Literary Lunch in June

Relax in your lunch break with a good book - read aloud to you!
Will they live happily ever after? or Will there be a shocking conclusion?
You are welcome to bring your lunch to the Southern Lounge at 1pm on Wednesday 6 June, 2012 where Melinda will read you a short story to match the 2012 National Year of Reading theme of "Dream".
These stories read aloud on the first Wednesday of each month are for adults - moderate language may be used.
This is a free event, no bookings necessary.

Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Shortlists, 2012

The Prime Minister's Literary Award Shortlist, 2012 has been announced.
The Prime Minister's Literary  Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature and history to the nation's cultural and intellectual life.

This year, there are six categories, including a new category for poetry.  Entries in each category were received from every State and Territory, and the awards attracted the highest number of entries since their inception.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors.

Fiction shortlist
All That I Am: a novel by Anna Funder
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville
Foal's Bread by Gillian Mears
Autumn Laing by Alex Miller
Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner Hospital

Poetry shortlist
Ashes in the Air by Ali Alizadeh
Interferon Psalms by Luke Davies
Armour by John Kinsella
Southern Barbarians by John Mateer
New and Selected Poems by Gig Ryan

Non-fiction shortlist
A Short History of Christianity by Geoffrey Blainey
Kinglake-350 by Adrian Hyland

Prize for Australian History shortlist
Breaking the Sheep's Back by Charles Massy
Immigration Nation: The Secret History of Us by Renegade Films Australia Pty Ltd

Young adult fiction shortlist
Being Here by Barry Jonsberg
Pan’s Whisper by Sue Lawson
When We Were Two by Robert Newton
Alaska by Sue Saliba

Children’s fiction shortlist
Father's Day by Anne Brooksbank
Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Lucia Masciullo
Goodnight, Mice! by Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson

Literary lunch

Relax in your lunch break with a good book - read aloud to you!
You are welcome to bring your lunch to the Southern Lounge at 1pm on Wednesday 6 June, 2012 where Melinda will read you a short story to match the 2012 National Year of Reading theme of "Dream".
These stories read aloud on the first Wednesday of each month are for adults - moderate language may be used.
This is a free event, no bookings necessary.
Will they live happily ever after? or will there be a shocking conclusion?

Commonwealth Writers Regional Winners 2012

Commonwealth Writers has announced the regional winners for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize, representing Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, Caribbean, and the Pacific regions.

 Congratulations to Cory Taylor, the Regional Winner for the Pacific, writer of  Me and Mr Booker (The Text Publishing Company).

 The other regional winners were as follows:
Regional Winner, Africa
Jacques Strauss, South Africa The Dubious Salvation of Jack V, Jonathan Cape
Regional Winner, Asia
Shehan Karunatilaka, Sri Lanka, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, Random House
Regional Winner, Canada and Europe
Riel Nason, Canada, The Town that Drowned, Goose Lane Editions
Regional Winner, Caribbean
Alecia McKenzie, Jamaica, Sweetheart, Peepal Tree Press

Congratulations to all the winners, who will now compete for the overall winner award which will be announced at Hay Festival on 8 June.

Travel Tales: What's your Favourite Travel Destination?

Continue to celebrate The National Year of Reading theme "escape" this May by reading some traveller's tales. The experiences of other travellers can often be the best guide to travelling to new places. Whether you are an armchair wanderer, or looking for inspiration about where to go next, travelers tales can offer you insights about the best (and worst) places to visit, right across the globe. Often humorous and always entertaining,  read some travel anecdotes and  share in other people's adventures and experiences, meet unforgettable characters and learn more about  interesting and exotic places. You may even discover tips on where (and what) to eat, places to stay, and how to find the best bargains and hidden spots to visit - not always mentioned in the travel guides. Read some travel tales this month, (a selection is listed below) they just might inspire you to pack up your bags and escape!

Tales from nowhere edited by Don George
Loves, kerbsides and goodbyes: A backpackers road / David McNamara
The best travel writing 2011 : true stories from around the world / edited by James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger, and Sean O'Reilly.
By the seat of my pants: Humorous tales of travel and misadventure edited by Don George
The Tao of travel: Enlightenment from lives on the road / Paul Theroux
The Titanic awards; Celebrating the worst of travel / Doug Lansky
Hyenas laughed at me and now I  know why: the best of travel humour and misadventure / edited by Sean O'Reilly, Larry Habegger, and James O'Reilly
Chicken soup for the traveler's soul: stories of adventure, inspiration, and insight to celebrate the spirit of travel / [compiled by] Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Steve Zikman
Cons, fools and friends: 25 years of travelling the world / Peter Anderson
The well at the worlds end / A.J Mackinnon
An idiot abroad: the travel diaries of Karl Pilkington / with Ricky Gervaise and Stephen Merchant; photography by Rich Hardcastle and Freddie Clare; illustrations by Dominic Trevett.

Do you have a Favourite Travel Destination? Cronulla Library  is offering you the chance to win a great prize, simply by telling them in 25 words or less about your Favourite Travel Destination. The Favourite  Travel Destination Competition is open to all ages, and you can enter as many times as you like. *Entries close 30th May.

