Monday, August 25, 2014

Author talk: Steve Sailah at Hurstville Library

 Steve Sailah, former ABC foreign correspondent and two time Walkley Award winner for excellence in journalism, will be discussing his debut novel, A Fatal Tide at Hurstville Library. 
It is the story of Thomas Clare and his best friend Snow who find themselves on the blood soaked battlefields of Gallipoli in an attempt to track down his father's murderer. This powerful tale of murder and mystery will appeal to both fiction readers and history enthusiasts. 2014 is the centenary year of Australia's participation in World War 1 and Steve's continuing interest in trying to understand what it was really like for young men to leave home to become a part of The Great War provides a fascinating insight into his writing.
 During his twenty-six year career with the ABC Steve  befriended several of the last Gallipoli veterans when he accompanied them to the battlefields on the 75th anniversary of the first ANZAC landing. His interviews with six of them were released as an audio documentary, Stories from Gallipoli.

Thursday 11 September at 7.00pm         
Hurstville Library
cnr Queens Rd and Dora St, Hurstville

Free event: Bookings online here
Enquiries: 9330 6142
Book available for sale and signing.


Selling an American Dream: Australia's Greek Café

I remember Parry’s…it was the place to be

Hurstville Museum & Gallery would like to thank everyone who responded to a public call out for memories of Parry’s milk bars in the local area. We had an overwhelming response from the community, which demonstrates the significance of milk bars as part of people’s social and daily life.
A snapshot of the many great stories, and some of the photos and memorabilia we received, are on display in the Local Studies cabinet at Hurstville Library until 28 September 2014.

Here is a sneak peak of the display!
Ron Heffernan still remembers how Mr Parry would toss the milkshake in an arc from the metal container in one hand into the glass in his other hand without spilling a single drop. It was like a performance and people would love to watch him do it.

Customers enjoying a milk shake at Parry’s in Caringbah, Easter, 1970s.
The shop was initially set up by Jim Parry (Panaretos) in 1958. In 1968, the two brothers, Peter and Bill Cassimatis and their families, took over and ran the business for the next 35 years.
Images courtesy of the Cassimatis family.

Also, don’t forget to visit the exhibition at Hurstville Museum & Gallery:
Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Café, a touring exhibition from the “In their own Image: Greek-Australians” National Project, Macquarie University, Sydney.
On display until 28 September 2014.

Join us and celebrate Greek culture with musical and dance performances on our Greek Culture Sunday
Date: Sunday 21 September 2014
Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Cost: Free!
Bookings not essential, but desired: (02) 9330 6444 or

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Family Story Time in support of 60 Minutes for MS Friday 22 August 6.00pm


Join us for a special all-ages family storytelling performance at Hurstville Library on Friday 22 August at 6:00pm. Talented performer Bronwyn Vaughn will delight children and adults alike with her new show “My Fine Feathered Friends”, a delightful story incorporating story, song, music, dance and puppetry. Please book online or at the library in advance – tickets are for children only, but parents are welcome to attend. This event supports “60 minutes for MS” and we encourage everyone attending to support this cause by donating online.

 Bronwyn Vaughan is simply mesmerising. Her unique style of storytelling is highly theatrical, characterised by drama, action, humour, wit, intelligent engagement and involvement. She uses a wide array of theatrical tools – movement, music, song, dance, puppetry, traditional and contemporary musical instruments, and compelling characterisations – to create a rich and rewarding theatrical experience for young audiences.

 When Ms Peacock falls asleep in the park, a passing bird lays an egg and flies away. Ms P wakes to find the egg on her head, and she knows what she must do. She keeps it warm and dry and, when it hatches, takes on the task of raising the bird, teaching it all it needs to know through stories.
This delightful and whimsical performance is based on stories about birds from a variety of cultural sources – Chinese, African and Australian – and explores the world of birds, looking at birds’ song, flight, intelligence and problem solving, as well as broader themes of freedom and captivity, bravery, ingenuity, friendship, and the close bond between humans and animals.





Monday, August 18, 2014

Free Music Downloads - Top Ten


Freegal is our free online music collection.  As a Hurstville Library member, you can download up to 3 songs per week for free.

Just go to the library website and click "Download Music".  Have your library card and pin handy to log in.  Once you are signed in you can search for your favourite artists, albums and individual songs.

You can also stream up to 3 hours of music and save songs to your play list.  Why spend your hard earned money on your private music collection when you can get it for free?

Freegal Top Ten Downloads:

1.  Blackout - Bonnie Anderson
2.  Ghost - Ella Henderson
3.  Que Sara - Justice Crew
4.  Ugly Heart - G.R.L
5.  Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil John
6.  Waves - Mr. Probz
7.  Up Down (Do This All Day) - T-Pain feat. B.o.B
8.  Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith
9.  Sail Away - Taylor Henderson
10. Gladiator - Dami Im

Thursday, August 14, 2014

ReadingHour, Tuesday 19th August, 6-7pm
Hurstville library is celebrating #readinghour this Tuesday 19th August, with a great selection of ebooks, audiobooks and e-magazines for adults, children and young adults on Pinterest

Popular titles like ‘The Hunger Games’, Anh Do’s ‘The Happiest Refugee’ , Michael Connelly’s ‘Harry Bosch Series'’, Nora Robert’s the ‘Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy’ and 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' by Kerry Greenwood are available for members to borrow and read on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

This #readinghour, discover the fun and convenience of reading eBooks and audio books to your children on a tablet or smart phone. Popular children’s authors like Jean Ure, Nicola Davies and the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series by Jeff Kinney, are available to download in audiobook format from Oneclick. The very popular 'Ivy and Bean' and audio book versions of the 'Geronimo Stilton' series are also available through Overdrive.

Reading together with your child has so many benefits: reading to your child for just 10 minutes a day, helps develop literacy skills and it doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking.
#love2readAU ambassador, author, mum and founder of Kids' Book Review’, Tania McCartney juggles motherhood, a writing career and sharing books with parents and children.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Café

Guest talk about milkshakes & ice cream sodas

Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski, co-curators of the nationally touring exhibition, ‘Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Café’. 
Photo by Effy Alexakis, from the ‘In Their Own Image: 
Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives, Macquarie University.

Would you believe that milkshakes were originally a health food? Their ingredients included fruit, cream, butter, eggs, chocolate, honey, caramel, malt, yeast – and rum – but no ice cream or artificial flavours were added.

Milkshakes were popularised through milk bars. And you might be surprised to learn that milk bars originated in Sydney in 1932 as the brainchild of a Greek known as Mick Adams (Joachim Tavlaridis) – not in the United States as many people believe.

When Adams’ milk bar, the Black and White 4d.Milk Bar, opened it attracted over 27,000 customers in the first week alone! Traffic had to be halted in the then non-pedestrian Martin Place.

Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis will reveal how Adams’ refreshment revolution quickly became an Australian – and international – food-catering icon in their guest talk:

Shakin’ the World over: The Greek – Australian Milk Bar
Sunday 24 August 2014, 2.30pm
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free
Bookings essential:

Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville