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Beamafilm – have you given it a try yet?

beamafilmLet your library card take you on a journey equal parts cringe inducing and impossible to stop watching!

Three weeks ago I hadn’t heard of Anthony Weiner or Huma Abedin, now I’ve heard them mentioned too many times to count in the run up to the US election. This is an amazing political documentary which I haven’t stopped thinking about since watching it three weeks ago. If you are still deep in American politics but can’t stomach any more of the current election watch this for free through Beamafilm on the library website.


“…superb fly-on-the-wall documentary…Voters love a tale of redemption, so the more important questions for the scandal-ridden politician are these: Do you have the gumption to keep claiming you’ve done nothing wrong when all evidence is to the contrary? When your lies are about to drag you under, how willing are you to grovel publicly for forgiveness? How much are you prepared to put your family through? How much public humiliation, in other words, can you stomach?” –
Leigh Sales,

“The result is probably the most intense, fascinating, and alarming profile of the extreme “P-type” personality I’ve ever seen. It is raw, upsetting, and the purest imaginable catnip for aficionados of political scandal.” – Annabel Crabb

Weiner is infuriating and depressing but rivetingly watchable. –
New York Times

“…a political scandal in slow motion” – The Guardian

To use Beamafilm just go to the Blue Mountains Library online catalogue and choose the Beamafilm portal. Once you’ve entered your Library card number, you have a world of documentaries and indie films to choose from.


Blue Mountains Local Studies Blog

“unlike little boys these pictures should be seen and heard”. Wise words from the past!

“unlike little boys these pictures should be seen and heard”. Wise words from the past!

For those of you who are familiar with it, the Blue Mountains Local Studies blog has moved to WordPress, and in the process given it a fresh new look. You will now find it at

The links on the Library catalogue will now take you to the new site, however the old blog will be maintained in the short term. Thanks to John Merriman, Local Studies Librarian and support staff working very hard behind the scenes this great Local Studies resource  will soon be available straight from the catalogue along with images and oral history. Stay tuned!

HSC Study Resources


Blue Mountains Library has a borrowing collection of HSC study guides on a wide range of HSC subjects; from Physics to PDHPE, English, Mathematics, Legal Studies, History, Chemistry and Biology. These include titles from Excel, Checkpoints, Macquarie and Leading Edge and many contain past examination papers. Guides are available at all Library branches and can be borrowed overnight.

The Library also provides access to many electronic resources for study help. Check out Australian and New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre which contains essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. With over 100 topics it provides a basis to develop persuasive arguments and essays and helps students build a better understanding of controversial issues and increase their analytical thinking skills. Or Science Reference Center; a one-stop resource for all science-related research: science encyclopaedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources covering many aspects of science. All eResources are located on the Library website – go to Reference and Researchor call to speak to a Librarian.

The best cities in the world for book lovers

I came across this article this morning about The best cities in the world for book lovers.  It was my old university town of Edinburgh in the first sentence that caught my eye, “The streets of Edinburgh and Hong Kong are overflowing with books“.

Every year the World Cities Culture Forum asks cities to self-report on cultural institutions and consumption, including where people can get books.

Hong Kong leads the way in the number of book shops per 100,000 people.  Sydney is ranked 7th and just below New York which the article’s author says is “OK” – Sydney has 9.4 book shops per 100,000 people.

Edinburgh isn’t on the list of book shops per capita but comes top of the list in terms of libraries per capita.  Edinburgh has 60.5 libraries per 100,000 people. I wonder if that includes academic and special libraries as The City of Edinburgh Council Library only lists 20 locations.

Sydney slips down the list to 14th place just above New York this time, with 3.3 libraries per 100,000 people.

So I’d say The Blue Mountains Library, with 6 branches for a population of around 75,000 people isn’t doing too badly?  What do you think?  Too cheeky?

Fun and Games at Katoomba Library

Did you know you can play games at Katoomba Library on Saturday and Sundays?

Members of Katoomba Chess Club are on hand at Katoomba Library between  11am and 3pm on Saturdays to help all chess players from beginners to experts hone their skills, have fun and meet like-minded people.

Chess 2016 poster landscape

And we have a variety of board games which can be played in the library on Saturdays and Sundays.  Ask at the desk and the friendly staff will get them out for you.

Choose from : Backgammon | Playing Cards | Memory Match | Sequence | Beetle | Rummikub | Monopoly | Cadoo | Junior Pictionary | Connect 4 | The Logo Game | Trivial Pursuit | Cranium |  Scrabble | Ortuga (by a local game designer) | Animalacious (by a local game designer) and a Games Compendium

Call Katoomba Library for more information : 4780 5750

Free Computer Skills Workshops


Blue Mountains City Library is partnering with TAFE WSI (Outreach) to host Smart Participation, a free course tutoring basic computer skills designed to assist with upgrading technology skills, assisting return to work, resumé-building and more. Covers tablets, smartphones and computers.

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