Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Disappearing Spoon and Caesar's Last Breath by Sam Kean

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Many people would imagine that books on chemistry would make for dull, scholarly reading. However The disappearing spoon and Ceasar's last breath by Sam Kean are full of scholarly insight but they are anything but dull. The books are compelling and are full of wonderful stories, interesting observations and incredible facts about the elements and molecules that make up our universe.
The disappearing spoon charts the development of the periodic table. It looks at the how various elements were discovered, the often startling and outrageous stories of the scientists involved, and the role these elements play in our daily existence.
Ceasar's last breath focuses on the gases that make up our atmosphere. As well as charting the evolution of our gaseous atmosphere, we are introduced to some bizarre stories relating to some of the gases themselves. Methane is associated with Le Petomane who took 19th Century Paris by storm with his virtuoso farting that imitated animal sounds and musical instruments. We learn about the horrors of surgery prior to the discovery of nitrous oxide and ether. Hot air ballooning, steelmaking and nuclear testing also feature in this thoroughly fascinating book.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson - Join us for National Simultaneous Storytime

"Hickory Dickory Dock, You might be in for a shock"

Author Tony Wilson is back with a cheerful and funny reworking of the classic rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock. Hickory Dickory Dash lets you join in the fun as the mouse and his family get up to all kinds of mischief in the house. It is also beautifully illustrated by Laura Wood.

Hickory Dickory Dash is the story everyone will be reading for National Simultaneous Storytime at 11 am on Wednesday 23rd May. Join us at Springvale and Dandenong Libraries.


Monday, 21 May 2018

BookMatch - find your personalised reading list at the Library

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Have you run out of ideas for what to read next ? As part of Library and Information Week "Find yourself in a Library", let our Librarians find some great reads for you.

Fill out our online BookMatch form or pick up a copy in the Libraries and fill in your preferences.

We will email your personalised reading suggestion list, or you can pick it up in the Library. You can even Book a time to go through the list with one of our Librarians.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) - DVD

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I never saw the original “Jumanji” film starring Robin Williams but I saw the trailer for the new film and it looked like it would be a funny film so I went with my three children to see it in the cinemas and we weren’t disappointed. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has four main stars, three of which are well known to most people. The main star is Dwayne Johnson (most people know him as “The Rock” from his wrestling days in the WWE), Jack Black who is well established in Hollywood and has many comedy films under his belt, and Kevin Hart who is the new star when it comes to comedy films these days. The other main star is a Scottish actress by the name of Karen Gillan who I’ve never heard of but according to her filmography, has starred in movies such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and also the TV series, “Doctor Who”.

The film is about four teenagers who are in detention at school and their punishment is to clean out an old storage room. They end up finding an old game console with four controllers and they decide to plug it into the TV to see if it still works. To their amazement, it does still work and the title of the video game “Jumanji” appears on the screen. They each start choosing their own character when all of a sudden, something strange starts happening. One by one, they all get sucked into the magical video game. In the game, the four teenagers are playing the characters they chose at the start which are of course played by the mains stars already mentioned. Once they are in the game they realise that the only way to escape the game is to finish it. So they all have to work together to complete each level of the game and then at the end, beat the main villain in order to finish the game and return back to the real world.

What ensues is lots of action and funny one liners. It’s a really funny film but I would not recommend it for primary school aged children. The film is rated PG and there are a few swear words in it and also some adult humour which children don’t understand (mine definitely didn’t). Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a film worth watching with young teenagers in my opinion. Or even by yourself if you want. I really enjoyed it and I laughed a lot. It’s a great action/comedy film and if you like those types of movies, then I suggest you watch this one too.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Precious Gifts by Danielle Steel

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In Precious gifts the main character, Veronique is a devoted mother and ex-wife who has always put others ahead of herself, and despite a family fortune, Veronique is a loving and caring person, not spoiled by her wealth.
She is always there for her all grown up daughters. When they have a problem, they know that she will drop everything and help them.
Her daughters are Timmie Parker, who works to find housing for eligible members of the homeless population ;
the youngest daughter Joy lives in L.A where she is pursuing an acting career ; Juliette runs a tiny sandwich shop and bakery in Brooklyn, and then there is Bertie who was Paul's son by his first marriage.
Veronique Parker's husband Paul had affair with a famous model that ended their marriage. But somehow after their divorce Veronique had forgiven him enough to become friends.
Veronique had said she did it for the children.
Her world is turned upside down when her former husband dies suddenly, leaving her and their daughters astonishing inheritances: a painting of mysterious provenance, a ch√Ęteau in the south of France, the freedom to pursue their dreams, and a shocking revelation from the past.
Veronique and her daughters have to decide what to do with the inheritance he left to them with the hope to make their dreams come true.
Precious gifts is a lovely story about family, love, loss and the gifts people pass on that can change lives beyond imagination.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend - Winner of the ABIA Book of the Year

The debut childrens fantasy novel Nevermoor : the trials of Morrigan Crow from Australian writer Jessica Townsend, has won big at the recent Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA).
The book follows a young girl who grows up knowing she is cursed to die on Eventide, but gets a second chance when a stranger whisks her away to a magical world called Nevermoor, where she must complete a set of challenges in order to escape her fate. It took writer Jessica Townsend 10 years to write the book, which she has envisaged as part of a 9 book series aimed at the 8-12 year old age group. Nevermoor... ,which has been called "Australia's answer to Harry Potter", also won the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and Book of the Year for younger readers.

Monday, 7 May 2018

New forthcoming Fiction for May

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Get a head start on your Winter reading list with this selection of new forthcoming titles from popular authors

Killing habit Mark Billingham
The President is missing Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Grey ghost Clive Cussler
49th mystic Ted Dekker
Shadow keeper Christine Feehan
Day of the dead Nicci French
Testament of Loki Joanne Harris

State secrets Quintin Jardine
Outsider Stephen King
Crooked staircase Dean Koontz
Low Chicago George R.R. Martin
All the lives we never lived Anuradha Roy
Calypso David Sedaris
The good fight Danielle Steel

Simply click on your chosen title/s and you will be directed to The Vault, where you can place your holds.
See our full list of new titles on The Vault new titles list

You can always ask our friendly staff for a reading recommendation.