BOOKS ALIVE ONLINE EVENTS AND VIRTUAL STORYTIMES
Books Alive and virtual storytimes offer an innovative approach to promoting the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in 2020 as a result of the challenges caused by the pandemic and aims to build on the experiences of public and school libraries offering virtual storytimes during COVID-19 lockdown.
The Books Alive online events and virtual storytimes aim to promote the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalist books, authors and illustrators and publishers to new audiences and the wider community.
School and public libraries are offering Books Alive finalist author/illustrator events online, as an alternative to face-to-face author events, formerly hosted in some public libraries and are also offering multiple virtual storytimes - check out the event calendars above.
Check out the 2020 finalists for the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Finalist categories may include: Picture Books, Te Kura Pounamu
Audience: Focus on early childhood children and primary students
1. Libraries must register all planned virtual storytimes by Friday, June 19 so a calendar of virtual storytimes can be promoted by LIANZA, SLANZA and the NZ Book Awards Trust.
2. Public and school libraries will share finalist books as virtual storytimes, including books in te reo Māori.
3. VIP readers could be invited to join a virtual storytime (local mayor, school principal, local author or sportsperson, local MP).
4. The virtual storytimes can be left online for six months.
5. NZ Book Awards Trust have confirmed copyright guidelines and author permissions with finalists and their publishers.
6. Please acknowledge the book’s title, author and illustrator and the publisher, as well as the fact that the book is a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, at the start of your reading.
Libraries can run multiple virtual storytimes from Monday, July 27 until Wednesday, August 12.
The virtual storytimes can be left online for six months.
LIANZA and NZBAT have agreed agree to use the guidelines set up by the Coalition for Books for Virtual Storytimes Aotearoa, as a blueprint for the recording and removal of virtual storytimes. NZ Book Awards Trust have confirmed copyright guidelines and author permissions with finalists and their publishers.
- Please use technology that does not allow a live-streaming or recording to be downloaded by the public. You can use Zoom, Facebook Live, Vimeo, and YouTube as well as others. It may be necessary to adjust the default settings to prevent users from downloading your broadcast.
- If you upload a video or host a live-stream, please ensure that you designate the content as ‘Unlisted’ not ‘Public’ when uploading. You can point users to your content via your own website or through your library’s social media
- If you use an open-platform please log the following details of the stream or recording into this copyright spreadsheet:
- Your library name
- Book title
- Author/s and illustrator/s
- The link to the reading online
- Once the agreed period ends, your library must destroy all recordings, and remove any online recordings from your platforms. These virtual storytimes may not be maintained in the archive of the social media platform and appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that videos of the live events are not retained. Because these platforms automatically archive live events by default, when your event has concluded, please locate the recorded live video in your account (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and delete it.
- Please acknowledge the book’s title, author and illustrator and the publisher, as well as the fact that the book is a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, at the start of your reading. When you’re streaming or posting, please tag authors and publishers where practical so that they can connect with your audience too.
- Prior to the six month deadline of end of Feb 2021, your library may consider sharing your virtual storytime with the publisher. You could offer the publisher a copy of your virtual storytime recording as publishers may be keen to post it online themselves, with your agreement. If your library is happy to share a copy of any of your virtual storytime recordings with the relevant publisher from the list, please contact the publisher before you remove or destroy the recording.
- Prior to the six month deadline, please contact the relevant publisher directly to request permission to retain any specific virtual storytime recordings on your library platforms or library social media channels after Feb, 2021.
- Please advise LIANZA which virtual storytime recordings your library has negotiated to share or retain with publishers and LIANZA will record this information.
Finalist author-led virtual storytimes
- LIANZA will co-ordinate the recording of up to 10 author-led virtual storytimes.
- Finalist author readings will be pre-recorded via Zoom.
- Recordings of both author-led virtual storytimes will be made available on LIANZA and NZBAT platforms for the public and for libraries to share on their social media channels during the Books Alive week and for a maximum period of six months.
- Prior to the six month deadline, LIANZA will offer publishers the opportunity to share or retain the virtual storytime recording.
- Otherwise all recordings will be removed and destroyed by LIANZA by end of Feb 2021.
NB: The agreement with publishers around shortlisted titles for the New Zealand Children and Young Adults Books does not extend to material created as part of the Virtual Storytimes Aotearoa initiative through The Coalition for Books.
