Australian Poetry Slam: Blue Mountains Heat at Katoomba Library

Australian Poetry Slam: Blue Mountains Heat at Katoomba Library

Thursday June 22, 6.30pm register to perform, 7.00pm event commences

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Get ready for another big night of Mountains’ poetry where poets battle it out with words to see who will go forward to the Slam’s State heats later in the year.

We need poets who are prepared to perform, to sing, shout or scream their own original work (2 mins max) and we need an audience that is prepared to get involved, help with the judging and soak up the atmosphere.

This year will be the 10th annual Poetry Slam to be held at Katoomba Library and the contest continues to grow in excitement and talent every year so, get set to enjoy the best of our local talent and be prepared for a few off-beat surprises.

This is a FREE event, no bookings required.

Refugee Week 2017: Presentation by the Red Cross International Tracing Service

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Refugee Week 2017: Presentation by the Red Cross International Tracing Service Thursday June 22, 2pm at Springwood Library

Learn how the Red Cross reconnects families separated by war, disaster & upheaval.

Every year, countless families across the world are separated by conflict, disaster or migration. People suffer terribly when they lose contact with their loved ones and live with the uncertainty of not knowing where they are or whether they are safe. From battlefields to earthquakes; from post-war migration to social upheavals, Australian Red Cross has been helping to reconnect families for more than 100 years, working with a global network to look for missing loved ones, restore contact, reunite families and clarify the fate of those who remain missing.

This is a FREE event, but bookings are essential.  Bookings can be made by visiting or calling any Blue Mountains Library Branch or online via the Blue Mountains Library website.

The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi

index (1)The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at HASHIMI

Plot Summary : A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women, destiny, and identity in Afghanistan

Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable . . . freedom that will transform her forever.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same way-the change took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king’s palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams. What will happen once Rahima is old enough to marry?  How long can Shekiba pass as a man and if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?  (Source: Harper Collins Publishers Australia)

Review : Something very different from what I usually read but absolutely loved it. It was Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut novel in 2014 and it was very powerful and fascinating to read. Hashimi has had three more books published, so lots of books to follow, if you enjoy this story.

Reviewed by : Carolyn


How to Spot Fake News

In this post-truth environment, being able to tell the real from the fake is more difficult yet more important than ever. (Post-truth was the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2016).

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) have produced this infographic with eight simple steps for you to follow in order to verify what you are reading or watching is reliable.  This infographic can be downloaded and shared freely.

Academic libraries are coming up with some useful fake news spotting guides for students. One good one is that of the University of Toronto Libraries and another is by Fordham University Libraries.  These, and others, give good links to sites to help you verify what you are reading whether it’s an item of interest that’s just popped up in your Facebook or Twitter feed, or a friend or colleague sharing news on something shocking or improbable.

Carolyn’s Books of the Month – May 2017

carolyns-books-of-the-monthBest Read : The pearl that broke its shell by Nadia Hashimi

Crime : Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Australian Author : The wrong hand by Jane Jago

General : The evening chorus by Helen Humphreys

Thrillers : Behind closed doors by B.A.Paris and Kill file by Christopher Farnsworth

Saga/Romance : Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

Carolyns books display

Calling all Board Games Enthusiasts

ITTD 2017 FB PostGames enthusiasts, amateurs and experts, muster your meeples and dust off your dice for a day of board game fun at Springwood Library this Saturday 29th April for International Tabletop Day 2017. Coinciding with Springwood Foundation Day, Springwood Library will be opening its doors for this worldwide event and partnering with the awesome gamers from local games shop, Afternoonified, to introduce and tutor the latest and greatest board games around. A FREE family event. 11am to 3pm for all ages.

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