Friday, 21 December 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The staff at Greater Dandenong Libraries would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

The libraries will be open over the Christmas-New Year break for the following hours:
Monday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
25 December - 26 December: Closed
26 December - 27 December: 9am – 6pm
Saturday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 30 December: 12pm - 5pm
Monday 31 December: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 1 January 2013: Closed
Wednesday 2 January: Normal hours resume

English Language and Literacy Access (ELLA)
Tuesday 25 December - Tuesday 1 January: Closed
Wednesday 2 January: Normal hours resume

Please note: The online catalogue and some library eResources will not be accessible on 25 and 26 December due to a system upgrade.


Monday, 17 December 2012

This is me by Ian Thorpe and Robert Wainwright

I picked up Ian Thorpe’s book after reading an extract in the newspaper. I have admired his immense skill and cheered along with millions of others as he has won so many races over the years. When I skimmed through the section of the book which shows a list of Ian’s medals and records I nearly fell off the chair in amazement. His celebrity and profile have certainly matched these achievements but the records demonstrate that Thorpe is nothing short of a phenomenon. And due to his prolific achievements, it was no surprise that there was huge expectation for him to succeed in his attempt to resume his swimming career and qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

This book outlines his comeback and each chapter delves into an aspect of Thorpe’s past including the much publicized depression which he has spoken about while promoting this book. Considerably more of his personality, his opinions and his issues are also highlighted through the words of this book. It’s an honest and compelling read.


Monday, 10 December 2012

If walls could talk by Lucy Worsley

If you are looking for a light read, yet entertaining and truly witty, this is the book to read.
This is popular history, a cultural kaleidoscope of British private life.
Judy Worsley, who is in her own words “… by day, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity looking after The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace State Apartments”, and “… by night, a writer”, did a wonderful job of bringing light to private life of Britain throughout several centuries.
The bedroom, bathroom, living and kitchen are lenses through which we can view architecture, technology and social history since medieval times, with an abundance of interesting facts and humorous anecdotes. The social history ranges widely over fashion, food, sex, class, hygiene, and etiquette.
Lucy Worsley covers everything, with a naughty twinkle in her eye: Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two 'dirty centuries'? Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did people fear fruit?
It is surprising how many things that we usually take for granted are, in fact, recent innovations.
Particularly interesting is historic background of some popular English phrases, that are explained in their original pragmatic meaning.
This book illuminates many aspects of private life throughout history, bringing freshness and colour to the “interesting bits” that are usually left in dark. And it is seriously funny.


Monday, 3 December 2012

New fiction for December

Can we tempt you with one or two of the following new titles?

Robert B. Parker’s lullaby Ace Atkins
Secrets from the past Barbara Taylor Bradford
Legend of Broken Caleb Carr
Last runaway Tracy Chevalier
Dead water Ann Cleeves
Nano Robin Cook
Broken man Josephine Cox
Straw men Paul Doherty
Tenement girl Anne Douglas
Two pints Roddy Doyle
Empire and honor W.E.B Griffin
Good man Friday Barbara Hambly
Killing 2 David Hewson
Place of hope Anna Jacobs
Flight behaviour Barbara Kingsolver
Murders most foul Alanna Knight
Odd interlude Dean Koontz
Crown of vengeance Mercedes Lackey
Unreal and the real Ursula Le Guin
Duchess of Drury Lane Freda Lightfoot
Illusions of happiness Elizabeth Lord
Garden of evil Graham Masterson
Chessmen Peter May
Marseille caper Peter Mayle
Big sky river Linda Lael Miller
Midnight rider Diana Palmer
Fairburn girls Una-May Parker
Private Berlin James Patterson
Shiver Karen Robards
Night strike Chris Ryan
Experiment in murder Margaret Truman
Pow! Mo Yan

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