Refugee Week 2020, Celebrating the Year of Welcome!

Celebrating the Year of Welcome through books!

Not that we need an excuse to talk about books, because frankly it is one of our favourite pastimes.

Because this week is ‘Refugee Week’, we thought we would share with you some stories we have enjoyed reading, in the hope you will find a one that inspires you and at the same time raise awareness to the many issues affecting refugees today.

If you find a book you love among our suggestions; make sure you share it with your reading buddies!

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do – In this long standing popular memoir Anh Do shares his story. Anh Do, a comedian, artist (see ABC TV ‘Anh’s brush with fame) and a writer has made great contribution to Australia.

Yassmin’s story by Yassimin Abdel-Magied – Sudanese-Australian media presenter and writer, who had an early career as a mechanical engineer. She was named Young Queenslander of the year in 2010 and Queensland Australian of the Year in 2015 for her engagement in community work.

Journey of a Thousands storms by Kooshyar Karimi – The title page states that  “One man’s remarkable story of fleeing persecution in Iran, fighting to keep his young family alive as refugees in Turkey, and becoming a successful doctor in suburban Australia”.

Rescue: refugees and the political crisis of our time by David Miliband – With compassion and clarity, David Miliband shows us why we should care and how we can make a difference. He takes us from war zones in the Middle East to the heart of Europe to explain the crisis and show what can be done, not just by governments with the power to change policy but by citizens with the urge to change lives. A book of a much bigger picture beyond each individual but looks into the humanity and innovation ways to deal with refugee crisis.

Unbreakable Threads: the true story of an Australian mother, a refugee boy and what it really means to be a family by Emma Adams – An extraordinary story of courage and kindness and the ultimate triumph of family over what, at times, seem like insurmountable odds.

http://libcat.parracity.nsw.gov.au/client/en_AU/default/search/results?qu=No+friend+but+the+mountain+behrouz&te=No Friend but the Mountain: writing from Manus Prison by Behrouz Boochani – In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally and indefinitely detained on Manus Island. This book is the result. Written on a smuggled mobile phone and translated from Farsi, it is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric first-hand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait through six years of incarceration and exile that – against all the odds – became an award-winning national bestseller.

Happy Reading!

Out of the Box!: New Arrival Highlights

Each month behind the scenes at City of Parramatta Libraries staff work tirelessly to get thousands of new items onto the Library’s shelves each month! Providing library members with a wide range of titles and material to choose from.

Below is a small snapshot of just some of the items to arrive on the shelves in May 2019; including new publications and top-up titles.

Reserving your copy is easy and free, click on the book cover and have your library card and password/pin handy!

Adult Fiction

So many varied and interesting titles including thrillers, fantasy, historical fiction and more!

ADULT NON-FICTION

We have you covered with the following non-fiction titles; so many varied subjects to choose from!

FOR KIDS

A great selection of board books, picture books, junior fiction and non-fiction.

YOUNG ADULT

It does not seem to matter if I am browsing through ‘All About Books’ or checking our recent additions; I always seem to end up with too many Young Adult titles on my TBR list. I hope the following titles allow you to grow your own TBR pile!

Librarians’ Choice – March 2018

The top 10 March 2018 release books as voted for by library staff around Australia is here. There are some by some well known favourites such as Tim Winton, Nicola Moriarty and Fiona McCallum as well as some lesser known talents. Click on the title to reserve a copy now.

The lost flowers of Alice HartHolly Ringland (Librarians’ Choice Favourite)
Alice survives a devastating family tragedy when she is just 9 years old, then goes to live on a flower farm where she learns the language of Australian native flowers – a way to say the things that are too hard to speak. The story celebrates Australia’s beautiful landscape, moving between the lush sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert.  Continue reading