Thursday, 26 June 2008

Monster Blood Tattoo

Monster Blood Tattoo. Book One: Foundling.
Monster Blood Tattoo. Book Two: Lamplighter.
by D. M. Cornish.

The cover of Foundling caught my attention instantly, but I placed it on hold three times before I finally picked it up and read it. I didn't realise how fantastic it was until I made the effort to sit down quietly and read a good chunk of the book. It grabs you from the first sentence and leads you on until you find you are holding your breath in anticipation.

The story begins with Foundling - the journey of Rossamund Bookchild, a young boy who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts out as a simple journey to his place of employment is threatened by encounters with monsters and people who may be worse. Rossamund must choose his friends and his path carefully.

In Lamplighter, Rossamund is sworn into service as a prentice lamplighter and is finding his training at Winstermill Fortress difficult and lonely. Lamplighters must venture out onto the Emperor's highways to keep the roads safely lit for travellers. It is not a job for the faint-hearted, and every week there are reports of theroscades - attacks by monsters.

Monster Blood Tattoo is an entirely original fantasy series set in Half Continent - a Dickensian world run by arcane science and alchemy with its own language and lore. There is a fairly condense explicarium (a glossary of terms and explanations) at the end of each book which includes maps, diagrams and appendices. Both books have superbly detailed illustrations which I just couldn't stop poring over! Monster Blood Tattoo is a trilogy by new Australian author and illustrator David M. Cornish. The third book is yet untitled and has no release date. Beware... when you are really engrossed in the story, you don't realise that you have come to the end of the novel because it is not the end of the book!!!

:) julie@pakenham

Monday, 23 June 2008

Bill Gates and YouTube

So what do you do for fun when you are the third richest person in the world? Well, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, now worth $58 billion, gathered some friends to make a video. Retiring at the end of July, Gates gathered Matthew McConaughey, , Jay-Z, Bono, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Al Gore, to spoof his last day at work.

Fans of Guitar Hero will be able to relate!Enjoy!

Remember remember...V for Vendetta

Movie Review: V for Vendetta
Starring: Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond, Hugo Weaving as V, Stephen Rea as Inspector Finch and John Hurt as Chancellor Sutler.
Directed by: James McTeigue
Based on Graphic Novel V for Vendetta by Allan Moore.
Music from the Motion Picture: V for Vendetta.

A tantalizingly subversive tale set in futuristic London where a totalitarian government has replaced religion and controls society through fear, all except one misfigured person disguised in a Guy Fawkes Day costume and known only as V.

As the plot unravels the story thickens. Audiences will be kept mesmerized through the connections between characters and events, amazing editing and cinematography.

This film takes a look at the government's role in society and what it should be, discussing issues of freedom, discrimination, terrorism, love, friendship strength and weakness.

It is however anything but political jargon and dogma, but an action packed psychological drama as V enacts his vendetta.

A word of warning, this film is NOT suitable for viewers under 15 years of age (rating MA) as it contains moderate sexual references and strong violence.

You might like this if you also like: action/mystery/romance/great cinematography and editing/are politically minded

A good place to enjoy this is: With a group of people who will want to talk about it later!

Rating: Fantastic
Thanks to Riannon (aged 18).

Thursday, 19 June 2008


Hey guys, Jacqui the work experience kid here! (OK, just so you know, the library is awesome!)

Today's review is all about Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. It's the novel that everyone is reading, or should be reading.

Isabella Swan, a high school student, moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona, to Forks, Washington - the rainiest town in the USA. Even though Bella hates the weather at Forks, she finds that at her new school she quickly makes more friends than she had ever had before.

Bella is soon updated on the local legends by young (and cute) Native American Jacob Black. Jacob tells Bella the old stories about the "cold ones", which to Bella sound suspiciously similar to vampires. Jacob also tells Bella about all the gossip and rumours going around the town about the mysterious Cullen family.

At school Bella quickly develops a crush on the enigmatic Edward Cullen, but to her dismay Edward can't seem to stand being anywhere near her...

A vampire story with a twist, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight is the first book in the Twilight series. The next two books are New Moon and Eclipse, and the fourth book Breaking Dawn, is soon to be released.

Twilight has also been filmed as a movie, coming soon to cinemas.

Excited yet? Seriously. Read this book.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

The Spiderwick Chronicles

When I saw the previews for this movie, I thought it looked alright. I liked the Harry Potter movies and didn’t mind Narnia, so I figured I’d give it a go. The Spiderwick Chronicles is a really wicked movie! The movie is actually based on a set of five books (hence, the title chronicles…). But the movie producers decided rather than drag it out in five short movies why not just make one? It’s got all you could ask for in a movie: family dramas, action, adventure, funny lines, strange but awesome characters and some scenes had me jumping out of my seat (watch out for the tunnel)!

So the story is Helen Grace moves into this creepy old house that belonged to her great uncle for a “fresh” start with her children, Mallory, Jared and Simon. She just separated from their father, Richard, and it’s not going down well with Jared (let the fights begin). So while “exploring” the house Jared discovers this secret room and finds this book written by Arthur Spiderwick. It’s a field guide on magical creatures and where to find them, and when he tries to tell his brother and sister they think he’s lying to them. Then all these weird things start to happen, strange disappearances and odd accidents. And because the family can’t explain the things that are happening, they blame Jared. What they don’t know is that a powerful Ogre called Mulgarath is after the book and he will stop at nothing to get it!

