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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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:




Oct— Explore



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: OR submit your printed entry to any Blue Mountains library branch (including your name, borrower number and contact phone number) .

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Where do you love to read?

Posted on August 27, 2012. Filed under: Books, Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , |

At the last all-staff meeting, John Merriman photographed staff for our fun “Where Do You Love2Read?” video. Take a look to see some familar faces…



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Love2Read Book Review Comp Winner – Podcast Interview

Posted on August 2, 2012. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , |

Marie Hutchison won our Love2Read Book Review Competition back in June for her thoughtful piece on ‘Religion for Athiests’ by Alain de Botton. She kindly agreed to be interviewed for the podcast recently about her favourite books, and you can listen to the podcast episode here

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