*Terms and conditions are on the entry forms.
Photo credit: Flickr user Wharman "Tiger trails in

Hardayal Library in Delhi

Hardayal Municipal Public Library
Recently, when travelling  around Old Delhi in a rickshaw (with eyes shut), LOL, I spotted this fascinating old building and decided to do some research on it.
It is called Hardayal Library, Delhi and has a very interesting history.
Originally, the Library was set up in 1862 with no name. In 1912, while passing on an elephant, Viceroy of India, Lord Harding escaped a bomb attack.The Library was shifted to larger premises and named after him to commenorate his survival.
The interesting change occurred after India's independence. The Library's name was changed to Hardayal, after the freedom fighter who led the attack on Harding!
The Library subscribes to 19 daily newspapers,and is home to 170,000 books in Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit and Pakrit.
The oldest book is "Relation of some years" written in 1634 by Travaile Begvenne.
The day we peeped in, there were no women library users, which we found odd.

Photo credit: Flickr user "Varanshiv"

Read about escape...from prison

Photo credit: Flickr user "Freedom studios"
Prison Gate

May is the month to read about...Prison escapes!   Escape with a book for a while and read about some true life, famous, daring, even death defying break-outs or read a  prison-escape themed fiction book.
True stories
Papillon by Henry Charriere; translated from the French by Patrick O'Brian
Escape from Germany: the greatest PoW break-out of the First World War by Neil Hanson
Die like the carp!: The story of the greatest prison escape ever by Harry Gordon

Adult Fiction
The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas
The silence of the lambs by Thomas Harris
Exact revenge by Tim Green
Shantaram;a novel by Gregory David Roberts

Young Adult
Lockdown (Book 1 of the Furnace series) by Alexander Gordon Smith
Incarceron (Book 1 of the Incarceron series) by Catherine Fisher

Aurealis Awards Winners, 2011

The 2011 Aurealis Award winners were announced at a glittering presentation ceremony at The Independent theatre in North Sydney on Saturday evening, 12 May, 2012. Established in 1995, this award  recognises the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. The winners are as follows:

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through words)
City of Lies by Lian Tanner

CHILDREN’S FICTION (told primarily through pictures)
Sounds Spooky by Christopher Cheng (author) and Sarah Davis (illustrator)

“Nation of the Night” by Sue Isle (Nightsiders)

Only Ever Always by Penni Russon

Hidden by Mirranda Burton (author and illustrator)
The Deep: Here be Dragons by Tom Taylor (author) and James Brouwer (illustrator)

Bluegrass Symphony by Lisa L. Hannett

Ghosts by Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers

"The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt" by Paul Haines (The last days of Kali Yuga)
"The Short Go: a Future in Eight Seconds" by Lisa L. Hannett (Bluegrass symphony)


“Fruit of the Pipal Tree” by Thoraiya Dyer
(After the Rain)

Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman

“Rains of la Strange” by Robert N Stephenson (Anywhere But Earth)


Galactic Suburbia podcast – Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch (producer)

Emily Craven of Adelaide

Congratulations to all the winners!

Looking for your next escape?

Are you looking for your next great escape?  If so, travel guides borrowed from the library can help you find your new favourite travel destination, as well as the best things to see and do when you get there. A wide range of  travel guides providing information for everyone from the adventurous backpacker to the most discerning traveller are available. You can find travel guides with current information on locations across the globe, no matter what kind of escape you are looking for. It could be an escape to somewhere around Australia, or to a far flung, exotic location such as Jordan or Turkmenistan.
Here's a selection of travel guides available for loan from the library. Where will you escape to next?

Bradt Travel guides
Eyewitness guides
Fodor's Travel guides
Frommer travel guides
Lets go travel guides
Lonely planet travel guides
National Geographic travel guides
Rough guides
Thomas Cook travellers

Do you have a  Favourite Travel Destination?  Cronulla Library is inviting you enter the Favourite Travel Destination Competition. It's easy, just fill in an entry form telling the library in 25 words or less about your Favourite Travel Destination, for a chance to win a great prize. Do you have more than one Favourite Travel Destination? Just fill in more entry forms telling us why! Every entry form submitted gives you another opportunity to win! *Competition closes 30th May, 2012.

*Terms and conditions on entry forms, available at all branches of the Sutherland Library Service. Entries can be handed into any branch of Sutherland Library Service.
 Photocredit: Flickr user Dave Proffer "Nisa, Turkmenistan"

The art of Regina Nazar

 Sutherland Library is pleased to welcome back local artist Regina Nazar.

Regina studied art at Penrith TAFE, University of Western Sydney and Macquarie Univeristy. During 1994 Regina was artist-in-residence-at the Riversdale property of Arthur Boyd's Bundanoon Trust. In 1995 and 2005 she was selected as a finalist for the Portia Geach Memorial Award .

A selection of Regina's artworks featuring Fraser Island and the 12 Apostles are on display during May and June in the lounge area of Sutherland Library.

Boomerang Hall

From small beginnings.......

