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December 14, 2011

Chic Lit Shelf

Chic Lit reads to keep you going over Christmas. Indulge in something fun and cheeky! All of these reads are available at the time of writing. Click on the book to go to the catalogue entry and reserve them (or get into Narellan quick smart!)

December 12, 2011

Booklist: Christmas Cookery

Christmas is a special time with a delicious range of foods- delicate pastries, sumptuous roasts and indulgent salads you would never treat yourself to any other time of year. If you find yourself in need of a few recipes, or simply want to try something new this year, why not grab one of these books available at your library? At the time of writing, all of these items are available for loan, so get in quick!

December 06, 2011

Summer Camden Reads - It's On!

Armed with the motherload of giveaways and great prizes, Camden Library presents CAMDEN READS- the library's summer reading program. Divided into three categories: Adult, Youth and Children, Camden Reads rewards you for taking some time out for yourself with a good read, whether it be the latest gossip magazine, a downloaded eBook, an action-packed graphic novel, or the mesmerising novel.

Signing up is easy! Simply fill out the form at Camden and Narellan branches, and you're good to go. For every book you read, write it down on the tickets provided and each one goes in the draw to win heaps of great prizes including a bridge climb, museum and novelty park tickets, movie vouchers, books, and vouchers for a range of goodies.

Children receive (if we don't run out in the first few days!) a goody bag to get them going.

What are you waiting for? Get reading now! Check out these booklists or search our catalogue to get started. Or come into your local branch and have a look at the shelves!

December 01, 2011

Secret Santa eBooks for you!

Looking for a good Chrissie read? Not to worry, Santa has picked out something just for you! Click one of the presents above to find free Christmas ebooks that you can download to your computer or device.

Merry Christmas all!

November 14, 2011

Mystery Shelf

Get into a great mystery with these reads. Click the book to view more details and check it out at your library!

November 10, 2011

Booklist: Staff Picks

You're reading whaaaat?

Did you ever wonder what librarians read (or did you assume they read everything)? Well, next time you're looking for a good book, why not try one of these- read and tested for your reading pleasure by library staff!

And Kim (Youth Librarian) recommends:

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November 07, 2011

Book Review: Virals

14 year old Tory Brennan, niece of renowned forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, has been living with her dad on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina for six months. She meets a group of teenage guys (Hiram, Ben and Shelton) who are just as smart as she is. She quickly becomes the leader of their group, the “Sci-Philes”. Tory is obsessed with a wolf-dog pack that lives on Loggerhead Island where her dad works. When she notices her favourite wolf-dog Cooper is missing, she knows something is wrong. Upon breaking into one of the science laboratories on Loggerhead Island to clean an old army dog-tag, the friends find Cooper. He is sick and trapped in a cage for medical testing. The “Sci-Philes” take Cooper with them when they leave the lab and keep him for a few weeks to help him recover. As they are caring for him, they realise that they are exposed to an experimental type of canine parvovirus B19. The parvo alters their DNA; their senses heighten to become dog-like and they gain canine-quick reflexes.
Tory, Hi, Ben and Shelton combine their scientific knowledge with their new physical attributes to solve a cold-case murder mystery relating to the dog-tag they found. However, as they uncover more about the mystery, the murderer becomes anxious that they will uncover him, and decides to kill them. Fortunately, now they are a pack. They are Virals.

Kathy Reichs is a popular author who has written many adult crime novels. The TV show “Bones” is based on her adult books. Virals is the first of her books for youths and many critics were impressed. The terminology is all explained in a clear way, allowing people who don’t know much about science to understand the story line. Readers were also impressed with the way the characters were developed.

I recommend this book to any teenagers who are interested in “Bones”, mystery/crime novels or biology.

Thanks to Abbey for this greay review. You can reserve Virals through this link.

November 04, 2011

The Sparrows of Edward Street- Elizabeth Stead

Hope can be found in the most unexpected places. Author Elizabeth Stead has recreated a little known corner of Australian history in this book. Having fallen on tough times, we follow Hanora and her two teenage daughters to a housing commission camp on the outskirts of Sydney in 1948.
I loved the cast of eccentric characters and especially look out for the hilarious "royal visit" from the Minister of Housing .


