Friday, 28 February 2014

Dandenong Library is moving!

March is a major month in the life of our libraries – the existing Dandenong Library will be closing to make way for the grand opening of our bigger, better regional library at the new municipal building in central Dandenong.

The current Dandenong Library, in Stuart Street, will close on Sunday 2 March and the new Dandenong Library at 225 Lonsdale Street will open Monday 17 March.

Once open, come along and visit the new library and discover our expanded children’s area, improved technology and literacy support services plus extra spaces to study, read and relax.

Visiting the libraries during the closure
After the Dandenong Library closes on 2 March, our Library staff will face a busy two weeks packing up the thousands of books on offer in the library and relocating them to the new library.

Returns chute
The returns chute at the Stuart Street Dandenong will remain open 24/7 until 16 March.

Free shuttle bus to Springvale Library
During the two-week shutdown between the old and new Dandenong Library, Council will provide a shuttle bus to the Springvale library branch to ensure our residents still have access to quality library services during the relocation.
The shuttle bus will operate 10am- 6.30pm weekdays and 9.30am-12pm on Saturdays.

Download the shuttle bus timetable here.


Monday, 24 February 2014

New fiction titles for February

The following titles are now available for you to request:

High druid’s blade Terry Brooks
I’ve got you under my skin Mary Higgins Clark
Missing you Harlan Coben
Suspect Robert Crais
Trouble in mind Jeffrey Deaver
Chase Janet Evanovich
Perfect match Katie Fforde
Gospel of Loki Joanne M Harris
Wolf Mo Hayder
Soul of discretion Susan Hill
Blazing world Siri Hustvedt
Trader’s reward Anna Jacobs
Pray for the dying Quintin Jardine
Stranded Alex Kava
Never say goodbye Susan Lewis
After I’m gone Laura Lippman
Cross and burn Val McDermid
Unlucky 13 James Patterson
Blood on the water Anne Perry
Concealed in death J.D Robb
Shadow spell Nora Roberts
Collector Nora Roberts
Night of the hunter R.A Salvatore
Words of radiance Brandon Sanderson
Power play Danielle Steel
Balancing act Joanna Trollope

You can place your free holds via our online catalogue. If you’re still undecided come into one of our branches and ask our friendly staff for a recommendation.


Monday, 17 February 2014

The 20/20 diet cookbook by Lola Berry

Lola Berry is an Australian nutritionist who devised the ground breaking 20/20 diet. In this cookbook, Lola shows you how simple it is to eat real foods as close to their natural state as possible: unprocessed, nutritious, seasonal and delicious. From breakfasts, smoothies and juices to nourishing snacks, mains and desserts, she shares her passion for fresh, healthy food.

Recipes include coconut banana pancakes, roast chicken with quinoa, pistachio and cranberry stuffing, crispy kale chips, vegan sweet potato brownies and my personal favourite, a delicious chocolate and chilli smoothie. All recipes are gluten-free, wheat free, sugar free and have very little dairy. This cookbook will encourage you to expand your pantry with whole and natural flours, oils, alternative fats and sweeteners and to try plenty of different grains, seeds, plenty of nuts and berries in your cooking. With over 100 recipes to choose from, Lola makes it easy to eat a healthy diet without compromising on taste or expanding your waistline.


Place hold

Monday, 10 February 2014

A beautiful mess photo idea book by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

In the era of all things social media this little book is an inspiring way to snap and share moments of your life on Facebook and Instagram. Chock full of beautiful photos, simple ideas and easy to follow instructions for creating unique gifts, this is a lovely book to help inspire your inner photographer or crafter.

Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman are 2 sisters from America who created the popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess. This book is an extension of their blog and they share 95 tips on how to:
• Take the most flattering self-portraits
• Be your own stylist to turn dull, cluttered photos into pretty lifestyle photography
• Capture adorable couple portraits
• Turn everyday moments, hobbies and rituals into amazing photos
• Show off your favourite photos by turning them into handmade jewellery, home d├ęcor, and gifts.

Be warned though, this is not a technical photography book. You will not learn how to use your camera, but if you are completely new to photography the tips are great, the photos are stunning, but most importantly, it is full of wonderful inspiring ideas and concepts that really help give your photos more imagination. If you enjoy a bit of photography eye candy and want to feel inspired then this is the book for you!


