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Literary livestream presentations education at home
Currently, libraries in the Logan Council area are open for limited services such as printing, copying, Wi-Fi, and use of computers, however, any public use of meeting rooms and storytimes are not available. You can still be part of the library's activities as many of these are online and waiting for you to log onto your computer. If you are a Logan resident and not a library member, you can join online and with other library members enjoy the following informative livestream presentations.
Senior Week is being celebrated between 15 to 23 August 2020 and the Logan Library is bringing you an online fun-filled quiz extravaganza on Friday 21st August from 10.30am to 12 Noon The Quiz Master, Dean Hurst will be testing your knowledge on trivia questions from the 1940s through to the 1970s. Leading up to this event on the Friday, there will be three online warm-up competitions commencing at 10.30 to 11:30am.
To log onto these activities, you will need to use Zoom and a 'Getting Started Guide' can be read here. There will be prizes awarded to the winners of each quiz.
COTA (Council of Ageing Queensland) was initiated in 1960, although named differently back then, this Queensland not-for-profit organisation has maintained the goal of helping to build and maintain strong communities for all age groups and backgrounds, as well as giving our elders purpose and opportunities in old age.
On Saturday 22nd August 2020, the Logan City Council Libraries is hosting a virtual book chat – "Born Again Blakfella" by Jack Charles.
Jack Charles was stolen from his Aboriginal mother and placed into institutional care when he was only a few months old and raised under the Governments White Australia Policy. His honest and no-holds-barred book gives an insight into his life and how he felt like an outsider, a loner and a fringe dweller. During his life, Charles has worn many hats including Senior Victorian Australian of the Year, musician, heroin addict, activist, actor, cat burglar, but mostly he is proud to claim he is an Aboriginal Elder. He has now reconnected with his Aboriginal roots and discovered his stolen identity. This will be a very emotional book chat but one story that should be known by all.
Undertaking the research of Family History can be a mammoth task, especially going back in time when parents repeatedly named the children after their own siblings or if a child died, they would name the next, the same name. If that is not enough trouble, many photographs are handed down to generations without names or dates making the task of finding who is in the photographs very difficult.
The Logan Library is hosting a livestream on Tuesday 26th August from 10.30 to 11.30am with the local Heritage Specialist who can help you put a name and date to those old photographs.
Please join Caylie Jeffery on Saturday 29th August from 11:30 am to 12:30pm for an interesting recount of her experience of finding heaps of old documents and money underneath the lino of her home. I can certainly vouch for finding newspaper stories and clippings under old lino, although I did not have success with finding money! This process was done to seal any drafts coming up from the wooden floorboards in old houses.
Caylie is author of the book "Under the Lino" and in this live steam presentation will share her journey and provide you with tools and enthusiasm to create your own project or family history keepsake. You must register for this event.
Every Monday and Wednesday from 10.30 to 11.00am you and your children can have fun with the free interactive storytime. This will include stories, songs and rhymes for kids from two to five years. Remember to book online.
There are so many interesting subjects to learn when self-isolating. A friend of mine in her seventies learnt Italian and I was amazed at her competency. It must be difficult for those not of Australian birth to understand what we say when our language is now a mix of British English, American and Aussie Slang. On a weekly basis from 6th through 27th August, you can register online for forty-minute sessions where you can practice your conversation skills with other people.
On Thursday 13th August 2020, wordsmith Angela Peita is hosting an online workshop where you can take the microphone and brush up on your skills before the upcoming poetry slam at the heat on 20th August. Whether a competitor or spectator, you are welcome to register and listen to some great Aussie talent.
The above will keep you entertained through August while sitting at home with your favourite drink and a warm blanket. For more information on these events and others happening in the month, please visit the Logan City Council Libraries website.