National Year of Reading- September- Grow

opening flower It’s almost September- time to chat about the National Year of Reading theme for the month, Grow. 

The love2read blog talks about the many options within this theme! Personal growth, self -help,  health & well being, pregnancy, parenting, growth industries, career changes, weight loss (if you’ve been baking cakes and ‘growing’) the environment, sustainablilty and gardening.

Here at Nowra Library our 3rd Wednesday Book Club is reading texts from the current HSC syllabus. We figure kids grow, and we’d like to see what they’re studying for the HSC later this year. Texts under study include English classics like Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre and modern classics like  Catch-22, Dune and Brave New World. Poets Emily Dickinson, Silvia Plath and John Keats, as well the Shakespeare, are all present, as are Australian authors Peter Carey and Tim Winton.

We’re looking forward to seeing how our book club members like walking in the shoes of our HSC students this month : )

Happy reading (and growing!) everyone!


The National Year of Reading- April is ‘Feel’

Aron Ralston,who survived a rock climbing accident by amputating his own arm.


This month’s National Year of Reading theme is Feel. This theme can be interpreted in so many ways, but here at Nowra Library, we’re taking ‘Feel’ to a whole new level by focusing on Courage & Valour- the extremes of physical and emotional experience. This month is a great time to read other’s people’s stories of survival, courage and determination, whether they climbed a mountain, survived against overwhelming odds or lived through war. Let’s feel this April.








Here’s some ideas to get you started….                                   

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Three Day Road
by Joseph Boyden
Tower Stories
by Damon DiMarco
The Perfect Storm
by Sebastian Junger
Our Darkest Days
by Patrick Lindsay
First lady
by Kay Cottee
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer 
by David E. Cameron
Miracle in the Andes
by Nando Parrado
Paths of Glory
by Jeffrey Archer
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
The Wildest Dream
by Peter Gillman
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
Sahara: A Journey of Love, Loss and Survival by Paula Constant

        Happy Reading!!!



The National Year of Reading- March’s theme is ‘Think’

It’s March, and the love2read theme for this month is Think. You might like to read something this month which makes you think. Your thoughts might be deeply philosophical, about environmental responsibility, or what is happening in other countries around the world.

Perhaps there are works by or about ‘brilliant minds’ which might inspire or amaze you. You might find a book that will challenge you, make you think differently, or about an idea you might not have previously considered. You might revisit a book you read as a child or a young adult, one that enlightened or inspired you, changed the way you viewed the world and helped shape the person you are today.

In the past, books which gave us the greatest cause to think were often the ones which also created the most controversy.  For that reason, this month is also about reading Banned or Challenged books. Here’s a few of the most (in)famous to get you started:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

    Books That Made Us Think

This month at Nowra Library we are inviting you to share your most thought provoking books with us. Is there a book that enlightened you? Inspired you? Perhaps you read something as a child or young adult that changed the way you thought about the world? We want to hear about it. Fill out a ‘Think Bubble’ and paste it onto our National Year of Reading display ‘Wall,’ located behind the Circulation Desk. Or, tell us about it on our Facebook Wall. Let’s all think together this March.