Monday, September 29, 2008

Lunch with Jill Hess

Montrose Gardeners invites you to 'Lunch with Jill Hess'. Jill will cook up a treat using seasonal produce, taking you through each recipe, step-by-step. Lunch will include nibbles, main meal & a sweet. Recipe sheets will be provided.

When: Tuesday 21st October 12:30pm
Where: Montrose Public Hall, 1B Leith Rd, Montrose
Cost: $7.50 - payable at Japara House, Montrose or Mt Evelyn Libraries only, no later than Saturday 18th October please
Bookings essential phone Japara House 97283587 or Montrose Library 97284224

Cheers, Maryanne

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Website unavailable Sunday

On Sunday 28th September 9am-12noon Eastern Regional Libraries Administration will be without power, due to maintenance work. This means you will not be able to access the library website during this time.

To access the library catalogue (to search or renew) you can visit the catalogue directly rather than go through the library site.

Access the ERL catalogue.

Cheers, Maryanne

Signature Stories of Ringwood & Croydon Suffragettes

Join us to celebrate Victorian Women Vote 1908-2008
  • Learn the histories of our local suffragettes
  • Sign the new petition and become a part of history
  • Performance by Wilma Farrow as Vida Goldstein
Enquiries:
Eastern Regional Libraries - Kathy Smalley 98700177
Ringwood & District Historical Society - Russ Haines 98764367
Croydon Historical Society - Les Hutchison 9294 5648

When: Friday 17th October 7:15pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Ringwood Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9870 0177

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, September 26, 2008

No more Yo Yo dieting

Rowville Library are offering a free seminar on the psychology of weight loss. The seminar will show you how to get control over compulsive eating and you'll learn techniques to resolve food cravings.

When: Thursday 16th October 7pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Morning tea

Rowville Library will be hosting a morning tea to thank everyone who nominated them for the Leader Newspaper Business Awards and to celebrate being a finalist again this year. Come along and join in the celebration. The Business Achiever Awards night for Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges is on Wednesday 1st October. Good luck!

When: Wednesday 15th October from 10:30am
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

Military History Day

Croydon library will be hosting a Military History Day in October. The program of events includes:

10:30am - Australian WW1 submarine AE2
by AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd

11:30am - Vietnam War
by Vietnam Veterans Education Team

1:30pm - D-Day Remembered
by D-Day Veteran Mr R.Robinson

2:30pm - History of the Royal Australian Engineers
by Mr D. Coppen

When: Saturday 11th October 10am-4pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640

Cheers, Maryanne

Seniors, do mobile phones bamboozle you?

Want to know how to use your phone more effectively? Come along to the Lilydale Library to learn how to use your phone.

When: Wednesday 8th October 4:30-5pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event or cost
Bookings essential, limited places, phone 92943120

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Super Spring booksale

Grab a great bargain at Belgrave's Super Spring Booksale. Hint: it's best to get in early.

When: Begins Wednesday 8th October 10am
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave

Cheers, Maryanne

Beginning Family History

Start the hunt for your family ancestors with Ann Dixon. Learn the what, where and how of Family History.

When: Wednesday 8th October 1-3 pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97268200

Cheers, Maryanne

Bright Star for babies 4-6 months old

Enjoy sharing songs & rhymes with your baby in this free four week program. The maximum group size is 12 so book now.

When: Tuesday 7th October 2pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
For information and bookings contact Bernadette on 97624099

Cheers, Maryanne

Reading Café - Meet Rochelle Jackson

Rochelle Jackson is known to listeners of 774 through her Crime Couch segment on Derek Guille's evening program. By profession an investigative journalist, Rochelle has worked for the NSW police, and is currently employed as a producer with ABC Radio.

Her first book In Your Face (2005) was a look at the life and crimes of Bill 'the Texan' Longley. Her latest book Inside Their Minds was launched in August 2008.

