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Code Club finishes its first year

Congratulations to our Dardy Coders for taking their first steps into a larger world. 

While it took a little while to catch on, by the end of August we had full classes every week with participants completing their first module and making great progress on their coding path.

Well done to Doug and Harley for completing their Scratch Module 1. A great start to an exciting journey!

What is Code Club?

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.
The program is aimed at kids aged 8 – 15 years of age who advance through a series of coding languages:
  1. Scratch – a simple block-coding program which allows users to build animations and games while learning the fundamentals of coding.
  2. HTML/CSS – allows users to develop their understanding while building web pages and online content from the ground up.
  3. Python – this highly versatile programming language allows users to use their understanding and creativity to build Apps and complete web sites.
  4. Blender – coders can build 3D animations and games, creating 3D characters and developing their own movies and stories.

Code Club is project based learning, aligned with the National Digital Technologies Curriculum and provides kids with the opportunity to collaborate, create, communicate and problem solve! We celebrate our errors and embrace them as a chance to learn.

Code Club is free to join and is supported by volunteers and library staff. 

We strongly encourage parents to come along and be a part of what their child is working on and achieving. Not only that, kids can log in from home and continue progressing through their lessons.

Being part of a Code Club means meeting like-minded people, making new friends and coding awesome things together!

What happens next?

We’ve learned a lot this year about Code Club and next year we are planning lots of ideas to make each class even more interesting and new. Registrations for Code Club 2019 will be announced in January so be sure to keep checking our website, Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out.

What’s New?

Are you you lost in the digital age?

Want to learn more about technology but don’t know where to start? Tech20 is for you.

With Tech20 you can register for a 20 minute, one-on-one session with library staff who can assist with your queries about technology.

We can help you with:

  • Email
  • Word processing
  • Searching for information online
  • Using tablets and smartphones
  • Using the online library catalogue
  • Navigating our eLibrary including eBooks, eFilm, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

Tech20 is held every day, however, booking is essential. Simply register here or contact us at Eaton or Dardanup Library and speak to one of our friendly staff.

Christmas Storytime at the library.

Hey kids, join us for some reading fun, rhymes, songs and activities with a Christmas twist!

Come on in Wednesday, December 12 at 10.00am as we celebrate Christmas at Eaton Community Library. There will be some great Christmas stories, fun games and activities PLUS a special visitor may pop in to say hello!

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Our brand new Tech20 helpdesk is here!

Are you you lost in the digital age?

Want to learn more about technology but don’t know where to start? Tech20 is for you. Read More →

Book Talk

Here are some of the new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus check out our staff Christmas recommendations . . . Read More →

What’s your favourite Christmas Movie?

We’ve all got one.

That favourite Christmas story that captures the essence of the season. Some love the magic, while for others its the spirit.

We’ve asked our staff: What is your favourite Christmas movie and why?

Love Actually
Stars include Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman;  
Director Richard Curtis

This movie has a long list of talented actors and is why this movie comes together so beautifully. It has a snapshot of everyone’s Christmas at some time or other with the true spirit of love, forgiveness, laughter and goodwill shining through at the very teary end.

Recommended by Suzanne

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo;
Directed by Jeremiah S Chechik

This movie has been a family tradition since I was young, I don’t remember a Christmas I haven’t watched it. As with all of the National Lampoons movies, a normal every day event is rife with mishaps, chaos and hilarity. Most of us can relate to the pressure Clark feels to make Christmas perfect. In the end though, it’s family, friends, and being together that really make the holidays special.

Recommended by Sam

 

White Christmas
Starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney;
Directed by Michael Curtiz

Watching White Christmas every year as a child was like putting the turkey in the oven on Christmas Day. With Danny Kaye’s slap stick humour, the beautiful Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, with their glamorous dresses. And of course, Bing Crosby singing White Christmas! The movie always brings back wonderful memories.

Recommended by Helen

 

Arthur Christmas
Starring voices of James McAvoy, Imelda Staunton;
Directed by Sarah Smith and Aardman Animations

This animated Christmas film has recently become a family favourite. It’s a modern take on how Santa delivers presents to millions of children with a high tech sleigh and incredible ninja elves with never a child missed. When it looks like one delivery has gone awry, Arthur Christmas goes to great lengths to make sure no child loses faith in Santa. A clever Christmas story with a modern twist for the whole family!

Recommended by Kirsty

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Starring Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen;
Directed by Ron Howard

I have loved this movie since it first came out. I really enjoy Jim Carrey and particularly the Dr Seuss inspired rhyming featured in the movie. I love to watch this movie around Christmas and can’t wait to see if the new one will be as good!

Recommended by Kelsie

 

 

Mary Poppins
Starring Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke;
Directed by Robert Stevenson

Not your typical Christmas movie but we watched this every year at Christmas time for as long as I can remember. Such a magical film, with a great combination of animation and live action. Happy bits, sad bits, silly bits and catchy sing-a-longs, practically perfect in every way! Who can resist a little bit of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Recommended by Michaela

 

Scrooged
Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen;
Directed by Richard Donner

I’ve loved this movie since high school when friends and I watched it at an end of year sleep-over. Every so often a few of us still get together and rewatch as a kind of Christmas tradition. Scrooged has everything you want from a Christmas film: magic, feels, laughs, 80s fashion, mice with antlers, and of course the inimitable Bill Murray at his obnoxious best!

Recommended by Dean

 

 

We’d love to know your favourite Christmas movie? Let us know here or tell us on Facebook.