There's a great site with clips of the movie, games and downloads. Just follow the link below...
Why not read the books by Holly Black and Tony Di Terlizzi
Book 4: The Ironwood Tree
Or checkout the link below for the official book site.

Tara @ Eme

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Battle of the Bands 2008

The battle is ‘on’!

The annual FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands is on again for 2008 and there are some great Cardinia bands lined up to take on the challenge in the Cardinia Shire Push Start ‘battle’ heat. Electric Productions has decided on the lineup that will be rocking the Pakenham Hall on Friday 27 June! The winners of this heat will go on to perform at the regional finals and the winner goes on to compete at the FReeZA Push Over Festival in March 2009.

Head From Hottie
Black Ribbon
The Young Minds
The Captives
Francis Dolarhyde
Decembers Fallen
The Thieving Gypsies

Check out the link below for all the details.

Writing Workshops

Do you like to write or are you thinking of entering the City of Casey's Fresh Words competition? Come and "pick the brain" of Archie Fusillo, the author of best selling novels for young adults. Archie will set you up on the path to finding inspiration for your story, and give practical tips on writing. These workshops are for 12 - 18 year olds and are FREE!

Cranbourne Library
Cranbourne Indoor Leisure Complex Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne
Tuesday 1 July 2008
10.00am – 11.30am
Phone 5990 0150 to register


Narre Warren Library
Overland Drive, Fountain Gate
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
1.30pm – 3.00pm
Phone 9704 7696 to register

Monday, 16 June 2008

So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

In So Yesterday, Hunter spends his summer holidays in New York spotting “uncool” elements in advertising – he works for the “Client” (a certain athletic shoe company named after a certain Greek God). With his friend, Jen, he gets caught up in adventures in dark abandoned buildings, kidnappings and high society launch parties. So, what makes something cool? When it comes to pop culture, are you an Innovator, early adopter or classicist? Full of snippets about the history of innovation and the joys of teenage life, this is a fast paced, laugh-out-loud funny book. Have a read online:

Wednesday, 11 June 2008


YABBA - stands for Young Australians' Best Book Award and they are voted by you! Prep to Year 9 students nominate Australian children's fiction books that have been published in the last ten years to create a short list. They then vote for their favourite books by a specified date.

So no more adults telling you what to's all about what you think. Here are the nominees (or shortlisted books) in the Fiction for Year 7-9 section. You can then have your say by voting. All details are available at

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Let The Games Begin!!

Last week marked the launch of our brand spanking new Playstation 3s and Xbox 360s at Endeavour Hills and Narre Warren for public use. Endeavour Hills now has 2 Xboxes and 1 PS3, while Narre has two of each. Cranbourne re-launched their's earlier this year, and also have 2 of each console available for use now!

A wide variety of the latest and greatest new games are available for you to try out, and who knows? Some of you super gamers may even clock a few!!

Bookings are always recommended, so call your branch and reserve some game time today!
Narre Warren: 9704 7696
Cranbourne: 5990 0150
Endeavour Hills : 9700 7177
Hope to see you all coming in to have a go on either a PS3 or an Xbox!!

Friday, 6 June 2008


Let me now introduce you to the Hampton Park team. Nick was our intrepid photographer so that's why he isn't in the photos. Featured in this photo (from L-R) are Susan, Kim, Ingrid and Carol. They are sitting in the cosy entrance foyer to the Library.

This is the formal photo, now check out the "quirky" photo!

Looking more like a scene from Prisoner (70-80's Australian TV series) the Hamsters, as they call themselves, like to look tough but they are actually a great fun team (with an interesting sense of humour).

I look forward to introducing you to staff from other Branches in the near future!

Have a great Long Weekend!


Thursday, 5 June 2008

Bye Beautiful

How would you like a job where you can wear a tracksuit to work each day?
According to Australian teenage author, Julia Lawrinson, this is one of the best things about being an author!

Julia is a very impressive and talented writer. She strongly evokes a sense of place and time in her novels, and her characters are well developed and believable.

'Bye Beautiful' is one such example. Set in rural Western Australia in the 1960's, Julia conveys the racial attitudes of the time, as well as male/female relationships and social mores.

The story is told through the eyes of Sandy, a shy teenager. Sandy and her family move to a small town where her father is to be the new sergeant in the police station.

Sandy is attracted to Billy, a part Aboriginal youth, but then discovers her beautiful sister and Billy have eyes for each other.

There is a sense of uneasiness and foreboding that steadily builds throughout the novel, until it reaches a dramatic conclusion.

Recommended reading for teenagers.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Bollywood comes to Hampton Park!

The sounds of Bollywood shook Hampton Park to life last Wednesday (28th of May), with 138 people joining in the dancing fun! Bollywood dancing teachers Chavina and Mridula lead kids and adults of all ages and nationalities in almost two hours of energetic Indian dancing, and I can guarantee you guys that no one was left sitting in their seats!!
It was amazing to see everyone participate so enthusiastically, and to see the interaction between the public, staff members, and the teachers. I was there, and I had the time of my life! And the best part about it was that you didn't have to have any knowledge or experience with Indian dancing; anyone could do it!

If you don't believe me when I say how great the night was, take a look at these pictures, and you'll see the joy and excitement in everyone's faces, and in their unrestrained dance moves!

For more upcoming events similar to this, keep your eyes peeled at your local library and on our blogs too!

Thanks guys,

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