When: Monday 6th October 12:30pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: $7.50 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 92943120

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, September 22, 2008

Growville Growers - Mosaic magic

The Growville Growers welcome talented local artist, Joy, for a demonstration on how to make decorative mosaics for the garden. This is something I've always wanted to try. Everyone is welcome.

When: Friday 3rd October 2pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, September 19, 2008

webgurl's on leave

While I may be going on leave for a few weeks, the library blog will still be updated. I've scheduled the next three weeks worth of blog posts to publish themselves over the coming weeks so it will appear like I'm not even gone. Thanks Blogger!

You'll also be able to stay updated with the Knox Library refurbishment. I have transferred all of the photos to a Knox Library Flickr account, to which staff will be adding the latest snapshots of the transformation.

While I was researching transferring the photos I stumbled across a nifty little program called Migratr. It allows you to import your photos from one photosharing site to a folder on your PC and then export them to another photo sharing site, or in my case it was another account on Flickr. It's exports your headers, descriptions, tags too.

Cheers, Maryanne
aka webgurl

Armchair Travellers travelling Australia

Mooroolbark Library have travel talks bi-monthly on the first Thursday of the month. October's session will be Camping and organising a campervan. Donna has travelled through the Australian outback and Western Australia and will tell us about her experience!

For anyone who has travelled or ever wanted to, come and join us for afternoon tea and lots of travel tales. We'd love to hear about your travels too!

When: Thursday 2nd October 2pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free event or cost
Bookings essential phone 97268200

Cheers, Maryanne

Perfect Picnics - A Cooks Kitchen event

Springtime is perfect picnic time. Join Jill Hess for advice and recipes for creating delicious moveable feasts.

Special door prize of a picnic cooler backback to be won.

When: Thursday 2nd October 1-3 pm
Where: Healesville Library, 231 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Cost: $5
Bookings essential phone 59624423

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Contacting the library while Knox is closed

With Knox Library closed for refurbishment for 6 weeks, if you are seeking assistance from the library with renewals, holds etc you can call the following branches:

Boronia Library 9762 4099
Ferntree Gully Library 9294 8140
Rowville Library 9294 1300

We are also sending a staff member to re-record the answering machine message at Knox. Apologies for the mixup.

Cheers, Maryanne

Jam Lady Jam

Former opera singer Lisa O'Connor has turned to making jams, preserves and relishes, sold locally and exported overseas.

Hear the story of her fascinating journey from opera singing in Europe to her international jam making success.

When: Wednesday 1st October 1pm
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings appreciated phone 59671588
Afternoon tea provided.

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cooking with fresh seasonal fruit & vegetables - A Cook's Kitchen event

Ann Creber will discuss the best ways to prepare and cook the freshest new season's fruit and vegetables.

When: Thursday 25th September 1:30pm
Where: Healesville Library, 231 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59624423

Cheers, Maryanne

Literary Lunch - Dorothy Johnston

Dorothy Johnston attributes her love of reading and writing to her need to amuse herself as a child.

Qualified as an English teacher, Dorothy moved to Canberra where her writing career really began in earnest. Dorothy has twice been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award for her books Ruth (1986) and One for the Master (1997). Her first crime novel The Trojan Dog featuring computer security consultant Sandra Mahoney was the ACT Book of the Year in 2001. Dorothy’s subsequent books House at Number 10 (2005) and Eden (2007) continue her heroine’s investigations.

Books available for sale and signing

When: Thursday 25th September 12:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: $7.50 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 97547266

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, September 12, 2008

Valley Vegies

Join Sazan Halit, our local Vegie Man, to save money and keep healthy by growing your own vegetables. Hear all about tomatoes and freezing your fresh vegies.

When: Saturday 20th September 11am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Morning tea provided
Bookings appreciated phone 5967 1588

Cheers, Maryanne

Meet Dr Kate Burridge

Kate Burridge will be familiar to viewers of ABC TV's Can We Help and from her regular radio appearances. Professor of Linguistics at Monash University, Kate is the author of a number of books including Blooming English and Weeds in the Garden of Words. A must for all of those who enjoy the sheer fun of words and their origins.

