7 February, 2023
Gilgandra Shire Library News (Jan 31, 2023)
Holiday Activities — LEGO® Club
We were all great movie directors at this week’s
holiday DFYM (Designs From Your Mind) LEGO®
Club; with our builders working together to create
some wonderful stop-motion films.
Plots were discussed, sets and props built, and
mini-figures selected, to “act” in the production.
iPads were then used to take photos, with the
mini-figures having to make small movements in
every photo, to create the illusion of live action via
the movie-making stop-motion technique.
There were many great movies made in the sessions,
featuring penguins, killer squid, spiders,
tree-chopping, sword fights, and flying mini-figures!
Water is amazing. Not only do we need it to survive,
but it is one of the materials that can easily
transform into all states of matter, solid, liquid and
gas. At science at the library this week, our young
“scientists” explored water molecules and the
properties of water through various experiments.
Using a pipette, we measured out drops of
water onto a 10c coin — we had guessed that we
would fit no more than three drops on each piece
but, one scientist managed more than 20.
We found-out, that through the process of
cohesion, water molecules are attracted to each
other and cling to each other, allowing a large
number of drops to be added to the coin.
We followed-up this idea of cohesion and the
high surface tension of water, by filling a cup full of
water, and then using the pipette to add more
The water bulged over the top of the rim,
due to the water molecules clinging to each other,
and creating a strong bond.
We learnt that this high surface tension, allows
insects to skate over the top of water and, to test
this out, we attempted to float paper-clips on top
If we just dropped them in, they just sink.
However, if we were very careful, we could float
them on the surface with one scientist managing
to float no less than six paper-clips on the surface.
Further investigating cohesion, we wet a piece
of string and held it over a cup, pouring water over
the string into the cup without spilling any.
water adhered to the string, preventing spilling.
We also had a challenge to fill a cup with water,
and then tip it upside down, keeping the water
inside. Using a container lid, we were able to
increase the air pressure within the cup to allow it
to stick to the plate, but also keep the water
Finally, we experimented with various substances
(sugar, salt, oil, M&M’s), to see if they
would dissolve in the water. We learnt, that water
is considered a universal solvent, because it dissolves
more substances than any other liquid.
Summer Reading Club — one month to go
We were delighted to recently present certificates
and rewards to some of Gilgandra’s great
With one month to go, there is still time for
keen readers to join in the fun. To take part in the
summer reading club, go to the library and pick-up
a reading record bookmark.
Then borrow books and have a staff member
stamp your bookmark. If you listen to or read 10
books, and you will receive a reward.
Take another bookmark and keep reading, and
you will also go into the draw for one of 20 Book
Connection book vouchers, provided by the
The Summer Reading Club, is open to all young
people from zero–18 years. Happy reading.
After-school activities return
Our popular after-school activities return this
week. One activity, Designs From Your Mind
LEGO® Club, is for children aged from five–12
Tech Club involves having fun with many different
kinds of technology, and is for children aged
eight years and up.
Both activities are free of charge, but places are
limited, so bookings are essential. Children
younger than 10 years must, however, be accompanied
by an adult. We can’t wait to get back into
Storytime and baby rhyme-time will resume shortly. Storytime is for toddlers aged under five and their carers, and baby rhyme-time is for babies and their carers. Make friends, enjoy stories, rhymes and songs at these two clubs. It’s also a fun way to boost children’s confidence and reading-readiness skills.