Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Reader's Book Club was a local service where residents paid a small fee to join. This allowed them to borrow books at threepence each.
Our local Reader's Book Club was located on Forest Rd, next to Barter's store. Barter's was located at the bottom of the Forest Rd entrance to Hurstville Station.
Were you a member of the Reader's Book Club?
Do you remember when this service ceased?
If so, please let us know by leaving a comment below or emailing email@example.com
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Fruits - Tokyo Street Style. Photos by Shoichi Aoki.
This travelling exhibition presented by the Powerhouse Museum is set to explode into the Hurstville area early 2011. Join in the Tokyo fun at our exhibition opening!
Hurstville City library has the awesome pleasure of a morning with Mem Fox. The renowned childrens author has written such classics as Possum Magic, Hattie & the Fox and Wombat Divine. One of Australia's most beloved authors, come listen to her weave a little morning magic!
The series of author talks for 2010 have finished up for the year, however stay tuned to our website, or here at the blog for more info on what's in store for 2011!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
What young adult can forget the tale of Sarah (played wonderfully by Jennifer Connelly) whom wishes her little brother Toby away. Little does she know that the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie - in tights!) hears her wish and grants it. Toby disappears, and Sarah must embark on a long journey through the labyrinth to the goblin castle at the centre in order to save her brother. Along the way she encounters goblins, fairies, moving walls, never-ending passageways, a giant furry creature named Ludo and a little worm wearing a scarf.
The world needs more of David Bowie in tights.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison; read by Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee.
- Dear John by Nicholas Sparks; read by Holter Graham.
- Mystic River by Dennis Lehane; read by David Strathairn.
- The Vigilantes by W. E. B. Griffin.; read by Scott Brick.
But there's more! We have more new audiobooks on the way. Author's such as: Nora Roberts, Dan Brown, Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Lee Child, Patricia Cornwell.
Don't forget to post your comments here or better still any ideas for titles for us to purchase.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The universe just loves dealing us a number of irritating conundrums. The aunt that insists on pinching your cheeks. The colleague that always calls you 'Bill' even though you've told them a thousand times that your name is 'William'. Perhaps one of the most annoying, the most painful, the most obnoxious would be the know-it-all. Ah yes that dreadful enigma that insists on correcting every grammatical error and delights in explaining to you the differences between African and Indian elephants.
It was a shock to discover that one man, A. J. Jacobs, actually WANTED to become one of these bothersome troves of information. A. J. Jacobs spent one year of his life reading, cover to cover, the 2002 Encyclopædia Britannica - all 32 volumes, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words - and along the way recorded his journey.
'The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World'.
Another one to add to the LMG collection? Tell us what you think!
Like historic photos? See more in our Local Studies Photographs Catalogue.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Calling all young writers- the 'Do You Love To Write?' project program for the remainder for 2010/11 is almost complete!
Check out some of the awesome upcoming workshops below, and make sure you write the dates in your diary!
‘Do You Love To Write’
Program: November 2010- May 2011.
Do You Love To Write: Creative writing as an inspiration for art
Nov. 9th: 4.30 - 6.00pm
Meet artist Peter Day and use your creative writing skills contribute ideas to a brand new mural for the new Hurstville Bus Interchange
Do You Love To Write: Dialogue and Drama
Dec. 7th: 4.30 – 6.00pm
Writer Pat Cranney will return to work with you on creative writing, focussing on dialogue, scripts and drama, starting work on new group collection
Do You Love To Write: Happy Holidays
Jan.: Off- New carpet being installed at the library, happy holidays!
Do You Love To Write: Books Vs. Movies
Tuesday Feb. 1st: 4.30 – 6.00pm
Looking at adaptations, what worked, what didn’t, feel free to bring in your favourites- and of course, the big question … is the book always better than the movie? Group short script writing activities to work on screen plays for the Youth Week 2011 theme ‘Own It’!
Do You Love To Write: Writing for Movies/Story boards/Illustration
Tuesday Mar. 1st: 4.30 – 6.00pm
Continue working on the group screenplay, begin editing to have 2 short screenplays completed. Learn to story board and illustrate with assistance of local artist. Begin to collate finished work for exhibition in May.
Do You Love To Write: Lights, camera, action!
