What’s on in 2018

Saturday morning storytelling 10:30am for children up to 8 years old

‘Lover of Books’ 14 February 5:30pm  Wednesday. 

2018 Lovers of Books poster

Alison Lambert grew up in Coolum when it was still a tiny farming community with dirt roads and a one-teacher school. The appreciation of nature evident in her writing probably stems from wandering the countryside and beaches, barefooted, as was the norm in those times.

She trained as a registered nurse in Barcaldine in the early 60s, and did Midwifery in Nambour. Her association with the Blackall Range began when she moved to Mapleton in the 70s with her family to establish an avocado farm.

An Associated Diploma in Creative Arts in 1982 furthered her education, which later continued at the University of Queensland where she majored in English Literature and graduated with a BA in 1992.

Alison won the Forde Memorial Medal for Poetry (a UQ annual award) in 1990, and was third in 500 entries for what was then the Warana Poetry Prize in 1991. Her poems have been frequently published in the UQ journal Hecate. She has run courses in Life Writing in Brisbane and locally. She moved back to the Range in July 2000.

Barbara Brewster

Acclaimed author, poet, speaker, entertainer, and Living Fully coach, Barbara Brewster, presents spontaneity and awareness-raising geared-to-your-group events Australia-wide for adults, teens, and even government officials. “My passion,” says Barbara, “is helping people to experience the joy of saying YES to being and expressing who they really are.” Barbara’s YESES to life include at age 22 immigrating alone in 1967, from California to Australia (Down Under All Over: A Love Affair with Australia); touring Russia as a clown with Dr Patch Adams (leading to founding the Coastal Caring Clowns); negotiating and conquering Multiple Sclerosis (Journey to Wholeness: And the Day Came When the Risk to Remain Tight in a Bud Was More Painful Than the Risk it Took to Bloom); writing three inspirational books (#3: Love or Growth; Why Not Both? A Woman’s Dilemma); founding the local Buddies for Refugees group and, as an elder, embarking on what she calls her most radical YES: actually BEING and LOVING herself. At her events participants get a chance to do just that—to experience themselves as the creative, profound, exuberant and lovable SELF they really are.




Robin Storey


 [Stuart] Valverde Maclean  It’s an unusual career move for an Australian author to go from raising cattle in the Northern Territory and judging Corriedale sheep on the Altiplano of Peru to writing romance and mystery novels but Valverde Maclean has managed it twice. He also has a readership that is waiting for his third book.

It probably helps that his career has taken him to many interesting places in Australia and this experience is valuable for providing the background to his books. Reading his stories you discover the old goldfields of Ballarat, The Whitsunday Islands, the Top End and the remote Kimberley region as well as travel the western coastline of Australia. Not only do you get to better know the country, its history, and the people of this vast land but you also get a mystery, usually a puzzle involving some dangerous criminal activity.

None of this explains his understanding of the behaviour of the characters who people his stories. That requires a different talent: one that comes from observing his fellowman and woman for many years. In the age of video games and violence Valverde Maclean novels, in some ways, seem out of place and old fashioned. However, while descriptions of gratuitous violence and sex are missing, sensitivity to relationships and the human heart is not.

Nor are questions of social importance ignored. When you have finished reading one of his novels there will be a few, sometimes controversial, questions you will have asked yourself.

Hopefully by the end of an enjoyable read all the relationships will be resolved, and the reader will have solved the mystery. The question is: Will the reader’s idea match the author’s explanation?

Tash Turgoose is an author, illustrator and blogger based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her debut book, Makeshift Galaxy was released in January 2018 with Odyssey Books, for which she acted as author, illustrator and designer. She’s also worked on creating imagery for children’s book The Monster’s Apprentice, to be released in February 2018, and her work has been featured in magazines across the country. She has a Bachelor of Creative Writing from the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she is currently undertaking her Honours degree. See more of her work, and follow her adventures at, or @TashTurgoose on Instagram

Judy Paulson writes and illustrates children’s picture books, following her career as an Early Childhood Teacher. Her unique approach to illustrations includes constructing figures out of felt, wool and wire. Her first picture book ‘Baby Tawnies’ (about two tawny frogmouths) was published by Random House.

