Rainbow Beach – Library Happenings

library jan15Monday & Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm, Wednesday & Friday 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 8.30am – 11.30am

Come in and join

Gympie regional libraries welcome new members, including visitors to the region. To join, bring along a form of identification with your current residential address, fill out a membership form, and you’re ready to borrow.

Membership cards are required each time you visit a library.

Summer holiday activities

Mark your diary now to make sure you take the kids to the free school holiday activities at Rainbow Beach Library on Wednesday, 14 January from 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Children will be entertained with stories, craft activities and games.

Also be sure to keep an eye out for the summer edition of Jampacked, which provides hours of entertainment and fun things to do at home.

For more ideas on what to do these summer holidays across the Gympie region, pick up your copy of the Holiday Fun brochure from any branch of Gympie regional libraries.

Summer reading club

Gympie regional libraries is once again hosting the Summer Reading Club throughout the summer holidays. Registration is free! So bring the kids into the library to register and they will receive a club pack to get them started.

Alternatively you can register through the Summer Reading Club website at: summerreadingclub.org.au, where you will also find lots of interactive games and activities.

This year children will go in the draw to win an IPod Nano just by registering with the Summer Reading Club. The prize has kindly been donated by the Friends of Gympie Regional Libraries.

Ph: 5486 3705 or visit us online at: gympie.qld.gov.au/library


The Sunnyvale Girls

Fiona Palmer, 2014

The Sunnyvale Girls is a story about relationships, cover ups and self-discovery. Back in WWII the matriarch, Maggie, fell in love with an Italian prisoner of war, Rocco. He was deported at the end of the war but promised to return to marry her.

Seventy years later, Maggie has never heard from him and works the farm with her daughter, Toni, and granddaughter, Flick. It isn’t until Flick, who is renovating the old cottage, finds a stash of letters hidden under the floorboards that Maggie now has to tell her daughter the truth about the past.

Maggie, Toni and Flick have spent all their lives on the farm. Originally Maggie and her husband took over from her father and Toni, who is a single mother, took on the responsibility of the farm when her father became ill.

Toni has been trying to encourage her daughter, Flick, to travel but wasn’t until the letters were found that they both find themselves in Italy looking for answers.

They do find what they are looking for, but not where they expected. They also make important self-discoveries about what they really want from life themselves.

Fiona Palmer’s descriptions of the travels through Italy and of outback Western Australia give you a strong sense of both Italy and Western Australia.


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