Miles Library

  • Did you know we have Lonely Planet books?

    Using Lonely Planet books you can plan the perfect get away.

    What better way to see the world than on a bike?! We have just the book for you Epic Bike Rides of the World! This book provides information on 50 cycling routes in 30 countries, from Australia to Bhutan, and 200 ideas for bike rides, Lonely Planet’s Epic Bike Rides will inspire two-wheeled travel all over the world.

    Lonely Planet’s Where to go When.  This tells you where you should go next and provides more than 360 suggestions for destinations around the world. It also details the best time of year to experience these locations and helps you plan a lifetime of perfect trips.

    The third great book we have is Around the World in 50 ways. Get ready for a trip like no other! Set off from London and travel the world, then try to make it back! In this globetrotting adventure, you choose where to go and how to get there. From tuk-tuks and sleds to boats and balloons, you’ll explore famous cities, tropical islands, winter wonderlands and loads more!

    Lonely Planet has also produced a book titled 1000 Ultimate sightsThis book guides you through iconic buildings, awesome canyons, weird monuments, vast animal migrations, spooky dungeons and romantic vistas. Make your own list using the book, hit the road, and start exploring the world’s most breathtaking sights.

    Want something closer to home? Check out Sydney City Trails. This book allows you to follow 19 fantastic themed trails to reveal Sydney’s best kep secrets. Find out where to cuddle koalas, catch the world’s steepest passenger train, see the city through a sky-high glass floor and lots more! It’s Sydney like you’ve never seen it before.

    Didn’t find what you wanted? Check out more books about travel on our shelves.







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  • What the Hickory?! The importance of Nursery Rhymes

    Most of us sing nursery rhymes to our kids. But have you ever stopped to consider why?

    Singing nursery rhymes together is great fun, and can also boost language skills and enhance fine and gross motor development. Did you know that children who know just 6 nursery rhymes by heart at age 4 are more likely to be better readers?!

    When can you sing? ANYTIME! In the bath, during a nappy change, going for a drive (while they’re strapped in their car seat and can’t run away)… Kids don’t care if you’re not the next Adele – sing anyway!

    Just remember:

    • Sing slowly and clearly
    • Little ones learn from looking at your face, so try not to multitask (unless your driving!)
    • Children learn from repetition. You might get bored, but kids love it
    • It’s never to early – or too late – to start.

    Brush up on old favourites and learn new nursery rhymes at one of our free Storytime sessions. Click here to find one near you.

    Need some inspiration to get started? Check out this post from First 5 Forever.

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  • Before you watch the movie, read the book!

    2018 is set to be a reader’s dream with 32 book to movie adaptions set to be released this year! We are sure that you will find a book to suit everyone in your family.


    Peter Rabbit based on The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

    Follow the mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr McGregor.


    Love, Simon based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Alberalli

    When an email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly gay Simon is blackmailed into playing wingman for a classmate or risk having his sexual identity revealed and the privacy of the boy he’s been emailing compromised.


    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Burrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

    It’s 1946, and as Juliet Ashton sits at her desk in her Chelsea flat, she is stumped. A writer of witty newspaper columns during the war, she can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she starts to receive letters from members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and as letters fly back and forth, Juliet comes to know the extraordinary personalities of the Society and their lives under German occupation. Entranced by their stories, Juliet decides to visit the island to meet them properly – and unwittingly turns her life upside down.


    The girl in the spider’s web by David Lagercrantz

    The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. More interesting to Mikael Blomkvist than Professor Balder’s world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection to a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters and a violent criminal conspiracy that will soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm.



    Be sure to check in next month for more adaptions!

    For more information, contact 1300 COUNCIL, send us an email, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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  • Create @ Dogwood


    Saturday 2 June, 11.00am – 12.30pm with Penny Eamer. Collaged Miles landscapes inspired by the
    People Like Us exhibition

    Saturday 11 August, 11.00am – 12.30pm with Karen Gaskell. Create clay animals to stake
    out in the garden with inspiration from Looking Forward, Looking Back exhibition

    Saturday 6 October, 11.00am – 12.30pm with Penny Eamer. Fun with solar
    printing inspired by the Voyages Botanical exhibition

    Saturday 17 November, 11.00am – 12.30pm with Penny Eamer
    Exploring the Homecoming exhibition

    MiniMakers an informal art program for
    school-aged children, allowing them to
    explore, engage & create



    Tuesday 17 July, 6.00pm – 8.30pm
    with Karen Gaskell. Clay garden sphere

    Tuesday 4 September, 6.00pm – 8.30pm with Penny Eamer
    Exploring polymer clay

    Monday 17 December, 6.00pm – 8.30pm with Kristen Flynn. Pass the pencil –
    exploring drawing

    Dabble @ Dogwood
    art experiences for adults

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  • Meet the Author | Darryl Bishop

    Miles local Darryl Bishop welcomes you to the launch of his first book, which tells his story as an Australian Digger serving during the Vietnam War.