She shares her book and its 3D characters with groups of children in schools and kindergartens where ‘Baby Tawnies’ is very popular.

Winter Book Sale and mini market

Past events

Summer Book Sale and mini market – 2nd December

  • Valentine’s Day Lovers of Books

    Our ‘Lovers of Books’ evening was a great success. On the Library verandah, Tuesday 14th February. Guest authors share their books, experiences, talks, ideas, laughs, stories and writing fun with us.  Plus, we will be serving delicious refreshments too!

This year’s event features authors Robin King-Cullen; Tanya Arnold; Chris Collins; Valverde Maclean, Allison Paterson

Robin is a planning lecturer and author of “Mastering the art of urban planning” .  Find out about Robin and her business Planning Secrets in her bio here…robin-bio-book-lovers or visit her website


Tanya runs her own business on nutrition for dogs and has written a book “Pupcakes” dedicated to our four legged friends.  Find out more about this local author at there website


Valverde is a Blackall Range author.  His novels which combine relationships and romance with a touch of mystery and danger are set across a range of interesting Australian locations. v-maclean

Allison is the author of the adult title Anzac Sons and the children’s version, the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title, Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front. Her children’s picture book Granny’s Place was released in 2016, while Shearing Time arrives in March, 2017. Find out more at:

Chris has a very simple philosophy which is to encourage people of all ages to read for the joy of reading! His beautiful rhyming books and author visits are designed to encourage this through fun and funkiness!


  • Summer Book Sale and Mini Market: It’s on again! 19th November 8am to 1pm Our summer book sale is where you can grab a bargain in great reading material.  From best selling authors, to tried and tested story tellers, our book sale will have a large selection of fiction and non-fiction book.  Fill  bag of books for just $10.00 and help support our Community Library. 11 stalls Local woodwork, native plants, Cakewalk Cafe and much more summer-booksale
  • liqueursLiqueurs by Lamplight:  Sip liqueurs on the verandah with John and Mary King of Rainforest Liqueurs. A very successful evening with lots of taste testing!




  • Winter Book Sale:   Following a cold morning start, our winter book sale was a great success with many visitors taking away bags and bags of books.  Happy reading!  Thank you everyone for your continued support.
  • Trivia with a Twist: We are getting a great reputation for running our black Friday Trivia nights, and this one was no exception.  We added a special twist to the normal trivia night which added lots of fun and conversation!  See you at the next one!
  • Valentine’s Day Lovers of Books Successful Event:  Thank you to all those who came along to our ‘Lovers of Books’ evening on the deck on Sunday 14th February. About sixty people enjoyed a social moonlit evening of author talks and delicious refreshments. We look forward to planning next year’s event.
  • Sizzling Sausages at Bunnings Hardware, Maroochydore:  A most successful fund raiser was held at the end of January, raising over $1,900. Thank you to the volunteers who organised the barbecue and worked hard to feed the hungry customers.
  • Fund Raising Blackall Range Colouring Book  ‘Range of Colours’ colouring book  Blackall Range Visual Artists group and other local artists have produced a Colouring Book to raise funds for community organisations including the Library. Original sketches include a wide ranging selection of floura and fauna to scenes from a rodeo, guaranteed to please all the family. Support your library for just $12 each. Postcards to colour are also available for just .50 cents each.


Multi Draw Christmas Raffle

Thanks to all who supported our  Christmas raffle. The the largest amount ever raised in a library raffle, $700!

Mapleton Memories

Thank you to everybody who came to our local history evening in September and to all those volunteers who organised a most successful evening. Many display items are available to borrow. Read the talks on our Mapleton Memories pages.

Volunteer Morning Tea

On Tuesday November 10 twenty-or-so volunteers enjoyed a morning tea at Secrets on the Lake at Montville. It was a good opportunity for newer volunteers to meet others and for all to spend a relaxing time socialising and getting to know one another better.

Art Exhibition Space

Lynne Begbie is the local pastel artist who booked our space in September-October.

Thank you to Barbara Willcocks, for her display in August, which included beautiful felted scarves.

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2016 workshops are currently being planned.

