Get inspired for some rainy day craft projects!

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The Tea Tree Gully Children’s and Youth team has been enjoying the many rainy day opportunities to sit inside and read. Nevertheless, lately we have been finding ourselves acting more like mole people than human beings.
On a quest to reclaim some of our humanity (and wear clothing other than PJ’s), we stumbled upon the Non Fiction Craft section of our library on the shelves at  745.

This marvellous collection of books is ideal for anyone who likes to make stuff and has a few hours to kill.
Some of our favourite titles that you can find here include:
Everything Alice –The Wonderland book of makes
Making Stuff– An Alternative Craft Book
The Crafter’s Companion– tips, tales & pattern from a community of creative minds
The Left Bank Look– Easy Parisian Chic Projects for your Home and Clothes

Filled with nifty how- to instructions to help you build things such as a blind that plays a lullaby every time you pull it down or making over your furniture  by covering it in material.
We expect that you too will soon be joining our ranks of project crafters!

Not inspired yet? Why don’t you check out our awesome craft wares on display here at the library Customer Service Desk!

Reading in a language other than English

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People often see reading as a part of their identity.
When asked to talk about who they are, they might describe themselves as avid readers or literature lovers.
As such it seems unsurprising that many people who are bilingual seek literature that allows them to indulge their cultural identity.
Whilst it is an almost impossible feat for libraries to stock an up-to-date and wide range of literature catering to the vast number of language groups living in South Australia,  the One-Card Network is overcoming some of these issues.

Reading books written in German is one of life’s little pleasures – for me at least. I enjoy the complex and almost militant structure of the language. I also love the change of atmosphere another language can lend to a story.

I am often found online spending my hard-earned cash downloading German novels. Whilst fun, this is an activity I can’t always afford. Subsequently, I am frequently scampering to the library in search of my next reading fix.

In the past this exercise has left me disappointed, due to the fact that my local library only has a small selection of German books, ninety percent of which I have already borrowed and read.

Nevertheless, through the One Card Network I am now but a few keys away from many German novels. Using the library catalogue I can peruse novels from all over South Australia and order them at my convenience. The best part is that I can visit this catalogue from home, sort of like free online shopping!

So if you are seeking books in a language other than English, your first stop doesn’t have to be expensive. It could be as simple as searching your local library catalogue!

On our online catalogue we have titles in German, Italian, Chinese, Russian and many more – for more information ask a friendly staff member.

Book review – Wentworth Hall

Wentworth_HallWentworth Hall by Abby Grahame is like Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs but read rather than watched.

 The book is set in 1912 country England and focuses on Maggie’s return from her year in Paris to a money-troubled Wentworth Hall; her travels have changed her greatly.

Maggie’s mum is eager to marry her off, hopefully to Teddy Fitzhugh. After the death of their father Teddy and his twin sister Jessica went to live at Wentworth, where they must stay until they turn 18 and are allowed their diamond-filled inheritance.

Lila, Maggie’s younger sister, wants to be noticed especially since their older brother Wesley went to university.

Due to the money problems, some of the staff’s jobs are unsure and this threatens to change the way of life for many people living in Wentworth Hall.

Throughout the book the chapters are told by a different character, which helps you establish their personality and views of things. Sometimes writing like that doesn’t work, but it flows and works in this book.

Every couple of chapters there is a story insert, like an article from a newspaper back in the 1910’s. These extra features basically sum up the chapters you just read. They also help to extenuate the characters’ worst personality traits or really push what the author wants you to think the character is like.

I found these chapters to be unnecessary and annoying. The story is easy to follow, so you already have an idea of what the characters are like and what is going on without the reminder.

Overall I would give the book a 3.5 out of 5. It is pretty generic for its theme but has good character development and a nice writing style.

Written by Kelly – a member of our youth book club Cover2Cover.

Young Writers Award 2013

To all young aspiring authors!

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This is your chance to prove your talents to a wider audience than the one residing inside your creative mind.

The Young Writers Award is open to all South Australian students from Reception to Year 12. It’s open topic and you can submit poetry or prose up to 1000 words.

For  more  information about entering this cool event see the South Australian English Teachers Association website. Entries close Friday 24 May so get writing!