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This week’s New Materials display features mainly adult nonfiction although there are also several new children’s DVDs and junior fiction paperbacks.
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Auto/biographies are always popular and there are four new ones this week. “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die” is the story of a young Sudanese refugee who endues flight, a period as a forced child soldier, refugee camp and finally resettlement in Australia on a humanitarian visa. “Bandaid for a Broken Leg” is the intriguing title of the memoirs of Damien Brown, one of the famous Doctors Without Borders who do such wonderful work in the direst trouble spots around the world. It is also an oblique reference to the difficulties of their work.

“My Song” by Harry Belafonte is sub-titled “a memoir of art, race and defiance” so is more than a chronicle of his career as a singer. And very different is “Out of the Blue” by Joanna Fincham – I quote, “a city girl’s tale of true love and romance with a man on the land” …

Today the finale of “Knit, Natter and Nibble” for 2012 will be held with special guest Brooke Daniels from 2CR. Fewer ladies attended the mornings this year but their achievements are remarkable – including squares knitted throughout the year and donated by non-attendees we will be sending away eight completed rugs and over two hundred squares. Well done, ladies! –quite a few people in harsher areas of the world will be the warmer and more comfortable for your efforts.

Today is also the closing day for entries in the National Year of Reading photographic competition. The response has been extremely disappointing and the concept obviously did not appeal. It’s time now to think about the next NYR event, the visit by Jan Richards on 17th September. Current thinking is to have two sessions, an afternoon session at 3.30 pm and an evening session at 7.00 pm, but that will depend on numbers. There is no charge and the usual sumptuous Friends of Grenfell Library catering will be on offer. Jan is an accomplished and experienced speaker and as well as being Manager at Central West Libraries at Orange for many years has been active on the state and national library stage being immediate past President of ALIA and on a multiplicity of committees. Bookings are now being taken at the library so get your name in early, please, so a decision can be made on whether to have one or two sessions.

THE NYR THEME FOR AUGUST IS QUESTION…

When is the last time you read a book or article which caused you to really question your understanding of an issue?

Our Reading Ambassador for August is Mrs Judy McInnes. Judy is known to everyone as the Secretary at St Josephs School and through her involvement in many community organizations. Despite her very busy life Judy is a keen reader and finds time to read several books each week. Judy writes,

“On perusing a dictionary to find the explanation of the verb ‘to read’ or the noun ‘reading’ no less than twelve explanations were provided – ‘to observe and apprehend the meaning of; to render in speech; etc …”

“How fortunate we are not to need to keep these very clinical meanings in the forefront of our mind when we settle down with a book!

“How wonderful it is to immerse ‘our self’ in the writer’s world – whether that be mystery, romance, nonfiction or fiction. To be able to experience via the writer’s words and imagination situations we would probably never have the opportunity to have happen in our lives. Surely some of life’s nicest moments are when we can put our problems aside and journey with a writer. While technology is great – ebooks, etc – to me handling a book, wondering what will be revealed as you turn the page, is till one of life’s pleasures. Enjoy your reading!

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