Wine Tasting Evening at Sutherland Library

Unfortunately, the wine tasting evening has been cancelled. We apologise if you were planning to come along.

Wine and books, what a winning combination. Both range in quality, some are fizzy and bubbly and make you want to giggle, others are full and wholesome, leaving you sighing with satisfaction after each sip/page.
At the Sutherland Shire libraries, we have a number of books and resources dedicated to helping you become a true wine connoisseur, someone who knows the difference between a merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon. We also have a great number of books on pairing wine with food (another excellent combination, in fact - what a trio)!
To celebrate and highlight these resources in the National Year of Readingwe are inviting you to an evening dedicated to exploring a range of wines, hosted by local business Porters Liquor Sutherland, featuring wines from Robert Oatley Vineyards.
Each attendee will receive a complimentary glass of Craigmoor sparkling on arrival as well as the opportunity to taste and gain expert knowledge on a range of Oatley wines throughout the evening. 
Gourmet cheese and antipasto platters by local business Black Olive Gourmet will be provided as part of the admittance fee.
Please join us for this special library event, celebrating the 2012 National Year of Reading ‘Explore’ October theme.

Tuesday October 9
Sutherland Library
30-36 Belmont Street
$10 per person. (Apologies no refunds)
For adults only, 18+

Growing up...and coming of age

First edition book cover of 'Catcher in the Rye'. Book cover artist E.Michael Mitchell.
Growing up is hard to do, particularly as a teenager coming of age. This is a time of physical, emotional and spiritual growth.  It can be exciting or scary, and is often filled with feelings full of inner turmoil and angst, as adolescence is left behind and life as an adult begins.  It’s a time for learning some important lessons in life, face trials and tribulations, and celebrate triumphs.
Novels that explore this theme known as "coming of age", or "bildungsroman" books,  tell the stories of characters as they embark on life-changing  adventures, face difficult issues with friends and family and  experience first love.  These books may make you laugh, even cry, and will certainly act as reminders of  your own experiences growing up, no matter what your age!
This theme has been popular throughout the ages, and includes Charles Dickens most famous story, Great Expectations, with Phillip Pirrip, a.k.a 'Pip' narrating his memories of growing up. Other titles that continue to be read and re-read include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Little women and Jane Eyre.  Perhaps one of the best known stories of this type is The The Catcher in the Rye,which tells the story of 48 hours in the life of Holden Caulfield.  Recently celebrating 50 years in print is one of the best loved, and most challenged books of this theme, To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.   

 There are many popular contemporary versions of these books, often with a different perspective, setting or a twist. These include the Harry Potter seriesThe hunger games, and The lovely bones, told from the point of view of a ghost. Have you read Never let me go The Secret Life of Bees, or The perks of being a wallflower

All of the books listed above have been adapted  into movies, television series and plays, which will, no doubt, make them grow even more popular!

Read all these? If you are looking for other "coming of age" novels to read, there are some other suggestions on Sutherland Library catalogue, just type in "Coming of age novel" in the search box.  Help make this list grow longer, by logging into your account and tagging your favourites!

One Click Digital - Our Newest Audiobook Supplier

Many of our library members know we have partnered with Overdrive to supply downloadable digital audiobooks and ebooks. What you may not know is that we have recently added another supplier of digital audiobooks - One Click Digital.

Digital audiobooks from One Click Digital now available from Sutherland Shire Libraries

One Click Digital is similar to Overdrive in that you login to a Sutherland Shire Libraries branded version of their website using your library card number.  From that site you can search, browse and download digital audiobooks to your computer and transfer them to your portable devices.

They offer a Media Manager, a piece of software to help you manage the checkout -- download -- transfer -- listen process just like Overdrive; there are versions for Windows and Mac. And they also have iOS and Android Apps available for your portable devices in the relevent app stores.

With One Click Digital, however, there are no reserves and no waiting.  All titles have unlimited availability, meaning all library borrowers can download the latest titles at the same time.

In addition, over 90% of the Sutherland Shire Libraries One Click Digital collection are downloaded as unprotected mp3 files, meaning they work on almost any device including iPods and other mp3 players.  There are some DRM protected Windows Media files in the collection but they are in the minority.

On the other hand, there are no ebooks, only audiobooks.  If ebooks are your thing you will want to stick with Overdrive.

So if you haven't already discovered One Click Digital on our website why not check it out!

We recommend that you watch the tutorial overview video before you start downloading as there's a bit of setting up involved to make things work smoothly.

You can find the details for One Click Digital on our website under Audiobooks & eBooks.

Fairy tales never grow old...

Fairy tales never grow old, they just continue to get re-imagined, re-invented and re-told in new ways, often with a modern spin and /or a twist in the tale.

Hollywood has always been enchanted by fairy tales, who could forget the magic of the Walt Disney movies based on fairy tales?  More recently released movies have been darker interpretations, including Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the huntsman.  This trend continues with new movies about Hansel and Gretel and Jack the Giant Killer due for release in 2013.

