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Library Events - in photos...

News & Events


March Meeting

The next meeting of the Friends will be held on Friday 27 March 2009 at 1.30pm in the Port Macquarie Library meeting room. New members are welcome.

Cos play @ Port Macquarie Library

Love Manga and Anime? Dress as your fav character and join us for some fun - all the details can be found here.

Easter School Holiday Activities at Hastings Libraries

For all the details on our school holiday programme - see here

Doorways to Books

Last week a few of us from Mid North Coast Library Service (myself, Angie from Kempsey library and Debbie from South West Rocks library) attended a seminar entitled ‘Reality Check – non-fiction readers advisory’ at the State Library of NSW in Sydney. Over the course of the day various people spoke of their own personal and professional experiences with non-fiction books and how we, as librarians and library enthusiasts, could help others find their place in the world of non-fiction. Of particular interest during the day was reference to Nancy Pearl’s ‘doorways to books’ theory. In it she believes that every book of fiction and non-fiction fits at least one of four ‘doorways’ through which a reader enters the book:

  1. Story

  2. Character

  3. Setting

  4. Language

The theory suggests that if one were to enjoy fiction books set around, say, a particular kind of character (dark and brooding, for example), then one should also be able to find a way into a non-fiction book that centres on a similar kind of protagonist (through the ‘character’ doorway of course). So someone who is attracted to the ‘character’ doorway, may find they enjoy biographies. Or someone who likes the ‘setting’ doorway, may like to peruse travel books. Of course, we aren’t limited to just one doorway – and more often than not there are two or more of these doorways that appeal to an individual.

Nancy Pearl’s doorway idea is an interesting and alternate way of looking at readers’ interests and tastes, aside from just looking at preferred genres (‘I like mysteries’, etc.)


So what draws you toward a book? Is it a twisting, turning tale? A strong, identifiable character? Beautifully flowing prose? Let us know your favourite doorways by commenting below..


In Living Memory NSW tour in Kempsey 


In Living Memory


The touring exhibition of In Living Memory opens in Kempsey on Thursday 12 March with a special Elders Preview & Lunch from 9am until 1.30 pm, followed by an Official Opening for all at 2pm


12 March — 2 April 2009
Kempsey Shire Library
Civic Centre, Elbow Street, West Kempsey
Open 10am - 6pm, Mon - Fri; 10am - 1 pm Sat
Ring the Library on (02) 6566 3210 for enquiries and to make group bookings to see the exhibition


Touring Exhibition Format

The touring version of In Living Memory includes the same combination of Aborigines Welfare Board photographs and contemporary photos of Indigenous communities by Mervyn Bishop that are still on display at State Records Gallery in The Rocks.

However the photographs have been reproduced in a more portable, durable and adaptable format for display in a wide range of regional museums, galleries and cultural centres. The major themes and content of the exhibition are outlined in the 'Special Exhibition Issue' of Vital Signs magazine.

The exhibition team are taking an active role in the life of the touring exhibition, consulting with local Elders, families and communities and involving them