More Christmas Raffle Prize-winners!

Cleaning up after the drawing of the Friends’ Christmas Raffle we discovered that there were a few bottles of wine and some books left over from the pool of prizes donated by our generous sponsors, so it was decided to draw two more prizes as consolations for those who missed out in the main draw.  The lucky winners were:  Antonia Sibbick and Christine Thomas, both of whom were surprised and delighted to receive the last minute gifts for Christmas.

Christmas Raffle Winners

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Pictured above are Jan Biscoe, FOBL Secretary, and Sofie Kraft, winner of the first prize in our great 2013 Christmas Raffle.  The raffle was drawn at the Library at 3 pm on Friday 20th December.  Winners of other prizes were:  2, Margaret Lehmann; 3, Olive Goode; 4, Justin Saegenschnitter; 5, “anonymous” of Mt Pleasant; 6, Kath Waanders; 7, Lois Randall; 8, Sarah; 9, Sue Cramer; 10. Clara Kokegei.

The Friends thanks everybody who bought a ticket – all the proceeds will go towards library improvement projects.  Also, our sincere thanks to all the many generous donors in the Barossa, both individual and corporate, who continue to support the work we do.

The Friends Committee extends seasons greetings to all – have a great Christmas and  a happy and literary 2014!

Annual History Project prizes presented

Picture from Faith 2013

The annual prizes for a local area history study by Year 9 students at Faith College in 2013 were presented at the Years 8,9 and 10 Presentation Night recently.  Judges Adelaide Abbott and Jill Stevens commented that it was particularly hard to pick the winners this year because of the very high standard of entries.  Friends President Bill Biscoe presented the prizes to: (from left to right above):  Claudia Jenkins (equal second, essay “Ivanhoe”); Daniel Grosser (first, essay “Narcoota Poll Merino Stud”); Julia Edwards (first, model “St Petri, Nuriootpa”); Bill Biscoe; Madeline Ellis (third, model “Ellis Ironmonger”); James Madden (equal second, essay “Tanunda Lutheran School”); Harrison Starick  (second, model “Manning House”).

Friends of the Barossa Library is delighted to be associated with this project which encourages our young people to find out more about the rich heritage of the Barossa region.


Great Meet the Author with Fiona McIntosh

Fiona signing 2Those who were able to get to Fiona McIntosh’s address at Seppeltsfield had an hilarious and entertaining experience.  Fiona is one of the funniest speakers we have ever heard – if you can get her to talk about her sons’ 21st birthday celebrations on the escalator at David Jones while she was wearing a filmy French skirt – well, suffice to say most of us were rolling on the floor by the end of the tale.

Fiona has a phenomenal output of books – interestingly there was a recent documentary on Bryce Courtney who produced a book a year for over 20 years, and Fiona has the same discipline and burning desire to tell stories that will see her achieve the same volume..  She has a huge following for her fantasy epic books and now her historical romances are going straight to the top of the best-seller lists.

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Fiona and FOBL smallAbove with Jill, Jan and Bill from the Friends of the Library and Julie from the Library staff.

Below she is with Julie, Sarah and Tania from the library staff.

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