What's your favourite word? I don't know if I have an absolute favourite but I do like the sound of cacophony - LOL!

When: Thursday 18th September 7pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Ringwood Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 98700177

Cheers, Maryanne

fretshop

Check out the live youth guitar collective performance at Rowville Library next Thursday.

When: Thursday 18th September 5:30pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

The Eastern Regional Library Show 10th Sept 2008

Library staff members Lesley Conway and Pia Butcher run a radio show each Wednesday 12:05pm-12:45pm on Eastern FM 98.1 called The Eastern Regional Library Show. Tune in next Wednesday for a great show.

On Wednesday's show

Local musicians and musical groups often contact us in the library when they have produced a CD, and we are very happy to hear from them. One of the CDs I had along today was recorded by a very local group, the Sweet Sassafras Community Choir. In three short years they have developed a very polished sound, and on their CD Shine on me you will find a wonderful mix of songs from around the world.

Next came a couple of tracks from First Take, produced by the Australian fiddle music school which is based in Melbourne, featuring some toe tapping polkas, jigs and reels.

Finally, a very well known musician Tony O'Connor whose technique is to record sounds in natural environments and compose music to blend and enhance these natural sounds. Today we heard Memories from his CD Rainforest Magic, and there are several more of his titles in our libraries, including Awakenings, Summer Rain and Kakadu.

It's not just music CDs and books read onto CD in our collection. There are also some very useful and informative CD-ROMS in our branches, including Plants of Melbourne's Outer East : indigenous flora and environmental weeds (and how to remove the weeds)

---- Lesley

Reminder for The War Within - Meet Don Tate

Just a reminder that we have Vietnam veteran Don Tate visiting Croydon Library next Wednesday.

In 1969 Don Tate was a volunteer soldier with the 2nd Defence and Employment platoon in the jungles of Vietnam. Wounded in action, he fought for many years to prove that the platoon ever existed, finally winning his campaign earlier this year. Don is also believed to be the only infantry veteran who has a film record of his entire period of active service, thanks to the 8mm camera he carried with him during his service in Vietnam.

Don will be showing film of his wartime experiences.

When: Wednesday 17th September 7pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640
Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Follow the Knox Library refurbishment

You may have noticed that I've added a Flickr badge to the sidebar on the right hand side of this blog that is showing the latest photos of Knox Library throughout the refurbishment.

I don't know about you but I find the whole process of renovating fascinating, so long as I'm not doing all of the work. So sit back and click on the images to the right to be transported to my Flickr page. Staff will be visiting the library frequently and taking photos, which I'll be uploading to Flickr.

There's going to be a lot of changes including moving the public pc's to the area where the magazines currently reside. Also, the current activity room has been dismantled and a new one will be built in the junior area.

Cheers, Maryanne
aka webgurl

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Eastern Regional Library Show 27th Aug 2008 & 3rd Sept 2008

I have been remiss in adding the last two weeks worth of radio show summaries to the blog - many apologies, they were sitting in my inbox.....maryanne.

Library staff members Lesley Conway and Pia Butcher run a radio show each Wednesday 12:05pm-12:45pm on Eastern FM 98.1 called The Eastern Regional Library Show. Tune in next Wednesday for a great show.

On Wednesday 27th August's show

We have just finished celebrating Children's Book Week in the libraries accross our region, and now is the time to bring to you the winners of the Children's Book of the Year Award. There are five categories in this Award, and today Pia highlighted some delightful and informative books which were shortlisted, some of which won in the section they were nominated for.

There are always many gorgeous, funny and inventive books in the Early Childhood category, which is broadly considered for ages 1 to 7 years. The winner this year was Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey, which simply and delightfully shows how two very different people can support each other to create a lovely friendship. The other books recommended to us by Pia were Cat by Mike Dumbleton and Craig Smith,
Lucy Goosey by Margaret Wild and Ann James and Shhh! little mouse by Pamela Allen.

