Robots in the library!

Posted on January 29, 2013. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , |


Thank you so much for all of the recycled bits and pieces sent to me for the Recycled Robot workshop at Springwood Library – as you can see, your items were put to good use and provided a lot of fun for the kids!













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Totally Tubular!

Posted on October 4, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , |

Here’s some pics from the recent ‘Totally Tubular’ school holiday craft workshops, in case you’re curious what we got up to. Big thanks to Maxine and Sue for helping me with this messy – but very fun – activity!

Click here for more pics and info about what we did.

– Naomi

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Winter Magic @ the Library!

Posted on July 14, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff | Tags: , , , , , |

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Have a look at some of the wonderful and wintry art collages and fabulous rainbow snowflakes  made by kids at the library these holidays!

And when you have time, these short Winter Wonderland films made in Springwood Library are worth a look!

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Little Poppy Concert

Posted on January 24, 2012. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , |

Last Friday, the National Year of Reading was officially opened at Springwood Civic Centre by Aniko, Vicki and the Mayor –  with face painting, balloon swords and animals, and a wonderful concert for kids by musical duo, Little Poppy. Thanks to Sue for the photos!

– Naomi

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Secret Swamping

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Janelle, Aniko, Mike and the children. What you can’t see in this unfortunately blurry shot is that each of them have decorated themselves in various shades of ochre.

As you will all see in these photos, Heidi and I were having a hugely strenuous experience tracking through the swamps this morning. Fortunately we are both FIT and energetic and passionate about our environment.

(Through the eyes of a kid)
We all met at Katoomba library at 10am. Our bus driver, Dusan, had a problem about counting the number of seats in his bus and we ended up having to take the Ranger’s car as well. Of course you can well imagine that part of a ‘secret’ is going on a bus and looking back as you speed off thinking, thank goodness my mother isn’t coming! Why does she always look weepy when I board a bus?

And it is even better to be sitting next to your BEST friend with a haversack full of food that you never get to eat at home! BUT I guess from a kid’s perspective, you do need to worry about these lady Librarians . . . they are not as stern as those who get left behind in the library telling you that you still own $5.50 on that book which was late, which you never really got to read anyway.

I got to sit next to the older one. She looked a bit hip in that ‘dry as a bones’ . . . didn’t anyone tell her that you don’t wear that type of gear when you go swamping! The other one with the blond hair was a bit of a cutey . . . It would be great to have a mum like her!

Anyway we headed off and did the normal carry one in a bus . . . windows up and down, trying out to see if the back door actually opened, giving the driver lots of noise . . . good job he didn’t go on about the usual tourist jargon on your route to your destination. And yes, we got there . . . Charles Darwin Walk . . . a creek full of yabbies, skinks, dragonflies, mud glorious mud, bush tucker food, waterfalls, fresh swamp water, hills that took for ever to climb, and yes you’ve got it we emerged with painted faces, gumboots full of water and two an half hours of ‘full on’ information overload on the best swamps in the world at our back yard.

Mike showing the children a yabby in the creek

That guy, Mike Hensen, knew more about swamps than I could have believed. He tried getting us to learn the Latin words for bush specimens but I thought it sounded like we were in some foreign country forgetting how to speak English!

Janelle telling the children about Aboriginal life pre-white settlement

The bush ranger was a lady called Janelle. She talked about her people and ancestries and showed us how to cut large bark out of trees and swing a club, throw a spear and spin a boomerang. I liked what she had to say about her country and how her people knew better than us in how to care for the environment.
Would I do it again . . . I sure would even if we had to go with the librarians again!


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School Holidays Program Feedback

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Here is some feedback which the Library Children’s and Young Adult’s Team got from one of the session leaders in our Autumn School Holiday Program.
Jane Davidson BFA (Hons) is a Contemporary artist & teacher and ran several workshops during the holidays : “Just keeping you updated about the art workshops this week. It’s been such a fantastic week so far and in my opinion will only get better.
Yesterday at Lawson I met some delightful parents who restored my faith in human kind a little. Sometimes I get a bit jaded about the state of the planet and its inhabitants – philistine is a word on the end of my tongue a lot; not kind I know but seriously justified at times. Yesterday however I met BEAUTIFUL parents who adored their children and only wanted positive experiences for them.
Today however, at Katoomba I had an experience that in 10 years of art teaching I can say I have never ever had. One child, who has supported these classes frequently since January as well as Fab Fridays, brought her father along this time. I hadn’t met him before. I saw that he had a walking cane but didnt really register what the nature of his handicap was. As you know, today’s medium was oil pastels and a technique known in art circles as sgrafitto. I have taught this technique to kids, teens AND adults with equally satisfying results in the past.
Once everyone was settled I noticed this child’s mum and dad up the front of the room looking very very closely at the samples I had brought in. The wife explained to me that her husband only had 40% vision and that he found this technique really interesting. I don’t know what prompted me to do this but I insisted he sit down and try this out.
After a little cajoling he sat down and his daughter was giving him step by step instructions on the process and when I turned around again I was stunned. He had done a BEAUTIFUL sgrafitto drawing. The look on his face brought me to tears. He told me he had never made art in his life and felt so proud of this little drawing. We had a chat about his vision and I suggested that perhaps some sculpture, clay sculpture, would be the ideal medium for him (I thought he could feel his way to the end result, you know?) After this I encouraged all of the parents in the room to have a go and without exception the adults ‘elbowed’ the kids out of the way to get at the colours !!!
What a beautiful positive experience for families to have on a miserable day in the mountains and in the library. I have said this to you before: western society has lost its soul, we need more and more soul-enriching activities like art, music and literature to keep us sane. It saddens me sometimes that adults have to be shown simple things like sgrafitto to lower their blood pressure and put a smile on their face . . . but hey . . . get it where you can and its NEVER too late.
I feel particularly moved by this father’s experience today. That poignant little moment when he looked at me and told me he was proud of that drawing will be the highlight of my month, I reckon.
Could this week get any better ??
I think we should share this stuff.
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