The S.S.P.A. Library was established in 1987 with its aim being to inform, reassure, support, encourage and stimulate SSPA members. Its collection includes a range of adult and children’s fiction, adult non-fiction, reference materials, periodicals and videos, all dealing with the subject of short stature and its associated problems. All members are welcome to borrow from the Library via mail or, where applicable in person.
Borrowing rules are as follows:
1. Library borrowing will be available to members of the SSPA only.
2. Initially members may only borrow one book at a time for a period not exceeding one month.
3. The borrower will be responsible for replacement of books in cases of loss or damage.
4. When books are borrowed through the mail, the borrower must, on return of the loan, enclose stamps to the value of the initial postage so the library will not incur extra costs.
5. Materials such as bibliographies, directories, etc. (which are mainly reference books) as well as newspaper/magazine articles will not be available for loan but are to be used as sources for quick reference. For members wishing for information from these texts but who are unable to search them personally, please contact the Librarian who will be happy to assist.
How do I borrow a book?
1) You must be a member of the SSPA to be able to borrow a book.
2) You call the Librarian, and let them know which book you are interested in.
3) The librarian will post the book to you.
4) Read and enjoy your borrowed book.
5) When you return the book by post, we ask that you include stamps to the value of the initial postage costs, so that the library does not incur extra costs.
Reviews of newly-purchased material appear in the SSPA Journal on an occasional basis.
A complete list of the SSPA’s library holdings is listed below:
|Title and year published||No. of pages||Author||Genre|
|Against Tall Odds : being a David in a Goliath world – 1999||182||Matt Roloff||Autobiography|
|Basketball Know the Game – 1988||40||English Basketball Association||Sport/non fiction|
|Between Parent & Teenager -1971||255||Dr Haim G. Ginnott||Parenting/paperback|
|Between Parent & Child – 1969||252||Dr Haim G. Ginnott||Parenting/paperback|
|Brothers & Sisters – a special part of exceptional families – 1985||226||Thomas H. Powell & Peggy Ahrenhold Ogle||Parenting/paperback|
|Challenges Facing Dwarf Parents New Baby – 1989||58||Ellen Highland Fernandez||Parenting/paperback|
|Clinical Symposia -1988||23||Dr C. J. Scott||Medical/paperback|
|Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics||286||Melinda Tankard Reist|
|A Difference in the Family – 1981||262||Helen Featherstone||Reference/paperback|
|Don’t forget Tom – 1978||22||Hanne Larson||Children|
|Dwarfs Dont Live in Doll Houses – 1988||256||Angela Muir Van Etten||Autobiography/paperback|
|Essential Medical Genetics – 1986||280||J. Connor & M. A. Ferguson-Smith||Medica/paperback|
|Every Child is important||Australian Childhood Foundation||Parenting/paperback|
|Facing the Crowd : other people’s insensitivities to your disabled child – 1986||109||Deborah Fullwood & Peter J. Cronin||Self help/non fiction|
|From Me … to You : advice to parents of children with special needs – 1997||95||Anne Whaite & Judy Ellis||Parenting/paperback|
|Growing Children, A Parents Guide -1990||29||P Reiser & LE Underwood||Medical/paperback|
|Growing in Stature 20 yrs of LPAA||100||Francis Kelly||History/paperback|
|Growth & Growth Failure – 1980′s||12||Pharmacia Australia||Reference/Paperback|
|Growth Hormone Deficiency||23||As Above||Medical/paperback|
|Growth Hormone Deficiency – 1979||26||Human Growth Foundation||Medical/paperback|
|Human Achondroplasia – 1988||491||Nicoletti, Kopits, Ascani & McKusick||Medical/hardcover|
|I Can Jump Puddles – 1955||225||Alan Marshall||Autobiography/Paperback|
|I Knew I Could Do It! – 1981||28||Frances Hawker||Children/non fiction|
|I’m Glad I’m Me||-||Sesame Street||Self help/video|
|I’m Just Small That’s All – 2002||13||J. Lusty||Children|
