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Library Lines: Tuesday, 17 July 2018

There’s still a week of school holiday programmes available at the library, with storytelling and handicrafts for children up to seven years on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10.30am to 11.00am.

For the older children, there is a handicraft session on the same afternoon at 3.30pm to 4.30pm. The theme this week is mask making, and there will be a small fee of three dollars to attend the sessions. Bookings are essential as there are limited spaces so ring (02) 6740 2190 to secure a place for your child.

Remember, you can borrow talking books to amuse and delight the children – and yourselves! – if you are taking a long train or plane trip for this last week -
Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves during the last week.

For children interested in coding, there are three new books, titled Writing computer code: learn the language of computers by Chris Minnick and Eva Holland, Creating digital animations: animate stories with Scratch by Derek Breen, and Digital games: create games with Scratch also by Derek Breen.

Younger children will enjoy the counting picture book One keen koala by Margaret Wild.

Intriguing reading for people who like trivia is Top 10 of everything 2018 by Paul Terry. Categories include Animals, Mechanical creations, Outer space, Sports, and Music.

There’s also I before e (except after c): old-school ways to remember stuff by Judy Parkinson and a biography Bill Gibson: pioneering bionic ear surgeon by Tina K. Allen.

The library has also added four more titles of the Australian Issues in Society series. The books are Human rights in Australia, Human rights and civil liberties, Indigenous rights, and People with disability. The books come complete with worksheets and activities and Australian websites giving further information.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 10 July 2018

If you’re looking to entertain your children these school holidays, look no further than the library’s school holiday programme.

There is storytelling and handicrafts for children up to seven years on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10.30am to 11.00am. For the older children, there is a handicraft session on the same afternoon at 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Bookings are essential as there are limited spaces and a fee of $3 for the afternoon sessions, so you will need to book by ringing (02) 6740 2190 to secure a place for your child.

The library staff will be attending Curlewis Library on Monday 16 July 2018 from 10.00am until 3.00pm for story reading and handicrafts. This fun activity has a limit of ten children and a charge of $3, so don’t forget to ring and book in.

If you are taking a winter break and are going to be doing some rail or road travel, entertain yourself and your children by borrowing a talking book. There are two formats, MP3 and normal CDs, a great option to listen to while on the road.

New talking books added to the children’s collection include Goblins vs dwarves by Philip Reeve, read by David Thorpe. The seven CDs give you seven hours and 45 minutes of listening time.

Adult talking books new to the shelves include Black thunder by Max Brand, (7 hrs and 20 mins), Legacy by Australian author Tamara McKinley (15 hrs). In the MP3 format we have the latest thriller by Michael Robotham Say you’re sorry (12hrs 10 mins), and The wrong side of goodbye by Michael Connelly (12 hrs).

If you don’t have an MP3 player but want to take advantage of reading with your ears, the library also has players available for loan so you can enjoy this new format.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Looking for somewhere to take the children this school holidays?

There’s something going on at the library every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for all ages of children. In the mornings, from 10.30am until 11.00am, there’s storytelling for children up to 7 years old with a selection of books, followed by a handicraft session. No bookings are necessary, just come on down and enjoy!
It’s fun for the young and the young at heart!

Older children can try their hand at card and bookmark making in the afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. For the adventurous children, we have some special dinosaur and pirate themed cards – so come along and create! There’s a limit of ten children per session, and a three dollar charge, so please ring 67402190 to book a place for your child.

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

Planning your house or garden? Try The Feng Shui dictionary: a portable A to Z by Lillian Too, a handy little book with plenty of practical advice, or Plants from pits: how to grow a garden from kitchen scraps by Holly Farrell – a great book to use with children, or for the beginning garden, with easy to understand drawings and photos. Another book for children and their carers is Kabobs for kids by Janna DeVore – plenty of brightly coloured photos with an adult and children’s prep section for each of the easy but tasty recipes.

Giving thanks: more than 100 ways to say ‘thank you’ illustrated by Ellen Surrey is a new picture book explaining in a fun way a very important concept for children to master. The book includes directions for a gratitude jar and suggestions for making ‘thank you’ cards.

For adults, try the Great Australian Women’s Weekly Read Together by Julie Cohen ‘their love was unstoppable, their life was a lie’. Or try this novel, described as ‘ a breakthrough work of one of Australia’s most exciting emerging writers’ In the Garden of the Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey ‘a masterpiece of duplicity and counterplay’

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Some new titles added to the shelves this week are A year in the life of a Yorkshire shepherdess by Amanda Owen.

The book is described as ‘a delight for anyone who has dreamed of living close to nature.’ The dog lover would enjoy Tara: The terrier who sailed around the world by Rosemary and Robert Forrester. The story follows follow the adventures of a little terrier cruising around the world on a yacht! In a more serious but uplifting vein, Five minutes of amazing: My journey through dementia, by Chris Graham with Wendy Holden gives a personal insight into the illness. After being diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s, Chris ‘embarked on a 10,000 mile solo cycle around North America raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research.’

Younger readers will enjoy Elmer and butterfly by David McKee and Big book of Aussie animals, which outlines ‘who’s the tallest, loudest or trickiest Aussie animal? Funny, fair-dinkum facts inside!’ Also recommended for a young reader is Ocean lullaby, a gentle picture book about sleeping by Sally Odgers, and Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z picture book, with pages in colour and black and white – plenty of scope for the imagination!

People who enjoy just dipping into a book, 5000 amazing facts; Incredible but true facts about everything, and 1001 questions & answers about absolutely everything are the books for you. They are full of photos and the facts for the hungry mind.

The library is gearing up for the July school holidays with story reading and winter themed handicraft sessions for the younger children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday mornings at 10.30am. Older children won’t miss out with handicrafts in the afternoons from 3.30pm.

On the 10, 11 and 12 July, the handicraft for the older children from ages seven to twelve years will be card and bookmark making, with special dinosaur and pirate themes, as well as other subjects. On the 17, 18 and 19 July children can make a variety of masks. There is only a charge of three dollars for the sessions and limited places, so please ring the library on (02) 6740 2190 to make a booking.

See you soon at the library!