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