Monday, March 26, 2012
Here are a few new titles that will be on our stands within the next few days:
Love Never Dies
The Three Musketeers
What movies would you like to see in our DVD collection? Post the titles here.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In memory of Jim Stynes, 1966-2012.
In what is truly Australia's national game (yes, I know there's a National Rugby League. But I don't know how you can call it a national competition when it's only played in the eastern states!), supporters on both sides of the Barrassi Line will passionately defend their love for their team. In Best of Ground sixteen authors (Gold Coast and GSW weren't offically in the competition at the time of publication), including such luminaries as David Williamson (Collingwood), Peter Corris (Essendon), Malcolm Knox (Richmond) and Don Watson (Carlton), write with great eloquence on their love for their respective teams.
Just the thing for the start of the 2012 AFL season this Saturday.
Monday, March 19, 2012
It has been 3 years since Duran Duran last toured Australia and word has it that they are better than ever. With the original line up they have already played Brisbane and Melbourne to rave reviews and are playing the Sydney Entertainment Centre early next week.
If you like the band or are just feeling nostalgic for the 80's listen to one of these albums.
All you Need is Now; (their latest album)
Duran Duran Greates Hits
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Join Frieda Belakhova as she recounts and reflects on the harsh realities of her life, being poor and Jewish in the Soviet Union after the Second World War. Frieda's book My Past Life: the Soviet Experience is a personal testimony told in the form of a letter to her son about life in Soviet society with its harsh conditions and communal living following the Second World War through to the mid- nineteen seventies . An eyewitness to many historical events such as Stalin’s death we discover through her story the particular predicament of Jews in the USSR, where being Jewish meant being discriminated against.
Frieda’s life story will be of interest to those who remember when Russia was the USSR, to younger generations unfamiliar with dictatorial regimes and to all interested in a firsthand account of a life lived in a turbulent era.
"What surprises me even now was this sheep-like readiness to accept our situation, as well as the pride which did not allow us to complain to others or even feel sorry for ourselves." Frieda Belakhova
Immerse yourself in all things Russian with one of the following books, some serious others more lighthearted or quirky:
- Apricot Jam and other stories / Alexander Solzhenitzen
- Dostoevsky: a writer in his time / Joseph Frank
- Molotov's magic lantern: uncovering Russia's secret history / Rachel Polonsky
- My Russian grandmother and her American vacuum cleaner: a memoir / Evan Shalev
- Odsseya: an epic journey from Russia to Australia / Alexander Vassilieff
- The possessed: adventures with Russian books and the people who read them / Elif Batuman
- Twilight of love: travels with Turgenev / Robert Dessaix
- Voices from the Gulag / edited by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- When Miss Emmie was in Russia: English governesses before, during and after the October Revolution / Harvey Pitcher
- White fever: a journey to the frozen heart of Siberia / Jacek Hugo-Bader
The possessed: adventures with Russian books and the people who read them
The Seeds of Doom has an impressive reputation. Tom Baker and the late, great Elisabeth Sladen, as the Doctor and Sarah Jane respectively, were in their stride by this stage. They were always good in any story of this era, but if you combine a really good script and good direction with actors of their talents you're in for a cracker. Production standards are high (especially the visual effects. It's not surprising that the effects design on this story - Richard Conway - later went on the win an Oscar) and the guest cast are all impressive with Tony Beckley, John Challis and Sylvia Colderidge as the stand outs.
The Seeds of Doom is an excellent example of classic Doctor Who at its best.
Boyz Rule by Felice Arena & Phil Kettle Sport theme
Cairo Jim by Geoffrey McSkimming Mystery & adventure
Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan - Older readers
Specky Magee by Felice Arena - Sport theme
Western Wildcats by John Larkin Sport theme
Come in and speak to the Children's Library staff for more title and theme suggestions.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
If you are not a member of the library yet, that is not a problem, you can come in a sign up today, for free. No charge. Nothing. Absolutely free! Once you are a member, you can borrow up to 40 books for free, that's right free. Nothing to lose, and everything to read. So come in today.
To celebrate the official 125th anniversary of the proclamation of the Council, Hurstville City Museum & Gallery will be hosting special activities on Sunday 25 March suited for all ages.
Activities will include rare historical footage, free children's craft activities and highlight tours around our exhibitions. Visitors to the Museum & Gallery are encouraged to donate photographs of the local area to our local studies photograph collection.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
There is a great line up of performers from Australia and overseas. Some of the Aussie's performing are: Gurrumul; Dirty Three; Blue King Brown; Pajama Club. Overseas artists include: Baaba Maal (Senegal); First Aide Kit (Sweden); Eddie Reader (Ireland); Dobet Gnahore (Ivory Coast);Groundation (Jamaica/USA): Anda Union (China).
There are so many more artists on the list of this years festival but if you would like to listen to past Womadelaide music try these: Sounds of the Planet Womadelaide 2009; Womadelaide: Sounds of the Planet 2010; Womadelaide - Sounds of the Planet 2011
Friday, March 02, 2012
Based around one single event, The Brotherhood tells the tale of when Tasmania's super-cop gets killed in the line of duty. We see the aftermath through the eyes of a number of people; from the commissioner down to the suspect himself.
Y.A. Erskine is herself a former Tasmania Police officer. So she writes with an insiders perspective (I only hope Tasmania's finest are really as corrupt and backward as depicted here). It was a great read and I look forward to more from this author.
While Jobs may not have been a nice person, he was responsible for some of the greatest innovations in technology for the last 50 years. While I'd like to say I'm writing this on a MacBook (I used to have one but some devil stole it, along with my two iPods a few years ago), I am writing it on a Windows PC who's look was influenced by the Mac's original GUI. Plus, outside of working hours, I'm contantly downloading tracks off iTunes to play on my new iPod. And I've got friends who rave about their iPhones and iPads. Jobs changed the world in ways few people have. And for that we should be thank full.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Start with a story that sets the mood – for toddlers try Baby Bird’s Blankie in which Baby Bird is playing with his blanket and not getting sleepy. He keeps dropping it from his nest and poor tired Mum has to rescue it. The advent of a large crow puts an end to the game and Baby Bird chooses to snuggle down for sleep.
Follow this with the anxiety allaying Check on Me which shows a toddler settling down for the night. It reinforces the rituals of going to bed with the assurance that the parent will stay around to be sure that the night is safe.
If your toddler is still wakeful, try Sleep time. The little girl does not want to sleep and she goes through all the tricks of staying awake until she is tired enough to put Teddy (and herself) to sleep.
Kate - Children's Librarian
Yes, I know it's now more than a century. But in honour of the 2012 National Rugby League season kicking off tonight, you could do worse than this magnificent record of this history of the great game. Full of photo's, facts and figures (including the infamous Super League war) and the 100 greatest players of all time (from Dally Messenger to Darren Lockyer), A Centenary of Rugby League, 1908-2008 is the final word on the subject... until 2108 at least!