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Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you may enjoy . . .

In Fiction

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon

Part memoir (or is it?), part fiction, with a brilliant dose of imagination; all this and more is packaged between the covers of this book.   Chabon visits his terminally ill grandfather, who reveals secrets and confessions of an unbelievable life lived.  There is a real richness in the layering of the story and descriptive detail on the small, everyday events that happen.  Running the gauntlet of all emotions, Moonglow is incredibly moving and inventive.

Ebook : https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2766685

Goodreads rating 4.1/5

 

 

 

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle by Jackie Frenchjackie-french

A young adult, historical romance novel set in 1972, a time of upheaval and turmoil in Australia when the Whitlam government was dismissed and universal love and peace was dreamt for. Based on French’s experiences growing up in the 1970s in a small town with communes and alternative “hippies”.  This is Matilda’s story.

Ebook : https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2968446

Goodreads rating 4.67/5

 

 

In Non-Fiction

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Maggie Smith A Biography by Michael Coveney

Large Print Edition : The amazing, beautiful, and talented Maggie Smith’s acting life is presented in great detail in this biography by Michael Coveney. The book covers her early career in 1952 with her Broadway debut, all the way up to ‘The Lady in the Van’ film in 2015.  Smith’s quick wit and talent permeates all her roles ensuring she is adored by all her fans young and old.

Goodreads rating 2.88/5

 

 

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Last of the Giants : The True Story of Guns n’ Roses by Mick Wall

Mick Wall has written biographies on numerous bands of rock, including AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Foo Fighters, and Prince to name just a few, so he is amply qualified to write this latest biography on Guns n’ Roses.  This is a celebration of the band and its frontman Axl Rose in extraordinary detail.

 

 

In DVDs

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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents’ deaths, John Clayton (John Skarsgard) would be raised by an ape and known as Tarzan.  As an adult, he would leave Africa with Jane Porter (Margot Robbie), and go to his parents former home in England. Eventually he returns to Africa to try and prove atrocities committed by Belgian King Leopold. Accompanied by an American, George Washington Williams (Samuel L Jackson) Tarzan and Jane experience danger and adventures, including capture by their enemies.

IMDB rating 6.4/10

 

 

The Boy (2016)the-boy

Greta is a young American nanny in a remote English village, and discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll; the parents care for him just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years ago.  But a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta to believe that the doll is actually alive.

Creepy dolls and poltergeists may have been overdone in the past decades, but the story has NEVER been done like this.  This film brought a refreshing perspective on this genre, and I can honestly say I never saw the twist coming. Overall, it was above average yet unnerving.

IMDB rating 6.0/10

You may have missed . . .

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

Use your library card to check out eBooks 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.

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Japan Lonely Planet Guide

This is a brilliant use of the e-book format – travel guides. Comprehensive in its detail Lonely Planet guides are for all budgets from back packing through to 5 star accommodation.  Bursting with cultural tips, places to stay and sights to see.  Pack a Lonely Planet Guide e-book on your next adventure.

https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2385763

 

 

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child : Parts One and Two by JK Rowling

Haven’t been able to get your hands on the latest Harry Potter book? No matter because you can access it free to loan here from your library.  The 8th book in the Harry Potter series and the first official story to be presented to stage.

https://wapldmc.overdrive.com/media/2706485

 

Novel Conversations

Digitisation and the changing library.

Libraries are not about books, rather the thoughts and knowledge that is borne from them. Maintaining this intellectual content is at the very core of digitisation.

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The digitisation process has been described as “a series of collaborative activities that transforms analog materials into a digital format”.  In libraries this is most often understood as the scanning of books into electronic files, kept on servers and digitally retrieved when needed. However, digitisation efforts are currently in place to collect images, sound, and audiovisual data around the world. Projects such as Google Books push the boundaries of copyright and public domain. Generally the need for digitisation is to improve sustainable access and preserve materials by reducing their handling. The ultimate goal is for digitised materials to be searchable on the Internet, thereby sharing the collection with a wider audience. These two needs aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. Rare books that are digitised for preservation may also find new life as more people are able to view the resource digitally. It is this global connectivity, the prospect of getting local information to individuals searching from anywhere in the world, that will continue to drive digitisation projects into the future. With each passing year new digitisation vendors have emerged creating a competitive marketplace which institutions are taking full advantage of. Libraries of all sizes are now contemplating, planning or engaged in some sort of digitisation initiative.

