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News from the Lending Library

New Arrivals

If you’re a member of the BMI you would have received an email a little while ago. Click here to revisit the August book arrivals! There are plenty of fantastic reads in there!

New BMI Members

Congratulations and welcome, new BMI members. We hope you will always feel welcome and make good use of the Lending Library and other facilities.

We certainly hope this will be first of many enjoyable years’ involvement with this wonderful, iconic organisation.

Charles Burn, Chris Cullen, Anne Fahey, Harry Gibcus, Gordon Harvey, Judith Linklater, Graeme Quick, Wendy Ross, Rosemary Tolhurst, Lisa Walters, and Amanda Williamson.

Author of the Month: Jaye Ford

Jaye Ford has worked in newspapers, radio & television, as a news and sports journalist.  In 1988 she became Australia’s first female presenter of a live national sport show, hosting Sport Report on SBS.  She later fronted evening news on regional television and ran her own public relations business. Jaye now writes full time and lives in News South Wales.

You can find some of her novels in our library.

Jaye Ford: author of Beyond Fear, Scared Yet, Blood Secret.

Book of the Month: The Ends of the Earth

The Ends of the Earth, is a thrilling climax to Robert Goddard’s adventure trilogy, The Wild World

It’s July 1919, and ex – flying ace, James “Max” Maxted’s is attempting to uncover the secret behind the death of his father, Sir Henry Maxted. His father was murdered while serving as an advisor to the British delegation at a  Paris peace conference.

The End’s of the Earth follows Max’s adventures from Paris all the way to Tomura’s Castle in the mountains of Honshu, for the full truth of a cold case to reveal itself.

Next film from The Ballarat Film Society

August 13th

Die Endlose Nacht (The Endless Night)

New German Cinema Free Form Sex Comedy

Berlin’s Tempelhof airport is experiencing fog and all the planes are grounded and the passengers are becoming fraught. All they can do is wait, but as time passes by, their lives are all thrown off course. In a style that weaves together a series of short films, we view the passengers as covers are blown, dreams are dashed ,business deals lost and infidelities occur. New German Cinema was characterised by low budgets and the cry of the old cinema is dead! The 1960s certainly verified that!

Source: NFSA.

2015 Membership.

July to December $30


New Book Drop

There’s a new designated drop box in the foyer for anyone wanting to return books after hours.

The extended times for the new book drop is 9-5pm, as the Lending Library hours are 10-4pm.

Happy lending!

New Reads

Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee

Is set during the mid- 1950’s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout ( Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus.

She is forced to grapple with issues, both personal and political as she tries to understand both her fathers’ attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.This is an instant classic.

The Truth According to Us.

Annie Barrows

From the co-author of the international best-seller, The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society.

Disinherited by her father, the debutante Miss Layla Beck is forced to spend the hot summer of 1938 in Macedonia, West Virginia and is tasked with recording the small town’s history. She arrives with one goal , to get out as quickly as possible.

We are always seeking new members to join the Library. If you know anyone who loves to read- we are currently offering a three month free membership.

For those of you who have taken up the offer we hope you have enjoyed using the Library and other facilities in the Institute. Hopefully you will continue and join as a full member.

Gift memberships are also available. See Rosemary at the Library for further enquiries.


The Girl in the Spider’s Web by Steig Larsson /David Lagercantz

Lisbeth Salander & Mikael Blomkrist return in the highly anticipated follow up to Steig Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.