3rd Wednesday Book Club- October and November 2012

3rd Wednesday Book Club had a fantastic 2012 . It just keeps getting better and better each year, due in no small part to the enthusiasm and insightful reviews that added so much to our bookish discussions. Thankyou to our lovely members!   

And now for a sneak peak at what’s in store for 3rd Wednsday Book Club in 2013. In October, we’ll be reading biography for ‘Egoreads’. In August, ‘Furreads’, join us in reading about all creatures great and small. Or maybe we’ll see you in July for ‘Artreads’ when we will discuss exactly what it takes to create a good book cover.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and safe and book-rich New Year. See you for our first meeting on January 16th, 2013, at 10am here at Nowra Library. Until then, Happy Reading!

And now to round off 2012, here’s a mash up of reads from our final two meetings in October and November:

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
An Eye for Eternity- the Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
On Writing by Stephen King
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman
The Letters of Rachel Henning by Rachel Henning
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Wonderful Country by Tom Lea
Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse
A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Monica Lewycka
The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
Five Bells by Gail Jones
State of the Union by Douglas Kennedy
Unnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood
Room by Emma Donoghue
Other People’s Country by Maureen Helen
Matilda is Missing by Caroline Overington
Washed in the Blood by Lisa Alther
Man in the Dark by Paul Auster
The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster
Winter Journal by Paul Auster
The Fiftieth Gate by Mark Raphael Baker
A Haunted Love Story by Mark Spencer
Cusp by Josephine Wilson
In the Company of Strangers by Liz Byrski
Me For You by Jo Jo Moyes
War Brides by Helen Bryan
The Mountain by Drusill Modjeska

Most Talked About Books

brooks-calebs-crossing-440x663Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks Geraldine Brooks remains one of our steadfast favourites here at 3rd Wednesday Book Club. Barely a month has gone by when her name has not been mentioned and her work praised. Many of our members have read, and enjoyed, Caleb’s Crossing.


The Letters of Rachel Henning by Rachel Henning
Rachel Henning left England to settle in Australia in 1854. The letters she wrote to her family back in England give a fascinating account of life in colonial Australia.

never-let-me-goNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro- This book was described as ‘heart-rending’ by one of our book club members. With such subject matter- children raised with the pupose of harvesting/ cloning- this is hardly surprising.

cold-light-4ebb23c98a52dCold Light by Frank Moorhouse
‘The third and last book in the Edith trilogy, which like the previous two was a great read, although I think I liked this one best. Edith has returned to Australia with her husband, Ambrose Westwood, after the failure of the League of Nations. Ambrose is attached to the British Embassy in Canberra- ie. he is a spy. Theyv are living in the Hotel Canberra. As always historical events are incorporated into the novel, such as Edith’s obsession with Burley Griffin. It is the early 1950’s in Canberra, a time when the embassies are relocating to the Capital and the Communist party is a strong movement. Unfortunately for Edith her brother Frederick is a reasonably powerful member of the party. This is meticulous writing, the characterisation is detailed as is the history. And of course we have the ‘divine Ambrose Westwood’ to tut tut over! Loved it. Edith Campbell Berry has become an icon to some readers and I read a review by someone- I think it was Annabel Crabb- who overheard two women discussing Edith and saying that when faced with a problem, they would ask ‘What would Edith do?’ – Lyn

unnatural-habitsUnnatural Habits by Kerry Greenwood ‘Another romp with the delightful Phrynne Fisher and her menagerie- Mr and Mrs Butler, Jane and Ruth,her adopted daughter, Tink, a street boy she has taken under her wing and, of course, Ember the cat and Molly the dog. When innocent young blonde girls go missing, all of Phrynne’s senses are alerted.These books are such fun. This book covered an era of Australian society when women were easy prey and not really protected- it was all about show and what the neighbours would think. Perhaps nothing has changed!’ -Lyn

the-book-of-illusionsThe Book of Illusions by Paul Auster ‘Professor David Zimmer has lost his wife and 2 children in a plane crash. Afterwards, he spends his waking hours consumed by alcohol and self-pity until one night he finds himself fascinated by an old flim on TV about Hector Mann, who was a genius of the silent cinema. This fascination leads Zimemr on a journey that he could never have imagined. I LOVED this book! It was MAGNIFICENT! Auster has written a wonderful, different and gripping story that will keep me reading his other books!’ – Elaine

Author love-in: Paul Auster

299013Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Sunset Park, Invisible, Man in the Dark, The Book of Illusions, The Brooklyn Follies and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. His books have been translated into forty-three languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

Blast From the Past

Banjo Patterson’s Collected Verse
On Our Selection by Steele Rudd
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor


NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries – Winner- Shoalhaven Libraries

The NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries is a yearly event which celebrates libraries and the range of services, programs and events that they provide for their communities.

