Library news and events

November 2021

In Conversation, Writing the Perfect Crime

Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, larceny, hit-men or lust for vengeance, our library members cannot seem to read enough crime. But what lures a reader to the dark underbelly of crime? And what plot devices does a sneaky crime writer arm themselves with in order to trap the curious reader?

Watch our latest in conversation with multi-award winning crime writers, Emma Viskic and Chloe Hooper as we snoop to investigate what it takes to write the perfect crime.

Watch the In Conversation recording here (opens new window)


Read My Way: An Exploration of Accessible Formats

Vision Australia opens its doors for an engaging panel discussion about alternative reading formats - featuring speakers from Vision Australia's dedicated team - a virtual tour of the Vision Australia radio studio, a showcase of literacy kits from our children's library Feelix, braille and accessible devices.

This event is a collaboration between Vision Australia Library and Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF).

Watch the Read My Way recording here (opens in new window)


October 2021

Join our 7 books in 7 months reading challenge for children under 10!   

Come on a journey around the world with the new Feelix Passport. This program aims to help your child rediscover their love of reading or set new reading goals. The passport also gives your child the opportunity to review the books in their own words.

How it works

1. Sign up to the Passport Reader Program

2. Receive your child's passport with your next kit

3. Return your kit in the specified time to get a stamp against a continent in your passport

4. We'll send your kit back with a small gift

5. Repeat until you get a stamp against all 7 continents

6. Read 7 books in 7 months and receive a wonderful prize pack!

That's it! Sign up and start your journey today.


September 2021

Victoria Reads: Stories that Matter

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Victoria reads with profile images of Paul Kennedy, Tony Birch, Alice Pung, Christian White, Nazeem Hussain, Claire Hooper

It’s time for Victorians to share their reading stories.  

Join us online for a chatty and illuminating evening about the reading lives of some of Victoria’s most treasured personalities: Christian White, Nazeem Hussain, Tony Birch and Alice Pung plus hosts Claire Hooper and Paul Kennedy. You’ll hear about the books that changed their lives, made them smile, and the book they would take to outer space. Their answers will surprise and delight you.

This statewide event will connect you to readers right across Victoria and give you the opportunity to share your own favourite books. Celebrating Australia Reads. 

Register through the Public Libraries Victoria registration page here


August 2021

Bedtime Storytime with Feelix Library

Wednesday, 25 August 2021CBCA Book Week. Old Worlds. New Worlds. Other Worlds. 21-27 August 2021.

Slip into your jammies, get a nice warm drink and your favourite teddy and join us for a special Book Week edition of storytime.

Our fabulous Feelix Librarian, Victoria, will read Sing Me the Summer (2021 CBCA Notable picture book) by Jane Godwin and Alison Lester, a story that is a glorious celebration of the seasons, in rhyme!

Through summer, autumn, winter, spring and back to summer again, delight in the change of weather, seasons, and activities all these changes bring. 

Go to event details and how to register


Suitcase of Dreams: In Conversation with Tania Blanchard

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Based on true events, Suitcase of Dreams tells the story of Lotte and her family’s arrival to Australia from Europe in 1956.

After enduring the horror of Nazi Germany and the chaos of post-war occupation, Lotte and husband Erich were full of hope for a new life.

It’s a land of opportunity and they dreamt of giving their children the life they have always wanted.

Until darker shadows of the past reach out to them from Germany, a world and a lifetime away.

Event details here


Write Your Story - Writing your memoir workshops

Have you always dreamt of writing your life story?

Maybe you’d like to leave a legacy for your family, or maybe you want to be sure your story gets told in your own words. Or perhaps the idea of being a small part of history is important to you but you just don’t know how to get started.

We are delighted to present this series, facilitated by Melbourne writer, mentor and creative writing teacher, Lyndel Caffrey, where you’ll learn about the ingredients you need and the methods you can use to tell the story of your life.

Sign up to a session


May 2021

The most popular library books for April

Need reading inspiration? The Vision Australia Library has compiled the top five fiction and non-fiction book downloads for April.

Crime, murder and mystery were flavour of the month for fiction while memoirs and biographies of inspiring women led the field for non-fiction.

For more information about the Vision Australia Library including how to join visit the website here.   

Top five fiction titles

Late, Late In the Evening by Gladys Mitchell

A member of a folk-dance group is killed on the Yorkshire Moors. At first, police suspect a hit-and run driver, but when another dancer is killed the case takes a turn for the sinister.

Available in DAISY

Cold, Lone and Still by Gladys Mitchell        

A couple embark on a long pilgrimage in the Scottish highlands, where, in heavy mist they come upon the corpse of a murdered man.

Available in DAISY

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson 

Allan Brennan is working at a prestigious new wilderness hotel. The real reason he's there, to learn the truth about his father's death, is far more dangerous than he knows.

Available in DAISY 

Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut

First person narrative of the late years of fictional Abstract Expressionist painter Rabo Karabekian, who first appeared as a minor character in Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions.

Available in DAISY 

Without a Doubt by Fleur McDonald  

In a bid to search for the link between a murdered man and illegal stock trading, police officer Dave must put himself on the wrong side of the law. If he's found out, he'll never see his wife or daughter again.

Available in DAISY  

Top five non-fiction downloads

Sex, Drugs and the Electoral Roll by Fiona Patten 

The entertaining and inspiring story of how one woman used her own radical common sense to speak truth to power and fight for change.

