Who Else Writes Like . . .?

Have you ever read every single book by your favourite author and then wondered 'What's next?'.

Well, now you won't have to. Sutherland Shire Libraries have just subscribed to the online version of the popular book, Who Else Writes Like . . .?

This new database lists over 2000 authors and suggests other authors that 'write like' them. You can browse by author or genre or search by author, series, character, occupation or environment. Once you've found an author you like, click on the link to find more information including the genre and series they write, a link to their website, a list of prizes they've won and, of course a long list of suggested other authors.

It also has a list of various literary prizes and their winners, so you can check out some of the greatest novels of our time (and see if the judges got it right).

So check it out now and find your new favourite author today. The database can be accessed from home (using your Library card number) and in any Sutherland Shire Library (excluding Bundeena).

Renovations at Menai and Engadine

If you're a regular at Menai or Engadine Libraries, you may have noticed they've been briefly closed recently. This was to instal the new look service desks, display panels and reservation shelves. This has given the Libraries a more welcoming vibe and bigger reading areas. Check out our Flickr photostream of the changes below. We hope to see you in the Library soon.

Shire Stories - a Refugee Week video

To celebrate Refugee Week, Shire Wide Youth Services, in partnership with Curious Works and funded by the Sutherland Shire Council Community Services Grant put together this short film about a young Refugee's experiences on his first day in an Australian school. The script was written by Menai High School's ESL class and provided a group of young people with refugee backgrounds, a great opportunity to share their stories and learn about film-making in the process. Check out the video and tell us what you think:

Shire Stories from Sutherland Shire Libraries on Vimeo.

Who? How? Why?

Here’s a clue about what genre we are reading this month. The books involve a crime (often a murder), a puzzle to be solved, (often by a detective) and a solution. Have you guessed yet? Yes, it’s mysteries!

Mysteries can be divided into subgenres, depending on how gruesome you like your books…so here are some subgenres you may like to try:

Cozy- Think of English villages and country houses, cats, cottages and culinary delights. Often lots of village gossip, and little, if any violence (apart from the murder of course!). All loose ends are tied up neatly at the end. These books are usually written in a series and are great to snuggle up in bed with. Try:

Kerry Greenwood: Corinna Chapman series set in Melbourne.
Or for an amusing or “Caper” mystery try: Marianne Delacourt: Tara Sharp series.

Hardboiled/ Noir - The complete opposite of cozy, these gritty books can be dark, often set in a violent and corrupt world. They are realistic, and often feature a hard-bitten, tough investigator. Try:

Peter Temple: Jack Irish series.
Michael Robotham: noir psychological thrillers.

Police procedural - Do you like to know the workings of the police during an investigation, and the processes and tools they use to solve crimes? Or do you like a focus on forensics? Try one of these authors:

Tara Moss.
P.D. Martin.
Gabrielle Lord.
Jon Cleary.

Detective-Amateur or private eye? -You can read about the amateur detective who keeps stumbling across mysteries to solve, or the professional private eye (or ex-cop) who is called upon to solve the mystery. Try:

Private Eye:
Colleen McCullough: series featuring Detective Carmine Delmonico.
Katherine Howell: series featuring Detective Ella Marconi.
Peter Corris: series featuring Private investigator Cliff Hardy.

Amateur detectives:
Tara Moss: new paranormal mystery series featuring Pandora English.
Jennifer Rowe: Tessa Vance series (she also writes childrens books under the pseudonym Emily Rodda). June 2011 release - "Love honour and O'Brien"

Whodunit- For those who like the most traditional of mysteries, these books contain a trail of clues so the reader can try to guess from a field of suspects, who is the real killer, before the end of the book. Agatha Christie is the queen of this subgenre. Similar authors can be found in the online database "Who else writes like".

Shire Scandals: the Shark Arm Case

In March this year, Emma Baker visited Cronulla Library to give this fascinating talk on one of our biggest shire scandals: The 'Shark Arm' case.

In 1935, a large Tiger Shark was caught off the coast of Coogee and kept in the local aquarium baths. On ANZAC Day, the Shark disgorged a human arm. A forensic investigation revealed that the Shark was not responsible for the Victim's death: it was murder. And so an investigation ensued, leading to the shores of our very own Cronulla . . .

If you missed the talk, you can view it online here:

Shire Scandals:'The Shark Arm Case' from Sutherland Shire Libraries on Vimeo.

So who do you think did the crime?

Refugee Week, June 19th - 26th 2011

Refugee Week is Australia's annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. The event has been celebrated in Australia since 1986.

This year, a joint project between Gymea Community Aid & Information Service and the Sudanese community will be launched during Refugee Week 2011 at Sutherland library.
When:    Saturday, June 25th
               12 noon
Where:   Sutherland Library
Contact:  Jenny Grey GCAIS

                phone 9524 9559

The launch will showcase highlights from the oral history project titled - Sudanese people in the Sutherland Shire - a moving community, providing insights into the circumstances which led people from Sudan to call Australia home and the help they received from the Sutherland Shire community when settling.
The oral histories and a digital story of the project will be available online after the launch.
 The shire libraries hold a number of resources for refugees and also their stories, these will be displayed in the Southern Lounge area of the Sutherland library during Refugee Week.
 Sutherland and Cronulla Libraries will also be screening 9 short films from the Australian Refugee Film Festival throughout Refugee Week. The films will play at intermitant times at both libraries.