In the Eve Pownell Award for non-fiction, Pia highly recommends Kododa Track : 101 days by Peter MacInnes as a very interesting and informative read on what the soldiers on the Kokoda track really had to deal with. She said it was a great introduction if you only have a basic knowledge of this campaign. Australia's deadly and dangerous animals by Michael Cermak is a lavishly illustrated book on a perennially popular topic, even the humble (but in springtime, aggressive) magpie gets a mention. Kaz Cooke has written a new, humourous and informative book for girls Stuff : your full-on guide to the teen years. Ned Kelly's fame and fascination is dealt with in a book edited by Carole Wilkinson, which gives young readers an introduction to The Jerilderie letter and finally a great fun book Parsley Rabbit's book about books by David Legge which with humour, great illustrations and gimmicks like flaps describes how books are put together.
Eve Pownall Shortlist 2008
Michael Cermak - Australia's deadly and dangerous animals
Kaz Cooke - Girl stuff: your full-on guide to the teen years
Peter Macinnis - Kokoda Track: 101 days
Mark Norman - The Antarctica Book: living in the freezer
Frances Watts, Illustrated by David Legge - Parsley Rabbit's book about books
Carole Wilkinson (editor), Illustrated by Dean Jones - Ned Kelly's Jerilderie letter

On Wednesday 3rd September's show

You have to admire a wife of Henry VIII's who wasn't banished or executed. Anne of Cleves was remarkable in that she escaped these fates, and also managed to live on good terms with Henry, loved by his children, and outlived 'the Merry Monarch'. In Amenable Women by Mavis Cheek we are given a glimpse into this turbulent period from a different angle. Anne became notorious as the wife who was chosen from a painting by Holbein, and then rejected when she arrived in person and was judged to be too plain to be Henry's wife. According to Lyn, the women in this book might be amenable, but are very strong and capable people.

Another historic character whose beauty has been debated endlessly - was she beautiful, or was she thought to be so because of her relationships with powerful men? - is the subject of two new books. We are talking about Cleopatra Queen of Egypt, and Lyn Baines explained that there is a lot of uncertainty about whether any of the artefacts from the time actually show a true picture of the Cleopatra who became mistress of both Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony. This is only one of the mysteries surrounding her history, and these new titles do a good job of bringing a fresh look at the evidence, and the historical context. The titles are Cleopatra the Great by Joann Fletcher and Cleopatra : the last Queen of Egypt by Joyce A Tyldesly.

---- Lesley

Ranges Mobile

The Ranges Mobile will not be at the Macclesfield stop today due to driver illness.

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Library refurbishment

A reminder that Knox Library is currently closed for refurbishment. They will be closed from Monday 8th September, reopening on Monday 13th October

Returns
During this period the bookchute will be closed and there will be no staff present to checkin items so they should be returned to one of our branches (Boronia, Ferntree Gully and Rowville are the nearest).

Renewals
Items may be renewed online if you know your PIN or via the phone at 1300 737 277 (make sure to select another branch as the Knox phone line will be disconnected).

Holds
If one of your holds arrives while Knox is closed you will be contacted to choose another pickup branch.

Cheers, Maryanne

Holiday activities

Book now for the September activities at our libraries. A great mix of events including a teddy bears' picnic, how to train and care for your dog, star wands and scrapbooking.

View the holiday program (pdf, 132 Kb)

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, September 05, 2008

Italian cooking demonstration

Learn how to cook delicious Italian pasta etc from our in-house expert, Federica. Satisfaction guaranteed! Hmm.... this post is making me hungry :-)

When: Thursday 18th September 1:30pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

The War Within - Meet Don Tate

In 1969 Don Tate was a volunteer soldier with the 2nd Defence and Employment platoon in the jungles of Vietnam. Wounded in action, he fought for many years to prove that the platoon ever existed, finally winning his campaign earlier this year. Don is also believed to be the only infantry veteran who has a film record of his entire period of active service, thanks to the 8mm camera he carried with him during his service in Vietnam.

