Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fun for the kids during January

Holiday activities
Check out the January school holiday program for lots of activities for children, some are free, while others have a small cost. A few highlights:

Croydon Library are having two sessions of Make a rain stick & Mexican bird rattle - Tuesday 12th Jan 11am & 2pm

Mooroolbark Library are having 3 sessions of the Yarra Valley Woodworkers on Wednesday 13th Jan 10am (fully booked), 11:30am & 1:30pm (cost is $6 and kids can make bird feeder, nest box, pencil case, trinket box, plant pot holder, dolls cradle).

Meanwhile Rowville Library is having fun with Scrapbooking. You supply the photos and we'll supply the rest. Monday 18th Jan 10:30am, cost is $2.

View January school holiday program (pdf, 169KB, 2 pages)


Summer Reading Club
Kids can also join in with the Summer Reading Club. Fill out the registration form at your library today and start reading.

Rewards include stickers, temporary tattoos & wristbands.

Return your completed reading record by Friday 15th January to enter the competition for a $100 book voucher. Entrants also go into a State draw for an ipod.

Cheers, Maryanne

Bolwell Car Club at Boronia Library

In 1962 Campbell Bolwell transformed his hobby of building special sportscars into a business. Developing hands-on skills in fibreglass moulds and moulding techniques his first commercial model, the Bolwell Mk. 4, sold over 200 units and is testimony to entrepreneurial flair and dedication to a dream.

Come along and enjoy these unique classic cars and their owners.

When: Saturday 9th January 10am-1pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9762 4099

Cheers, Maryanne

Libraries open with reduced hours between Christmas and New Year

Our libraries re-opened today and its always a busy day as staff checkin all of the books returned during the Christmas holiday break.

This week we have reduced hours as no branch is open past 5:30pm and we are closing at 3pm on New Years Eve.

View the libraries opening hours this week

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Eastern Regional Library Show 2nd Dec 2009 & 9th Dec 2009

Been a bit remiss uploading the radio shows of late so here are December's shows. For those that don't know, 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 2nd December's show 

Do you have unread books on your shelves at home? If you do, you might like to read Susan Hill's  Howards End is on the landing. This is about a resolution not to buy any new books for a whole year, which thought makes Lyn Baines hair stand on end. But apparently there is now a following for this concept, similar to the idea of 'slow food', and drawing from ideas of sustainability and recycling. Susan Hill discovered that she had many books bought over years but never read, and resolved not to buy any more until she had read what she had. She discovered many gems and old favourites. If you would like to know more, she has a very interesting website which includes her blog, http://www.susan-hill.com/

A reliable detective series has a new title, Skeleton Hill by Peter Lovesey, featuring Peter Diamond and the city of Bath. Peter Diamond is an especially English type, a bit overweight, not in good favour with the boss, and inclined to do things his own way. However much his superiors don't like it, his methods get results. When two skeletons are found, one old, one new, in the midst of an English Civil War re-enactment, Peter's boss tries to put him on a different case, but he is not to be sidetracked. Peter Lovesey also has an informative website, http://peterlovesey.com/ And as we mentioned briefly on the show, there is a new Bill Slider detective story out, Fell purpose by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.

Lyn has purchased a lot of new Christmas music, so check our collection for Christmas songs from Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett and Andre Rieu. Music today was from Choral favourites from King's (King's College Choir).


On 9th December's Show

As promised, lots of Christmas music for you today. New CDs include Rosemary Cooney's Christmas, A Motown Christmas, A swingin' Christmas (Tony Bennett), The Christmas I love and The 100 most beautiful melodies : vol. 2 (Andre Rieu), Christmas with Boney M, Christmas memories and A Christmas album (Barbara Streisand), Classic carols for Christmas And winter came (Enya), So fresh : Christmas songs for 2008, The Nat King Cole Christmas album, and An Australian Christmas  from ABC for Kids.
The excitement and anticipation of children is contagious at this time, and one of the lovely things to do is to make simple presents, crafts and foods with them. All our branches have wonderful books in both adult and junior collections on these themes, and some I highly recommend are Christmas crafting with kids : 35 projects for the festive season, Cards for lads and dads by Elizabeth Moad, 20-minute crafts by Kathie Stull, Paper fantastic by Joe Rhatigan, Festive decorations by Anne Civardi (in fact anything by Anne Civardi is excellent), and Classic Christmas traditional and contemporary (Women's Weekly).
 