|I’m a Walking Talking Miracle – 1988||L. J. McInnes||Self help/paperback +
audio tapes parts 1 & 2
|Information Guide on Persons of Short Stature||22||SSPA||Reference|
|Intrauterine Growth Retardation -||18||Human Growth Foundation||Medical/paperback|
|Its Just the Way We Are – 2002||18||Short Statured People of Australia||Autobiographical/paperback|
|Its only a Leg – 1981||265||Hugh Drake||Self help/non fiction|
|Let the Balloon Go – 1968||112||Ivan Southhall||Fiction/Paperback|
|Liking Myself – 1977||80||Pat Palmer||Self help/paperback|
|The Little Locksmith – 1945||167||Katharine Butler Hathaway||Fiction hardcover|
|Little People – 2003||278||Dan Kennedy||Autobiography|
|Little People, Learning To See The World Through My Daughters Eyes – 2007||-||Dan Kennedy||Online edition:
|Little People of America – 1984||194||Joan Ablon||Reference/hardcover|
|Little People of New Zealand Journal – 2006||38||LPNZ||Journal|
|Little Squarehead – 2001||28||P. O’Neill||Children|
|The Lives of Dwarves – Their Journey From Public Curiosity Toward Social Liberation||431||Betty M. Adelson||Hardback|
|LPAA Journal – 1988||35||LPAA||Reference|
|Living With Difference – 1988||194||Joan Ablon||Reference/hardcover|
|Never Sell Yourself Short – 2001||28||S. Riggs||Teenagers|
|Mignon & Peter – 1993||92||Leigh Kibby||Mythology/paperback|
|My Child Is A Dwarf – 1979||20||Dr J. G. Rogers & Joan Weiss||Self help/non fiction|
|Parents are to be Seen & Heard-||145||GP Markel & J Greenbaum||Parenting/paperback|
|Patterns of Growth – 1976||26||Human Growth Foundation||Medical/paperback|
|Person to Person – 1987||177||Gething,Leonard,OLoughlin||Reference/paperback|
|Short & OK A Guide for Parents -||55||P. Reiser & H Meyer-Bahlburg||Reference/paperback|
|Short & Sweet – 2008||197||J. Maren||Autobiography|
|Short Stature in Children Growth Hormone Deficiency||24||Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group||Medical/paperback|
|Short Stature in Children Guide for Parents 1980||12||Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group||Medical/paperback|
|Sibling Rivalry – 1985||171||Seymour V Reit||Parenting/paperback|
|The Smallest Dinosaur in the World||22||Michael Salmon||Children picture book|
|Swords & Crowns & Rings – 1977||435||Ruth Park||Non fiction/paperback novel|
|Tall & Small A Book About Height||87||Kate Gilbert Phifer||Reference/hardcover|
|Teaching Social Skills to Children – 1986||377||G Cartledge & JF Milburn||Parenting/paperback|
|This is the Grass – 1962||196||Alan Marshall||Autobiography/Paperback|
|Treating Children with Growth Failure – 1980||12||Pharmacia Australia||Reference/paperback|
|Turners Syndrome||48||Society of Turner Groups||Reference/paperback|
|Turners Syndrome – 1974||18||Human Growth Foundation||Medical/Paperback|
|What If I couldn’t – 1979||73||J. Kamien||Reference|
|Why Wasnt I Told – 1986||80||Lisa Jane McInnes||Self help/paperback|
|With a Little Help from my Friends – 1979||28||Frances Hawker||Children/non fiction|
|You’ll Soon Grow Alex – 2000||12||Andrea Shavick||Children picture book|
|Your Child is Different – 1982||153||David Mitchell||Parenting/paperback|
|Title and year published||Duration||Author||Genre|
|I’m Glad I’m Me – 1991||30 min.||Sesame Street||Self help/video|
|LPAA Basketball Game – NSW vs. Victoria – Mt. Evelyn – 1990||-||-||Sport|
|Short Stories – 2006||104 min.||SBS||Documentary|
|The Station Agent – DVD||86 min.||Movie|
|Tip toes – DVD – 2003||87 min.||Movie|
|Untold Desires – 1994||57 min.||SBS Television||Self help/video|
|Walking Tall (Betacam video) – 1994||Sport|
* Plus numerous journal & media publications/articles of medical/social/scientific significance to the SSPA.
Reviews of newly-purchased items will appear in the SSPA Journal on an occasional basis.
Links to other library resources
Links to other library resources dealing with short stature
Contact the Librarian
The Library is currently in residence at the home of Sandra Lundie, SSPA Librarian..
For full details of library holdings and recent book additions contact her at the following email address: