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

Best reads of 2021!

As we get closer to Christmas and the end of another year we thought it would be a great time to share our Best Reads of 2021!

2021 might not have been a good year under normal circumstances but it certainly turned out to be a great year for good books and we love nothing better than sharing our love of great books with everyone.

We have listed some of the best books we read in 2021 in the hopes you might find something enjoyable to read over the Christmas and summer break.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season filled with lots of great reads; which by coincidence can be found at your local City of Parramatta Library!

Happy reading.

Some of the great books we read in 2021….

Asking a librarian to limit their favourite book of the year to just one title is impossible! So we have decided to include every title we loved year. Download the complete uncut list now! Jam packed full of our 5/5 picks. Guaranteed to keep you busy way past Christmas and summer.

Best Reads of 2021 – Staff Picks

Second Chance Books

Thank you to everyone who responded and assisted me with putting together a list of books, that at some point in time we, ‘just couldn’t finish’.

There were a few books that more than one person couldn’t finish, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘, ‘The Girl on the Train‘ and ‘Twilight‘.

Click on the link below to check out the full list of titles. You never know you might just find the perfect title to read in June!

Books we just couldn’t finish, Second Chance Books

Happy Reading,

Jody

Book Club Books Reviews April 2021

Girt by David Hunt

Hunt takes an irreverently humorous look at the early and tumultuous period of history from before Cook to the end of Macquarie’s ‘reign’.

It is amusing to begin with, but its’ too clever by half style quickly becomes tedious. It contains many footnotes and a large bibliography to underpin its’ historical veracity and may be popular with young high school students as a palatable introduction to Australian history studies.

5/10

Read by the Dundas Readers

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People is the story of Connell and Marianne who come from completely different backgrounds, but who are drawn to each other through different stages of their lives, starting at high school.  Two young kids desperately wanting to be normal.

It is very well written, and it feels a little like a character study.  It was a very different book for our group to read and generated a lot of discussion among us.  Overall, we liked this book for the issues and questions it raised.  From depression and anxiety to socio-economic status and teenage angst. 

7.5/10

Read by Cultcha Club

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

This novel, although so confronting in many scenes, was to us, essentially a love story. It was full of symbolism and hope, emphasising the importance of community, understanding and empathy. It was a gentle read and although it seemed simple, the topic and characterisations were complex. We felt it reminded us to listen to the stories that people have to tell, to remember happiness and to have hope. Providing contact information to refugee organisations was a practical way to provide help.

Read by MJ Readers

Podcast Fantasy Fiction

Sitting under the umbrella of ‘speculative’ fiction, Fantasy Fiction pulls the reader into a universe made up of complex relationships, of magical beings, of fascinating creatures and of supernatural elements that are often based on or influenced by existing myths and mythology.

Join Nisa and Rachel as they discussed two novels and two novellas in the genre:

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart. Orbit, 2020

The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood. Tor, 2020 –

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. Tor, 2020

Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho. Tor, 2020