Monthly Archives: February 2011

Family History featured at Experience Orange! Expo

Many people were encouraged to learn more about their family history during yesterday's Experience Orange! Expo organised by the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak. Orange Family History group members helped many people with the starting blocks to begin family history research. The group was just one of 130 local community groups in Orange respresented at the Expo! Pictured are Marj and Shirley during a rare break in enquiries.

Busy Time at Experience Orange! Expo

We had great fun meeting all the people coming through the PCYC stadium for yesterday's Experience Orange! Expo organised by the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak. Orange City Library hosted a information stand with Orange Family History Group and Orange Migrant Support Group and were kept busy with enquiries throughout the day. There were more than 130 community groups in Orange represented. Pictured before the lunchtime rush are Lyn, Shirley, Cathy and Jan.

Final Summer Read Story Extracts For You

And here are the final story extracts from participants – Isabella, Lily and Hannah at our Summer Reading Writing Workshop with Angela Hammond. And if you ordered a Summer Read card – they are ready for collection from the front desk. Once Upon A time….

Once Upon a Time by Isabella

Once upon a time there was a big, dark haunted house set at the top of the hill overlooking a rough, roaring sea. Covered with spooky cobwebs. Stuck between the cobwebs was a skeleton. A spider was hanging from the skeleton's legs, it was moving ever so slowly…………Suddenly a little girl walked through the old iron gate as it creaked slightly. She walked through the ivy covered garden. When suddenly a heavy brown hand dropped over her mouth and in a deep voice it said “shut your eyes!”. The poor girl did what she was told and shut her eyes immediately.

The mysterious creature took her to a weird world of wonder… The creature let go of the girl's mouth and demanded her to open her eyes. The girl looked at the strange creature. He had hairy brown legs and arms and a huge black cape that ran down to his toes. His face was horrid looking with red liquid dripping from his teeth. Alice suspected that is was blood until he explained it was fishes' blood, that he had for breakfast. As he talked the girl was lead through a mysterious archway and through the arch there was a huge haunted house that looked just like the one she explored earlier in the day.

This is my house?” The Apeman said. In a big loud voice.
“Oh well it looks just like the house I explored! Speaking of which, why did you take me here?”
“I took you away because a long time ago a girl lived there, her name was Louise. Louise was ten when she first ever went into her own garden, but when she did a weird looking man grabbed her and Louise was never seen again,” the Apeman explained.
“Oh, that's why you kidnapped me!”
“Yes, of course, I was saving you!”

The Fairy by Lily

Once upon a time there was the Fairy. He was very kind. He once was playing violin in the garden. In the afternoon he saw a lake. It was very pretty. In the lake he saw a little boy in a leaf. It looked like he built a boat. And guess what he did? He built a boat and guess what he built? A leaf boat. He was fast asleep in the leaf boat. He was surprised that he saw a leaf boat. He wondered how he did it so he tried to make one too. He tried and he tried and he still couldn't do it. Then he gave up when he really couldn't do it. Then he saw him wake up and he ran over to the boy and said how did you build that boat. He said, “I didn't build it. I found this morning and I thought I'd have a little rest in it. “So you didn't build it. No I didn't build it”. “I tried making one when I saw you in it.” Then they saw the youngest human they had ever seen. Then she said where is my leaf boat. “I haven't finished my leaf boat.” Then they said it was the youngest human. They were very surprised.

Pet Frog By Hannah

I bent down to wash my face in the lily pool but when I saw my reflection it wasn't me! Hi my name is Crystal and I have a pet frog. My pet frog has always had a little golden ball. He must have found it at the bottom of the pool. But now looking at my reflection I looked prettier than I actually am! Usually I just have plain dull brown hair and a red dress but my reflection had glossy blonde hair, a beautiful blue and white gown and finally to top it off a little straw hat. Wait a second…. In my dreams this is how I have always wanted to look like! Suddenly a voice whispered “I only show you what you want to see!” I gasped, the voice sounded like it was coming from the lily pool. No this couldn't be!……But it was. Wow I thought. Then suddenly I giggled. I wish I could look like a princess, I thought. Suddenly I look back into my reflection and saw a young girl with shiny black hair, a tiny little delicate tiara and then I gasped again. I had a silver gown studded with pearls, rubies and diamonds. I ran home to tell my mum but of course she would not believe me! Suddenly I forgot my pet frog  Croak  was still at the pool! When I ran back I started laughing. Croak in his reflection had on a tuxedo and bow! Then I stopped grinning. The girl was not smiling and she was mouthing the words “help me”. Suddenly I knew what to do. I leant forward and …toppled straight into the pool! I fell down, down and then standing next to me was the girl!. Hi” I said. “Hi”, she shot back. Then she showed me the way out…well. That's my story. I wrote it sitting next to the girl  her name? Crystal.

More Library Lovers Winners - Cowra Library

Library Lovers Day 2011 at Cowra Library was celebrated with a spirit of frivolity and a quest for information. Library lovers pondered the quotes on display (pictured), browsed the romance books and dreamed of Mr/Ms Right. The quiz set them off scurrying to the shelves to look up who each identity might be. The core Library group from the Family History room did what they do best- assisted one another in their research and all came up with identical answers- even writing one another's names for the image appearing in the mirror!
Two patrons won a box of delicious chocolates each for the most correct entries in the Quiz and five runners up are now the recipients of 10 free reservations . A further four lovers(the family history groupies)each received a beautiful handmade book mark (pictured) for participation. Our newest casual Fiona was responsible for the gorgeous hand crafted hearts and bookmarks. A full list of winners follows: Winners- chocolates –
Moira Meiklejohn and Elizabeth Pattingale.
Runners up-10 free reservations: Jane Stendell, Carmen Haran, John Croudace,
Louise Buckley and Emily Craiger-Smith.
Participation-bookmark: Susan Gallagher,
Norma Walker, Catherine Thompson and
Marina Bennett.

Library Lovers Quiz Answers & Winners

Thank you to all who entered our Library Lovers Quiz. The winners with the correct answers are: Narelle McLennan, Hannah McLennan and Collette Birchall. And the answers to our Library Lovers Quiz – with the reason why they were selected – are:

1.Michael Caine – British actor and author who has a fabulous home library featured House and Garden celebrity photos by Judy Berman recently.
“Books were my window on the world. Growing up at the Elephant and Castle, which was very rough, my paradise was the library.”

2. Oprah Winfrey  American television personality and book club host.
“Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship.”

3. Andy Griffiths  popular Australian children's author.
Andy is passionate about inspiring a love of books and reading in his young readers, and this passion drives his work as an ambassador with The Indigenous Literacy Project.

4. Maggie Beer  Australian cook and author who has featured on the television show Who Do You Think You Are? with Paul Brunton from the State Library of NSW.

5. Stephen Fry  British actor and author
“What's great about them is that anybody can go into them and find a book and borrow it free of charge and read it. They don't have to steal it from a bookshop… You know when you're young, you're growing up, they're almost sexually exciting places because books are powerhouses of knowledge, and therefore they're kind of slightly dark and dangerous. You see books that kind of make you go 'Oh!'”

6. Pope XVI  loves writing, books and the Vatican Library.

7. Keith Richards – Guitarist for The Rolling Stones
“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.”

8. Andrew Daddo  Australian children's author and television presenter and his book Goodnight, Me was chosen for Simultaneous Storytime.

9. Melinda and Bill Gates  through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation they support efforts to supply and maintain free public access to computers and the internet in libraries around the world..

10. CWL member who filled in the entry form  that's you!