Don’s book records not just his war experiences but his tough childhood in Brisbane, and his post war struggles dealing with a serious injury and the trauma of readjustment to civilian life.

Don will be showing film of his wartime experiences.

When: Wednesday 17th September 7pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640

Cheers, Maryanne

Eat My Words - Toddler Tactics - Meet Pinky McKay

Pinky McKay is the author of five books on childcare including Sleeping like a Baby, Baby Massage and Toddler Tactics. Pinky is an accredited massage instructor and lactation consultant. Pinky writes two monthly columns for Practical Parenting and is a sought after media guest.

When: Friday 12th September 1pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: $7.50 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Cup Cakes and Seasonal Fruit events cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to cancel this month's Cup Cakes with Jill Hess event at Mt Evelyn Library. In addition, I've noticed that Healesville's Cooking with Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables has also been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Healesville update

Power has been restored to Healesville Library and they are now open.

Cheers, Maryanne

It's a crime to miss this opportunity

The City of Maroondah is playing host to some of Australia's great true crime and fictional crime authors in October for the Maroondah Writers' and Readers' Festival.

Check out the Festival program. Here's a quick peek at some of the lineup (pun slightly intended):

Shane Maloney
Shane Maloney is one of Australia's foremost crime writers. He's a past winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction and is best know for the Murray Whelan series.

John Silvester
John Silvester is both a Walkley Award and Ned Kelly Award winner and co-author of the incredibly popular Underbelly series, from which the recent TV series was made.

Adrian Puckering
A tour guide for the Jack the Ripper Walks, historian Adrian Puckering will be taking us on a journey through the life and crimes of Jack the Ripper. Quiz him about the latest allegations of Jack's identity.

Dale Campisi
For the budding authors out there, Dale will be covering subjects such as manuscript presentation and submission and be giving an overview of the publishing and magazine scene.

When: Friday 3rd October - Sunday 5th October
Where: Various venues in Ringwood and Croydon - see festival program
Cost: see session prices and bookings for each event
Bookings essential phone 98763421

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Healesville Library temporarily closed

Healesville Library is closed at the moment due to a fire in the substation behind the library this morning. All staff and members of the public were evacuated to the special evacuation areas.

At present we don't know when power will be restored and the library will be open. Stay tuned.

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, September 01, 2008

D.I.Y. Tiling

Ron Bell from Bunnings will demonstrate how to lay ceramic tiles and answer all of your questions regarding tiling.

The talk will be the first in a series we will be running at Lilydale as part of a D.I.Y. self-help group we hope to start.

When: Tuesday 16th September 7pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92943120

Cheers, Maryanne

Mt Evelyn Cookery Club - Cup Cakes

Jill Hess will be at Mt Evelyn Library to demonstrate how to create fabulous cup cakes. Jill's been to Rowville and Knox libraries with this demonstration and it's been a big hit.

When: Monday 15th September 12:30pm sorry - event cancelled
Where: Mt Evelyn Library, 50 Wray Crescent, Mt. Evelyn
Cost: $7.50 including afternoon tea
Bookings essential phone 97363851

Cheers, Maryanne

Meet Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan saw an article about RMIT's Professional Writing and Editing Diploma in 2003, and this prompted a career change, from marketing manager to writer. Since the publication of her book Addition earlier this year, publication rights have been sold in the US, UK and many European countries. She is now a sought after guest at writers' festivals and a lecturer in creative writing at RMIT, in addition to running a successful business as a freelance writer and editor.

When: Thursday 11th September 7pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Rd, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

Cooking with fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables

Ann Creber will discuss the best ways to prepare and cook the freshest new seasons fruit and vegetables.

When: Thursday 11th September 1:30pm sorry - event cancelled
Where: Healesville Library, 231 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59624423

Cheers, Maryanne