Virtual Storytime Links
In addition to the virtual storytime calendar, all individual virtual storytime links logged in the copyright spreadsheet will be made available on LIANZA and NZBAT platforms for the public and for libraries to share on their social media channels from Monday June 27 and for a maximum period of six months.
Please ensure this information is entered on the day of the virtual storytime.
Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 24, 2020: Libraries connect with finalists and all Books Alive events pre-recorded.
Friday, July 3 - Wednesday August 12, 2020: 2020 virtual storytimes shared online
Monday, August 3 - Wednesday August 12: Books Alive online events shared with children, young adults and whānau.
Books Alive online events
Finalist categories may include: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Te Kura Pounamu, Young Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction and Illustration
Audience: Focus on primary and high school students
- Book Alive events may include:
a. finalist authors/illustrators and host librarian PLUS participants (e.g. book club, Q&A workshop)
b. finalist authors/illustrators and host librarian (e.g. interview, drawing demo or discussion).
- Libraries will be connected with finalist authors/illustrators to co-create and plan online event (length of events approx. 45 min).
- Each online event will be hosted by librarian, and recorded with support from LIANZA and a production company.
- LIANZA will manage any events that require participants to register.
- All Books Alive events will be offered online.
- While some events may require registration, participation will be free.
- Books Alive branding can only be used for events that have been selected by LIANZA.
- There is funding available for a maximum of 20 author/illustrators for Books Alive events.
- NZ Books Awards Trust will pay the finalist author/illustrators on presentation of a schedule from LIANZA.
- If libraries wish to fund authors/illustrators for additional Books Alive events, NZ Book Awards Trust will invoice the library for the finalist author/illustrators fee.
All Books Alive events will be pre-recorded between Monday, June 22 and Friday, July 24, 2020.
Books Alive events will be shared online from Monday August 3 to Wednesday August 12.
Funding is available for up to 20 Books Alive events.
Public and school libraries must apply to LIANZA to host a Books Alive event.
Applications will open Wednesday May 27 and close Friday June 12.
Indicate whether you would prefer writer/translator or an illustrator for your proposed event.
You may make a specific request for a particular author/illustrator, but LIANZA can make no guarantees about author/illustrator selection.
Please see below on how to make an application to hold a Books Alive online event.
Applications have now closed.
A selection panel from LIANZA and SLANZA will review and select the Books Alive events.
Libraries will be advised by Monday June 22, if their proposed Books Alive event has been selected.
The selection panel will aim to achieve the widest range of authors/illustrators as possible across all the events.
Participating libraries will use the existing New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults promotional material (bookmarks, posters) and cover/author images and Books Alive social media banners.
Books Alive and virtual storytimes calendar provided by LIANZA by Monday, June 22, 2020 and promoted in partnership with NZBAT, SLANZA and participating libraries.
Libraries will be encouraged to post on social media about their Books Alive events using #NZCYA #BooksAlive @nzcya and @lianzaoffice
Libraries will tag authors and publishers where practical, in all Books Alive events and virtual storytimes.
Libraries will be encouraged to provide an article or blog about their Books Alive event, which will be published by LIANZA and posted on LIANZA Facebook and shared on the NZCYA Facebook page.
LIANZA Office will be involved in project co-ordination, engaging library participation and support, promotion of all events, evaluating online event proposals, co-ordinating recording of events, organising online event registrations, liaising with authors/illustrators and librarians. LIANZA will create and provide a Books Alive online event and virtual storytimes calendar and work with a production company to record and upload Books Alive event videos. LIANZA is also responsible for data gathering and evaluation of the Books Alive initiative.
Resources for teachers and librarians
We welcome you to use any of the resources, above and below, as a starting point for stimulating your own ideas about working with the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalist books in the classroom, in the library or at home.
- Read the 2020 NZ CYA Book Awards finalists booklet online here
- 2020 NZ CYA Book Awards A2 finalists poster
- 2020 NZ CYA Book Awards A3 finalists poster
- 2020 NZ CYA Book Awards A4 finalists poster
- 2020 NZ CYA Book Awards finalists poster (jpeg)
- Picture Book finalists (for printing)
- Junior Fiction finalists (for printing)
- Young Adult Fiction finalists (for printing)
- Non-Fiction finalists (for printing)
- Illustration finalists (for printing)
- Te Kura Pounamu (Te Reo Māori) finalists (for printing)
- Best First Book finalists (for printing)
You can also click here for resources designed to encourage children and students of all ages to become actively involved in reading, writing and illustrating.