Animal fun wraps up the school holidays
A koala, dingo, lizard and a few snakes visited our Australind and Harvey Library’s as part of our exciting school holiday program. Thanks to West Oz Wildlife for the fun and interactive learning sessions about a few of our beautiful Australian animals.
Seniors Week Rhyme Time and Story Time
Our regular Rhyme Time and Story Time children were given the opportunity to invite their grandparents or other favorite senior to the library to attend our special ‘nursery rhyme’ themed Rhyme Time or Story Time sessions as our very special guests. The sessions were followed by crafts for the children and a morning tea for our wonderful seniors. Children were encouraged to dress up in a nursery rhyme costume along with the staff.
School holidays at your local library
There is always plenty to do at the Harvey and Australind libraries during the holidays. From building your own Halloween toolbox at a Bunnings workshop, learning some amazing things about science to letting your imagination run wild with junk art, LEGO creations and loose parts play.
School holidays at Harvey Library
Reptiles, a Magician and NAIDOC Week crafts and activities had the library packed with children of all ages ready to have some fun!
A very talented Magician
The school holidays have come to an end but not before we had the wonderfully funny Cameron the Magician visit the Australind Library for a morning of magic and laughs. With a crowd of 60+ children and adults, Cameron kept the audience entranced while he performed amazing tricks using cards, rope, books but he did require the help of some volunteers from the crowd.
Local author visits the library
On Monday 15th July, the Australind library welcomed local author Suzi Faed to talk about her recently self published book titled ‘Fighting Spirit’. A true sory, Fighting Spirit is based on her Dad’s life and covers many themes including leaving ones country, mental illness, cancer, positivity and resilience and his faith and family. With a crowd of 15 people, Suzi talked passionately about her Dad, his life and his admirable strength until the very end, and how she came to write his amazing story.
Suzi Faed (center) is pictured here with Mike Proctor, Rebecca Joyce, Jessica Mill and Julie Serafino-Blythe.
Roaming Reptiles in the Library
George the Bobtail, Ferdinand the Frill Neck Lizard, Wilma the Woma Python and Fluffy the Carpet Python happily visited the Australind Library on Wednesday 10th July with their human Cass from Roaming Reptiles Education. 42 children and their parents enjoyed a morning of fun while learning about a few of our Australian reptiles. Children and parents had the chance to touch, feel and hold either a snack or lizard, or if they were brave enough to then lay down next to Fluffy while she slithered over the library floor!
National Simultaneous Storytime at Australind
We had 20 children attend our National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 22nd May. All the children and their parents loved this years story Alpacas with Maracas; Written and Illustrated by Matt Cosgrove. The children were able to decorate their own maracas using recycled materials and were having fun shaking them to the music.
Baby Rhyme Time
The Australind Library are trialling an 8 week Rhyme Time program for babies aged 0-6months on Friday afternoons. Parents with babies under 6 months of age are encouraged to come down to the library and join us in singing, rhyming and dancing. For more information please contact the library on 9797 4590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter School Holidays
The school holidays at Australind library were full of fun and lots of chocolate Easter eggs! Special Story Times, craft days and Easter egg hunts were held for the children during the school holidays, and special toys and activities were available for the older children. Lilly Stephenson is pictured here with her decorated Easter egg basket full of chocolate eggs after a Story Time session.
Fleur McDonald Author Visit
At the Harvey Library more than thirty avid fans of stories about rural Australia listened to Western Australian author Fleur McDonald talk about how she writes her popular books, which are all set in regional areas of WA and SA. More than a romance, the novels include crime and mystery with the background flavour of farms, paddocks, animals and small country towns. The talk was repeated to another large group of fans at the Australind Library later that night.
Summer School Holidays at Australind
From a very funny puppet show, to a Bunnings pencil case making workshop and a hands on science show from Supersonic Science the library was full of children during school holidays. Special story time sessions and regular Lego and craft days were also held for children to come in and do on those too to be outside days.
