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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

18 November 2010

I have been so excited to see this has been coming up – and now we only have a few hours to wait until the new Harry Potter Movie is on the big screens.  Are you as excited as I am? 

With the movie being released and the second part of the movie opening next year… we are heading towards the end of an era.  The Harry Potter era. 

So my question for today is (and in honour of the movie it is a two-part question!):

1. Will you see the last two movies on the big screen?…. and

2. Do you actually prefer the books rather than the movies (where your imagination can run wild)?


AL – the interview!

19 October 2010

Well I thought it was time to ask one of our administration management staff these questions.  You gotta let them in on the fun as well! 

Great to see AL joining in for these interview questions. So without further ado…

Favourite jellybean flavour? Pink

Favourite book as a child? Bird’s best nest

Favourite dance move? The step side to side and the bob up and down

Favourite book as an adult? Mmmm tricky – I think it’s still Bird’s Best Nest

Favourite area to browse in the library? Picture book collection

List your top 3 hobbies. Camping, reading aloud (with voices) and cooking

Favourite food for the movies? Popcorn of course – what else would you eat at the movies.

Favourite character in a book or movie? Smeagol or affectionately known at Gollum

Favourite ice-cream flavour (or mix-in)? chocolate

Favourite subject at school? Drama

Favourite fizzy drink? Don’t touch the stuff

Favourite tv series? I can’t commit to a series.

Favourite Aussie landmark/vacation place? Neurum Creek Bush Retreat – this week anyway

Favourite band/group? I tend to enjoy solo artists more than groups

Favourite sports star? Matt Rodgers

What do you like to do on your holidays? Camp

What is your favourite Easter memory? Finding my baby girl sucking on a candy egg that she’s broken into

Who is your hero or role model? My kids – they inspire me to be a better person.

Dog Friend – The Interview

20 September 2010

Okay – I thought I would start branching out a little – and start interviewing non-blogging staff  with the now famous INTERVIEW questions!! 🙂

You never know – seeing their name in lights might entice a few to jump on board and write reviews with us.  We have great staff here at the libraries – they are always willing to help… so without further ado, I will introduce you to Dog Friend!  Staff Member and blog buddy.

If you ruled the world for one day what would you do? HAVE ENDLESS AMOUNT OF FOOD & WATER FOR ALL ANIMALS & PEOPLE

Favourite jellybean flavour? BLACK

Favourite book as a child? FARAWAY TREE

Favourite dance move? SPRINKLER DANCE

Favourite book as an adult? MATTHEW FLINDERS CAT

Favourite area to browse in the library? FRIDGE


Favourite food for the movies? COFFEE

Favourite character in a book or movie? MR MONK

Favourite ice-cream flavour (or mix-in)? VANILLA ice-cream OR LEMON SORBET

Favourite subject at school? ART



Favourite Aussie landmark/vacation place? DALISFORD VICTORIA

Favourite band/group? JBT (JOHN BUTLER TRIO)

Favourite sports star? CATHY FREEMAN

What do you like to do on your holidays? EAT

What is your favourite Easter memory? BEING SICK

Who is your hero or role model? DALAI LAMA


6 July 2010

If you have been into a Gold Coast City Council library lately, there is no doubt you would have seen our next interviewee.  This fabulous staff member is always on top of things ensuring that the magazines and books are in great condition for you to borrow.  Take a look and find out about your local library staff.

If you ruled the world for one day what would you do? Try to find a way to stop all the hatred and fanaticism.

Favourite jellybean flavour? Red

Favourite book as a child? The Three Musketeers

Favourite dance move? ? but love jive/rock ‘n roll

Favourite book as an adult? Pillars of the Earth / Blood of Flowers

Favourite area to browse in the library? 635 and 641

List your top 3 hobbies: Reading / Gardening / Cooking

Favourite food for the movies? popcorn

Favourite character in a book or movie? D’Artagnan

Favourite ice-cream flavour (or mix-in)? Vanilla – then I can add what I want!

Favourite subject at school? Geography/Geology

Favourite fizzy drink? Ginger beer

Favourite tv series? Too many to list!

Favourite Aussie landmark/vacation place? Anywhere with ski-able snow.

Favourite band/group? AC/DC

Favourite sports star? Roger Federer

What do you like to do on your holidays? Potter. Do what I want to do when I want to do it!

Who is your hero or role model? My Mum

Graphic Novels – the POLL!!

18 May 2010

I have been shelving the teen area a lot lately – which is obviously good – because that means that you are borrowing a lot of books out!! 🙂

But – an idea began to stick in my head as I was shelving some books away…. what is the favourite graphic novel currently on the Gold Coast??  Do we have a favourite? Is there a graphic novel we don’t know about yet???
So with that idea going through my mind… I thought I would put in a poll so we could vote on our favourite graphic novel series – what do you think??


