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Library Lines

Library Lines: Tuesday, 04 August 2020

The Panorama booklets are starting to come into the library, which is a collection point for Gunnedah. Remember, if you have one of these little booklets to fill in, there is no right and wrong way – just decorate the pages as you wish with photos, clippings from newspapers or magazines, lists of favourite books, music, and movies, things that you did, thought, and during the Covid shutdown. After going on display to the libraries in the north west region, the booklets will be returned to you to be a permanent little record of your life during this time.
If anyone still wants a booklet to fill in, there are some booklets left, and a coupe of weeks before they have to be handed in to start their tour – just come into the library or ring 67402190 to ask for one to be kept for you!

Plenty of books by Australian authors have been added to the shelves this week, including the latest in the set by Jacki French ‘Lilies, lies and love ‘– it’s the fourth title in the Miss Lily series as ‘Jacki French explores one of the most controversial events in history that saw the unthinkable happen when a king chose love over duty. ‘
In a different vein is Katherine Scholes’ ‘The beautiful mother’ , a story of love and loss set in Tanzania and Tasmania.
Karen Brooks is another Australia author, living in Hobart, who was written ‘The darkest shore’, a novel set in Scotland, where women ‘battle for survival and freedom .. . a story based on true events.’ Richard Anderson has written ‘Small mercies’ set in Australia during the drought ‘a fine-grained study of a marriage and a land in crisis.’
The appliance of pressure’ by Rachael Mead, is a book about paramedics with ‘each chapter revolving around an emergency’ – a great read!
‘Night lessons in Little Jerusalem’ by Rick Held is described as ‘ a deeply personal WWII novel inspired by an extraordinary true story.’

All these books are ready to be borrowed - .

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 28 July 2020

August is almost around the corner, and just a reminder to everyone who collected a Panorama Project booklet from the library to fill in with their activities, thoughts, accomplishments during the Covid shutdown – the booklets are due back at the library on 01 August 2020. Please remember to fill in your Artwork Consent Form and bring it with you. The booklets will be forwarded to Arts North West and will go on display to libraries with the region, before being returned to their owners next year!
The books will be a great memory of this unique period in history.

And yes, Gunnedah Library will host a display of the booklets for three weeks – the dates are yet to be set – so everyone will have a chance to check out all the booklets and admire the different art and activities of the region!

The library is running some programmes again, providing that all participants adhere to the Covid 19 safety protocols.

Toddler time run each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10.30am to 11.00am with stories and a simple handicraft for the children to complete. No bookings are necessary – just come along and enjoy!

Brain training @ the library is held each Monday from 10.30am to 11.30am and 3.30pm to 4.30pm – it’s a fun hour of word, number and visual puzzles . There’s a limit of ten per session and there are still some places in both the morning and afternoon sessions – please ring 67402190 to secure a place.

Junior Brain Games is an after school activity held for children aged eight to twelve years each Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm to 4.30pm – children enjoy stories, writing, creating, colouring, and puzzles to solve in the hour. Bookings are essential for this programme – please ring 67402190 to secure a place for your child.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Gunnedah Shire is again offering some programmes, even if they are still subject to some of the Civid-19 regulations.

Little ones can come to Toddler Time again, each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at 10.30. There’s story reading and a simple handicraft, but please note that family groups must keep social distance from each other! No booking are necessary – just come along and enjoy!

We won’t be offering school holiday programmes for this last week of the holidays but parents can request activity packs for their children which can be collected from the library. Packs are available for two age groups – four to seven years, and eight to 12 years. Just ring 67402190 to request a pack from the library staff. Packs contain instructions for handicrafts that can be made with materials commonly found at home, and also games such as find the objects, join the dots, mazes, word games, colouring in, and so on.

Junior Brain Games will start at the end of the school holidays on Wednesday 22 July, 2020, at 3.30 pm. Bookings are essential for this after school activity, so please ring the library on 67 402190 to book a place for your child. Activities in this programme include story reading and comprehension, and brain stretching puzzles such as spot the different, join the dots, word and number puzzles, mazes, and solving the codes.

Meanwhile, plenty of new books have been added to the library’s collection! Amongst the titles are ‘Camino winds’ the latest thriller by John Grisham. Journalist Jack McEvoy ‘returns in a thrilling hunt for the deadliest of predators’ in Michael Connelly’s ‘Fair warning’. If you’re after ‘an epic tale of love, adventure and fortune that ranges from the wild cloaked woodlands of Ireland to the Victorian Alps of colonial Australia,’ try ‘Where fortune lies’ by Mary-Anne O’Connor .

All these books are ready to be borrowed.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 21 July 2020

I am delighted to announce that Gunnedah Shire Council Library has won a Highly Commended Award at the Local Government Excellence Awards presentation on Wednesday 15 July, 2020. The award was in the category of Service Delivery Initiative for populations under 60,000.

The project entered was Brain Training Expanded!, a programme that has branched out from the initial Brain Training @ the Library to nursing homes, the retirement village, and also to children through Junior Brain Games.

Brain training is a fun social activity held weekly and includes such activities as join the dots, find the objects, spot the difference, non-dominant hand activities, memory games, and word and number activities. Junior Brain Games includes reading comprehension and story writing exercises as well as other activities.

If you would like to take part in this award winning programme, please ring 67402190 to book a place for yourself or your child as numbers are limited. There are two sessions at the library for adults on Monday, at 10.30am and at 3.30pm, and Junior Brain Games is a Wednesday after school activity starting at 3.30pm. All the sessions run for a hour.

Plenty of new books have been added to the shelves, including one by a writer who has been described as “one of the most fearless writers of our time” Jodi Picoult’s latest novel ‘A spark of light’. Australian author Minnie Darke has written ‘The lost love song’. This book is “a bewitching novel about love, second chances and the power of music.”.

Lovers of the thriller and mystery genre will enjoy Kathy Reich’s ‘A conspiracy of bones’ , which is a Temperance Brennan novel, and written in Large Print is a mystery by Sophia Tobin called ‘The widow’s confession’.

All these books are ready to be borrowed.

See you soon at the library!