Latest from the Library

December 2019

Library closure over Christmas

Vision Australia Library will be closed over the Christmas period, from 4:30pm Friday 20 December and will reopen on 9am Monday 6 January.

Library hosts Dyslexia Webinar

The library was most pleased to host the Dyslexia tips and tricks webinar, to approximately 169, teachers, parents, and librarians.

With our expert panel, including Sarah Bloedorn from the Vision Australia Library, Sarah Asome, from Bentleigh West Primary School and Associate Member of Australian Dyslexia Association, and and Rebecca Clark Technology Specialist at Quantum. The panel discussed a wide range of issues relating to dyslexia and lots of questions from the listeners.

You can listen to the audio of the webinar here.

Books to add to your holiday reading list

It’s time to start getting your holiday reading lists together. Below are few suggestions.

You can call the library on 1300 654 656 to have them added to your reading list or ask about your favourite author’s latest book.

On air

Written by: Michael Carlton

Daisy Audio

Mike Carlton was born to controversy. His father Jimmy, a renowned Olympic athlete and later a Catholic priest, married his mother after a whirlwind wartime courtship. This scandal was hushed up at first, but eventually it made headlines.

With characteristic humour and flair, Mike tells of the feuds and the friendships, the fun and the follies, writing candidly of the extraordinary parade of characters and events he has encountered in the unique life he has led.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Written by: Gail Honeyman

Daisy Audio

No one's ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond.

Mrs Cook: the real and imagined life of the Captain's wife

Written by: Marele Day

Daisy Audio

There is a story of courage and survival that belongs not to a great sea captain, but to his wife. While James Cook circumnavigated the globe, travelling further than any man before, Elizabeth Cook travelled with him in her thoughts, imagining the exotic.

Get the facts about moving to the Bookshare platform

Interested in knowing more about the library’s move to the Bookshare platform? You can visit the Vision Australia library home page.

Top three most borrowed book for 2019

Were you one of the many library members who read one of these books?

If not, perhaps you would like to give one a try.

The White Tiger

Written by: Aravind Adiga

Daisy Audio

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life -- having nothing but his own wits to help him along.

The Twentieth Man

Written by: Tony Jones

Daisy Audio

He was the only one left alive; now it was his turn to die. In September 1972, journalist Anna Rosen takes an early morning phone call from her boss at the ABC, telling her about two bombings in Sydney’s busy CBD. It’s the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history and Anna has no doubt which group is responsible for the carnage.

Any Ordinary Day

Written by: Leigh Sales

Daisy Audio

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media. But one particular string of bad news stories – and a terrifying brush with her own mortality – sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing

Recommended books

Caren Suggests: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, available in braille.

It’s a fast moving action packed fantasy with a the main female character being a smart assassin.

Greg suggests: The Catalpa rescue: the gripping story of the most dramatic and successful prison break in Australian history by Peter Fitzsimons, available in DAISY audio.

Fitzsimons books are such good reads. He is so good at researching and writing about aspects of Australian history that I have never ever been aware of.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!