Stories from the Stacks...October

While searching the Library catalogue you may have encountered a book listed as available at Sutherland Stack Fiction.

These are a collection of books which are housed behind the scenes at Sutherland Library - items that the Library definitely wants to keep, but for some reason (e.g. older condition, or not in as high demand) the open shelf is not the right place for them. 

Here are six books from this collection...

The quiet American / Graham Greene
The dying trade / Peter Corris
Jaws / Peter Benchley
The carpetbaggers / Harold Robbins
The outsider / Richard Wright
All the rivers run / Nancy Cato

How's your mental health?

October is Mental Health Month and this year's theme is Learn and Grow. Becoming engaged in an activity, hobby or learning a new skill can help one switch focus and grow in mental strength. Your library has various tools which can support your journey.

Next Wednesday Kim Hodges will be in the library talking about her own experience of living with severe depression and her continuing journey to wellness. Hearing others talk about their struggles with mental illness can make one feel less isolated and provide clues as to how it's possible to proceed towards relieving ones own situation. Kim will be selling her book "Girl on the edge". Book here.
Hobbies & Craft Reference Center has hundreds of ideas, patterns, videos, recipes and guides on all manner of recreational activities. Dive in and search for anything you've ever wanted to try out but had no idea where to start! Browsing through the Publications list, or the Categories can supply inspiration if you are not sure where to start.

Australasian Video Online has some excellent shows which inform about Mental Illness and how those affected perceive the world around them. Learning about illnesses such as schizophrenia helps us work better with and respond to affected individuals around us.

Computer Online Training - Learn some new computer skills with this interactive self paced training course. You control what you  learn and how much each session. Keep coming back to where you left off. Learn how to connect with people via Facebook, Twitter and Blogging, improve your sense of well being.  Find sessions on Windows 10, Introduction to Computer Technology, and Microsoft Office 2010.

Music has been shown to affect mood. Try live streaming or download your favourite 'feel good' songs from Freegal. Get three free (legal) downloads per week to add to your personal collection, and give yourself a boost whenever you need it. Or try the video clips and learn the dance moves for fun and exercise.

Finding accurate, authoritative health information on the web can be a challenge. So use Consumer Health Complete a database dedicated to medical conditions and medications. It has videos, pamphlets, a dictionary, encyclopedia entries as well as in depth articles and news.

Sutherland libraries, of course, have many books, CD's, DVD's and magazines on more topics than you could imagine. So if you want to learn and grow through self awareness or maybe learn to grow your own garden, come in and talk to a staff member or give us a call.
For more information about mental health and well being visit the Way Ahead website.

Local Author Showcase - Meet the local authors! Allan Kashmer.

Don't miss the Sutherland Shire Libraries local author showcase, featuring six local authors sharing their very different books.

Local Author Showcase
Sutherland Library
Saturday 20 November
 Bookings essential, book online:

About the author
Allan Kashmer was born in Australia and  lived a number of years overseas, including in the former communist countries of  Poland and East Germany.  While studying at the University of New England in the 1970s, he majored in History and English literature. After university Allan was employed in a number of senior positions in NSW Government agencies, where he closely worked with several NSW Premiers' on policy matters. He also worked New South Wales Police-as the Manager at Surry Hills Local Area Command, and was in the Australian Army Reserve.
He is married with two children and lives in Sydney.

About his novel, Red Norfolk
In the novel RED NORFOLK, a small group of communists seek to overthrow the democratically-elected government by a carefully-planned coup against the government. The group is aware of historical precedents, most notably the Russian revolution of 1917 which, far from being a mass uprising against the government, was actually a coup led by dedicated militants.

The novel proposes that the Australian government decides to abolish cash. This assists the revolutionaries in achieving their goals. Nilson publisher David Robertson has already concluded that “the technology now exists for a paperless (without cash) society”.

Five questions...
What is your favourite book and why?
 Doctor Zhivago is my favourite novel. It is a historical story that focused on the particularly violent episode of Russia and includes human passions and weaknesses. The book earned the Nobel Prize.  I found it to be a fascinating novel, as it is very character-centered but is absolutely not character-driven.

