Friday, 30 October 2015

Preventing Violence Promoting Respect

Family and domestic violence is conduct that is violent, threatening, intimidating, controlling or intended to cause you to be fearful. It can include:
• physical violence
• verbal, emotional, sexual or psychological abuse
• controlling money
• stalking
• serious neglect where you depend on their care
• harm to an animal or property
• restricting your spiritual or cultural participation
Family and domestic violence is unacceptable in any form.

The library has a broad range of items across all levels covering family and domestic violence. Here are a few select titles:

A Mother’s Story Rosie Batty
The essential message instilled in Rosie Batty’s book is that family violence can happen to anyone. Ever since the death of her son Luke, at the hands of his father, Batty has tirelessly crusaded to bring attention to the epidemic spreading through Australian society that is family violence. Her story, co-written with journalist Bryce Corbett, details the painful lead up to Luke’s death and the failings within a system that desperately needs changing to protect the victims of family violence.

Eye of the Sheep Sofie Laguna
Jimmy is a boy who struggles to understand the world around him, and it’s only his mother who understands him and is able to protect him from a father who varies between love and abuse. When Jimmy’s mother dies, he is left to fend for himself against the dangerous currents of his household. This is a beautifully written story that draws the reader into Jimmy’s world and his unique point of view.

Beyond The Veil of Tears Rita Bradshaw
When 15 year old Angeline Stewart is forced into marriage with Oswald Golding, a man looking for a rich heiress to finance his gambling and womanizing, the nightmare begins. Dealing with the thorny subject of domestic violence in a historical setting, Bradshaw weaves an emotional tale of one woman’s fight for survival.

Stay with me Maureen McCarthy
Tess is trapped in a desperate situation - her violent partner is now threatening not just Tess, but their daughter as well. Written with surprising depth and insight, this novel tackles the subject of family violence in an Australian setting. When discussing family violence, the question often arises about why the victim remains in an abusive situation. McCarthy vividly illustrates the dilemma and danger faced by victims in deciding to leave, and how it impacts on those around them.

Bitter End Jennifer Brown
When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole, a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her, she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate. At first, Alex is blissfully happy. But as the months pass, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches, or increasingly violent threats. This story successfully highlights to teens how easy it is to fall into an abusive relationship.

There are also a number of support services available, these include:

National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service
1800 737 732

WAYSS Family Violence Crisis Service (Dandenong)
9792 1205 or 131 450 for an interpreter (8am to 11pm)

Men's Referral Service
1300 766 491


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Top 10 Fiction reads for October

Are you curious about what your fellow borrowers have been reading this month? Well wonder no more. Here’s a list of our most borrowed fiction titles for October. Proving what a diverse and multicultural community we are, the top 10 includes titles in English, Chinese, Sinhalese and Vietnamese. Interestingly, all five of the English titles are from the suspense/mystery genre.

The list is in reverse order with number 1 being the most borrowed title.

10. Festive in death J.D Robb
9. Missing you Harlan Coben
8. The girl on the train Paula Hawkins
7. Jia you fu nü: 家有福女 Yiyilanxi
6. Finders Keepers Stephen King
5. Personal Lee Child
4. Bu qing chen: 步輕塵 Zheng Li
3. Sonduru suyāmaya Candi Koḍikāra
2. Vô tình kiếm Xinzailiulang
1. Không động kỳ án Long Gu

Remember – books come in multiple formats. You can borrow some of these titles in print or in their eBook, audiobook, large print or downloadable audiobook counterpart. Simply click on your chosen title to be transported to our online catalogue. From there you can place a hold on your preferred format.


Monday, 26 October 2015

The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling

Knowing of the success and fantastical wizardry of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, I was keen to read the first of the English author’s novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy.

To say that the book is a huge departure from the Harry Potter series would be an understatement.

The novel begins with the death of the local Parish Councillor of an English Village. From there, in the lead up to the next election for the Parish Councillor role, a social drama ensues, revolving around the lives of characters so many in number that it was often hard to keep up.

