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THESE BOOKS ARE MADE FOR WALKING

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, community, covid-19, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2020

 

Fremantle Library has an expanded home delivery service and a new contactless drive-through option to return borrowed books to support the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

While Fremantle Library had to close in response to a mandated Federal Government direction to slow the spread of the coronavirus, staff were eager to keep library services functioning and expand other areas to members to help them stay connected.

When a lot of people engage in social isolation it is important for the community to have all the library services they need during these tough times.

To ensure people could still access library resources, including books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and more, the City extended its housebound library delivery service to twice weekly drop-offs on Mondays and Thursdays to library members residing in the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle Local Government areas.

This service was previously provided to elderly or otherwise housebound people who were unable to visit the library, but now it’s been expanded to cater for any local library members staying at home due to the COVID-19 virus.

Since closing the Fremantle Library building on 23 March, they have made 135 home deliveries to East Fremantle and Fremantle residents and, overall, welcomed nearly 100 new members to Fremantle Library.”

From today, library members will also be able to return their borrowed items to the Fremantle Recycling Centre, where the library has set up a contactless drive-through drop off point.

Simply place items in a disposable plastic bag (provided onsite if you require one), enter the drive-through drop off point via Montreal Street and pop your bag of items into the marked crates.

From here, library staff will quarantine these items before processing them and getting them back into circulation

As always, members can explore Fremantle Library’s virtual shelves and have electronic access to books, magazines, the Fremantle and State Library Catalogue and educational online resources.

For all Fremantle Library queries, call 1300 MY FREO (1300 693 796) or email frelib@fremantle.wa.gov.au. To join Fremantle Library, visit fremantle.wa.gov.au/fremantle-library-membership.

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TIME TO SHARE AND CARE AND READ A BOOK

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, community, health, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2020

It looks like there is going to be a period of fewer things to do and go to, so for those who want to sit down and read a book, but can’t afford rather costly new books there are a few options in Fremantle to buy cheap second hand books.

There is that very lovely second hand bookshop in High Street in the West End. I walk by it many times a day and still don’t know the name of it, and Elizabeth’s in South Tce and Queen Victoria Street.

But I have also found many amazing books in very good condition at the Save the Children shop in the Woolstores for just $ 4.00, and books in lesser condition at the St Pat’s store in High Street for less than a dollar.

And becoming a member of the City of Fremantle library is also a good way of keeping in touch with the latest literature without having to rob a bank.

Contemplation is very good for every individual, so when we have to stay away from big events and change our daily routine, we can make a positive out of it and do some navel gazing and re-prioritise our life.

There is no need for despair or panic. Challenges have been thrown at us as long as humans have lived, so we’ll get through it with compassion, consideration and a clear head. When leadership is missing we need to find strength in ourselves and our communities and share and care.

Have a great weekend, Freo. This is one of the best places to sit the Covid-19 out.

Roel Loopers

QUIET READING CONTEMPLATION AT THE FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2019

 

reading

 

Books are one of the great pleasures in my life. I love escaping where my mind does not turn to other thoughts, and only reading books does that for me.

So when I noticed this man quietly reading in the hustle of the Fremantle Arts Centre, just before the Sunday courtyard music session started, I could not resist to take a photo, because it reminded me of the many photos taken of me when I was a child sitting somewhere in a corner reading a book.

Reading books inspired me to travel. Reading books made me aware of other cultures and countries, and reading books gave me the confidence to leave home and move to Germany, and many years later migrate to Australia.

Reading books by so many different international writers made me believe that most people on earth are good people, and nothing I have experienced in the 70 years of my life has changed that belief.

Read! It’s good for you!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE LIBRARY 70TH

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019

 

Library

 

The City of Fremantle Library celebrates 70 years of operation in September with an exciting line-up of community events.

The Fremantle Free Lending Library was opened on 5 September 1949 by state librarian Dr James Sykes Battye. Located at 13 South Terrace Fremantle – the cappuccino strip building today occupied by Dome café – the library was on the first floor. Its shelves contained 5000 books and became the first wholly rate–supported public library in Western Australia.

The library had nearly 25,000 members and saw more than 130,000 people walk through the doors last financial year. More than 50,000 people visited the library online, and while books are still the library’s major stock in trade, over 20 per cent of our loans are for digital content.

The library also plays a critical role in supporting community learning and social engagement, and had more than 12,000 people participate in  events and programs last financial year.

Fremantle Library also provides a meeting space for social clubs and start-up businesses, access to the latest technology including 3D printers and robotics.

Kicking off the library’s 70th anniversary event program is Fremantle – A Page Turner, an author panel talk welcoming Alan Carter, Craig Silvey, Amanda Curtin and Leigh Straw to the stage.

