Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Prime Minister's Literary Award winners for Children and Young Adult categories



Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 – Children’s fiction

Isn’t it strange that although half asleep, the rituals of preparing for bed can suddenly make a child wide-awake and full of energy and mischief. In the book “Goodnight, Mice!” written by Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson, the mice children named Mitzi, Billy, Clementine and Oliver all seem more than ready for bed until it’s time to actually prepare for bed. Kissing Grandpa, bathing, brushing teeth, changing into pyjamas (Oliver discovers he has no buttons!) takes time and more energy than parents often have. How many times will Dad have to read the bedtime story? A delightful and entertaining book for all ages.

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 – Young Adult fiction

“When we were two” written by Robert Newton has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2012 – young adult fiction award. Dan tells of fleeing from an abusive father with his little brother Eddie and their journey searching for their mother. Set in the time of the Great War, there are many pitfalls on the road for the two boys, especially with Eddie’s innocent friendliness leading them into one dangerous situation after another. Even when they meet up with group of men marching to the coast to enlist in the war, it takes all Dan’s skills and wits to keep them safe.
It is not just a physical journey, it’s also Dan’s journey into acceptance and emotional maturity.

Hilltop Hoods

Australian hip hop band the Hilltop Hoods are playing at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion on the 4th August.  The ARIA award winning band from South Australia have four albums which have gone platinum, three of which are in our collection here at the library.

The Hard Road (2006)
State of the Art (2009)
Drinking From The Sun (2012)

If you would like to become a  member of Hurstville City Library all you need to do is bring along 2 items of identification to join up.  Don't forget that one of the items of identification must have your current address on it.  Once you are a member you will also be entitled to three free music downloads from Freegal each week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Drawing for Illustration

Have you always wanted to illustrate your own work? Come and learn how at Hurstville Museum & Gallery’s next workshop, Drawing for Illustration. Our tutor, Felicity Gardner, is a professional free-lance illustrator. You can check out her work here. The class will be held this Saturday 21 July from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. It's for 12 to 18 years olds and costs $10 per person, bookings are essential. Call 9330 6444 or email us to book your place!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

If you are keen to start researching your family heritage, Hurstville City Library has a free research database that can help you trace your family tree. Find my Past is a genealogy research tool that provides access to a wide range of resources such as: birth/death/marriage indexes; parish records; military records; migration records; occupation records and electoral rolls. This database can only be accessed within Hurstville City Library, with a valid library card.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The winner for the June heat of the photography competition has been decided.

June was a busy month for the Hurstville Digital Photography competition. There were 41 photos submitted, which is a great effort from all involved. We would like to acknowledge gokartbelle’s submission as the first mashup photo. It looks great. Well done.

We’d also like to give Zorlone’s surreal bubblegum wall a double thumbs up.
Gum wall by Zorlone, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by  Zorlone 

However, after careful deliberation, the panel of judges thought this photo best represented the monthly theme of dream. Petya has scored a double movie pass to any Greater Union Cinemas, and enters into the winners' pool where she has the chance to win the ultimate prize of an Ipad 3. Congratulations Petya.

Thank you to everyone who entered photos for June, keep up the good work.

Below is a slideshow of the photos submitted for June.


Monday, July 09, 2012

Roy Orbison - Free Music

The Roy Orbison Reborn show is coming to Hurstville Entertainment Centre on Saturday 28th July, starring Dean Bourne. 

If you are a Roy Orbison fan check out Hurstville City Library's CD and DVD collection for:

Black & White Night (DVD)
The Essential Roy Orbison
Recollection by K.D. Lang - listen to the duet with  Roy Orbison

Free music downloads
Freegal  have lots of Roy Orbison songs to choose from just go to the LMG website , click on e-library, type in your library card number and pin number.  Remember, you are entitled to three free music downloads per week if you are a member of the library.