Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards - shortlist

The shortlist for the CBCA awards has now been announced:

Picture Book of the Year:
Ride, Ricardo, Ride! Shane Devries
My Dead Bunny James Foley
Flight Armin Greder
One step at a time Sally Heinrich
Suri’s wall Matt Ottley
And the band played Waltzing Matilda Bruce Whatley

Early Childhood:
Piranhas don’t eat bananas Aaron Blabey
My dog Bigsby Alison Lester
Perfect Danny Parker
Ollie and the wind Ghosh Ronojoy
Mr Huff Anna Walker
The cow tripped over the moon Tony Wilson

Younger Readers:
The Cleo stories: A friend and a pet Libby Gleeson
Soon Morris Gleitzman
Run, Pip, run J.C. Jones
Sister heart Sally Morgan
Molly and Pim and the millions of stars Martine Murray
Shadows of the Master Emily Rodda

Older Readers:
The Flywheel Erin Gough
The Pause John Larkin
Freedom Ride Sue Lawson
A Single stone Meg McKinlay
Inbetween Days Vikki Wakefield
Cloudwish Fiona Wood

Non Fiction:
Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect Rohan Cleave
The White Mouse: The Story of Nancy Wake Peter Gouldthorpe
The amazing true story of how babies are made Fiona Katauskas
Lennie the legend: solo to Sydney by pony Stephanie Owen Reeder
Ancestry: stories of multicultural Anzacs Robyn Siers
We are the Rebels: the Women and Men who made Eureka Clare Wright

The winners of each category will be announced on August 19. Leading up to the announcement our Children’s and Youth Services team will be reviewing various titles for you.


Monday, 30 May 2016

Miles Franklin Award shortlist unveiled

And the nominees are...

Hope Farm Peggy Frew
Leap Myfanwy Jones
Black Rock White City AS Patric
Salt Creek Lucy Treloar
The Natural Way of Things Charlotte Wood

Traditionally dominated by male authors, this year sees four female authors and only one male author making the shortlist. Melbourne authors also dominated with four out of the five nominees hailing from our fair city. Charlotte Wood, who has already won the Stella Award for her novel The Natural Way of Things, is the only interstate author.

All five authors have received $5,000 for being shortlisted. The winner will receive $60,000 in prize money for his or her novel and will be announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival on August 26.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Delicious cookbooks to whet your appetite

Winter is coming and Masterchef is back on our screens. Now is the perfect time to get into the kitchen and whip up some tasty home cooked meals. The library has a huge selection of cookbooks to inspire you, including books by famous chefs; past Masterchef contestants; cooking from around the world; healthy cookbooks; naughty cookbooks; cooking for all food types and dietary requirements; and cookbooks to guide you through the seasons.

Here’s a small taste of new and popular cookbooks to help fire up your tastebuds and get you started on your culinary journey.

Healthy family favourites Australian Womens Weekly
Historic Heston Heston Blumental
Surfing the menu: next generation Dan Churchill & Hayden Quinn
The healthy chef Teresa Cutter
One pot favourites Pete Evans
Quick. Easy. Healthy: good food every day Callum Hann
Annabel Karmel’s busy mum’s cookbook Annabel Karmel
Simply Nigella Nigella Lawson
What’s for dinner? : 80 weeknight recipes Nadia Lim
It’s all easy: delicious weekday hacks for the home cook Gwyneth Paltrow
Dinner with Justine Justine Schofield
Forage: a culinary journey through Victoria Jessica Shaver
Postcards from Greece Rebecca Seal
White heat Marco Pierre White
A kitchen in the valley Sally Wise

We also have a range of cooking magazines and DVD’s for you to choose from.

Bon appétit!


Monday, 23 May 2016

National Simultaneous Storytime 25th May 2016

Come along to the National Simultaneous Storytime sessions at both Dandenong and Springvale Libraries on Wednesday, 25 May at 11am. This year we will be reading I Got This Hat by Jol and Kate Temple. All pre-school children and their parents/cares are welcome to attend.

I Got This Hat
Written By: Jol and Kate Temple
Illustrated By: Jon Foye

What fun, fun, fun!
Right from the title page, this book is fun. I GOT THIS HAT looks like the lettering I used for my primary school project headings. The whole book is written in capital letters, so that’s something different. There are a variety of FUN hats. All sorts, without much of a head in sight (just a fun nose, eyes and ears). After all, it’s just the hats we want to see.

There is so much to talk about when reading this book. It even uses “talking marks” so we can use funny voices! There are rhyming words. There’s lots of repetition. There’s fun for the little ones and room for learning for the older ones.

It’s a FUN book.

