Friday, 19 December 2014

Seasons Greetings!

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

The libraries will be open over the Christmas-New Year break for the following hours:

Wednesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
Thursday 25 December: Closed
Friday 26 December: Closed
Saturday 27 December: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 28 December: 12pm - 5pm
Monday 29 December: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 30 December: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 31 December: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 1 January: Closed
Friday 2 January: Normal hours resume
*24 hour chute returns are available when the libraries are closed.

You can also access The Vault online 24/7 to discover new titles, renew and place items on hold, download eBooks and magazines, research our online resources and much, much more.

Merry Christmas!


Monday, 15 December 2014


The 2014 Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee, Omar, tells the story of a young Palestinian freedom fighter who agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.

This is at once a coming-of-age drama, a romance and a thriller that combines multiple reversals and plot twists with chases and action sequences. There is also a documentary-like aspect to its portrayal of a divided and occupied Palestine in which the lines between everyday family life and political struggle have long since become vague.

This is a pretty excellent film, sharp personal focus, the title character really changes through the film. Omar has one of the most believable performances. The whole story is breathtaking, the cinematography, being able to catch with the hit and run scenes is terrific. Everything in this film is beautifully crafted, although it is not a perfect movie, it is near one, it is a charming love story, thus I highly recommend it.


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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami ; translated by Philip Gabriel

The novel centers on an engineer called Tsukuru Tazaki who works on train stations. He is thirty six and still coming to terms with an event that happened many years ago.

When Tsukuru was in high school, he and a group of four friends were inseparable. Then one day he was dumped. No one returned his calls; he was eventually told to stay away. Why? "Think about it, and you'll figure it out," he was instructed.

Murakami writes: "The two boys' last names were Akamatsu — which means 'red pine' — and Oumi — 'blue sea'; the girls' family names were Shirane — 'white root' — and Kurono — 'black field.' Tazaki was the only last name that did not have a color in its meaning. From the very beginning this fact made him feel a little bit left out."

His incomprehension of his ostracism is preventing him from moving on. Belonging nowhere, he becomes nothing. Why Tsukuru's friends dropped him is the central mystery driving this story.

Years later he goes off on his pilgrimage to seek out each of the former friends and discover the truth of their rejection. Over the course of the pilgrimage, he comes to understand how people affect one another. “One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone ..... They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss.”

What will become of Tsukuru Tazaki? Will there be closure for Tsukuru? Will he understand? Can he forgive?


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Monday, 8 December 2014

New fiction titles for December

December is one of the busiest months of the year but make sure you carve out some reading time for one of these new titles:

Christopher’s diary: Echoes of Dollanger V.C. Andrews
Emergence John Birmingham
As chimney sweepers come to dust Alan Bradley
Tomb in Turkey Simon Brett
Dead girl walking Christopher Brookmyre
Master Kresley Cole
Viper game Christine Feehan
Crash and burn Lisa Gardner
Necessary end J.M. Gregson
Assassination option W.E.B. Griffin
Jason Laurell K Hamilton
Nightingale Kristin Hannah
AWOL Traci Harding
Star fall Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Rain on the dead Jack Higgins
Peppercorn Street Anna Jacobs
Breaking creed Alex Kava
Motive Jonathan Kellerman
Balmoral incident Alanna Knight
Saint odd Dean Koontz
Trust no one Jayne Ann Krentz
Curious case of Lady Latimer’s shoes Stephanie Laurens
Robert Ludlum’s the Geneva strategy Robert Ludlum
Figures of fear Graham Masterton
Two strangers Beryl Matthews
Gun street girl Adrian McKinty
Eyes only Fern Michaels
Return to Moondilla Tony Parsons
Season of secrets Margaret Pemberton
String of beads Thomas Perry
Deadlight hall Sarah Rayne
Obsession in death J.D. Robb
Silent kill Chris Ryan
Mime order Samantha Shannon
First wife Erica Spindler
Insatiable appetites Stuart Woods

To place free holds simply click on your chosen title. You will then be transported to our new library catalogue, The Vault. Once you’ve placed your hold, why not stay awhile and discover the other delights the Vault has to offer?


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Zinio Magazine of the Month: Super Food Ideas

Australia’s top-selling food magazine, Super Food Ideas provides busy mothers and families with easy recipes and meal solutions, using readily available ingredients and simple techniques. With hundreds of recipes and tips every issue, you’ll never lack inspiration or ideas with Super Food Ideas.

Get prepared for the Christmas food festivities with December's edition of Super Food Ideas. Get Christmas feast ideas that include traditional to meat free recipes, plus 15 great ideas for Christmas salads and starters! Discover recipes for modern recipes, including a delicious coconut and raspberry ice cream cake, as well as recipes for allergy-friendly cakes and cookies. This month's edition of Super Food Ideas will make sure your prepared for the celebrations ahead!

To download this magazine FREE from Zinio, simply click on the magazine cover. Click on this link to view our entire Zinio collection.

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