Children’s Book Week to Boost Literacy

Children’s Book Week to Boost Literacy

The City of Rockingham’s libraries will come to life with activity throughout August, with a wide range of exciting events planned to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2019.

Children’s Book Week is a national initiative that will be held from Saturday 17 – Friday 23 August. It is designed to boost literacy in young Australians and the theme for 2019 is “Reading is My Secret Power.”

To celebrate Children’s Book Week locally, the City will be running a series of activities at all four of its libraries throughout August.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged families to head into their local library and join in the fun during Children’s Book Week 2019.

“Each year Children’s Book Week is one of the premier events on our library calendars and it represents a terrific opportunity for kids to celebrate the joy of reading,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Reading is a powerful tool that plays a vital role in boosting literacy skills for children so it is important for the City to celebrate Children’s Book Week.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a variety of events and activities for young readers of all ages, so I encourage residents to pop into their local library and get involved in this terrific initiative.”

Full information regarding the activities scheduled across the City’s libraries for Children’s Book Week 2019 is as follows:

Meet Aśka

Aśka is a passionate children’s book illustrator and science communicator with a background in both arts and quantum physics. She has illustrations being published in seven books in 2019, including the Eco Rangers series by Candice Lemon-Scott. You can meet Aśka at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 6th August 2019
3.30pm – 4.30pm at the Safety Bay Library’s Bookstars Club (Ages 6 – 12).
5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Warnbro Community Library’s Wicked session (Ages 12 – 17).

Saturday 24th August 2019
9am – 10am at Rockingham Central Library (Ages 6 – 10).
11am – 12pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre (Ages 8+).

Book Week Bonanza (Mary Davies Library and Community, Saturday 17 August 2019, 10am – 12pm)

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the library and discover your secret power as you learn how to do circus tricks with Ricochet Circus, listen to some wonderful stories and craft your own creations to take home. This is a community event open to all ages.

Sabrina Dudgeon – Author Talk (Monday 19 August 2019)

Sabrina Dudgeon-Swift is descended from the Bardi people from north of Broome, and the Gija people in the East Kimberley. Sabrina grew up in Darwin, but now lives in Perth and works for the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia. Her story Lilli and Shadow in Trouble is part of the Waarda series for young readers and was inspired by her nanna and the stories she shared. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.

9.30am – 10.30am at Warnbro Community Library.
11.30am -12.30pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre.
1.30pm – 2.30pm at Rockingham Central Library.

Tamara Moss – Author Talk (Thursday 22 August 2019)

Author of Lintang and the Pirate Queen (which was a notable book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards in 2018), Tamara Moss is an engaging and passionate speaker with a background in Asian studies.

She has written two more books in the Lintang series, which have received rave reviews for their sense of adventure, charming characters and vivid fantasy world. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.

Sessions running 9.30am – 10.30am at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre and from 11.30am – 12.30pm at Safety Bay Library.

 

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre Turns Five

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre Turns Five

The Mary Davies Library and Community Centre played host to a special celebration on Friday 5 July 2019, as the City of Rockingham formally marked the fifth anniversary since the much loved community facility opened its doors.

Located on Settlers Avenue in the heart of Baldivis, the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre officially opened in mid-2014.

The facility is a contemporary, cutting-edge library service that also offers community spaces for hire. It is named after the late Mary Davies (1926 – 2014), who was a passionate and committed member of the Rockingham community.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre had quickly evolved to become an integral part of the community.

“In only five years the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has welcomed 864,000 visits, which is about 172,800 per year,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During this time the library has grown to have about 15,000 registered borrowers, with 657,911 book loans taking place.

“Figures like this indicate just how popular the facility has become in such a short space of time. As the community of Baldivis and the City in general continues to grow, we can expect to see more residents enjoying all that the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has to offer.”

Students from Baldivis Secondary College at Mary Davies Library

For more information about the programs and events on offer at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre email mdlcccontact@rockingham.wa.gov.au or contact 9591 0800.