Available in DAISY 

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth    

Jennifer Worth was just twenty-two when she volunteered to spend her early years of midwifery training in the heart of London's East End in the 1950s.

Available in DAISY 

Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens 

 Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as both man of his time and also as a symbolic figure of the future.

Available in DAISY 

Memoirs of Tilly Aston by Matilda Ann Aston

An autobiography of the Australian poet, author and philanthropist.

Available in DAISY 

A Different Kind of Seeing by Marie Younan

Accidentally blinded by her grandmother as a baby, locked out of school, play, and social gatherings, she lived a brave inner life of reflection and acceptance.

Available in DAISY

A Different Kind of Seeing: In Conversation with Marie Younan and Jill Sanguinetti

On May 19, Vision Australia Library held A Different Kind of Seeing: In Conversation with Marie Younan and Jill Sanguinetti hosted by Chloe Hooper with special guest Bill Jolley. You can watch the stream of the conversation online on Youtube.

March 2021

Paddock to Page: In Conversation with Rachael Johns and Fleur McDonald (webinar)

From tight-knit hamlets to the red dirt of the sprawling outback the rural romance genre highlights the diversity of the Australian rural landscape, the hardships and success’ of rural life and the love and connection people have to the life on the land.

More importantly, the stories are about women determining their own lives, overcoming obstacles and finding a hard-won happy ending.

Join two of Australia’s most popular Rural Romance writers Rachael Johns and Fleur McDonald in conversation as they discuss how they bring their lived experience on the land from paddock to page.

When: Tuesday March 30, 2pm-3pm (AEDT)

How: Via Zoom. Telephone dial in option available.

Register here.


International Women's Day reading list

In honour of International Women's Day on Sunday March 8 we've put together a list of some great books from the collection celebrating Australian women in literature. These selections are available on the Vision Australia Library and come from Australian women writers who have been awarded the Stella Prize.

The Stella Prize is a prize for the year’s best book, fiction or non-fiction, written by an Australian woman. The prize was dreamed up in a panel discussion on International Women’s Day in 2011 as a way to address the lack of representation for women’s writing in reviews and awards which predominantly are gifted to male writers. The first award was presented in 2013 to Carrie Tiffany for her novel, Mateship with Birds, which is available through the Vision Australia Library.

Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living by Carrie Tiffany

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Alice Wright

The Children by Charlotte Wood

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth by Alexis Wright


February 2021

The Duke Effect

With more than 82 million household viewers in the first month alone, the Netflix mini-series Bridgerton is making hearts beat faster and spawning plenty of office water cooler conversations (albeit on Zoom) for its ‘love’ scenes on the stairwell.

Set in the regency period of society debuts, dashing gentlemen and virtuous ladies playing the harp, the series is adapted from the nine books by romance writer Julia Quinn about the eponymous Bridgerton family.

Noted for their humour and sharp and witty dialogue, the books are said to be a modern twist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the twist being sex and passion rather than arm-in-arm promenading.

The Vision Australia Library has nine of the Bridgerton books available in DAISY audio beginning with The Duke and I which sees the ‘irresistible’ Duke of Hastings shunning marriage and society until Daphne Bridgerton agrees to a fake courtship. Each benefit from the sham courtship but neither of them counted on love finding a way.

You can listen to an excerpt of The Duke and I, narrated by English actor Sally Burnett on Reader Recommended with Frances Keyland here.

The Bridgerton Series

You can find these titles in the series available in DAISY through the Library.

The Duke and I (2000)

The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)

An Offer From a Gentleman (2001)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (2002)

To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)

When He Was Wicked (2004)

It’s In His Kiss (2005)

To let us know more of what you’d like from the Vision Australia Library, email us at

The Vision Australia Library opens up a world of Audio and Braille books, newspapers, magazines and podcasts for anyone who has a print disability.

Call 1300 65 46 56 or email

Library's new newsletter

Vision Australia Library is pleased to announce our new quarterly library newsletter! In this online newsletter you will find information about the library, updates and news, and reading recommendations. Library members will be automatically subscribed to this newsletter. The first newsletter can be read here.

If you are not a library member and would like to receive the newsletter please email

January 2021

Happy new year from the Vision Australia Library!

2020 was a big year of change for the library with upgrades to the updated Vision Connect App and i-access Kiosk, a new Website, and our move to the Bookshare platform. 2020 was a challenging year for many of us but our literary friends were there to teach us, take us on fictional adventures, and keep us entertained and informed. We hope you enjoyed Vision Australia Library’s selection of books, magazines, newspapers, podcasts and music Braille over the year.

What did members read in 2020? We’ve compiled a list of our 10 most requested titles by members in 2020.

  1. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga available in DAISY Audio and eBraille.
  2. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa translated from Italian by Archibald Colquhoun available in Daisy Audio.
  3. Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg translated from Danish by F. David available in Daisy Audio.
  4. The Lewis Man by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.
  5. 1st to Die By James Patterson available in Daisy Audio.
  6. Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M C Beaton available in Daisy Audio.
  7. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler available in Daisy Audio.
  8. The Barefoot Surgeon: the Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the Eye Surgeon Giving Sight and Hope to the World's Poor by Ali Gripper available in Daisy Audio.
  9. Above Suspicion by Lynda La Plante available in Daisy Audio.
  10. The Chessmen by Peter May available in Daisy Audio.

These titles and more are available in the Vision Australia Library catalogue.

In 2021 we look forward to bringing you thousands of new titles in our collection and new opportunities to connect with reading and writing. To let us know more of what you’d like to see from the library, contact us at