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New fiction titles


The Ghost Tree by Barbara Erskine

Before you follow the path into your family’s history, beware of the secrets you may find…

The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine.

Goodreads rating 4.44/5




Court of Wolves (Book 2 New World Trilogy) by Robyn Young

The New World Rising trilogy continues with this immersive, atmospheric adventure set in Florence and southern Spain in the last decades of the 15th century, when everybody wants a piece of the pie they except Christopher Columbus to discover when he sets sail. Beautifully, elegantly written as you’d expect from Robyn Young.

Goodreads rating 4.33/5





New non-fiction titles



3D Game Programming for Kids : Create Interactive Worlds with JavaScript – Chris Storm

You know what’s even better than playing games? Creating your own. Even if you’re an absolute beginner, this book will teach you how to make your own online games with interactive examples. You’ll learn programming using nothing more than a browser, and see cool, 3D results as you type. You’ll learn real-world programming skills in a real programming language: JavaScript, the language of the web. You’ll be amazed at what you can do as you build interactive worlds and fun games.

Goodreads rating 4.03/5


New DVD’s



Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space,  examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

IMBD 4.2/10



Agatha Christies Poirot Series 8 

Hercule Poirot, the world’s greatest detective, nest-ce pas? Enigmatic, eccentric and extremely intelligent, Hercule Poirot cracks the toughest cases with brainpower alone, endearing himself to thinkers everywhere. Epitomising Agatha Christie’s Poirot, David Suchet stars as the dapper and debonair Belgian detective with an eye for deadly detail, outsmarting both the criminals and his cohorts in and around elegant upper-crust London.




Novel Conversations

Find Your Treasure : Children’s Book Council of Australia 2018

It was Children’s Book Week and this year’s theme was Find Your Treasure. Not only is it a catchy theme but it is absolutely spot on.

As many of us can attest, there are so many fabulous reading gems out there to be discovered.

Established in 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a volunteer run, not for profit organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.

Each year the CBCA develops a list of notable books to bring to the public’s attention and enhance reading experiences for young people.

Numerous studies have shown the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories with babies and children of all ages.

It assists with the development of early language, pre-reading skills, listening skills and comprehension, igniting little neurons in your child’s brain. 

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research study proves a causal effect between the frequency of reading to a child and his or her development.

Children who are read to six to seven days a week are almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to. These are significant finds as to the positive effects of reading to your child.

Children’s Book Council of Australia book selection has some outstanding books such as Swan Lake by Anne Supdvilas with breathtaking illustrations, a beautifully illustrated picture book and some fantastic adventures like The Great Rabbit Chase by Freya Blackwood and her cute pet rabbit who likes to escape.

Some notable books in the young reader section are The Shop at Hoopers Bend by the renowned Australian Emily Rodda and How to Bee by Bren MacDibble, a beautifully written tale of belonging.


Any of the recommended CBCA titles would be great to share with your child or if they are independent readers there are some great titles to introduce them to.

Shire of Dardanup Libraries have a selection of the CBCA titles on order but we can also access any from the list through the One Library System.

So come on in for Children’s Book Week and Find Your Treasure at the library.




Book Talk

New fiction titles



The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

Another title in the Charlie Parker series, although can be read as a stand- alone crime novel.  When a young woman’s body is found in the woods in Maine, it is apparent she was pregnant, but where is the child?  Parker is assigned the case to identify the young woman and find what happened to the child.  This is an edge of your seat thriller, fast paced and with twists and turns that will leave your head spinning.

Goodreads rating 4.44/5





Return to Roseglen by Helene Young

Queen of romantic suspense, Helene’s 7th novel tells the story of Ivy Dunmore, an aging and frail station owner.  Themes of elder abuse, aging and inter-generation relationships are examined.  This is an intelligent and beautifully written book on very relevant issues affecting older Australians.

Goodreads rating 4.33/5


New non-fiction titles



Icy Graves : Exploration and Death in the Antarctic by Stephen Haddelsey

Stephen Haddelsey examines in detail fatal accidents that have occurred in field of exploration of Antarctica.  Some of the accidents examined are famous explorers, and also lesser known figures and many with excerpts in their own words.