Tuesday April 5th: TBC
Super-sized, school holiday session as part of Youth Week 2011! Use Guerrilla Film Making techniques to make a short film of the scripts developed in the group!
A chance for young Spielbergs and Scorceses’ to turn written works into lo-tech Guerilla Cinema! Finished works will be featured in Hurstville Youth Week celebrations.
Do You Love To Write: Launch/Exhibition
Tuesday May 3rd: TBC
Bring along your family and friends to show the work on display by the group. Prints of written work, storyboards and illustrations, a new booklet of works, and a presentation for participants.
For more information contact 9330 6142,don't miss it!
- Iron Man 2 - starring Robert Downey Jr. , Gweneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlet Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson. Tony Stark's Super Hero secret is revealed to the world. He suits up again to face his most dangerous enemy.
- Sex and the City 2 - starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. The movie didn't do as well at the box office as the first movie, however it is still an enjoyable movie especially for fans of the TV series.
- Beneath Hill 60 - starring Brendan Cowell, Gyton Grantley, Aden Young, Jacqueline McKenzie, Anthony Hayes and Steve Le Marquand. An Australian movie based on a true story. The movie has been named as "One of the great war movies in cinema history" and "One of the finest films ever made in this country".
- Glee: Road to Sectionals (Season 1; Volume 1) - The series focuses on a high school glee club competing on the show choir competition circuit and a teacher trying to transform the glee club into champions.
Also arriving on our shelves soon are instructional DVDs on Wedding Stationery; Wedding Flowers and Wedding Decorations. These can be found in the Non Fiction section of the library in a few weeks.
Many more new titles will be on the DVD stand soon so why not come in and take a look.
All purchase suggestions are welcome. All you need to do is post them here.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Hurstville City Library is getting new carpet!
The library will close on Tuesday, 4 January 2011 to Friday 14th January 2011 and reopen Saturday, 15 January 2011.
Don’t worry, you can still use the Penshurst Branch Library which will remain open during this time.
Find out more on the LMG website
(image courtesy of Sobrinksi Painting)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Bring your library card or join on the spot (ID with your current address required). Membership is free.
Staff will also be available to show you how to make a request, listen to and show you how to make suggestions and recommend some great holdiay reading. So tell us what you think! We'll also show you our new eLibrary where you can download audio-books and e-books from home.
Hurstville City Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora Street, Hurstville
Wednesday 8th December
9.30am - 8.30pm
Penshurst Branch Library
630 Forest Rd, Penshurst
Thursday 16th December
10.30am - 12.30am, 2pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Dr Khadra will speak about his recently published book Terminal Decline: A Surgeon's Diagnosis of the Australian Health-Care System
Her first book 'Dear Fatty' was a poignant, insightful and often hilarious description of Dawn French's harrowing journey through life.
Now, Ms. French has progressed past her memoirs and has put her years of experience to good use in her latest literary mission - 'A Tiny Bit Marvellous'.
This novel explores the lives of a family. There's mum, Mo. Then there's dad and the two kids Dora and Oscar. Oh, and there's a dog called Poo.
The book details through a series of diary entries how each family member lives in their own little worlds, putting the stability of the family in jeopardy.
Heartbreaking, and yet laugh-out-loud funny, should we consider adding this gem to our library shelves?
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Hurstville City Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora Street, Hurstville
Wednesday 10th November ,2010 @12.15pm
Free Event : Bookings 9330.6142
For lovers of books about family and man-woman relationships,love and friendship this event promises to be a real treat.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
The University of Amsterdam Library has been designed for the post print age and the focus has shifted from book repository to a dedicated area for study, work and digital collections. Books can still be requested online (hence the orange crates in the above pic) but by removing books - that which traditionally defines a library - the library space can evolve into something unspeakably stylish. Bless the genius of the Dutch!
Check out more pictures of this new concept in the approach to a library building.
(image via Co.Design)
Monday, November 01, 2010
Hurstville Library subscribes to a wide range of databases that cover health, business, family history, literature, science, consumer & current issues and much more...
After selecting the database click on Login from Library or Login from home.
Full-text newspapers and newswires from Australia and New Zealand covering regional and international topics.
Bookan Chinese E-magazines NEW!!
The world’s largest Chinese online magazine & newspaper website.
