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Library Lines

Library Lines: Tuesday, 24 April 2018

School holidays are now in full swing, and the library has some fun activities for the children. As well as borrowing books, talking books, CDs or DVDs to take home to read, watch or listen to, they can come to the school holiday program Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon at 3.30pm and make various objects out of lollypop sticks, just contact the library on (02) 6740 2190 to book a place for your child or grandchild.

Younger children can enjoy storytelling and handicrafts in the mornings at 10.30am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and as the theme is Colour!, there’s plenty of scope for the imagination! Last week children created bright butterflies out of paper plates and cardboard rolls – what can they make this week?

The library has added plenty of new books to the shelves this week.

Among the titles are: The Surrogates by Louise Jensen, ‘A gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist’; a new mystery novel by Camilla Lackberg is titled, The Girl in the Woods; while Australian bestselling author Fiona Lowe has written Birthright- ‘Three families, three claims, one fortune’.

For fans of nonfiction, 12 Strong: The declassified true story of the horse soldiers by Doug Stanton is described as being ‘the amazing book that inspired the movie’.

Younger readers can enjoy 5 minute tales: Dinosaur stories, while The Lullaby Collection, which ‘contains 4 music CDs’ might be useful to send babies to sleep!
Children going on a long train, plane or car trip might like to borrow an audio book that they can listen to while en route to their holiday destination. Many new titles have been added to the children’s and adults’ talking book collection.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The library has a fun and crafty school holiday program running each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning for the young children at 10.30am to 11.00am, and in the afternoon for older children from 3,30pm to 4.30pm. The theme for the holidays is ‘Colours’, and younger children will have the opportunity to participate in storytelling and a simple handicraft. The older children can get creative by painting rocks, and creating various lolly stick objects during their sessions.

The sessions are free, but bookings are preferred for the older children – please ring 6740 2190 to secure a place. So come along and enjoy yourselves!

There’s also the opportunity for Curlewis children to take part in the program on Mondays from 1.00pm until 3.00pm.

Plenty of new books have been added for young readers. Among the novels are: New Jungle Book Adventures: Spirit of the jungle by Bear Grylls; 1915: Do you dare? Jimmy’s war, an historical novel by S. Clark set during World War One; and Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.

For beginning readers there’s a Peppa Pig book called Stars and Stories for 1 year olds. There are also two board books, Animals and Numbers, with delightful finger print and found object illustrations.

Children who prefer listening to books rather than reading could try, The Pet Sitter: Tiger Taming and Dixie in Danger by Julie Sykes – the book is almost two hours long! There’s also Billie B Brown: Collection 2, an MP3 format disc that runs for an hour.

Great fun for the young and the young at heart is Minuscule: The private life of insects. Although there is no text, each of the episodes is a complete little story in itself! Beautiful photography and mini-plots with a twist!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The interactive Drug and Alcohol Information Hub, on loan to Gunnedah Shire Library from the State Library of New South Wales, will on display at The Civic in the Mooki Room until Monday, 16 April, 2018. This Hub was developed in partnership with the State Library of NSW and NSW Health, and it’s a source of up-to-date and accurate information about drugs and alcohol. This includes brochures, and also an interactive component, where users can test their knowledge of drugs and alcohol by taking a fun quiz.

I encourage all parents, and young adults, to take advantage of this stand to inform themselves about drugs and alcohol and its drastic effects.

Wednesday, 11 April also sees the launch of ‘Bookends’ at the library, an after-school literacy program where seniors can be ‘borrowed’ by children for one-on-one reading assistance. Anyone who is interested in donating some time to this program, which will run on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, or who has children who may benefit from this program, please come to the launch on Wednesday afternoon at 3.00pm for more information. Afternoon tea will be available and after the launch, the usual Junior Brain Games session will take place.

For parents planning a road or train trip for the holidays, consider borrowing some audio books to keep the children amused during the journey. Among the new audio books added this week are A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond, read by Stephen Fry; Letters From An Alien Schoolboy: Cosmic Custard by R. L. Asquith and read by Christopher Naylor; and The Great Galloon, the story of a huge airship written and read by Tom Banks.

For adults, new books include An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope, The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht, and a new thriller by best-selling author James Patterson, writing with Maxine Partro, 17th Suspect.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 03 April 2018

On Thursday, 5 April, from 12.00pm to 1.30 pm, the library will be hosting a healthy ‘Brain Ageing Information Session’. This session ‘addresses the myths surrounding dementia and provides information relating to normal ageing and memory loss’. This information session is FREE, and is suitable for carers, family and friends, and anyone interested in knowing more about this condition and how to help prevent it.

The library will have a stand at the Youth Expo being held in Wolseley Park and The Civic on Tuesday, 10 April, 2018.

One component of the library’s display will be an interactive Drug and Alcohol Information Hub, on loan to Gunnedah Shire Library by the State Library of New South Wales. This Hub was developed in partnership with the State Library of NSW and NSW Health.

The Hub uses several different ways to provide people with up-to-date and accessible information about drugs and alcohol, including brochures, websites with short quizzes, and a ‘Know Your Standards’ drinks display.

There will also be two Fatal Vision Beer Goggles - one pair simulates a low level of impairment, with an estimated BAC of less than .06, while the Red Label simulates a moderate to high level of impairment, an estimated BAC of .12 to .15+. Here the impairment is more apparent and easily recognised.

These goggles will be one of several available resources that people can access during the Youth Week Expo, held between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

On the same day, the library will also be holding an open day for seniors, including seniors reading to children, storytelling for seniors, and Brain Games. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be available for those who wish to spend a day at the Library. Please phone us on 6740 2191 for more information or to make a booking for a spot!

The library holds many titles of interest to both young people and seniors. One of the best sets is Issues in Society, which is an Australian series highlighting such issues as sexual orientation and gender identity , online safety, changing family trends, positive body image, gambling problems, food safety, carers: aging and disability, suicide prevention, domestic and family violence, tackling child sexual abuse, children and young people at risk, poverty and social exclusion, alcohol and binge drinking, tobacco smoking, drugs and addiction, and dealing with bullying.

All these books are Australian orientated, are available for loan and have, as well as the written information, a list of fast facts and useful web sites.

See you soon at our stand at the Youth Expo, or at the library!