Blue Mountains Stamp Club ANZAC display

The Blue Moutains Stamp Club have put together an interesting display of ANZAC related commemorative stamps, coins, envelopes and postcards and it is on display at Springwood Library from 23 April to 25 May 2015.  Come along and have a look (the picture really doesn’t do things justice).


taken by JMerriman

taken by JMerriman

Above is The Rising Sun issue of 17 april 2012. It shows the evolution of the rising sun badge which is worn by military personnel, including nurses, on the left side of the hat.


#reflectread Twitter discussion – April 2015

Twitter logo for RWPchat posts#reflectread

Join in the Read Watch Play discussion this month about #reflectread. We’ll be focused on ideas and reading about physical reflections, and things that make you think, give a new or different perspective on life, the world around us, others and ourselves.

The Twitter discussion takes place on Tuesday 28 April 2015 from 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.   Or 9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 8am – 10.30am, 2pm – 4pm, 6pm – 8pm GMT. Note this is a staggered discussion.

While you are reading, playing or watching your #reflectread this month, you might like to tweet about it using hashtags #reflectread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about it. You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #reflectread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

Alison’s Picks – April 2015

Alison's picks

Alison recommends you add these to your April reading list . . .

Paul Theroux : Mr Bones: twenty stories

Liane Moriarty : The Hypnotist’s Love Story

Per Petterson : Out Stealing Horses

Anna McPartlin : The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes

Follow the links to reserve a copy.


Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

leavingtimeLeaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Sydney, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2014.  405 pages.

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at PICOULT

Plot summary : Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl’s determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.

Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared, but she remembers nothing.

In the wake of those tragic events, she has lost not one parent, but two: her father is in an asylum, and now she lives with her grandmother – who finds it too painful to talk about what happened.

Ten years on, Jenna is the only one who still seems to care. And she is determined to seek the truth, no matter how shocking and life-changing it might be . . . (Source : Fantastic Fiction)

Review : Picoult’s novels are always enjoyed and awaited for by me, with their deep characters, great research and multilayered story lines.  Leaving Time is about parental love, friendship and loss of loved ones and shows elephants have the same response as humans to these emotions.

Reviewed by : Carolyn

Seen + Heard Zine

Coinciding with Seniors Week 2015, the Blue Mountains Library held a creative competition for library members aged 13—21. The brief was to write a story or poem, or create an artwork about seniors in the Blue Mountains Community. And the response from young people was wonderful – each artwork and piece of writing  submitted was a sincere expression of creativity, love, grief and celebration. The entries were all compiled into a ‘zine’ – a mini magazine – called ‘Seen + Heard’. Visit your your local library branch to pick up a free copy!

The library held the Zine Launch at the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub on the 18th March, where the winners were announced and given their prizes. The winners were:


1st Place  –

Natasha Tioukavkin

The Judge says: Natasha did a wonderful job explaining PSP, the loneliness, the day to day routine and the love her Great Uncle had in his life.  Her descriptive and evocative style drew the reader into the story, wanting to know more, to hear the outcome, to experience what he was experiencing. – Vicki Edmunds, Manager of Libraries & Customer Services


Winning writer: Natasha Tioukavkin










Highly Commended:

Freya Hill

The Judge says: The parallel story of Rose and El, the snippets of their lives and thoughts, beautifully brought together at the end. Represents old age and youth with very sharp detail.  – Vicki Edmunds, Manager of Libraries & Customer Services

Freya Hill_HCOMMENDED Writing

Freya Hill, Highly Commended for her writing.











1st Place:

Chloe Judson

The Judge says: The drawing style in this series of portraits is very sophisticated and heart-felt. – Naomi Oliver, Children’s and Young Adult Team Leader

Chloe Judson, awarded for her winning artwork.

Chloe Judson, awarded for her winning artwork.


Highly Commended:

Elizabeth Richards

The Judge says: The creative approach, thoughtful subject matter and vibrant result draw the viewer in.  – Naomi Oliver, Children’s and Young Adult Team Leader


One-book wonders

As you would have heard, Harper Lee, author of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird used to be a one-book wonder but no longer will be with the publication of Go Set a Watchman this year. The book is said to feature Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird as an adult woman.

This Off the Shelf article explores the one-book wonder phenomenon. It lists 8 one-book wonder authors. How many have you read (or seen on-screen)?


Photo credit: The Huffington Post 


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