Home made Christmas food is lovely to share as a gift, so titles which have great recipes include Gorgeous Christmas by Annie Bell, Christmas treats : to make and give by Linda Collister, Nigella Christmas : food, family, friends, festivities by Nigella Lawson, and Margaret Fulton Christmas.
DVDs with a Christmas theme include Shek the halls, Spicks and Specks : a very specky Christmas, How about you, Christmas specials from Steptoe and son, The two Ronnies, Jonathon Creek, and for the children, Spot's magical Christmas, Postman Pat : Christmas Eve and The Muppet Christmas Carol.
 
And for some light fiction to read over the holiday period Christmas at Thrush Green by Miss Read, A Christmas blizzard by Garrison Keilor, Rumpole at Christmas by John Mortimer, Dashing through the snow by Mary Higgins Clark and Holidays on ice by David Sedaris.
 
Music today was from The Nat King Cole Christmas album.
 
---- Lesley

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hours over the Christmas period

All Eastern Regional Libraries branches will be closing at 3pm on Thursday 24th December, re-opening Tuesday 29th December. There will also be reduced hours during the Christmas/New Year period.

View/Print Christmas/New Year hours

Cheers, Maryanne

p.s. The Station House Mt Evelyn is closed all day Thursday 24th December

Have you logged into your library account lately?

Did you know that you could view your library account through our website? Once logged in you can not only double check what is on your card, but renew the items as well.
  1. Go to http://www.erl.vic.gov.au
  2. Login at the top right of the website with your userID (starting 20023) and PIN
  3. Click on My Account and select from the menu
If you don't know your PIN you can get it over the phone by calling you nearest branch (via 1300737277) or emailed to you by filling out the online Get a PIN form. Be quick before we go on leave for the Christmas break.

Please note that the Catalogue will be unavailable Christmas & Boxing days due to maintenance.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas hours

Eastern Regional Libraries has reduced its hours over the Christmas period.

View the Christmas/New Year hours at all of our branches and mobiles.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support through 2009, to those that have subscribed to this blog, followed us on Twitter and constantly provided feedback on the service we provide.

I'm currently working on a new website and I'm looking at expanding the training we offer in our libraries, including Twitter, blogging, from Camera to Computer , how to get the most out of your library & my homage to Apple's "genius bar" (but for general technology).

Wishing you all a Merry and safe Christmas and New Year

Cheers, webgurl

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ranges & Valley Mobile off the road today

Sorry about the late notice, I've only just caught up with the news that the Ranges and Valley Mobiles are off the road today because of the total fire ban.

The Knox Mobile will not be at The Basin but will be at Wantirna Mall and Berrabri Drive as timetabled.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, December 10, 2009

ChiliFresh reviews added to the catalogue

We've just added a new feature to our catalogue - ChiliFresh reviews from around the world. You can even register to provide reviews of your own favourite books you've read, or perhaps a few turkeys too. :-D

You need to be logged into the e-library catalogue.
  1. Go to www.erl.vic.gov.au
  2. Login with your userID & PIN
  3. Type in your search
  4. In the list of brief results a link to the reviews will appear if there are any for that title.
  5.  If there are reviews for that title, click on the link to the number of reviews.
  6. Scroll to read all of the reviews. If you want to add a review yourself click on the link Add a review for this.
  7. You can either login with your chilifresh account, or if iyou haven't set one up you can register with ChiliFresh for free. Alternatively you can post an anonymous review.

All reviews are moderated by the Web Administrator before they are uploaded. I also fix up any typos or mispellings before accepting the reviews.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Christmas at Yarra Junction Library

We've got a couple of fun Christmas activities this week at Yarra Junction Library

Christmas at Yarra Junction Library
Be entertained with christmas carols from Yarra Junction Primary School.

When: Wednesday 9th December 10:30am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Enquiries phone 59671588



Christmas Storytime
Listen to carols from St. Josephs' Primary School followed by a special Christmas Storytime and end of year celebration.

When: Thursday 10th December 1:30pm
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Enquiries phone 59671588



Make Christmas cards
Come and make Christmas Cards at Yarra Junction Library.

When: Saturday 12th December 11am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential 59671588.


Cheers, Maryanne

Ranges Mobile

The Ranges Mobile will not be at the Macclesfield stop today due to rostering issues. We apologise for any inconvenience. Items may be returned to any of our libraries or renewed via the phone on 1300737277 or via the web catalogue.

