Our creative staff have been busy! Check out our Flickr photos to see the beautiful Book Week displays at our libraries. The theme for Book Week this year is 'One World, Many Stories.'
Many local students have visited our libraries or we have been to their schools. By the end of our celebrations around 8000 local kids will have joined us.
The major focus of Book Week is the announcement of the winners of the Children's Book of the Year Awards - Find out which books won...
- Adventurous dads: "Mud sweat and tears" by Bear Grylls.
- Armchair traveller dad: "Best travel writing, 2011. True stories from around the world." by Larry Habeggar.
- Beer loving dads: "Critics' choice : Australia's best beers top 100" [publishing editor, Tilo Grieco].
- Buff dads: " Buff dad: the 4 week fitness game plan for real guys" by Mike Levinson & Michelle Potts.
- Celebrity dad: "Black Ties, Red Carpets, Green Rooms" by Richard Wilkins.
- Cricket dads: "The Cambridge companion to cricket. " edited by Anthony Bateman, Jeffrey Hill.
- Dapper dads: "How to be a man: a guide to style and behaviour for the modern gentleman" by Glenn O'Brien.
- Delightful dads: "Chicken soup for the soul: Thanks dad: 101 stories of gratitude, love and good times." by [compiled by] Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Wendy Walker ; foreword by Scott Hamilton.
- DIY dads: "Collins complete DIY Manual: easy, complete, helpful". by Jackson, Albert.
- Expectant dads: "Man with a pram: The blokes guide (from conception to birth), all the stuff you need to know, do, prepare and pack for the best moment of your life." by Jon Farry & Stephen Mitchell.
- Foodie dads: "My daddy cooks: 100 fresh new recipes for the whole family." by Nick Coffer.
- Funny dads: "Kochies best jokes 5. Vol 5, 2011." by David Koch.
- Geek dads: "Geek dad: Awesomely geeky projects for dads and kids to share." by Ken Denmead.
- Golfing dads: "Golfing with dad: The games greatest players reflect on their fathers and the game they love." by David Barrett.
- Gone fishing dads: "Australian fishing encyclopedia." by Bill Classon.
- Great role model dads: "30 things my dad taught me." by Ian, Paul and Dennis Baker.
- Green thumb dads: "100 gardens." by Jamie Durie.
- Handy dads: "Handy dad: 25 projects for dads and kids." by Todd Davis.
- History loving dads: "Batavia : betrayal, shipwreck, murder, sexual slavery, courage : a spine-chilling chapter in Australian history." by Peter FitzSimons.
- Iconic dads: "Icons of men's style" by Josh Sims.
- Money bags dads: "Rich dad's conspiracy of the rich: the eight new rules of money." by Robert T. Kiyosa.
- Rev head dads: "The big book of Top Gear 2011."
- Rock n' roll dads: "Does the noise in my head bother you? : a rock 'n' roll memoir" by Steven Tyler with David Dalton.
- SAHD (Stay at home dads): "Full time father : how to succeed as a stay at home dad"
by Richard Hallows ; editors, Richard Craze, Roni Jay.
- Rugby fan dads: "Rocky Elsom: Leader of the Wallabies" by Bret Harris.
- Surfer dads: "Ultimate surfing adventures : 100 extraordinary experiences in the waves" by Alf Alderson.
- Thinking dads: "Everything is obvious: How commonsense fails" by Duncan J. Watts.
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett; published by Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Colleen McCullough 'The Thorn Birds'
Maeve Binchy 'Quentins' & 'Light a Penny Candle'
Rosamunde Pilcher 'Winter Solstice'
Barbara Kingsolver ' Poisonwood Bible'
Jane Austen 'Sense and Sensibility'
Sidney Sheldon ' The Other side of Midnight' & 'Nothing Lasts Forever '
Danielle Steel any titles by this Author
J.R.R.Tolkein 'The Hobbit'
Harper Lee 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Barack Obama 'Dreams From My Father: a story of race and inheritance.'
Colin McPedran ' White Butterflies'
Larissa gave a personal and compelling talk on her childhood and some of the life experiences she has used as inspiration for her writing.
If you missed out on seeing Larissa at Cronulla you can watch the talk online below or through our Author Talks page, along with other authors the libraries have hosted.
*In photo - Brinsley Family ca 1903
The video is below, view other Author Talks that we've filmed and be on the lookout for upcoming events via the What's On page.
To celebrate this year's History Week, the Library is offering a great opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth by joining us for dessert, at a fun and informative event “Let them eat cake”. Come along to Cronulla library on Tuesday, 6th September, at 6.30pm, and sample some of Australia’s iconic and delicious historical desserts. Try some damper, (create your own culinary sensation by topping it with any or all the condiments provided), mini pavlovas, Anzac cookies and of course, lamingtons. Which one is your favourite?
As a further tribute to these iconic desserts, we have local author and poet, Margaret Ruckert, attending to give a talk about historical Australian desserts. She has written a book, “You deserve dessert: Fact, fiction and fable” featuring some tongue in cheek poems and mini stories inspired by this theme. Take a trip down memory lane and hear about luscious lemon cheesecake (hiding under a designer pseudonym), a seductive orange and poppy seed cake, an ode to chocolate mud cake and one to lemon meringue pie, lamingtons ( a.k.a a dry land ecology) and much more, as you eat! You will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of this delightful and witty book at the event.
Bookings are essential. You can book online , or by phone or in person at any of the library branches. Attendance is $5.00 per person. (Please note, this booking will not be finalised until payment has been received by the library, within one week of booking. Sorry, there are no refunds).