Children get Curious about Creatures these holidays

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This week children and their carers have discovered a host of curious creatures at the library. Participants at the Greg Holfeld Drawing Workshop watched in awe as Greg sketched a range of creatures and then showed everyone how to draw their own. The artwork produced was amazing. Well done everyone.

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Five of Greg’s signed illustrations were raffled off to workshop particpants. Look at the lovely artwork that went home to five lucky families. You can take a look at some of Greg’s published art in these titles.holfeld

On Thursday Sue Harris visited us and had over 70 people in fits and giggles during her “In the Wild” puppet show. Monkeys, crocodiles, lion, boa constrictors, penguins and an assortment of other creatures got up all sorts of antics as we were introduced to a wide range of puppet types.

In the afternoon, 25 children had the opportunity to learn how manipulate puppets. They learnt how to show emotion and movements, how to tell a puppet story, use props,  and conduct a small show. Thanks Sue Harris for visiting us. If you are interested in learning more about puppeteering you can borrow Sue’s Let’s Play book and CD sets or search our catalogue for material about puppets here.

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There’s still one more week of holidays before the children go back to school and we are accepting entries into our Curious Creature Craft Competition until Thursday 24th January. There are a range of Activity Sheets available in the library for creature craft inspiration.Curious Creature Comp A5

Families are also welcome to make use of our colouring-in table and the Curious Creature Puzzles in the Children’s Area. Happy Holidays.


How Does That Work? Snakes

It’s Summer! The lovely warm weather is back and that means so are the snakes. Australia has many varieties of snake with the Eastern Brown snake being the second most venomous snake in the world, which means you need to know what you’re looking out for and what to do if you do find a snake while you’re out enjoying this warmer weather.

Now this post is not meant to scare or worry our readers, but here in Australia it is important you understand that snakes are a regular sight and they require caution & immediate action if you were to get bitten.

There are many places to get information about snakes such as the SNAKE CATCHERS ADELAIDE. Their website is a wealth of information and they are a very busy service, especially at this time of year. From snake identification, first aid, snake awareness sessions and snake myths you can find out whatever you’re looking for.

Snakeopedia is available from our physical collection at Evanston Gardens Library.

If you’re looking for more information about snakes, we have many titles you can borrow either from our digital app Libby or from our physical collection here at the Evanston Gardens Library. Click here to search through the list or here for more information about our eBook and eAudiobook app; Libby.

We hope you have a happy and safe summer out in the great outdoors, enjoying this warm weather.

Life after Harry Potter: for younger and older readers

While the final book in the J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series was first published in 2007, there have been plenty of new publications for devoted fans. 2016 saw the release of the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

grindewaldWhile just recently the new movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came out.

A quick search of the library catalogue finds 134 results just at Gawler Public Library and over 500 items available to borrow across South Australia. Some of these include:

And of course there is always the Pottermore website to indulge in.
But what if you are looking for a new magical world to visit?
With a whole host of awards behind it, including the 2018 ABIA Book of the Year and the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fiction, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and it’s sequel, Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, are well worth the read.
Morrigan Crow was destined to die on her 12th birthday, but was whisked off to Nevermoor by the mysterious Jupiter North who entered her in the trials of the Wunderous Society.  Here she meets a vampire dwarf, travels by Brolly Rail,  and escapes the hunt of black-smoke hounds.  Morrigan has to discover if her strange magical abilities are a curse or talent.

‘It really is brilliant, with an engaging plot, plenty of twists, memorable characters and a marvellous sense of humour. Pick it up and the hours disappear, just like magic.’ – Daily Telegraph 

Nevermoor is brimming over with imagination and fun. Morrigan is a wonderful heroine – dark, moody, and wry – and the unfairness of her situation makes her very easy to empathise with. The story gallops along, and the setting is wonderfully vivid … A wonderfully assured debut from a young Australian author, Nevermoor sparkles with zest, wit and inventiveness. – Kate Forsyth, author of The Impossible Quest series
Follow the link to read more about Jessica Townsend’s magical series. And if you do get hooked on these stories, the film rights to these books have already been snapped up and Townsend has said she has seven more books plotted out in her head. And if you want more ideas for what to read next, try some of these lists.
But what about the older readers? An Unkindness of Magicians is definitely aimed at adults or older teens. It’s scary and dark and the use of magic has consequences. Sydney is an unknown magician, escaping her past and throwing challenges for a chance at a future. This book is full of magical duels and bargains with shadows. Kirkus Reviews said
Strong characters and a captivating revenge plot make this a fun, absorbing read for those who like their magic, and their magicians, dark and twisty.
To find more adult literature for Harry Potter fans, try this book list.


Happy reading!







Civic Centre Library

The Gawler Public Library is pleased to announce its return to Murray Street, Gawler after extensive renovations .civic centre opening fb1

Information on programs that will be occurring at each of our library locations will be available on our Events Calendar in the near future.civic centre opening new one_page_2

We look forward to seeing you at the new Civic Centre Library soon, and continuing our service at the Evanston Gardens Library.

What’s Your Dewey? 636.08 and 639 Animal Welfare and Conservation – Creatures in Crisis.

As we increasingly talk about the environmental challenges modern conditions place on our safety and well-being, the focus on the human tragedies unfolding in our news-feeds, make it easy to forget the other creatures sharing our fate. While 636.08 will bring to light many books and stories relating to Animal Welfare and Animal Rescue, these tend to focus on domestic animals. Titles addressing the rescue and care of wild animals, more often appear with the 639s, Conservation. In the interests of a holistic approach to the topic of animal rescue, the books sampled below are taken from the general areas of the two Deweys.