The township of Pagford has a lower class habitation of destitution known as The Fields. Many characters such as the late councillor Barry Fairweather, social worker Kay, single Mum Terri are involved in the events, for example the imminent closure of the local drug rehabilitation centre.

Themes in the book include poverty, drug use, incest and social class differences.

This can be a dark novel at times and I had to persevere to get to the last few chapters, by which time the pace sped up and it came to its conclusion, with a tragic event which unites the township.

Not a book for the fainthearted, or one who likes a sense of hope and idealism in their reading, The Casual Vacancy is well written and shows the ugly underside of contemporary English Village life.


The library has copies of this title in fiction, large print, audio book CD & MP3 as well as the miniseries adaption on DVD. Click on the cover to place a hold on your chosen format.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Lucy [DVD]

When a boyfriend tricks Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) into delivering a briefcase to a supposed business contact, the once-carefree student is abducted by thugs who intend to turn her into a drug mule. She is surgically implanted with a package containing a powerful chemical, but it leaks into her system, giving her superhuman abilities, including telekinesis and telepathy. With her former captors in pursuit, Lucy seeks out a neurologist (Morgan Freeman), who she hopes will be able to help her.

Lucy is a sci-fi/fantasy action movie that feels a lot like a comic or graphic novel. At times it can be quite unbelievable and a little silly. It is rated MA15+ and there is a reason for this. Parents need to be aware that the violence is fairly graphic. After watching the movie, I had to seriously think about whether I liked it or not. In the end I decided that it is a good movie even though it is a little over the top.


Click on the DVD cover to place your hold.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Reckoning by Magda Szubanski

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia's most beloved performers, tells her story. In this extraordinary memoir, Magda describes her journey of self-discovery from a suburban childhood, haunted by the demons of her father's espionage activities in wartime Poland and by her secret awareness of her sexuality, to the complex dramas of adulthood and her need to find out the truth about herself and her family. With courage and compassion she addresses her own frailties and fears, and asks the big questions about life, about the shadows we inherit and the gifts we pass on. Honest, poignant, utterly captivating, Reckoning announces the arrival of a fearless writer and natural storyteller. It will touch the lives of its readers.

Are you waiting in the queue for Magda Szubanski’s autobiography? Well wait no more! We currently have downloadable copies available in eBook, on Overdrive and in eAudio via BorrowBox. Just follow this link to our catalogue and select your preferred format. Both apps are free to download and very easy to use. As always, if you require extra assistance please bring your device into the library and ask staff for a quick demonstration.


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Looking for butter boy ~ Archie Roach [CD]

Archibald William Roach was born 8 January 1956 in Mooroopna. He was named after an Aboriginal word referring to a bend in the Goulburn River, near Shepparton in central Victoria. Archie's song lyrics draw attention to the hardship and humiliation suffered by many Indigenous Australians. While still a very young child, Archie and his sisters, along with the other Indigenous Australian children of the stolen generations, were forcibly removed from their family by Australian government agencies, and placed in an orphanage.

His music and songs are performed with strong emotions, with soulful lyrics that are both heart wrenching and evocative. The listener is drawn into the world and feelings of Archie through his songs. My favourite songs on this album are Beggar man, Mother's heartbeat and Watching over me. I have enjoyed listening to this album as I have of all of his other albums. He is a legend and a truly inspirational Australian artist and musician.


Simply click on the cover to place your hold

Monday, 19 October 2015

New biographies now available on BorrowBox!

Musicians, politicians, sporting heroes and everyday survivors. You can now read their fascinating stories, as well as many more, via downloadable eBook on BorrowBox.

Here are a few recommended titles to get you started:

Big Blue Sky by Peter Garrett
Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, intelligence and creativity, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives.
From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, to an early interest in equality and justice; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell.

