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Library Lines

Library Lines: Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Back to school this week, and if you would like to give your child a head start in literacy, or they need a bit of extra one on one assistance with their reading, consider booking your child into a Bookends Literacy Assist session. The sessions are run after school, and last for twenty minutes. The child will work with a senior whom they will ‘borrow’ for the length of the session. Children will read out loud, and the senior will offer help and encouragement.

The sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3.00pm until 5.00pm, and on Friday from 3.00pm until 4.20pm. Places are limited so please ring the library on 67402190 or call in to book a place for your child. Best of all, the programmes free!

For the young, and the young at heart, the library hosts a Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter programme every Saturday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Bring your own handicrafts to ‘show and tell’ and work on, and the library supplies colouring in books and templates, as well as colour pencils and crayons. There’s no age limit for this programme – it’s open for everyone – just come along and enjoy. There are also games to enjoy, such as Trivia Pursuit, Scrabble, and other board games. The sessions are free, and no bookings are required – just come along and enjoy yourselves.

Some handicrafts books that may get you started with a new hobby include Hankie couture: handcrafted fashions from vintage handkerchiefs – dress your dolls beautifully with easy to follow directions and lovely photos; Making fairy tale scenes by Sybille Adolphi introduces the techniques of needle felting, A-Z of bullions has information about a special style of embroidery with over 120 different projects. Knitting with giant needles by Harna Charlotte Erhorn gives directions for projects such as lampshades, cat houses, stool covers, etc., and also indicates how long the project will take to finish.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Take off at the library this week, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Come on in and take a look at our display stand, which features some rare books about the moon landing that have been lent to the library by one of our clients. If you’re interested in learning more about our place in space, astronomy, or the moon, the books on the cabinet are available to be checked out.

Books include First man in the moon by H. G. Wells, How to be a space explorer: your out-of-this-world adventure written by Mark Brake, and published by Lonely Planet Kids. There’s also Exploring space robots by Deborah Kops. Spacecraft and the journey into space by Raman Prinja is a fun book filled not only with facts, but with easy science experiments for children to try.

The school holiday programme is also in full swing, with a different handicraft being presented each day for the older children on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3.30pm to 4.30 pm. Bookings are essential for the older children so please ring the library on 67402190 to secure a place for your child. There’s also a three dollar charge per session.

Thursday 18 July also sees a visit by the Mayor to the library at 3.00pm. He will present certificates to all the young readers who are participating in the 1,000 Books After School literacy programme. Over 29 children have reached milestones of 50, 100, 250, 500 and 750 books read – no mean achievement! After the presentation, there’ll be afternoon tea, and then the school holiday programme.

The younger children can come on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10.30am to 11.00am to enjoy winter themed stories and a simple handicraft – bookings are necessary and it’s fun for the young and the young at heart – just come along and enjoy!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Lots going on in the library this week!

Of course the emphasis is on the school holidays, with the library having six events specially for children.

Younger children can enjoy storytelling and a simple handicraft from 10.30am to 11.00am each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. These sessions are free, and no bookings are required.

Older children, from seven to 12 years, can be inventive during Crafty Creations from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on the same days. They can try their hand at making friendship bracelets, snowflakes that will be used to decorate the library’s giant bookworm, dreamcatchers, origami such as penguins or bookmarks and pine cone owls. There’s a charge of three dollars per child for each session for the older children, and bookings are necessary – please ring on 67402190 to secure a place for your child.

Adults haven’t been forgotten either! Brain training @ the library takes place each Monday from 10.30am to 11.30am and 3.30pm to 4.30 pm – all are welcome for a fun hour where activities include join the dots, find the objects, word games, memory activities, non-dominant hand use. The sessions are free, and morning and afternoon tea are included – everyone is welcome to attend!

This week we also have a housebound delivery to people unable to attend the library to change their own books.

If you know of someone who would love to read or listen to books, but can’t get to the library, please let us know and they may be able to join our Housebound Library service.

The Family History group also meets at the library this Wednesday from 10.30 to 12.30. If you’re interested in your own history, or the history of the town, come along and like-minded people can help with your research.

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves this week. Titles include The oracle, a thriller by the ever popular Clive Cussler, a Young Adult fiction novel starring Theodore Bone: the accomplice by John Grisham, and The Van Apfel girls are gone, a thriller by Australian author Felicity Mclean.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 2 July 2019

The library’s school holiday programme has been finalised, and there’s something for everyone, with handicrafts for the older children in the afternoons, and storytelling for the youngsters in the mornings. Just ask at the library for the brochure giving the dates and times and book your children in for some holiday fun.

Curlewis Library hasn’t been forgotten either, and there’ll be a programme there for children each Monday afternoon from 1.30pm until 3.00pm.

Lots of lovely winter reading books have been added to the collection this last week.

Among the new titles are The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan – digging into a family’s history “unearths a dark and shocking past in which two people were torn apart by conflict”. The book is described as “smart plots, brilliant characters and juicy romance”. What more is needed for a cold winter’s day?

There’s also Kelly Rimmer’s The Things we Cannot Say. Described as being excellent for Jodi Picoult fans, the book switches between World War II and 2019 when a grandmother’s “hidden box of mementoes reveals…” Borrow the book and find out!

The Woman from Saint Germain by J. R. Lonie tells the story of “two strangers from different worlds – only war could bring them together”. The novel is set in Europe during 1941, as two people attempt to escape from the Nazi threat.

Other books include The Mortgage Stress Handbook: A practical guide for people having trouble with their mortgage, a Legal Aid publication, and Taking Charge of Diabetes: Recipes, menu plans & menus to get you back on track, edited by Wendy Bryant, which includes easy-to-follow recipes with mouthwatering photos.

For beginning readers, there’s Noah’s Ark, a picture book retold by Catherine Allison, Little Grey’s Birthday Surprise by Karl Newson, and Things That Go, a First Words board book, a rhyming book with lots of new words on each page.

See you soon at the library!