Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Stock Up! 2012

Start off the National Year of Reading 2012 with some brand new books, CDs and DVDs that will be on show at Hurstville and Penshurst Libraries. Browse, choose and borrow on the day, bring along your library card or join on the spot. Membership is free!
During this special year devoted to celebrating the importance and pleasure of reading, each month will have its own theme. February's is Laugh and there's sure to be something to make you smile or laugh out loud amongst the new stock.
Take the opportunity to meet staff and tell us what you think of the collections and what you'd like to see more of. Find out how to make suggestions, requests and write reviews of your latest read to share with others.
Learn how you can download audio and ebooks from the comfort of your own home and about Freegal where you can download 3 tracks of music per week to keep for free.
Hurstville City Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hursville
Tuesday 14 February 11am -9pm

Penshurst Branch Library
630 Forest Rd, Penshurst
Thursday 16 February
10.30am - 1pm, 2pm - 6pm

Monday, January 23, 2012

Apple Starts Selling Interactive IPad Textbooks

Apple Inc. has launched its attempt to make the iPad a replacement for a satchel full of textbooks by starting to sell electronic versions of a handful of standard high-school books. The electronic textbooks, which include "Biology" and "Environmental Science" from Pearson and "Algebra 1" and "Chemistry" from McGraw-Hill, contain videos and other interactive elements.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Author Talk: Kim Cheng Boey at Hurstville City Library

Award winning author and poet Kim Cheng Boey will be Hurstville Library's first guest author for 2012 and will share his ideas of home and belonging, and the predicament facing a migrant writer. He will read from his poetry and his recent book Between Stations. Kim Cheng is the author of four collections of poems Somewhere-Bound (1989), Another Place(1992), Days of No Name(1996), After the Fire(2006) and a collection of personal essays entitled Between Stations. These essays focus on his experiences travelling and working in China, India, Egypt and Morocco and transport the reader to particular places and states of mind. Kim Cheng emigrated from Singapore in 1997 and is now an Australian citizen teaching creative writing at the University of Newcastle.

Hurstville City Library
Friday 3 February, 2012
Free event. Bookings 9330 6142

His nostalgia for his childhood home and memories of his father travel with him as he visits places of difference, but there are vivid reminders of pathways previously trodden. His return to Singapore seeks to remind the reader of the, at times, distressing and disturbing effects of change on the itinerant traveller, who upon returning to his home country, finds it vastly different to the traditional memories he has carried with him on his travels. Part of a review for Between Stations on

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Forget the Super League Wars!

The Museum & Gallery was luck enough to secure PhD candidate Katherine Haines to give a talk on Sunday 4th December on The Story of the NSW Ladies Rugby Football League, 1921. Kath had visitors enthralled with her story of the historic match between the Metropolitan Blues and the Sydney Reds, and the efforts of these women to begin their own rugby league competition. Though the NSW Rugby League was initially supportive, the politics of the ensuing debate was enough to rival that of any of the issues in the contemporary NRL. Thanks to Kath for volunteering her time give this fascinating presentation! You can read more about Kath's research here.