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, December 07, 2009

Reminder - libraries closing early today

Libraries closing at 2pm Monday 7th December

Just a reminder that all Eastern Regional Libraries branches and mobiles will close at 2pm today so that all staff are able to participate in a region-wide training day. Items may be returned via the book chute or renewed online if you know your PIN.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, December 04, 2009

Additional PCs in our Knox branches & WiFi

So far we've added the following computers to our Knox branches: 7 public PCs to Ferntree Gully, 7 public & 2 kids PCs to Boronia as well as 7 public PCs to Knox. Rowville Library will be receiving their new PCs in the next few weeks. These PCs come courtesy of a grant obtained by Knox City Council.

We have also added free WiFi access points at all of our branches. What do you need to access WiFi? Firstly you'll need a device with a wireless network adapter like a laptop, PDA or phone. Secondly you'll need your library card number starting 20023 and PIN (library staff will be able to look this up if you don't know). If you aren't a library member yet, you can join up as a special Internet member to access these services.

We have added a few more powerpoints around the tables and lounge areas  however its worth pointing out that some of our branches also have activity rooms that are available when there are no activities, in particular Knox and Rowville libraries. Check with staff at the desk.

Cheers, Maryanne

Libraries closing early on Monday 7th December

All Eastern Regional Libraries branches and mobiles will close at 2pm on Monday 7th of December so that all staff are able to participate in a region-wide training day. Items may be returned via the book chute or renewed online if you know your PIN.
Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Poetry competition results

Congratulations to all of our winners and commended poets in this year's National Poetry Competition.

Open First Prize $1,000 – Tass Holmes – for Eve Langley – nerves exhausted and husband unhappy

Local First Prize $500 – Lia Hills – Zivil Lager

Teenage First Prize (Joint) $200 – Benjamin, Ringwood East – Underneath Burning Light
Teenage First Prize (Joint) $200 – Camilla, Mount Dandenong – The Dancer

Junior First Prize $200 – Michaela, Bayswater – North Fire

View full Poetry Competition results

The Presentation Evening
When: Friday 4th December 6:30pm for 7pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: Free event
Bookings phone 97547266

The winning entries will be read by New Zealand poet and author Alison Wong, winner of the 2009 Janet Frame Award. Patricia Sykes will present her Judge's Report.

Cheers, Maryanne

January holiday program

Not going away in January? Book the kids into some of our school holiday activities. Events include bedtime storytime, Black Snake Productions, cartooning workshopand Yarra Valley Woodworkers.

View January holiday program (pdf, 169KB, 2 pages)

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, November 27, 2009

Valley Mobile update

Due to rostering difficulties the Valley Mobile will not be going to the Yarra Glen site this afternoon. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Valley Mobile off the road

Due to staff illness the Valley Mobile is off the road today. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

WiFi update

WiFi is now available at Ringwood, Croydon & Healesville libraries.

There is no charge for the service but people need to be aware that they need to be a member of the library to use it. Those members who already know their PIN can log on straight away otherwise all they need to do is ask a friendly staff member for help in getting a PIN set up. For those people who don't wish to become full members of the library they will be able to apply for a special WiFi/Internet Membership  that will give them instant access.

Cheers, Maryanne

Internet back up

Internet is back up and running at our branches

Cheers, Maryanne

Internet down at our branches today

Due to a radio problem at our Administration, public Internet is currently unavailable at our branches. I'll let everyone know when the connection is back up.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Eastern Regional Library Show

 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 4th November's show

GREAT HINT #1.......you have time to read an entire book while waiting for your Christmas cake to bake. Lyn Baines tested the premise last weekend, and successfully completed Hazel Holt's Any man's death in the time required. If you are a fan of 'cosy crime' this is a good read. To quote the publisher's promotion .....
"the village of Mere Barton would be a different place without local busybody Annie Roberts, the tireless retired nurse organizes and oversees all local activity with military precision. When Sheila Malory gets roped into Annie’s latest project, a compilation of the village’s history, she has a feeling it will lead to trouble. But the project is cut short when Annie is found dead from a nasty case of mushroom poisoning—and Mrs. Malory seems to be the only one who finds the death suspicious".
You can't get any cosier than Rumpole of the Bailey. John Mortimer may no longer be with us in the flesh, but a collection of Rumpole short stories published in various journals over the years have been collected to give us Rumpole at Christmas. If you have yearned for a return of the wonderful TV series Rumpole of the Bailey, then you should know that ERL has series 1 - 3 in the collection, and series 4 - 6 on order.

