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Library Lines

Library Lines: Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The library’s Spring Book Sale is still in full swing. Books are being renewed each day, so come along and grab a bargain. Books are two dollars each, and paperbacks and magazines are 20 cents each. Books are available in all genres – fiction, non-fiction, biographies and children’s books.

This Wednesday, the library will deliver bags of books to the Housebound library clients. If you, or anyone you know, are unable to make it to the library due to illness or lack of transport, you can sign up for the library’s Housebound service. Simply fill out a form stating your preferences - normal print, large print or talking books - the genres you prefer and how many books you would like. The library staff will select the books and deliver them to your home. Just come in or ring the library on (02) 6740 2190 for more information or to sign up for this wonderful and free service.

Lots of new titles have been added to the stock this week. Amongst the new books include The cutting edge, a thriller by Jeffrey Deaver, an author described as “a master of crafting intricate crimes that are solved through guile, tenacity and sheet creative genius”. The Moscow deception by Karen Robards is The Guardian series book two and is sure to keep you turning the pages to follow the adventures of Bianca St Ives, con-woman and thief. Boy swallows universe is by Australian author Trent Dalton and is a contemporary fiction novel set in Brisbane.

Fans of facts have two new books to absorb. Informaniac: become an expert in an hour by Stuart Derrick and Charlotte Goddard. This book includes more than 4,500 facts about things ranging from inventions, how the universe works to the future! There is also Guinness World Records: science & stuff. This book is also divided into categories and includes information about ten experiments to try at home.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 11 September 2018

This Wednesday is the book bag delivery day to our Shop Bound library clients. If you are not already a member of this program, it just takes a phone call to (02) 6740 2190 to be added to the borrower list. If you can’t leave your shop, or if you work in a shop and don’t have the time to visit the library, you are eligible to have a bag of books delivered to your workplace each fortnight. You pick how many books or magazines you would like to read or listen to, and library staff does the selection, checks the books out to you, and delivers them to your work location! You have the choice of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, talking books, or Large Print books. With over 17.000 titles to choose from, there is something for everyone! Better still, it’s FREE!

Also free, and a very new service, is our digital books and magazines platform rbDigital. Anyone with a Gunnedah Shire Library card can download the app on their device and download a selection of books, magazines or talking books to read or listen to on their device. It’s excellent for people going on holidays, doing a lot of driving, or going on a long car, train or plane trip. Hop onto the library’s web site, and follow the prompts or ask the library staff for assistance in accessing this great resource.

This week sees the start of the Library’s Spring Book Sale!

Books for sale are donations that don’t fit into the library’s selection policy; books that have reached the end of their shelf life, aren’t being used or are slightly damaged. Books will be two dollars each, and magazines and paperbacks will be 20 cents. Books for sale will include all genres – mystery, romance, thrillers, general fiction, and all areas of nonfiction, biographies as well as picture books and children’s fiction.

The money raised in the sale will go towards purchasing new titles, so pop down to the library and save your favourite titles and authors, or simply pick up a book that piques your interest!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Plenty of new books have been added to the library shelves this past week. For younger readers, four new books in the Wonders of Learning series are Discover Dinosaurs; a visual guide to the captivating world of the dinosaurs; Discover the Earth: every child’s first book about the earth; Discover the human body: a visual guide to human anatomy; and Discover my animal encyclopedia: packed full of fascinating information about animals. The books are large format, with plenty of photos, drawings, and facts presented in text boxes, ideal for the child just beginning to explore different topics.

For the adult readers, we have added A room at the manor “a deliciously enjoyable read – warm, funny and romantic” by Julie Shackman, Queen of the North’ a historical novel set in the time of Richard II by Anne O’Brien, described as “a cracking historical novel”, The other wife a thriller by Michael Robotham: “A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows. … a confronting psychological thriller…” and Three little lies by Laura Marshall.

We are the dead: Gunnedah’s Great War by Geordie Clark “honours and remembers all of those men in the order in which they made their sacrifice.” The book includes 197 entries, and includes a names index and many black and white photos. It is now available to be borrowed.

If your child is struggling with reading issues, or just needs some practise, consider joining them up to the library’s Bookends programme. Children can ‘borrow’ a senior for twenty minute sessions and read a book of their choice. The senior will assist with pronunciation, punctuation and encouragement. Seniors can be borrowed on a regular basis or for a one off function like a class presentation. The programme is free, but bookings are essential – Tuesday, Thursday or Friday afternoon from 3.00pm – so please ring (02) 6740 2190 to make a booking!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 28 August 2018

We have three jam packed ‘weeks’ to look forward to in September at the library.

On Monday, 3 September, during Adult Learners Week, Cameron McFarlane of Royal Life Saving will give a presentation on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques. There are two presentations during the day; 9.30am and 2.30pm. Each presentation will take approximately one hour, and comes complete with manikins to practise on, information and a fun quiz. Please ring the library on (02) 6740 2190 if you wish to attend either of these free sessions.

The CPR instruction sessions will be followed by the usual Brain Training at the Library, where people can exercise their minds doing fun activities such as join the dots (fine motor skills), spot the objects (pattern recognition), trivia questions (general knowledge), and how many words (word association, vocabulary).

Gunnedah Shire Library was one of the first libraries in NSW to attain its eSmart library accreditation, and on 5 September, during eSmart Libraries Week, an after school activity held for children aged between eight and twelve years will focus on the internet and staying safe online. Places are limited for Junior Brain Games, so if you wish your child to attend, please ring the library to see if there is a place available.

It’s also Child Protection Week from 2 to 8 September. The library will have a face out display of books pertaining to children safety – these books are available to be checked out.

Fans of The Very cranky bear by Nick Bland will be delighted that the library has acquired more bear books! We now have The very itchy bear, The very hungry bear, The very brave bear, and The very noisy bear – great fun books for children and the young at heart.

See you soon at the library!