Chris Judd: the autobiography by Chris Judd
Few people know Australian Rules football better than Chris Judd. He's one of the game's out-and-out champions, having captained two of the greatest clubs in the league - the West Coast Eagles and Carlton - and taken the Eagles to premiership victory in 2006. He's won the Brownlow Medal twice, been a dual Leigh Matthews Trophy winner - awarded to the AFL's Most Valuable Player as voted by the players - and selected as an All Australian six times.
His autobiography is a unique journey into the game, describing with extraordinary candour what it's like to climb to the highest levels, to achieve the ultimate goal of your sport, and to experience the full measure of heartache and failure that inevitably accompanies more than a decade of playing at the elite level.

A mother’s story by Rosie Batty
Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval.
In the wake of the tragedy, Rosie's advocacy work has forced an unprecedented national focus on family violence, with the Victorian Labor government establishing Australia's first royal commission into family violence, and committing a further $30 million over four years to protect women and children at high risk of family violence. The then Victorian Police Commissioner Ken Lay called it 'the Rosie Batty factor'. This is her story.

Body lengths by Leisel Jones
Leisel Jones is rightly regarded as one of the greatest breaststrokers ever. At just fifteen, she won two silver medals at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000; she went on to win gold at Athens and Beijing, and at London 2012 became the first Australian swimmer to compete at four Olympics.
For the first time, Leisel candidly describes what it’s like to be thrust into the limelight so young. She reveals the constant pressure she was under – from coaches, from the media and from herself – to be perfect. Despite the highs of her swimming stardom, she suffered depression, and at one time planned to take her own life.
In London, criticised in the media for her weight, and appalled by the bulling and dysfunction in the Australian swim team, Leisel nevertheless handled herself with great composure. She has emerged with maturity and good humour, having finally learnt how to be herself and live with confidence.

These BorrowBox titles can be downloaded directly to your mobile device through BorrowBox iTunes & Android App. To download your free App just visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store via this link. If you require help or more information, please speak with our friendly library staff at Dandenong or Springvale Library.


Friday, 16 October 2015

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

There are a lot of books being made into movies right now and Australian author Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel The Dressmaker is the next adaption to hit the cinemas. The movie was filmed entirely in Victoria and stars Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth. The Dressmaker opens at the movies on October 29th.

After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.

If you’re someone who likes to read the book before it comes out as a movie and spoils everything for you, you’ll want to get in quick. The library has copies of this title in print, MP3 audio and downloadable eBook. Click here to place a hold on your chosen format.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

And the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize is…

Marlon James for his novel, "A Brief History of Seven Killings".

On 3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions, seven gunmen from West Kingston stormed his house with machine guns blazing. Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert, but the next day he left the country, and didn't return for two years. Not a lot was recorded about the fate of the seven gunmen, but much has been said, whispered and sung about in the streets of West Kingston, with information surfacing at odd times, only to sink into rumour and misinformation. Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the form of an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. Marlon James's bold undertaking traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are...

When accepting the prize, he said a huge part of the novel had been inspired by reggae music: “The reggae singers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were the first to recognise that the voice coming out our mouths was a legitimate voice for fiction and for poetry.” Marlon is the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize in its 47 year history.

You can read more about the Man Booker Prize here.


Monday, 12 October 2015

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I consider myself a creative soul and so when I got wind of Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book: Big Magic, I pounced on it as soon as it was released. A book exploring the ins and outs, nooks and crannies, deepest and darkest and most scary aspects of creativity by one of my favourite authors... #winning!

This book is such a gem. Gilbert is warm, affable and so generous in her sharing of her thoughts on the creative process. I absolutely LOVED that Big Magic wasn’t a self help book, nor a prescriptive how-to guide. Rather, it’s an intimate, gentle and insightful exploration and celebration of that wonderful ‘thing’ that is creativity. Gilbert deliberately avoids defining the term and this works to her advantage, allowing Big Magic to speak to all and not just those who identify as ‘artists’ (in any capacity).

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is special in so many ways. So much so that it makes me want to sew little pockets of its exact size into all of my clothing so that I can carry it around with me everywhere.

