As you all know, Natalie Muller (Editor-in-residence for 2014 at the Blue Mountains City Library) has been holding her free reading/editing feedback service in our library branches this year. But do you want to find out a bit more about who she is and what she does? Click here to listen to our podcast interview with her, online. It’s a great listen!
Passionate about bringing authors and readers together, Natalie is interested in bringing new voices to the reading public, and exploring the possibilities of e-books. She offers a reading service, providing authors with a critical assessment of their manuscript, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
She will be visiting our library branches and making herself available to discuss reading, writing, what it is like to be a writer and how to improve your writing. The remaining 2014 dates for this free service are: Saturday 9th August at Katoomba Library, Saturday 13thSeptember at Blaxland Library, Saturday 11th October at Springwood Library and Saturday 8th November at Blaxland Library.
Find out more about Natalie and her services via her website at: www.nataliemuller.weebly.com
Also, submissions are now open for the first edition of The Wild Goose, a literary e-journal Natalie is starting, focusing on new Australian writing. The theme of the first edition will be ‘Summer’ – please feel free to interpret this however you like. Submissions of essays, short stories, memoir, poetry and visual material will be accepted. Please have your work submitted before November 1st to be considered for the launch issue. Send your submissions to email@example.comRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Desperate times call for desperate measures. How desperate are we?
Library turns to pole dancing to entice new readers – I’m going to Scotland in May, I’ll check it out. Perhaps I can write my travel expenses off as work related then? – HC
The end of the world as we know it?
BiblioTech: The First Bookless Library – “It’s not a replacement for the (city) library system, it’s an enhancement”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
The winners of the ‘Live Life’ portrait competition for youths (aged 15 – 21yrs) were awarded their prizes earlier this month. Please click here to view the award ceremony at Springwood Library, and see each of the winning portraits. Aniko envisioned an art competition that celebrated the lives of seniors through the eyes of the youth and worked with Naomi to create a project that was promoted to the local high schools. The standard of artworks received was very high – and Sarah Gurich from the new Blue Mountains Cultural Centre was asked to be the judge. Naomi put up an exhibition of the winning works at Springwood Library.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
You can read more about the app on the LibraryThing blog.
Lawson Library hosted a ‘Knit in’ on Friday June 25th. 20 keen women, now known as Lawson LitKNITS, gathered to knit and crochet squares and also sew squares together to make some beautiful wraps. These women were able to share their skills in a very relaxed and social environment. There were lots of laughs and delicious refreshments were enjoyed.
Thank you to all those who contributed to making this such a pleasurable event.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
As you will all see in these photos, Heidi and I were having a hugely strenuous experience tracking through the swamps this morning. Fortunately we are both FIT and energetic and passionate about our environment.
(Through the eyes of a kid)
We all met at Katoomba library at 10am. Our bus driver, Dusan, had a problem about counting the number of seats in his bus and we ended up having to take the Ranger’s car as well. Of course you can well imagine that part of a ‘secret’ is going on a bus and looking back as you speed off thinking, thank goodness my mother isn’t coming! Why does she always look weepy when I board a bus?
And it is even better to be sitting next to your BEST friend with a haversack full of food that you never get to eat at home! BUT I guess from a kid’s perspective, you do need to worry about these lady Librarians . . . they are not as stern as those who get left behind in the library telling you that you still own $5.50 on that book which was late, which you never really got to read anyway.
I got to sit next to the older one. She looked a bit hip in that ‘dry as a bones’ . . . didn’t anyone tell her that you don’t wear that type of gear when you go swamping! The other one with the blond hair was a bit of a cutey . . . It would be great to have a mum like her!
Anyway we headed off and did the normal carry one in a bus . . . windows up and down, trying out to see if the back door actually opened, giving the driver lots of noise . . . good job he didn’t go on about the usual tourist jargon on your route to your destination. And yes, we got there . . . Charles Darwin Walk . . . a creek full of yabbies, skinks, dragonflies, mud glorious mud, bush tucker food, waterfalls, fresh swamp water, hills that took for ever to climb, and yes you’ve got it we emerged with painted faces, gumboots full of water and two an half hours of ‘full on’ information overload on the best swamps in the world at our back yard.
That guy, Mike Hensen, knew more about swamps than I could have believed. He tried getting us to learn the Latin words for bush specimens but I thought it sounded like we were in some foreign country forgetting how to speak English!
Once everyone was settled I noticed this child’s mum and dad up the front of the room looking very very closely at the samples I had brought in. The wife explained to me that her husband only had 40% vision and that he found this technique really interesting. I don’t know what prompted me to do this but I insisted he sit down and try this out.