Category Archives: Friendship

6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health

From The Comic Vault, a great post on the 6 Reasons Why Comics Can Improve Mental Health.


If education and hard work were enough leadership would be culturally diverse. How can we fix the imbalance?

Another great post from Cathy Ngo on how we can fix the imbalance that exists throughout our society.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Panther And The Crew #1

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice! The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

Read it because:

You need a new comic book title, that embraces diversity and also the lessons of history. A powerful book that helps the non-American understand what is happening in America. I found it incredibly powerful and have started book clubbing with my child…..Best comic of this year – 2018.

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker in Doctor’s first appearance

I wept with joy as I watched the new Doctor take to the small screen last night. Trying to explain the feelings I felt, as for the first time, someone who looked like me, took on the role was a deeply emotional moment. I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who since the first time I saw Jon Pertwee transform into the new Doctor – we’re talking since 1971.

I’ve loved some Doctors more than others, (I knew my partner was the one for me when they admitted Pertwee was their favourite too), while others like Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker have been irritations. But last night, watching Jodie Whittaker take and make this role anew, moved me like no other new regeneration. Here at last, was the reflection of someone who spoke a little like my parents did  but more importantly shared a lot of the traits they bestowed upon me. I was transported back to watching Pertwee, the same glee and joy as I watched the episode.

I adored the new companions too. From Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill who play Graham, Ryan and Yasmin, I felt so much warmth and comfort. Here were folks who I would want as friends. I loved the connectiveness between them, they felt real and just like me too. I did so want Sharon D Clarke to be one of the companions and hope she returns. What is exceptional about this bunch of companions is that they are like people I know, they reflect that we live in such a wonderful diversely rich world.

This new season of Doctor Who will take us to new places and I for one am so very glad to be along for the ride.

Nancy Booker Lecture with Will Kostakis

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We had a wonderful and moving talk from Will (despite inevitable technical difficulties!) and Twitter was buzzing with great ideas and thoughts. Check out the #NancyBooker18 hashtag and have a look!

For those who missed out on the lecture, or who would love to see it again, the recording has been added to the ALIA CYS Group page for everyone to enjoy. (Previously we thought it would have to be added to the ALIA Members Portal, but we were wrong and now it’s available for both ALIA and non-ALIA members!)

Because why let gender limit our children’s potential?

I have a child who has always been out there challenging gender stereotyping. Sometimes there have been tears because people just don’t understand, other times they have inspired other kids to march to their own tune. My partner and I have always encouraged them to be true to who they really are, not to what society deems they to be. So when I found this series of wonderfully inspiring videos I wanted to share these with you…..Because Why – Our Watch

How Libraries Provide Safe Spaces for (All) Youth

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Libraries provide a unique service to their users, as both a public space and as a portal for meaningful access to the information that people and communities need to learn, grow and develop. This is particularly essential for youth, who are discovering their independence and identities, and have important information needs.
This is not to say that the job is an easy one, given the challenges many young people face. This essay from IFLA, drawing on experiences shared at the World Library and Information Congress, highlights how libraries are already, successfully, providing youth with the support they need. It offers lessons and suggestions for others in doing the same, as well as providing evidence of the need to place libraries are the heart of youth policies.


Crazy quilts are unique and innovative quilts created from scraps of materials. This expresses my hope for young people.


Humanising! Indigenising! Decolonising! Thriving

T is for Training

10 Years of Sharing Knowledge One Call At A Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

This is Lit

Book Blog

Kylie in the library

Musings of an emerging information professional

Sarah Cawkwell's Blog

"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." -- Tom Clancy

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

Life in the Information World

Mother Jones

Smart, fearless journalism

Librarian Lisa

school library consultant


nurturing the compassionate maker, the reluctant reader, and embracing #librarylife

Australian Aboriginal Languages Student Blog

A place to share anything at all that's interesting and related to the languages of Australia. WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names, voices and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. We strongly urge readers to exercise caution when viewing the blog so as to avoid distress.

I am Jessica

A student's attempt at environmentalism.


simple connected living, city style


Fitness Community

L-B the Librarian

Use your library

Imogen Crest

Creative Artist - Time Travelling Nature Hermit - Soul Food Cafe

Cybils Awards

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more


moneyless low impact living

Nikki Skies

I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.

Whispers of a Womanist

A Black Female Perspective...

When Women Inspire

Inspirational Women | Health and Lifestyle Tips

Eliza Grace Quinn

Feminism, feelings and faraway places.

Jason's Movie Blog

A Movie Blog for the Latest Movie Reviews, Trailers, and More

A Library Lady

News and views from the world of children's books and libraries

Spoonie Authors Network

We love words and manage spoons.

Loving the Library Life...

living and loving life as a middle school librarian

Just So Stories

Random Reviews and Ramblings from Redcliffe

Matt Doyle Media Dot Com

Books, Cosplay, and viewing Pop Culture in a positive light

Simply Etta

Inspiration for the Heart, Mind and Soul

Sophie Rai Liur

An Australian living abroad in Dili, Timor-Leste

The Hub for Just Kids' Lit


Supporting Bilingual Learners of English in Highland Schools

Australian author of young adult fiction

R&R Book Tours

Author Services, Publicity, Blog Tours & Other Promotional Events

Confessions of a Parentless Mother

My journey as a parentless mom

Blood Red Velvet

★Books ★ Art ★ Creation ★ A dream captured in a crystalline moment.

A Kids Book A Day

Reviewing a children's book from 2018 every day