Wednesday, December 15, 2010

High Tea with Jane Austen

On Wednesday 8th December, 30 of Wallsend's most dedicated Jane Austen fans flooded Wallsend District Library to celebrate all things Austen.

From High Tea with scones and wildflowers to trivia and voting for their favourite Austen character, all who attended had a lovely morning immersing themselves in Jane facts and fun!

Mr Darcy won as the favourite (a huge suprise) and we were treated to some tales of saucy seduction in our writing competition about Darcy and Elizabeth's happily-ever-after honeymoon. We had lots of accomplished ladies, as well as regency maids and aristocrats gracing our tables and vying for a place in our costume competition.

All together we had a wonderful morning, with everyone getting into the spirit of the event. A big thank you goes out to all our patrons who constantly support our events and make them something to remember, this is what the library is all about!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Puggle's Problem

Author: Aleesah Darlison

Illustrator: Sandra Temple

Publication Date: 2010

Category: Picture Book

What's it all about?

Pipp Puggle is a beautiful baby echidna, he is top of his class at eating ants and makes "terrifically tidy burrows", but Pipp is very worried, he is the only one in the whole bush who hasn't grown his spines yet.

So, Pipp goes on an experimental adventure trying all sorts of funny things to make his spines grow. From eating handfuls of eucalyptus leaves to laughing until sunset, but nothing seems to work, will he ever get his spines?

This was a beautiful story about growing up and about all the different animals in our incredible Australian bushland. It was lovely and simple, while on another level it gave me a lot of laughs about all the things we do to try and grow up too fast.

There is a wonderful message in this book about letting things happen when they happen, about enjoying your life and not rushing it.

But most of all, it was about a very cute echidna, Pipp Puggle!

I would recommend reading this book to any child in your life, it will bring a smile to both your faces, gorgeous illustrations and a great story.

Publisher: Wombat Books

If you love the sound of this book

why not meet the author during our January School Holiday Fun!

Aleesah will be holding sessions of 'Draw. Dream. Write. Delight' and 

'Puggle Storytime' at different branches of Newcastle Region Library.

Contact your local library for more information OR download the program from our online catalogue:
Visit Newcastle Region Library's Catalogue and Website.