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Welcome to our September edition
This month I am calling on the community to get behind the campaign to renew our local libraries and save them from the NSW Government's drastic funding cuts.

Our libraries provide significant opportunities for social connection and cohesion in our community, and are increasingly anchoring wider community development initiatives. 

While Councils like us across NSW continue to increase investment in their libraries, the State Government has cut funding to historical lows. The recent State Government budget slashed funding by five per cent to $23.5 million, the lowest State Government contribution to libraries since 1999-2000.

To sign the NSW Public Library Association Petition, head to

I also encourage everyone to head to Concord Library this month and support those participating in the Australian Poetry Slam heat.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
City of Canada Bay

Library usage in NSW is going up, but recurrent State funding is going down! If enough of us speak up and show our leaders how much we value our libraries, we can ensure that our libraries get the funding they need and deserve.  Show your support by signing and sharing the petition now.
Understanding My Health Record
Concord Library
Free information talk by Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network: 
Thursday, 6 September from 10-11am

City of Canada Bay Libraries, together with Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network, invite you to a free information seminar at Concord Library. Learn more about My Health Record and how it can benefit you and your loved ones.

Bookings are essential due to limited capacity.
Free workshop: Friday, 7 September at 6-8pm
Poetry Slam: Friday, 14 September at 7pm (Registration at 6.30pm)

"Heats are burning through 50 towns, cities and suburbs across the nation. You have two minutes to wow the audiences with whatever you do with words. Grab a seat and cheer but be warned you may be chosen as a judge." Word Travels

Create, practice and share your writing and performing skills in this friendly workshop at Five Dock Library in preparation for the Poetry Slam at Concord Library.

Spoken Word Workshop at Five Dock Library
Friday, 7 September at 6-8pm
Bookings are essential for the Spoken Word workshop. Call 9911 6310 or book online.

Poetry Slam at Concord Library
Friday, 14 September at 7pm (Registration starts at 6.30pm)
Breakfast Point and Cabarita Walking Tours
Free walking tours: S aturday, 8 September  at 10am-12.30pm or 2-4.30pm
Meeting point: Corner of Tennyson Road and Magnolia Drive, Breakfast Point

On the 5th of February 1788 a small party from HMS Sirius landed to cook breakfast some miles upriver from a convict colony, established 10 days before at Sydney Cove. There they met seven Aboriginal men, one of the first colonial encounters with Aboriginal people, commemorated in the naming of Breakfast Point.

Join our fascinating walking tours with our Local Studies Librarian to examine the industrial history of Mortlake and Cabarita, including the largest gasworks in NSW and the "Sixty-Miler" colliers. We will also look at sports and recreation on the shores of the Parramatta River.

This free walking tour will run twice on the same day, please choose the morning (10am-12.30pm) or the afternoon session (2-4.30pm). Meeting point at the corner of Tennyson Road and Magnolia Drive, Breakfast Point. The walk will take about two and a half hours at a leisurely walking pace, taking time to stop and look at the many interesting features along the way.
Five Dock Library
Free event: Wednesday, 12 September at 6pm for 6.30pm start 
The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy is a gripping psychological drama set in Sydney.

The novel explores the lines between work and home, guilt and culpability, justice and revenge.

Ber Carroll was born in Blarney, moved to Sydney in 1995 and spent her early career working in finance. Now she writes full time and is the author of eight novels including One Lost, World Apart and Less than Perfect.

Bookings are essential. Light refreshments provided between 6-6.30pm.

What you need to know to score top marks with Rowan Kunz
Concord Library
Free event: Monday, 17 September at 5.30-7pm

Calling all year 12 students! Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Got your Trial results and need inspiration for the final HSC exams?

Join our free HSC seminar which will cover tips on how to:
  • Review your Trial HSC performance to improve your HSC results
  • Organise and prioritise your study to ensure you ace all 10 units
  • Create a study plan for the month before the HSC
  • Boost memory retention in the month before the HSC
  • Utilise past exams and practice essays to prepare effectively
  • Study the night before the HSC exam to ensure optimal exam performance
Bookings are essential due to limited capacity.
Concord Library
Wednesday, 19 September at 10-10.30am

Take a glimpse behind the scenes at The Readers' Café. Enjoy morning tea and join a discussion group of your choice:
Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
At 10.30-11am  The Readers' Café meeting will continue with a discussion on Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O'Neill.
Concord Library
Free event: Thursday, 20 September at 6-7pm

Sharing a book with your child for ten minutes a day -  an hour a week - is our aim for the Australian Reading Hour.
We know it's not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children. If you can manage ten minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that it brings.

Join us for stories, songs and supper.  Bookings are essential.

Five Dock Library
Free event: Thursday, 20 September at 6pm for 6.30pm start 
Do you want to trick your body into weight loss?

Dr Nick Fuller is a Research Leader at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney.  Dr Fuller is passionate about the health of Australians and people around the world. He has worked with the government and within the industry to develop cost-effective treatments for managing obesity and its related physical and mental disorders. 

Dr Fuller is a recognised media expert, a published author and has contributed to top-rank medical journals.

Bookings are essential. Light refreshments provided between 6-6.30pm.

Concord Library
Free event: Wednesday, 26 September at 6.30pm for 7pm start 

Australia's most respected and acclaimed psychic medium, author and TV personality will be presenting a special talk to celebrate the release of her fourth book, Always With You: Messages from Beyond.

Discover how to listen and notice signs from loved ones in heaven, and make connections with those on the other side.

Bookings are essential.  Light refreshments provided between 6.30-7pm.

