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Watch your Waste with the Library

Want to do more recycling, reduce contamination, and save $$$?

Over the past few years waste management has become a massive issue in our communities.

Through our heightened environmental awareness, community programs, garbage disposal costs and popular media there is a growing sense of urgency in our communities that something must be done about the war on waste.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to reduce your waste by half?  Or recycle items you would normally throw out?  For example, instead of binning all of your food scraps, it could feed a worm farm in your garden. Or take your clean egg cartons to a kindy or pre-school for craft activities. In fact there are so many ways we can recycle our rubbish that sometimes it is difficult to know exactly where to start.

Shire of Dardanup Library Services can help there.

We have a range of books, documentaries, and online media that will help you get immersed in the recycling way:

Books: 

Reducing waste/Flounders, Anne.

Recycled crafts box : sock puppets, cardboard castles, bottle bugs & 37 more earth-friendly projects & activities you can create/Martin, Laura C.

Recycling and managing waste/Healey, Justin.

Recycle your garden/Marshall, Tim.

Go green!/Gogerly, Liz,

Reduce, reuse, recycle/Rissman, Rebecca,

Online eBooks: 

The zero waste lifestyle/Korst, Amy

My zero waste kitchen easy ways to eat waste free/Turner, Kate

Recycled chic/McKittrick, Amanda

Less Stuff/Miles, Lindsay

Online eFilm:

Car recycling

Solid waste disposal and recycling

Glass recycling

Paper recycling

Aluminum can recycling

Recycle this : A Joe and Jack episode

Online Series:

Curiosity Quest Goes Green

ABC’s War on Waste

If you’d like to know more about any of these items or our collection, please contact or visit us at Eaton Community Library or Dardanup Library.

Our friendly team are always keen to help you find just what you’re looking for.

Insightful evening with Tony Buti

On Thursday evening, 11 July, Eaton Community Library hosted sitting MP, lawyer, and author, Antonio Buti, who was here to discuss his latest book, A Stolen Life.

The discussion centred very much around Bruce Trevorrow, whose life and legal pursuit of the South Australian Government was at the heart of A Stolen Life. Tony shared a portrait of a man whose life had been turned upside down and the legal ramifications it had on the nation.

Following the discussion, the audience engaged with Tony in a Q&A where he shared his experiences growing up in Collie and his work on the Stolen Generations submission. Attendees then stayed on for refreshments as they met with Tony for further conversation and a book signing.

We are incredibly grateful to all who attended and helping to make it such a wonderful evening and would like to thank Tony for his generosity and making himself available.

If you would like to know more about our Author Conversation series please contact us, and please remember to book for our August event with Steve Hawke.

Coding for kids after school

Code Club is back by popular demand!

We had so much fun last term and we can’t wait to get back into it again. Don’t miss out, register now!

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!

Don’t miss out, register now!

Tech Thursdays are back!

Tech Thursdays back for a new term.

Whether you’ve just bought your first computer or you need to brush up on using your digital device, Tech Thursdays will have something for you.

Each week there will be a new topic for discussion. In our first session, we look at the differences between a desktop computer, a laptop, and digital devices. We also discuss some of the ways we use our computers and the internet. See below for our full timetable, or download it here.

WK TITLE DESCRIPTION DATE  
1 THE ABSOLUTE BASICS Basic description of a computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone, and the internet. Brief outline of the application and use of each. THURS,
9 MAY
10-11AM
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2 GETTING TO KNOW
YOUR DEVICE
Using hardware such as a mouse, touchscreen, keyboard, computer tower, parts of the laptop, programs and files etc. THURS,
16 MAY
10-11AM
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3 GETTING STARTED
ONLINE
Using the internet, online forums, email, search engines, and reinforce internet safety. THURS,
23 MAY
10-11AM
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4 STAYING SAFE ONLINE Creating safe passwords, paying safely online, avoiding scams and tricks, downloading and saving documents, how to access help. THURS,
30 MAY
10-11AM
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5 MORE ONLINE SKILLS Online shopping, social media overview, Facebook, using digital camera, watching and listening to online media. THURS,
6 JUNE
10-11AM
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6 CONNECTING WITH
OTHERS
Getting set up for video calling, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime. THURS,
13 JUNE
10-11AM
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7 ALL ABOUT DATA What is data? Choosing a data plan, managing your data, using your data overseas, home data vs. mobile data. THURS,
20 JUNE
10-11AM
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8 WIFI AND MOBILE
NETWORKS
What is WiFi, Home Networks, WiFi on the go, Mobile networks THURS,
27 JUNE
10-11AM
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9 ONLINE HOBBIES Family history, exploring with Google Earth and beyond, blogs. THURS,
4 JULY
10-11AM
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Tech Thursday is part of the BeConnected series of classes. While the lessons are part of a larger course, attendees can choose whether they want to attend individual classes.

Currently, registrations for sessions are essential and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Local students participate in national literacy project

Imagine an Olympic Torch carried from town to town from one side of Australia to the other.

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Now instead of a torch, picture a book passed between volunteers as it travels! And at each town where the book relay stops, a new page is added to the story by that community.

Called the Paint Australia REaD Book Relay, the project celebrates the importance of reading, particularly for children.

The Shire of Dardanup organised for the Book Relay to call in at River Valley Primary School earlier this week with Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett in attendance as the Master of Ceremonies.

Students were treated to a reading of the book Alpacas with Marracas by children’s entertainer Glen Perks and his puppet Hen Three.

Paint Australia REaD is one project of national community-driven literacy project Paint the Town REaD.

Also, stay tuned with more events planned by the Shire of Dardanup as a supporter of Paint the Town REaD coming soon.

Shire of Dardanup Library Services has a range of programs and activities designed to get your child into reading. If you would like to find out more please contact us.

Originally posted on Shire of Dardanup website by Kristy Hitchens.