Here are the five most popular titles bo

Here are the five most popular titles borrowed by our library patrons last year:
1. Night School by Lee Child
2. No Man’s Land by David Baldacci
3. The Dry by Jane Harper
4. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
5. The Good People by Hannah Kent

There you have it! Have you read any of them, or anything else you’d recommend other readers?

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Have your say on the future of public li

Have your say on the future of public libraries in Western Australia! WA Public Libraries are inviting feedback on the WA Public Libraries Strategy from library members, local governments, community organisations and the Western Australian community. Click on this link for more information

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Inter-library Loans Changes Update

In July 2017, the following information was publicised:

“To deliver a more effective service to local communities in WA, State and Public Libraries WA will be making some changes to inter-library loans, commencing 1 July 2017 for a six month trial period. The changes are as follows:

• Fiction items will be available for inter-library lending from 12 months after purchase. This applies to fiction in all formats for both metropolitan and country libraries.

• Customers from metropolitan libraries will have access to a total of 12 inter-library loans per member per annum.

• Customers from country libraries will be have access to a total of 24 inter-library loans per member per annum.

• If an external loan (from outside the WA public library system) is requested by a library customer, a fee based on recovering costs will be charged. The trial will be evaluated at the end of the six month period.  

If you have any feedback or concerns, please put them in writing and email to Shire of Mundaring libraries at and they will be forwarded to the State Library.”

The trial period has now ended, but the changes put in place will continue until further notice.


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

A local book club has rated this book published in 2012 5 out of 5 stars. Awarded manyboo accolades and prizes, this is not an easy read but well worth it. One book club member writes that it was, “a fabulous read, particularly for me just having been there with my eyes wide shut!” It is one of those books that leave an indelible mark on you as a reader long after finishing it.

This hard-hitting work of non-fiction plunges the reader into the stark reality of life in a Mumbai slum, Annawadi. It is based on three years of research and reporting, and has been described by David Sedaris as “As rich and as beautifully written as a novel” .

Katherine Boo brings us into the lives of individuals in Annawadi and along the way beautifully, gently yet forcefully, brings the reader to contemplate and countenance the myriad complexities of inequality, economics and politics, privilege and position, religion, tradition and modernity in urban India. The subtitle of the book – “Life, death and hope in a Mumbai Undercity” describes it very well.

This work has received many accolades and prizes. Notes for book clubs, reviews and a host of wonderful information and images can be found on the official website for the book at


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Many readers would agree with this quote

Many readers would agree with this quote from the inimitable C.S. Lewis. Have a lovely weekend.

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Looking to start a book club in 2018?

coffee-2306471_1920.jpgLooking to start a book club in 2018? Already a member? The libraries have just the resources you need with 140 book club kits available for loan to book clubs! The 2018 Book Club Kit list and information about the book club service is now available at

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The libraries close on Saturday 23 December

christmas-3012862_1920The libraries close on Saturday 23 December at 12 noon, reopening Tuesday 2 January at 9am. The after-hours chutes are available throughout this period. Our digital resources are available 24/7 at
We wish everyone a safe and happy festive season!

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The Greatest Gift by Rachael Johns

racheleventbrite.PNGThere was a great article about Rachael Johns and The Greatest Gift in The West Australian on Wednesday 1 November. If you want to read the whole article, check it out here .

Shire of Mundaring Libraries in collaboration with Dymocks Morley is hosting “A Conversation with Rachael Johns” at Boya Community Centre on Friday 3 November. Still a few places left for what promises to be an interesting night. The event is free, but bookings essential to secure your place at Eventbrite.


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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

major petIt’s been out for a while, but was recently read and reviewed by Circle of Friends Book Club. If you haven’t read it yet, then this is a recommended read. Don’t be fooled by what seems to be a sweet, quaint setting with quaint characters! The novel unfolds to reveal deep themes for the reader to reflect upon, all the while entertaining, never letting go of reader interest. The Circle of Friends loved the “brilliant descriptions”, humour and beautiful language.

They would “absolutely” recommend the book, and thought is an excellent first book by this author. Circle of Friends gave it 10 out of 10!

The book opens in the quintessential English village of Edgecombe St. Mary with the very proper Major Pettigrew dealing with the loss of his brother. This opens the door to an unexpected friendship with Jasmine Ali, a shopkeeper in the village, who migrated from Pakistan. This relationship blossoms into something more, breaking all the unwritten rules in the village, including a few of the Major’s own.

Here are a couple of quotes from the book:

“I believe there is a great deal too much mutual confession going on today, as if sharing one’s problems somehow makes them go away. All it really does, of course, is increase the number of people who have to worry about a particular issue.”  

“It surprised him that his grief was sharper than in the past few days. He had forgotten that grief does not decline in a straight line or along a slow curve like a graph in a child’s math book. Instead, it was almost as if his body contained a big pile of garden rubbish full both of heavy lumps of dirt and of sharp thorny brush that would stab him when he least expected it.”  

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My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Bachman

This week’s mini review is courtesy of the Circle of Friends Book Club. My Grandmother untitledSends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman was rated 8.5/10. Members found the characters, grammar, and humour in this story by the writer of ‘A Man Called Ove’ excellent. The correlation of real life with fairy tales is an intriguing and successful device. It is a beautiful and bittersweet story of an unusual grandmother and the legacy she leaves her granddaughter.

Here is a quote from the book, “Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild’s ultimate privilege: knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details.”

The book club recommends this as a great read.

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