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Welcome to our November edition
This month, we have a record number of author talks with fascinating stories. We are slowly getting into the Christmas spirit, join our special events for the season.
Don't forget about our regular programs and free services such as the youth programs at Five Dock and Concord libraries or the exciting library programs and drop-in workshops at The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes.

I also invite you to have your say on the future of City of Canada Bay.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
City of Canada Bay

City of Canada Bay 

All residents, workers and visitors are invited to have your SAY on the future of the City of Canada Bay. 

Your input will contribute to a long-term community strategic plan that will guide the operations of Council until 2030.   

We look forward to hearing your vision, aspirations and priorities.

The survey will be open until Monday, 11 December 2017.

Five Dock Library
Thursday, 2 November at 6pm for 6.30pm start

Jenevieve Chang will be talking about her new book T he Good Girl of Chinatown .

Raised to be a 'good girl' in the claustrophobia of suburban Sydney, Jenevieve Chang has been running away for as long as she can remember. Jenevieve Chang is an actor, writer, movement geek and recovering showgirl. After skipping Australia to train in London, Jenevieve moved to Shanghai and became part of China's first Vaudeville, Variety and Burlesque club, called Chinatown. 

Free event. Light refreshments provided 6-6.30pm. Bookings are essential.

Five Dock Library
Thursday, 9 November at 6pm for 6.30pm start

Clive Small talks about the underworld book The Dark Side written with Tom Gilling.

Revealed for the first time is the corrupt history of Mark Standen, the senior investigator at the New South Wales Crime Commission. His conviction on drug importation charges sparked Australia's biggest law-enforcement crisis since the Wood Royal Commission.

The Dark Side is a fierce and compelling exposé of organised crime in Australia and the multi-billion-dollar drug trade

Free event. Light refreshments provided 6-6.30pm. Bookings are essential. 

Five Dock Library
Thursday, 23 November at 6pm for 6.30pm start

Roger Maynard is a Sydney based journalist and author. His latest book Hero or Deserter: Gordon Bennett and the Tragic Defeat of the 8th Division offers an account of one of the most controversial episodes in Australian military history.

In this comprehensive history of the 8th Division and its fighting men, Roger Maynard investigates their conflicted leader, whose reputation as an outstanding soldier was shattered by war's end. He also examines Bennett's legacy through the prism of today's military standards to establish whether he was, indeed, a hero or deserter.

Free event. Light refreshments provided 6-6.30pm. Bookings are essential. 

Concord Library
Wednesday, 22 November at 9.30am-4.30pm

Interested in planning ahead by making or updating your Will and Power of Attorney?
Make an appointment with a specialist staff from NSW Trustee and Guardian. Booked appointments are essential due to limited spaces. Get started online now. Fees may apply. Please refer to the  NSW Trustee & Guardian website for more information and contact details.
Five Dock Library
Friday, 24 November at 10am-noon

The perfect pesto. The best bouillabaisse. The purest paella.
A river of gold flows through western Italy, southern France and eastern Spain. It's the olive oil that links three great cuisines, along with a love of garlic, anchovies, peppers, fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables. In stories and recipes, and beautiful location photography, Coastline explores the legacy of the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs and the Vikings. Join author David Dale as he explores the history of the Mediterranean cuisine. 

Free event. Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential.
Concord Library
Sunday, 26 November at 2-4pm

The Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol will be performed by actor Geoff Usher, member of the NSW Dickens Society. 

Free event. Light refreshments served during an interval.

Bookings are essential.

Meet the Author: Jim Haynes
Concord Library
Tuesday, 28 November at 6.30pm for 7pm start

Australia is the birthplace and setting of some of the wildest, craziest and least-likely-to-succeed cons and rorts in history. 

From the cleverest double-crosses to the most unlikely and maddest schemes, master storyteller Jim Haynes reminds us that we've never been shy of pulling a trick or two.

Jim is a professional entertainer, song writer and verse writer. He was awarded an OAM in 2016 for 'service to the performing arts as an entertainer, author, broadcaster and historian'.

Free event. Light refreshments provided 6.30-7pm.
Bookings are essential.

Meet the Author: Heather Hawkins
Concord Library
Tuesday, 5 December at 6.30pm for 7pm start

At 41, with two teenagers and an unadventurous life, Heather Hawkins called her doctor and began an incredible journey from an ordinary life to one of extraordinary adventure.

Five years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Heather has run more than 18 marathons, including the North Pole Marathon in 2015.

From fun runs to ultra marathons and adventures still to come, Heather honours all the women who have encountered cancer, and encourages us all to live life to the fullest.

Free event. Light refreshments provided 6.30-7pm.
Bookings are essential.

Five Dock Library and Concord Library
Weekly for school years 6-12
We provide a safe and friendly environment for young people to connect with their peers during school terms. These sessions are fully supervised by at least two staff members. The regular program runs according to a set of  Youth Outreach Program Guidelines to ensure a safe space for all youth to chill out. The names and addresses of the youth are not recorded and they are free to exit the program at any time. Free events. No bookings required.

Five Dock Library Youth Drop-In run by Wesley Mission:
Every Monday and Wednesday during school terms at 3.30-5pm

Youth Space at Concord Library:
For school years 6-12:  Every Tuesday during school terms at 3.30-4.30pm
The Connection, Rhodes

Regular programs and drop-ins

Chinese Storytime (Mandarin & Cantonese) OR Korean Storytime
Alternate Mondays at 10.15-11.15am

3D Printing Club
Mondays at 6.30-8.30pm

Baby Rhymetime
Wednesdays at 10.30-11am

Toddlertime (For ages 1-2 years)
Wednesdays at 11.15-11.45am

Men's Tech Shed
Thursdays at 10am-1pm

Let's Make Family Drop-Ins
Saturdays at 2-4pm
Robotics, 3D printing and electronics

Free events. No bookings required. Find more details online.
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Five Dock Library and Concord Library
Free events for children of all ages

Kids, you're invited to a fun evening of Christmas cheer!  Come dressed in your favourite Christmas gear and use your imagination to create your own unique Christmas decorations for family and friends. Enjoy a Christmas story, help us decorate the Christmas tree and celebrate with a Christmas supper.  Bookings are essential.

Concord Library: Wednesday, 6 December at 5.30-7pm
Five Dock Library: Thursday, 7 December at 5.30-7pm
Read this! Staff pick for children
Book review by our Children's Services Library Officer

I am Josephine (and I am a living thing) by Jan Thornhill and Jacqui Lee 
A sweet and brightly, colourful picture book for pre-schoolers which sees Josephine learning about, and working out the differences between living things: animals, mammals and human beings. 
Josephine learns she is a living thing, and an animal, and a mammal and a human being and that she is unique, there is only one her; and the same is true of everyone.
A pleasant and positive book to share with young children.

Quote of the month
"Libraries are, at heart, helpful and kind providers. It is hard for those who perhaps don't feel the need to visit their local libraries to understand what a vital service they provide for communities and individuals who do - and those who do are often the most vulnerable." Robert Popple
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