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What’s On – April 2018!

Think you know libraries? Think again.

It’s that time again!

School holidays are here and our APRIL calendar has all you need to keep the kids busy.

Laser tag is back! Get excited because we are moving out of the library this month and converting Watson Reserve on Pratt Road, Eaton into a battlefield for an afternoon of laser tag fun.

Our calendar is packed full of fun and exciting things to do with bubble soccer, circus skills, art, craft and gardening just to name a few.

We also have the Better Beginnings Book Cubby visiting from the State Library all this month!

The Book Cubby is an interactive exhibition of books written and/or illustrated by children and communities within Australia and around the world.

And did we mention our Have a Go series is continuing with Taekwondo: Self Defence?

Join Master Justin as he teaches you how to make yourself less of a target and basic self-defence skills influenced by the Korean martial art Taekwondo.

This workshop is a great opportunity to try something new while having some fun.

Don’t forget… all our April Calendar of Activities and workshops are FREE but places are limited so BOOK NOW!

Click here to download the April calendar now.

What’s New

Shire of Dardanup Library Services are now part of the CODE CLUB!!!


Shire of Dardanup Library Services now have 2 Teachers trained up and we are ready to start our Coding Club in May 2018.

Numbers will be limited to start so we want to get the word out so you are prepared and on the look out for when the program is released.

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led coding clubs with a mission to #getkidscoding!
We are aiming to give every child the skill, confidence and opportunity to shape their world.

Code Club is free to join and is supported by Volunteers, Parents and Library staff

We strongly encourage parents to come along and be a part of what their child is working on and achieving.

Code Club is Always Free For Everyone!

Code Club aims to give every kid the chance to learn code and programming – all for free!

Computational and Problem Solving Skills

Calling all kids to learn how to collaborate, create, communicate and problem solve! Code Club is project based learning, and it is also aligned to the National Digital Technologies Curriculum. We CELEBRATE errors!!!

Coding Community and Teamwork

Being part of a Code Club means meeting like-minded people, making new friends and coding awesome things together! We really try to encourage at all times, a buddy system. One drives and One navigates, then they switch.

Feature Program

Better Beginnings: Book Cubby

This month the Book Cubby is coming to the Eaton Community Library and Dardanup Library.

The Book Cubby is an interactive exhibition of books written and/or illustrated by children.

Stocked with books created by children and communities within Australia and around the world, the Book Cubby travels throughout metro and regional WA.

So come visit the Book Cubby this April!

Eaton: 3rd – 20th April

Dardanup: 23rd – 27th April

Better Beginnings: Books-to-Go

Using one piece of paper and a few simple folds you can create an 8 page book without having to stick or staple.

Every child can be an author and can write and illustrate their own story.

The books are published on the spot using a colour photocopier and the author gets to keep the original book.

When: Tuesday 3rd and 10th April

Presenter: Eaton Community Library Staff

Novel Conversation


What does your home library say about you?

I am always curious if I spot a bookcase when walking into someone’s house, hoping to get a glimpse of who their owner is.

I will edge ever so slightly towards the bookshelf and turn the conversation to books in general.

Book shelves reveal much about their owner’s hopes, aspirations, holiday reads, want-to reads, guilty reads and maybe bookclub reads.   As books are easy to dispose of, I assume that those on the shelf are there because they are of some value to the owner.

Whether they are school book prize, gift from a loved one, a memorable read to be revisited or a must read book that received great reviews or won a literary prize.

There is of course the other end of the spectrum of book owner – the bibliophile.  A bibliophile is an avid collector of books, first editions, autographed copies and classic collections.  Their shelf may indeed extend to a whole library.

How do you categorise your books, or do you?  Are they colour coordinated, alphabetically filed or thematically shelved?  Or do you identify with the English diarist Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) who organised his 3000 books from smallest to largest?  Are your books tidy and organised, relaxed or chaotic?

Scan your shelves.  What do YOU think your book shelf says about you?

Book Talk

What’s New!

Large Print

Title: I am, I am, I am, Seventeen Brushes with Death

By: Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie’s memoirs of near-death experiences that have defined her  life that illuminates the preciousness, beauty and mysteries of life itself.

Goodreads 4.17 stars





Young Adult – Non Fiction

Teen Survival Guide – Surviving Bullies and Mean Teens

The chapters of this book are;

1: Bullies or Bluster

2: Just add pressure

3: Cloudy with a chance of, Clarity: Bullying myths

4: Online and out of line

5: What do Turtles have to do with this?

Parents and teenagers should put this book on their ‘To Read List’.


Title: Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House

By: Michael Wolf

Read about behind the scenes of the first 9 months of Donald Trump’s  controversial Presidency. Writer, Michael Wolff had extraordinary access to the west wing and reveals what and why happened behind the scenes.

Goodreads 3.57





Title: Beautiful Days

By: Joyce Carol Oates

Thirteen diverse stories that explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance.

Goodreads 3.2




Junior Non-Fiction

Title: 100 Screen-Free Ways to beat boredom

By: Kris Hirschmann

Goodreads: 5 star

With the School Holidays coming up, what a great way to keep the kiddies entertained. This ideas range from:

Have an Indoor Picnic

Start a Herb Garden

Build an Obstacle Course

Make Napkin Roses

And so much more.

Keep the kids off their electronic devices with loads of ideas in this book. Reserve it now before the holidays!

CD MP3 Reader – Fiction

Title: The Catherine Wheel

By: Elizabeth Harrower

Goodreads: 3.26 star

This story is about an unflinching gaze on the grim realities of 1950s London, and the madness that can infect couples.






Scales (PG) (2017)

Cast: Emmy Perry, Elisabeth Rohm, Morgan Fairchild

Director: Kevan Peterson

Siren Phillips has lived her life thinking she’s an ordinary girl, in an ordinary town. On the eve of her 12th birthday, however, she learns that she is far from ordinary. Destined to turn into a Mermaid at the age of twelve, Siren must struggle with her new reality, saying good bye to her mother and friends, while she transitions into the water. To make matters worse, a group of Hunters are after her, trying to catch her. She soon becomes friends with Adam Wilts, a new boy at school, who she turns to for help. He agrees to help her, but finds himself caught in the middle, when it’s his own father who is after Siren. When Siren’s mother is taken, the town

must rally behind her, and help her make a peaceful transition into the water, before the hunters can find out where she is.

IMDB Rating 4.7

13 Sins (MA15+) (2014)

Cast: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower

Director: Daniel Stamm

A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.

IMDB Rating 6.3