A must read for everyone – not just the ‘creatives’ among us. After all, life itself - as Gilbert points out - is one big, giant exercise in creation, is it not?


Friday, 9 October 2015

New fiction for October

Suspense, romance, humour, science fiction - this month's new fiction releases are jam packed full of variety for you to choose from. Simply click on your chosen title/s and you will be directed to the Vault, where you can place your holds.

Marble collector Cecelia Ahern
Japanese Lover Isabel Allende
Guilty David Baldacci
Death wave Ben Bova
Cavedon Women Barbara Taylor Bradford
Killing in the cafe Simon Brett
All dressed in white Mary Higgins Clark
Host Robin Cook
Depraved heart Patricia Cornwell
Wild Swan Michael Cunningham
The Pharoah's secret Clive Cussler
Heat Garry Disher
Black wolves Kate Elliott
According to yes Dawn French
Playing with fire Tess Gerritsen
Backhand smash J.M. Gregson
One under Cynthia Harrod Eagles
Avenue of mysteries John Irving
Tomorrow’s path Anna Jacobs
Napoleon’s last night Tom Keneally
False nine Philip Kerr
Shopaholic to the rescue Sophie Kinsella
Blood sisters Graham Masterton
Detonator Andy McNab
Solar express L.E. Modesitt
Rain music Di Morrissey
Midnight sun Jo Nesbo
Wyoming rugged Diana Palmer
Empty coast Tony Park
Cross justice James Patterson
Dark corners Ruth Rendell
Summer stars Nora Roberts
Gift for you Patricia Scanlan
Sidney Sheldon’s reckless Sidney Sheldon
Beneath a rising sun Peter Watt
Hell’s foundations quiver David Weber

Happy reading!


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith (Audio Book)

Enjoy another delightful series of adventures with the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

While Mma Makutsi is distracted by plans for her upcoming wedding, Mma Ramotswe is investigating unpleasant occurrences on a southern cattle-post. In the middle of it all, apprentice mechanic Charlie, seems to have gotten himself into trouble again and goes missing. Then, as the big day approaches, Mma Makutsi is shocked to find her nemesis Violet Sephotho has entered the political arena and is standing for election.

The ups and downs of life at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency are richly related with warmth and humour, the stories delve into the mysteries of character and circumstance as much as they delve into the mysteries Mma Ramotswe is set to solve. Enjoy some easy listening pleasure and spend a few hours in Botswana.


Click on the cover image to place your hold

Monday, 5 October 2015

History Week 18 - 25 October

Get ready to travel back in time during History Week on the 18-25th October at the Libraries.

Join Alison Keys, Information Librarian, for free introductory family history drop in sessions and learn how to build your family tree or discover your family history using the libraries’ eResources.

Dandenong Library: Ancestry, Find My Past and the new special family history computer and microfiche reader
Monday 19 October 10am-11am
Wednesday 21 October 6.30pm-7.30pm

Springvale Library: Ancestry and Find My Past
Friday 23rd October 10-11am

The library also has a selection of books specific to Greater Dandenong. Here are a couple of titles we have available in our collection:

A History of the City of Springvale by G.M Higgins.
An in-depth look at the history of Springvale, from the early days of the Aboriginal Settlers through to the modern city it is known as today. Despite being published in 1984, it is still one of the best books for an all encompassing history on Springvale.

When the Clock Strikes: growing up in the rural market town of Dandenong by Jack Johnson.
Part memoir, part history of Dandenong, this book tells the stories of one man who was born in Dandenong in the early 1930s and crosses a span of 75 years. It paints a vivid picture of what Dandenong used to be and highlights how much has changed in those 75 years.

You can also search The Vault to find many of our Local and Family History resources in print and online including:
Inside History (Zinio emagazines)
The Civic Leaders Collection
Trove National Library of Australia

Why not begin your search in our community and visit,
Heritage Hill
Enterprise Hostel

Remember to check the History Week events calendar for more community activities.