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Book Launch at the Aus­tralind Li­brary

30 peo­ple at­tended the book launch of Wil­liam (Bill) Scott’s book “For­tu­nate Timing” at the Aus­tralind Pub­lic Li­brary on Mon­day evening 22nd Oc­to­ber 2018. Bill gave us a glimpse into the early days of farm­ing in the cen­tral wheat­belt of WA, along with his mem­ber­ship of the WA Pig Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and serv­ing as a Coun­cil­lor of the royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety for many years. Look­ing back on his farm­ing life, Bill con­sid­ers his suc­cess the re­sult of hard work, liv­ing within one’s means and for­tu­nate timing. The days of li­braries be­ing dusty and dingy are well past, with cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties be­ing light and bright and full of en­ergy. Stock is also new and up to date, with more than 60% of items hav­ing been pur­chased within the past five years. At Har­vey Li­brary, all fic­tion books in nor­mal and large print have been at the li­brary for two years or less, en­sur­ing that there is al­ways some­thing new to browse through and choose from. For read­ers who like cer­tain gen­res such as West­erns or Mys­ter­ies or His­tor­i­cal ti­tles, look­ing at the com­pre­hen­sive web­site “Fan­tas­tic Fic­tion” can give ideas of par­tic­u­lar au­thors to check out. This is a user-friendly site which li­brary staff can show to you if you are not sure how to ac­cess it.

DON’T FOR­GET! Sto­ry­time for tod­dlers is held every week at Har­vey and Aus­tralind Li­braries on Wed­nes­day morn­ings (9.30am at Har­vey, 10am at Aus­tralind). Ses­sions take be­tween half and three quar­ters of an hour and in­clude songs, rhymes, sto­ries and craft. Par­ents are en­cour­aged to stay for play­time af­ter­wards, with a chance to catch up with other fam­i­lies to share chat and child-rear­ing tips. Read­ing aloud to chil­dren is highly ben­e­fi­cial for lan­guage de­vel­op­ment and prepa­ra­tion for learn­ing to read. Read­ing aloud to chil­dren is also an easy way to im­prove their chances at school, as well as en­ter­tain­ing them and strength­en­ing fam­ily bonds. Just 15 min­utes a day is all it needs – and there are books of all lev­els and all types to bor­row from your lo­cal li­brary to save you hav­ing to re­peat the same sto­ries hun­dreds of times. Ac­cord­ing to award-win­ning Aus­tralian chil­dren’s au­thor Mem Fox: “if every adult car­ing for a child read aloud three sto­ries a day to the chil­dren in their lives, we would prob­a­bly wipe out il­lit­er­acy in one gen­er­a­tion.” Can we rise to the chal­lenge? Ruth Camp­bell-Hicks Prin­ci­pal Li­brar­ian

Bill Scott and school friend Gwen Ger­main

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