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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.

Easter Holiday Library Hours

Shire of Dardanup Library Services will be closed from:

Friday, 19 April to Monday 21 April 2019

We would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday.

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Summer Reading Club a success!

A great summer of reading!

Shire of Dardanup Library Services would like to thank everyone who participated in our Curious Creatures Summer Reading Club.

With almost 8o kids registering, it was fantastic to see so many excited readers coming in to tell us how much they had read.

Summer Reading Club is an initiative that is held by the State Library of Queensland to encourage kids to continue reading over the school holidays to keep their literacy levels up. This was our first year of full participation in the national program. All our readers received a bag full of Curious Creatures goodies and activities to help them stay with the program over the holidays and give them a chance to win some great prizes.

Prize Winners

Congratulations to our lucky Grand Prize winner, Dawid Opperman who won the David Walliams Biggest Boxset Collection and a $50 iTunes voucher and also to runners up Emily and Miranda Hickling, and Denika and Kaden Hay. On your next visit we encourage all our Summer Readers to ask for their participation certificates.

  

Well done again to everyone who took part and we look forward to doing it all again next summer!

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Words We Owe To Shakespeare

It has been more than 400 years since Shakespeare’s death and we still use his language. The Bard has been credited with introducing around 1,700 words to the English language.

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Are you generous or frugal? A champion or lacklustre? You would be surprised at how many words we use today that were first written by Shakespeare.

Some words he invented and some were in common use but hadn’t been written down anywhere yet. Shakespeare used the language of kings and queens as well as the common people.

He coined the use of many common phrases we still use such as:

  • Break the ice
  • Refuse to budge an inch
  • Eaten me out of house and home
  • For goodness’ sake
  • Good riddance
  • Heart of gold
  • Laughing stock
  • Wild-goose chase

The Many Faces Of Shakespeare

There are many different portraits of Shakespeare in the world. With three quite different portraits as most likely to resemble Shakespeare himself.

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The Droeshout portrait was done around 1622, six years after Shakespeare’s death. However it was done within living memory of people who knew him well and his contemporary, Ben Jonson implied it was a good likeness.

The Chandos portrait was painted in Shakespeare’s lifetime around 1610. Many believe it is a true portrait of Shakespeare painted from life, but it is not able to be definitively substantiated.

The Cobbe portrait is another portrait allegedly drawn from life, but is also unsubstantiated.

So that’s the short and the long of it and all’s well that ends well.

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