I wonder how many residents and staff remember the "old", truly old, Sylvania Library when it was housed in Boomerang Hall, just as you approach Tom Ugly's Bridge? The Hall was built in 1934 and being the only large hall in the area, was used for many functions, for example monthly Roman Catholic services and meetings of the 16mm film club.
In the early 50s, residents set up a small lending library, with a collection of books and magazines from a library planning to incinerate its surplus, plus donations. In 1956 Sutherland Council took over its running, until the opening of the new Southgate Centre. Even then, there was some doubt as to the value of moving it into new premises. It certainly was the end of an era, with its old card catalogue and photocharging of loans. Total area was 37 square metres.
The boards of the extremely low ceiling were the floorboards for dancing classes upstairs. Imagine a vigorous can-can being performed overhead, to the accompaniment of an ancient piano and an enthusiastic dance teacher! My ceiling would flex and shudder. Hardly library ambience! But the public remained loyal and supported the move. After three months, statistics had risen fourfold.
The Sylvania Library is dedicated to Wal Page, a local councillor who was instrumental in founding it, and seeing it re-housed.

Five questions in five minutes with Kerri Sackville

Kerri Sackville, well known blogger and author of  "When my husband does the dishes: a memoir of marriage and motherhood" and more recently, "The little book of anxiety", will be coming along to Sutherland Library to speak at a special event to celebrate Mother's Day. Kerri answers five questions in five minutes, telling us  about what she is reading and her celebrity crush!

What are you reading right now and are you enjoying it?
I actually just finished 'How To Be A Woman' by Caitlin Moran (like practically every other female in Australia right now). It's like having a chat with a friend who is hilarious, bawdy, opinionated and extremely bright. I loved it.

  1. Could you tell us a bit about your favourite book?
My favourite novel is definitely The World According To Garp by John Irving. I've read it a dozen times. The world of Garp lives in my head constantly. I can recite portions of it to myself. My favourite book of non-fiction is Naked, which is a memoir by the humorist David Sedaris. I have never laughed as much as when I read that book. That man is my idol.

  1. What do you like to do like to do when you are not writing?
Sleep. Seriously. I have three kids and my husband works very long hours and I am constantly exhausted. I read in snatches when I'm eating or waiting to pick up the kids from an activity. I grab a coffee with a friend whenever I can. But if I have an hour free, I just want to nap.

  1. What's next for Kerri Sackville (Could you give us a clue about your next book...)
I've just had a very embryonic idea for my next book but I can't talk about it for fear it will disappear! But it will be non-fiction. I really don't have any desire to write a novel at this stage. Probably not ever.

  1. If you could have dinner with two famous people, who would they be, and why?
Simon Baker, because he's my celebrity crush, and I met him recently in LA (the details are on my blog) and I was so excited I barely let him get a word in edgeways. I would love to have dinner with him so I can finally give him a chance to speak. And David Sedaris, so that I can try to absorb some of his genius by osmosis. And laugh myself silly.

Everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate Mother's Day with author Kerri Sackville.  

Where: Sutherland Library
When: Monday, May 14th, 10.30am-11.30am
Cost: Free
Morning tea is provided for attendees.
Bookings essential, book online or call 97100351.

Vote for 10 Aussie books to read before you die

To celebrate the National Year of Reading, ABC TV’s First Tuesday Book Club is looking for the 10 Aussie Books to Read before You Die – the great Australian reading list! Head to the website to browse the list for book summaries and vote You can borrow most of the 50 listed books from the Library. Any titles not kept in our collection can be ordered into the library for you to read via the Interlibrary Loan Service.

1788 by Watkin Tench
A fortunate life by A.B Facey
An intruders guide to East Arnhem Land by Andrew McMillan
Capricornia by Xavier Herbert
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Come in Spinner by Dymphna Cusack & Florence James
Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
For love alone by Christina Stead
Gallipoli by Alan Moorhead
Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse
Here's Luck by Lennie Lower
It's raining in Mango by Thea Astley
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy
Monkey Grip by Helen Garner
My brilliant career by Miles Franklin
My brother Jack by George Johnston
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
Power without glory by Frank Hardy
Ransom by David Malouf
Riders in the chariot by Patrick White
Seven little Australians by Ethel Turner
That deadman dance by Kim Scott
The book thief by Markus Zusak
The broken shore by Peter Temple
The chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Kenneally
The dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
The fatal shore by Robert Hughes
The first stone by Helen Garner
The fortunes of Richard Mahoney by Henry Handel Richardson
The harp in the south by Ruth Park
The life by Malcom Knox
The magic pudding by Norman Lindsay
The man who loved children by Christina Stead
The monkey's mask by Dorothy Porter
The power of one by Bryce Courtenay
The riders by Tim Winton
The secret river by Kate Grenville
The slap by Christos Tsiolkas
The tall man by Chloe Hooper
The tree of man by Patrick White
The tyranny of distance by Geoffrey Blaney
The watcher on the cast-iron balcony by Hal Porter
The year of living dangerously by C.J Koch
The true history of the Kelly gang by Peter Carey
Unreliable memoirs by Clive James
Visitants by Randolph Stow
Wake in fright by Kenneth Cooke
Wanting by Richard Flanaghan

 Which books will you vote for?