Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Last Month our Cultcha Club Book Club read ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman.

Read what they thought of it below.

This was a highly anticipated read for our book club.. and it did not disappoint!! What a great read!!  We absolutely loved it!!  Brilliant characters and wonderfully written.  While some of our readers found it a little slow to start, as more of Eleanor’s story was revealed, they soon fell in love.  We liked the way the author took a heavy subject, and turned it into a warm, and funny story, yet never making light of Eleanor’s past.  A perfect holiday read.  Can’t compliment this one enough!!


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Reading & Puzzle Competition Wrap-Up

Our Summer ‘Reading & Puzzle’ competition has now finished. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Eligible entries were placed in a draw and the winners randomly drawn by the Manager Libraries, on Wednesday 19 February. The three lucky winners have notified and will soon be enjoying their ‘bag full of books’.

Participation certificates (for those who elected to receive one), will be available for collection from nominated libraries from Wednesday 27 February 2020. Any certificates not collected by 20 March 2020 will be confidentially destroyed.

If you would like to check your answers, you can do so below or at any of our libraries.

Reading & Puzzle – Answers

We hope you enjoyed participating in this years Summer ‘Reading & Puzzle’ competition and will join in again next Summer!


We have already started discussing ideas for next Summer and we hope to present a bigger and better program for all our members to enjoy!

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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.

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

Top Loans of 2019

Top Loans of 2019 City of Parramatta Libraries

The top loans of 2019 for the City of Parramatta Libraries are here! The top 10 loans for adult fiction, adult non fiction, young adult, junior fiction, eAudio and eBook are below as easy access quick guides. Spotted a title you missed reading last year then simply one click the cover image to reserve your copy now – Happy Reading/Listening.

Top 10 Adult Fiction Loans 2019

Top 10 Adult Non Fiction Loans 2019

Top 10 Young Adult Loans 2019

Top 10 Junior Fiction Loans 2019

Top 10 eAudio Loans 2019

Top 10 eBook Loans 2019

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