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THIS WEDNESDAY (MAY 24) IS 'NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME' FOR 600,000 YOUNG AUSTRALIANS
More than 600 000 are expected to celebrate the joy of reading in the Australian Library and Information Association's (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS).  On Wednesday May 24 at 11am in more than 4500 locations such as libraries, schools, bookshops, hospitals and homes, hundreds of thousands of children will read together, the same book, at the same time.  This annual event aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books during Library and Information Week - 22 - 28 May 2017.

AUSTRALIA'S MOST BORROWED BOOKS REVEALED
According to the 2017 Civica Libraries Index, stories about heritage, identity, love and relationships were most popular among the list of most borrowed Australian fiction books during the past year. Topping the list of most borrowed Australian books was ‘Rain Music’ by Di Morrissey.  We also have an unquenchable thirst for crime and thriller novels.

STRUGGLING TO SAVE MONEY?  IT MAY BE IN YOUR GENES ... OR EVEN YOUR FAITH
Everyone from our parents to our governments encourage us to reap the benefits of saving, but some groups are apparently more predisposed to the habit than others.
WHEELS: AUSTRALIA’S ROAD DEATH FARCE
Australia’s road toll rose to 1300 deaths last year, prompting governments and administrators to blindly push forward with plans for even more draconian emphasis on speeds and fining drivers.  An investigation by leading publication WHEELS has found a collective blinkered approach to road safety, with speed seeming to be the only culprit in the minds of our policymakers. 
 




MEDICAL CANNABIS - THE LOWDOWN
The taboo drug in the medical world has been legalised in Australia recently. Medical marijuana is being prescribed by GP’s to patients for pain relief but there are still a lot of questions surrounding the topic. Like, what does it do? How do you take it? And does it make you high? 

 

WHEN PARENTS GO BACK TO WORK - THE CAREER RE-BIRTH
Paid parental leave has been a hot political topic in recent times, but less attention has been given to the real-world issues confronting individuals, families and businesses when those parents look to go back to work. Reshaped job arrangements and added pressures on expanded young families require planning and flexibility from all concerned.



ARE YOU AN 'EMOTIONAL SPENDER'?
If you tend to treat yourself by shopping after a triumph, or when you’re feeling low, you could be an emotional spender. This type of spending can shatter budgets and erode self-worth. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

ARE WE SELLING OURSELVES OUT WITH OUR NEW SHOPPING HABITS?
We shop differently than we’ve ever shopped before. From embracing new players like ALDI to jumping onto Amazon to buy anything from clothes to computers, traditional shops (and the important jobs they provide) are under serious pressure. Is all this competition a good thing, or undermining our collective future?