Who else writes like an Aussie?

Danielle from the Alpha Reader Blog has taken "If you liked this book…" and added an OY OY OY! She picks the top read Young Adult books of recent times and suggests other books by Australian Authors that you may also enjoy. You can read her post here, or explore her recommendations with the lists […]

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National Simultaneous Storytime Is Here Again!

Wednesday 27 May 2015 11.00am Join thousands of children across Australia and listen to the same book at the same time. Special guests will read the book The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey at the following locations: Diamond Valley Library, Eltham Library, Ivanhoe Library, Lalor Library, Mill Park Library, Rosanna Library, Thomastown Library, Watsonia Library […]

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9th Annual Booklovers Festival

As we enter a two week extravaganza of events celebrating all things Booklovers, here's a round up of some key events to whet your appetite: FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Dressing Jane - Watsonia Library - Saturday 15 July Tea Reads - Rosanna Library - Tuesday 18 July Gideon Haigh: Certain Admissions - Whittlesea Library - Wednesday 19 […]

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Robert Whatmough: pioneering Victorian horticulturalist

A new book for the Diamond Valley Library Local History collection has been recently added.  A circulating copy is also available Robert Whatmough In 1824, nine-year-old Robert Whatmough began work at a local cotton mill in his home town of Rochdale, Lancashire, a product of the widespread poverty of his time. In 1887, Robert died […]

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Wild Men of Montmorency

“Diamond Valley footy in the 1970s and 1980s was hard and tough footy at its best and sometimes worst. It was physical, brutal, occasionally spectacular and thrilling, captivating fans and players alike.  In this tribal cauldron where suburb was pitted against suburb there was no room for the feint-hearted”. The Wild Men of Montmorency recently published […]

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New Books for Family History Research

The following new titles have been added to the collection: Australia in the Great War The Basic Genealogy Checklist Brisbane Diseased Brisbane: Squatters, Settlers and Surveyors DNA for Genealogists Family History on the Cheap Genealogy Basics in 30 Minutes Harnessing the Facebook Generation Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth Historical Research Using British Newspapers Irish Libraries […]

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See what [she] has done….

See What I Have Done is a completely immersive, utterly coercive, sensory experience. Reading this book is like clawing your way into someone's skin, sitting inside them like an alternate personality.  It engages every one of the senses.  After it ends you are left with an echo of rotting mutton soup on the tip of your […]

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The course of love: does it run true?

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton A powerful book... filled with enough worthy quotes to fill a respectable Pinterest board (substitute journal, wall or scrapbook for Pinterest if you have no idea what I'm talking about here). It's written in what I found initially to be a slightly jarring style, pairing narrative with […]

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Are there any Good People in this book?

The Good People by Hannah Kent A review by Mo the cat's owner Mo may not have liked this book... but he is a cat, after all!  My take on the book is slightly different. The Good People is beautifully written: dark and haunting. It stays with you long after you've finished reading, like an […]

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Greensborough Honour Roll

A new title for the Local History Collection at Diamond Valley Library: The Old Borough was good enough: the Greensborough Sunday School Empire Honour Roll 1914-1919 and other servicemen from both World Wars was compiled by Bryan Henderson after his search for the missing Greensborough Sunday School Empire Honour Roll and his interest in local […]

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