Calling all Trivia Nuts!

Join us for Bookworm Trivia: a family event for Reading Hour and test your literary trivia skills.

Saturday 15 August | 4.30pm to 6.30pm | Springwood Library

How well read are you? Do you know your Dickens from your Dark? Can you recognise a quote or identify a book by its cover? Why not get together a team and help us celebrate the wonder of literature as part of the 2015 Reading Hour event. There are trivia questions for everyone, a performance from the Blaxland Ukulele players and fun activities for kids and adults alike.

Bookworm Trivia Poster

To join us book in though any library, form a table or request to be joined up to a team. All welcome, light refreshments provided. A FREE event. Phone 4723 5040 for more information.

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

indexThe Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Double Day | 2015 | 316 pages.

Found on the Adult Crime Fiction shelves at HAWKINS

Plot Summary : A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. Then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?  (Source : Amazon)

Review : An interesting thriller and a debut novel along the same lines as Gone Girl.

It is easy to read with lots of twists and turns but not as exciting as Gone Girl in my opinion.

Reviewed by : Carolyn

Carolyn’s Books of the Month – July 2015

carolyns-books-of-the-monthWe’re a little late with Carolyn’s list this month – gremlins in the line I think.  Anyway these should keep you inside out of the cold and reading, reading, reading.

Best Read : The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Australian Author : The Last Dance by Fiona McIntosh

Thriller : Already Dead by Jaye Ford and Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

General Fiction : The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

Crime : The Sandman by Lars Kepler

Romance/Saga : The Silk Thief by Deborah Challinor

Carolyns books

Alison’s Picks – July 2015


Stay in doors with one or more of these as the cold front takes hold.

Amanda Lohrey : A Short History of Richard Kline

Ellen Van Neerven : Heat and Light

Bernard Schlink : The Reader

Alice Campion : The Painted Sky

Follow the links to find these titles in the Library catalogue.


First Chapter of Go Set a Watchman released

indexThe first chapter of the much anticipated Harper Lee novel, Go Set a Watchman, has been released, a few days before the book is finally available on July 14th.

You can read the first chapter here via The Guardian online and, if you’d like, you can listen to actor Reese Witherspoon read it.

The Guardian’s Go Set a Watchman page has a whole lot of fascinating links to explore –

Click through to the Library catalogue and put a Hold on the book for yourself.

National Biography Award shortlist


Today, the State Library of NSW announced the 2015 National Biography Award shortlist. The winner will be announced on Monday 3 August.

Congratulations to the authors. The shortlisted books are:

Philip Butterss, An Unsentimental Bloke: The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis (Wakefield Press)

Gabrielle Carey, Moving Among Strangers: Randolph Stow and My Family (UQP)

Philip Dwyer, Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Bloomsbury)

David Leser, To Begin to Know: Walking in the Shadows of My Father (Allen & Unwin)

Helen O’Neill, A Singular Vision, Harry Seidler (Harper Collins Publishers)

Liam Pieper, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year: A Memoir (Penguin Books Australia)


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