Book Week, 17-23 August

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Badge 2.JPGBook Week at Kiama Library

From 17-23 August 2019, we will be celebrating this year's Book Week theme, Reading is my Secret Power, with fun events, activities and displays. 

Hundreds of children from local schools will be treated to special Book Week activities and performances at the library throughout the week. Or just drop in to see the displays and enter a competition. 


Poetry competition

Write a poem about why reading is your secret power to win great prizes.

To get started, you might want to think about:

Poetry.jpg• How have books helped you and what have you learned from them?
• What has reading helped you imagine for yourself?
• What has reading inspired you to go out and do?
• How has reading changed your mind, or changed something else in you?

The poem must be a minimum of eight lines long. It doesn't have to rhyme, but it must be structured like a poem rather than like sentences in a story.

The competition is open for ages 8-18, with prizes for first and second place in three age categories (8-12, 13-15 and 16-18 year-olds).

Entries open 16 August and close 4pm Friday 13 September 2019, and can be sent via email to or delivered to the library.

Entry forms are available here and at the Library - and need to be submitted with your entry. 

Entry form and terms and conditions


Badge 3.JPGPopular Vote Competition

Vote for your favourite short-listed title in our Popular Vote Competition and go in the draw to win a book voucher. You can vote at the library throughout Book Week and the week following, and at the Farmers' Market at the mobile voting booth. 


Book Week preschool storytime 

We will be holding two special Book Week storytimes for preschoolers, on Wednesday 21/8 and Wednesday 28/8 at 10:30am, showcasing some of the winning Book Week titles. Come along and join in the fun. 


Farmers Markets.jpgBook Week at the Farmers' Market

The Library is coming to the Farmers' Market at Surf Beach, Kiama, from 2-4pm, Wednesday 21 August. There will be stories and craft, and a special Book Week photo booth. And don't forget to cast your ballot in our Popular Vote competition and go in the draw to win some great prizes.


What is CBCA Book Week? 

Each year across Australia, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together to celebrate Book Week.

Established in 1945, the CBCA was founded at a time when Australian children’s books were few, and Australian authors and illustrators were virtually unknown. In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote Australian children’s books of outstanding literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia. 

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards Winner and Honour Books will be announced on Friday 16 August, and CBCA Book Week commences the following day.