Consumer-oriented health content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
Points of View NEW!!
Gain a balanced perspective on current issues with information from a range of viewpoints.
and many more...
Access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research, including census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. Start searching your family history today!
Access to articles from Choice – the consumer magazine. Compare products and find independent product reviews. See the library staff to gain access.
And many more...
Congratulations to all the finalists whose works are displayed in the LMG!
We are very proud to announce the following prize winners of each category....drum roll please....
St George Art Prize
Life Adjustment Disorder, Sunny Day - Simon Collins
Barthelemy Roger's Oui-re kine - Nicola Dickson
Barthelemy Roger's Bedgi-bedgi - Nicola Dickson
In Your Arms - Fiona White
St George 3D Art Prize
Ambiguous Perception No. 7 - Tim Mantzouridis
St George Local Youth Prize
In Trouble - Colan Luo
Sisters - Julie Zhao
Exhibition runs until 16 December 2010. 2D & 3D works are displayed at the Museum & Gallery. The Youth finalists are on display in the Library exhibition area.
Come and vote for your favourite work in the People's Choice category!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
At Hurstville Library, our librarians are considerably more relaxed. They drink their English Breakfast tea out of mugs, not fine bone china! Which is why, these t-shirts are far more appropriate uniform suggestions.
Well, what do you think? Do the wonderful, albeit slightly nuts, people that work at Hurstville Library need a uniform like this?
(images via. zazzle)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Where would we be without his blundering antics to amuse and delight us?
Just make sure you treat Hurstville Library's books a bit better!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
The event was held on the beautiful Circular Quay Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). It was a perfect way to spend a Friday night - and an awesome birthday present for one of our curators!
Congratulations to all the LMG staff who worked on this exhibition. A big thank you to all the volunteers and interns who assisted as well.
Look at our virtual version of the exhibition online or why not come and visit us and see our 'award winning' exhibition for yourself!
Congratulations to the nominees in all categories. Check out the winners of the other categories!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Check out more videos at the LMG's YouTube Channel.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
By Amelia S.
He knew he was in trouble when the teacher called out his name.
“Yes, Miss?” His voice squeaked.
“Up,” she ordered.
“Jay, do you know why I’m making you stand up?” asked Miss Miller, leaning against her desk.
Miss Miller raised an eyebrow. Jay’s knee shook.
“You’re not lying, are you, Jay?”
He could feel sweat beads form across his forehead which he wiped with the back of his hand.
“No, Miss, I wouldn’t lie,” he said, hoping his squeaky response wouldn’t give him away.
“Hmm,” said Miss Miller, tapping a pen against her lips.
His teacher shook her head and walked around the other side of the desk.
“Sit down, Jay.”
Jay watched as Miss Miller went through the papers piled on her desk.
Please, please don’t let her find it. He prayed silently.
But Miss Miller found what she was looking for, the piece of paper that could –
“Well class,” she began, “it seems that I am going to have to interview every single one of you now.” She stared at the paper in her hands.
Jay’s best friend, Thomas, stared at him. He shrugged. Even though Jay was the only one who knew what Miss Miller was talking about, he figured that acting clueless was the best option.
“Miss, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” said Jay.
“Miss, you haven’t exactly told us anything about this catastrophe,” chimed Thomas, hoping to help his friend out. There were a few nods of agreement around the classroom.
Miss Miller held up the piece of paper.
“This is what I’m talking about,” she said.
By Cate H.
One day I was walking to school when something unusual happened. I could see my friends running towards me, squealing and screaming excitedly.
At first they didn’t respond. I kept asking them why they were so excited. Finally I got an answer.
“You’re the best singer in the world because your album went to second place over night!”
My two friends told me that I would work it all out when I got to school.
Then we saw the backs of two men and I wondered who they were.
When they turned around, we realised they were Justin Timberlake and Zac Efron. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My friends screamed so loudly.
“Quiet,” they said. “We don’t want to get caught.”
I remember when I first heard him. I wanted to pinch myself, convinced that this was just a dream. I wanted to run around the hospital room, screaming and laughing like a lunatic. This was it. My biggest wish since I was four years old.
“He’s coming,”said the doctor.
I watched transfixed as my mother closed her eyes and gave a final push. My heartbeat quickened, my mouth went dry. The doctor turned to me.