November 02, 2011

Music inspired booklist

Whether is be the delicate pluck of a string or the warbling note of a trumpet, music has often been used in fiction to highlight characters, bring life to places, and explore the human soul. The booklist below features novels in which music features heavily. Click on the title to view availability at Camden and Narellan libraries.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Soloist

Phantom of the Opera

The time of our singing

Oh, Play that thing

The Unconsoled

The Piano Tuner

Acqua Alta

October 18, 2011

Large Print Digital Shelf

Click and Pick new large print titles!

October 11, 2011

Biography Shelf

We are bursting with biographies at both branches. What's going on? No more love for biographies? Usually this section is one of our most heavily borrowed!

Here's some of the most popular titles. Click the image to view our catalogue entry and place a reservation - or drop in to your local branch and have a peep for yourself!

October 06, 2011

Rainy Day Booklist

Well, the weather has certainly an unpredictable master these last few weeks. From beautiful summerlike days to idyllic rainforest downpours to chilling winds and snatched clothing off the line, we've had anything and everything.

So it's likely soon you'll have a day to spare, and why not use it in a great read? Here's five brand new bestsellers we'd recommend, all available at your local library.

September 20, 2011

Romance Shelf

Click 'n' Pick - Romance reads for the week!

September 14, 2011

Eat History Booklist

All energised by the great foody events of Eat History Week? Our local studies librarian has compiled the following list to inspired!

1. Walkabout chefs : a fresh look at Aboriginal bush food by Steve Sunk and David Hancock

8. It's disgusting-- and we ate it! : true food facts from around the world-and throughout history! / by James Solheim ; illustrated by Eric Brace.

9. The medieval kitchen : recipes from France and Italy / Odile Redon, Franicoise Sabban, Silvano Serventi ; translated by Edward Schneider ; original drawings by Patricia Glee Smith.

10. A taste of history : the stories behind our favourite foods / Bryan Bruce.

11. The Fascinating history of your lunch / Jackie French ; illustrated by Judith Rossell.

September 09, 2011

ChickLit Shelf

Sit back and relax this weekend (afterall, the cloudy weather has ruined the chances for gardening!) with a great ChickLit read. Banish seriousness with a bit of fun and laughter. Check out these best picks (click to the our catalogue details) or browse our fiction section in person at Camden or Narellan.

Do you have a good Chicklit recommendation?

September 05, 2011

Thankyou to Camden Reads sponsors!

And as all good things come to an end, so too does our winter reading program! With over 1000 registrations, this year's program is definitely our most successful. Prize winners will be drawn soon, so we'd like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors who made so many great prizes available.

• Bridge Climb Sydney
• Australian National Maritime Museum
• The Powerhouse Discovery Centre
• Australian Museum
• LG IMAX Sydney Theatre
• Dumaresq St Cinema
• Calmsley Hill City Farm
• Taronga Zoo

Spring is here, and we hope our patrons will "spring into reading" (Thanks to Sandy for the metaphor!).

Do you have any book recommendations from the program? Let us know and we'll post reviews on the blog!

August 31, 2011

Newsletter Shelf - Oh My!

Not everyone has the time to come to the library. Camden libraries are gorgeous, open and distinctive spaces, but that doesn't change the fact that between dropping off the kids, getting the groceries, fixing the roof, or something else, there isn't much time to spare.

At the same time, getting onto the library website and looking through our catalogue is in no way the same thing. If a particular book is wanted, then it works great! But if you're just wanting to have a look at what's new on the shelves, be intigued by the covers and the general feel of the library (i.e. take a deep breath, this is you time!), the library catalogue leaves something to be desired.

Well, let's introduce our online shelves! For the first time today, we inserted a single line of digital shleves directly into our eNewsletter. It's a humble beginning, but we want to increasingly allow people to view our collections and browse them in an automated space. So we've started to roll out linked image maps of shelves with our books (not just the standard picture - we actually took a photo of the book on our shelve and photoshopped them in!). Clicking the book goes straight to our catalogue where you can read more (just like looking at the blurb), and if you want it, reserve it there and then, online, you can (with your library number and password).

Then all you need to do is walk in and then straight out with your top picks.

So what do you think? Is this the direction you would like to see us go into in the future?

Here's the shelf we posted:

August 16, 2011

Large Print Bookshelf

Click 'n' Pick to see a new selection of large print titles available at Camden Council Library Services.