20 April 2010

Yay – We have a crossover!!  Sam, one of our fantastic librarians, also posts regularly on our adult readers blog book coasters.  That blog is also an online book club so that people can discuss various books they have read.  I wonder if any have read Twilight??

Anyway, Sam answered my questions for me today – so a big shout-out to Sam!  I might even see if I can entice Sam to write a post or two here… we love it when we get reader’s posts!!! 🙂

Enjoy the answers! 

If you ruled the world for one day what would you do? Pass on the duty to someone way more suited to the job!

Favourite jellybean flavour? Pink one..

Favourite book as a child? Winnie the Pooh

Favourite dance move? I don’t dance

Favourite book as an adult? I like to read biographies

Favourite area to browse in the library? Dvd’s

List your top 3 hobbies. 1 – Yoga 2. – TV 3. – Walking

Favourite food for the movies? Don’t take food in

Favourite character in a book or movie? Piglet from Winnie the Pooh

Favourite ice-cream flavour (or mix-in)? Mint

Favourite subject at school? English

Favourite fizzy drink? Lemonade

Favourite tv series? So many !! Monk, House, Medium, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist (I could go on and on…)

Favourite Aussie landmark/vacation place? Coochiemudlo Island

Favourite band/group? Empire of the Sun, Savage Garden when they were together

Favourite sports star? The Brisbane Broncos – GO BOYS!!!

What do you like to do on your holidays? Sleep

What is your favourite Easter memory? Mum making white chocolate treats using moulds and hiding them throughout the house for me and my brother to find

Who is your hero or role model? Real life people who have overcome adversity and/or hard times in their lives (positive and happy people)

Read-a-like: Harry Potter Series

19 March 2010

Okay, thanks to those who answered our last post we have the beginnings of a Read-a-like list…. brought to us from our very own blog readers!!! YAY!!

What a great selection!!  Thanks to the commenters for the great ideas… Now it is your turn.  What book would you like to have a ‘read-a-like’ created for??

Let us know – and between all of us – we’ll be able to select some great reads I’m sure!!

Thanks to Kennymatic - Creative Commons Flickr

Movie Review: Alice In Wonderland

9 March 2010
Sam from our Bookcoaster’s blog – has asked that I post this review for her: Alice in Wonderland 

I loved the story of Alice in Wonderland as a little girl and have read all of the series of books by Lewis Carroll. So I was very keen and excited to see the latest film instalment to see what adventures the older Alice gets up to. The 3D element was a nice added touch to a fairly enjoyable film, but the story did lack the cuteness of the original tale.

All of the characters are back, tweedle dee and tweedle dum my favourites. The film is visually delightful and the scenes in which the Mad Hatter (played by the ever talented Johnny Depp) does his thing are very funny.

The plot is rather simple as an older Alice returns to her wonderland, reunites with her quirky friends and embarks on a quest to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The film is much darker than the original, a true Tim Burton adaptation, but does manage to stay fairly kid friendly.

If you get the chance, go see the film in 3D, even to just see the Mad Hatter do his thing (I won’t go any further as to not spoil it for those of you who plan to see it!) If you haven’t read the books yet, go directly to your Gold Coast library to borrow them – they are a real delight!

Golden Age for literature!

5 March 2010

Have you read the Courier Mail today?  I know it isn’t often on my must read list – but another staff member pointed out a great article about the new boom in junior and teen literature.

We know that JK Rowling made a worldwide smash hit with her Harry Potter Series, and Twilight has blogs all a twitter with Stephenie Meyer fans… but do you realise the impact that these smash hits have on the publishing industry??

The success of Harry Potter and Twilight,  has allowed publishers to be more adventurous with their purchasing!  I think this a good thing… especially when it means that a 17-year-old can get a book deal!!! (Look out for Alexandra Adornetto’s three book series that will be published sometime this year!!)

What do you think of the recently published teen books?

Harry Potter and the Read-a-like

20 February 2010

The other day I had a discussion with other YP staff about what we recommend to our teen readers after they have finished a series and want to read something pretty similar… so we have decided to start a new series on our blog…


We will start putting together some ideas about what books to suggest after you have finished some favourite titles… Twilight, the Tomorrow Series… When you have finished reading a great series but have been left wanting more!

SO – the first one in the series will be the HARRY POTTER books.  What would you recommend?  I know what I’m going to suggest – how ’bout you?

janetmck – Flickr Creative Commons

Leave a comment – and we’ll post the recommendations in our new series of blogs!