Meet the Author:
Rosalie Ham in Conversation with Josephine Pennicott
Five Dock Library
Free event: Tuesday, 2 October at 6pm for 6.30pm start 
Join the discussion at Five Dock Library as Rosalie Ham talks about her latest book with Josephine Pennicott.
The Year of the Farmer is a darkly satirical novel about a country town battling the elements and one another.

Rosalie Ham is the author of three books including the sensational bestseller The Dressmaker, now an award-winning film. Rosalie holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and teaches literature.

Josephine Pennicott is a multi-award-winning writer in the crime genre.

Bookings are essential. Light refreshments provided between 6-6.30pm.

Last chance! Meet the Author: Terry Smyth
Concord Library
Free event: Wednesday, 29 August at 6.30pm for 7pm start

Spots are still available for the last author talk in August! Hear the remarkable tale of how Napoleon Bonaparte's plans to conquer Australia came together and ultimately fell apart. Bookings are essential. Light refreshments provided from 6.30-7pm.
Preschool Storytime at Five Dock Library
Free regular program for pre-schoolers and their carers on Thursday mornings during school terms:  Session One at 10.15-11am and Session Two at 11.15am-12pm

Preschool Storytime aims to introduce children to the world of books and reading with a fun, interactive library experience. Sessions run for 45 minutes and include stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft activity.

For more information or to organise group visits to the library, please email or phone 9911 6348.
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New! Tech Drop-in
Concord Library
Free service: Wednesdays at 10am-noon during school terms

Tech Drop-in is a new free service provided by skilled volunteers at Concord Library to help people looking for assistance with basic technology enquiries. Get guided troubleshooting and basic 'how to' advice for issues relating to Android, Apple and Windows devices including smartphones, iPads, tablets and PCs. Bring your own device or get help on a library computer. 

Please note that this service is for basic tech help only. Our volunteers are not able to provide assistance with technical or commercial enquiries, structured training, computer repair or design services. 
Free Tax Help 
Concord Library
Sundays from 19 August to 16 September
For bookings and enquiries, please contact Drummoyne Community Centre  via email  or phone 9719 8102  during their office hours Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm. 
The Connection, Rhodes

Free regular program: Thursdays at 10am-1pm

A weekly get-together for those who want to make things, learn new skills, meet people and contribute to the community. This project is now part of Harry's Shed and we have created a wonderful video capturing the past year. Feel free to join us every Thursday at The Learning Space. No bookings are required.
Free information talks:
Wednesday, 19 September (English) or Thursday, 20 September (Chinese) at 1-3pm
Meeting Room 1 at The Connection, Rhodes

We would like to invite you to an information talk to hear from the Australian Tax Office, Department of Fair Trading, Fair Work Ombudsman, the Department of Human Services and Council's Customer Service. Free talks. Bookings are essential due to limited capacity.
The Learning Space at The Connection, Rhodes

Located in the foyer of The Learning Space, The Digital Gallery is our exhibition space for video, sound, and digital art. Drop in for our upcoming free exhibitions during opening hours:

27 August-16 September
Throughout July, the City of Canada Bay Council invited the community to send in photos taken of the local area; everything from nature, places and communities that reflect our smart city. From Monday, 27 August we will be screening the finalists' photographs that capture the essence and beauty of Rhodes and surrounds.
Sydney firm Crone Architects is the proud recipient of the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design at the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards for The Connection, Rhodes.

Located along the beautiful Rhodes peninsula, The Connection provides exceptional community facilities, services and active open spaces for the diverse community.

Click here to read more about the awards.
Staff Pick!
illustrated by Briony May Smith
Book review by the Children's Services Library Officer

How good is Michael Morpurgo?! This story, about Cherry, a young girl on a family holiday by the sea, is a little bit adventure, a little bit suspense and a little bit mystery. While collecting shells, Cherry is cut off from the beach by a high tide. Too late she realises she is actually in a lot of trouble.  She manages to climb to safety, and has a chance encounter with a father and son, miners in the sea cliff cave. They help Cherry and lead her back to the top of the mine so that she can get back to her family who must be desperate with worry: she has been gone all night! 
This edition includes sweet illustrations, some full page and some in graphic novel style. Without giving you a plot spoiler, there is a twist I didn't see coming, delivered so artfully and carefully by this wonderful children's book writer. Our libraries in Concord and Five Dock have many titles by the talented Michael Morpurgo, easily seen as a successor to the popular and equally talented Roald Dahl.
Published in 2016 and on the PRC reading list for primary school Years 5-6.
Ned Kelly Awards 2018 shortlists announced

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the shortlists for this year's Ned Kelly Awards for Australian crime writing as follows:

Best crime fiction
Marlborough Man (Alan Carter, Fremantle Press)
Under Cold Bright Lights (Garry Disher, Text)
Redemption Point (Candice Fox, Bantam)
Crossing the Lines (Sulari Gentill, Pantera)
The Lone Child (Anna George, Viking)
The Student (Iain Ryan, Echo)

Best true crime
The Contractor (Mark Abernethy, Pan Macmillan)
Unmaking A Murder: The Mysterious Death of Anna Jane Cheney (Graham Archer, Ebury)
The Suitcase Baby (Tanya Bretherton, Hachette)
The Fatalist (Campbell McConachie, Hachette)
Whiteley on Trial (Gabriella Coslovich, MUP)

Best first fiction
Wimmera (Mark Brandi, Hachette)
The Dark Lake (Sarah Bailey, A&U)
The Girl in Keller's Way (Megan Goldin, Michael Joseph)
See What I Have Done (Sarah Schmidt, Hachette).

The winners will be announced on Sunday, 26 August during the Melbourne Writers Festival. Click here to read more about the Ned Kelly Awards.
Quote of the month
"My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library."
Peter Golkin
City of Canada Bay Libraries
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