What book(s) are you currently reading? 
 The Dismissal by Paul Kelly and Catherine the Great and Potemkin by Simon Montefiore

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?  
Probably The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Everyone was reading it when I was at university which is why I did not read it then.

 What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book/s?
How hard it was to get published.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
 Don't plan to make much money from your writing.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Local Author Showcase - Meet the local authors! Patricia Leslie.

Don't miss the Sutherland Shire Libraries local author showcase, featuring six local authors sharing their very different books.

Local Author Showcase
Sutherland Library
Saturday 20 November
 Bookings essential, book online:

About the author
 Patricia Leslie is a fantasy author from Sydney whose writing explores a life-long obsession with history and mythology. She weaves stories that bring to life forgotten people and connects them in a visceral way with our contemporary world.
Patricia’s first novel, The Ouroboros Key, published in 2014, is a modern quest through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to fulfil an ancient prophecy. A Single Light, published this year, dabbles in horror when a pair of ghouls starts to haunt her local stomping grounds: The Royal National Park where the mild seeming landscape becomes the setting for a potential world-altering event. Walks through the bush will never be the same again! Both novels are published by Odyssey Books, an independent publisher in Canberra.

Request your copy of A Single Light

When Rick Hendry is contacted by a federal agent to help investigate a growing number of mysterious vanishings across Australia, he finds himself immersed in a world where normal is a very narrow view of reality.

 The two men are joined by a doctor, an archeologist, a journalist, and an Afflür Hunter. They soon discover that in the bush, south of Sydney, among the beach goers, walkers and picnickers, a menace grows.

The mysterious Bledray monsters are preparing for a Gathering; a feast of epic proportions. Only the Afflür Hunter and Guardians can stop them, but their strength is failing and humans are needed to help prevent a second devastation.

A Single Light is an urban fantasy tale of ghoulish monsters and non-human protectors battling to save humanity amid the spectacular and rugged landscapes of the Royal National Park south of Sydney.

Five questions...
Request a copy from the library
Watch the book trailer 
What is your favourite book and why?
    This is a difficult question. I have many favourite books. They’re usually speculative fiction genre (Stephen Donaldson, Stephen King, Marion Sommers, Tolkien etc), murder mysteries (Peter May, Camilla Lackberg) or period (Jane Austen, ) but also often non-fiction (Claire Wright)

What book(s) are you currently reading?
1.    Asena Blessed by Tracy M. Joyce
2.    Skin Deep by Liz Conor
3.    Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison

What is one book you haven’t read but want to read before you die?
   This is an even harder question than the first one! I would just like to get through my reading pile

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book/s?
 Sometimes stories flow out of me without any encouragement and sometimes I need to work a little harder

 What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
  Never give up and always be prepared to improve, but mostly just never give up

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
  Facebook: patricialesleauthor
  Goodreads: Patricia Leslie
  Instagram: @patricieleslee

Miss Peregrine's Home for peculiar Children...readalikes!

 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie adaptation is out now! Have you read the book (and sequels)?  What about some read-alikes?  


Miss Peregrine's
 home for peculiar children
Hollow City, 
Book 2 
Library of souls,
Book 3

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secrets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they're staying--secrets that link them all to the asylum's dark past. Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

A monster calls by Patrick Ness
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Pretty monsters by Kelly Link
Weird, wicked, spooky and delightful, Pretty Monsters is the companion volume to the surreal collection The Wrong Grave. Blending fairytale and fantasy with horror, myth and mischief, Kelly Link creates a world like no other. Combining imaginative brilliance with madcap escapades, and macabre humour, this is writing to come back from the dead for.

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
When Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their great Auntie Ida in an isolated village in 1958, they discover that they are in danger from a centuries-old evil and, along with village boys Roger and Peter, strive to uncover the horrifying truth before it is too late.

In the shadow of blackbirds by Cat Winters
In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off thedeadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she's forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.