Monthly Archives: November 2017

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Last Storytimes for the Year

Enjoy the last 2017 Storytimes for pre-schoolers on Thursday 7 December at:

Blayney Library -11am

Cowra Library – 11am

Forbes Library – 10.30am

and Orange Library* at 11am.

*Orange Storytime will feature a Circus Storytime dress up theme and performance by the Orange High School Circus Troupe.

Storytimes will resume during the school term in the New Year. We wish all our pre-schoolers, parents and carers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Pageturners on The Last Hours

So another controversial book for Pageturners with some people disliking it and others loving it, with ratings ranging from 2.5 to 4.5 out of 5.

The book is The Last Hours is written by bestselling crime author Minette Walters and is a about a group of people battling to survive the black death in 1348 England.

Comments included “I enjoyed it, I got involved with it, it was a poor book, I liked the medieval setting and the opportunity to learn about life on an estate at that time, heavy on detail, she must have done a lot of research, some characters were clichéd – a horrible lord, noble savage, feisty woman & indulged daughter; ending a bit disappointing, the plague has awful symptoms, found it intriguing and wanted to get to the end, so different to what she had previously written, gave a sense of how isolated they were, enjoyed the setting, it was interesting, didn’t like the beginning, I liked it, there were some crimes and a few twists, there was frisson, some sexual tension, some characters had modern viewpoints and the characters were well drawn.”

A major point of discussion was the ending which is basically left open for the sequel and snippets of the sequel were included at the end of the novel. Everyone agreed this was an unusual way to finish the book. We are hoping the sequel will tie up all the loose ends.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th December at Orange City Library to talk about favourite reads during the year and suggested holiday reading.

November Good Reading

Use your Library Card to read the latest edition of Good Reading magazine online.Veteran Aussie storyteller Judy Nunn  tells us about her latest novel, Sanctuary, which follows a group of refugees who run aground on a barren island off the coast of WA. We also chat to Christine Milne, leader of the Greens from 2012 to 2015, about her opinions on the current state of Australian politics and the importance of getting involved, as outlined in her memoir, An Activist Life. Isabel Allende talks about migrants and refugees, writing without a compass and her urgent need to write while she still can. Dave Warner tells us about becoming a suspected serial killer in a string of murders in Perth that were unnervingly similar to those described in one of his crime novels.

Historic Homes of Millthorpe Book Launch

In celebration of Millthorpe’s sesquicentenary in 2017, a committee of enthusiastic historians have compiled a book of Historic Homes of Millthorpe and District. It contains homes built between 1834 and 1934 that are located within the 2798 postcode area. Come along to a talk about the project including some wonderful photos of historic homes. Any profits from the publication will be going to the Millthorpe and District Historical Society. ​This is a joint project of the Millthorpe Village Committee and the Millthorpe and District Historical Society.

Book launches will be held at:

Blayney Library, Thursday 9th November at 6pm

Orange City Library, Wednesday 15th November at 5.30pm

Please RSVP via or call your local library.

The book will be available for sale at $80 per copy.