Author: Cockburn Libraries

Decluttering your life workshop was a success

An enjoyable hour on Saturday with Sara Hall from The Organising School Sara spoke about how to be organised and how to maintain the order once the clutter has been removed. She told us how to decide where to begin and, just as importantly, what to keep. Everyone was motivated and enthusiastic about the tasks that were previously unachievable but now were manageable. I found Sara’s workshop an inspiring experience. Also, check out some of the books and dvds about decluttering and organising available in our...

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Storytime with Shantelle – Oceans of Kisses

Storytime with Shantelle – Kisses There are kisses and then there are kisses. Those dry as dust ones from Great Aunt Verna that are akin to flypaper being scraped over your skin or even the Boston Strangler’s smooches that feel like a dementor’s  death grip. Peppermint flavoured kisses, bird like pecks, rolling in the sand in a ‘from here to eternity’ lip lock. Not to ruin the warm fuzzy I have just created but you can’t write about kisses without including a slight warning. Morally I am obligated to issue this health alert. Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, refers to a group...

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a review

It is impossible to review Harry Potter and the Cursed Child without remembering the magic the seven books brought to muggles all over the world. An neglected English boy, in a “semi parallel universe”,  leaves his suburban life for a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I grew up with Harry Potter, waiting for the next book or movie to be released (and if I’m honest, waiting for my Hogwarts letter to arrive). A must read for Harry Potter fans So when news of the unexpected sequel to the epilogue in Deathly Hallows was first announced, I almost couldn’t...

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A Small Madness- Children's Book Week Review

A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell Notable for Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year – Older Readers It seems that losing your virginity is still something to write about. Of course I’m simplifying matters because A Small Madness by Dianne Touchell is not just the physical act of sexual intimacy but all the gritty, grueling messiness of growing up and figuring things out. It almost hurts to read a story about teenage madness; makes you recall your own wild ideas and adolescent plotting and watching the characters in A Small Madness go into free fall is...

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The Guy, The Girl, The Artist And His EX – Review

I have the inestimable pleasure of reviewing a book from the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Notable List – Older Readers. The Guy, The Girl, The Artist And His EX  by Gabrielle Williams is sassy, quirky and with that unique Australian allure (yeah, we’re alluring) that gives it a definite antipodean appeal. I always admire authors who write about lives intersecting. Its hard enough getting one story line straight let alone meshing together the intricate strands of characters hell bent on either destruction or self interrogation. Yet, a rock chick, an artist with a chip on his...

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Storytime with Shantelle – Oh, the wonder of PLANTS.

Now unless you have been moonlighting as Don Burke (my shameful little dream) a woman doesn’t often to get to write about plants; more specifically, young children’s books with a planty theme. Oh yes, you may have gazed upon plants, foraged among them, tip toed, cavorted or crushed them like the brute you are beneath your feet but how often does one get to write about them? Their majesty, their allure, their chlorophyll delight. DON’T get me started on chlorophyll but it’s enough to say that a plant is an unending field of succulent wonder. DID YOU KNOW?- 90 percent...

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