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School Holiday Activity - I SPY
Louise and Rohan Wythes enjoyed searching for hidden items in the glass I SPY display at the Orange City Library.
It is part of the ‘Summer Reading Club’ activities which will be taking place at the Library over the school holidays. Remember to pick up your Summer Reading Club pack next time you call in!
TECH SAVVY SENIORS CLASSES DRAWING TO A CLOSE
Cowra Librarian Caroline helping Val and Ruth at the Tech Savvy Seniors class this week. There were so many attendees that our presenter Michael was run off his feet.
Cowra Library Staff are ready to supply customers with summer reading materials. Come in to the cool Library and dip into the pool filled with adventure stories, OR check out the digital media display offering music CDs, DVDs and audio books all with a Christmas or Summer theme.
Today we played carols to set the scene and I heard customers humming in (and out) of tune . The kids loved singing out loud! Their favourite was “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth “. The disc comes with the book which Maryanne read to them today.
Come in and pick up you Summer Reading Club pack. This year’s theme is Adventure!
Author P D James dies aged 94
P D James, writer of over 20 novels had died aged 94 at her Oxford (UK) home. Known for her crime fiction, including those featuring Adam Dalgliesh, she was revered by many published and aspiring authors and only last year started writing another detective story. A favourite among library readers, her books have translated into many languages, turned into audiobooks and been adapted into film and television series. Her mystery inspired by “Pride and Prejudice“, “Death comes to Pemberley” is showing on ABC TV.
Read what crime writer Val McDermid says about her hero: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/28/my-hero-pd-james-by-val-mcdermid
See what Central West Libraries lists in the catalogue from this link http://ow.ly/F3IQo
This morning Central West Libraries joined with public libraries across the state to mark 75 since the passing of the NSW Library Act 1939. Before you yawn and say ‘so what’ let us tell you why this is such an important date.
The passing of the Act marked the birth of free public libraries in NSW. Before that time existing libraries were ‘subscription’ libraries attached to places like Mechanics Institutes and School of Arts. The Act was supported by both sides of politics, and was passed two months after the outbreak of WWII, which shows just how important the establishment of free public library services was to the people of NSW. Subsequently all Australian states followed the lead of NSW.
To celebrate most branches of Central West Libraries hosted a morning tea (Canowindra isn’t open on Mondays so they’ll be having an afternoon tea tomorrow to coincide with the Melbourne Cup). In Orange we were also fortunate to have the ABC Central West broadcast from our information desk with presenter Angela Owens interviewing a range of people.
One of our guests was Orange resident Jenny King. As Jennifer Caro she joined Orange City Library on the day it opened in November 1956. What’s more she can still remember the first book she borrowed from the Library (The Valley of Adventure by Enid Blyton). We were delighted to be able to show Jenny an article from the Central Western Daily 24 August 1957 where she is photographed borrowing books at the beginning of the school holidays – goes to prove that the Library indeed has all the answers!