It will be held on 4 September at Fremantle Arts Centre, audiences will have the opportunity to get to know these authors who are behind some of Australia’s inspiring works and see how Fremantle has, and continues to, inspire and support literature and the arts.

The Library is also partnering with Fremantle Arts Centre to deliver a book sculpture exhibition, from 19 September–10 November, which takes discarded library books and turns them into vivid pieces of art.

A second author talk on 13 September will see Australia’s funniest and best loved writer for young people Morris Gleitzman pack out Fremantle Town Hall. Audiences will hear Morris talk about his life from being a writer of feature films and live stage material to being the wonderful children’s author everyone knows and loves.

Closing out the celebrations is the big 70th birthday bash at Fremantle Library on 26 September where the whole community is invited. There’ll be music, entertainment, games and, of course, a birthday cake.

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S MAYOR’S SISTER WINS WA BOOK AWARD

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt must be very proud of his sister Renee Pettitt-Schipp who received the WA Premier’s Award for Emerging Writer for her book The sky runs through us, published by UWA Press.

Winner –  The Sky Runs Right Through Us by Renee Pettitt-Schipp​
Published by UWA Publishing (2018)

In this evocative, memorable collection of poems, Pettitt-Schipp writes of experiences that are both personal and political. Formally diverse, tough-minded but always accessible, the poetry addresses issues ranging from Australia’s contemporary treatment of asylum seekers to the poet’s coming to terms with her father’s decline and death, to her appreciation of the natural environments which in which the poetry is set.

Congratulations to Renee and to her proud brother and family!

Roel Loopers

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BOOKS, WINE AND FOOD AT STRANGE COMPANY

Posted in bar, BOOKS, city of fremantle, hospitality, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on June 13, 2019

 

The STRANGE EDITIONS 3.0
A winter book club is back at Fremantle’s Strange Company bar.

The very popular winter book club returns for its third year with a series of celebrated local authors who will be joining to discuss their most recent novels.

All of the books will be available at the bar ahead of each session, and the Strange Company crew are more than happy to have a chat with you about them over a drink or two.

The book club is on the last Tuesday of each month (June – September) to discuss these exceptional books and enjoy some quality wine.

June 25: Anne-Louise Willoughby for ‘Nora Heysen: A Portrait’
Hosted by editor, publisher and critic Naama Grey-Smith

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30th July
Alice Nelson for ‘The Children’s House’
 Hosted by award-winning author and academic Brenda Walker.

27th August 
Marcella Polain for ‘Driving Into The Sun’
 Hosted by ABC Radio Perth’s Gillian O’Shaughnessy.

24th September 
Steve Hawke for ‘Out Of Time’
 Hosted by journalist, university lecturer and ABC Radio Perth presenter Glynn Greensmith

Please note, this is a free event, but RSVP is essential as places are limited.

Roel Loopers

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EAST FREO TO CONTINUE WITH FREMANTLE LIBRARY SUPPORT

 

There were some unhappy faces at Fremantle Council some months ago when the members became aware that the Town of East Fremantle was pulling out of its part of the library arrangement and would no longer contribute $ 150,000 toward the Fremantle Library.

So the announcement that East Fremantle Council has reconsidered and will continue to contribute to Fremantle’s library services will no doubt bring a smile to the faces of our Freo Councillors.

1985 East Fremantle residents are recorded as being members of the City of Fremantle Library and they also can apply for a residents parking permit, which gives them free street parking till 11am and after 3pm anywhere in the port city.

Well done East Fremantle Council for reconsidering and changing your mind!

Roel Loopers

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ENJOYING SUNNY NEWS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, media, newspaper, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

sunny news

 

While the forecast is for a very pleasant week with temperatures in the mid twenties, the mornings are still very crisp.

This gentleman found a sunny spot in the Fremantle High Street mall this morning to read the news.

It helps to feel warmed by the sun when reading all the nastiness that happens in the world.

Roel Loopers

MISSCHIEF WINS FOGARTY LITERARY AWARD

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, publishing, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on May 22, 2019

 

The inaugural Fogerty Literary Award for authors between 18-35 years of age was awarded on Wednesday evening to Rebecca Higgie of Como for her manuscript The History of Misschief.

Higgie’s novel came out on top of the 64 manuscripts entered. She received a $ 20,000 cash prize and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Roel Loopers

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FOGARTY LITERARY AWARD SHORTLIST

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, publishing, reading, Uncategorized, writing by freoview on May 14, 2019

 

The inaugural Fogarty Literary Award for authors between 18-35 years of age is on and three books have been shortlisted, with the winner to be announced next Wednesday.

The three outstanding books and authors are:

Where the line breaks by Michael Burrows

The history of mischief by Rebecca Higgie

The last bookstore by Emma Young

The award winner will receive a $ 20,000 cash prize plus a publishing contract with Fremantle Press. Good luck!

 

Roel Loopers

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