They’re not all the same…

Libraries that is….

The branches I use back in Melbourne are part of a large group that come under the banner of Eastern Regional Libraries.
The one I use up here in Bowen is part of a much much smaller group under Whitsunday Regional Council Libraries

Here in Bowen the library might be smaller in size with not so many copies of each book but there are little touches I appreciate that don’t seem to be available at home….or if they are I’ve not noticed them😊

This whirly roundabout shelving has books from ‘series’ – not just the latest publication but all others from a popular series, and look (you might have to enlarge to see)……the library actually numbers them in the order they’re published
You can see at a glance if the elusive one you’re hunting for is available.

And if you look at the top right hand square you’ll see another doodad holding books labelled as ‘Classics’….we might only have one copy I got told, they tend to get get lost – almost swamped in the main collection so they’re better off here where they can be found.

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Now for something different but just as pleasing.
I know most of us are familiar with the little pictorial genre identifiers – those little coloured stickers on the spine.
Seeing the red kangaroo makes me smile, my ‘local’ doesn’t use them, so when I see them on the shelves it means I can identify Aussie authors and books about/set in Australia without actually having one in mind.
Big discoveries made this way!

Last month red kangaroos introduced me to novels by two more ‘new to me’ Australian authors.
Both books covering two young Australian’s experiences during recent world wars
Both enjoyable in their own special way.

The Stars in the Night – Clare Rhoden.
(Historical Fiction)

Book blurb:-.
Harry Fletcher is a confident young man.
Harry’s sure that he will marry Nora MacTiernan, no matter what their families say. He’s certain that he will always be there to protect Eddie, the boy his father saved from the gutters of Port Adelaide
Only the War to End All Wars might get in the way of Harry’s plans
From the beaches of Semaphore to the shores of Gallipoli, the mud of Flanders to the red dust of inland South Australia, this is a story of love, brotherhood, and resilience.

The Codebreakers – Alli Sinclair.
(Historical Fiction)

Book blurb:-.
1943, Brisbane: The war continues to devastate and the battle for the Pacific threatens Australian shores. For Ellie O’Sullivan, helping the war effort means utilising her engineering skills for Qantas as they evacuate civilians and deliver supplies to armed forces overseas. Her exceptional logic and integrity attract the attention of the Central Bureau-an intelligence organisation working with England’s Bletchley Park codebreakers.
But joining the Central Bureau means signing a lifetime secrecy contract. Breaking it is treason.

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And then there’s this one I picked up the other day – Flames – Robbie Arnott.
(Magical Realism Fantasy)
Let’s just say it’s proving to be interesting’ 😊

  • Book blurb:- A young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his twenty-three-year-old sister, Charlotte—who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.

What’s been on your book shelf recently- anything interesting?

10 Replies to “They’re not all the same…”

  1. Those additional touches sound AMAZING.
    The last Australian book I read was The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif. A memoir from an Afghan Rugmaker from Afghanistan who came to Australia (by boat) seeking asylum.

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    1. F will enjoy that….not having to hunt through the foreign language in the hope of finding something in English. I wonder what little label (if any) they use to denote local authors


  2. I was about to say our library doesn’t have any of this but realized I have not been in the library in 10 years. since I got my kindle, I download books from the library but not in it. I think this is amazing that they have the kangarroos and the little guns on the books and all of this is great. we have 5 librarys here, all in a five mile radius, I am less than 2 miles from 5 libraries. they are each very different. I prefer the big library downtown that has been there since I was a child. I need to go visit it just to see what they have done, for just in case internet arrmegeddon happens and I must read books. the problmem is, I can read normal print, I have to get the large print and they are heavy and hurt my hands

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    1. I’m one of those people who don’t enjoy using an eReader……much prefer a paper book, I’ll even read a large print one just to get the story I want😊


    1. Two different innovations I like…..wondering if I’ve the courage to broach the staff at home. They have so much to do and I know that even if they like the idea it’ll have to go to head office who (because of the way of the world at the moment) will squash it.


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