August 09, 2011

Scintillating Science Fiction and Fantasy

The monthly twitter group, ReadIt 2011 has announced the August theme: Geek Reads. Share your favs with hashtag #geekreads

Looking for some new scifi or fantasy to get you started? Check out these latest titles available at Camden Library service!

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Frankenstein: The Dead Town by Dead Koontz

The Devil's Diadem by Sara Douglass

Flashback by Dan Simmons

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma

The Rogue by Trudi Canavan

Shadowrise by Tad Williams

Tome of the Undergates by Sam Skyes

Blackout by Connie Willis

Horns by Joe Hill

August 01, 2011

Red Hot Reads!

Present out newsletter when reserving these brand new titles to receive a free reservation (not bad, eh?)

July 28, 2011

Numerical and New!

There's a bit of a strange trend going on in our new fiction. Numbers seem to be the thing for authors this year - titles everywhere focus on the meaning and interplay of numbers. It just doesn't seem to add up! ( Not funny?)

Check out these new titles!

July 18, 2011

Mystery Shelf

Need some help for Camden Reads? Why not read a great mystery. Just click the book to view the catalogue record!

July 11, 2011

Reading Shelf

Click the book to view each one on our catalogue!

July 04, 2011

General Fiction Shelf

Pick 'n' Click - Don't forget about the Winter Camden Reads Program!

June 20, 2011

Mills & Boon Shelf

Mills & Boon offer a variety of 'sub-types' to cover your particular interest. "Intrigue", "Medical" and more are stocked by Camden Library. Just pick and click to view the items above on our catalogue.

June 16, 2011

Booklist: Antartic Adventures

In anticipation of Charles Lindall's talk about the Mawson Expedition, here are some great fiction reads about Antartica:

1. Blood and Ice by Robert Masello
2. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
3. The Secret Hunters by Ranulph Fiennes

Click the titles to check them out at the library website.

June 08, 2011

Large Print Shelf

Large print at your library. Pick and click to view catalogue entries and place reservations!

June 03, 2011

Reserve these new titles for free!

Click to reserve now! All reservations on these new upcoming titles are free.
Against All Enemies - Tome Clancy
All For You- Sheila O'Flanagan
One Summer - David Baldacci
Blood Line - Linda La Plante
Happy Birthday - Danielle Steel

June 01, 2011

Classic Shelf

Pick 'n' Click Away

May 30, 2011

Recent Returns

Click 'n' Pick.

May 27, 2011

Fiction Shelf

More fiction for a chilly afternoon? Here you go - The Fiction Shelf is ready for perusal. Simply click the title to view our catalogue and check availability, reserve, or pop in to your local branch for pick-up!

May 25, 2011

Twists and Turns - Reading List

Like your plot to be a roller coaster ride? Like unexpected falls, curious bends, and shocking turns of events? Then check out the reading list below. Click on the title to view our catalogue and availability.

1. Mice by Gordon Reece

May 16, 2011

Recent Returns

Click on the title to view our catalogue entries and check availability.

May 10, 2011

Outback Adventure Reading List

Red earth, blue sky and the crisp crack of gunfire across the plains of the Australian heartland - authors have been sweeping tension, mystery and adventure throughout cities, towns, deserts, rainforests and more for over two thousand years. From the dreamtime stories of Aboriginal tribes to the latest Helene Young novel, Camden Council Library Services is petered with Australian gems (or should we say opals?) for your reading pleasure. Check out our picks below. Simply click the title to go to our catalogue entries and check availability.

1. Jirrabal: Rainforest Dreamtime stories by Maisie Barlow

2. Helene Young - Shattered Sky

3. Tomorrow When the War Began series by John Marsden

4. Tree of Man by Patrick White

5.Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

May 05, 2011

Fiction Shelf

Nothing beats a cosy afternoon curled up with a book. The sun peaks through the window, beating away the cold and illuminating the crisp pages cradled in your hands. The age old question is; what to read? Camden Library Services recommends the gems below; just click the book to view each item on our catalogue.

May 04, 2011

What's New for May now available!

You can check our latest new items from fiction, genred fiction, graphic novels, audio books, non fiction, youth, and more through this monthly .pdf.

Read What's New now.

