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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, 05 February, 2019

February is Library Lovers Month, and as usual the library has something for everyone!

Come and see our whole red wrapped shelf of red books just waiting to be read – all topics, all genres, all interesting, and all free!

If you borrow a book from the Red Wrapped Reads shelf you could be one of the lucky winners to take home a box of chocolates to enjoy with your book, so have a look, select a book, and borrow!

Added to the red books, are a shelf, or two, of mystery books. They are mysterious in more ways than one – they have all been shelved with their spines facing inwards, so what you select is a real mystery – no authors, no titles – just the mystery – or thrill – of it all!

You’ve got all of February to borrow from the Red Wrapped Reads shelf – and try your luck for those elusive chocolates!

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves this week. For beginning readers, there’s a set of 18 fairy tale books, with tried and tested favourites such as The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, and The Three Little Pigs. These books are for children just starting out on their reading adventures, being of the ‘proper book’ size and not the picture book format, but still containing plenty of illustrations.

Books for adults include a new mystery (not red!) by Robert Bryndza - Last Breath is a Detective Erika Foster novel, described as ‘compelling at every turn … grabs us from the first page and simply won’t let go’.

In a more serious vein is the Self-leadership and the one minute manager: Gain the mindset and skillset for getting what you need to succeed’ by Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins. Another title dealing with management and leadership is People styles at work and beyond: Making bad relationships good and good relationships better by Robert and Dorothy Bolton.

So start reading now! Membership is free for all residents.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 29 January, 2019

Children completing the library scavenger’s trail of the Summer Reading Club’s Curious Creatures have until the end of the month to complete their form and return it to the library to select their prize! There is also some free activity bags left – preschool and primary school level – that children can take home and enjoy.

The library has plenty of programs for children starting school and beginning their learning adventure. There’s 1,000 Books After School, where milestones reached reading are rewarded with a certificate presented by the Mayor! Just ask the library for the tally sheet and return it when you have completed both sides, to get your book icon and start climbing the book mountain. It’s fun, it’s free, and any books can be counted, not just library books.

If your child needs some help or encouragement with reading, the Bookends program starts up again in February. Children can ‘borrow’ a senior member of the community who will listen to them read, and give help and encouragement with their reading. This program runs from 3.00pm to 5.00pm each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, and from 3.00pm to 4.00pm on Friday. Bookings are essential, so please ring the library 6740 2190 to book a place. And the best news is, the program is free!

Children between the ages of eight and 12 years can also come along to Junior Brain Games, an after school activity held each Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30 pm. There is strong literature, language and numeracy content, but the children also enjoy brain games such as a memory game, spot the difference, mazes, join the dots and so on. There’s a limit of 10 children for this program, so please ring the library on 6740 2190 to book your children into this fun and free program.

Toddlers can come to the library each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at 10.30am to enjoy some stories and a simple handicraft. It’s for the young and the young at heart; bookings aren’t necessary – just come along and enjoy, and perhaps join your little readers to the 1,000 Books Before School program. Three books each evening will see your youngster achieve their 1,000 books in less than a year.

So start reading now! Membership is free for all residents.

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!