Birds Of Tokyo gained notoriety as one of Australia's leading rock powerhouses in 2006 with their debut album Day One. This song, Silhouettic, is off their sophpomore album Universes. The lead singer Ian Kenny also fronts progressive metal band Karnivool and with vocal abilities like that, it sure is hard to deny his talent. He also rivals Peter Garrett for the title of 'Australia's Strangest Dancer'.
The inaugural St George Art Awards exhibition will be officially opened on Friday 29 October, 2010 at 6.00pm at Hurstville City Museum & Gallery (14 MacMahon St, Hurstville).
The biannual St George Art Awards is a national competition open to all Australian residents. To be eligible artists had to submit entries relating to the theme below:
Relationships [ri-ley-shuhn-ship] - noun
1. connection; a particular connection
2. connection by blood or marriage
3. an emotional connection
The theme enables artists to explore ideas such as the connections between and water; humans and the earth; disticy cultures; the past and present or emotional connections between people.
Prizes will be awarded the in the following categories:
- St George Art Prize 2010 - $8,000; Painting; Acquisitive
- St George 3D Art Prize - $3,000; 3D works
- St George Local Youth Prize - $500 of art materials; No theme, open to either paintings or drawings.
For the Awards inaugural year we are proud to have attracted entries by established artists, emerging talents, students and amateurs. Hurstville City Library, Museum & Gallery would like to thank all the artists who entered and warmly congratulate those selected for exhibition in the first year of the St George Art Awards.
Make sure you bring your family along and come to the opening night to see the winnder of each category announced. We would love to see you there!
To RSVP, call the Museum & Gallery on 9330 6444 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Yes, that's right you too can "...derive satisfaction from the knowledge that your work is vital and essential in forming the kind of world in which you want to live." Even without PCs and research databases and online assistance and eBooks and, and...other stuff, the essence of a librarian's work is surprisingly similar to what it was 64 years (and more) ago and will probably continue to remain the same.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
DVDs and CDs are free to borrow but remember to bring them back on time so you don't receive a fine.
We would like your suggestions for DVDs and/or CD titles. It's easy! All you need to do is post your suggestions here.
DVD Titles Coming Soon:
- Fish Tank - starring Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender and Kierston Wareing; directed by Academy Award-winning director Andrea Arnold. This is a mysterious and powerful story of family, love and lust. Mia, played by Katie Jarvis is at war with everyone and everything. Her one passion is dancing which she practices in secret. One day Mia's mother brings home a stranger called Connor who promises to change everything in their lives.
- Letters to Juliet - starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. I really enjoyed this movie. It's a simple and lovely story set in stunning Italy where we get a glimpse of the beautiful Italian countryside and I really, really want to go there even more after watching it. It is set in the city of Verona, where Romeo first met Juliet. The heartbroken leave notes to Juliet asking for her help. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds a 50 year old letter and sets off on a journey with the author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and her handsome grandson to find Claire's long lost first love.
- Fantasitc Flesh - a documentary on special effects make-up where we meet the masters of the craft and discover it's history. There are behind-the-scenes photos and footage with interviews with Quentin Tarantino, James Brolin, John Landis to name a few. We also get to see clips from Frankenstein, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Exorcist, Planet of the Apes, The Thing, An American Werewolf in London and many more.
- Fashion in Film -a documentary that takes a look at the history of costumes, couture and glamour icons in the movies. There are interviews with designers, stylist and stars such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Tyson Beckford, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Beals. Also, clips from The Devil Wars Prada; Flashdance; American Gigolo; Legally Blonde; Atonement; 27 Dresses; Clueless and more. A good one for up and coming designers to watch or anyone insterested in fashion.
- The Book of Eli - starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. Eli (Denzel Washington), is a lone warrior who walks in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that was once America. He possesses the last copy of a book he fiercely guards with his life for it holds the only hope for the future. Carnegie (Gary Oldman) if the bad guy who is determined to get the book off Eli but Eli is determined to fulfill his destiny.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Each frame was shot individually, then printed on 2000+ pieces of paper, reassembled and then re-shot as the final vid. Genius effort, probably several hundred, profoundly agonising papercuts in all that brilliance.
Like it? Place a reserve on the album for yourself or call us or drop in and let us do it for you. Don't forget to add your review!
