Library Week 2020

There are many reasons to look forward to the reopening of our library, including its vast collection and peaceful atmosphere.

Library and Information Week, from May 25-31, is a time to celebrate libraries, library professionals, authors and books. It has been a fixture on the Australian library calendar for more than 20 years, but the impact of COVID-19 has made the event more challenging to deliver this year.

Although activities such as the Club Library’s planned Big Book Sale and tours of the Supreme Court Library have been postponed, Library and Information Week offers the chance to highlight our wonderful cookbook collection.

open book on table in library

Boasting almost 700 titles at the City Club and Healesville, the cookbook collection includes books by popular chefs and a few hidden gems. 

Josh Niland’s The Whole Fish Cookbook is a recent addition to the collection. It is a beautifully presented and detailed book that looks at every aspect of fish cookery; from sourcing and filleting to ageing, curing and cooking. 

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Simple has been well borrowed due to its author’s engaging personality and his mantra that the recipes have no more than 10 ingredients and are simple “in at least one way”. 

If you want to save time and money, Kim McCosker’s 4 ingredient series of cookbooks offer quick and delicious meals that the whole family will enjoy.

As winter approaches, you’ll also be considering comforting meals and hearty casseroles. The library has several books with recipes designed for slow cookers, which are also a great way to infuse your home with appetising aromas.

Award-winning Australian fiction

We are excited to announce the collection is expanding to include Australian fiction in a variety of genres. The new books include Miles Franklin winner Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko, a dark comedy about an Aboriginal family living in a fictional town, and Tim Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut. Winton’s book won the 2019 Voss Literary Prize and it is a visceral coming-of-age story set in a remote part of Western Australia. If you’re after a gritty thriller, Peter Goldsworthy’s Minotaur  features a blind detective determined to deliver justice to the man who shot him. 

Special event for preschoolers

National Simultaneous Story time is held every year during Library and Information week. The book this year is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford. The reading will be held live on Wednesday 27 May at 11am. Read the book with your kids or tune in and watch Denise Scott as she reads from the Play School Story Time couch on ABC Kids or ABC Kids iView. 

Another useful resource to explore during Library and Information Week is the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. The museum has a huge selection of interactive activities for kids.

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