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April Calendar 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 into a battle field 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 Beginning 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 Defense?

Join Master Justin as he teaches you how to make yourself less of a target and basic self-defense 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.

Easter Holiday Closing Dates 2018

Eaton Community Library and Dardanup Library will be closed over the Easter holiday period.

Library Closing dates are : 30th March to 2nd April, including Saturday the 31st of March.

We will reopen on Tuesday the 3rd of April.

Remember we have an extensive range of eBooks, eFilms and eAudio available for loan if you can’t make it to the library before hand. Visit us in the library to ask how to access them today.

Shire of Dardanup Library Services wishes you a safe and restful break over this time.

March 2018 Calendar!

Think you know libraries? Think again.

Every month we work hard to present you with a fantastic selection of new, never before seen workshops and MARCH is no exception.

This month we’re heading out of the library to the Eaton Bowling Club for our new Have a Go series where you can come and try a new sport, hobby or activity for FREE.

Come down on Saturday 17th March and try your hand at barefoot bowls—it’s the perfect activity for the whole family.

We also have a NEW Sustainable Living workshop, which will alternate between Burekup and Dardanup each month.

These workshops will share helpful hints, tips and great ideas for how to save money and reduce your ecological footprint.

And if you’re missing our macramé workshops, why not come along to our Macramé Social Group?

Bring your projects and materials down to the Eaton Community Library and share your tips and tricks with like-minded people.

This is only a couple of teasers for what’s in store this month, so sit down, grab a cuppa and check out the full selection below.

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

Click here to download the March calendar now.

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Our Favourite Rejects

When you visit the library and browse the new books do you consider the journey these stories have taken to reach our shelves?

It is interesting to consider how many of these books were initially rejected, not just a few times but numerous. It shows the tenacity and sheer determination of the author’s belief in their work to persistently weather the rejections, constantly putting themselves out again and again.

When you consider some of the classics on our shelves, one assumes that they started out recognised as such. Not so! Below are just a few of the classics that suffered rejection time and again to earn a place on our shelves.

  • Agatha Christie, one of the most popular mystery and crime novelists suffered 5 years of continual rejection – her book sales are now in excess of $2 billion!
  • Louis L’Amour, a popular Western writer received 200 rejections before being published. He now tops 330 million sales!
  • LM Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is rejected by 5 publishers before finally being published and goes on to sell 50 million copies!
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter was rejected so many times Beatrix decided to self-publish. Who doesn’t have a copy of this book on their shelf?
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was rejected 38 times!
  • Kathryn Stockett’s The Help received 60 rejections!
  • Stephen King received 30 rejections for Carrie. Mr King is to receive the PEN American Literary Service Award for 2018!
  • William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, a classic on many school’s reading lists was rejected 21 times!
  • Another modern classic Dubliners by James Joyce was rejected 18 times and is now studied in universities around the world!
  • And what surely ranks alongside Decca’s rejection of The Beatles as one of the biggest misjudgements ever, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was rejected 12 times before landing a deal and creating a worldwide phenomenon!

It is just as well these authors persevered for the sake of all of us, the readers!

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Scrap Battle! Art Competition

Do you like getting crafty?

Are you passionate about recycling?

Would you like to win some AMAZING prizes?

Our Waste Education program has been lucky to receive funding through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions fund to hold a recycled art competition during the 17/18 summer school holidays and Term 1 2018. The competition is for primary school and high school aged children living within the six Council areas of Bunbury, Harvey, Capel, Collie, Dardanup and Donnybrook-Balingup. There are prize categories for individuals and groups and the competition will culminate with an exhibition at the Stirling Street Art Centre in May.

$$$   $$$   $$$   THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PRIZES UP FOR GRABS   $$$   $$$   $$$

As part of the project, we will be engaging a professional artist to assist with a workshop in each of the Council areas. There will be recycled materials on hand for kids to create their art with or they are welcome to bring their own materials along. We may also sneak in a little presentation about waste and the impact on the environment.

Workshop places are limited, so please book your place.

Burekup: Friday 19th January – 9:30am – 1:30pm (please note: no professional artist will be present at this workshop)

Eaton: Monday 22nd January – 9:30am – 1:30pm