Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Exploring Materials series by Abby Colich

In the ‘Begin to Read’ section of the Children’s collection we have many non-fiction books which appeal to children for a variety of reasons. This series includes six books.

Fiction books can be fun and relevant, however children also enjoy learning about facts while they are learning about reading. Understanding the ‘what, where, when, how and why’ adds to the wonder of being alive. How often do parents and teachers hear the exasperated declaration, ‘Reading is so boring!’ Meaningful topics are so important to engage children in the process.

These books come with a contents page, an index, picture glossary and even a quiz. There are large colourful pictures on each page with headings, labels and easy to read sentences. There are also notes and suggestions for parents and teachers.

Explore the Begin to Read books to find a range of materials for your child. It becomes even more relevant if children can choose their own books with your skilful guidance.


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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Diana by Sarah Bradford

Biographer Sarah Bradford is no stranger to a Royal Biography –having written several in our Intra-Library Loan collection such as George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Second.

It is this biography of Diana, Princess of Wales which stands out for me and which I found hard to put down. It is full of many revealing anecdotes and gossip from Diana’s tumultuous life.

The book tells the account of Diana’s lonely childhood and girlish dreams wrapped up in the Mills and Boon romance novels she read in her youth. The story continues with her relation ships with Princes Charles, The Queen, her lovers and many more.

What is characteristic of Diana as told in this biography is her empathy which she showed to so many including those in the many charities she supported. She was ultimately a very shy woman who came into her own as she struggled to find an identity from Charles after their marriage was over.

It is the attention to detail in the anecdotes about Diana which make this book a real gem. Compulsory reading for fans of Diana or anyone interested in this enigmatic woman’s life and tragic death.


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Monday, 19 January 2015

Heads up psychology by Marcus Weeks

From prom to politics, Heads up psychology explores the big question of what makes us who we are. If you’ve ever wondered, ‘Is it never too late?’, ‘Do personalities change?’, ‘Would you follow the crowd?’, or ‘Are you insane?’, this book has the answers—and overviews 140 years of controversial theories, famous quotes, and ground breaking experiments in the field of psychology.

To address each topic, the book provides concise accounts of history complemented by the latest studies, and each page is filled with colourfully designed, clever graphics that make it fun and easy to comprehend the complex ideas. The lives and work of influential pioneers like Pavlov, Freud, and other psychologists are highlighted in biographies throughout the book and in a comprehensive directory.

Heads up psychology is not just limited to young-adult readers, but is also the perfect introduction for those interested in the mind and human behaviour.


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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Miss Bala

Miss Bala is a Mexican drama/thriller film released in 2011. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

It is about a young lady who aspires to be a beauty queen and one day, hopefully win the “Miss Bala” crown. The only trouble is that one day she witnesses one of the drug cartels kill some people in a night club. As she was the only witness left, the drug cartel comes after her and kidnaps her. To keep herself and her family (father and brother) alive, and also her dreams of being crowned Miss Bala, she must be a mule for the cartel and carry out orders she is given.

This is a fantastic film! It really gives you an idea of what Mexico is like today. The drug cartels basically running the country, the corrupt police officials, and the corrupt government officials. You definitely can’t trust anyone. And you mix in the poor people who fear for their lives from these cartels while at the same time, struggle to make ends meet at home and it really paints a true picture of everyday life in Mexico. This film confirms all those stories you read in the newspaper and hear on TV. It is very true to real life.

Miss Bala is a mix of both drama and thriller. There is a little bit of violence as you would expect but nothing too graphic. The main actress who plays the beauty queen definitely steals the show. She puts in a fantastic performance and really plays her character with real emotion and passion. The actor who plays the leader of the drug cartel is also very good. He plays his role with real conviction and badness.

If you love foreign films that really highlight what people in other countries really go through day to day, then this film is for you. I loved it! I’d give it a 9/10.


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Monday, 12 January 2015

Zinio magazine of the month: Inside Out

Australia's best interiors magazine, Inside Out delivers inspiring homes, clever design ideas and practical decorating solutions. Discover the latest homewares trends, stunning outdoor spaces, and what's new for the living room, kitchen, bathroom and garden.

January’s edition of Inside Out includes an exciting 38 page feature, room to grow, looking after ‘before’ and ‘after’ projects, including dream kitchens and quick fix transformations. Also, get the latest tips on how to create the ideal outdoor space for entertaining guest, as well as the latest colour combinations for the summer season. Plus, don’t miss out on how to brighten up your workspace for 2015! Get this magazine from our library website today.

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

If you need further assistance with creating an account, please don’t hesitate to contact library staff for additional help.


Friday, 9 January 2015

New fiction titles for January

It’s time to celebrate the New Year with a new book! Here are a few new titles to help kick start your summer reading:

Tears of dark water Corban Addison
Wish you were here Catherine Alliott
Mightier than the sword Jeffrey Archer
Shut eye Belinda Bauer
Death of a liar M.C. Beaton
Resistance John Birmingham
Endangered C.J. Box
Time of secrets Deborah Burrows
Gun control Peter Corris
Lonely girl Josephine Cox
Assassin Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
Vintage wedding Katie Fforde
Buried giant Kazuo Ishiguro
Scent of almonds and other stories Camilla Lackberg
Too close to home Susan Lewis
Short history of Richard Kline Amanda Lohrey
Fortune's blight Evie Manieri
Something coming through Paul McAuley
14th deadly sin James Patterson
Those above Daniel Polansky
Time for friends Patricia Scanlan
Prodigal son Danielle Steel
Spool of blue thread Anne Tyler
Aquarium David Vann

To place free holds simply click on your chosen title. You will then be transported to The Vault. Here you can place holds, browse our extensive new book and AV collections, download eBooks and eAudio and read magazines and newspapers, all at the click of a button.


Monday, 5 January 2015

Need for speed

This movie is called Need for Speed and is based on a video game. This alone tells us not to expect character development, genius plot twists and memorable dialogues. This movie delivers exactly what it set out to deliver. But .. Need for Speed is not Fast & Furious.
This is a story about love, redemption, revenge and motor oil all swirled together, but above all; It's a story about fast, fast cars (my favourite topic!)

Surprisingly, I found myself tensed up throughout most of it, and that served to remind me that however simplistic movie script was, it still had me in its grip.

If you like fast and beautiful cars, this is for you. If you like crazy stunts and car chases, this is for you. If you enjoyed getting chased by the cops in the video game, this is for you.

This movie is simply popcorn entertainment with cool cars, epic stunts, and "video game movie" script.


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