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Library Lines: Tuesday, 05 November 2019

Watch out Thomas the Tank Engine! You now competition in the form of Fergus the Ferry!
There are 12 Fergus the Ferry books, and they are all based in Sydney Harbour. Fergus has adventures such as going to the zoo, helping with a fire, competing in the ferry races, etc. These delightful picture books for beginning readers are written in rhyme by J. Noble, and illustrated by Peter Townsend. And, like Thomas, Fergus has friends like Angus and Tess the helicopter, and there are also bullies like Boris that need to be taught not to be so rough!
Books for the young and the young at heart!

The First Readers set have also been added to with more fairy tales such as Snow White, and the Gingerbread Man. As well as the familiar story, the book also has some puzzles in the back, to help with memory, words and sentence construction. This First Readers set is for children who want to read ‘chapter books’ but can’t yet handle a full junior fiction story.
The library has several collections of these books which give the children confidence to progress. They still have illustrations, but they are ‘book sized’ rather than picture books, and include much more text, with more vocabulary, than the picture books, and some of them include activities for the parents and children to do together after enjoying the book.

If your child needs some reading help, think about joining the Bookends Literacy Assist programme, where seniors are available to listen to children reading aloud for a twenty minutes in the afternoon . It’s an after school activity, and you can pick any time between 3.00pm and 5.00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 3.00pm and 4.00pm on Friday. As the children read, the seniors encourage and assist with pronunciation, expression and so on.
Bookings are essential for this programme to ensure that there are enough seniors available for the children coming, so ring the library staff on 674902190 to book a day and a time for your child.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 29 October, 2019

It’s your last chance to select a book from our 50 shades of pink display and perhaps win a pink prize to take home along with your book. It’s amazing how many books have pink covers and spines, and how many shades of pink there actually are! There are even pink Westerns, so come along and try your luck! And if you want to support the Pink up Gunnedah campaign, there’s a donations box in the library.

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves this week.

For the children, there’s a set of simple biography books about famous people, such as fashion designer Coco Chanel, author Jane Austen, actress Audrey Hepburn, scientist Marie Curie and aviator Amelia Earhart. The stories are told in simple words with cartoon illustrations, but there are facts and photos at the back.

More challenging is the book Beyond magenta: transgender teens speak out written and photographed by Susan Kuklin.’Six unwaveringly honest young adults tell what it means for them to be members of the transgender community.’ And a reviewer says of the book: ‘informative, revealing, powerful and necessary.’

Readers of fiction will also like the new books we have added to the shelves.

There’s the latest novel by Australian author Judy Nunn Khaki town set in Townsville during World War II. It has been ‘inspired by a true wartime story that has remained a well-kept secret for over seventy years.’ Readers of thrillers and mystery novels will enjoy Pretty guilty women by Gina Lamanna. Why did four women all confess to the murder of a man? 19th Christmas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is ‘a Women’s Murder Club thriller’ with ‘smart characters, shocking twists, and a villain so evil you count down to the very last page’

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Two weeks left to go before the 50 Shades of Pink book display comes down – so you still have time to select a pink book and be in the running to win a selection of pink, of course, prizes! Books with pink jackets cover all genres, including mysteries, westerns, science fiction, nonfiction of various subjects, and naturally romance!

So either borrow a favourite author or lash out and try someone completely new – you may discover a new author as well as winning a pink prize.

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves this week.

Amongst the new titles are a thriller by Robert Pobi City of windows, described as ‘a great plot, a great setting, and even better characters’ Even Lee Child loved this book! Going under by Australian author Sonia Henry, is a medical fiction book, and a reviewer states that ‘Sonia Henry writes with a combination of heart and precision that only the best of writers, and doctors, can manage.’

Children will enjoy the latest David Walliams book Fing:an explosively funny tale. It’s the story of the Meek family, especially Myrtle, ‘a child who had everything, but still wanted more. Children who read Roald Dahl will enjoy this book! Terry Pratchett, better known for his adult novels, has also written novels for children, including Dragons at Crumbling Castle and other stories. ‘Fourteen brilliant stories from master storyteller … time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem!’

Plenty is happening in the library this week. There’s a Family History meeting on Wednesday from 10.30am, shop bound book bag deliveries for those people who can’t come to the library, Junior brain games on Wednesday afternoon from 3.30 pm – an after school activity for children aged from eight to twelve years, and on Saturday mornings from 9.30 onwards, our Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter is a programme available for all ages – just come along and enjoy games, knitting and colouring in!

If you’d like more information on these programmes, or any of the other programme that the library runs, please ring on 67402190 for more information or come on in and have a look around and a chat to the friendly library staff.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 08 October, 2019

There are still plenty of pink prizes to be won in our ‘Fifty shades of pink’ display! Just borrow a book from the pink themed display cases and if you have selected a lucky book it will be indicated when you check it out, and you can select your reward! Surprisingly enough, there are pink covered books in all genres, including manly westerns and science fiction, so there is something for everyone – just come on in and try your luck.

The library is also collecting funds for the Pink October campaign – just drop your spare coins in the box by the service desk to support this worthy cause.

Also happening at the library this week is the school holiday programme, with youngsters of all ages catered for. For children under seven years, there’s storytelling and handicrafts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10.30am until 11.00am . These sessions are free and no booking is required. Just come along and enjoy yourself!

Older children can come along on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and participate in Crafty Creations from 3.30pm to 4.30 pm. Spaces are limited for these sessions, so bookings are preferred and there is also a small charge of $3 per child.

New books are added to the shelves each week. Amongst the titles this week are David Lagercrantz’s The girl who lived twice which is a continuation of Steig Larsson’s Millennium series. ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo is back’. Australian author Barbara Hannay latest novel is Meet me in Venice but when widow Daisy invites her three children to her late husband’s home city of Venice, a shocking secret is revealed.

There are plenty of new books for children as well, including a set of fairy tales and popular classics that have been based on the original stories. These adapted books are ideal for beginning readers who may not yet be able to cope with the full length novel. Titles include Black Beauty, Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows, and Treasure Island.

See you soon at the library!