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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.

Kidsport Applications

KIDSPORT Applications can now be done online at the Eaton Community Library. 


KIDSPORT enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport and recreation by offering them financial assistance of up to $150.00 per calendar year towards club fees.

To be eligible you will need:

  • Valid Health Care Card
  • An address within the Shire of Dardanup

Click on the link below to begin filling out the online application form or bring your Health Care Card down to the Eaton Community Library. The friendly Library staff are happy to help complete the application.

Click here to access the Kidsport Application Form.

What’s New

Stop Motion Animation Station is here!

We now have our new Stop Motion Animation station set up and ready to go. 

Come on in, try it out and unleash your creativity. Be the director on your very own LEGO movie. Bring your ideas to life and learn how to develop a film script, and plan and animate it. Whether you’re keen to upload the next YouTube sensation, or creating an old school, Harryhausen-esque masterpiece, all ages are welcome to have a go.



What is Stop Motion Animation anyway?

Stop Motion Animation is a technique used in animation to bring static objects to life on screen. This is done by moving the object in increments while filming a frame per increment. When all the frames are played in sequence it shows movement. Clay figures, LEGO and miniatures are often used in stop motion animation as they can be handled and repositioned easily.

Stop motion animation can be thought of as just a series of still photographs. Objects or puppets are moved and filmed frame by frame to simulate movement. Films like the original King Kong and Star Wars made heavy use of stop motion animation using miniatures and puppets. This was the only way to bring objects that cannot move by themselves to life on screen.

The advent of computer generated imagery has removed stop motion animation from the mainstream but its unique effect and the realistic textures it brings (since actual materials are used in filming) means it will not die out anytime soon. It is still widely used in artistic films, shorts, and commercials.

Notable feature-length films all done in stop motion animation and released in the “CGI boom era” are:

  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005)
  • Chicken Run (2000)
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  • Coraline (2009)

What most appeals to us about stop motion, however, is that you don’t need a Hollywood budget or expensive equipment to do it. You can make your own stop motion movie using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Why do people want to create a Stop Motion Animation?

  • Offers creators ownership and autonomy in the film making process
  • Teaches how stop motion animation works
  • Debunks the mechanics of how movie-making happens
  • The creative constraint of the medium encourages problem solving
  • It’s a simple, hands-on technology that all ages can achieve
  • Encourages creators to project and plan out where a story is heading
  • Fosters iteration and experimentation through trying and testing
  • Supports storytelling

Novel Conversations

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!

What’s New

Free Movie streaming is available through the Shire of Dardanup Libraries

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