Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Author Talk at Penshurst Branch Library: Will Davies

Join writer, historian and filmmaker Will Davies at Penshurst Branch Library when he introduces his new book, The Boy Colonel, the story of Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Marks who became a Colonel at just 22, the youngest battalion commander in the AIF in WW1 and highly regarded as a future leader. He returned to Australia after the war, aged 24 years, anticipating a bright future.

On the 25th January 1920 at Palm Beach, to the north of Sydney, the surf was wild. Two attempts had already been made to save a young woman caught in an undertow and dragged out when a young man - skinny, gangly and frail, and known to be a poor swimmer - threw off his coat and shoes and raced into the surf. As his fiancée and young nephew watched, the sea closed over him and he disappeared. His body was never recovered. This was the tragic fate of a gallant, highly decorated and promising young man named Douglas Gray Marks.
Will Davies works include Beneath Hill 60, a great Australian war story that was made into an award-winning film, Somme Mud: the war experiences of an Australian infantryman in France 1916-1919 and In the Footsteps of Private Lynch published to acclaim in Australia and the UK. Will’s talent is sharing the often unknown stories of the frontline, using personal letters and firsthand accounts to reveal the human faces of Australian soldiers.

Thursday 8 August @ 10.30am
Penshurst Branch Library
630 Forest Rd, Penshurst
Free event: bookings essential 9330 6422
Books available for sale & signing

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Graphic Novel Expo

Come to Hurstville Library's Graphic Novel Expo

Check out the latest graphic novel releases, meet other enthusiasts,choose stuff for the library to buy.
Date:Wednesday 31 July 2013
Time:7.00 pm
Venue:Hurstville Library, Cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hurstville.
Contact:9330 6142

Exercise: What's in it for you?

According to a recent media release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013), Australian adults spend an average of four hours a day engaged in sedentary leisure activities (such as watching television), compared with only half an hour of physical activity. In fact, the ABS (2013) claims that Australians spend one month a year watching TV.

Most Australians have at least some knowledge of the benefits of exercise, such as: exercise improves the health of the heart, lungs and circulatory system; strengthens the bones and prevents bone loss; improves the quality of sleep; and reduces anxiety and depression.

Recent studies have provided further evidence that exercise is one of the most important factors that determines not only the current state of your health, but the future health of your brain, reducing the risk of dementia and other mental disorders in older adults (i). To read more about this important issue login to EBSCO's Consumer Health Complete with your library card's barcode.

Overdrive has some inspirational ebooks and videos that library members can also download from the Hurstville City Library website (see below).

'Women's Health Advisor', Oct 2012, vol. 16, Issue 10, pps. 6-7, EBSCOhost Consumer Health Complete Database.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Get ready for Living Hurstville: Portraits of a Community!

Hurstville City Library, Museum & Gallery is about to open a new in-house exhibition Living Hurstville: Portraits of a Community.

Living Hurstville is an exhibition all about peering into the lives and interests of our neighbours. That’s right, we’re giving you permission to be nosy!

Our photographer has captured some beautiful images of people who live, work and play in the Hurstville local government area. Come and see your barista, your pharmacist, your taxi driver, your personal trainer, to name a few. Most importantly, find out what really makes them tick.

The exhibition shares some amazing and intriguing stories and highlights the diversity of our community. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we share some of our participants' interesting stories with you.

Living Hurstville: Portraits of a Community will be on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 20 July - 20 October 2013.

Living Hurstville: Portraits of a Community

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Community Consultation

Residents are invited to contribute to the revision of Hurstville City Library Museum and Gallery's Collection Development Policy at a consultation workshop to be held on Thursday 11th of July 2013.

The current policy can be viewed online at or at Hurstville or Penshurst Libraries and the Hurstville Museum & Gallery.

Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Location: Miles Franklin Room, Hurstville Library, corner of Queens Road and Dora Street, Hurstville

RSVP: to confirm attendance telephone 9330 6142

Can’t make it to the workshop? Comments can also be sent via email to and by mail to Hurstville LMG, PO Box 205, Hurstville BC NSW 1481

Deadline for comment: Friday 19 July 2013

Jesse Blackadder guest author at Hurstville Library, Thursday 11 July @ 7pm

Spend an evening at Hurstville Library with author Jesse Blackadder who will introduce her new, highly acclaimed book Chasing the Light. Find out what sparks a writer's imagination when she reveals the historical facts and icy landscapes that inspired her to write her fictional tale of women who fought to join the early expeditions to Antarctica.
Open-sea whaling in the Antarctic boomed in the early 1930's and a territorial race for the mysterious continent between Norwegian and British-Australian interests was in full swing. For women though, Antarctica was a closed world.
To find out more Jesse travelled to Norway where she discovered that the first woman to reach the Antarctica Peninsula was Ingrid Christensen, a 38-year old mother of six who travelled on a whaling boat four times in the 1930's with her husband, taking a female friend or two on each trip.
From this fascinating, but little known historical detail Jesse Blackadder has woven a tale of high adventure, exploration and whaling-fleets. Peopled with finely drawn characters and set in the brutally frozen world of Antarctica, the research behind this book is a fascinating story in itself.
Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning short-story writer and freelance journalist. She was awarded the Guy Morrison Prize for Literary Journalism in 2012 and the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship in 2011/12, which enabled her to travel there for the second time on a six-week voyage.
Hurstville Library
cnr Queens Rd & Dora St, Hurstville
Thursday 11 July 2013 @ 7pm
Free event, bookings essential: 9330 6142
Book available for sale & signing


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Pink - Free Music Downloads

Pink's "Truth About Love Tour" kicked off yesterday in Adelaide.  If you are a fan, why not do yourself a favour, as Molly Meldrum would say, and download your favourite tracks from the Hurstville City Library website. Just click on the e-library catalogue and choose the Freegal link.

As a library member you can download up to three tracks a week from the Freegal or stream or download video clips of some of the best musicians around.

You'll find everything from Pop, Rock, Indie, Alternative, Easy Listening, Relaxation,World Music, Jazz, Classical, Chinese, Opera, Soundtracks, Country and many more genres to select from.