More online skills this Tech Thursday

Using Facebook, online shopping and watching movies on the internet are just some of the topics up for discussion.

In this week’s Tech Thursday session we will continue looking at going online. In particular we will be looking at the convenience the internet provides for shopping, entertainment and socialising.

Topics this week include:

  • Online Shopping;
  • Watching video and listening to music;
  • Facebook and online socialising; and
  • Using a digital camera.

Our Tech Thursday classes are self contained and can be enjoyed by anyone, whatever your level of experience. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the internet computers, or technology, book now and join the discussion.

Book Talk

ALPACAS with MARACAS By Matt Cosgrove

Macca and pal Al are the best of friends and LOVE spending time together.  When there is an opportunity to enter a talent contest, they just can’t resist.  But what will their act be?   Will they shimmy and shake?  Dance and prance?  Whatever they choose it will surely be a performance to remember!

Goodreads rating 4.33/5



Master of his Fate By Barbara Taylor Bradford

The first book in an expansive and intricately detailed new historical fiction series from master storyteller Barbara Taylor Bradford, Master of the Game is filled with drama, intrigue and Bradford’s trademark cast of compelling characters.

When back to back tragedies strike the Falconer home, shattering this idyllic life, it seems as though James might never recover his former glory….until a royal summons gives him the chance to prove that he truly is a master of the game…..

Goodreads rating  3.81/5


Hazards of Time Travel By Joyce Carol Oates

Time travel – and its hazards – are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and  is punished by being sent back in time to a region of North America – Wainscotia, Wisconsin – that existed eighty years before.  Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern Town she is set upon a course of rehabilitation – but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.

Goodreads rating: 3.11/5



Stan Lee By Bob Batchelor

The Amazing Spider Man. The Incredible Hulk. The Invincible Iron Man.  Black Panther.  These are just a few of the iconic superheroes to emerge from the mind of Stan Lee.  From the mean streets of Depression – era New York City to recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Lee’s life has been almost a remarkable as the thrilling adventures he spun for decades.  From millions of comic books fans of the 1960s through billions of moviegoers around the globe, Stan Lee has touched more people than almost any person in the history of popular culture.

Goodreads rating:  3.61/5

Bush Nurses Edited by Annabelle Brayley

It takes something special to be a bush nurse working in rural and remote Australia.  Some of these stories will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, others will a make you laugh and some will make you cry.  But there’s no doubt you’ll be amazed at the strength of character and the skill of these nurses who are the backbone of medical practice in rural and remote Australia.

Goodreads rating: 3.58/5



Paramedic: One Woman’s 20 Years on the Front Line By Sandy MacKen

Sandy’s unique perspective as paramedic with the NSW Ambulance Service will open your mind, awaken your heart and shine a light in some very dark places.

Goodreads rating 4/5




Two romances in the one case, ready for Valentine’s Day!

A Waiting Game By Diana Palmer

His kisses aroused and demanded a passion she had never known. Nicholas Coleman had given her everything — the chance of a lifetime. Now he demanded–and offered–so much more.

Goodreads rating:  3.4/5

A Loving Arrangement By Diana Palmer

Her platinum hair cascaded down her shoulders. She no longer blended with the woodwork, but she was still a fugitive from the man who had betrayed her. Was she merely exchanging one risky masquerade for another?

Goodreads rating:  3.5/5









Computer help with new Tech Thursdays

Learn about computers, tablets and technology

Last year, Shire of Dardanup Library Services launched its Tech20 program and last week saw the beginning of our new Tech Thursday sessions.

Each week there will be a new topic for discussion. In our first session, we looked at the differences between a desktop computer, a laptop, and digital devices. We also discussed some of the ways we use our computers and the internet. So 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:

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,
2 STAYING SAFE ONLINE Creating safe passwords, paying safely online, avoiding scams and tricks, downloading and saving documents, how to access help. THURS,
14 FEB
Using hardware such as a mouse, touchscreen, keyboard, computer tower, parts of the laptop, programs and files etc. THURS,
21 FEB
Using the internet, online forums, email, search engines, and reinforce internet safety. THURS,
28 FEB
5 MORE ONLINE SKILLS Online shopping, social media overview, Facebook, using digital camera, watching and listening to online media. THURS,
Getting set up for video calling, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime. THURS,
7 ALL ABOUT DATA What is data? Choosing a data plan, managing your data, using your data overseas, home data vs. mobile data. THURS,
What is WiFi, Home Networks, WiFi on the go, Mobile networks THURS,
9 ONLINE HOBBIES Family history, exploring with Google Earth and beyond, blogs. THURS,
10 ALL ABOUT APPS We explore the world of apps (short for ‘Applications’, or computer programs). Learn about what you can do with them, where you get them, and how you can be safe using them.



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

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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Did you know?

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.


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.


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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