Author fun at the Yarloop Library
Perth author and illustrator Kylie Howarth visited the Yarloop Library during the school holidays. She did an illustration workshop, based on her award winning book called “Chip”, and talked about the process of designing and writing a book, and getting it published. Kylie then showed them step by step how to draw Chip and how to enhance the basic drawing, and encouraged the children to imagine a creature that was half a land creature and half a sea creature and made up their own drawing. Bill Simpson, Noah Haines, Hannah Simpson are pictured here with Kylie.
Supersonic Science Workshop at the Harvey Library!
There was lots of fun and excitement at the Supersonic Science Workshop. Children of all ages got to make snow, play with blue slime and get air bombed.
Christmas Story Time at Australind Library!
29 children and their parents attended a fun, silly and very Christmassy Story Time hosted by Fran and Sugi, with the help of two cheeky little elves on Wednesday 19th of December!
Kadence, Madison, Brooklyn, Scarlett and Emilia Rob are pictured here with their Nanna Judy Rob after decorating their Christmas tree cookies with mini m&m’s, sprinkles and bright green icing.
September School Holidays at the Australind Library
The library was full of children, parents and grandparents during the school holidays to attend the many wonderful activities and events.
Around 50 children and their parents attended our special school holiday Gingerbread Story Time. Everyone loved the story acted out by Library staff, with a giant gingerbread man making an appearance at the end of the show to excite and scare the children. Afterwards children had the opportunity to decorate their own gingerbread man to take home.
Over 70 children attended the 2 completely booked out West Oz Wildlife sessions at the library. Children and parents had a morning of fun learning about a few of our native Australian animals from West Oz Wildlife carer Kendall. Children had the opportunity to pat the Koala and Dingo, and hold the Snakes and Lizards and take photos with all the animals.
Author Natasha Lester visits the Australind Library
A large group of people attended the author talk given by author Natasha Lester who had traveled down to Australind on Monday 10 September 2018.
Natasha kept the crowd’s attention with the story of her life lived in the many different places around the world and how she is inspired to write her books. Natasha was happy to sign the large number of her books she sold on the night.
Natasha Lester is pictured here with Australind resident Heather Crombie.
School Holiday Fun!
The Australind Library was full of fun and games during the July School Holidays with many children and their parents attending our activities and events! Ari Fisher pictured here with magician David after the funny Hey Presto Magic Show! Ashton Branchi show’s us his yummy and spectacular cupcake he created at our Cupcake Decorating morning!
School Holidays at the Harvey Library!
The school holidays have been full of fun and excitment at the Harvey Library. So far we’ve had some wonderful children’s show’s put on by local entertainers, authors and magicians! Pirate Man Michael Speranza, Childrens Entertainer and Author Andy Jones and Magician David from Hey Presto have been greatly enjoyed by children and parents during the school holidays this year!
Yarloop Library Jam Jar Crafts!
Over the last few weeks students from Yarloop Primary School have been busy recreating jars with a purpose. Jars which were once used for storing jam have now been repurposed as lolly jars, storage jars, aquarium jars and even photo jars!
For two weeks the Australind Library was home to 11 noisy baby chickens who arrived as eggs but quickly hatched in their incubator. During the holidays we had many excited children come in for fun activities and were amazed to see our new pets chirping away in their pen. With careful staff supervision children were able to hold, cuddle and pat the chickens and watch them grow from newly hatched chicks into baby chickens learning to fly. Ava Panter is pictured here holding a boy chicken after a school holiday activity. The Australind Library thanks by ‘U Can Hatch Us’ for the wonderful chicken hatching experience.
There is always something fun to do at the Harvey Public Library! From special storytimes with guest speakers, winter days spent inside playing educational games on the iPads or spending your Saturday morning building a Lego materpiece for the upcoming Lego competitions there is always something for children of all ages!
First Time Parenting
Our local first time parenting group is a big success, introducing new parents to the library and what services we offer for children and families. The program is run by the local child health nurses every 2 months for new parents and their new babies with roughly 8 – 10 new mums attending the session at the library as part of their mother’s group. For more information please contact your child health nurse after the birth of your baby. Our latest session had 8 new mums and their babies attended the session with Sugi presenting helpful information about the Better Beginnings program and library programs for young children such as Rhyme Time. After the session Joshua, Caspian, Alys, Lachlan, Vivienne, Charlie, Avah, Peyton, Savannah, Milla and Isla played happily on the mat.