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Library Lines: Tuesday, 21 May 2019

National Simultaneous Storytime.

It’s when libraries, schools, day care centres, preschool and places where people meet all read the same book at the same time!

It’s happening at Gunnedah library at 11.00am on Wednesday 22nd May. Everyone is invited to attend the reading of the selected book Alpacas with maracas – a rollicking rhyming book that teaches that coming first is not everything.

The story reading will be followed by the Biggest Morning Tea – help yourself to tea or coffee and cake for a gold coin donation to go towards cancer research.

Children who have reached their milestones in the 1,000 Books Before School early literacy programme will have a presentation of certificates by Deputy Mayor Councillor Rob Hooke at 10.00am, and they can then enjoy some stories while waiting for the 11.00am o’clock countdown.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

On Friday 24th May, the library will welcome author D. J. Blackmore, whose next novel will be set in Gunnedah. Enjoy morning tea at 10.00am, and listen to the author speaking about her writing journey to date and hopes for the future. This will be an event for everyone interested in books and reading. The author will also have books available to purchase and autograph on the day. Please ring the library on 6740 2190 to make a booking.

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves this week. Amongst the new titles are King of kings the new novel by Wilbur Smith with Imogen Robertson, blending the Ballantyne and Courtney families.

Closer to home is The Oceans between us, a novel of migrant children, written by Gill Thompson, and set in Britain during WWII and Australia. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have collaborated to write another Women’s Murder Club thriller 18th Abduction.

The great Australian bucket list: one of a kind travel experiences by Robin Esrock, lists things to see and do in each state. Plenty of colour pictures, practical information and web site address to help plan your travel!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday,14 May 2019

There’s plenty happening in the library during May – this coming week the library is doing house bound book bag deliveries, bringing the library to people who can’t visit. If you know of any elderly or fragile people who would love to read or listen to books, this service is free of charge and simple to initiate – simply ring the library on 67402190 and ask the friendly library staff about it.

Lots of lovely new books have been added to the shelves this week – there’s plenty for everyone, and lots of different topics!

Amongst the new nonfiction are See Australia and die: tales of misadventure Down Under by Wendy Lewis. Short stories set in Australia’s deserts, oceans, beaches, and mountains demonstrating how relentless the country can be with the usually fatal outcomes – contains short descriptions of each incident with some information boxes.

On a lighter note is The cruise handbook: inspiring ideas and essential advice for the new generation of cruises and cruisers by Lonely Planet. The book is packed with practical information about cruising and cruises, including section of Booking, Eating and Solo Cruising, and chapters on Planning, Inspiration, and Choosing your cruise.

Readers can also try the autobiography My family and other animals by Gerald Durrell, set on the Greek island of Corfu. The book is shelved in the Large Print collection, but can be borrowed by anyone.

Fiction readers will be spoilt for choice. There’s The lily in the snow, third of a set by Australian author Jacki French, and Clive Cussler’s latest thriller Celtic empire, starring the intrepid Dirk Pitt. James Patterson and Brendan DuBois have collaborated to write Out of sight – ‘she knows too much, And it could cost her family everything.’ And featuring FBI consultant Amos Decker is David Baldacci’s Redemption, described as ‘A mile-a-minute read ‘

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 07 May 2019

There’s plenty happening in the library during May!

As well as the usual addition of new books to the shelves – we have recently purchased 100 current fiction and non-fiction books, as well as some Large print titles- we have all our regular programmes such as Brain Training @ the library, Toddler time three times a week, Junior Brain Games, Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter, we also have a slew of extra events happening.

Things to look forward to include The Biggest Morning Tea, National Simultaneous Storytime, which features the entertaining Alpacas with Maracas. We will also have a 1,000 Books Before School certificate presentation for children who have reached their milestones in this early childhood literacy programme.

Beginning readers will enjoy some additions to the existing sets that we hold in the library. There’s Robert Irwin: Dinosaur hunter: the discovery written by Jack Wells. The book has large print, some illustrations, and some facts about Australian dinosaurs. There’s also the possibility to hop on line and ‘get a special message’.

Fans of Billie B will enjoy the new set of Billie B Mystery books. There’s four books in this set which focus on Billie B and her friends who have formed a special club to solve mysteries!

New mums will want to borrow the sequel to Up the duff (also held by the library!) which is Babies & Toddlers by Kaz Cooke. This book covers everything from new babies to birthdays – information is presented in an easy to read and informative way.

Time for a bit of romance? Try Maybe this time by Jill Mansell, described as ‘Romantic and brilliantly written … a feel-good gem’. Readers who enjoy historical fiction, or just a good book set in past times, will like The familiars by Stacey Halls. Set in England in early 1600, it’s a ‘beautiful tale of women and witchcraft and the fight against power … a delight from start to finish.’

And embracing other realms is The fork, the witch and the worm: tales from Alagaësia by Christopher Pailini, a collection of stories based on the Inheritance Cycle, which the library also holds.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

School holidays are now in full swing, and children are having a great time at the library, taking part in the storytelling in the morning for the younger children, and handicrafts for older children.

The younger children have storytelling and a simple handicraft from 10.30 am to 11.00 am each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning, and the older children come in on the same days at 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm to enjoy Crafty Creations – and the theme for the holidays is Superheroes! Come along and enjoy string art, mask making, decorate paper bags, make desk organisers, and more. There’s a charge of 3$ per children for the older children, and a limit of ten children per session, so please ring the library on 67402190 to book a place.

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

Amongst the new books are Stories for boys who dare to be different: true tales of amazing boys who changed the world without killing dragons by ben Brooks. This book presents bite sized biographies of famous boys/men with cartoon illustrations and information spanning a double page. Interesting to pick up and dip into at any point – you don’t have to start at the beginning and read to the end!

Also for beginning readers and investigators is My book of rocks and minerals: things to find, collect and treasure. Beautifully illustrated and containing information boxes on such fascinating things as Glow in the dark rocks, Living gems, and How a pearl is made. Again, a book to pick up and dip into.

Everyone will be fascinated by Infomaniac: become an expert in an hour by Stuart Derrick & Charlotte Goddard. There are sections on Inventions, Modern technology, How the universe works, Wheels, The future, and so on, with plenty of little snippets of information to keep the reader engaged.

See you soon at the library!