Our October guest speaker, Dan Fredericks, explained what is available now at the Parkes Shire library.
Personally, his talk had me thinking of what a typical town library was like many years ago - it had only books.
What amazing facilities are available now in the 21st century!
Of course, there are books in today's libraries, but also literally stacks of other items, too.
There are eBooks, DVDs, computers and computer training, book clubs, writing groups, and much, much more.
In fact, the Library here has an information sheet listing everything, including the website that lists all the items on an online catalogue.
Dan explained how he can help us research both our family and Parkes history.
He had a presentation of people that have come from the Parkes area, and are noted for their accomplishments.
Did you know, for instance, that Parkes had nine men and women that have taken part in the Olympic Games?
Did you know the story of Rawdon Middleton, a pilot from Parkes that in WW II that was able to save most of the men in their plane after having it heavily damaged?
Did you know any information about the Howard family and the Howard Stores, once here in Parkes?
All this information, plus a great deal more, Dan plus the library staff have researched and then posted on the library website.
The details our members and guests were given about these Parkes Shire citizens are mind-blowing.
On the other hand, all VIEW Clubs are limited as to the information about their sponsored children.
When VIEW Club receives letters from our 4 Smith Family "Learning for Life" schoolchildren, we do not have details about any of them; not their full names, where they live, or what school they attend.
We really do enjoy reading the notes from the children.
These notes are signed only with their first names, with the information about the school year they are in, and are forwarded to us by the Smith Family.
We are able to send the children birthday greetings, Christmas cards, vouchers, and some short letters.
All of the activities that our VIEW Club hold during the year are to raise funds to support our 4 schoolchildren.
These children are living in poverty, and we are able to assist them so that they can attend school with uniforms and required school supplies.
You may have seen the adverts on TV explaining this.
Our next money raiser is holding a raffle of food items and vouchers at the Metro Plaza, 17th, 18th, and 19th October.
If you would like to find out more about what our VIEW Club does to help these children, then please come to a meeting.
Our next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12, and then the final Meeting for this year is on December 3.
Contact our Secretary Pamela (6863 4552) if you would like more details so to book in.
All women are welcome!