Friday, 31 August 2012

Writes of Spring short story competition

Calling all writers! Enter the Writes of Spring short story competition and your story could be published in a keepsake book.

Writes of Spring is a short story competition for all ages. Pick up a Writes of Spring postcard at one of our branches and write a story, inspired by artist Belinda Suzette's vibrant illustration, directly onto the postcard. Your story can be handwritten, printed text, poetry, drawings or collage ... anything you can imagine! The entries will be judged on their creativity and the quality of their story by a panel of Victorian public library staff.

The winning entries will be published, exactly as presented, in a special book that will be held in every public library in Victoria. Winners will also receive a $50 book voucher, a copy of the book and a place in Victoria's literary history. The competition closes at 4pm on Friday 21 September 2012. For full terms and conditions visit Writes of Spring. So let your creativity blossom this spring and good luck!

Writes of Spring is hosted by Victorian public libraries as part of the National Year of Reading.


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Get Reading! 2012

The Get Reading! “50 Books you can’t put down” program is a month-long, nationwide campaign focused on inspiring more Australians to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading. The program was officially launched on Sunday 26th August and will run until Sunday the 30th of September.

This year’s reading guide features an all-Australian line up - the first in the campaign’s history. The guide is made up of 25 adult fiction titles, 9 adult non-fiction books and 16 titles for young readers. Whether you are looking for a rural escape or an inspiring memoir, an epic fantasy or an action-packed blockbuster, a picture book or a new Australian classic, you’re sure to find a book (or 2 or 3) to tempt you this year. Follow this link to our on line catalogue and place a hold on the book that has caught your eye. Alternatively, why not drop into one of our branches and ask one of our friendly staff for help or recommendations on a book to read? We also have copies of the guide for you to take home and keep.

For further information about the program visit the official Get Reading website.


Friday, 24 August 2012

Age Book of the Year Winners 2012

The Age Book of the Year winners were announced last night at the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

The winners are as follows:
Non-Fiction & Overall winner: 1835: the founding of Melbourne & the conquest of Australia by James Boyce
Fiction: Foal's bread by Gillian Mears
Poetry: The Brokenness Sonnets I-III and Other Poems by Mal McKimmie

Now in 38th year, the highly regarded awards were presented by Jason Steger. Each category winner receives a $2,500 prize. The overall Book of the Year winner receives an additional $10,000.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Library Fun Day - National Year of Reading

Free family fun day!

When: Saturday 25 August, 10am - 7.30pm
Where: Springvale and Dandenong Libraries

You are invited to come and enjoy a day of free activities in our libraries to celebrate the national year of reading. Both libraries will have extended opening hours for this event.

Family Baby Bounce
10.30am - 11.00am
Springvale and Dandenong Library

Family Storytime
11.30am - 12.00pm
Springvale and Dandenong Library

Giggles the Clown
12.30pm - 1.30pm. Springvale Library
Find Giggles in the library and have some fun with him!

Tall Ted - The big bear with personality
12.30pm - 1.30pm. Dandenong Library
Find Ted the tall bear in the library!

Children's crafts
2pm - 3pm
Springvale and Dandenong Library
Children's area with crafts table full of things to do

Carol Gogonya, Sudanese author
3.15pm - 3.45pm
Dandenong Library

Blaise Van Hecke - Aspiring writers workshop
4pm - 5.30pm. Dandenong Library
Get into Flash Fiction and short story writing
Bookings required.
Book online

Human Library
Launch event: 3pm
Session 1: 4pm - 5.30pm
Session 2: 6pm - 7.30pm
Springvale Library
Borrow a Human Book and have a conversation like no other. If you don't know what to ask - sample questions will be provided on the day.
Bookings required.
More information and 'books' available

Reading Hour - Family storytime
6pm - 7pm
Springvale and Dandenong Library
The Reading Hour is a family storytime session with a difference; aimed at an adult audience, the storytellers entertains the whole family.


Monday, 20 August 2012

New fiction titles for August

This month we have a large amount of new fiction to choose from. Scroll through the list to see if your favorite author has released a new title or maybe try something new. Holds can be placed via our online catalogue or come into the library and ask one of our friendly staff for help. Remember, all holds are free of charge.

