Monday, November 30, 2015

Digital privacy and security reviewed in APC magazine this month

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The December issue of Australian Personal Computer takes an in depth look at trends in internet crime and what measures you can take to protect your personal data online.

The issue also includes reviews of many of the most used security packages for Android, Windows and Mac and has a lot of simple advice such as how to protect yourself on public Wi Fi and why you might consider using a password manager.

APC is available in digital format through Press Reader in our eLibrary or in print in many of our branch libraries.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

Brilliantly written, this "novel of Romeo and Juliet" is the story of Benvolio, Romeo's cousin, during the famous Romeo and Juliet tragedy. It starts with a thief in the night, and a chance meeting with the beautiful Rosaline, Romeo's original love. It darkens with the acknowledgement of Mercutio's forbidden love - a hangable offence to be gay in fair Verona. A witch, a curse, lots of blood is shed...

Beautifully written, a compelling read, and a different take on the traditional story.

Websites to look at:
Rachel Caine
Prince of Shadows
Book trailer

Category: Fiction, author intended it as Young Adult Fiction

Publisher: Allison & Busby

Monday, November 23, 2015

Looking for something new to read?

Have you read everything your favourite author has written? Or maybe you're looking to explore new genres. Newcastle libraries have some excellent e-resources that can help.

Novelist Plus
Brimming with new book ideas for children and adults, Novelist Plus is a comprehensive guide to help you identify new authors and genres. Try the appeal mixer to find the style that you really enjoy.

Offering in depth analysis, reviews and plot summaries of fiction, the Literary Reference Centre is a valuable resource for students and serious readers.

 Who Else Writes Like...?
Login with you library card number to access this readers guide to adult fiction authors. With a variety of ways to search, including lists of award winners, Who Else Writes Like is a fabulous way to find a new book.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

"The Rooster Coop - where hundreds of coloured hens and roosters are stuffed tightly into wire mesh cages, packed as tightly as worms in a belly, pecking each other and shitting on each other, jostling just for breathing space; the whole cage giving off a horrible stench - the stench of terrified, feathered flesh. On the wooden desk above this coop sits a grinning young butcher, showing off the flesh and the organs of a recently chopped-up chicken, still oleaginous with a coating of dark blood. The roosters in the coop smell the blood from above. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them. They know they're next. Yet they do not rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop."
Meet Balram Halwai from India, representative of India's poor. His narrative of this brutal and sarcastically witty novel, draws you in, right to the very end...

Also available in Large Print, Sound Recording and e-Book
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008
Donna  Visit Newcastle Region Library's Catalogue and Website.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Ruby-Diamanté Dinosaur

Newcastle Region Library are very excited to announce a new staff member at our Wallsend District Library branch: Ruby-Diamanté Dinosaur!

Ruby-Diamanté was generously donated by Ms S Hall and the 2013 S1H students of Maryland Public School. She began as a wire frame on wheels, and was created with much love and care over 3 months, using papier-mâché, paint, and her absolutely gorgeous accessories.

Currently working in the Children's Librarian office, Ruby-Diamanté would love for you to come and say hello, and welcome her to her new role.

We are having a Dinosaur Storytime at Wallsend District Library on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at 10:30am to celebrate.

Don't forget Newcastle Museum have dinosaurs too! They currently have Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family, an innovative, multimedia experience developed and co-presented by the Australian Museum. This exhibition runs until 28 February 2016.

Happy Dinovember!

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