Book Week .. is .. ‘this’ .. close …

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Oh my goodness … Book Week is SO close … you can almost … touch it!

We are excited … VERY excited … you can feel it in the Library … you can see it on the walls … you can touch the books … SO SO close ..

Did you have fun last week sharing your favourite Aussie stories?  Picking ‘just one’ isn’t easy is it?

To keep you on your toes … here is our #3 idea for something you could share as a family .

#3  Let’s look at Aussie authors …

Think about your favourite Aussie tales.  Who wrote them?  Do you have an Aussie author whose books you just love?  What makes that author’s work special to you?

This week we focus on the people behind the tales we love – and share our love of their work.

Again … have a look in our Library catalogue to see if we have books by that author, and come and borrow some of them.

Or you could try the Yarra Plenty Library – if a book is at another branch, place a Hold and ask them to transfer it to the branch near you.

To get you thinking, here are some of our favourites … with links to their websites.

Enjoy our Aussie writers.

Mrs H xo




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Book Week is almost here …

2016 Book Week LogoChildren’s Book Week is NEXT WEEK … August 22nd – 26th

Did your family have a go at sharing stories?  If you did, we hope you had fun.

With Book Week so close – here is our #2 ideas sheet for something to share as a family.

#2 Share your favourite Aussie stories/books/poetry …

What is/was your favourite Aussie tale?  Ask your child what their favourites are.  Find them and read them together.

Here is the link to our Library catalogue – browse with your child and if we have the books they can borrow them.  If there’s a story you love – tell us, and we’ll get it.

Or you could try the Yarra Plenty Library – if a book is not at your local branch you can place a Hold and they will transfer it.

To get you thinking … here are some of our favourites …

  • Possum Magic by Mem Fox
  • The Very Cranky Bear by Nicholas Bland (or ANY of this series!)
  • The Man From Snowy River by A.B. Paterson
  • The Loaded Dog by Henry Lawson
  • A Bush Christmas by C.J. Dennis
  • My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch by Graham Base
  • Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner
  • The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell
  • The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall
  • My Place by Nadia Wheatley

Keep watching this space for more family fun ideas.

Mrs H xo

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Book Week is coming …

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Children’s Book Week is almost here … August 22nd – 26th

Book Week is coming, and the theme for this year is Australia: Story Country.  What a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate this wonderful country and our stories.

We are currently planning some fun activities to happen at school – and we thought families might like to embrace the theme at home – so watch this space for ideas.

#1  Gather your stories …

The art of Storytelling has been around since humans first gathered around a campfire.  Stories can teach us a lesson, make us think about the world in a different way, or just entertain us.

Encourage your children to gather stories …

  • Talk to family members and neighbours and discover their stories.
  • Ask older family and friends to share stories about their lives.
  • Tell a story from your life … growing up in … when I went to …
  • Does your family have any legendary ‘tall tales’ (you know … the ones that cause the rest of the family to roll their eyes!)?  If so, let your children in on the fun.
  • Get out your family photo albums and talk through them.
  • Share stories of their early childhood.
  • The children could use a recording or book-creating app to record the stories they want to keep.
  • You could gather your family’s stories together and make them into a book to share as a Christmas gift.

Enjoy sharing your stories … and feel free to share them with us in the Library – we love to hear a ‘good yarn’ too.

More information regarding our Book Week celebrations will be revealed over the next few weeks.

Mrs H xo

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2015 … the year that was … #6 Snapshots of the Makerspace

As 2015 progressed the Makerspace’s popularity grew.  The days the Lego came out were by far the busiest.

At first people asked where the ‘instructions’ were – but we have none – our imaginations can create wondrous things from the odd combination of Lego pieces we have.  You’d be surprised with what can be done with 1 piece of railway track, a pair of legs and  some rotor blades!

Because all the pieces have to be pulled apart when we pack up, each creation is photographed to display on our wall.

Ahhh … the imagination truly is a wondrous thing!

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Do YOU love to make crazy, wonderful things with Lego?

Mrs H xo

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2015 … the year that was … #5 Welcome 2016 Preps

At the end of the year it was an absolute joy to welcome the 2016 Preps @ The Primary Library on their orientation days.  We had a lot of fun learning about the Library and the different things you can do @ The Library.

I KNOW there will be a LOT of Preps visiting us every day – and we can’t wait!

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Mrs H xo

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