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Library Lines

Library Lines: Tuesday, 27 November, 2018

Talking Books are in focus this week!

If you don’t have time to read, but perhaps do some driving, or a planning a long drive or train trip, there’s nothing better than a Talking Book to listen to! The stories are complete, lively and interesting, and a great way to get a book fix if you haven’t got time to sit down and read.

We’ve added a batch of new talking books to the collection this week, many of them non-fiction and set in Australia.

Start your talking book adventure with Bill Bryson’s Down under, this humorous travel writer’s adventures in Australia. Then there’s Outback heroines: true stories of hardship, heartbreak and resilience by Sue Williams.

Teachers, or ex-teachers, may enjoy Great Australian outback teaching stories by Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh.

If you prefer to listen to fiction, you can try the mysterious and chilling classic Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. Even more mysterious is Dean Koontz’s Darkest desires: the Makani trilogy which includes three stories about ‘an extraordinary heroine’. Detective Harriet Blue ‘needs to find the killing machine fast, even if the cost is her own life. So she follows him down the Australian South coast with only thing on her mind …’ Liar Liar is the title of James Patterson and Candice Fox’ new thriller.

The library is also a collection point for the Community Christmas Appeal, so you can leave contributions of toys, gifts and non-perishable foods to be distributed to the needy.

Junior Brain Games children will have a different programme this week. Instead of the story reading and comprehension, and brain games such as spot the difference, find the objects, mazes, and word games, Cameron McFarlane from Royal Life Saving will be presenting a CPR information session for children.

The session will take an hour and will assist children to have strategies to cope with if CPR should be necessary for family and/or friends. The children will have the opportunity to practise their skills on the manikins and ask questions.

Although numbers are usually limited to ten children for Junior Brain Games, if other children, or their parents, wish to attend this session they are welcome, but please ring the library on 67402190 to book a place – Knowledge of CPR would be a good skill to have before the opening of the new pool complex in Gunnedah, so come along and learn something new at the library!

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 20 November, 201

All your favourite authors have been writing up a storm, making sure that readers will have some good titles for the Christmas break. The library staff have purchased over 100 new titles last week, and they are being processed ready to the borrowed.

Remember, if you know of a good book, or even an older title that you think will be of interest to the reading public, don’t hesitate to recommend it to the library staff. Most new fiction, current non-fiction, and some older titles are purchased for the collection. The staff will fill out a purchase request form, so the correct author, title and any other details you might have will be useful. You’ll also be notified when the book is ready to be borrowed so you can be the first person to read it!

New titles added this week include Matthew Reilly’s The three secret cities, the latest novel featuring the adventures of Captain Jack West Jr. by one of Australia’s best known authors. Also continuing the adventures of the Courtney’s is Wilbur Smith’s latest novel, Courtney’s War, is a sequel to War cry and set during World War II.

Rachel Johns, another Australian author, has written ‘a fresh and poignant novel of family, journeys, past decisions … and dresses …’ in Lost without you ‘four women, one dress, and the secret that binds them all …’

Readers of the thriller genre will love James Patterson and James O. Born’s latest Michael Bennett thriller Ambush ‘The trap is set. Nowhere left to run’. And the new Jack Reacher thriller by Lee Child Past tense is also a cliff hanger ‘Another nail-biting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse.’

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Newcomers to town who want some local history, or people tracing their family tree, should visit the library on Wednesday morning at 10.30am when the Family History Group meets. Members can help you with your research and the library also has an excellent collection of local history books. We also have copies of the local paper going back for many years that can be consulted in microfiche and microfilm format using a special reader to enhance the text and photos.

Just ask the library staff for assistance – we are happy to help!

Residents of Curlewis can use the library deposition station in the town hall, which is open on Monday afternoons from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. A staff member is on hand for storytelling and handicrafts during those two hours, or you can browse the collection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books for various ages. There is no need to book and no costs involved – just come along and enjoy.

Christmas isn’t that far off, and people are starting to think gifts, gifts, gifts! For something handmade, borrow Holiday candy and confections by Dede Wilson. There are 21 specific Christmas sweets that you can make, including Turkish delight, Italian nougat, sugarplums and angel food candy. The book includes coloured illustrations and easy instructions.

Youngsters can be kept amused with a new board book Hide and seek animals. As well as a little story, each page has several seek and find searches that can keep children amused.

Adults might like to try Great convict stories: dramatic and moving tales from Australia’s brutal early years by Graham Seal. The book has poetry, black and white pictures and extracts from letters and documents, with easy reading text. There is also Great Australian motorcycle stories by John Bryant, which includes the tale of a man making a wooden motorcycle!

Fiction readers should try The last thing she told me a thriller by Linda Green, described as an ‘emotionally-charged suspense novel’, or The hideaway, a romance novel by Sheila O’Flanagan; ‘The truth is too shocking to face, But you can’t hide for ever …’.

See you soon at the library!

Library Lines: Tuesday, 06 November, 2018

Now that the weather is warming up you probably won’t be thinking about knitting, but there is nothing nicer to give as a gift than a handmade item. What better place to hone your knitting and crochet skills, show off your latest projects, discussion problems and find solutions, and perhaps even get lessons in how to knit and crochet than at the library?

If you are after a cool, air conditioned space with tea and coffee available, the Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter sessions in the library every Saturday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm are free to attend. You don’t have to book or stay for the full three hours, just come along and enjoy yourself, meet new friends and do some creating!

Some books to inspire and help are; Cutest ever baby knits by Val Pierce; Knitting with giant needles: simple projects to knit and crochet by Hanna Erhorn; ABC crochet: an alphabet collection of amigurumi animals by Mitsuki Hoshi; Teen knitting club: chill out and knit by Jennifer Wenger and others; Knitted sock sensations by Louise Butt and Kirstie McLeod; Little Christmas decorations to knit & crochet by Sue Stratford and Val Pierce; and ‘Twas the knits before Christmas by Fiona Goble.

If knitting or crochet is not your thing, join the group anyway and colour and chatter! Crayons, pencils and colouring books are available.

Remember, Knit and Natter, Colour and Chatter is open to all age groups – anyone can come along and join in!
The library still has plenty of books on its sales table, ready to be purchased and added to your private collections. There are books in all fiction genres, all topics of non-fiction, and also some DVDs and CDs available. Books are $2 each, and paperbacks and magazines are 20 cents. So come along and see if you can find a beloved volume for your own home library, or a title that inspires a friend to a lifelong love of books and reading!