Parenting Information Session on Choosing Childcare

Wondering about what to look for when considering childcare for you child?

May guest speaker at Engadine Library will be Kimberly Wheatley, an Early Childhood Teacher and mother of 3 who is passsionate about each child gaining quality care and education.

Kimberley will be exploring:
Different types of childcare
Finding information on services available to you and your child
What to look for when choosing childcare
How to settle your child into care

Where: Engadine Library
When: Tuesday 18th May
Time: 10.30-11.30am
Cost: Free
Contact: 9548 6003

Library and Information Week 24-30 May 2010

Join us in celebrating Shire libraries as the place to access, communicate, connect, educate, entertain and inform.

Each library will be holding special activities and events during the week. Visit your local library to see what's on.

Sutherland Library
Friday 21 - Sunday 23 May
It's that time again! Sutherland's huge annual book sale. This year is the 21st anniversary of our annual sale and it promises to be bigger and better than ever.

If you have never been to this event before come along and join the fun.

Run in and grab a bargain from our huge range of adult and children's books and magazines. There is something for everyone.

The sale is held over 3 days with stock replenished regularly. Proceeds from the book sale are used to fund new library projects. Cash sales only.

Friday 21st 9am-8.30pm
Saturday 22nd* 9am-3.30pm
Sunday 23rd 12noon-3.30pm
* Face painting 11am-12noon (Saturday only)

Sutherland Library
Monday 24-Friday 28 May
11am and 2pm
Announcements will be made as to meeting point.

Engadine Library
Monday 24 May
10.30-11.30 am
Ever felt the urge to find out about your family tree?
Come and hear Heather Clarey from Botany Bay Family History Society give tips on how to begin researching your own family history using a variety of resources including

Engadine Library
Tuesday 25 May
10am - 12noon
Impress your friends and family with your handmade cards. All materials are supplied but numbers are limited so bookings are essential. For information and bookings phone Kristin on 9710 0823.

Downloadable Audio Books and eBooks Using Overdrive
Engadine Library
Thursday 27 May
Carry all your favourite books in your pocket! Discover how to download popular digital audio and eBooks from the library website any time you want.

National Simultaneous Storytime
All Libraries (except Bundeena)
Wednesday 26 May
Join us for some fun with a nationwide Simultaneous Storytime Reading of Little White Dogs Can't Jump by Bruce Whatley and Rosie Smith. Be one of over 100,000 children and adults across Australia taking part in this special event.

National Simultaneous Storytime provides a fun and special opportunity for everyone to share in the joy and importance of reading and literacy for children.

Night Time Storytime
Menai Library
Monday 24 May

Miranda Library
Thursday 27 May

Wear your pyjamas if you like!

Cerative Writing Workshop
Cronulla Library
Thursday 27 May
Always wanted to write but not sure where to start?
Join us at this introductory workshop presented by Stella Tarakson, an award winning author, researcher and tutor from St George and Sutherland Community College.
For bookings phone
Cronulla Library
9523 4980

Behind the Scenes
Sutherland Library
Friday 28 May
Discover staff work areas and back room activities.

Storytime Goes Digital
Engadine Library
Friday 28 May
Preschool storytime with a digital component.

Access Your Library Online
Sutherland Library
Friday 28 May
Whiz around the website, gain control of the catalogue, delve into databases and overindulge your senses in Overdrive.

Author Talk - Constance Fairleight
Sutherland Library
Saturday 29 May
Local author Constance Fairleight will talk about her new book Creating the Life You Truly Deserve TM as the key to attaining the kind of life that you could only dream of. Join us for an enjoyable afternoon.
Light refreshments available.

Luxury Hamper Lucky Draw
Visit any Shire Library during Library and Information Week to go in the draw for your chance to win a basket full of goodies.
Entry is free.

For more information about Library and Information Week visit
call 9710 0351

A Barking Good Time!

During the April school holidays, our libraries each held “Pet” themed holiday activities!

Engadine Library was lucky enough to play host to a beautiful young blonde – “India” the Assistance Dog! India and her trainer Dori are local residents and library regulars who made a special visit during our school holiday activity to meet the children. India entertained the rapt audience with a few of her many tricks, including shaking hands, picking up keys, rolling over and playing dead, and giving her trainer a hug! She can even “read” a book, turning the pages one at a time. Trainer Dori also spoke to the children about her work with Assistance Dogs Australia.

Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) is a non-profit organisation that trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to assist people with physical disabilities. Highly trained dogs like India allow them a much greater level of independence. Dori and India are involved with the southern chapter of ADA, which is based locally at Heathcote.

The 40 children in attendance had a great time and loved watching India’s tricks. Many left cuddling their very own plush assistance dog puppies, which they purchased from Dori to support Assistance Dogs Australia.

Choosing Childcare?

What should you know.....?

Guest speaker Kimberley Wheatley will be speaking at Engadine Library, on Tuesday 18th May from 10.30am - 11.30am.
Kimberley is a qualified teacher, with certificates in Early Childhood and Special Education, as well as being a mother of 3 herself. She is passionate about children receiving quality care and education, so her talk will provide you with reliable information to help make your childcare choice easier.

Session includes -
· What are the types of Childcare ?
· Where do you find information regarding what services are available ?
· What to look for when choosing childcare
· How do I settle my child into childcare ?

For more information phone 9548 6003.

Heart Week at Cronulla Library

In conjunction with Heart Week Cronulla Library is offering free blood pressure and glucose level testing.
Clincal nurses from Kareena Private Hospital will be available to answer any questions that you may have on the heart and heart diseases.
When: Tuesday 4th May, 2010
Time: 9.30am - 2pm
Cost: Free

Help Improve Sutherland Shire Council's Web Site

Do you find it difficult to locate what you need on council's web site? You can help improve the site and make it easier for everyone to find the information they need.

Sutherland Shire Council is asking visitors to their web site to help them sort the wide range of council information available online in the most meaningful way for visitors.

You can have your say by completing this online sorting exercise (consider it the SSC web site game!)

Is Your Child Gifted?

Have you ever wondered....

The characteristics of giftedness
How to identify a gifted child
Is IQ testing necessary?
What are the social, emotional and cognitive needs of the gifted child?
How to choose an appropriate care setting and educational place for your gifted child

As part of the Engadine Library Parenting Support Information sessions, guest speaker Kylie Walker, a Gifted Education consultant who specialised in a number of education based areas of child development will be speaking about some of the issues associated with nurturing your gifted child.

Where: Engadine Library
Phone : 9548 6003
When : Tuesday 20th April
Time : 10.30 - 11.30am
Cost : Free

All welcome

Free Hearing Tests for Seniors in April at Engadine Library

Australian Hearing Screening will be conducting free hearing tests at Engadine Library.
The tests are available for Seniors only.

Bookings are essential.
Monday 19th April
10.15am - 12.30pm
ph. 9548 6003