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Library Lines

Tuesday, 19 September, 2017

September is Dementia Awareness Month, and if you would like to do something for your brain health and help fend off Dementia or Alzheimer’s, come along to Brain Training @ the Library.

Don’t be intimidated by the title – it’s a small, relaxed and friendly group of people who have a great time doing activities that stimulate different areas of the brain. Number puzzles, word games, mazes, join the dots, and spot the difference are only some of the timed activities on offer. So come along, as there are still places in the morning session on Mondays from 10.30am to 11.30am, and for the afternoon sessions, also on Mondays, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. There’s afternoon tea, and computers are also available for online jigsaws, which are great fun!

You don’t have to be a member of the Library to take part in Brain Training, but if you are a member, it means that you can take out one – or more – of the 17,000 odd titles of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, talking books, large print books, or paperback books that the Library holds, including books on brain health.

Some brain health books at the Library include: Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein; You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro by Dominic O’Brien, The Memory Workbook by Mark Channon, How Intelligent are You? by Victor Serebriakoff, and Brain Power: The 12-week Mental Training Programme by Marilyn Vos Savant and Leonore Fleischer.

Also available at the Library are several Community Art colouring-in books that can be borrowed and you can colour-in as much or as little as you wish. If you are wondering how colouring-in aids brain health and wellbeing, it’s a skill that ticks many of the boxes – decision making, pattern recognition, fine motor skills, and creativity.

So do your brain a favour, and visit the Library in September and see what we have to offer!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

Gunnedah Shire Library’s ‘Big Spring Book Sale’ starts this week!

Staff have been ‘weeding the collection’, seeking out old, slightly damaged or unused books in order to make room for lots of new titles to fit onto the shelves. These ‘old’ books will be offered for sale at the Library book sale – charges will be two dollars for books and 20 cents for paperbacks and magazines. As well as library books, we are also offering a great collection of cooking, gardening, travel and handicraft books that have been donated but don’t meet the Library’s collection policy criteria.

So come along to the Library and see if you can pick up an elusive treasure, complete a cherished collection, or pick up an unexpected gem. The sale will go on for several weeks, and new books will be added each day.
The money raised from the sale will go towards buying new stock for the Library shelves.

Library users are also encouraged to suggest books for purchase. Just come along and speak to the staff about a title that you think might be added to the collection - giving the author, title and any other details that you know, and we will add the book to the shelves if it meets the collection standards. If it doesn’t, there’s still the opportunity for you to read the book, because we try to obtain it from another Library that already has it. There’s a charge for Interlibrary Loans, to help offset the postal costs involved in sending the book back.

New books have been added to the shelves this last week, including: To Kill the President - a thriller by Sam Bourne, and Parting Shot - a mystery novel by Linwood Barclay. For children, there’s the delightful picture book - The Kissing Hand.

See you soon at the Library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 5 September, 2017

There’s plenty going on in the Library this week!

Monday, 4 September saw the launch of the Library’s eSmart status, making the Library an information hub of cyber safety and information. Come along if you have any queries about websites or devices, and how to handle life in the information age. The Library has plenty of books about dealing with devices, guiding children through Internet usage, and there are even picture books for beginner readers to introduce them to the digital world.

We have a booklist of materials the Library holds, an information sheet on evaluating websites for the validity of information, and a list of cyber safety websites - many with interactive games that entertain as well as inform. The Library also has updated copies of The Little Black Book of Scams available to give away. This booklet is ‘a pocket-sized guide so you can spot, avoid, and protect yourself against scams’.

This week is also Adult Learner’s Week, and there’s no better place than a Library in which to pursue a new hobby or learn something new. Use the computers to view YouTube clips on your new hobby, or simply borrow books or magazines on your chosen topic. New books added to the collection this week include, Hello Cupcake! Irresistibly playful creations anyone can make – mouth-watering photos and easy to follow directions; Storing and preserving garden produce – no colour photos, but plenty of easy recipes and common sense ideas; and Great Australian Cars - a coffee table-sized book full of colour photos and information about cars from the 1950s to the 1970s.

It is also CWA Awareness Week, and the Gunnedah CWA have decorated the display cabinet with examples of their work, so come on in and see the work that these ladies do for the community!

See you soon at the Library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 29 August, 2017

Monday, 4 September marks the start of National eSmart Week. Everyone knows that the internet is a great place to find information, stay connected with friends and family, and learn new skills. But the digital world is also one of hidden risks that users, whatever their age, should be aware of.

Gunnedah Shire Library has attained its eSmart Library accreditation, and on Monday, 4 September at 10:00am, its new status will be officially launched by the unveiling of an eSmart Library plaque. Everyone is welcome to attend this opening, enjoy some morning tea, learn something about the digital resources of the library, take home a copy of the latest edition of The Little Black Book of Scams and perhaps stay for the morning session of Brain training @ the Library, a fast and fun brain health programme.

As well as the free booklet, The Little Black Book of Scams, which not only describes the most common scams, how to avoid them and even more importantly, how to report them, the library has many books and resources to help adults and children stay safe online.

There’s a Cyber Safety Website list, which outlines reliable websites providing information to help you protect yourself on line, and a Website Evaluation Form which gives a guide as to what questions to ask when evaluating the accuracy of the information you find on a web site.

The Library also has many books about cyber safety, for all ages, including The Internet is like a Puddle – a picture books for youngsters; Raising Digital Families; Social Impacts of Digital Media; Internet for Seniors; iPad apps for Kids; Buying a Computer for Seniors; and Dealing with Bullying which includes information about online bullying.

These books, and other titles, are all available for lending, and will be on special display during eSmart Libraries Week. If you have any questions, or need any help using the Public Access Computers, just ask the friendly Library staff who will assist.

See you soon at the Library!