guest speakers. Paul has given us his slideshow file to share here, so that teacher librarians can share his presentation on the CBCA Book of the Year Awards’ nominees, and what’s currently “hot” in reading, to teachers and students in their schools. Thank you Paul.

June 29

A new blog to support Book Week

In association with the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s NSW Branch, teacher librarians Ian McLean and Jackie Hawkes have set up a blog to help students to explore the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the “Notable books”, Short List, Honour Books and gold-medal winners, and to support CBCA NSW initiatives, such as the Kids AAA event.

Kids AAA blog

Check it out at: HERE.

May 15

The CBCA Shortlist. Soon!

CBCA 2016

The Children’s Book Council of Australia announces the Shortlist on Friday! Have you seen the great merchandise for celebrating Book Week this year? (Includes an amazing poster by Shaun Tan.) Click for more information HERE

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August 11

Resources from the PD day

In this blog entry, you can quickly locate the digital resources used by the presenters at our Term 3 professional learning day, held on Monday 10th August (Week 5).

* Progressing with Oliver:
Research Projects – Evidence of how Oliver and Orbit are supporting student learning
(A) Primary: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS – their Oliver ClassMovie is linked HERE) and Ian McLean (Penrith PS).
(B) Secondary: Jenny Dengate (Glenmore Park HS) & Lolita Garcia (Richmond HS).

* STEPS Book Forum – Engaging your school learning community: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS) – Click down to Page 2 of the PDF.

* CBCA Update: Jackie Hawkes & Honor White (CBCA NSW representatives)

Book Week poster
Ian demonstrates the phone app that brings this year’s CBCA poster alive!

* Promoting reading through dynamic author/illustrator visits: Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)

* Website of our Guest Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah (Click on the hyperlink).

Randa Abdel-Fattah
Randa Abdel-Fattah

July 21

Term 3 Professional Learning Day

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting professional development day on Wednesday, 3rd September (Week 8) at Riverstone Public School. Please see the below agenda, which provides full details of the day.

Online registration through MyPL@DET is now available. The course title is PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day Term 3 2014 and the course code is NR06461 (Note: 0 is zero). The event ID is 86099 if you have trouble locating the course using the course number.

Numbers are strictly limited. When completing the online registration, please select the payment option Cheque, as there is NO DIRECT DEBIT available. Your initial registration will be listed as Tentative. Once your payment of a $40 cheque has been received, your enrolment status will be changed to Confirmed. Cheques, together with details of your name and school, should be posted to:
Attention: Lee Arundel, c/- Blacktown South Pubic School, 183 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 2148. Please make the $40 cheque payable to Blacktown South Pubic School. There is no GST involved in this registration payment.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact

The Committee hopes you will be able to join us for this exciting professional learning day!

Jenny Scheffers,
Teacher Librarian @ Caddies Creek PS

UPDATE: Three of the presenters’ slideshows are available for download HERE!

Host Teacher Librarian: Ros Graham
Venue: Riverstone Public School


8.15 am: Registration & Coffee.

9.00 am: Welcome by Principal & Housekeeping.

9.10am: Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop).

10.15am: Bringing authors and Illustrators into your classroom: the value of using Connected Classrooms: Cathie Cattermole (Teacher Librarian James Erskine PS).

11.00am: Sponsors’ Presentations: Tag-Alert Australia & Quantum Learning
Remote sponsors:
• Merchandising Libraries
• Fry Library Supplies
• All Barcodes Australia.

11.15am: MORNING TEA and Sponsors’ Displays.

12.00 noon: From Guinea Pigs to Spoonerisms: Author Ursula Dubosarsky.

1.00pm: LUNCH and Sponsors’ Displays.

2.00pm: Unpacking the Teaching Standards for Teacher Librarians: Nerina Pretlove (Deputy Principal Chifley College, President Professional Teachers Council NSW).

3.00 – 3.30pm: Concluding Evaluation / Lucky Door Prize Draw.

June 14

Term 3 afternoon meeting!

The Committee would love to see you at an informal gathering to discuss Book Week activities.

Date: Thursday 29 August (Week 7)
Venue: Banks Public School
182-194 Banks Drive
St Clair
Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Topics: Book Week activities, CBC update
Cost: Free. Afternoon tea refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by Thursday 22nd August to Julie Grazotis (Teacher Librarian)
Email: julie.grazotis@ or
Phone: 02 9670 6506

June 12

Minutes of 5th June professional learning day

Here are the minutes of the recent PL day at Oxley Park Public School.

Host Teacher Librarian: Bonnie Manwaring

Welcome: Mrs Delphine Annette (Principal Oxley Park PS)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Teacher Librarians have the opportunity to live and breathe books
• Thankyou to everyone for attending & enjoy the day.

Welcome & General Business: Jenny Scheffers (Chairperson PMBW Committee)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Thankyou to everyone for attending
• Housekeeping matters – Bonnie
• Welcome and thankyou to our presenters and sponsors
• Folder contains the following documents:
 * Agenda
 * Term 3 Afternoon Tea – Thursday 29 August at Banks PS (TL – Julie Grazotis) 3:30 – 5:00pm, No cost and no need to register on MYPL
 * School Library Association of New South Wales presents ‘eBooks 4 eLearning’, Thursday 13th June 2013 4.40 – 6.30pm, The Auditorium, Parramatta RSL, O’Connell St Parramatta
 * Evaluation Form
• Term 4 Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day, Chifley College Bidwell (TL – Janelle Van Capelle), Date to be announced
• Badge draw at the end of the day – prizes donated by sponsors.

