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Library Lines: Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Plenty of new books have been added to the Library for your holiday reading.

There’s the new fantasy novel Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King - ‘all around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep’. The book is a massive 718 pages but the author never disappoints.

Bestselling author Deborah Rodiguez, famous for her Little Coffee Shop in Kabul novel, has located her latest novel, The Zanzibar Wife in Oman - ‘the ancient land of frankincense, windswept deserts, craggy ,mountaintops and turquoise seas’.

A Long Way From Home is the title of the new novel by Australian author Peter Carey. The novel is set in the 1950s and the story is woven around The Redex Trail, ‘a brutal race around the ancient continent’. A book about another Australian traveller is The Last Great Australian Adventurer by Gordon Bass, describing ‘Ben Carlin’s epic journey around the world by amphibious jeep’!

Inspiration for the New Year could come from The Game Changers: Success secrets from inspirational women changing the game and influencing the world by Samantha Brett and Steph Adams. If you would like to change your child’s game and also prepare yourself for the trials and tribulations of the new school year, try More Maths for Mums and Dad, the teenage years. As well as explanations of common mathematical problems, there are questions and answers, and always useful explanations of the answers.

Come into the Library, not only to borrow books, but to see the Game On! Summer Reading Club decorations, and pick up a Summer Reading Club activity bag – free for your children. The bags are filled with games, puzzles and activities to keep your youngsters amused, and they can also take part in the Library’s Game On! identify the icons game - just ask at the desk for the entry form.

See you soon at the Library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 09 January 2018

School holidays are upon us, and if you’re looking for something for your children to do in those long, hot hours, look no further than the Library.

The Library has three storytelling and handicraft activities for the younger children up to seven years old on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10.30am.

During January, the theme is Game On! - to link in with the Summer Reading Club - an Australia-wide initiative to help children hone their reading skills over the holidays. Ask the Library staff for free activity bags for the youngsters and those with computers can sign in online and be in the running for some fabulous prizes.

Older children are catered for in the afternoons from 3.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the same Summer Reading Club theme. They also have free activity bags that can be collected from the Library. As well as the activity bags, the Library has also organised a fun find and name the icons project that takes the children all over the Library along a running track!

Storytelling and handicrafts will be held at Curlewis Library each Monday afternoon from 1.00pm until 3.00pm. Come along and enjoy!

If your New Year resolution was to join the Library and get access to free lifelong learning and reading opportunities, come along and sign up. It’s free, and takes only a minute to fill out the relevant form and be issued with a card. You can borrow immediately, perhaps trying one of these new books that have been added to stock: War Flower by Mary-Anne O’Connor, takes the reader ‘from the political upheaval of sixties Sydney to the killing fields of Vietnam … an epic story of love, war and forgiveness’; readers who like thrillers can try The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft, ‘If you were being framed for murder … how far would you go to clear your name?’.

Younger readers may enjoy this reprinting of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Watering Can and other stories, which can be found in the Junior Fiction collection.

See you soon at the Library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

The library’s book sale will end on the 30 November, so come along if you want to collect some bargain books! There are some boxes under the sales table which you can fill with a variety of fiction, nonfiction, talking books, Large Print books, and children’s books. So come along and don’t miss out. Monies raised from the book sale go towards buying new stock for the library shelves!

As well as books, paperback, magazines, Large print books, talking books, DVDs and music CDs, the library also offers a range of other services.

There are three JPs on duty at the library most days of the week so people can have their documents certified and signatures verified. No appointment is necessary – just come along. This is also a free service.

There’s a copying machine that can photocopy documents, do printing from emails or the computers, and people can also scan documents from an USB to an email address or save them to a USB. There’s also a laminating machine capable of laminating to A3 size. These services attract a small fee.

Some library members might notice that the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) with its services of renewing and requesting books online, isn’t working. IT are working on the problem and it will be functional again shortly. If you wish to renew or reserve items, please either phone 67402190 or email the library on and the staff will attend to your request.

Plenty of new books have been added to the collection this week, including Large Print books and Talking Books from the State Library in all genres – we will keep these items for three months before they are returned.

Other books include The 91-story treehouse by the popular children’s author Andy Griffiths, Teresa: a New Australian by Deborah Abela, a junior fiction book about ‘a young girl leaving Malta in 1949 to make a new life in Australia’, and Gluten-free pasta by Robin Asbell with ‘More than 100 fast and flavorful recipes with low-and No-Carb options’.

See you soon at the Library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

This year, Gunnedah Shire Library is again participating in the Christmas Tree Toy and Food appeal. There’s a lovely white Christmas tree on the main desk of the Library, and underneath it is a wishing well into which visitors can place their donations of toys or food. Items collected will be distributed to families throughout the Shire.

For reasons of hygiene pre-loved toys cannot be accepted, so only new items please!

We are also participating in the Food for Fines - people with overdue books that have attracted Library fines can swap their fines for non-perishable food
items. Instead of paying money, they can donate an item of food to the Christmas Appeal!

You will have until Tuesday, 12 December 2017 to make a donation.

People unable to get to the Library can drop their donations to Gunnedah Shire Council Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street.

There’s plenty going on in the Library this week. Toddler Time is held three times a week at 10.30am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – just come in and enjoy the stories and handicrafts with your little ones, and join them up to our 1000 Books Before School reading programme at the same time!

Older children can have fun training their brain with Junior Brain Games on Wednesday afternoon at 3.30 pm. As well as stories, they enjoy activities that stretch their minds such as spot the difference, word games, number activities, mazes, join the dots and so on.

The Family History Group also meets this Friday, 24 November, at 10.30am, so if you’re interested in local or family history, come along and make a start on your research!

New books added to the collection this week include the new thriller by Tess Gerritsen, Do or Die; the futuristic novel by Hugh Howey called Sand, where civilisation as we know it has gone, and the world is covered with sand dunes inhabited by pockets of people; and an historic novel by Conn Iggulden titled, Dunstan, where ‘one man will change the fate of England’.

See you soon at the Library!