Parrot Carrot
Written By: Jol and Kate Temple
Illustrated By: Jon Foye

Before I GOT THIS HAT, Jol, Kate and Jon combined to produce PARROT CARROT. Using very simple repeating sentences they create a really humorous text which is beautifully supported by the illustrations. It could be the starting point for any number of other combinations using the same formula. I’d love to see the ‘bee that looks like a tree’ or the ‘yacht that looks like a pot’. The authors use some spelling patterns that are the same and some that are different, so this book can be useful for children at different stages of learning, from beginning reading to more advanced spelling.

It’s also a really FUN book.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Speaking for IELTS by Karen Kovacs

If your speaking skills are preventing you from getting the score you need in IELTS, Collins Speaking for IELTS can help.

This book comes with two CDs which provide interviews and practice exercises based on those used in the IELTS Speaking test. While the voices are varied, all speakers have clear, easy to understand diction and pronunciation exercises are included in each chapter.

There are tips and test practice in each section, vocal model answers and a full practice paper at the back of the book. Each unit is topic-based, with verbal and written exercises, to both mimic the IELTS test and build the students vocabulary towards achieving their desired test score. Full audio scripts are included, along with an answer key, at the back of the book.
Speaking for IELTS has been written by an experienced IELTS tutor, is easy to use and covers the key areas such as pronunciation, vocabulary as well as giving a clear understanding of the test process.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Sensing Spirit by Mitchell Coombes

Australian celebrity psychic medium Mitchell Coombes reveals how you can tap into your own psychic abilities and connect with loved ones who have crossed over. With his down-to-earth friendly manner, Mitchell provides the reader with an intriguing and illuminating entree into the world of Spirit.

Have you ever experienced an uncanny coincidence? Do you wonder about your Spirit Guide? Have you been trying to get in contact with a loved one? Do you need help deciphering signals from Spirit? Since his childhood Mitchell has been able to see dead people (except he called them 'green people') and considered his gift a normal part of life. In Sensing Spirit he shows how others can make their own psychic abilities part of their everyday lives too.

Drawing on his remarkable life and experiences he explains what happens when people die, including what happens to children and those who pass tragically. His experiences provide a compelling, reassuring and heart-warming insight into the journey beyond. Mitchell also reveals how to connect with departed loved ones and the spirit world by helping you to see, hear, and sense when they are making contact.

Packed with extraordinary real-life stories of people’s touching encounters you will discover that the spirit world works in the most amazing, wonderful and life-changing ways.

With Mitchell’s exceptional insight and easy-to-follow guidance, you too will be sensing spirit.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The winner of the Man Booker International prize is…

The Vegetarian by Han Kang; translated by Deborah Smith

Written by South Korean author Han Kang and translated by British translator Deborah Smith, The Vegetarian is a novel written in three parts, each part with a different narrator.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares.

In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. As her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy.

Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

This is the first time the Man Booker International Prize has been awarded on the basis of a single book, rather than a body of work. Kang and Smith will split the £50,000 prize equally.


Monday, 16 May 2016

Six impossible things by Fiona Wood

Dan is a hero. No doubt about it. He is managing his life defiantly against the odds. The universe is not being kind and he is being bombarded with problems: left, right and centre. But Dan will not be beaten. He makes a list and regularly revises it. He is determined to be a ‘good’ person although that doesn’t seem very easy. He needs a job but when he gets one, there’s no pay. He wants to look after his mum although she’s a bit hard to manage. He needs to find a new way to relate to his dad but at the moment Dad’s not around. He admits he’s far from ‘cool’ but he’s aiming not to be a ‘complete loser’.

Oh, and he wants so badly to kiss Estelle.

But he hasn’t met her yet.

So it’s a good list. There’s some real heart about Dan. He’s set himself some worthwhile goals and (spoiler alert), he can tick them all off in the end, although there are many twists and surprising detours before he can do that.
I liked Dan and I liked his mum. I really liked Six Impossible Things.


Friday, 13 May 2016

The Dark Age by Traci Harding

This book is the first title in The Ancient Future series.

Tory Alexander finds herself stranded near a ring of stones in the English Countryside. After falling asleep within the ring, she awakens in fifth century England surrounded by a band of knights and prince Maelgwyn. Tory’s quick thinking and love of English history assists her to adapt and live and thrive in an otherwise savage period in time.

Part romance, part fantasy and part New Age spiritualism, this title was enjoyable as a light read.

In Bolinda eAudio book format and read by Edwin Wren, it was a pleasant way to pass away travel time.


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Book by David Miles

Book… a portal to your imagination. Where each step you take leads you to a world like no other. The clever use of words and illustration helps you to discover just how wondrous our minds can be. With each turning of the page, David Miles encourages you to reach out and embrace the beauty of your own imagination. Book is about the possibility of adventure, discovery and finding your own little corner in our very big world.

Book is perfect for reading in a home or school setting. It can be shared and read out loud or it can be treasured and read in a hidden corner. It can be read inside at bed time or it can be read outside under the oak tree. Book can be read by anyone, anywhere.