Proposal Mary Balogh
Toby’s room Pat Barker
Wheel of ice Stephen Baxter
Orion and King Arthur Ben Bova
Creole Belle James Lee Burke
Desire becomes her Shirlee Busbee
Summer seduction Candace Camp
Traitor queen Trudi Canavan
Earth unaware Orson Scott Card
Backfire Catherine Coulter
Hankerchief tree Anne Douglas
Welcome to normal Nick Earls
River of destiny Barbara Erskine
Night watch Linda Fairstein
Stigmata Colin Falconer
Samurai game Christine Feehan
Woman who died a lot Jasper FForde
Sweet talk Julie Garwood
Where we belong Emily Giffin
Governor’s wife Mark Gimenez
Pride & pyramids: Mr Darcy in Egypt Amanda Grange
Kingmaker’s daughter Philippa Gregory
More than meets the eye J.M Gregson
Spymasters W.E.B Griffin
Die a stranger Steve Hamilton
Shadow of night Deborah Harkness
Blood never dies Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Blood of the emperor Tracy Hickman
Softly grow the poppies Audrey Howard
You don’t want to know Lisa Jackson
Yew tree gardens Anna Jacobs
Zoo time Howard Jacobson
Close your eyes Iris Johansen
Nine days Toni Jordan
Fireproof Alex Kava
Time untime Sherrilyn Kenyon
Mystery of Mercy Close Marian Keyes
Odd apocalypse Dean Koontz
False friends Stephen Leather
Turning point Judith Lennox
Inn at Rose Harbor Debbie Macomber
Sky dragons Anne & Todd McCaffrey
Sunshine on Scotland Street Alexander McCall Smith
Sweet tooth Ian McEwan
Tuesday’s child Fern Michaels
Big sky mountain Linda Lael Miller
Summer house Santa Montefiore
Rumours Freya North
Courageous Diana Palmer
Great escape Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Long earth Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
Saint Zita society Ruth Rendell
Geneva Trap Stella Rimington
Say you’re sorry Michael Robotham
Osama Chris Ryan
Charon’s claw R.A Salvatore
Outsiders Gerald Seymour
Fallen angel Daniel Silva
Criminal Karin Slaughter
NW Zadie Smith
Friends forever Danielle Steel
Seventh trumpet Peter Tremayne
Coup d’etat: the war came early Harry Turtledove
War maid’s choice David Weber
Next best thing Jennifer Weiner


Friday, 17 August 2012

Melbourne Writers Festival 2012

The 27th Melbourne Writers Festival opens on Thursday 23 August and runs until Sunday the 2nd of September. This year’s festival features interviews and discussions with a large range of authors - from Australia and around the world - as well as workshops for writers and aspiring writers. With a huge array of events on offer, there will be something to tempt every book lover.

Visit the official website for more information and to download a program.


Monday, 13 August 2012

Age of miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day became night and night became day? What effect would this slowing have on the world?

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the cracks in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behaviour of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloguing his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Told through the eyes of Julia, this wonderful debut novel shows how easily life can splinter when, without warning, the rhythms of life get thrown out of balance. No one knows why the earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow and nobody knows how to deal with it. The Age of Miracles is also a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of extreme uncertainty. I don’t usually read science fiction but the concept intrigued me enough to pick it up. I’m glad I did, as this is a thought provoking but subtle read. It’s beautifully written and kept me engaged right up until the last page.


Monday, 6 August 2012

Dead heat by Bronwyn Parry

Bronwyn Parry has quickly become one of my favourite authors and alongside a handful of other Australian authors has also made me fall in love with the romantic suspense crime genre.

Dead Heat is an action packed, suspenseful story set in the wilderness of the north-west region of New South Wales. Jo Lockwood, a scientist and National Parks Ranger, is a woman passionate about nature and takes her job very seriously. When she stumbles across the mutilated dead body of a man in her beloved park lands she is determined to help Detective Nick Matheson in his new position with the local police network to find the killer.

Jo and Nick are intriguing characters who at the outset are distant and detached but actually have many layers of complexities built up over the years with the aim to protect themselves and those they love. Jo has set her heart aside and focused on her work since the death of her fiancé five years prior while Nick has worked undercover for a decade alongside some of the deadliest criminals in the state. He has played so many roles in his life he is not quite sure he knows who the real Nick is anymore.

I was drawn to both characters because Parry provides a delicate insight into the internal and external conflicts of Nick and Jo. Parry’s ability to break down their barriers to find happiness and contentment within themselves is very well executed and had me turning the pages with rapid speed.

A fantastic read.