Last year’s series was well supported. The Library was the venue, working together with Mapleton State School, The Range Community Kindergarten, Nambour Good Beginnings Programme, and Zonta Club of Blackall Range. For more information.

A morning tea for volunteers was used to debrief and to enjoy edible gifts from the parents.
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Mapleton Memories

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An evening co-ordinated by Mary Walker was held at the Library in September to celebrate our community.

Read speakers’ talks on our Mapleton Memories page.

Father’s Day Raffle

Drawn on 5th September at 11am. Two prizes were a wine rack with a bottle of wine and a bottle of ‘champers’, or a wheeled travel case with men’s toiletries.

Art Exhibition August-September.

The next artist on display is Barbara Willcocks, a local talented resident. Please come in from the 8th August to see Barbara’s work and support our local artists.

Mother’s Day Raffle Thank you to those who supported this raffle for an exceptional Royal Doulton collector’s fugurine.

Saturday May 30 Book Sale and market stalls was a successful fundraiser. Thank you everyone who donated books in excellent condition. Our newest stalls were the children’s book marquee and Collectors Corner, both well patronised, as was our volunteers’ cake and sweet stall. Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club Inc. took care to prepare delicious barbecued meals and a selection of market stalls added colour to the day.

Trivia evening with three raffles, on 17 April, held at the Mapleton Bowls Club was very well attended: Thank you to everyone, volunteers and participants, who made it an enjoyable evening.

Photographer Hank Wade was featured in the library exhibition space from 29 April.

Easter raffle winner

Easter raffle winner

Behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes.

Easter Raffle was well supported thank you.

Artist Dr Nita C Lester exhibited her botanical art and photography at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens until 19th April, between 10am  to 2pm daily. Library volunteers catered for the exhibition opening on Friday 3 April.

Microsoft Publisher Computer Training A grant from the Nambour RSL enabled the library to purchase Microsoft Publisher programs. A training day was held at the end of March. 030

Computer training

Computer training

Bingo was held on 5 March. Small numbers but fun for all and profit for the Library. Thank you to all supporters and to the Mapleton Bowls Club for providing the bar.

Photographic artist Margaret Lipscombe display was successful.

Our Valentines Day Book Lovers on Saturday February 14 was a most enjoyable and successful evening with more than sixty library ‘lovers’ and supporters attending. Thank you to all who attended and all our dedicated volunteers who contributed to make it such a good evening. We are planning to make this an annual event.

2014 Events

Christmas Wheelbarrow Raffle – very successful – raising over $700. Thank you to all community members and local businesses for your generous donations. The Wheelbarrow was overflowing. The winner was one of the Library volunteers.

December 6 Book Sale and market at the Library raised around $1,600. Thank you to all involved and to our Library supporters in the community.

Thank You to the Lions Dinner November 19 was held at the home of our Convenor and her husband. Around fifty dinner guests enjoyed a delicious meal and social evening.

Happy Volunteers

Happy Volunteers

Lions and Bowls Dinner on 22 April was an especially enjoyable evening.

Left: Phil Holmes, Doreen Browne, Joyce Simpson, Nita C Lester

Left: Phil Holmes, Doreen Browne, Joyce Simpson, Nita C Lester

Over $750 raised. Thank you everyone.

Valentine’s Day  Book Lovers Evening on February 14 was held on the deck at the library from 5.30 to 8pm. Refreshments and local author speakers were enjoyed.

Sausage Sizzle March 22 IGA Mapleton from 9am to 1pm was successful. Thank you everyone for your support and to the staff and owners of the Mapleton IGA.

Bookloft Programme for Children. See the newsletter for details and times. This will not be continuing in 2015.

2013 Events

Library and Lions working together

Library and Lions working together

Sausage Sizzle at Mapleton IGA 26 October, another successful day. Thank you everyone for your generosity: Especially to the Lions members and to the IGA owners and staff.

Valentine’s Day 2013  ‘Book Lovers’ Party on Valentine’s Day’ was a fine evening in many respects. Over forty enthusiastic readers and writers attended.

Trivia nights The trivia night held at the Community Hall will be in aid of the Library was successful. Thank you to all those who supported this evening.