Tuesday, 24 July 2012

First Wednesday Book Club - Wed 1st August

The next meeting of the First Wednesday Book Club is coming up on Wednesday 1st August, 7-9pm at Cafe Pronto.

Corona Books have given us some great new release books to give away at the next meeting.

This new informal book club is hosted by Mandurah Libraries as part of the National Year of Reading 2012.  This casual meet-up for book-lovers meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Cafe Pronto (corner Pinjarra Road & Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah) from 7-9pm.  Everyone is welcome.

This book club is suitable for:
  • keen readers who love discussing what they are reading and have recommendations to share;
  • those who do not want to commit to reading one particular title each month;
  • busy people with limited time for reading for pleasure.  Come along and get that must-read recommendation to inspire you to treat yourself to more reading time; and
  • those who can’t promise to make it every month but would love to attend whenever they are able.
Feel free to bring along books you have finished with to pass on to others.

For more information please contact the National Year of Reading Project Officer, Deidre Robb, on 9550 3237 or deidre.robb@mandurah.wa.gov.au

This month I'll be recommending the winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction, 2011: Stephen Daisley's debut novel Traitor.  This was one of those books I wanted to read slowly to savour the images and beautiful language. 

I'd love to hear your recommendations next Wednesday night.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Interview Skills Workshop

Lloyd White
Interview Skills Workshop

Thursday 26th July at 1-2.30 pm

Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre

Lloyd White, Career Change consultant with 25 years of experience and author of the book Write a winning job application, will host this hour and a half interactive workshop where you will learn how to prepare and “sell” yourself at the job interview.  This event is for anybody who wants to improve their job interview skills.

Sell yourself at the job interview!

To book your seat ph 95503230 or email elibstaff@mandurah.wa.gov.au

Writers in the Library - Nicole Sjardin and Sally Scott

Nicole Sjardin and Sally Scott
Bridging foods: an introduction to gluten, dairy and yeast free eating.

Thursday 26th July at 1.30 pm

Mandurah Library

Do you have an intolerance to certain foods?

In their book Bridging foods, authors Nicole Sjardin and Sally Scott ask you to consider how food makes you feel and how it affects your body.  This book also asks you to consider how you feel when you buy, cook, prepare and eat food.  Every ingredient that you use and the energy you cook with affect the end result.  This event is a must for food lovers and dieters seeking to recapture the joy of eating well. 

To book your seat ph 95503650 or email libstaff@mandurah.wa.gov.au

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Gruffalos, Gruffalos everywhere!

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood...

But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist... does she?

Coming soon to the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is a magical musical adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's much-loved picture-book The Gruffalo's Child.  To tie in with this Mandurah Libraries are giving you the chance to get acquainted or reacquainted with the story of The Gruffalo's Child and the original story, The Gruffalo.

Come along to
The Parents Place
on Ormsby Terrace 
at 10.30am on Thursday 2nd August
to hear The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child
at a special Gruffalo storytime session.

Or if you are going to the show on Tuesday 14th August, come early to hear the books read aloud before you see the show.  We'll be in the foyer of The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and reading the Gruffalo stories:
  • from 10am-11.30am (before the 11.30am performance) then,
  • from 1-2pm (before the 2pm performance).

For more details about the performance of The Gruffalo's Child and ticket prices, please see the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre's website here.

If you can't make it to these storytime sessions, then you will have another chance to hear the story of The Gruffalo at The Reading Hour Pyjama Party on 25th August where this very popular bedtime story will be read on stage by a reading champion!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

"It's never too late ... to learn to read" writing competition

We have a fantastic opportunity for Australian writers - published, unpublished, student and mature age - to be part of an initiative that not only supports the National Year of Reading 2012, but also has the potential to improve the skills of the 46% of Australians who struggle with literacy.

"It's never too late ... to learn to read" writing competition!

"It's never too late... to learn to read" is a short story competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers. For some, it will be the chance to tell their own stories; for others, it will be the opportunity to imagine the experiences of an adult learning to read. Our aim is for the creation of exciting, inspiring and challenging stories to support and encourage adult learning, and to highlight the fact that "It's never too late... to learn to read".

Published writers will have the opportunity to win a $3,000 cash prize for their work, and emerging / unpublished writers, $1,000. The judges will be looking for stories that excite, inspire and challenge audiences. Fourteen stories (8 from published authors, 6 from unpublished) will be chosen as winners, and these will be announced during The Reading Hour in Sydney 2012.

Entries close on 6 August 2012.

Competition rules, entry form and more information here.

To help spread the word about this competition, you can download the poster here.

This competition was also held in 2011.  You can read (and listen) to last year’s entries here.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Writers in the Library - Amanda Curtin

Join us to hear Amanda Curtin talk about her novel The Sinkings, inspired by true events.

Amanda Curtin is a writer and freelance book editor based in Perth, Western Australia.  Her first novel, The Sinkings, was published by University of Western Australia Publishing in 2008, and her short story collection, Inherited (also UWAP), was published in 2011.  She has won the University of Canberra National Short Story Award (joint winner), the Katherine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award, the Lee Steere History Prize and the Golden Key Honour Society Excellence in Fiction Award.

Thursday 12th July at 1pm

Mandurah Library
331 Pinjarra Road

To book your seat phone 95503650 or email libstaff@mandurah.wa.gov.au