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A team of Bowen Library staff and volunteers have beaten over 51 entrants from around Australia to win the 2015 Summer Reading Club Library Display Competition.
With a theme of ‘Lost Worlds in Libraries’, teams were requested to enter based on the provision of a short narrative, a budget and creativity and the Bowen Library staff and volunteers were ranked best nationally with the display loosely based on the underwater Angelita Cenote Caves in Mexico.
The caves and underground rivers were created naturally over 6,500 years ago and over the past 20 years, experienced scuba divers have explored them discovering more than 300 miles of interconnected passageways and caves that make up this amazing, one-of-a-kind ecosystem.
In declaring the Bowen Library as winners, the judges said their display was a great example of community engagement involving a local hardware store, council and community volunteers.
The cave, plants and palm fronds and fireflies were supplied by a local hardware store and one of the volunteers, large images of megafauna were sourced from the Museum of Tropical Queensland Townsville and the insects and fish were made from photocopied images by staff and volunteers.
The cave display enfolded around a smart board featuring a loop of a YouTube video titled ’10 Lost worlds’ and children were provided with a Scavenger Hunt form which required them to locate 10 clues in the display.
The win was acknowledged by Mayor Andrew Willcox and Councillors at a special presentation and morning tea at today’s Whitsunday Regional Council meeting.
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