Oh, yeah, and we also have their previous album, Dystopia, as well.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
These designers and design companies have come up with some rather unique ways of ensuring you never lose your place again. Tassled bookmarks are SO nineties.
A bookmark lamp by fulguro perhaps?
Oh no your book's leaking! Or is it? Digustingly cool bookmarks by Kyouei Co Ltd.
How about this bookmark/USB stick? Data storage and page reminders all in one nerdtastic Clark Kent-glasses-style package designed by Willie Tsang
Perhaps the LMG needs someone like Mr. Hank to get the word out about our facilities?
Monday, October 11, 2010
They weren't visitors we are particularly used to, however! These beautiful little gems of Australian fauna were brought in to entertain and entrance the kiddies.
And here's one of our staff, Lisa, getting up close and personal with Olive - the snake!
You can see more photos of our four-legged (and some no-legged!) friends at the LMG flickr photostream.
Friday, October 08, 2010
This presentation explores the benefits RFID technology has for the Museum and Gallery sector by examining the results of a six month trial at a regional museum & gallery.
Advantages covered include increased collection visibility, automatic tracking of objects, ability to quickly locate misplaced items, efficiency in conducting audits and stock takes, and reductions in object handling. We will also explore convergence and its relationship with RFID.
A useful case study for any institution interested in ways technology can help streamline the management of their collection.
Presented By Jessica Allen, LMG Curator at the Museums Australia Conference 2010 in Melbourne.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Movember is a global charity phenomenon. Every year thousands of men (and if able, I'm sure even some women!) grow spectacular fuzzy facial hair to help raise awareness and money for mens health issues, in particular depression and prostate cancer.
And now these fur-lip-lined heros of male health have spread! Into our libraries!
Mo-brarians is a group of male library workers in Australia that have banded together to help encourage participation in the Movember shenanigans.
So what do you think? Should we get some of the men at Hurstville Library growing some truly spiffy little caterpillars above their lips?
Mental health is a positive term about wellbeing and happiness. The theme this year is "Good friends help us bounce back".
The Library, Museum, Gallery is offering two Mental Health information sessions: Friday 15 October from 10-11 am for Mandarin speakers and Monday 25 October from 10-11 am for Arabic speakers - at Hurstville City Library - Miles Franklin Room. Call: 9330.6142 to book.
Some simple things to do when stressed:
- Take a deep relaxing breath
- Go for a walk with a friend
- Go to a funny movie and laugh
- Take a relaxing bath
- Surround yourself with people you enjoy
- Get enough sleep
- Eat healthy food
- Take time to do things you enjoy
How do your friends help you feel better when you're down?
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
-Wednesday 13th October, 5-9pm
-Wednesday 20th October, 5-9pm
-Thursday 28th October, 5-9pm
-Tuesday 2nd November, 5-9pm.
Remember, please put you name down at the info desk in the library to make sure we are prepared with snacks and other goodies for you and your friends, and during this stressful exam time, please respect the space and one another here at the library and use the quiet study area for quiet study ONLY, thank you!
Everyone at the library today is buzzing and frantically recalling the wonderful moment on Sunday eve when the St. George Illawarra Dragons held up the NRL premiership trophy for the first time in 31 years. From the heart of St. George territory, we want to congratulate the Dragons on a spectacular victory. Way to show 'em who the chokers are, boys!
(image courtesy of Getty images)
Friday, October 01, 2010
On October 1st 1946 Roland Berill and Dr. Lancelot Ware formed MENSA - the high IQ society were the only qualification for membership involves having an IQ in the top 98th percentile. There is estimated to be around 100,000 members worldwide. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions.
You know what else happened this day in history? The first annual 'Follow a Library day' on Twitter! Do you follow the LMG? If not then follow us toot-suite @hurstvillelmg
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Check out this excerpt from his talk.
One of the favourites here at the LMG is his Jack West series, starting with The Seven Ancient Wonders. The series continues to include The Six Sacred Stones and lastly The Five Greatest Warriors. These fast paced, action packed novels are a favourite of both young and old.
Come into the LMG today and check one out!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
How about this recycled book chandelier by Lula Dot Studio?
But perhaps the best of all, a recycled book library information desk! Brilliance!