Live More Sustainably: 12 Simple Ideas

Sustainability & You We are hosting a range of exciting workshops, supported by a Banyule Council Sustainability Grant to empower you to make lifestyle changes and live more sustainably. Participants will learn new skills like reducing waste, composting, avoiding harmful pesticides and plastic, how to encourage beneficial insects, bee keeping and planning their own permaculture garden.…
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CEO Reads: The Binding

The Binding This has been a surprise hit for Bridget Collins and is her first adult novel. She has previously written seven young adult novels and had two plays produced and after reading this I will be definitely following up and reading her young adult work. The Binding packs an emotional wallop as Collins puts…
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Are you multi-lingual?

Did you know that Victorians come from 200 countries and speak over 260 languages? Our library shelves reflect the diversity of our community with items in 18 different languages! In order for the library to offer items – books, magazines and DVDs – in a language other than English there must be over 1000 people in our…
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CEO Reads: This is My Song

This Is My Song    Winner of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult Literature  This is an intensely moving novel but I think it can get lost to adult audiences by being allocated as 'Young Adult'. It is a story told in three parts from three generations, crossing three continents and from three…
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Sherlock’s Mates

If you enjoy British detective fiction and like a good period British police procedural these authors might be just right for you ranging from medieval England, the 1920s, 1980s and leading to present day. Ann Cleeves, Award-winning English crime-writer of the Vera Stanhope series, now dramatized as the TV detective series Vera, and the Jimmy…
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Jacaranda Snow

For more than eighty years, Jacaranda trees have been a living symbol of Australian children. In the 1940s and 1950s maternity hospitals like Jacaranda Maternity Hospital in Caringbah, New South Wales, sent new mothers home with a baby and a Jacaranda seedling. "Mrs Haxton would carry the baby to the car followed by a nurse…
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CEO Reads: The Alice Network

The Alice Network 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and,  after the commemorations for WW1 and the ANZACs that have been occurring around the country from 2014-2018, I think I was primed to notice this historical novel that delves into both WWI and the aftermath of WWII.  I had not read anything of Kate…
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