Eric HillThe creator of one of the world’s most loved and iconic children’s book characters has died at age 86.

Author and illustrator Eric Hill topped the bestseller lists with his simple but charming series of Spot the Dog books for preschool children.Spot 04

Spot, a playful puppy, was created in the 1970s while Hill was working in London as a freelance designer and illustrator. “I was experimenting with a flap idea and my son Christopher, who was then about two, came in and I showed him a funny drawing of a man with a bowler hat on, but the arms were the flaps so he could actually remove the hat from his head,” Hill recalled. “A great big smile appeared on Christopher’s face and he said, ‘Do it again!’”

With its then pioneering “lift-the-flap” format, and simple, humorous story told in just a few words, the first book Where’s Spot? (1980), became an instant bestseller. Many more books in the series followed with over 60 million copies sold worldwide. An award-winning animated TV series followed as well as DVDs, toys and other merchandise.

The Spot books remain a hit with children at our BabyTime and StoryTime sessions, and the books and DVDs are always a popular choice for borrowing and bedtime reading.

 

Brada photoWe’ve been busy getting our winter library programs ready – so it’s exciting to announce that they are ready to go!

There are so many fun activities to try and lots to learn and do! Meet others in your community too. We can also help you feel more confident with technology - from computer basics to email and iPads to social media – we are there to help.

Pick up a copy of the ‘What’s On’ brochure at the libraries or get it on online at library.gleneira.vic.gov.au

We’ve also added to our great selection of online e-stories for kids – Story Box Library is an online reading room showcasing the wonderful world of Australian children’s literature to primary school aged children.

It features an amazing array of Australian storytellers from sportspeople, musicians, grandparents, teenagers, comedians, actors, stay at-home parents, people with disabilities, with varying accents and from different cultures. My favourites include master storyteller Boori Monty Pryor reading his own book Shake a leg and the spooky The Ghost Of Miss Annabel Spoon read by legendary musician Nick Cave.

Take a look at all our interactive stories and activities for children available 24/7.

 

 

 

Anzac Day reads

April 24, 2014

Over the Anzac Day long weekend, why not try a book set in the time of the Gallipoli Campaign?red-poppies-anzac-day

Start with these:

Birds without wings by Louis de Bernières.

Gallipoli: the novel by Jack Bennett.

On dangerous ground : a Gallipoli story by Bruce Scates.

Sunflower : a tale of love, war and intrigue by Colin McLaren.

Traitor by Stephen Daisley.

The wing of night by Brenda Walker.

Or if non-fiction is more your style, we have lots of books that cover all aspects of the Gallipoli Campaign and the Anzac legend too.

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What’s hot this week?

April 4, 2014

I was checking out what’s on the top of the bestseller list this week – lots of different writing styles and topics to choose from.

The libraries have 20 copies of each of the books on the bestseller list – so take a look today!

 I quit sugar for life – Sarah Wilson

The fault in our stars – John Green

Be careful what you wish for – Jeffrey Archer

The book thief – Markus Zusak

Bootlegger – Clive Cussler

Concealed in death – J.D. Robb

Words of radiance – Brandon Sanderson

Peppa’s Easter egg hunt

The 39-storey treehouse – Andy Griffiths

Gone girl – Gillian Flynn

To help you find your next great read, we have put together a list of all the current and recent bestsellers here

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014

St Patricks Day blog“Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you”.

Try out some Irish authors today – you may find a ‘pot of gold’ read! 

 

Right book, right time

February 25, 2014

child reading bookParents of pre-school and early primary school children often ask how they can help their child to develop a love of reading.

Children’s author Lee Fox will share her ideas about choosing the best books and the right time to read, and techniques to engage with your child as you read to them.

Wednesday 19 March from 7pm-8pm at Carnegie Library. Book here or at any library.

This is a must for any parent who wants to make reading a fun, relaxed and stress-free time for child and parent.

In the meantime, here are a few of our favourite picture books to share with your child -

Shark in the park by Nick Sharratt

And the cars go… by William Bee

Is your grandmother a goanna? by Pamela Allen

Hunting for dragons by Bruce Whatley

Who’s in the loo? by Jeanne Willis

Too many elephants in this house by Ursula Dubosarsky

Saturday scorcher coming!

February 7, 2014

 If you are looking for a cool place to avoid the heat on Saturday, Bentleigh, Carnegie and Caulfield libraries will stay open until 8pm.woman drinking water tablet

Relax with a book, newspaper or magazine, use our computers or Wi-Fi, have a bottle of water on us, and just chill!

If your home is air-conditioned and you don’t want to venture outside, then you can easily download a library e-book, put up your feet and ride out the heat.

Glen Eira City Council also has great tips for staying safe during a heatwave.

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