June 12, 2014
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.
May 30, 2014
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.
April 24, 2014
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.
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
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
March 17, 2014
February 7, 2014
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.