Drug Action Week and drug info @ your library
Did you know that alcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia? That alcohol kills more Australians under the age of 35 than any other drug? or, that the annual cost of alcohol-related absenteeism to the Australian economy is 7.5 million working days? This week is national Drug Action Week, we are highlighting our drug info @ your library resources. Drug info @ your library, a partnership between the State Library of NSW and NSW Health, provides access to the latest and most reliable information about alcohol and other drugs through a dedicated website www.druginfo.sl.nsw.gov.au and maintains, throughout NSW Public Libraries, collections of drug and alcohol books, pamphlets and fact sheets, designed to raise awareness of the harm caused by misuse and the enormous cost to the community.
In keeping with the Drug Action Week theme – Alcohol is a drug TOO! – the Library's display focuses on safe alcohol consumption and safe drinking practices. Come in and check it out.
World Environment Day art winners
And the winners of the World Environment Day Community Arts Competition are
Primary Freya Hawke; Primary Elizabeth Bilton Highly Commended; Primary Group Orange Public School 6J (Penguins – see picture); Primary Group Orange Public School 3N Highly Commended; Secondary Ayla Manwaring; Adult Stephen Nugent and Adult Yvette Black Highly Commended. Entries were judged by Orange Art Gallery Director Alan Sisley and Orange City Librarian Elizabeth Barry. The competition is an initiative of ECCO (Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange) and Orange City Council. Come and see all the entries on display at Orange City Library for the next week. There are landscapes, poems, stories, a globe, robots, collages, drawings and lots of recycled materials put to artistic use. Freya Hawke was excited to learn she had won for her work called Environmental Helpers. She demonstrated how it works and the environmental tip I received was “to help save petrol walk or ride instead of taking the car”. I think I can do that. And a tip from the Library is to splurge $1 on a Library Bag and you'll never have to use a plastic bag again.
World Environment Day Art Entries Due In
The theme is Your Planet Needs You! Why? How? Where? for the inaugural World Environment Day Orange Community Arts Competition – a joint initiative of Ecologically Concerned Citizens of Orange (ECCO) and Orange City Council. A reminder that entries are due in by 5pm Wednesday 3 June at Orange City Library. A wide range of art mediums are invited including painting, photography, poster art, calligraphy, collage or sculpture. It is a chance to use art to engage the community and talk about environmental issues. For more information call Nick King from ECCO on 6362 6827. Entries must address the theme and prizes are sponsored by ECCO and Book City. Good Luck!
Library Ambassador reads Pete the Sheep
Now in its ninth successful year National Simultaneous Story time took place on Wednesday morning at the Cowra Library(and across Australia) with a crowd of 80 enthusiastic pre-schoolers who had made the long trip from two of the local child care centres. As they patiently awaited the guest reader for the day – newly appointed Library Ambassador, Bruce Miller, they were entertained by silly sheep stories like Steve Smallmann's The lamb who came to Dinner and Mem Fox's Where is the green Sheep? Obviously favourites, the crowd wriggled and chattered until finally Bruce emerged at 11am to read Pete the Sheep by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. Libraries across Australia reverberated with baas and giggles as the story unfolded of Shaun the shearer who doesn't have a sheep dog but he does have Pete- one amazing sheep that does things a little differently….
Many thanks must go to the teachers who bravely read to such a big gathering and to Bruce (pictured) for wearing his farmer's hat and putting on some amazing facial expressions.
The books read out loud on the day and a collection of Jackie French's best reads are all available for loan at the Library. So if you are in need of good laughs for all ages come on in and borrow a great read or two.
Join in National Simultaneous Storytime
All together now – say Baa. Join in with thousands of people at more than 850 locations around Australia at 11am on Wednesday 27 May for a simultaneous read of Pete the Sheep written by Jackie French. It is a wonderful story of Shaun the shearer and his sheep Pete. Come along to Cowra, Manildra, Molong and Orange branches for the reading and craft time. Read more about it in the Central Western Daily: