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12 February, 2023

Gilgandra Shire Library News - February 8, 2023

Summer Reading Club - three weeks to go!

We have been delighted to present certificates and rewards to some of Gilgandra’s great readers. With three weeks to go, there is still time for keen readers to join the fun. To take part in the summer reading club, visit the library and pick-up a reading record bookmark. Borrow books, and have a staff member stamp your bookmark. Listen to or read 10 books and you will receive a reward. Take another bookmark, and then keep reading, and you will also go into the draw for one of 20 Book Connection book vouchers, provided by North Western Library. The summer reading club is open to young people from zero–18 years. Happy reading.

LEGO® Club

DFYM (designs from your mind) LEGO® Club is back for 2023 and, last week, we had an excited group of builders all ready to create. Our challenge was to build with the mini-figures and, using Brickman’s “Bricktionary”, we put them all in a queue, and then deciding, what our figures were actually queueing up to see. Some were in the line for a toilet; others were lining-up to see a stunt show, horror show, or performance; others were on a diving board watching their friend splash into the water; while others simply lined up for a glass of lemonade. There were some fantastic designs, all of which are on display in the library.

Tech Club

Tech Club welcomed a bunch of new “coders” last week; all of whom were excited to learn how to digitally design games, robots, and other objects. To introduce the fundamentals of coding, we worked with “Scratch Jr”, a coding app designed to teach basic block coding using simple pictures. Our coders then learned how to change the backdrop of our program and how to add different characters (“sprites”). They also learned how to make their sprites move across the screen, and how to change their speed. Their program featured a farmyard race, with farm animals all speeding towards the finish. The dog was very fast, the bunny hopped along, while the pig was still slowly moving along, way after the other two had finished the race.

Storytime returns

“Storytime” and “Baby Rhymetime” both return this week. Storytime is for toddlers, underfive’s and their carers, and baby rhymetime is for babies and their carers. Make friends, enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs. It’s a fun way to boost children’s confidence and reading-readiness skills.

Point Blank Writers’ Group and the Library Book Club

If you go past the library on the weekend and hear chatter and laughter, then you will know that it is Point Blank Writers’ Group returning after their holiday break. We will soon be sharing stories, then immersing ourselves in a short story workshop. The library book club also returns next week and we will be discussing two books, Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane and Peace by Garry Disher.

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