Do you need more space at home? or thinking about renovating?



Parramatta Library is holding a  Home Renovations and Alterations Talk


SAM CRAWFORD is our guest speaker. Sam is one of 4 awarded architects in this years NSW Architecture Awards in the residential houses category. He will be discussing additions and alterations to your home and how to make the most of your home when the family continues to grow.

This is a FREE talk, to make a booking please call Parramatta City Library 9806 5159

In conjunction with our talk we are displaying an exhibition from


24 October – 4 November

An exhibition of all NSW Architecture Award Winning Projects as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival 2012. The awards recognise excellence in architecture in all categories of design from residental project to commerical buildings & urban projects.

Architecture books available at Parramatta Library Continue reading

What are you reading? – A Reader’s Forum

What have you been reading lately? On Thursday 11 October between 10:30 – 11:30am Parramatta City Library held a reading forum. From prize winning Australian novels to historical fictions set during the Great Wars, romances, true crime, biographies and adult non-fiction were shared. In addition, there was an online demonstration on how to discover more reading resources online via the library eresources webpage under the “reading” subject. Continue reading

2012 Nobel Literature Prize

Mo Yan, a Chinese writer, who has written ‘Red sorghum’, ‘Big breats and wide hips’ , ‘Life and death are wearing me out’, and many more other titles, wins this years Nobel Literature Prize for his merging of “folk tales,  History and contemporary with hallucinatory realism.”

Parramatta City Library has some Mo Yan’s title available for loan.

Second Tuesday Reading Group read The happiest refugee by Anh Do

A memoir of a young family that escapes from Vietnam, the book tracks their journey to Australia and their experiences “settling in” to Australia.

The group knew Anh Do as a comedian and knew parts of his story so were keen to read the “full story”. The book was as funny as expected and extremely easy to read. We all wanted to keep reading and got absorbed by the storylines.

Anh Do’s most admirable quality is his positivity and ability to be thankful or see value in all his experiences.

Some readers thought that the negative and difficult experiences may have been glossed over, but as he is a comedian, the writer wanted to keep the book funny and “happy”.

Readers were surprised at the lack of racism that Anh says he wasn’t exposed to. All readers thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.