‘Curious Creatures’ have invaded the library over the Christmas break.
There are dragons, unicorns, fairies, owls, dinosaurs, turtles and other unusual beasts of various shapes and sizes to be found.
It’s part of the library’s participation in the Australia-wide Summer Reading Club, an initiative to keep children reading during the long summer holidays.
There are activity bags for pre-school, primary and secondary schools, filled with puzzles and games and also a web address where children can sign up online and submit their work such as drawings, poetry and book reviews to put them in the running for some fabulous prizes.
The library also has activities such as Find the Curious Creatures Puzzle Path – pictures of thirty curious creatures, both read and imagery, have been hidden throughout the library. Children both young and old can grab an entry form and explore, identify and check off the creatures as they find them, then hand in the forms to claim a prize.
There is storytelling and Curious Creature handicrafts for youngsters up to seven years old every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at 10.30am. The sessions are free and you don’t need to book; just come along and enjoy yourself.
Older children can attend Curious Creatures Crafty Creations at 3.30pm where they can do a variety of handicrafts and activities for an hour. Bookings are essential and the cost is $3 a session. Please ring the library on (02) 6740 2190 to secure a place for your children. The theme for this week is Mythical Creatures, and next week we will be concentrating on Under the Sea creatures.
So come along and have some fun, and don’t forget to claim your Summer Reading Club bag and have a go at locating all the Curious Creatures!
Plenty of new books have also been added to the shelves, including the latest thriller by Andrew Gross The lost brother, Race across the world: the incredible story of the world’s greatest road race – the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon by John Smalls, Overlander: one man’s epic race to cross Australia by Rupert Guinness, and a large print fiction book The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’Loughlin.