Winning libraries (there are various categories) were announced last Friday at the National Year of Reading legacy event held at Blacktown Library.


… (drum roll, please)…

… we were one of them!!!!!!

Robin, Noela and Jessica receiving the award last month with Cr Win Gaffney, Chair of the Public Libraries NSW Metropolitan.

Our ‘Branching Out’ program took the cake for the NSW Public Libraries Marketing Award for Services (to see winners of other the other categories, scroll to the bottom of this post).

The Branching Out program was created and coordinated by our fantastic Outreach Services (Programs and Events) Manager,  Robin. Needless to say, we are ridiculously proud of her.

Here’s a run-down of the program in Robin’s words:

Robin at Oolong House.

Robin at Oolong House.

“[Branching Out] was aimed at reaching out to those in and around the areas of the Shoalhaven who for one reason or another have become disconnected with libraries and/or reading.It was envisaged that the program would identify particular groups and organisations and then deliver tailored library sessions to encourage reading as a common practice and a beneficial past-time.

We hoped these sessions would have a positive impact  on the participants and perhaps change their attitiude towards the written word. The ideal outcome was that the experience would improve their understanding of the importance and value of reading and the enrichment it can bring to life.

Jessica at Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Jessica at Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Jessica with 10 Minutes a Day reading kits at Shoalhaven Hospital.

Jessica with 10 Minutes a Day reading kits at Shoalhaven Hospital.

The sessions included readers’ theatre, library tours, information sessions, baby reading kits for hospitals and special author talks  and storytelling. The National Year of Reading was a focus throughout these sessions.The groups that were identified in the Shoalhaven included babies, youth, those with a non-English speaking background, the elderly, the disabled and those at risk in our community eg. drug addicts, prisoners and their families, teenage mums, and other marginalised people in the Shoalhaven. Of particular interest was the South Coast Correctional Centre.”

Robin and Shoalhaven National Year of Reading Ambassador Dr Michael Davey visited the South Coast Correctional Centre and spoke about the importance of reading and how it can have positive impacts on life.

Shoalhaven Library staff perform Readers Theatre

Shoalhaven Library staff perform Readers Theatre at the Autistic Unit at North Nowra Primary School

25 maximum security inmates heard Michael’s story of resilience that is now a bestselling book ‘Journey of Hope.’ The group were engaged dyuring the session and talked about thier own experiences.

The year-long program was a great success.  A wide range of people not traditionally part of our reading and learning landscape were introduced to Shoalhaven Libraries and our services throughout the year. Consequently, we built connections with groups who can now feel confident to contact us for assistance and information.”

Derrilyn and Debbie read to residents at Greenwell Gardens Nursing Home.

Derrilyn and Debbie read to residents at Greenwell Gardens Nursing Home.

The full list of 2012 NSW Marketing Awards for Public Libraries winners are:

Shoalhaven Libraries for
Branching Out
Sponsored by NSW Metropolitan Public Libraries Association

Walcha Library for
Local History Road Show
Sponsored by Public Libraries NSW

Parkes Shire Library for
Sponsored by Southern Scene

Griffith City Library for National Year of Reading Launch and Calendar of Events
Sponsored by Library AV and Large Print

Manildra Library for Manildra Memories
Sponsored by Bolinda

Narrabri Library for Fractured Fairytales
Sponsored by Raeco

Central West Libraries for 24 Hour Read
Sponsored by ALS

Parramatta City Library Service for National Year of Reading Program of Events
Sponsored by ALS

Auburn Library for Art of Reading Bookmark Project
Sponsored by Wavesound

Tumut Library for Lunchtime Poets
Sponsored by Roger Henshaw Consultancy Services

Holroyd City Council Library Service for 21st Birthday Celebrations
Sponsored by the State Library of NSW