Recent Additions: Children’s Book Week 2019

Each year the library staff endeavor to buy as many of the titles on the Children’s Book Council Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Notables List and Shortlist. These are the titles that have been selected as the best Australian books for Australian children and we eagerly await their arrival in the library. They are now available to read, borrow or hold. Please search our catalogue for a title to share with a child or two.

This year the Shortlist for Older Reader’s (ages 13 – 18) includes Scot Gardner‘s, road trip with a difference, Clare Atkins’ multicultural love story, a psychological thriller by Sarah Epstein, Karen Foxlee‘s sad tale of love, and both Steven Herrick and Sharon Kernot‘s exploration of the theme of grief.

For Younger Readers (ages 7 – 12) the Shortlist includes: Brindabella, a story of a rescue joey; Leave Taking told in verse as a boy says goodbye to the family farm; Black Cockatoo, another story about a rescue animal exploring culture. Jaclyn Moriarty’s second book in the Kingdoms and Empires¬†series also made the shortlist, as did Carly Nugent’s Peacock Detectives. Emily Rodda has again produced a facinating read with her secret story within a story in His name was Walter

If you are looking for books for Early Childhood (ages 0 -6 years) Alison Lester has two delightful titles on the Shortlist. If bugs and beetles interest your youngster then look at Heads and Tails: Insects or Here comes Stinkbug. Indulge your imagination with either The Dress-up Box, or Rainbow Bear, two titles with lots of good fun creativity.

Picture books aren’t just for the very young, and most of this year’s Shortlist certainly provide food for thought. This category is about the author and illustrator working together on a theme. Kindness is one of the themes in The Feather, while consumerism is the topic of The All New Must Have Orange 430. The Cicada and Girl on Wire both look at self-esteem in very different ways. The Mediterranean is a stark look at the plight of refugees, while Chalk Boy talks of gratitude and a boy with a “heart that can FEEL.”

The Eve Pownall Award is for non-fiction books. Facts that have been presented with imagination and style. Refugees are also a theme for Donna Rawlins’ Waves, while wildlife is the subject of both Bouncing Back and Our Birds. Sorry Day is a powerful title with vivid illustrations. Make Believe fascinates with optical illusions, and The Happiness Box is a war history book about a book.

The six titles shortlisted for New Illustrator feature four about animals; The Singing Seal, Carmichael’s Journey, Dingo and Australian Birds. Red House, Blue House, Green House, Tree House, not surprisingly is a story about colours, and the vibrant Grandma Z features an unconventional grandparent and a marvellous day.

We hope you have discovered some new Australian gems among these Recent Additions for children.


Tech Savvy – National Scams Awareness Week

It’s an ever present worry when you’re online and even when you’re not. That someone nefarious will take your identity, money or access to your important data. How do you continue to participate in the world, online or otherwise, but keep yourself safe? We have many organisations in Australia and around the world that function to educate, raise awareness and assist the community to understand the dangers, know your rights and where to seek help when needed.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission using the Scamwatch website, runs the National Scams Awareness Week campaign every year in August. This campaign aims to reach Australians far and wide to get the message through that there is helpful information and support available. From explaining the types of scams to how to report them, their website is full of links, tips and information to assist you to be safer.

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Looking for an easy way to get connected while you’re out and about? Free WiFi is available at many public places around cities and towns so you can get online, but how do you know if it’s safe? Check out this link from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to find out more about safe public WiFi hot spots.

The Australian Government website Stay Smart Online is a wealth of information for people wanting to learn how to protect themselves better. Click this link for further information from the Australian Cyber Security Centre. If you’re looking to stay informed they also have an alert service you can sign up to for easy to understand online safety and security information. Click here to learn more.

And finally, the Be Connected program, which is funded by the Australian Government using a successful UK model from the Good Things Foundation, is available for our older community members to educate themselves and thrive in a digital world. Tutorials, videos, printed guides, and if you book into one of our library sessions, staff support to work through the online courses. Written in easy to understand language with a wide variety of topics to choose from and all FREE! Give the library a call on 08 8522 9213 to ask more about this program and book your spot in our next session.

Gawler Short Story Competition 2019 Closing Soon!

The Gawler Short Story Competition is closing in 5 days. Serendipity is this year’s theme and entry forms are available for downloading from the link below.

Gawler Short Story Competition 2019 Serendipity

You can also pick up an entry form from either of our library sites, the Civic Centre Library (Murray Street, Gawler) and Evanston Gardens Library (Angle Vale Road, Evanston Gardens).

There is still time! Perhaps this post is a serendipitous reminder…

The Library Calendar of Events for August is now out!

August finds the library back to its busy schedule of regular events across both the Civic Centre Library and the Evanston Gardens Libraries. For the writers among you, please note that entries for this year’s Gawler Short Story Competition on the theme of Serendipity, closes Saturday 17th August.¬† If you don’t have an entry form (or simply misplaced it) you can download another copy from the Competitions section of this Blog. Click on the Event Calendar below for details of some of the other activities available for you to enjoy this month at the Library!


August Start-up Mondays Program

If you missed last month’s program where we introduced a new regular session of Adult Storytime, you are just in time to catch this month’s session on the theme of Romance. This month we also feature a tactile session, a community group and the ongoing work of our Environmental Health Officers. See the program below for details.