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Library Lines

Library Lines: Tuesday, 22 May 2018

There’s plenty happening in the library this week.

On Wednesday 23 May, at 11.00 am, the library will be taking part in National Simultaneous Storytime, when all the libraries, schools, preschools, etc. in Australia who have booked for the programme will read the same book, Hickory Dickory Dash, at exactly the same time! It’s great fun, and one of the Brain Trainers @ the Library has volunteered to knit the relevant puppets so they can be used during the reading. Everyone is welcome to attend – if you wish to listen to the story, please come in a little earlier so you can be settled when the story starts at 11.00!

In conjunction with the Biggest Morning Tea, the library will also be offering morning tea on Wednesday and Thursday morning, with all proceeds going towards Cancer research. So if you’d like to enjoy a morning tea, perhaps reading one of the library’s latest issues of their magazines, come on in and bring a donation to this worthy cause.

The Family History group also meets this Friday 25 May, so if you’d like some help or suggestions in how to start researching your family tree or the local history, come along to the meeting which starts at 10.30, and the members will make you welcome and assist you with your work.

New books added to the library’s stock this month include Anzac journeys: returning to the battlefields of World War II by Bruce Scates. The book includes maps, coloured and black and white photos, and quotations. Other books are: Kidspeak: a dictionary of Australian children’s words, expressions and games by June Factor. People who would like to be chilled and thrilled could read Ghosts of the world: true tales of ghostly hauntings. And now that the weather is getting cooler and there is more time in the evenings, the handcrafters could get a head start on Christmas gifts by knitting from How tea cosies changed the world which is full of quirky designs, or tackle ‘Twas the knits before Christmas by Fiona Goble which is full of designs on the creations of all the characters in the famous poem!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 15 May 2018

National Families Week (15-21 May) will be celebrated at the Library, with our Junior Brain Games session, held every Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30pm as an after school activity, focusing on families. This program targets literacy, language and numeracy and the session will include books, reading, writing, and puzzles such as join the dots, find the objects, spot the difference, and so on. Places are limited, so if you wish your child to attend, then please phone the library on 6740 2190 to secure a place.

If your children could use some more reading practice, perhaps they would like to ‘borrow a senior’ to help them improve their skills. ‘Bookends’ is a new programme, starting at the end of May. Children can book a block of 20 minutes with a senior on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons – the children will select books to read, and the senior will help and encourage reading skills. Again, please book a time slot by ringing 674 02190 and speaking to the library staff.

Plenty of new books have been added to the library’s shelves this last week. Titles include: Great Australian Test Cricket Stories by Ashley Mallett, ‘a collection of fascinating cricket yarns that spans centuries and continents’; and Valiant for truth: The life of Chester Wilmot, war correspondent by Neil McDonald with Peter Brune.

Two more biographies include Bill Gibson: Pioneering bionic ear surgeon by Tina Allen, and Miss Muriel Matters by Robert Wainwright, a book about ‘The Australian actress who became one of London’s most famous suffragists’.

New picture books for the younger readers include My Alien and Me, by Smriti Pradsdam- Halls and Tom McLaughlin; Unstoppable Max, a boy who ‘doesn’t have an off switch’ by Julia Patton, Lanterns and firecrackers: A Chinese New Year story by Jonny Zucker; and Be brave, little penguin by Giles Andreae.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 08 May 2018

‘Bookends’, the library’s new literacy assistance program, is now open and ready to take bookings!

Seniors can be borrowed for 20 minute blocks on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3.00pm to assist children with reading by giving them one-on-one attention and help. Please ring the library on (02) 6740 2190 for details of the time and to book a place for your child. Regular spots may be booked daily or weekly, or bookings can be made for help for a special event. Reading forms the backbone of so many skills that it’s important for everyone to be able to read well – it leads to lifelong learning and pleasure.

New titles added to the collection this week and available for borrowing include: The Pearler’s Wife, a debut novel by Australian author Rozane Dhand, whose book is ‘inspired by a small yet pivotal moment in Australian history’; Everything is lies - a thriller with a ‘brilliantly shocking’ ending by Helen Callaghan; Sisters Like Us ‘is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world, told with Susan Mallery’s trademark warmth and humour’; and Richelle Mead has written another Glittering Court novel Midnight Jewel that will satisfy young adult readers or lovers of gothic fantasy.

Another fascinating book is one by Jane Goodall of chimpanzee fame is Seeds of hope: Wisdom and wonder from the world of plants, packed with interestingly presented information about the ‘profound relationship we have with the world of plants’. This is a book that can be opened at any page to reveal some note of interest.

And for those readers having problems coping with normal print, the library has received its third consignment of Large Print books, mostly mystery and thrillers novels, but there are also some autobiographies and general fiction amongst those titles ready to be read.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 01 May 2018

The next term of school has started, and if you feel that your child could benefit from some one-on-one reading assistance, ask the library about their Bookends programme. Seniors will be on call, and available to be ‘borrowed’ each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon to give children individual attention and reading assistance. Please ring the library on 67402190 for details of the time and to book a place for your child.

The library also caters to people who are unable to get to the premises to change their books due to ill health. People can apply to be added to the House bound delivery system by filling in an application form and a preference form stating how many books they require, and their preferred reading genres. The book bags are delivered once a fortnight, and delivery will take place this Wednesday 02 May.

If you know of an elderly person who would benefit from this service, please see the library staff and we will arrange for a visit by library staff for the paperwork!

Plenty of new books have been added to the library stocks this week. Amongst the new titles are talking books in the MP3 format Good Friday a thriller by Lynda La Plante, and Waltzing Australia: stories and ballads from under an outback sky read by Jack Thompson. Remember, if you don’t have an MP3 format player at home, you can still enjoy these talking books by borrowing a player from the library – they are available for three months loan periods.

Books added to the collection include a spine tingling thriller by Dean Koontz The whispering room, a novel of early Tasmania called Bridget Crack by Rachel Leary, and Anatomy of a scandal by Sarah Vaughan, described as ‘the best courtroom drama’ I’ve read ..’

Readers of the true crime genre will want to check out Operation Playboy: the explosive true story of the surfer playboys turned international drug lords, and the cops who hunt them down by Kathryn Bonella.

See you soon at the library!