Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Anne Frank: a history for today

The travelling exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank set against the background of the Holocaust.

Newcastle Region Library has the privilege of hosting this wonderful exhibition in our Lovett Gallery.

When: 3rd October - 29th November 2014 (click here for gallery opening hours)

Where: Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library, 2nd floor, Laman St.

Amsterdam 1942

On her 13th birthday, Anne Frank is given a diary. A few weeks later her life is turned upside down. The Nazis want to arrest her, only because she is Jewish. Together with her family she goes into hiding.

For more than two years she will use her diary to record what she thinks, feels and experiences.

She cannot foresee that - long after she perished in the Holocaust - millions of people all over the world will be reading her diary.

To find out more about the exhibition itself visit the website here

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Spring Fling

Wallsend District Library is getting ready to celebrate all things SPRING with our annual spring festival.

Once again, you will see some amazing floral arrangements around the library, such as those from Peter Herd and Silk Gardens. We will have displays from groups, such as the local Men's Shed: Blue Gum Hills Men's Shed and Ladies Auxiliary, and Crystal Palace Community Garden. You can also enjoy photography by one of our very talented staff members, who took the beautiful photos featured in this post. We also have a couple of talks and demonstrations planned, so stay tuned!

Spring Fling
13-27 September 2014
Bunn Street, Wallsend

Keepers of Light by Christopher Salmon

A note was found in this book, from one of our readers:

This is the debut novel for Australian author Christopher Salmon. You can read another review of this book here.
Category: Australian Fiction

Publisher: Acadia Press

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Liesel Meminger, daughter of a communist, Germany, 1939. Travelling on a train, with her brother and
mother, towards Molching. Liesel is heading towards foster parents Rosa and Hans Hubermann in Himmel Street. Her brother is heading towards a frozen grave. Her mother is not entirely relevant to this story.

Liesel Meminger is the book thief. The first book she steals is at the graveside of her brother. She can't read, but that isn't important.

Death is the narrator of her story.

I am struggling to describe this book, for a few reasons. The main reason is that this book has such beautiful descriptions, Markus Zusak's masterful use of words and language renders any attempts I may make, pitiful. I have not yet seen the movie adaptation, and although assured by my aunt that it does indeed do the book justice, I cannot imagine it. Descriptions like "unit blocks that look nervous" and "empty hatstand trees, and grey air."

Just a small tip for you, though. Don't read the ending in a public place.

Category: Fiction

Who'll want to read it? People who love language, people who are interested in Nazi Germany

Point of no return: I had been told to read this book by so many people whose judgement I trust, that it's hard for me to pinpoint a point of no return. I was going to read it anyway. But perhaps it came with the list, on page 6, of what the narrator says the "small story" is about, "amongst other things:

  • a girl
  • some words
  • an accordionist
  • some fanatical Germans
  • a Jewish fist-fighter
  • and quite a lot of thievery."

Classic line: page 38: "She would grin herself stupid, watching the lines drawing themselves down his face, and the soft metal of his eyes - until the swearing arrived from the kitchen."
page 39: "Papa's bread and jam would be half-eaten on his plate, curled into the shape of bite-marks, and the music would look Liesel in the face."

Publisher: Picador (Pan Macmillan Australia)

This book is also available in large print, as an audio book, an e-book, and an e-audiobook.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Author visit - Bruce Venables

Bruce Venables is an actor, musician, poet and novelist, and is married to well-known actress and author, Judy Nunn. You may recognise him from TV shows, such as Home and Away, Wildside, and Water Rats, among others.

His fourth novel, Scattered Monkeys, is the third book in the ‘Hong Kong’ trilogy, and is inspired by his own time working in the Royal Hong Kong Police Force in the 1970s.

From Hong Kong’s glittering mansions to its shady opium divans, from its wealthy elite to its brutal triad societies, from warrior monks to merciless politicians, Scattered Monkeys is a heart-stopping, exhilarating thriller.
Wallsend District Library is delighted to be hosting Bruce Venables, as he tells us more about Scattered Monkeys. Please join us for this FREE author talk:
Monday 21st July 2014
Bunn Street, Wallsend

 For bookings phone:  Wallsend District Library
4985 6680

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