Guest Speaker: Paul MacDonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot
• Refer to copy of Paul’s PowerPoint presentation
• Greater focus on Visual Literacy – picture books
• Teen fiction and children’s fiction booming – authors for the adult market are now writing teen fiction
• Trend – hopelessness, dark, depressing themes
• Focus areas – books supporting the National Curriculum, Asian texts, sustainability, multimodal texts
• CBCA 2013 Theme – Read Across the Universe
Mrs Mac’s Library website – teaching notes and ideas for shortlisted titles
• Classics are popular – no copyright
• Impact of Diary of a wimpy kid Double dork, Soccer star, Cricket God, Big Nate, Tom Gates
• Easy Read Alouds – Our Australian girls, Billy B Brown, Andy Roid
• Popular picture books – King Pig, Treasure box, Mr Darcy the dancing duck, Baa baa smart sheep, Lilac ladies.

Guest Speaker: Sharon McGuinness (Author of Coming Home and Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
From TL to Author
• Catalyst for writing – ghost story competition to win a colour TV. Part of story published in the newspaper
• 2006 – participated in Di Bates’ picture book writing course. Wrote short story based on brother’s horse farm – published in The School Magazine 2008
• Wrote beginning chapter book based on rugby league titled Try! – an eBook for kindle and ePub. Dedicated to students, Max and Jack, who provided inspiration for the book. Teaching notes available on Mrs Mac’s website
• 2006 – started Mrs Mac’s
Coming home was written during a time of personal/family trauma. Published 2012 during Mental Health Week. Author royalties donated to Black Dog. Book trailer on Youtube and Mrs Mac’s
• Now enjoying the challenge of writing picture books.

Sponsor: Syba Signs (Phyll)
• Professional Development program 2013
The National Curriculum: Developing a Guided Inquiry and Web 2.0 Approach with Dr. Ross Todd and Lyn Hay – Sydney, Friday 21 June 2013
Resourcing the Australian Curriculum with Lyn Hay – 9 September 2013
• Digital Signage and teaching resources
• Wide range of posters
• Winter catalogue available
• Happy to visit schools to discuss your Library needs.

Sponsor: Kookaburra (Jan)
• Jan – 9 years as area rep
• Long term sponsor
• New catalogue available
• Products include trolleys, touchscreens, DVC, headphones, pinboards, dictionaries, atlases, Get Reading Right Literacy program.
• Contact for appointment 0417 101 028,

Guest Speakers: Colleen Foley – DEC School Libraries Update
• Access documents on 21C learning via School Libraries website
Scan online – key support for school libraries and TLs – share username and password with staff
• eBooks – available on L4L (My Library interface), Load H1>G3
• eBooks project – article and report found in 2012 November issue of Scan
• SCIS records can be used to catalogue book trailers, apps etc
• Timeline for Library Replacement System – start July/August for first round (LMBR schools – 229 schools) – completed over 18mth to 2 year period
• New Syllabus
 NSW Scootle – search and discovery tool, bank of resources
 BOS Program Builder
TaLe – will continue – add resources for the new curriculum
 Education Services Australia (ESA) – supported by each state and sector
Scan reviews – future change to see reviews as resource packages, springboards to links with other resources.

Guest Speaker: Sharon McGuinness (Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
Subtle TL Advocacy
• Refer to copy of PowePoint presentation
• Professional groups – ALIA, ASLA, SLANSW, TL Advocacy group ‘The Hub’
• Opportunities
 Contribute to your School’s Annual Report
 Resourcing the new curriculum
 Present at staff meetings
 Guided Inquiry and inquiry based learning complement the new curriculum
 Have your own library page on the school website
 Contact local public libraries – access databases
• Useful links
 Prezi (new English syllabus)
 Squarl
 Pinterest
 NSW State Library
• Web 2.0 tools
 Smore
 Flipsnack
 Motivator
 Voki
 ABC Splash
 Story Box Library
 Literacy Shed
 Show Me the Awesome
 Cybrarian – retro Library posters.

Guest Speaker: Jackie Hawkes
CBCA Update
• Refer to flyer The Children’s Book Council of Australia and copy of PowerPoint presentation
• Activities
 Book Sale – held in March at Rozelle. Meet guest authors
 Book Week – short list announced
 National Simultaneous Storytime – 2013 The wrong book by Nick Bland
Maurice Saxby Lecture – celebrating the extensive contributions of Maurice Saxby to Australian Children’s Literature
 Writing workshops for students – held at State Library of NSW
 Junior Writing Master Classes – part of Sydney Writer’s Festival – at State Library of NSW
 CBC2U 2013 – Children’s Book Creators to YOU. Invite an author or illustrator to help enrich reading and writing experiences
 Stories on Screen 2013
 Book Week – 2013 Read Across the Universe. Book Week merchandise – order from NSW website
 Judges dinner – celebrates the work of the NSW Book Week judges. To farewell and thank Jill Bruce and welcome Cathie Tasker. August 23, Venue TBC
 Author Teas – invite authors to afternoon tea at your school, buy their books and share their stories
 CBCA Publications – iRead and Buzz About Books.

Next Committee meeting: 3.45pm Thursday 27 June at Penrith Panthers.
Meeting concluded: 3:30pm