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Some interesting and quirky facts about libraries that you may not know:

– In ancient Egypt, all ships visiting the city were obliged to surrender their books to the library of Alexandria and be copied. The original would be kept in the library   and the copy given back to the owner.

There is a library in Estonian airport, where you can borrow books for your trip and the whole thing operates off an honor system.

– There are no due dates, not even a librarian. If a patron wants to keep a book, the airport just asks that they supply a different one.

– There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the United States.


– There are libraries around the world where you can check-out humans as a living book and listen to their stories. There are 150 such libraries around the world.

– Some German cities have public “art libraries” where you pay up to five Euros to borrow paintings and sculptures from local artists to put into your own home for several months.

– The Guinness Book of World Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.

– Some libraries allow you to check out seeds with the intention that you will replace the seeds when your crop is harvested.

– The Harvard University library collection of books bound in human skin.

– A 124,500 square foot abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, has been turned into the largest single-floor public library in the United States.

– Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has no windows because the walls are made of translucent marble.

– In Norway, you can return your library book anywhere in the country regardless of where it was loaned.

– The Oakland Library in California maintains a “tool lending library” of 3500 tools to lend out to the community.

Book Talk – May

Books, Books and more Books!! So many new books have been flowing into the library of late.

We have been purchasing so many books that our collection is overflowing so now is the perfect time to come in and pick up some new titles to enjoy.



The Wolf in Winter – by John Connolly 

Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins . . .

The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of the Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town . . .But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.


Redeployment – by Phil Klay

Winner of the National Book Award

Phil Klay’s Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.
In Redeployment, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating human corpses must learn what it is like to return to domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people “who have no idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon died.”  In “After Action Report”, a Lance Corporal seeks expiation for a killing he didn’t commit, in order that his best friend will be unburdened.  A Mortuary Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting remains — of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both.  A chaplain sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a ferocious Colonel.  And in the darkly comic “Money as a Weapons System”, a young Foreign Service Officer is given the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by teaching them to play baseball.  These stories reveal the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy, comradeship and violence that make up a soldier’s daily life at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can accompany a soldier’s homecoming.Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing.  Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.  Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

The Night Guest – by Fiona McFarlane

A mesmerizing first novel about trust, dependence, and fear, from a major new writer

Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. Her routines are few and small. One day a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman—Frida—claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in.

Now that Frida is in her house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? Why do memories of childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry with her her own troubled past? And how far can Ruth trust herself?

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane’s hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a tale that soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about aging, love, trust, dependence, and fear; about processes of colonization; and about things (and people) in places they shouldn’t be. Here is a new writer who comes to us fully formed, working wonders with language, renewing our faith in the power of fiction to describe the mysterious workings of our minds.

O1736739live Kitteridge – by Elizabeth Strout


In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.


COV_LetsPretendThisNeverHappened.inddLet’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) – by Jenny Lawson 

Winner – Goodreads Choice 2012 

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments-the ones we want to pretend never happened-are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started. – rated 3.88 of 5 stars

 23645681Bad Behaviour – by Rebecca Starford

It should have been a time of acquiring confidence, building self respect and independence, of fostering a connection with the natural world through long hikes…
A gripping, compulsively readable memoir of bullying at an elite country boarding school. – rated 3.66 of 5 stars




Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story – by Barry Bateman, Mandy Wiener

Oscar Pistorius was the golden boy of South African sport, and an inspiration to millions around the world – until the tragic shooting that left his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead, and Pistorius on trial for murder.
Behind The Door will be written by South African journalists Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman. Published once the trial is concluded, it will explore the characters involved, relate the courtroom interactions and unpack the forensic and circumstantial evidence.
But more than that, this book seeks to go beyond the facts of the case in search of the wider context behind this shocking tragedy: the back-story of the police investigation, the nature of the South African criminal justice system, the culture of violence in South Africa and the need of society to create flawed heroes who are destined to fail.

Book Talk – April

BookTalk April

These books are new to Shire of Dardanup Library Services. Get in touch and reserve your copy today.

In Fiction

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

Golden Boys

Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian live in a world of shiny, new things – skateboards, slot cars, train sets and even the latest BMX. Their affluent father, Rex, has made sure that they’ll be the envy of the new, working-class suburb they’ve moved to.

But underneath the surface of the perfect family, is there something unsettling about the Jensons? To the local kids, Rex becomes a kind of hero, but Colt senses there’s something in his father that could destroy their fragile new lives. 3.9 out of 5



Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark places

By the author of Gone girl.

