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Library Lines: Tuesday, 05 March, 2019

Welcome to Multicultural March at Gunnedah Library!

The library will be decorated with colourful flags of many different nations, and we will also have a trivia quiz for all ages – match the flowers with their countries – you might find some of them very surprising!

There’s also a display of objects and fabrics from different lands in the library display cabinet.

Not to mention the vast collection of books the library holds – travel books, history books, and fiction books set in different cultures.

So expand your world and visit the library – it’s fun, and it’s free!

Plenty of new books have been added to the library shelves this last week; there’s something for everyone.

Erin Rhoads has written Waste Not:Make a big difference by throwing away less. This book is packed with handy hints for the house and garden, including recipes using natural materials. Children can also become involved with changing the world: 101 small ways to change the world: How you (yes, you) can make a difference! is published by Lonely Planets of Travel. There are chapters on caring for others, caring for yourself, and caring for the planet. It’s full of little information boxes and handy hints about how children can make a difference.

For beginner readers who want ‘proper books’ the set of six Orchard books might fit the bill. Heroes such as Jason, Kind Arthur, Ai Baba, Aladdin and Beowulf have their adventures portrayed in easy fiction and illustrated with cartoons.

Readers who enjoy thrillers can borrow The missing and the dead by Stuart MacBride, a ‘new Logan McRae novel, and The first lady - the latest novel by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois.

Lovers of the iconic Ford cars will enjoy Ford Australia: The cars and the people who built them by M. D. Cook and D. M. Wallace. Plenty of black and white and colour photos, with lots of information about the car and the company, the book is written in chronological order from its beginnings in 1923 to 2016.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 26 February, 2019

There is still time for our lucky reader to borrow a ‘red ‘rapped read’ book from our special shelf, and if they select one of the tagged books they could be the lucky winner of a box of chocolates to take home with their book! This promotion runs until the end of February, so you still have a few days left to pick a red covered title!

The library runs plenty of programs during the week.

On Tuesdays, from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, there is Bookends Literacy Assist, where children wanting some reading help read to seniors who assist and encourage. Bookings are in 20 minute blocks and are essential – please ring the library on 6740 2190 to make a booking for your child. The program also runs on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

There’s also Toddler Time for little ones on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10.30am, with story reading and a simple handicraft. No bookings are required – just come along with your child and enjoy! Children can also join our 1,000 Books Before School, and receive certificates for their milestone achievements of enjoying 50, 100, 250, 500, 750 and then the prize 1,000 Books Before School!

On Wednesday, 27 February the library does a Shop Bound Book Bag delivery service to shops in the CBD whose workers are unable to visit the library. This service is free, and anyone wishing to join just needs to fill out an application form, and let the library staff know their reading preferences. Book bags are exchanged every two weeks.

The Family History Group also meets on the second and last Wednesday of each month, so if you’re interested in the history of the district, or of your family, join in and find some handy hints about tracking down facts and ancestors!

On Wednesday afternoon the library also hosts Junior Brain Games, an afternoon school activity for children aged eight to 12 years. There’s a 30 minute literacy component, with the rest of the time taken up by fun brain games such as join the dots, find the objects, word and memory games, spot the difference, mazes, and so on. Bookings are essential for this program as there is a limit of 10 children, so please ring the library on 6740 2190 to see if there is room for your child.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

Our ‘Red Rapped Reads’ shelves are still full of red books from all genres waiting to be selected, with the lucky reader, if they choose a tagged book, taking home some chocolates as well as the book of their choice! So come on into the library during Library Lovers Month – February – and try your luck – broaden your reading field and perhaps win some chocolates to go with your book!

Membership of the library is free – after filling out an application form, you are able to borrow at once from any of the 17,000 titles that the library holds. We have fiction books in all genres, and non-fiction on all subjects. There are also Large Print titles, talking books, DVDs, CDs, paperbacks and magazines to select from. For the children we cater to all ages from tots to teens. If you can’t make a choice, or have difficulty in finding your preferred books, just ask one of the friendly library staff for help.

The library also runs a variety of programs each week to suit all interested people. They range from Toddler Time for the youngsters to Brain Training for seniors. There’s also Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter on a Saturday morning for all age groups. Just ask the library staff for information about each program or check the library events calendar on the notice board!

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves during the last week. For those people who prefer to listen to books, five new Talking Books have been added to the collection. They include three mystery titles: And hope to die by J. M. Calder, Missing Justice by Alafair Burke, and Jane Goodall’s The Walker; as well as Die for you, a thriller by Lisa Unger; and Michael Clarke has written his biography My Story - read by David Tredinnick.

All these titles are available to be borrowed.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday,12 February, 2019

Tuesday 06 February 2019 saw the launch of the library’s “Red Rapped Reads” promotion, which will be running throughout February to celebrate Library Lovers Month.

A whole shelf has been wrapped with red ribbon with big red bows and the shelves filled with books with red covers. It includes fiction titles of all genres – romance, mystery, thrillers, westerns, large print, non-fiction and more.

To add to the fun, several of the books have been tagged and those lucky enough to borrow one can select a box of chocolates to take home to enjoy with their books!
So come on in and broaden your reading range by choosing a book with a red cover from the special shelf!
Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves during the last week.

Among the new titles are Gregory’s 2019 Street Directory Sydney and Blue Mountains, which includes new streets and development, and over 13,215 facilities. There’s also a map of the Sydney trains network, information about taxis, and a map of the Sydney ferries network.

For those interested in Australian wildlife, there’s a new set of books, Australia’s most dangerous spiders, Australia’s most dangerous snakes, and Australia’s most freaky weird and wonderful creatures. Plenty of full colour detailed photos and information boxes, including how to deal with venomous snake or spider bites.

Then there’s Australia’s most extreme: The biggest, fastest, toughest smartest creatures, and Australia’s most deadly. The book includes detailed photos, distribution of the animals, and also fact filled information boxes. Both sets have been published by Australian Geographic.

Remember, if you come to the library to return books, and the library is shut, you can use the after-hours chute located to the left of the library door. Just push the flap open and slide the books through, and the library staff will return them.

See you soon at the library!