Library News - 28 May 2015

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National Simultaneous Storytime promotes the importance of literacy, reading and the value of our Australian book industry. The idea is the same picture book is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, bookshops and family homes around the country. In 2012, over 380,000 took part in the event in 2,000 different locations, with similar numbers expected to participate in this year’s event. Oberon Council Library participated in this event on Wednesday 27 May at 11.00am when The Quibble Brothers written by Aaron Blabey was read to 74 kindergarten children from St Josephs and Oberon Primary schools. The students enjoyed the reading by local Poet, Brian Beesley, then went back to school with a bag of popcorn and juice.

THE STRANGER by Harlan Coben
Harlan Coben demonstrates his skill for writing suspense-filled novels with this latest title. This book is all about secrets: Who has them? Who reveals them? What happens when a dangerous secret is told? Adam and Corrine Price have the American dream, big house, good job and two children. When Adam meets the Stranger he learns a secret about his wife capable of destroying any marriage. The Stranger has more secrets to tell: How does he know so many secrets?

THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh
This is a terrific courtroom drama and edge of the seat thriller rounded out with wit and dark humour. Reluctant lawyer Eddie Flynn used to be a con-man which helps when manipulating the due process of law. Is truth unveiled in the courtroom or is what the prosecution can prove the only thing that matters? This is a top notch read, great plot, good fun and plenty of twists, with no foul language and no sex scenes, this is still an addictive read to the last page.

LONE STAR by Paullina Simons
Paullina Simons has a wonderful ability to write about love – the sort of love stories you want to make your own. In Lone Star five teenagers, celebrating their coming of age, travel through Europe and encounter a turning point in their adult lives. This book is sweet and intense, it is a story of friendship that is satisfying and dramatic. While Lone Star has a slow build the complex and likeable characters will remain with the reader long after the book is finished.