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January 20, 2022

Mr Chipz, Dave the Deckie and boating safety at Ballina library

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Librarian Annette McGrath with author Mr Chipz aka Dave Burston at Ballina library. Photo supplied

If you’d like to hear about the adventures of Mr Chipz and Dave the Deckie, you will get your chance at Ballina library on Friday.

Library staff know that there is nothing like a story with a local flavour, and resident author Dave Burston has served up a wonderful fishing boat adventure in his recently published children’s book Dave the Deckie: a shark in the net.

Dave, who is published under his pseudonym Mr Chipz, writes about Dave the Deckie as he heads out fishing with John the skipper.

This book showcases local sea creatures and a lifestyle that is familiar to many who
live in the area.

Ballina library will host Mr Chipz for an interactive, big screen reading of his book this
Friday, January 7 at 10am, for 5 to 10 year olds. This is a free event, and the book will be available for sale if anyone would like to buy a copy and have it signed by the author.

A marine theme

Acting Area Librarian, Annette McGrath says it’s great to be able to support a local author and showcase one of the area’s major industries. ‘Our children’s programs have taken on a distinctly marine theme this month, and Mr Chipz is not the only local identity running an activity at the library these holidays!’

Ballina Marine Rescue will also be in the library at 10am on Friday January 14, with a boating and fishing safety message for families, and a ‘Float Your Boat’ challenge!’

Bookings are essential for both the Dave the Deckie and Float Your Boat activities. Anyone who is interested in attending can call in and speak to the staff or phone the library on 6686 2831.

Summer Reading Club

All Richmond Tweed Regional Library branches will be promoting the Summer Reading Club, an annual event that encourages reading and books. Children who join up receive rewards as they read and go in the draw for weekly book prizes as well as the major prize, which is a Samsung tablet!

‘It is well documented that reading stimulates the imagination and expands the reader’s understanding of the world,’ said Ms McGrath. ‘It is also important in the development of language and listening skills.

‘Our local libraries are once again going above and beyond to inspire children to develop a of love of books and learning.’

Ballina library has some great in-house activities which children can participate in when they call into the branch including the ever-popular scavenger hunt, a chatterbox challenge and even an opportunity to go fishing in the library!

All of the library activities are free and everyone is welcome to call in, browse the shelves and get involved in everything that is going on. If you are not a member, join up and enjoy all the benefits a library card will create for you.

For more information, visit the Richmond Tweed Regional Library website: www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au.


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