What are you waiting for… unleash your imagination, discover the world within.


Monday, 9 May 2016

Have you checked out Library PressDisplay recently?

15 new iconic Australian magazines have just been added to Library PressDisplay. Some of these titles include Australian Womens Weekly, Motor, Gourmet Traveller, Australian Geographic, Good Health, House and Garden and Money magazine.

Library PressDisplay also gives you access to over 4,000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages. Titles can be viewed on your computer or mobile devices, via Google Play Store or iTunes. As always, if you need further assistance using this resource please don’t hesitate to contact library staff for additional help.

Discover this eresource and many more through The Vault today!


Friday, 6 May 2016

New fiction for May

We have quite a long list of new and upcoming titles for you to choose from this month so take your time and have a browse.

Charmers Elizabeth Adler
Bachelor Tilly Bagshawe
Boar Island Nevada Barr
Die of shame Mark Billingham
Tom Clancy’s duty and honour Grant Blackwood
Daisy in chains Sharon Bolton
Sorcerer’s daughter Terry Brooks
Woman next door Liz Byrski
As time goes by Mary Higgins Clark
Liberty’s last stand Stephen Coonts
City of mirrors Justin Cronin
Pursuit Janet Evanovich
Shadow rider Christine Feehan
Saturday requiem Nicci French
Dead woman of Deptford Ann Granger
Grave concern Susanna Gregory
Crimson death Laurell K Hamilton
Royal nanny Karen Harper
Land of my dreams Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Autumn Princess, Dragon Child Lian Hearn
Private investigations Quintin Jardine
Born of legend Sherrilyn Kenyon
End of watch Stephen King
Daredevil snared Stephanie Laurens
Wheel of Osheim Mark Lawrence
Final word Liza Marklund
Blood flag Steve Martini
Seascape tattoo Larry Niven
This must be the place Maggie O’Farrell
Missing wife Sheila O’Flanagan
Defender Diana Palmer
Hanging club Tony Parsons
Games James Patterson
Dead to me Lesley Pearce
Bark skins Annie Proulx
Bay of sighs Nora Roberts
When the music’s over Peter Robinson
Conrad & Eleanor Jane Rogers
Gustav Sonata Rose Tremain
Penance of the damned Peter Tremayne
Ink and bone Lisa Unger
Fatal pursuit Martin Walker
Dishonorable intentions Stuart Woods

See something you like? Just click on the title to place your hold. Remember you can now have up to 20 holds per borrower card and all holds are free of charge.


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Dark Matter: Season One

It begins with six crew members, each with a shady past but no memory of it. Their ship is destined for a mining colony soon to be destroyed by an unknown enemy. Within their ship are weapons, androids and secrets, the most potent of these being that one of the crew is a traitor. While the crew struggle to determine their role – good or bad? – among competing loyalties, unexpected relationships develop, only to be tested by new revelations. All this leads to the final revelation of the traitor in their midst.

While the story is set in the future in the context of space, its specification as science fiction should not put people off this series. There is strong character development and the storyline maintains the underlying threads begun from the first episode. I must confess that I could not guess who the traitor was and the ending left me impatiently waiting for the next season.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Man Booker International Prize 2016 Shortlist

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the U.K. The aim of the award is to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works in translation.

Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000, while the £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry.

So without further ado, the nominees are:

A General Theory of Oblivion | José Eduardo Agualusa; translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn
The Story of the Lost Child | Elena Ferrante; translated from Italian by Ann Goldstein
The Vegetarian | Han Kang; translated from Korean by Deborah Smith
A Strangeness in My Mind | Orhan Pamuk; translated from Turkish by Ekin Oklap
A Whole Life | Robert Seethaler; translated from German by Charlotte Collins
The Four Books | Yan Lianke; translated from Chinese by Carlos Rojas

Congratulations to all nominees and stay tuned, the winner will be announced on the 16th of May.


Monday, 2 May 2016

Flash Boys: Cracking the Money Code by Michael Lewis

For readers interested in the financial industry, and more specifically, the inherent problems facing a system that rewards greed, Flash Boys provides a refreshing insight into the world of the stock market and high frequency trading (HFT).

This is the true story about a group of financial and technical wizards who set out to not only expose the destructive behaviour monopolising the US stock market, and increasing all over the world, but to supplant the system with something that levels the playing field.

Given the recent global financial crisis and the potential for an even greater crisis to come, knowledge of the financial systems that drive not only the international economy but also the way in which individuals live, is vitally important. Lewis interweaves this story with easily-digestible information about the workings of the stock market and HFT that make it possible for any reader to understand the basic concepts of how the stock market works, and how technology has changed the nature and practice of stock trading. Gone are the days of individuals frantically buying and selling stock on the floor, replaced by computerised systems where a millisecond can result in the loss of millions of dollars.