What about books?   Many people love to read fairy tales as children, remembering them as being full of magic, mystique, and of course, a moral caution.  Upon revisiting fairy tales that have been re-created for grown ups, you may discover humour, a different perspective on the characters, or a different viewpoint from another character in the story. You may even read a very different ending to the version you remember from your childhood, not necessarily one where they all live happily ever after…

Here are some selected fairy tale re-tellings, stories that continue to keep growing and changing throughout time.
Ash by Malinda Lo
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Confessions of an ugly stepsister by Gregory Maguire
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Shadows on the moon by Zoe Marriott
Phoenix and ashes by Mercedes Lackey

Snow white
Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
White as snow by Tanith Lee
The serpents shadow by Mercedes Lackey

Beauty and the beast
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
The rose and the beast: Fairy tales retold by Francesca Lia Block
Hearts blood by Juliet Marrillier
by Mercedes Lackey

Sleeping Beauty
Briar rose by Jane Yolen
Spindle's end by by Robin McKinley
A kiss in time by Alex Flinn
The gates of sleep by Mercedes Lackey

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth
Golden by Cameron Daley

Other Tales
Midnight Pearls: A re-telling of the Little mermaid by Debbie Viguie
Cloaked by Alex Flinn (Mixed fairy tales)
The goose girl by Shannon Hale
Tender morsels by Margo Lanagan (Snow White and Rose Red)
The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents in"The wit and wisdom of Discworld" by Terry Pratchett (The piped piper of Hamelin)
A curse dark as gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce  (Rumplestiltskin)
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (Hansel and gretel)
Matchless: a christmas story by Gregory Maguire
The book of lost things by John Connolly (Scary versions of Grimms fairytales)
A tale dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
 The wizard of London by Mercedes Lackey (The snow queen)

Do you have a favourite fairy tale re-telling?

Heathcote East Public School Choir at Engadine Library

Heathcote East Public School performed at Engadine Library on Thursday 6th September to celebrate the National Year of Reading.

Heathcote East Public School Choir at Engadine Library
Heathcote East Public School Choir at Engadine Library

They sang a wide selection of songs including a Winnie the Pooh song and Beatles favourites Here comes the sun and Penny Lane.

A good time was had by all as parents, library staff and patrons enjoyed their impressive performance! Thanks Heathcote East.

Grow your reading habit

As the National Year of Reading, 2012 theme for September is grow, this is the perfect time to combine two spring pastimes, gardening and reading.
Try one of these fiction books alluding to gardens, gardening or at least flowers!

'Book garden' by flickr user raymaclean


Wild Lavender by Belinda Alexandra
Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
The perfume garden by Kate Lord Brown
Agatha Raisin and the potted gardener by M.C Beaton
The garden party by Sarah Challis
The memory tree by Tess Evans
 White Oleander by Janet Finch
Bitter greens by Kate Forsyth
Sea of poppies by Amitav Ghosh
The black rose of Florence by Michele Giuttari
A rose among thorns by Rosie Goodwin
The constant gardener by John Le Carre
The gardener by Prue Leith
The lavender Keeper by Prue Leith
Jacaranda by Mandy Magro
Garden of evil by Graham Masterton
The French gardener by Santa Montefiore
The forgotten garden by Kate Morton
Black Dahlia and white rose by Joyce Carol Oates
Black flowers by Thomas Perry
Poison Flower: a Jane Whitefield novel by Thomas Perry
Crystal gardens by Amanda Quick
The hanging garden by Patrick White
The sea garden by Marcia Willett

Reading rights

This month, unleash your inner bookworm and  grow your reading habit, starting with just ten minutes a day, or an hour a week.
Feeling reluctant to start reading? Remember, there is no right or wrong way to read, you don't have to finish every book you start, and you can read (and re-read) anything you like. Reading is meant to be enjoyable,  help you relax, and be entertaining as well as informative.  Empower yourself and start your reading habit by reading (or re-reading) this reminder of  the Readers Bill of Rights by Daniel Pennac, 1994.

Readers Bill of Rights

1. The right not to read
2.The right to skip pages
3.The right not to finish
4. The right to re-read
5.The right to read anything
6. The right to escapism
7. The right to read anywhere
8. The right to browse
9.The right to read out loud
10. The right to not defend your tastes

Photo credit: Garden reading by Flickr user Spakattacks

National Year of Reading September theme: Grow

Has your reading changed as you've grown?  Does your reading help you to grow? It can, if you grow your reading habit and start to read at least 10 minutes a day this month.  Go on a reading journey of personal growth, self help, or even just read bigger books, those with more pages, not necessarily bigger print!

Interested in family growth? Read all about pregnancyparenting and dealing with puberty.
Have you grown tired of your current career?  Read about careers in growth industries such as obstetrics, hairdressing, horticulture, or farming.Have you been reading recipes and baking , then found yourself growing bigger than you would like? Read about diets and exercise, or even weight lifting if you’d like to grow stronger.

This is also a great month to read about the environmentsustainability and gardening.  You may like to  read about  growing a reading garden, and even be inspired to create a such a space to relax and read.

What a great way to grow a reading habit!