The core of library service is still essentially facilitating access to information and a key part of that chain in the analog world has been the Interlibrary Loans Scheme (ILLs).  However, studies have found that the cost of an item loaned through ILLs was approximately ten times the cost of an ordinary loan item; by any standard, a premium service! One solution is in the digitisation of library collections. E-books now serve as texts in some of the most fundamental classes taught in universities. However, largely due to issues surrounding copyright and licensing, the ability to share e-books with patrons via interlibrary loan has predominantly been ignored by publishers and libraries alike. Observers however note that an e-book interlibrary loan program would be “in spirit and in practice” the same process currently used for physical items by public and academic libraries globally. Furthermore, as there is no such thing as a lost e-book, shipping or replacement costs would be non-existent. Furthermore, it could be lent many times instantaneously (and simultaneously, if licensing allows) increasing access to users who would be able to download the e-books at their convenience on their own device.

Through digitisation the landscape of library services is changing rapidly. As it becomes more affordable, libraries will increasingly initiate their own projects, their collections becoming available as e-books. The “Discovery to Delivery” process remains at the heart of library operations and core services such as the interlibrary loan scheme can be applied to benefit both user and library while new technologies make the process more and more convenient.

What’s New

How does the library choose books and magazines for the library’s collections?

The Eaton and Dardanup libraries have popular reading collections, with best selling authors, popular series, and informative non-fiction titles.
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The librarians try to select books they know would interest library readers, and use best seller lists, critical reviews, and library journals to do so.  One of the selection tools we use is Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, and their mission is to help people find and share books they love.  You can sign up with Goodreads for free, and have book discussions with your Goodreads friends, post your own book reviews, or keep lists of books you’d like to read.

The library will also select titles based on your recommendations; if you follow a favorite author or series, you may hear about the next new title before we do!  Feel free to suggest titles to us, and we’ll decide whether to add to the collection, or borrow it from another library.  You can even find the Eaton Community Library on Goodreads and recommend titles to us there.

Book Talk

Here are some new additions to Shire of Dardanup Library Services for this month, plus more from our selection of titles you should read in your lifetime . . .

In Fiction

The Candidates : based on a true country by Matthew S. Hiley

Nothing is sacred in this comic short novel from Matthew S. Hiley. His wit is sharp and quick, and this story is dark, cynical, and hilarious. Politics-as-usual and pop-culture are thoroughly skewered in one of the most absurd and entertaining stories ever told.

3.5 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Helen Simonson’s beloved, New York Times bestselling debut, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, instantly established her reputation as an uncommonly gifted storyteller, with humor, wit, and a sharp eye for character. Now she returns with an equally compelling work of fiction, one that reaches far beyond the small English village in which it is set.

3.9 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

In Non-Fiction

Sue Williamson : Life and Work by Mark Gevisser

This monograph celebrates the forty-year artistic career of Sue Williamson, one of South Africa’s most respected artists and a key member of the pioneering generation whose work challenged the Apartheid state in the 1970s and 1980s.

4.5 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell

“Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” to “Did Charles Dickens ever write anything fun?” Anyone who has ever worked in retail will nod knowingly at requests like “I’ve forgotten my glasses, can you read me the first chapter?” Filled with fun and quirky illustrations.

4.0 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

In DVDs

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Mr Robot : The complete first season

Mr. Robot follows Elliot, a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the corporation he is paid to protect.

8.8 out of 10 stars www.imdb.com

Dr. Strangelove or : How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb directed by Stanley Kubrick

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Classic black comedy starring Peter Sellers at his finest.

8.5 out of 10 stars www.imdb.com

What you may have missed . . .

This month we continue to feature some of the Books You Must Read in Your Lifetime. On your next visit to the Library why not take one of these with you:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The story of the chaotic and doomed love of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, set against the moors of England, creates a rare blend of violence and beauty. Bronte’s masterpiece of English literature is a stunningly original and shocking exploration of obsessive passion.

4.0 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com

The Merry-Go-Round Under the Sea by Randolph Stow

An Australian classic, about a young boy growing up in war-time Western Australia. The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea allows us a precious glimpse into a simpler kind of childhood in a country that no longer exists.

3.7 out of 5 stars www.goodreads.com