Read Digitally with Blue Mountains Library


For book lovers who do not wish to lug a suitcase of books on holiday Blue Mountains Library’s eBooks and eAudiobooks are the perfect answer.

eBooks can be borrowed and read on many different types of device – from Tablets to Computers and Smartphones to eReaders – and are easy to download.

eAudiobooks are a great way to gobble up the hours on a long road trip or just listen to on the beach – download to any MP3 or smartphone device.

To get started you must be a Library member and know your password, then visit the Library’s website ( and look for the Readers Lounge to follow instructions.

There are two free to download, easy to use apps for reading eBooks: Axis 360 for eBooks only and BorrowBox for eBooks and eAudiobooks.  The lending period for these eBooks is the same as our physical collection – 3 weeks.

We have a curated collection of eBooks from Project Gutenberg. All titles from Project Gutenberg are freely downloadable and once downloaded, the title is yours to keep.

And for the little ones there isTumbleBooks, collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.

Call any Library branch if you need help and the friendly staff can talk you through the steps.

The Dry by Jane Harper

dryThe Dry by Jane Harper

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves under HARPER or as a Talking Book shelves under HAR TB

Plot Summary :  A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. (Source: Fantastic Fiction)

In 2015 The Dry was given the Victorian Premier’s Award for an unpublished manuscript.  It has now been sold to 20 publishers worldwide and Reece Witherspoon’s company has optioned it as a film.

Review : I just loved it from the beginning with its crime and mystery, Australian countryside setting, beautiful language and pace.

This is a story about heroism, the sins of the past, and the struggle to atone.

Reviewed by : Carolyn

Carolyn’s Books of the Month – December 2016

carolyns-books-of-the-monthSome ideas for reading this month, or perhaps gift ideas for the book worms in your life?

Best Read : The Dry by Jane Harper

Crime : Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

Australian Author : The Teacher’s Secret by Suzanne Leal

General : The Guilded Hour by Sara Donati

Thriller : Magic Hour by Kristen Hannah and All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Saga/Romance : Fever at Dawn by Peter Gardos


Alison’s Best Reads for 2016.


My best-of list for this year has an all-Australian cast – hardly surprising. Australian literature is astonishingly good, and varied, and shows us our country. I read a lot of Australian writing: this is a small but enjoyable selection.

The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood’s dystopian novel set somewhere in outback Australia: a disparate group of women, and an enemy.

Ransacking Paris: a year with Montaigne and friends. Patti Miller spent a year living and writing in Paris, and this is the charming result. Clarity, truth and imagination characterise her prose.

One life: my mother’s story. Kate Grenville tells her mother’s life, a captivating biography of a strong woman.

The Last Days of Ava Langdon, Mark O’Flynn’s re-imagining of the life of an eccentric writer, loosely based on Eve Langley, who wrote The Pea Pickers and who lived in Katoomba. Mark is also a poet, and it shows.

The Dressmaker, by Rosalie Ham. An amusing story of revenge, involving the deft use of a sewing machine.

Truly Madly Guilty. Liane Moriarty is an accomplished storyteller, there is edge-of-seat suspense here, as well as keenly-observed suburban psychology.

The Mud House. Richard Glover, and his family and friends, built a house of mud brick, in the sticks. He learned to build as he went. This is the very engaging story of that journey.

Everywhere I Look. The unique Helen Garner offers us her set of essays about – well, life. Everywhere she looks there is something singular and interesting to ponder over. She’s a national treasure.

The Boy behind the Curtain. Tim Winton is possessed of a depth of perception, a wisdom, that is a little eerie. His prose is strong and beautiful, as always, in this autobiographical memoir. He’s clearly a national treasure too.

Community Giving Tree

The Giving Tree at Springwood Library

The Giving Tree at Springwood Library

Christmas is fast approaching and most young people are looking forward to the celebrations. However, not everyone is so fortunate. To help improve this situation, the Blue Mountains Youth Council is running the Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ again.

Blue Mountains Youth Councillor Delilah Scott said, “The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ empowers our community to come together and give to those in need.”

Everyone needs support at times,” added Youth Councillor Benjamin McGrory, “and we hope you can help by donating gifts to help lift the spirits of young people doing it tough.”

The Community Christmas ‘Giving Tree’ is located in Springwood Library. Residents, local businesses and organisations are invited to donate a gift by Friday 16 December. Those who donate may also like to add their names to a gift tag, which will be used to decorate the tree. Donations can also be delivered to Council’s headquarters in Katoomba.

All donations received will go to the Platform Youth Services organisation, who support young people between the ages of 12-25, and will distribute the gifts to vulnerable young people, in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Hawkesbury areas.

Teenager-friendly Christmas gifts include music items such as iTunes vouchers or headphones; movie ticket vouchers; accessories like hair clips; or clothes such as t-shirts.

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The Blue Mountains Youth Council’s ‘Giving Tree’ is a good reminder about the true spirit of Christmas. Ours is a generous and caring community and I encourage you to help young people in need to have a happier Christmas.”

For further information, please contact Anita Kazis, Council’s Youth Services Development Officer on 4780 5680 or Or visit or



This year Springwood Library will also act as a donation point for monetary donations to the Springwood Neighbourhood Centre’s Emergency Food Fund when the Centre, located on the ground floor of the Blue Mountains Theatre and Community Hub is closed.

Monetary donations should be in a sealed envelope.


#joyread, the Read Watch Play theme for December 2016

Christmas #1 Kevin Dooloey



indexThe act of reading is a particularly joyful one for many people, regardless of what is being read, and is the perfect way to achieve or enhance the joyfulness expected at this time of year. Joy may, for you, be watching the Dr Who Christmas special, playing board games with the family, or cooking up a storm using cookbooks released in time for the giving season.

Share your love of reading with children over some beautifully illustrated picture books, discuss the books that bring you the most joy with your book club, or at your office Christmas party, where cheesy eighties’ music plays.

Feel the joy with Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel, and laugh at others’ expense with cat shaming. Continue laughing with P. G. Wodehouse or David Sedaris. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, pull out the pencils and start colouring, or get crafty in any way that takes your fancy.

Get back to nature, out on a bushwalk or watching David Attenborough documentaries, or explore non-fiction books about joy, happiness and motivation.

Don’t feel the need to conform to light and sweet, however, if horror brings you joy, then go for it! That goes for dark humour, too. How are you going to read, watch and play with joy this month?

Twitter logo for RWPchat postsA date for your diary : There will be a twitter discussion on 20th December (no-one will remember on the 27th!)  starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags  #joyread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of  #joyread, so others can join in the conversation too.

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