    “Nineteen-year-old Darryl Bishop was away droving when his birth-date was drawn from the Tenth National Service Ballot, 1969. On 13th May 1971, Private Bishop departed Australia on HMAS Syndey, having earned his place in the Fourth Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)’s Second Tour of southern Vietnam via gruelling training regimes at Kapooka, Canungra, and Townsville.”

    Darryl Bishop is a stockman. He is a jack of all trades who laughingly says he is a master of none. Apart from the short time spent in Sydney, 8 months in Townsville and the time he was away in Vietnam, he has lived all his life west of the Great Dividing Ranges.

    Join Darryl in celebrating the launch of his first book at;

    Miles Library
    Friday 15 June at 6pm
    Refreshments provided

    Books will be available to purchase on the night for $25 cash only

    Please RSVP to Dogwood Crossing, Miles by Wednesday 13 June for catering purposes.
    Phone 4628 5330 or email

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  • Coming Soon…Miles State High Showcase

    Miles State High Showcase
    an exhibition of artwork by Miles State High School Art Students

    Miles State High School has a terrific group of art students now undertaking a course at each year level with the new art teacher Mrs Patena Moesker.

    The works displayed are predominantly from term one, combining one and two dimensional pieces. Tonal drawings of portraits from the senior grades, three step paintings from year 10, some ‘exquisite corps’
    collages from the lower grades and creativity exercises, using the mysteries of circles forms part of the exhibition.

    Friday 25 May, 6.30pm
    29 May – 16 July 2018
    @ Dogwood Crossing, Miles
    Wednesday 23 May
    07 4628 5330

    Image Caption:
    Georgina Garnsey | Marilyn 2018 | graphite and ink on paper | 20cm x 30cm

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  • Coming Soon…People Like Us

    People Like Us

    People Like Us captures universal aspects of the contemporary human condition in film, animation, digital and interactive art. In a diverse collection of recent new media works by Australian and international practitioners, the exhibition also reveals the many experimental technologies being deployed by artists as they comment on issues confronting us in the 21st century.

    Friday 25 May, 6.30pm
    29 May – 16 July 2018
    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
    @ Dogwood Crossing, Miles
    Wednesday 23 May
    07 4628 5330

    John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery
    Proudly supported by Murilla Hardware Supplies

    Image Caption:
    Angelica Mesiti | Rapture (silent anthem) 2009 | Single-channel video, colour. 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

    A National Exhibitions Touring Support Australia exhibition developed by UNSW Galleries and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. The National Touring Initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

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  • Storytime for Toddlers at Miles

    Art and language fun is the aim of Storytime for Toddlers.  Sessions are especially beneficial for children between 18 months and 4 years.

    Storytime for Toddlers will focus on talking, playing, singing and reading.

    • 12 June – @ the Gallery, 10.30am, People Like Us
    • 19 June – @ the Library, 10.30am, Under the Sea

    Bookings are essential.

    P: 4628 5330

    Looking for a Storytime session closer to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our other branches.

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  • Shared Reading Tip #2

    Set the scene

    Read anywhere, anytime – outdoor, indoors, at home, away from home.

    Try to let your child see your face.

    Talk about the book during the day so your child has prior knowledge before reading together.

    Read when your child wants to – not just when it suits you.

    You don’t have to finish the book


    Looking for a Storytime session close to you? Click here for details of Storytime in our branches.

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  • Miles Writer’s Group

    Do you have a desire to express yourself through the written word?

    Join a local group of enthusiastic writers who set writing challenges each month and then share their results in an atmosphere of good humour and support. The group meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 5pm at Miles Library.

    Writing group member Darryl Bishop has written and published a book about his experiences in Vietnam during the war. A launch of Darryl’s book will be held at Dogwood Crossing, so watch this space for more information!

    All members are free to follow their own project and enjoy support from the group.

    New writers welcome by contacting Roxy Bidgood at


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