Place hold.

Monday, 3 February 2014

16 books to read before they hit the cinemas...

2014 is going to be an exciting year for books and movies! Here is a short synopsis of each title in order of release date. All you need to do is click on the title and you will be taken directly to our catalogue, where you will be able to place a hold. Get in early though as once these movies hit the cinemas everyone will want to read them!

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
With the end of summer approaching and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming, thirteen-year-old Henry spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother Adele, his hamster, Joe and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. His mother has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart. But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand…

Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were methodically pillaging the finest art in Europe, from Michelangelos to Vermeers, all stolen for the Fnhrer. The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt, but no vehicles, typewriters, or authority. In a race against time to save the world's greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi fanatics, each man constructed his own treasure map. They used tips, records recovered from bombed buildings and the secret journals of Rose Valland, a French museum employee who secretly tracked Nazi plunder in Paris. These unlikely heroes, mostly middle-aged family men, walked away from successful careers into the epicentre of the war. This is their story.

Winter’s tale by Mark Helprin
One night in winter, Peter Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. While he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying.

Vampires Academy by Richelle Mead
St. Vladimir’s Academy is a school for dhampirs, vampire-human hybrids who serve as guardians, and Moroi, “good” vampires with an ability to use magic from one of the four elements. Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

A long way down by Nick Hornby
Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. Beatrice also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Beatrice also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Fault in our stars by John Green
Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The hundred-foot journey by Richard C. Morias
Abbas Haji is the proud owner of a modest family restaurant in Mumbai. But when tragedy strikes, Abbas propels his boisterous family into a picaresque journey across Europe, finally settling in the remote French village of Lumiere, where he establishes an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. Much to the horror of their neighbour, a famous chef named Madame Mallory, the Indian establishment opposite her own begins to garner a following. Little does she know that the young Hassan, son of Abbas, has discovered French cuisine and has vowed to become a great French chef. Hassan is a natural whose talents far outweigh Mme. Mallory, but the tough old Frenchwoman will not brook defeat.
Thus ensues an entertaining culinary war pitting Hassan's Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Mme. Mallory, leading the young Hassan to greatness and his true destiny.

The giver by Lois Lowry
In a rigidly structured society where weaklings, dissenters and the aged are removed, and stirrings of individuality are nullified with drugs, children undergo special ceremonies annually until, after eleven years, they face the Ceremony of Twelve, when the Community of Elders assigns them the tasks which will take them through their adult life. But when Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory, he discovers that the honor of selection is nothing compared to the loneliness and physical pain he must endure as he searches for a way to free his community from the spiritless life it has developed for its members.

Dark places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over twenty years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessive’s who share information on notorious murders and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, involved in drugs and the dark arts, but was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth.

This is where I leave you by Jonathan Tropper
Poor Judd Foxman returns home early to find his wife in bed with his boss - in the act. He now faces the twin threats of both divorce and unemployment. His misery is compounded further with the sudden death of his father. He is then asked to come and 'sit Shiva' for his newly deceased parent with his angry, screwed-up and somewhat estranged brothers and sisters in his childhood home. It is there he must confront who he really is and, more importantly, who he can become.

Maze runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift…

Gone girl by Gillian Flynn
Nick Dunne’s wife suddenly disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was left in that half-wrapped box left so casually on their marital bed? In this novel, marriage truly is the art of war.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
In boyhood, Louis Zamperini had been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he channelled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war called Zamperini became an airman in WWII and in May of 1943, his plane went down, leaving him adrift in the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a raft. Facing starvation, dangerous waters, and a situation in which he is taken prisoner by Japanese forces, this true story is both vivid and powerful.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Twentysomething Cheryl Strayed lost her mother and her marriage all in a short amount of time. Four years later, with nothing to lose, she took a 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in order to deal with her catastrophic past. The journey maddened, strengthened and ultimately healed her. This honest memoir is filled with suspense and humor, a journey worth the read.

Serena by Ron Rash
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive from Boston in the North Carolina mountains to build a timber empire. Serena is new to the mountains - but she soon proves herself the equal of any worker, overseeing crews, hunting rattlesnakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child the Pembertons marriage starts to unravel.