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Expert Book Reviews, Recommendations, Author Biographies - Books and Authors

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Reader's Corner - Who Writes Like Have you read every novel by your favourite author? Are you looking for more suggestions? Browse the alphabetical list Do a keyword search Readers' advisory Readers' advisory is defined as “Services provided by an experienced public services librarian specializing in the reading needs of public library patrons” (Reitz 2006). A successful readers' advisory service is one where knowledgeable, non-judgmental staff help readers with their leisure-reading needs. Because the library can often be confusing in their organization and layout, readers' advisers are crucial in providing the library’s leisure-reading material to the reader.

The Best of Bankside at London Design Festival 2015 South of the Thames, 'Bankside' is LDF's newest design district, and home to the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf, which is filled year-round with over 30 independent retail design studios, exhibition spaces and shops offering furniture, jewellery, homeware, and fashion. In its 18th edition this year, Designersblock was situated in the derelict but beautiful Bargehouse, showing multidisciplinary work from over 100 independent designers over three floors. Designersblock at Oxo Tower Wharf. The Kirigram collection by Constanze Schweda.

Readers’ Advisory Resources: Beyond Lists A colleague and I were asked to present at the RT Book Convention in a session intended for librarians and booksellers. This post is adapted from a portion of our presentation. I love talking books with people. It’s my favorite part of my job.

The 20 Best English-Language Independent Films of The Past 5 Years Is anybody else tired of hearing “they don’t make them like they used to”? It is easy to be cynical about the artistic output of one’s own generation. With hindsight behind the classics of old, it is easy to feel that the grass was greener in times of old. Five Libraries Collaborate On Reader’s Advisory Project Five libraries (four in Queensland and one in New Zealand) collaborated to create Beyond The Lavender Keeper Reading Map in recognition of of Australia’s 2013 Get Reading Campaign. Click on the image to read the booklet The challenge was to produce a reading map of The Lavender Keeper to coincide with a visit to four Queensland public libraries by author Fiona McIntosh in mid-September as part of Australia’s 2013 Get Reading Campaign. The project began six weeks ago when Alison Miles from CityLibraries Townsville asked if I was interested in doing another reading map (see our previous collaborative reading map Beyond Chocolat) along with three other librarians – Jo Beazley from Toowoomba Regional Libraries, Louise Pieper from Gold Coast Libraries, and Tina Cavanough from Moreton Bay Region Libraries – who were all hosting Fiona McIntosh at their libraries within the same week.

The 20 Best Movies of The Year 2000 As seen in many lists lately, cinema has had various great/important years. Releases from all over the world becoming, high- and low-budget classics shot black and white, color, and sometimes both at the same time, containing gritty stories, happy endings, stellar camera work and career-defining performances have followed cinema’s history since its inception as an entertainment medium. By 1999, cinema itself was 104 years old and we all wondered what would become of the medium in the new millennium. As 1999 has been deemed one of the most important years in film history, it can be argued that the stylistic and formal importance of ’99 bled into the year 2000 as well. The action movie was somewhat re-defined and given epic status with Gladiator, also bringing Ridley Scott back into the fold after a lacklustre decade in the 90s. Post-Matrix cinematography and visual effects yielded various blockbusters like The Perfect Storm and X-Men as well as a renewed interest in martial arts action.

Book reviews/choices Charles is a struggling reader. Like three out of four children with reading difficulties, Charles is a boy. He started school with limited experience with print, struggled through activities with letters and sounds, and tended to be off task when there was independent reading time. He learned in second grade to have his reading buddy do most of the reading. The 20 Best British Films of The 2000s As the new millennium dawned, British Cinema was still benefitting from the ‘cool Britannia’ mood perpetuated by the various Curtis-like romantic comedies popularised in the latter half of the previous decade. The plus side of this was that there was now an eager audience made once again appreciative of British film production both past and present. The 00’s are perhaps difficult to pinpoint but many of the films in this list have a tendency to play to their audience’s awareness of popular culture and film history. Some use their screen time to explore social issues or revaluate recent history, whilst others appear to question changing issues of national identity. More cynically there is also the faint whiff of exploiting marketing opportunities – arguably brought about in no small part by the arrival of the DVD, its extras and its popularity on the revived home market.

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