Travel Guides

In our latest YouTube video Nisa talks about some of the great new travel guides we’ve added to our collection over Summer.

We’ve recently updated our travel guide collection with the latest editions, so why not drop in, have a look and borrow a book or two. Maybe start planning that trip you have been thinking about!

Lonely Planet

Bradt Travel Guides

Eyewitness Travel Guides

Insight Guides

Parra Pods – Non Fiction Reads for Summer

Episode 28: Non-fiction Australian Reads for Summer

This summer has been a particularly challenging one for the Australian landscape and with Australia Day upon us, there are a number of great books that demonstrate just how vast this land is, how diverse and rich is its history.

Join Katherine and Nisa for the third and final episode of the ‘Summer’ series of podcasts.

Books mentioned in this episode include:

Buckley’s chance: the incredible true story of William Buckley and how he conquered a new world / Garry Linnell. Penguin Random House, October 2019.

Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture / Bruce Pascoe. Magabala Books, June 2018 [earlier published as Dark Emu:  Black Seeds: Agriculture or accident in 2014]

Young Dark Emu: a truer history / Bruce Pascoe. Magabala Books, June 2019

Tracks / Robyn Davidson. Bloomsbury, November 2019.

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia / Bill Arthur and Frances Morphy. ANU, ABS and Macquarie Dictionary, August 2019.

Parra Pods – Fiction Reads for Summer

Episode 27 – Fiction Reads For Summer

Join Katherine and Nisa for the second of our ‘Summer’ episodes.

It has been a great year for fiction lovers, but here are a few of the  titles that resonated with Katherine and Nisa.

‘Damascus’ by Christos Tsiolkas an historical novel, but with a take on St Paul of the early Christian Church like no other. Visceral, transformative, brutal & beautiful.

To change the pace totally, we review Sally Rooney’s debut novel,  ‘Conversations with Friends’ and her second novel, and twitter sensation, ‘Normal People’. She brings her signature style, spare prose and insightful psychological acuity to  the exploration of the lives and loves of that  most intriguing of generations, the millennials.

Finally Ian Mc Ewan’s ‘Machines like Me’?, this is speculative fiction of the top order,  its themes range from artificial intelligence, what constitutes consciousness and the formal demands of the haiku poem. Darkly humorous, its most compelling theme is “moral choice”

Fiction titles discussed include:

Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas, Allen & Unwin 2019.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan, Jonathan Cape/Vintage Publishing 2019.

Normal People by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2018.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney, Faber and Faber 2017.

Out of the Box – December

A snapshot of some of the great new items we unpacked in December.

Reserve your favourite now!

FOR CHILDREN

A Girl Called Genghis Khan by Michelle Lord (Picture Book) – RED-L

Hello, New Zealand by Megan McKean (Picture Book) – RED-M

I’m Actually Really Grown-up Now by Maisie Paradise Shearring (Picture Book) – YELLOW-S

Roald Dahl’s Beastly Brutes & Heroic Human Beans

David Bowie by Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Junior Non-Fiction)

All I Want for Christmas (DVD) 

Daisy at the Beach by Anna Holly – EJ DAIS

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Susanna Davidson – EJ USBO

The Immortal Jellyfish by Sang Miao (Picture Book) – RED-M

Just Because by Mac Barnett – (Picture Book) – YELLOW-B

Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Dieckmann (Picture Book – RED-D

Charmed by Jen Calonita – J CALO

Twas the Fart Before Christmas by Adam Wallace (Picture Book) – YELLOW-W

ADULT FICTION

Serpent in the Heather by Kay Kenyon

The Truants by Kate Weinberg

Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

TALKING BOOKS

Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes – CDT HUGH

Christmas in Peppercorn Street by Anna Jacobs – CDT JACO

Blood in Eden by Peter Tremayne – CDT TREM

The Body on the Train by Frances Brody – CDT BROD

MOVIES & TV

Camino Skies 

Christmas Around the Corner

Das Boot – Season 1

Father Brown – Season 7 

Grey’s Anatomy – Season 15

Surviving Christmas

Booksmart

Late Night

Uncover Something New Library Lovers Day 2020

Uncover Something New, Library Lovers Day 2020

Help City of Parramatta Libraries celebrated ‘Library Lovers Day’ on Friday on 14th February 2020 and ‘Uncover Something New!’

Participating is simple! Borrow one of our specially wrapped books on the day. Find a SILVER ticket inside to win one of seven $30 Dymocks gift cards. Find the lucky GOLDEN ticket to win a $50 Dymocks gift card.

Each ‘Blind Book’ will come with an ‘Uncover Something New’ bookmark, plus a book themed trivia sheet.

Trivia answers will be available from Library branches from Tuesday 18 February 2020 and online at Parra Reads.

Lucky winners can present their tickets at any of our libraries between Tuesday 18 February & Friday 21 February to claim their prize.

Drop in to any of our Libraries on Friday 14 February to borrow a book. Available while stocks last.

Open to adults aged 18+. You must me a library member to participate. A total of two books per person can be borrowed.

Library Lovers Day – Terms & Conditions