By the time you read this the 2017 Library Week celebrations will be over. No doubt the Sydney Puppet Theatre will have brought much enjoyment through their two performances and there will be twenty local young people very proud of their puppet creations.
Among the new DVDs on display this week is “All the King’s Horses: the Bart Cummings story”, one for all horse lovers.
There’s also the adult version of “Robin Hood” and for children “Revolting Rhymes” based on classic stories by Roald Dahl.
Anh Do’s “The Happiest Refugee” has become a real Australian classic and an audio version is now available.
And “The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a fascinating true story from World War 2, of how a couple working in the Warsaw Zoo used that location to save over three hundred Jews from extermination – and also saved as many of the animals as they could.
A reminder that there are still seventeen discarded CDs available for sale at $1.00 each – which means we have sold something like fifty of them!
And another reminder to start searching for your library card if you do not carry it with you.
Everyone needs to have a functioning library card by the end of July as a courtesy to the new librarian who isn’t going to know who people are.
Presenting a library card is standard procedure in libraries across Australia – it just hasn’t been enforced at Grenfell.
As I have already admitted, allowing people to borrow without their card was a bad habit to encourage .....
Our Summer Reading Club reviewer for this week is Marion Knapp. Marion wrote about “Mattie” by Sheila Hunter.
“This is an interesting novel about an eleven year old convict child and her journey from England on a convict ship to Australia and how she survived the next years of her life. While Mattie was definitely the heroine of this story I want to tell you about the woman who helped Mattie make something of herself.
“When Mattie was shoved into the prison area of the ship amongst other convict women who were vulgar, rough and rude there happened to be a quiet, gentle woman sitting in the corner. This woman took pity on Mattie and decided to protect her from the other convicts. This woman was very well educated and discovered that Mattie was not so she taught Mattie to read and write.
“There was a family travelling first class on the ship and they needed a woman to help look after the baby. The gentle convict woman, Mattie’s carer, was offered the job. This gentle woman knew she was dying and suggests that the job be given to Mattie. Mattie is very grateful to the woman and is heart-broken when the woman dies.
“Mattie accepts the job and goes from strength to strength. The author tells of some tragedies that happen in Mattie’s life but I often felt the story was too good to be true.”
F HUN Sheila Hunter Mattie: the story of an Australian convict 2015