You can access the Sudanese Oral histories through this website http://oralhistory.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net

click on NEW: Sudanese people in the Sutherland Shire

Miranda Library Week Wrap Up!

Hello out there blog readers!  Library week (23rd – 29th of May) was a success at Miranda library this year with more than 100 people getting tickets to the Miranda library week hamper of goodies. The happy hamper winner, who was a first time visitor to Miranda Library, spent 20 minutes driving around the Westfield car park and rang 3 times to identify the exact Library location.  He walked in the Library to pick up a book 5 minutes before it was due to close on a rainy evening.  Staff were told that he had been a library member for a while, and that this is the first time that he got a library raffle ticket and 1st time won something in 36 years.  Here is a picture of Becky from Miranda library presenting the prize to the lucky man.

We also had something for children over the course of library week with the National Simultaneous Storytime held on Wednesday the 25th at 11am.  Two kindergarten classes from Miranda public school came to listen to “Feathers for Phoebe”.

Just because Library week is over doesn’t mean that nothing is coming up at Miranda! There are lots of activities coming up for school holidays. Just check out our events calendar for details.


Men's Health Week 2011

This week (June 13th - 19th) is Men's Health Week. The point of which is to raise awareness of the health concerns facing men and boys in Australia and to provide tools and information for the community to educate men about their health and well-being issues.
It is also a week to acknowledge the diversity of men and boys in Australia and to celebrate the positive contributions of men and boys to their communities.

Here at the Shire libraries, we can provide information to men on health - both maintaining it and concerns they may face through a variety of resources including books, brochures, cds and DVDs. You can also download brochures and information online to read at home. The libraries also hold a number of biographies about influential men who have succeeded against impossible odds, both physically and mentally.

Also, a number of websites may be useful to you or a family member.




The Australian Men's Shed Association are proud to support Men's Health Week 2011, providing health screenings at a number of Men's Sheds in Australia. Through the link you can search for a Men's Shed near you.

New Knitting Group at Miranda Library

Miranda Library  now hosts it's very own knitting group! Knitters and would-be knitters are invited to join this new knitting group in a relaxed, welcoming and social setting.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month 10.00am - 12.00 noon. All levels of ability and ages are welcome.

The first meeting will take place on Tuesday June 14th 2011.

Contact Miranda Library to express your interest.

Menai Pyjama Storytime

Laree and Stellan (centre) enjoy
Pyjama Storytime with Kelly and Guy

Children, parents and cuddly toys alike had great fun dressing up for Pyjama Storytime at Menai Library during Library and Information Week.

Guy and Kelly hosted a very fun bedtime-themed storytime in the evening. Everyone wore their brightest pyjamas and brought their favourite cuddly toy.

Sutherland Shire Libraries hosts a number of great activities for Kids, most of which are free. To find out what's on in the future keep an eye on our events calendar.

To see more of the great fun that was had during Library and Information Week, check out our Flickr page.

Richard Glover @ Sutherland Library

Did you miss the talk recently given by Richard Glover at Sutherland Library?

Well, not to worry! You can now see it online!

Richard is the author of twelve books including Why Men are Necessary and The Mud House. He also writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald and presents the Drive show on ABC Radio, Sydney

Richard gave this very entertaining and humorous talk during Library and Information Week 2011. He had the audience in stitches (you'll see what I mean when you watch the video) and we're sure he'll have you laughing too.

Richard Glover from Sutherland Shire Libraries on Vimeo.

Enjoy and see our website for more online author talks.

Happy Hamper Winner

Over 200 library visitors entered the raffle at Engadine to celebrate Library Week 2011. Pictured left is the lucky hamper winner from Engadine Library.

2011 Prime Ministers Literary Awards Shortlist has been announced

Recently, the Prime Ministers Literary Awards shortlist was announced. This the fourth year of these awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence in Australian literature. There are four categories, fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction and childrens fiction. The winners will be announced in the week of 4th-8th July, 2011.
The shortlisted titles are as follows:

Glissando” by David Musgrave
"Notorious" by Roberta Lowing
That deadman dance” by Kim Scott
Traitor” by Stephen Daisley
When Colts ran” by Roger McDonald

Non Fiction
How to make gravy” by Paul Kelly
Sydney” by Delia Falconer
The hard light of day” by Rod Moss
“The party” by Richard McGregor
“Claude Levi-Strauss by Patrick Wicklen

Young adult fiction
About a girl” by Joanne Horniman
Good Oil” by Laura Buzo
Graffiti Moon” by Cath Crowely
The Pipers son” Melina Marchetta
The three loves of Persimmon” by Cassandra Golds

Childrens fiction
April Underhill, tooth fairy" by Bob Graham
Why I love Australia” by Bronwyn Bancroft
Shake a leg”by Boori Monty Pryor and Jan Ormerod
Now” by Morris Gleitzman
Flyaway” by Lucy Christopher

Who do you think should win?