Books that made us

Fans of Australian authors received a treat late last year when Claudia Karvan embarked on a literary journey to celebrate our love of books, met some of our most beloved and brilliant writers, and explored our Australian identity through the place, its people and the power of our stories in ‘Books that made us’ from the ABC. In this 3 episode series Claudia highlighted a diverse range of both modern and past Australian classic stories. The series is available to stream for free via iview so why not (re)watch the series and be inspired to read one or more of the amazing titles featured. The Library has all of the books mentioned in the show available for reserve, simply click on a cover or title. Continue reading

Author Spotlight, Sally Hepworth

The Christmas break proved to be the perfect opportunity to finally read some of Sally Hepworth’s books. Sally Hepworth is one author who I have been wanting to read for a while. It is fair to say I had fairly high expectations of this author as her books are always in demand by library members and book clubs and I wasn’t disappointed.

I started my reading off with Sally’s latest book, ‘The younger wife’; which had the perfect mix of family drama and dark long hidden secrets.

Tully and Rachel are murderous when they discover their father has a new girlfriend. The fact Heather is half his age isn’t even the most shocking part. Stephen is still married to their mother, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease. Heather knows she has an uphill battle to win Tully and Rachel over – particularly while carrying the shameful secrets of her past. But, as it turns out, her soon-to-be stepdaughters have secrets of their own.

The story is told from the view of the three main characters, sisters Tully & Rachel, and Heather, their dad’s new younger wife. I enjoyed this aspect of the book very much as it gave me the opportunity to get to know each character and decide if I like them or not.  While it was clear each of the characters in the books were holding onto some distressing secrets from their past, this was only slightly expanded on. Though the story touches on some serious issues such as rape, eating disorders, kleptomania and both verbal and domestic abuse it never delves deeper into the details and didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. ‘The younger wife‘ left me eager to read more of Sally’s books. 

The next book I read was, ‘The family next door’. I was intrigued by the premise of the story.

The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street. Isabelle Heatherington doesn’t fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers.

What better way to get a readers attention then to mention a close knit street and mothers!

I enjoyed this book from the start and found all of the women in the story likeable. I couldn’t wait to read on and find out what hidden secrets each of the women were holding onto. I finished this book in one sitting and enjoyed it from start to finish.

I am currently reading ‘The good sister’ and am loving it so far.

As you can probably tell by now, I consider myself a huge fan of Sally Hepworth’s books and will continue to read my way through all her books while I eagerly await the release of her next release which I hope will be in 2022.

Happy reading,

Jody

Should you wish to learn more about Sally Hepworth and her books take a look at her website. Sally is Dymocks ‘author of the month’ and there is a great Q&A interview to watch for those who are interested. 

Library Lovers’ Day 2022

To celebrate Library Lovers’ Day the Library is playing Matchmaker!

Going out on a blind date is a lot like opening up a new book – you never know what kind of experience you’re going to have. Hopefully it’s love at first sight!

Borrow one of our special ‘blind date’ books from Friday 11 February to Monday 14 February from any of our library branches.

Take it home and have a read then return your ‘rate the date’ postcard to the library by Monday 7 March for a chance to win a gift card.

For full terms and conditions click here Terms & Conditions.

Library Lovers Day 2022 – Colouring Sheet

Back to School

Did you know City of Parramatta Libraries has a large collection of books and resources to support learning across all ages? From pre-kindergarten up to students studying their HSC.

We have highlighted some great titles for you to explore!


  • Max at school by Rosemary Wells
  • Billie’s school stories (Billie B Brown) by Sally Rippin
  • At school by Pam Holden


Parents & High School Students


Higher School Certificate (HSC)


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Top Loans of 2021

Are you looking for some new reading material? Check out our most borrowed titles of 2021!

Adult Fiction

  1. The sentinel (Jack Reacher book 25) by Lee Child
  2. Daylight (An Atlee Ping book 3) by David Baldacci
  3. Force of nature by Jane Harper
  4. The survivors by Jane Harper
  5. Hidden in plan sight by Jeffrey Archer

Adult Non-Fiction

  1. A promised land by Barack Obama
  2. Atomic habits by James Clear
  3. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson
  4. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  5. The happiest man on earth by Eddie Jaku

Young Adult

  1. Magnus Chase and the ship of the dead by Rick Riordan
  2. Dragon Ball super. 1, Warriors from Universe 6! by Akira Toriyama
  3. Dragon Ball super. 2. The winning universe is decided! by Akira Toriyama
  4. They both die at the end by Adam Silvera
  5. To kill a mockingbird a graphic novel by Fred Fordham

Childrens

  1. The getaway (Diary of a wimpy kid 12) by Jeff Kinney
  2. Crazy Weird! (Weirdo, book 6) by Anh Do
  3. The bad guys. Episode 8, Superbad by Aaron Blabey
  4. Everything’s amazing (sort of) by Liz Pichon
  5. Totally weird (Weirdo, book 5) by Anh Do

Top eAudiobooks (Borrow Box)

Adult

  1. A promised land by Barack Obama
  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  3. The survivors by Jane Harper
  4. Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens
  5. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Young Adult

  1. Shadow and bone (Shadow and bone, book 1) by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The book thief by Markus Zusak
  3. Midnight sun (Twilight, book 5) by Stephenie Meyer
  4. Six of crows (Six of crows, book 1) by Leigh Bardugo
  5. The ballad of songbirds and snakes by Suzanne Collins

Children

  1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
  2. 130 storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
  3. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney
  4. Spooky weird! By Anh Do
  5. The BFG by Roald Dahl

Top eBooks (ePlatform)

Adult

  1. The happiest refugee by Anh Do
  2. The dry by Jane Harper
  3. Animal farm by George Orwell
  4. 61 hours (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child
  5. The missing sister (Seven sisters, book 7) by Lucinda Riley

Young Adult

  1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  2. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  3. The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne
  4. Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, book 1) by Anthony Horowitz
  5. The hunger games by Suzanne Collins

Children

  1. The meltdown (Diary of a wimpy kid, book 13) by Jeff Kinney
  2. The pocket money blues (Billie B Brown series) by Sally Rippin
  3. The witches by Roald Dahl
  4. This is a ball by Matt Stanton
  5. The playground problem (Hey Jack series) by Sally Rippin

Top Streamed Movie/Series (Beamfilm)

  1. Top of the lake series
  2. Mother is wrong
  3. A French village series
  4. Mary Magdalene
  5. The deep blue sea