April 27, 2011

Best Graphic Novels 2011

Phew! After the Easter holidays there was quite a build up of returns this morning. Did you see our staff all out on the library floor puttings things back? Now is the time to pop into your local branch and see the shelves fully stocked. As a little taster, here's 10 top adult graphic novels that are available at Camden and Narellan branches.

1. The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
2. Ex Machina series by Calif La Jolla
3. Fringe: Tales from the Fringe by Scott Pearson
3. John Constantine series by Jamie Delano
4. Negima! series by Ken Akamatsu
5. Odd is on Our Side by Dean Koontz
6. Sandman Mystery Theatre by Matt Wagner
7. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
8. Strangers in Paradise series by Terry Moore
9. The Only Good Dalek by Justin Richards
10. Watchmen bvy Alan Moore

April 18, 2011

Recent Returns

So what have people been reading? Take a look at what others have been up to with our online returns shelf. Simply click the book to view our catalogue details; check availability, place a reservation, or leave a review!

April 13, 2011

100 Free Ebooks

So, you have an iPad? And eReader? Or just want to view your favourite books from your PC? eBooks are often just as expensive as their physical counterparts. However, you can get a lot of ebooks online for free, particularly classics that have outlived their copyright. We've selected 100 books available online, for free, for Camden Council Library members. The list below is a combination of old favourites, classic literature, and a few bits and pieces you might never have come accross before. Be sure to let us know what you liked! And don't forget about our free downloadable audio books available through out website (On the right hand sidebar).

1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (657)

2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (781)

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (630)

4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (469)

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (428)

6. Ulysses by James Joyce (407)

7. Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (384)

8. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (361)

9. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (352)

10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (310)

11. Dracula by Bram Stoker (309)

12. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (306)

13. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (302)

14. Moby Dick, or, the whale by Herman Melville (296)

15. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (284)

16. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (256)

17. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (248)

18. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (238)

19. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (237)

20. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (237)

21. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (222)

22. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (211)

23. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (198)

24. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (193)

25. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (187)

26. Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (151)

27. Anna Karenina by graf Leo Tolstoy (149)

28. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (148)

29. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (146)

30. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (146)

31. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (133)

32. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (121)

33. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

34. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

35. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

36. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

37. A Study In Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

38. Aladdin and the Magic Lamp by Anonymous

39. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

40. The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson

41. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim

42. The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

43. A Runaway Brig by James Otis

44. The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang

45. Security Risk by E.M. Clinton, Jr.

46. The Book of Khalid by Ameen Rihani

47. The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp

48. Watchbird by Robert Sheckley

49. Motherload by David Collins-Rivera

50. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

51. The Accused by Harold R. Daniels

52. The Rider of Golden Bar by William Patterson White

53. The Confessions of Lady Beatrice by Unknown

54. Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell

55. Burning Daylight by Jack London

56. Cleopatra by Jacob Abbot

57. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

58. 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut

59. All Things Considered by G.K. Chesterton

60. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

61. Candide by Voltaire

62. King Arthur and his Knights by Maude L. Radford

63. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbs

64. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

65. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

66. Paradise Lost by John Milton

67. Plague Ship by Andre Norton

68. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

69. The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace

70. The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

71. The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

72. The Last of the Mohicans by James Cooper

73. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes

74. The Odyssey by Homer

75. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

76. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

77. The Sand-Hills of Jutland by Hans Christian Andersen

78. The Sleeping Beauty by C.S. Evans

79. The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

80. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

81. The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley

82. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

83. Utopia by Sir Thomas Moore

84. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

85. The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau

86. The Chronicles of the Canongate by Sir Walter Scott

87. The Lure Of The Dim Trails by B. M. Bower

88. The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories by P.G. Wodehouse

89. The Ear in the Wall by Arthur Reave

90. The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola

91. The Fortune Hunter by David Phillips

92. The Hand But Not the Heart by T.S. Arthur

93. The Moon Out Of Reach by Margaret Pedler

94. The Ne'er-Do-Well by Rex Ellington Beach

95. Rose in Bloom by Louisa Alcott

96. Fernley House by Laura Richards

97. From Jest to Earnest by Edward Payson Roe

98. The Valley of the Giants by Peter Kyne

99. Three Things by Elinor Glyn

100. What Sami Sings with the Birds by Joanna Spyri