Cover image for Penguin rescue / Clare Hibbert.

Penguin rescue by Clare Hibbert (part of the Save the Animals series), follows the efforts of  SANCCOB, (South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds), as they work to save the African Penguin, which is commonly known as the black-footed or jackass penguin. The book covers some of the daily routines involved in the rescue and care of these fascinating creatures, as carers work toward their re-release. Aimed at young children, the colourful and informative chapters  – there are 13 – build  a strong sense of these endearing creatures for very young readers to appreciate. The book includes full page colour photographs and a glossary. You can preview here: Penguin Rescue

Cover image for Rhino rescue! : and more true stories of saving animals / Clare Hodgson Meeker.

Also aimed at young readers and part of the National Geographic Kids Chapters series, Rhino rescue! : and more true stories of saving animals by Clare Hodgson Meeker, shares three true and unique wild animal rescue stories, rhinos Kass and Draegon, tiger cubs Kuzya and Borya, and Honey Girl,  a Hawaiian monk seal. Presented in story form, the book includes candid animal photographs and fast facts. It is available on Kindle and in Print. You can preview here:  Rhino Rescue
Cover image for Moto and me : my year as a wildcat's foster mom / by Suzi Eszterhas.
In Moto and me : my year as a wildcat’s foster mom, wildlife photographer/author Suzi Eszterhas shares her story of fostering Moto, an orphaned serval cat on a Kenyan wildlife reserve. Although aimed at children, the stunning photography that chronicles each stage of Moto’s development over six months, offers much to inform any reader. While there is potential for sentimentalism to overshadow the underlying conservation message, Esterhas’s determination to raise Moto as a wild animal for release back into his native environment, provides readers with a wealth of information regarding the techniques and difficulties in caring for wild animals. Essentially a picture book, Moto and me… is a celebration of  conservation in action.
Cover image for A handful of happiness / Massimo Vacchetta with Antonella Tomaselli ; translated from the Italian by Jamie Richards.
A handful of happiness by Massimo Vacchetta with Antonella Tomaselli ; translated from the Italian by Jamie Richards, demonstrates the way in which our lives are intimately connected to the creatures with whom we share our world. Large-animal veterinarian Massimo Vacchetta is experiencing personal life difficulties when a tiny, orphaned baby hedgehog (Ninna), was brought to his surgery. Caring for this few days old, soft-quilled, mewling creature proves a transformative experience and ultimately leads to Vacchetta’s establishment of La Ninna Rescue Center for hedgehogs in the city of Novello, Italy.  A handful of happiness reaffirms our role in helping, healing  and protecting injured or orphaned animals with an aim to return them to their natural habitat, as Massimo must do when Ninna is ready to move on.
Based on the many accounts documented, rescuing wild animals and returning them to their native habitat is clearly a rewarding experience for all involved; a cross-species shared experience that has mutual, enduring benefits. This is equally true when the animals are domestic in origin as the multitude of titles on the topic will attest.

Cover image for Joey : how a blind rescue horse helped others learn to see / Jennifer Marshall Bleakley.

Joey : how a blind rescue horse helped others learn to see by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley, features the story of an injured show Appaloosa whose post-injury life becomes one of abuse and neglect. Starved and blind when rescued, Joey was taken to Hope Reins, a ranch dedicated to helping young people in distress by teaching them to care for rescued animals, principally horses. Although a significant portion of this book is focused on the social work of the Hope Reins ranch, the latter portion of the book is centred on the rehabilitation of a number of horses, one of which is Joey, and the way their care has ‘rescued’ young people in crisis. While the religious overtones and emotive storytelling may be off-putting for some, Joey… comes highly recommended.
Cover image for Goats of Anarchy / Leanne Lauricella, A.K.A. Goat Mama.
Goats of Anarchy by Leanne Lauricella, A.K.A. Goat Mama is based on the popular Instagram site by the same name.  GOA is principally a sanctuary for special needs kids that has saved over 90 goats, beginning with just two, Jax and Opie. Lauricella shares the compelling stories of her rescued goats and the many life lessons they have taught her. Full of humour, pathos and inspiration, as only goat antics can display, Goats of Anarchy shows us how one small rescue can become an irresistible passion.  To find out more, you can visit GoatsofAnarchy on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and website:
There is no doubt that being an Animal Rescuer requires a great deal of commitment, perseverance, a sense of humour and a willingness to learn from the creatures you rescue. There are of course a whole set of other useful skills needed if you are to have any success, but according to Animal Rescue by Patrick George, it’s simple – you choose the way. In this wordless book aimed at very young children, readers turn the transparent page to become the rescue hero. Simply purchasing the book is a step on the animal rescue journey as a portion from the sale of each book goes to the Born Free Foundation. Watch the book trailer below to find out more.

Many books on this topic will include references and useful contacts, but they are often not locally relevant to the reader. Contacting a local veterinarian or the RSPCA when injured animals are found is common, but people are often unsure how to locate specialists in native fauna rescue. ParksSA provides a guide for What to do if you find an injured animal in South Australia, which includes links to rescue organisations including Fauna Rescue SA. There is also an  Australian Fauna Care Search App that allows you to search for fauna care assistance by postcode. It is true that throughout our lifetime, many of us are called upon to assist fellow creatures in distress, and it is good to know how to get support to do this, but in the meantime, we can share vicariously the wonderful work being done around the world by browsing the 636.08 and 639 shelves.