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Welcome to the Summer edition of the Hills Shire Library Service CONNECT E-Newsletter. Please click on the following links to view the related articles:


Holiday Reading Adventure

Read on the Wild SideCalling all children 5 to 16 years old! You are invited to ‘Read on the Wild Side’ at the Library. Simply join the Holiday Reading Adventure from Tuesday 1 December to Sunday 31 January 2010, collect a log book on your first visit, then collect a lucky dip and sticker on every third visit.

To go in the draw to win exciting prizes and tickets to an awesome end of adventure show, simply hand in your log book at the end of the adventure.

What are you waiting for - rush in for fun and prizes at the library!

Friends of the Hills Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Hills Library held their ‘Another Bargain Book Sale’ at Baulkham Hills Library recently raising over $200 which will go towards new library resources.

Friends of the Hills Library logoThe Hills Shire Library Service would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time to help out during the book donation days and the book sale. 

Membership renewals are open for 2009/2010 so if you are already a Friend’s member or want to become a member drop into any Hills Shire Library to renew your membership for $5 per annum. Membership entitles you to:

·   Automatic membership to The Hills Shire Library Service

·   One free reservation per month (saving of $1.30 per month)

·   Volunteer activities at the library

·   A discount at the following local businesses:

House of Fraser (Castle Towers)

Chapters Cafe (Castle Hill Library)

Lyn's fine needlework, patchwork and quilting (Baulkham Hills) 

Returns Made Easy

Vinegar Hill Memorial Library books can now be returned through the returns chutes at all branches during opening hours and after hours.

Holiday Hours

Keep an eye out later in the year for library Christmas/New Year opening hours.

All branches closed Tuesday 26 January Australia Day public holiday.

New in the Library

Fiction Bestsellers

206 Bones - Kathy Reichs

Alex Cross's trial - James Patterson

Between the lines - Jayne Ann Krentz

Black Hills - Nora Roberts

Blood Born - Kathryn Fox

Corduroy Mansions - Alexander McCall Smith

Silent scream - Lynda La Plante

The brightest star in the sky - Marian Keyes


Confetti - Little Birdy

E.N.D - Black Eyed Peas

Inshalla - Eskimo Joe

The very best of music to watch girls by - compilation

Abnormally attracted to sin - Tori Amos


Andre Rieu: romantic moments

The boy in the striped pyjamas

Confessions of a shopaholic


He's just not that into you

Love in the time of cholera


Revolutionary Road


Your Local History Connection

Did you know that the Oral Histories and Hills Wartime Heroes Database Project has been completed?

Wartime Heroes DatabaseIt includes: -

• Hills Wartime Heroes database in ‘Community Stories’ theme

• Hills During Wartime movie in ‘Community Stories’ theme

• Ron Smith interview with Honour Roll photos in ‘Community Stories’ theme

• Patricia Robinson interview in ‘Heritage Sites’ theme

• Arthur Whitling Castle Hill Park virtual tour in ‘Heritage Sites’ theme

• Patricia Robinson and Ron Smith CDs in the talking book collection

Find all this and more on the Hills Voices Online website

E- Resources

Good Reading Magazine is online!

Good Reading is an Australian magazine with information on “everything about books” including thousands of easy to read independent book reviews and lots of interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.

This magazine is available to access in the library and from home with a Hills Shire Library membership number.

Go to for free access to this and many other great resources online.

Depression: Living with a Black Dog

Depression - Living with a Black DogJoin author Matthew Johnstone as he discusses his latest book ‘Living With a Black Dog’. It is a must have guide for family, friends and colleagues of depression sufferers. Matthew will focus on male depression and discuss how to recognise the symptoms and how to help loved ones.

Date:              Thursday 12 November

Time:              7.30pm - 8.30pm

Cost:              $5 (Tickets essential)

Location:        Castle Hill Library

Contact:         9761 4510

Bilingual Storytime at Carlingford

This storytime will be presented in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and English. Suitable for all children ages 2 - 5.

Date:           First Monday of the month during school term  

Time:          11.30am - 12pm

Location:     Carlingford Library, Lloyds Avenue Carlingford    

Cost:          FREE

Contact:     9871 5922


· Let’s Talk About …Surviving Cyclone Tracy at Baulkham Hills

· Spooky storytime at Baulkham Hills

· Beach party storytime at Dural

· Twilight trivia night at Rouse Hill

· Knowing your rights when shopping – held at Carlingford

· Quilting for Christmas at Rouse Hill


· Special night-time Storytime - Rouse Hill


· School holiday activities

· Culture Kids storytime sessions at Rouse Hill

· Special night-time kids storytime - Rouse Hill

Please check the library website events page for regular events and more details.

Book events online

You can now book for our free events online. It’s easy, fast and so convenient just go to and book instantly.

Save the link in your favourites and you will always know what free events we have coming up. Of course you can still ring up or come into the library to book a spot at our free events.

Justice of the Peace Service

Justice of the PeaceA Justice of the Peace is available at:

· Rouse Hill on Tuesdays (10am - 1pm),

· Castle Hill on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10am - 1pm)

· Baulkham Hills on Thursdays (10am - 1pm)

· Carlingford on Saturdays (10am -12.30pm).

No bookings necessary. 


Australia Day Celebrations


The Hills Shire Council is holding Australia Day celebrations on 26 January 2010 at Balcombe Heights Estate - 92 Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills (opp. Jasper Road Public School).

From 2pm there will be stalls, entertainment for all ages, skate competition, art exhibition, children's activities, rides, affirmation ceremony, competitions and a fireworks finale!




Want to join an online book club?

Online Book Club 09Then The Hills Online Book Club is for you! Join now:





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