Featured Workshop

Laser Tag in the Library

Laser tag is back!

Get excited because we are converting the library into a battle field for an afternoon of laser tag fun.

This program always books out so make sure you get in quick!

Click here to book now.

Eaton: Saturday 22nd April- 2:00pm – 3:00pm

What’s On – April 2017

Think you know libraries? Think again.

It’s that time again! School holidays are here and our APRIL calendar has all you need to keep the kids busy.

Laser tag is back! Get excited because we are converting the library into a battle field for an afternoon of laser tag fun. This program always books out so make sure you get in quick.

Is your child a budding scientist? If so, why not book them into one of the science activities we have on offer this school holidays. We have Egg Rubber Balls, Rainbow Jars and a Marshmallow Experiment, which are all bound to be a lot of fun.

We also have Pollen Nation taking a workshop for the kids on flower arranging and plenty of craft and cooking to prepare for the Easter long weekend.

So check out the calendar below and see what tickles your fancy.

Don’t forget… all of our April Calendar Activities and workshops are FREE but places are limited so BOOK NOW!

Click here to download the April calendar now.

What’s New

The convenience of SMS messages is now available for library notices.

You can now sign up at the Eaton Library or online to receive SMS notifications for:

  • Due date alerts – we will advise you 3 days before your library items are due!
  • Hold notifications – to inform you that your requested materials are ready for pickup
  • Overdue notices – allow you to respond promptly to renew or return your materials

Advise any of the library staff if you would like to sign up for the SMS notifications.  You can also register yourself through the library catalogue:

  • Click on the ‘My Account’ link on the library catalogue
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the ‘SMS Notifications’ link just above the library addresses
  • Click on ‘Add New’ at the right side of that section
  • In the Label field, enter Mobile
  • Then enter your mobile number, with no spaces, dots, or dashes
  • Tick the boxes for Overdue Notice, Hold Pickup Notice, and Manual Message, then click Save

As part of the South West Library Consortium, the Shire of Dardanup Libraries is pleased to offer this convenience service.  As a further convenience, you can use one card to check out materials from any of the participating south west libraries, and you may pick up or return materials at any of those libraries.

Novel Conversations – April 2017

Healthy reading for World Health Day.

Friday, 7 April is World Health Day, marking the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation.  Library resources can help to improve world health by providing information to you, your family, and the community.

For many, World Health Day is a great time to take extra healthy steps, consider getting a gym membership (and going!), or starting a diet. If you’re struggling for inspiration there are plenty of ideas on our shelves and online at the Shire of Dardanup Libraries. Recent favourites include That Sugar Book, which looks at ways of modifying our eating habits and minimising sugar in our diet; Fast Exercise dispels common exercise myths and offers practical exercises that take only a few minutes; Reboot Your Brain looks at techniques to improve memory; The Diabetes Miracle outlines simple lifestyle techniques to control diabetes; and Tired But Wired is an increasingly relevant exploration of the underlying causes of common sleep problems in this digital age.

Each year the World Health Organisation highlights a current world health issue, and their theme for 2017 is depression. Affecting people from all walks of life, and from all ages, depression impacts a person’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks. With often disastrous consequences for relationships and work, the illness can lead to self harm and suicide. In Behind the Smile, local author Joshua Cunniffe recounts his devastating encounter with depression in his teenage years. The book provides an insightful look at the effects of the illness from a young age and the impact it can have on those formative years. Similarly, Elisa Black’s The Anxiety Book is a memoir of the authors own experience with many anxiety disorders and examines their effects on her life and the science behind them. Through the awareness and understanding these and similar books provide, the stigma associated with the condition will be reduced, and lead more people to seek help.

If you’d like even more health-focused resources, our online eBooks, eAudios, and databases have almost 1,500 health-related titles.  All these and more can be found in our library catalogue.

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services, plus more from our broad selection of titles you may enjoy.  Click on the title or the cover to visit our catalogue and place a hold on any of these items:

In Fiction


Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

The prose of this beautifully written book will stay with you long after you have finished. Sebastian Barry is a two-time finalist for the Man Booker prize and Days Without End will surely have him in the running again.  This story is set in the American Indian and Civil Wars and follows the journey of Thomas McNulty as he flees from Ireland straight into the turmoil of war. Despite the harsh reality of the topic, Barry brings real heart to the wonderful characters depicted in this novel.

Goodreads rating 4.11/5



The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

Melissa Ashley was a guest at the Perth Writer’s Festival this year, sharing her passion for this beautiful story about Elizabeth Gould. Thoroughly researched, this novel reads more like a biography than a work of fiction.  The story follows Elizabeth, a talented artist, and her partnership with zoologist John Gould, and tells of their collaboration to produce long lasting works of ornithology study and art.  Greatly detailed depictions of early Australia and the science of that period.  Large Print Edition available.

Goodreads rating 3.94/5

In Non-Fiction


Pistols and Petticoats : 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction by Erika Janik

A fascinating read, comparing fact and fiction of the last 175 years of crime heroines. Experience Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple through to the newer crimes from Patricia Cornwell with Kay Scarpetta and Temperance Brennan.  This book is full of strong female characters who have provided a platform for today’s reading and viewing material.

Goodreads rating 3.5/5




Killing Time Surviving Dubai’s Most Notorious Prisons by Karl Williams and Justin Penrose

Karl Williams was holidaying in Dubai when he was accused of drug dealing. He was innocent but the authorities didn’t care.  This brutal and harrowing account of Karl’s survival, spending a year in Dubai’s Port Rashid prison, is utterly gripping.  With the help of the human right defender’s organisation Reprieve, Karl was released and shares in detail his account of this time.

Goodreads rating 3.68/5


Light Between Oceans

One of my favourite books adapted for film, and a very satisfying adaption too. This is the story of a young couple, a lighthouse keeper and his wife who live on a small, remote island off the coast of Australia.  Unfortunately due to miscarriages they are unable to have children.  But one morning a boat washes up on shore with a dead man and a crying baby.  So begins this story of great intensity when they decide to keep the baby as their own.

IMBD rating 7.2/10

Light Between Oceans book also available




Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Following on from the first movie Jack Reacher and the Lee Child books that they are based on, this is the next installment in the series.  As usual there is action, conspiracy plots, bad government officials, and more action.  Fans of fast-paced action will love the kick-butt fight scenes of Tom Cruise’s character and high octane adventure around the world.

IMBD rating 6.1/10

Never Go Back book also available



 You may have missed . . .

This month we feature two popular ebooks, a quick and efficient option to access a great range of titles.

Audio books can be accessed directly from the library catalogue.  Use your library card to check out eAudiobooks 24/7.  Download to compatible devices (sorry, not currently available for Kindles) and take your portable library with you.  Check out our user guide or the help page for information on downloading to specific devices.


Ice Station, by Matthew Reilly

This is the first book in an action-packed series by this Australian author.  If you love action, gadgets, and a character who keeps calm under pressure, then this series is definitely for you!   Scarecrow keeps you on the edge of your seat as he goes from one high-tension situation to another – you won’t be able to put this one down!

Goodreads rating 4.1/5

Also available as an eAudio book




Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

History, fantasy, romance and sex. Bitter Greens is largely set in the seductive Venice of the 1500s.  This tale paints a gorgeous and treacherous landscape that revolves around three beautiful women who live their lives in entirely different ways. One is sent to a nunnery for her scandalous affairs, another is a courtesan with a penchant for witchcraft, and another is locked away in a tower, a Rapunzel yearning for a richer life outside.

Goodreads rating 3.99/5