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Virtual Success for the Great Book Swap!

Virtual Success for the Great Book Swap!

COVID-19 has affected our Foundation in a number of ways – but this year it meant that our major fundraiser, the Great Book Swap, couldn’t go ahead in many schools, libraries and businesses. Not to be daunted, Bloomsbury Publishers in Sydney found an innovative way to swap books and raise funds for literacy in remote communities – a virtual book swap! “We held our Great Book Swap via Microsoft Teams,” Sonia Palmisano, Marketing and Publicity Manager for Children and Young Adult Books told us, “But there were some challenges to conducting a Great Book Swap by video.” To hold a...

  • Posted 28 October, 2020


Books Providing a Break from Reality

Books Providing a Break from Reality

St Joseph’s School in Wyndham, the northernmost town in the Kimberley region of WA, has been ordering books from our Book Supply program since 2016. Some of the books go straight into the school library, to replace old and damaged stock. “They’re really good books, and they encourage the children to use the library more,” says Francine Ellis, the school’s principal. “They’re wonderful, well picked, with lots of variety, and just right for kids in the Kimberley.” Multiple copies of books are used in classrooms in guided reading sessions with small groups of three or four students, as well as for...

  • Posted 16 October, 2020


Thinking Sustainably to Support Indigenous Literacy

Thinking Sustainably to Support Indigenous Literacy

Did you know that around 30 million printed books are held in collections by Australian Public libraries? But as new books come in and old ones can’t be used anymore, libraries have to get rid of around 4.5 million books every year. That’s nearly 1,800 tonnes of books going to landfill. Library supplier James Bennett is looking to change these statistics. Armed with a new Sustainability Project, they set out with an ambitious plan to reduce the numbers of library books ending up in landfill and giving back to the community at the same time. We recently sat down with...

  • Posted 08 October, 2020


Join us in celebrating NAIDOC Week!

Join us in celebrating NAIDOC Week!

*Please note that due to the copyright issues surrounding the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, we are unable to accept submissions featuring reproductions of the flags i.e. drawings of the flag on your sign). What Land are you on or from? Tell us and be part of our NAIDOC Week celebration video! This year, NAIDOC Week will be held from November 8 15. NAIDOC Week is about celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander voices, cultures and histories. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is participating in the week and theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be,’ by producing a film montage with submissions...

  • Posted 30 September, 2020


Keeping Arrernte language and culture strong

Keeping Arrernte language and culture strong

Slap bang in the middle of Mparntwe/Alice Springs is Akeyulerre Inc., a service developed by and for the Arrernte people who live in and around the Central Australian town. Many of these families come from small communities across the region, including Harts Range Arteyerre), Santa Teresa Ltyentye Apurte), Alcoota Alkwerte) and Amoonguna Imengkwerne). “It’s all about Arrernte culture and language. The focus is on keeping language strong,” says Dan Murphy, the coordinator of the Ingkenterne/Bush Schools project at Akeyulerre, where elders teach kids about Country and culture on trips out to the Arrernte homelands. Dan has been ordering from ILF’s Book...

  • Posted 29 September, 2020