Recognising IDPwD

Recognising IDPwD Program3 December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). It is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.
City of Parramatta has created a program of events and resources in recognition of and to showcase people with a lived experience of a disability. 

  • Learn more about the NDIS with our online information sessions;
  • Unleash your creativity with the art competition (Prizes worth $650/$200/$75);
  • Join the panel of speakers at Riverside Theatres ‘Stages of Change’ event;
  • Watch Kay Kerr in conversation with her new book, Social Queue, a heart-warming autistic story (Register here); and
  • Discover our resources below to help people living with a disability.

In association with City of Parramatta Libraries and Community Capacity Team, Parramatta Artists’ Studios, Riverside Theatres and Text Publishing.

Stories of Disability
Stories of Disability
Disability Books for Adults
Disability Books for Adults & Parents
Disability Books for Young Adult
Disability Books for Young Adults
Disability Books for Children
Disability Books for Children
Disability Books at Home
Disability Books from Home
Disability Videos
Disability Videos (DVDs & Streaming)

Library Lovers’ Day Wrap-up

On Friday 14 February City of Parramatta Libraries celebrated Library Lovers’ Day! and encouraged our members to ‘Uncover Something New’!

Available for loan were a selection of specially wrapped books and hidden inside were seven Silver tickets and one Golden Ticket. Not to mentioned book themed trivia sheets and a special ‘Uncover Something New’ bookmark in each specially wrapped book.

Library members enjoyed selecting a ‘blind book’ to read. With one cute little boy lovingly selecting two books for his Mum.

One lucky library member at our Ermington Branch Library was the finder of the GOLDEN TICKET.

Thank you to everyone who participated; we hope you had fun! If you are interested in checking your trivia answers, you can find them below.

Trivia – Sheet One – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Two – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Three – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Four – Answers

Trivia – Sheet Five – Answers

Lastly a big shout out to all Library Staff who worked very hard preparing all those wonderfully wrapped book.

Library Lovers’ Day 2020

Uncover Something New!

Did you know on February 14 we not only celebrate ‘Valentines Day’ we also get pretty excited about ‘Library Lovers’ Day’.

This year ‘Uncover Something New’ to help us celebrate the day. Borrow one of our specially wrapped books on ‘Library Lovers Day’, find a SILVER ticket inside to win one of seven $30 Dymocks gift cards or find the lucky GOLDEN ticket to win a $50 Dymocks gift card. Each Blind Book will come with an ‘Uncover Something New’ bookmark, and a book themed trivia sheet.


Library Lovers Day – Terms & Conditions

But wait that’s not all!

We have a special new episode of Parra Pods for you to listen to: ‘Chatting with Rachel Givney’. Rachel is the debut author of Jane in Love, a modern day romance featuring a time travelling Jane Austen. The story poses the question – if Jane Austen had to choose between the heart and the pen, what would she do? We were lucky enough to receive an advance copy and engaged in good natured fights over who got to read it and record the podcast. End result; Katherine & Suzanne won and were lucky enough to enjoy a morning chat with Rachel!

We hope you enjoy the podcast and make sure you reserve your copy of ‘Jane in Love‘.

Happy Reading & Listening


If you are interested in reading an extract of ‘Jane in Love’ then check out this post by Better Reading.

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

Reading & Puzzle Challenge

City of Parramatta Libraries invites you to participate in our Reading & Puzzle Challenge.

Read away the summer, solving puzzles and trivia along the way!

A great way for families to read and play along together!

Read and rate five books, write a small review of your favourite and solve a minimum of five of the weekly puzzles or trivia.

Participating is easy. Pick up a copy of the entry booklet at any of our Libraries, or download a here – Entry Booklet – Reading & Puzzles

For persons who prefer to submit an online entry form you can do so via the links below. Please be sure to complete the form prior to 12:00 am Sunday 9 February 2020.

Adult Entry Form

13+ Entry Form

The Reading & Puzzle challenge is open to adults and teens aged 13+.

Puzzles will be released weekly; however there is no need to rush. The competition open most of the Summer leaving plenty of time for you to complete the puzzles. Puzzles can be viewed at all library locations and online.

All eligible entries will be placed in a draw to win some great prizes!