 

Memories: An Anthology

Memories: An Anthology

The treasured thoughts and memories of seniors from across the City of Rockingham are now available to read in all four of the City’s libraries, after a special book titled Memories: An Anthology was published.

The 110 page book was created during a series of eight memory writing workshops that the City held for seniors between October and December 2018.

These workshops were facilitated by the Rockingham Writers Centre and taught participants new skills and knowledge that equipped them to be able to reminisce, record and write parts of their life story. Extracts of the work were then compiled by the Rockingham Writers Centre and published in the book.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the book gave participants the chance to articulate their life story in a moving way that their families and the community could learn from.

“Seniors are the heart and memory of our community and it’s vital that their stories are told so younger generations can learn from them,” Mayor Sammels said.

“This book is a beautifully produced piece of work that details the priceless memories from the long time residents that helped build Rockingham into the place it is today.

“We are fortunate to be able to read and learn about their lives in this unique publication and I encourage all residents to visit the City’s libraries and a grab a copy.”

Visit one of the City’s four libraries for a copy of Memories: An Anthology, or read an electronic copy.

 

Library and Information Week

Library and Information Week

Families across the City of Rockingham will have the opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities during Library and Information Week 2019.

Library and Information Week will be held from 20–26 May 2019 and is an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association that aims to showcase the range of services on offer at libraries.

Events

National Simultaneous Story Time

The City will be hosting three major events as part of Library and Information Week.  The first, National Simultaneous Story Time, will be held at Rockingham Centre in the Kids Zone near ANZ Bank on Wednesday 22 May from 9am–10am.

National Simultaneous Story Time will feature members of the public, a school class from Bungaree Primary School and the Paint Rockingham REaD mascot WiDi, all reading the same book as other groups from across the country at the same time.

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre

Meanwhile, on 22 May the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis will be hosting its own National Simultaneous Story Time event that will include craft, rhymes and great stories.

Rockingham Central Library

On Thursday 23 May 2019 the City will host Pyjama Story Time at Rockingham Central Library from 4pm–6pm. Running for the fourth year in a row, Pyjama Story Time will feature a cuddly animal farm, scavenger hunt, tech displays and a group reading activity.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to embrace the activities taking place during Library and Information Week.

“The City of Rockingham’s four libraries are filled with valuable information, entertainment and activities for residents of all ages to enjoy,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During Library and Information Week 2019 the City will be hosting two events that highlight the significant role both reading and libraries play in our community. I encourage residents of all ages to get involved with these activities and celebrate the importance libraries have in our City.”

The theme for Library and Information Week 2019 is Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK). This theme recognises the ways that librarians and libraries support and further these ideals.

For more information on these events or the City’s libraries in general, please contact the City on 9528 0333

Experience Rockingham Central Library After Dark

Experience Rockingham Central Library After Dark

City of Rockingham residents will have the chance to experience the Rockingham Central Library after dark when the City hosts the Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event on Thursday 16 May 2019.

Running from 6pm–8pm, the exhibition will be presented by the WA Inspired Art Quilters and will include a collection of 16 quilts made by the group. Community members will have the chance to learn about the quilts and their relation to wetland resources and Noongar culture at the time of early European settlement. Bookings are essential for the event.

The Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event is part of a month-long exhibition highlighting the quilts, which will run until Friday 24 May 2019. Exhibition promotional image of one of the quilts. in the exhbition

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the after dark exhibition would give residents an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture in an exciting environment.

“The WA Inspired Art Quilters have created a stunning range of quilts that highlight the importance of the wetlands to Aboriginal people,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The quilts depict various aspects of the wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain and acknowledge that the network of wetlands was abundant on Whadjuk Country before colonisation.

“I urge all residents who are interested in learning more about local Aboriginal culture to take part in the Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event.”

For more information or to book contact the Rockingham Central Library on 9528 8683

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