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Library Lines: Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The library has just finished processing a lot of new Large Print titles in the western, romance, mystery and general fiction genres. These books are now on the shelves or the display stands and ready to take home and be enjoyed during the cool winter days.

Keen readers should note that to extend the collection and add many more titles to the shelves, the library no longer doubles up on Large Print and normal print titles. So if you have a favourite author in the normal print collection, head over to the other side of the library and check out the Large Prints – you might be pleasantly surprised at the range of titles there.

Amongst the Large Print books added to the collection include the latest Inspector McLevy mysteries Fall from grace by David Ashton, Detonator by Andy McNab, described as being ‘like the best action films in book form’, and (Murder on) the Riviera Express by T. P. Fielden.

Other books include We shall fight on the beaches: The speeches that inspired history compiled by Jacob F. Field. The book includes speeches dating from 431 BC, and has, as well as the text of the speech, a short summary outlining the consequences.

For the parents of youngsters, there’s Why do I have to say please and thank you: big issues for little people about behavior and manners by Dr. Emma Waddington and Dr. Christopher McCurry. The book includes notes to parents as well as questions to ask children. And for those who have grappled with the mysteries of Shakespeare’s plays, the Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, edited by Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells should help. The book has information on all the plays, and includes black and white photos.

As well as reading, there’s plenty to do at the library!

For events at the library, come on in and check out the events calendar on the notice board. There’s Brain Training @ the Library on Monday; Toddler Time for the little ones each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; Junior Brain Games on Wednesday afternoon, Bookends on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons; and the Family History group meeting at 10.30am on Friday, 22 June 2018.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 12 June 2018

If your child hasn’t had a try of the new library story pod yet, just come on down and see the pod in the children’s library! It’s completely interactive, so children can select their own stories from a range of 500, and follow the text on the screen as the story is read out to them. It’s a good alternative to Toddler time if you can’t make it to the library’s sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10.30. At Toddler Time, library staff read the stories and then engage the children in a simple handicraft – everyone is welcome – the young and the young at heart! It’s also a good networking opportunity for young mothers – they can meet with others whose children are the same age, and chat after the stories.

Older children have a chance to engage with Junior Brain Games, an after school activity held every Wednesday afternoon from 3.30 pm until 4.30 pm. There’s reading, book discussion, and plenty of activities such as join the dots, find the objects, mazes, and other brain twisting activities to hone mental skills.

If your child needs reading help and/or encouragement, ask about the library’s Bookends programme, where seniors are available to be ‘borrowed’ for twenty minutes to listen to young readers and offer help and encouragement.

Bookends takes place after school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and seniors can be booked on a regular basis or for a special one off event.

Plenty of new books have been added to the collection this week. There’s The Woman on the Orient Express a Large print novel by Lindsay Ashford – join Agatha Christie and her cabin mates in an epic voyage towards the Middle East! Set in the Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie The secrets we keep is a debut novel by Shirley Patton, while The shepherd’s hut is by multiple prize winner Tim Winton.

And just for fun, How to make trouble and influence people: pranks, protests, graffiti & political mischief-making from across Australia by Ian McIntyre has ‘over 500 tales from the time of colonisation all the way to the present.’

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Come along into the library and have a look at our new equipment!

Not only do we have a lot of brand new books available to read, but we also have new library trolleys, new display shelves, and also a new set of display cube - all the better to bring all those new books to your attention!

Now that the weather is a bit cooler budding handicraft people might consider patchwork and quilting. The library has purchased a set of new paperback books about quilting, with designs and directions for The Snail’s Trail Block, The Gentleman’s Fancy Block, The Farmer’s Daughter Block, The Sawtooth Star Block, and The Log Cabin Block being among them. The books have colour illustrations and diagrams to aid in completing the projects.

Struggling to find the time to read?

Not a problem – the library has plenty of talking books that you can borrow and listen to while travelling or working. Among the new titles are Magda Szubansky’s Reckoning, read by the author, described as ‘a brave and tender book about everything that matters most in life’; and also read by the author: The Barefoot Investor, described as being’ the only money guide you’ll ever need’; The Flight of the Falcon by Daphne du Maurier - which combines past and present in an enthralling tale.

If you’re not a member of the library, don’t worry – the registration procedure takes a minute or two, and all you’ll need is some form of ID, and you can start to check out items straight away – books, paperbacks, magazines, DVDs, CDs, Large print items, and talking books. Membership is free to residents, ratepayers and visitors, and there’s no age limit – a library is for everyone!

Remember: “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx

See you soon at the library!