The Amaze Autism Library is a specialised Autism Spectrum Disorder resource for individuals and families and for professionals.
- Located at the Amaze premises at 24 Drummond Street, Carlton
- Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday except public holidays
- Available to all current members of Amaze living in Victoria
Book of the Week!
Raising Cubby : A Father and Son’s Adventures With Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives
By John Elder Robinson
Having successfully shared his life story with us in “Look Me In the Eye” and his experiences from living on the spectrum in “Be Different”, John E Robinson in this book embarks on telling us about his adventures being a father. Having himself grown up living on the spectrum without a diagnosis, he can recognise himself in his son Cubby, and the troubles he encounters, whilst growing up.
When the law comes knocking on their door after Cubby, in his late teens, has become such a successful chemist that it raises the attention of State and Federal agents, the question if Cubby also has got Aspergers is raised. And together, facing trial and possible incarceration, they both have to take a step back and evaluate their lives on the spectrum, both as father and son, but also as individuals.
The Autism Library received a major upgrade last year, with a new layout and new shelving provided at no cost thanks to Melton Council: a big thank you for the shelving which has refreshed the library and provided a more comfortable environment.
Please come and visit when you are next in town.
About the Amaze Autism Library
The contents of the Library are selected for their relevance and value to parents, siblings and people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and for professionals working with individuals on the spectrum. Apart from books, there are a variety of magazines and DVDs, and we are adding to this with the funding raised through the 1000 Books Campaign.
There are resources in a number of languages including Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
Please note that we do not hold specialist testing, curriculum and treatment materials, as these require the user to have specific training.
The lists below contain a number of suggested books which have been found to be useful to others.
The Amaze Autism Library is available to current financial members of Amaze who live in Victoria, who may borrow up to 4 items at a time for a period of 4 weeks.The simplest way is to visit the library. You can return items to the library during open hours or put them in the drop-off box at any time.
If you live in regional or rural Victoria, you can search the Library Catalogue online and reserve items, have them sent out to you and return them by mail. When enquiring online, ensure you provide your full name and collection method. Please note that we cover the cost of mailing postal loans but borrowers are required to cover return postage costs.
Search the Library Catalogue
Loan requests can be made
- by phone – 03 9657 1601 or 9657 1636
- by fax – 03 9639 4955
- by email or
- by visiting the library at our office, at 24 Drummond Street, Carlton: this is just 100m off Victoria Road, north of the CBD.
Please note: if an item is lost, damaged or not returned, the borrower will be responsible for the cost of replacement.
Please return books to us promptly: even though we have multiple copies of popular titles, we often still have a queue of people waiting. If you find an overdue book, please return it: this will save us the cost and time of chasing it up. Please check your shelves for any books that you may have forgotten to return – we look forward to seeing them!
We are very grateful to Footprint Books and Book in Hand, who regularly donate items to the Autism Library, and to members, support groups and all others who make donations which help us to maintain and grow our collection.
In 2010, we launched the 1000 Books Campaign to help us continue to build this important resource: this has been very successful with many donations of all sizes – thank you for your support. The funds received from this campaign are enabling us to add to the collection, replace old prints with new and add new media to the collection.