Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us to celebrate our 75th birthday dinner.
In 1944 Dorothy L Riddle took charge of School Libraries for the SA Education Department, and in 1945 she spoke at a Library Association of Australia (SA Branch) meeting about Children’s Book Week activities held in the USA.
From this talk, a small and enthusiastic committee began to organise a Children’s Book Week for 1946 and out of that grew the CBCA SA! Tonight we have present a number of past committee members and I particularly wish to acknowledge our two recently retired secretaries Nola Uzzell and Judy Miller for their outstanding contribution over many years to the CBCA SA branch. Thank you, Nola and Judy.
The aim of the CBCA SA branch is to engage the South Australian community with quality literature for young Australians and to encourage children's reading through a variety of opportunities and community-based activities.
In 2021 we have provided a fantastic program to share the love of children’s books and reading:
In the October school holidays we are proud to be organising Storytime Sessions at both Para Hills Library and Carrick Hill Stables for four- to eight-year-olds.
In November we are presenting our Creative Connections literary adventure for both children and adults proudly hosted by many of our local authors and illustrators offering a speed-date with their books.
Thank you to this year’s committee for your tireless work over many hours – this is what makes these events not only possible but also a reality. Our committee is a collective of passionate volunteers who bring their vast experience and energy to this wonderful organisation to promote beautiful children’s and young adult’s literature to South Australian audiences.
Tonight’s 75th Dinner would not have taken place without the fabulous organisational skills of committee member Kate Moore. Thank you Kate. Thank you to Jarmer’s Kitchen for providing us with this lovely venue and being so flexible with unforeseen changes. Also thank you to our hosts, Nathan & Amanda and to Anna, Caitlin & Karyn for their assistance with registration and raffles.
This year’s spectacular door prize and raffle prizes could not have happened without support from our generous sponsors: Greenlight Comics, Scholastic Australia in particular Anne Cameron, Dillons Norwood Bookshop, Pegi Williams Bookshop and Pat Pledger from ReadPlus as well as substantial donations from Katharine England OAM, ALS Library Services and Hachette Australia. Thank you also Becky from Becky’s Literary Bookings and both Becky & Mike from Shakespeare’s Bookshop who have continued to support us throughout the year.
Another important role of the CBCA SA is to support South Australian authors, illustrators and publishers, and those who provide children’s literature services in schools and the community. It is great to see so many amazing creators here this evening as well as Mark from the PRC, Wendy, Sue and Annette from SLASA, Josie and Belinda from Raising Literacy Australia and Anna from Midnight Sun Publishing. Our aim is to continue to foster connections with like-minded groups to encourage the love of books and reading for younger generations.
My final duty this evening is to present our out-going President Jane Moore with a gift of appreciation for her wonderful leadership. Jane has worn numerous hats this year. She has stepped aside to focus on her role as Vice Chair of the CBCA National Board as well as remaining Director of the CBCA SA Branch. Jane is the person behind the films for the BOYA awards and we are grateful for her energy, talent and vision. The gift for Jane is a ‘hot off the easel’ original Mandy Foot painting of a pony with a cupcake - very fitting for our 75th birthday dinner. Thank you Mandy.
Please join me in thanking Jane for her contribution to the CBCA SA community.
Thank you and please enjoy your evening.
Kathryn Beilby CBCA SA President