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find. 3.9 out of 5

Untamed by Anna Cowan


Anna Cowan is an Australian writer based in Melbourne.

Outspoken and opinionated, Katherine Sutherland is ill at ease amongst the fine ladies of Regency London. She is more familiar with farmers and her blunt opinions and rough manners offend polite society. Yet when she hears the scandalous rumours involving her sister and the seductive Duke of Darlington, the fiercely loyal Katherine vows to save her sister’s marriage – whatever the cost.

Intrigued by Katherine’s interference in his affairs, the manipulative Duke is soon fascinated. He engages in a daring deception and follows her back to her country home. Here, their intense connection shocks them both. But the Duke’s games have dangerous consequences, and the potential to throw both their lives into chaos… 3.9 out of 5

First frost by Sarah Addison Allen

First frost

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves…

It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.

When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it all, the Waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost. 4 out of 5


In Non Fiction

Girt: The Unauthorised history of Australia by David Hunt


In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia’s past, from megafauna to Macquarie – the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.

Our nation’s beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us.

“A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.”

John Birmingham 4 out of 5


Clean living: Fast food by Luke and Scott

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Bondi boys Luke and Scott are back, and this time they’re out to cure your junk food cravings! One of the biggest challenges of embarking on a new diet is coping with the cravings for all that fast food you’ve had to give up. In CLEAN LIVING FAST FOOD Luke and Scott provide delicious and healthy alternatives to the foods you love – whether it’s pizza, chocolate, doughnuts or fish and chips.

Not rated

What’s New – March

This month is the lead up to some exciting new workshops that we will be bringing to you over the next few months, so our What’s New is a little different in that we have installed a fantastic display cabinet full of the exciting items that you will be able to create over the coming months.

The display has already caused quite a discussion amongst our patrons and many have become excited about when these workshops are starting…

The pictures of the cabinets are just a sneak peak glimpse to what is in store for everyone who loves craft as a hobby. You will need to visit the library to have a close look at the beautiful hand made pieces on display.

No matter how creative you think you are, or aren’t, these workshops will be perfect for you as you will be shown step by step from our expert artist Kerry Gelmi how to create these amazing and beautiful items…

Stay tuned for April when the first of our workshops will begin. We will have 2 fantastic workshops for the kids over the school holidays and one for the adults.

Don’t miss out, feel free to contact the library staff when you are next visiting the library to express your interest.


Book Talk – March

Have a look what is due into our collection in March. These items haven’t made it here yet, but feel free to place your reservation with staff, to ensure you’re the first to get hold of the items.

In Fiction

All the lightAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr .

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Goodreads Choice 2014 winner rates : 4.26 of 5


Orphan Train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are. rates : 4.09 of 5

In Non – Fiction

Benji, Benji Marshall: my game, my story by Glenn JacksonBenji

“Benji equals anybody I’ve seen in terms of flair, and making something happen he is a remarkable talent, born out of living on the edge. That’s the way he is. He was made to be a footballer…” -Wayne Bennett

Benji Marshall is a sporting superstar- a once in a generation player.
This is his story- from growing up in a small NZ town, born to a young mother (and a father he’s never met) to today- winner of the Golden Boot Award, and acknowledged
as the best rugby league player in the world.
He was a natural player from the very beginning. He was just 18 years of age and on a sporting scholarship at the Gold Coast school, when he first played for Wests Tigers against Newcastle and he’s played for Wests ever since.
He’s been a part of the stunning Grand Final victory against the North Queensland Cowboys, New Zealand’s victory in the 2008 world cup, and was New Zealand captain when the Kiwis won the Four Nations series in 2010.

This is Benji Marshall as you’ve never seen him before- an inside account of sport played at the very highest level, by a true master of the game (taken from back and inside cover respectively) : rates 4.00 out of 5


GirtGirt: The Unauthorised History of Australia by David Hunt

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia …

In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia’s past, from megafauna to Macquarie – the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.
Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of “felony of sock,” and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia’s only military coup.

Our nation’s beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us.

Not to read it would be un-Australian.

About the author: David Hunt is an unusually tall and handsome man who likes writing his own biographical notes for all the books he has written (one). He has worked as an historical consultant and comedy writer for television, and also has a proper job.
“A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.”John Birmingham

“Hilarious and insightful — Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia’s history.” Chris Taylor, The Chaser

Winner of the 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction. : rates 4.03 of 5 stars


MV5BMTIwMTQ4MDA0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDg3NTEyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Addams Family Values (1993)

A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love. rates Ratings: 6.6/10