Spying on Whales : the past, present and future of the world’s largest animals by Nick Pyenson

Paleonologist Nick Pyenson reveals in this wonderfully detailed and readable book the life of whales, looking back to fossilized forms and the future of the world’s largest mammal.   Pyenson successfully brings science to the everyday reader with the plight of these beautiful and intelligent creatures of the deep.




New DVD’s



The Borrowers

Although this movie was released in 1997, we now have a copy in the library of this timeless comedy.  John Goodman plays the evil real estate developer and ”the borrowers” are tiny little people living in the walls of a house they are determined to save from destruction.   This film has many laugh out loud moments and is lots of fun.

IMBD 5.8/10





Paddington 2

Who could not fall in love with the adorable Paddington?  In this movie Paddington has moved in with the Brown’s and works at odd jobs so he can buy Aunt Lucy a 100th birthday present.  Follow Paddington’s antics after he discovers the special birthday gift is stolen.

IMBD 7.9/10



Popular Magazine selection



Australian Vegan Magazine

The Australian Vegan magazine showcases lots of delicious meat and dairy free options from quick family meals to more elaborate feasts.







Camper Trailer Touring

Fabulous magazine for anyone looking at camper trailer purchases, holidays and accessories.  Camper trailers make great, affordable family holidays and free access to this magazine is ideal for investigating and planning your next family holiday.




Novel Conversations

The Relevance of Poetry in the 21st Century

The power of poetry has an important role now, more than ever.  In this disconnected world we live, poetry can connect people across cultures and throughout all demographics helping us make sense of the world we live in.  Anyone can write a poem, a cathartic form of diary writing to express thoughts, experiences or feelings.

There are poems that take us to the heart of our nation such as the opening verse of Dorothea MacKellar’s My Country :-

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of droughts and flooding rains.



This well-known Australian poem evokes images of our rugged landscape that will touch the heart of all Australians.  John Kinsella is another Australian poet who conjures up images of our country.  In the fourth stanza of  Il faut cultivar notre jardin Kinsella’s description brings to mind the changing seasons :-


Late winter warmth

Dries cushions of moss,

Rapidly brittle and crumbling

Around purple sprays

Of Paterson’s Curse;



John Kinsella’s book Drowning in Wheat is a selection of poems from 1980 – 2015 that mediates on the Australian land, flora, fauna and people.

Statistically poetry reading is on the rise with 12% of the US adult population reading poetry in 2017 being the highest recorded over a 15 year period (National Endowment for the Arts website).  The local poetry scene is alive and well with the Perth Poetry Festival 2018 running a series of events and workshops between 10 – 19 August (

As one of your Eaton Community Library local library officers I thought I’d write a poem to share the relevance of poetry and show how anyone can put pen to paper:-

Your Poem

I sit here

Coffee cup in hand

To write you a poem

About the relevance of poetry.

In short

It’s a story

Of human expression.

Full of imagery that

Reflects our world, culture, self.

Emotionally relating is


Its constant,

This figurative language

A philosophy across time

Music through a landscape of generations

Yours and mine.

(S Gratwick)



What’s New in the Library

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter. It’s half-way through the year!

At Eaton Community Library, we’ve got some new and exciting things happening, We now have EFTPOS facilities for use when paying for printing or lost books.

We have also been successful in receiving a grant for the Be Connected program supported by the Good Things Foundation and the Australian Government.

Be Connected is an Australia-wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. We have online learning resources, workshops as well as in-person support to help you develop your digital skills and confidence.

Through the grant we received a new computer dedicated to supporting our patrons in this awesome program. If you have any questions about the program please don’t hesitate to ask. Or click here for more information.

We are busily planning adult and children’s events for the rest of the year. Follow our Facebook page or our website for more information and stay in the loop on what we have coming up.

Don’t miss out on the exciting events and workshops by booking your place before they book out!