What’s your Dewey? 391 – but is it Fashion?

‘Fffashion… It’s loud and tasteless and I’ve heard it before’ are words from a David Bowie song that have always intrigued me with their apt application to the topic of fashion. 391 covers the topics of Costume and Personal Appearance and clearly, over time, ideas about what is acceptable or desirable attire have changed.

100-ideas-that-changed-fashion100 Ideas That Changed Fashion by Harriet Worsley looks at a range of concepts, styles, accessories, fabrics and eras around the world that have had lasting impacts on our attitude to what we wear and how we look. Nothing is sacred or secret it seems, when it comes to fashion: Holly Madison would ‘rather go naked than wear fur’ – and does; Underwear becomes Outerwear when Madonna ‘struts her stuff’ and ‘sex sells seats’ when Texan Southwest Airlines dresses its hostesses in hot-pants. The history behind the 100 ideas is both intriguing and thought provoking.

whyd-they-wear-that_cvr-336x400Why’d They Wear That? Fashion as the mirror of history
by Sarah Albee is a National Geographic look at costume and fashion throughout key historical periods in the Western world from ancient times to the 20th Century. While the book is aimed at a younger audience and has a USA bias, it is fact-filled with some excellent illustrations taken from both photographic and artistic sources.
lbd-vintage-treasureThe Little Black Dress Vintage Treasure by Didier Ludot is a photo-journal look at the ‘Little Black Dress’ that made its debut in the 1940s but swept the world in the 1960s to become a fashion basic in many wardrobes. The text is brief (only 13 pages) but the black and white photographs and drawings tell their own story about this fashion sensation.
Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World

by Catherine E. McKinley is the story of the precious dye that has been the centre of many human activities including slave trading, religious and spiritual events and colonial economic history. It is also the story of fashion and a biographical account of those involved in bringing the colour to the world of fashion.

The titles in the 391s are as diverse as the items we choose to wear and have chosen to wear over human history. They include such titles as:
The Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion by Tim Gunn and Johny Miller
Dress Code: The Naked Truth About Fashion by Mari Grinde Arntzen
Fashion Theory by Malcolm Barnard
Hair: Fashion and Fantasy by Laurent Philippon
The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black
Music Fashion and Style by Matthew Anniss
and many, many more. There are books on shoes, bags, fabrics, colours, jewellery, hair, make-up, designers and designs. There are books about why we wear what we wear and how it makes us feel. Then of course, there’s the making of what we wear – but that’s another dewey.


Children’s Preschool Storytime

This week’s Children’s Preschool Storytime theme is: SHADOW PUPPETS 
Join us tomorrow at the EVANSTON GARDENS LIBRARY and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home.
No need to book, just come along and join in the fun at 10:15am
We would love to see you there! ‪#‎storytime‬ ‪#‎earlyliteracy


Put on a play in the dark with these easy-to-make animal shadow puppets.
Source: https://www.nwf.org/kids/family-fun/crafts/shadow-puppets.aspx

October School Holiday Program Now Out!

Explore your creative self in art and movement when you join us for our school holiday program this October. The activities are free but places are limited, so don’t forget to book. Bookings open next week.

If you prefer a less scheduled option, we will also have free board games available to play in the library every day of the school holidays. See our program below for details.


Tech Savvy? Help is on the way.


2016 is the National Year of Digital Inclusion and Gawler Public Library will be doing a series of Tech Savvy posts to promote Digital Literacy and help you keep connected through tips and information designed to demystify the technological mire. The path toward being digitally literate is always made easy when others share their tips and insights and throughout our series of blog posts, we welcome your tips, hints and comments to add to our  shared knowledge-bank.  So…
Welcome to our first post.

The first thing to understand is that because technology changes so quickly, everyone is learning and everyone is trying to keep up. The good news is, help is available, if you know where to look. We will take information from reputable sources with plenty of links for you to follow.


Digital Language
To begin, we thought we’d take a closer look at some digital language. New words creep up on us and words like Blog, App, Tweet, Hashtag, Follow, Like, Tag and Post have become part of everyday conversation.

In our Digital Economy, (an economy based in digital technologies) it is increasingly important for people to be digitally literate. According to Cornell University, Digital Literacy is the ‘ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet’. For those of us not confident with the concepts, becoming digitally literate is like learning a new language. Learning a new language is tough. Trying to understand how to put it all together can be confusing and frustrating when it seems so different. To add to the mix, there are so many words being introduced to our vocabulary through technology that trying to keep up is a challenge.


The good news is, there are many sites on the internet that can help you to learn. An SA Government initiative; ForwardIt is a great website that helps you to learn how to use the internet safely and securely, at your own pace. We’ve included their Jargon Buster for you to download onto your computer or device to keep as a reference:
As with any new language, the key to understanding is to use it. Practice your digital knowledge when speaking with other like minded people or help others who would like to know more.  If you’re in doubt, ask someone in the library. We’re dealing with this language all the time and if we haven’t heard it, then we can work together to find out more.

If you are looking for more on digital literacy or the digital economy, try ForwardIT: http://www.forwardit.sa.gov.au/.
If you’re looking for a computer to practice your skills or to further explore the websites mentioned in this series of posts, visit the Gawler Public Library website’s Online Resources: gawlerlibrary.sa.gov.au
The library website also has information regarding location, opening times and computer use, or you can call to book a computer. There are also plenty of books available to borrow regarding digital literacy topics and devices.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

Children’s Preschool Storytime

This week’s Children’s Preschool Storytime theme is: BICYCLES
Join us tomorrow at the EVANSTON GARDENS LIBRARY and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home.
No need to book, just come along and join in the fun at 10:15am
We would love to see you there! #storytime  #earlyliteracy