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National Year of Reading
Jane Austen Book Club

Jane Austen Book Club Meets Friday

Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club returns on Friday 11 May at Orange City Library to chat about Northanger Abbey from 12.30pm. This book was written in the late 1790s, but published only posthumously. It is the story of a deliberately ordinary heroine named Catherine Morland. The book is divided into two parts. In the first, Catherine travels with family friends, the Allens, to Bath. There she meets two brother-sister pairs — John and Isabella Thorpe, and Henry and Eleanor Tilney. Her own brother, James, joins them and becomes engaged to Isabella. Catherine is attracted to Henry, a clergyman with witty and unorthodox manners.

Cowra Library will host a discussion about Jane’s most famous novel Pride and Prejudice (think Darcy and Elizabeth) from 11am – 12pm on Friday 11 May. Dear readers, I think Jane would be most pleased!

Storyteller Princess Fiona created a magical Storytime this week

Pirates and Princesses enjoy Storytime

Storyteller Princess Fiona created a magical Storytime this week

Princess Beatrix enjoyed Storytime with her mum Tabitha

Princess Beatrix enjoyed Storytime with her mum Tabitha

Pirate Connor came along to Storytime this week

Pirate Connor came along to Storytime this week

This week we are welcoming more pirates and princesses to Storytime. These special sessions are highlighting stories and craft related to these hot topics that children (and carers) love. Thank you to everyone who has been getting dressed up. We love the attention to detail with lots of moustaches for the pirates and tiaras for the princesses. Don’t forget to book in for Storytime sessions by calling the Library on 6393 8132.

National Year of Reading Book Club Dinner

Author Chris Womersley with ABC Radio's Angela Owens

Vocalist Barry Patterson

Champagne upon arrival

Lara, Sallyanne and Meredith

Poached fruit and panna cotta

Dinner under the lanterns

Thank you to everyone who came along to our National Year of Reading Book Club Dinner featuring a talk by Miles Franklin Award shortlisted author Chris Womersely. He wrote Bereft which is set in the Central West after the Great War and inspired many guests to ask questions about the setting of the book, the origin of the letter, whether the girl was real or not and details about particular characters. MC Angela Owens from ABC Radio welcomed all the guests including State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne who happened to be in the region to open the new Manildra Library branch. Vocalist Barry Patterson wowed everyone with his jazz music (and tuxedo). While Edwena Mitchell Catering impressed guests with delicious canapes, lamb shoulder and vegetables main course, a pannacotta dessert and chocolate treats with coffee. It was amazing, and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did! Check out more photos on our facebook page!

Win an e reader with NYR Our Story Review Competition

A mystery, a memoir, a journey into the outback, a sinister and haunting tale, an unsolved disappearance, uncontrollable desires, the horrors of war, laughter, heartbreak and a dark secret – you will find them all in the eight books which Australians have decided will be the National Year of Reading 2012 collection.

Thanks to the thousands of Australians who voted on the ABC website or in their local library for the book to represent their state or territory during the National Year of Reading 2012.
‍The 8 winning titles are:
ACT – Smoke and Mirrors, Kel Robertson
NSW – The Idea of Home, John Hughes
NT – Listening to Country, Ros Moriarty
QLD – The White Earth, Andrew McGahan
SA – Time’s Long Ruin, Stephen Orr
TAS – Wanting, Richard Flanagan
VIC – Well Done, Those Men, Barry Heard
WA – Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey

Enter the Our Story competition by giving us the best book review of any of the winning 8 books in 50 words or less. Individuals and groups (such as books groups) are welcome to enter. Go to The Reading Room website to enter by 14 May http://www.thereadingroom.com/book-club/national-year-of-reading/1921%22 and join in the discussions about the books too.

Pirates and princesses

Pirates and Princesses Welcome at Storytime

As part of National Year of Reading celebrations Orange City Library is putting the call out for Pirates and Princesses to come along to Storytime for the next two weeks:

Tuesday 1st May, Wednesday 2nd May, Thursday 3rd May at 11am, plus a 2pm session on Thursday.


Tuesday 8th May, Wednesday 9th May and Thursday 10th May at 11am, plus a 2pm session on Thursday.

Children aged 3 – 5 years and their parents and carers are encouraged to come along dressed up as their favourite pirate, princess (or prince). It will be a lot of fun and there will be stories about both pirates and princesses at each session.

Don’t forget to book your place at Storytime. Bookings open at 10am on the Monday of the week before you plan to attend, and bookings can be made in person or by phoning 6393 8132.