July 22, 2010

The Time of My Life - more than your usual Hollywood biography

Narrated in Swayze's voice, The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi is an easy read in which Swayze tells of his life, career and marriage with stirring honesty. Swayze reveals himself to be a passionate and driven man who had more talents than his movies revealed. From football to gymnastics to dancing, singing and acting Swayze always strove to be the best and this determination, along with his relationship with his wife, is what kept him going through serious physical injuries and battles with alcohol and depression. This determination is evident throughout the book as right up to the last page he is still passionately declaring that he will continue to fight for his life after his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Sadly Swayze died shortly after completing the book. Reading the book I was glad that Swayze and Niemi took the time to write it before his death as it would have been a great shame if this amazing story was never written in Swayze's own voice, as it has accurately captured a real piece of him for all time.

You can read the book and check out the DVD North and South, the American civil war drama that shot Swayze to fame, at the library.

July 06, 2010

Can't decide what to read next?

Maybe you're looking for a book on a particular subject or you can't decide what to read next and want some inspiration. Perhaps the kids have a assignment and have been told to read a "crime" book or perhaps you want to dig deeper and read some literary criticim. We have the tools to help!


This great resource allows you to find suggestions for authors based on genre and includes reviews, feature articles and book discussion guides. You can access it (and some other great resources) from our website under literature.

Good Reading Magazine

The library subscribes to this great magazine. New books, old books, meet the author this magazine has it all. Best of all its available to library members online ! Access via the "What to read" tab on our website.

Need books for the kids?

Magpies is a fantastic website that allows you to search for books for kids and young people by subject. Access to this site is only from within the library. If you can't get to our libraries the Department of Education WA has a similar site called CMIS Evaluation it is searchable by topic and age, great for those school assignments or for finding books on sensitive topics at age appropriate levels.