Images to make your day…

Posted on September 17, 2013. Filed under: Children's Book Week, Fun Stuff | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

There is little as heart-warming as art made by children, unless of course it’s artworks displaying their love of reading! All 241 entries in our Book Week Art Comp can be viewed in this video (or have a look on our Facebook page if you prefer to look through the gallery of images at your own pace rather than watch the slideshow).

Thank you to all staff for supporting this initiative!

Naomi, Aniko and the Love2Read Committee. 

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Two New Podcasts

Posted on December 4, 2012. Filed under: Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

 

Fiona Turner and Kate Shayler - photo by John Merriman

We have two new podcasts up for your listening pleasure –

Episode 28: Springwood local and winner of the October Love2Read Book Review Competition, Patrica Allen, reads her winning entry and talks to John about her reading life.

Click here to listen to the interview online, or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes to download it for free.

Episode 29: After her wonderful talk and book signing at Springwood Library last week, we were able to gain an interview with Kate Shayler, author of a new book called Burnished, as well as her publicist Fiona Turner. Kate’s latest book is a collection of stories from other ex-Burnside kids.  It’s a fantastic read and a wonderful insight into recent Australian history and into the lives of some amazing people. The book has also just won the 2012 best Non-Fiction (Biography) in the Global e-book awards in the US.

Click here to listen to the interview online, or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes to download it for free.

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Another Great Poetry Podcast

Posted on November 17, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Poetry | Tags: , , , , , , , |

We were lucky enough to have another poet join us on a podcast episode recently, Craig Billingham. A local poet (Katoomba), Craig will be one of the poets performing at Poetry Under the Stars on Nov 30th.

Click here to listen online, or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes to download it.

About Craig Billingham:
Craig’s poems have been published in many Australian journals, including recently in Heat, Meanjin, Snorkel, and Antipodes. Craig’s poem “The Fan” was published in 2011 as part of The Red Room Company’s Sun Herald “Extra” Series.

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Poetry Podcasts

Posted on November 7, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Poetry | Tags: , , , , , , |

In the lead-up to Poetry Under the Stars, two of our latest podcasts feature poets and performers Gregory North and Sandy Holmes – including wonderful recitations from each. If you get the chance to listen, you can enjoy these podcasts here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 24 – Poet Gregory North

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 25 – Poet Sandy Holmes

We have two more poetry podcasts in the pipeline as well. A big thanks to Kathy for asking the poets to be on the podcast, and for all of her work towards Poetry Under the Stars.

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Marnie Thomas Podcast

Posted on October 23, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Image: Naomi Oliver 2012

Our latest podcast episode is up – can you believe we’re up to number 23?! This week, we have an interview with our own Marnie Thomas. With the Love2Read theme for October being ‘Explore’, Marnie reveals her favourite ‘Explore’ book, as well as her best bushwalk so far this year. Check it out!

You can listen to it here or subscribe to ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes.

If you would like to be a podcast guest, or suggest a guest, please let Naomi or John know. We’re after guests from all walks of life, but who are somehow related to books, reading or libraries.

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Melanie Elkan on ‘Listeners in the Mist’

Posted on October 10, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , |

Thanks to Heidi and Melanie for a great new podcast episode – this week Heidi interviews Melanie about her love of reading from an early age. Click here to listen online.

If you too would like to be a staff guest on the podcast, we have free spots for November (with the Love2Read theme ‘Cry’) and December (‘Love2Read’). The interview usually lasts from between 5 to 15 minutes and you can either record it with John in Local Studies, or Naomi can come to you if that is more convenient.

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Avid Readers In Your Branch

Posted on October 8, 2012. Filed under: Books, Fun Stuff | Tags: , , , , |

If you have any readers in your branch who like to talk about their interesting reads, please ask them to consider entering the Love2Read review comp – there’s only October, November and December left!

During each month this year, The National Year of Reading 2012, the library is hosting a Love2Read Book Review Competition for library patrons.   

To enter the Book Review Competition, entrants are to write a book review of between 400 – 600 words. The book reviews must address a fiction or non-fiction book that fits into the theme for the relevant month. Entries are due by the last week day of each month.

The winner for each month will win a prize pack, and will also have the opportunity to read their winning entry on the library podcast, Listeners in the Mist.  

Monthly Themes:

Jul—Discover

Aug—Question

Sept—Grow

Oct— Explore

Nov—Cry

Dec—Love2Read

General Terms & Conditions

1.   The entrant must be a current patron of the Blue Mountains Library, and over 16 years of age.

2.   Entry is free of charge.

3.   Entries must be the original work of the entrant.

4.   Patrons may enter the competition multiple times per month.

5.   Only entries received by the due date will be accepted.

Email your entry (including your name, borrower number and phone number) to:  competition@bmcc.nsw.gov.au OR submit your printed entry to any Blue Mountains library branch (including your name, borrower number and contact phone number) .

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Podcast Interview With Chelsea Seddon

Posted on October 6, 2012. Filed under: Books, Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians, Web 2.0 + Web 2.1 | Tags: , , , |

Another Love2Read podcast episode is online now, for your listening pleasure – this time it’s an interview with Library Assistant Chelsea Seddon about her favourite books. Click here to listen to the audio, or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes to download it. If you’d like to be a guest staff interviewee this year, please contact Naomi or John to arrange a date. The Love2Read themes left for the year are: Oct – ‘Explore’, Nov – ‘Cry’ and Dec – ‘Love2Read’.

 

 

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John Merriman Podcast

Posted on September 28, 2012. Filed under: Books, Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , , |

A very special episode where our podcast host, John Merriman, tells us about his life and how he came to work in the library. This episode is a wonderful monologue which includes readings from some of John’s most cherished books. Enjoy!

Click here to listen online, or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes.

 

 

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Jeanne Rudd Interview

Posted on September 26, 2012. Filed under: Books, Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , |

Jeanne Rudd, Library Assistant at the Blackheath Library and Book Indexer, always wanted to work with books. Heidi Colquhoun interviews Jeanne this week about her experiences as an Indexer and the books she loves.

You can listen to the audio of this interview here or search for ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes.

 

 

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