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Library Lines: Tuesday, 08 January, 2019

‘Curious Creatures’ have invaded the library over the Christmas break! There are dragons, unicorns, fairies, owls, dinosaurs, turtles and other unusual beasts of various shapes and sizes to be found.

It’s part of the library’s participation in the Australia wide Summer Reading Club, an initiative to keep children reading during the long summer holidays.

There are Summer Reading Club activity bags for preschool, primary and secondary schools, filled with puzzles and games and also a web address where children can sign up on line and submit their work such drawings, poetry and book reviews to be in the running for some fabulous prizes.

The library also has activities such as Find the Curious Creatures Puzzle Path – pictures of thirty curious creatures, both read and imagery, have been hidden throughout the library. Children both young and old can grab an entry form and go exploring, identifying and checking off the creatures as they find them, then handing in the forms to claim a prize.

There is storytelling and Curious Creature handicrafts for youngsters up to seven years old every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at 10.30am. The sessions are free and you don’t need to book, just come along and enjoy yourself.

Older children can attend Curious Creatures Crafty Creations at 3.30pm where they can do a variety of handicrafts and activities for an hour. Bookings are essential and the cost is $3.00 a session. Please ring the library on (02) 6740 2190 to secure a place for your children. The theme for this week is Mythical Creatures, and next week we will be concentrating on Under the Sea creatures.

So come along and have some fun, and don’t forget to claim your Summer Reading Club bag and have a go at locating all the Curious Creatures!

Plenty of new books have also been added to the shelves, including The lost brother the latest thriller by Andrew Gross, Race across the world: the incredible story of the world’s greatest road race – the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon by John Smalls, Overlander: one man’s epic race to cross Australia by Rupert Guinness, and a Large print fiction book The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’Loughlin.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Everyone is gearing up for the excitement of Christmas and the library is included in the end of year preparations.

Borrowers please note that the library will be shut from 12 noon on 21 December, and will re-open on Monday, 07 January, 2019, at 9.30 am. To tide you over this long shut down, you are able to borrow extra items, and can also have them for longer. If you wish to return books during the shutdown, the afterhours book return is to the left of the library doors. Just slide your books down the chute and they will be attended to.

The Bookends Literacy Assist programme has finished for the year, and will re-commence again on Tuesday 05 February. Bookends is an afterschool activity running in the library every Tuesday and Thursday from 3.00pm to 5.00 pm, and on Friday from 3.00pm to 4..00pm. Children wishing some one on one help with their reading can ‘book’ a senior for twenty minute blocks to receive to receive encourage and help with their reading skills. If your child is already in the programme you will need to re-book their place, or if you want your child to be a part of the programme, please ring the library staff on 67402190 to make a booking.

Brain training @ the Library will also have its last session on Monday 17 December, 2018, and will resume on 07 January 2019. Brain training is a free and full filled hour of mental stimulation such as join the dots, find the objects, mazes, word games, general knowledge quiz, and so on. There are two sessions each Monday, the morning one starting at 10.30 am and the afternoon session beginning at 3.30pm. There are vacant places for each time slot, so if you wish to book a place, please ring 67402190.

Meanwhile, library work is proceeding as usual with many new books added to the shelves, including the latest Peter FitzSimons book Monash’s masterpiece: the battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world. The book includes quotes, maps, diagrams and photos. There’s also the latest thriller by John Sandford Holy ghost, and Arcadia set in Tasmania, by Di Morrissey, one of Australia’s favourite authors.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

We are now officially into summer, and it’s time for the children to gear up to the Summer Reading Club for December 2018 and January 2019!

This summer, the Reading Club theme is Curious Creatures, which can cover anything from microscopic to monstrous, fantasy animals and fantastic beasts and the library has plenty of books on all of these and anything in between! From Dinosaurs to Pokémon, Hairy Maclary and Slinky Maclinky, the Gruffalo and the Rainbow Fairies, the library has it covered.

So log onto the Summer Reading Club page, get a head start on the various competitions, and activities you can complete on line, and start reading! And don’t forget that any books that you read for the Summer Reading Club will also count towards your 1,000 Books Before School, and 1,000 Books After School milestones. Just tell the library staff each time you come into the library how many books you have read so they can be added to your tally sheets.

Adults haven’t been forgotten either, as plenty of new books have been added to the collection during the last week.

Amongst the new titles are The turn of midnight by Minette Walters. Set in 1348, ‘in a land laid waste by pestilence, the freedom of all depends on the courage of a few.’ James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have collaborated to write a thriller I, Michael Bennett – a thriller in which the hero is ‘torn between protecting his hometown and saving New York City’
Grantlee Kieza has written Banjo ‘the remarkable life of Australia’s greatest storyteller’. The book contains black and white and colour photos, as well as copies of Banjo’s work.

Thinking of retiring? Check out these books Enjoying retirement: an Australian handbook of ideas, strategies and resources by Michael Longhurst. Chapter headings include Personal fulfilment and growth in retirement, Maintaining your psychological fitness, and Managing money and avoiding traps. Easy reading with plenty of examples. On a lighter vein is Things to do now that you’re … retired by Jane Garton. It’s a pocket sized book filled with handy hints, tongue in cheek comments with some home truths, and plenty of suggestions to fill your days!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

All your favourite authors have been writing up a storm, making sure that readers will have some good titles for the Christmas break. The library staff have purchased over 100 new titles last week, and they are being processed ready to the borrowed.

Remember, if you know of a good book, or even an older title that you think will be of interest to the reading public, don’t hesitate to recommend it to the library staff. Most new fiction, current non-fiction, and some older titles are purchased for the collection. The staff will fill out a purchase request form, so the correct author, title and any other details you might have will be useful. You’ll also be notified when the book is ready to be borrowed so you can be the first person to read it!

New titles added this week include Matthew Reilly’s The three secret cities, the latest novel featuring the adventures of Captain Jack West Jr. by one of Australia’s best known authors. Also continuing the adventures of the Courtney’s is Wilbur Smith’s latest novel, Courtney’s War, is a sequel to War cry and set during World War II.

Rachel Johns, another Australian author, has written ‘a fresh and poignant novel of family, journeys, past decisions … and dresses …’ in Lost without you ‘four women, one dress, and the secret that binds them all …’

Readers of the thriller genre will love James Patterson and James O. Born’s latest Michael Bennett thriller Ambush ‘The trap is set. Nowhere left to run’. And the new Jack Reacher thriller by Lee Child Past tense is also a cliff hanger ‘Another nail-biting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse.’

See you soon at the library!