If 'police procedural' is more your thing, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles  Fell purpose, the latest of the Bill Slider series is a must. I get hooked on this sort of series, where the twists and turns of the detective's personal life are as interesting as the whodunit. Another of this genre with a grimmer theme, Necessary as blood by Deborah Crombie is a
"dazzling addition to Deborah Crombie's acclaimed mystery series, a disappearance, a murder, and a child in danger lead Scotland Yard detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid into London's legendary East End—a neighborhood where the rich and the poor, the ambitious and the dangerous, collide—to solve one of the most challenging and disturbing cases they've ever faced".
And another detective who has been around for a long time, Sharon McCone, is up to number 26 in a series set on the US West Coast, Locked in by Marcia Muller.
"McCone returns to her office to retrieve a forgotten cell phone and stumbles upon an intruder with a gun. Before she can get out of his way, he shoots her. She lives, but the bullet is lodged in her brain leaving her in what looks like a comatose state. She can't move except for her eyelids but she is fully aware of what is going on around her. The diagnosis is locked in syndrome and the doctors can't predict whether she will ever recover.The McCone Agency goes to work full time to find out who the shooter is. With just blinks to advise them, Sharon is still their touchstone. Separate cases turn out to be related but even when they are solved, Sharon's killer is still unknown".
On 11th November's show

Hot days, cool lounge, cooler DVD's. You're spoiled for choice at Eastern Regional Libraries, with lots on shelf, and many thousands available to order in. My hot tip for watching this summer is the films of director/producer Robert Altman. Many of us first experienced his distinctive style with MASH, released in 1970, however he had had a career in television before this, often in conflict with studios about his anti-war sentiments and push for naturalistic dialogue. Apparently on the set of MASH his stars wanted him sacked for his unconventional directing, yet the film became an immediate classic on release and won the Grand Prix for Best Film at Cannes that year, and several Academy Awards.

The films which followed in the 70's were also successful, McCabe and Mrs Miller, The long goodbye, Thieves like us, Nashville and more. If you would like more information, check out the wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Altman.

My all time favourites are more recent films, Pret-a-porter of 1994, Gosford Park made in 2001 and A Prairie Home Companion in 2006.
Pret-a-porter (Ready to wear) is classic Altman, with several seemingly seperate stories happening around the Parisian new season fashion parades, which eventually combine (or collide, depending on how you look at it). The cast is enormous and top class, Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, Marcello Mastraioni, Tim Robins and Julia Roberts being but a glimpse of the talent. Gosford Park was made from a screenplay by Julian Fellowes who nailed the uneasy relationship between upstairs and downstairs in an English country house of the 1930's. Altman always manages to work with exceptional actors, and the cast for this movie includes Maggie Smith, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Jeremy Northam who personifies an urbane and charming Ivor Novello. A Prairie Home Companion will be familiar to those who heard the radio show of the same name, produced by Garison Keillor in the 1980's. The radio show of gentle comedy, wonderful music and a lot of nostalgia for the small town life of the American prairies had a cult following. This film shows what happens on the (fictitous) last night of the show. With a cast including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson and the inimitable Garison Keillor himself, it's a joy from start to finish.


On 18th November's show

For all family history buffs....Kathy is still pursuing access to the UK 1911 Census via the Find my past database, but in the meantime, the best way to go is via the Genealogical Society of Victoria (GSV) or the  Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS). Through these organisations you can purchase vouchers which give you entry to the databases without having to take out a full subscription, the GVS being the easiest to navigate. Websites for these organisations are GSV www.gsv.org.au and AIGS www.aigs.org.au

Both of these organisations have sub-groups with special skills in researching family history in different parts of the world, so if you are searching beyond the UK, USA and Australia, this could be the way to go. Not forgetting that we do have some useful resources at Ringwood Library which can get you started, such as the Vital records index Western Europe CD-ROM or Ancestors in German archives : a guide to family history sources.

There is some good news though, with Ancestry database adding London Parish records and Australian Electoral records (for all states except SA). If you thought you had run out of records to search, think again. Both Ancestry and Find my past are accessible from all ERL library PC's, and can be booked for up to 2 hours per session, so take advantage of the cool library this summer and track down some more ancestors.

A completely free resource newly available is a record of wills lodged in Wales, available through the site of the National Library of Wales, at www.llgc.org.uk, so another lead to follow up if you have Welsh relatives.

----Lesley

The Eastern Regional Library Show 21st & 28th October 2009

Things have been a bit hectic lately so I have been remiss in updating the summaries from the last 4 episodes of The Eastern Regional Library Show so I'll upload them here in these two posts. Many apologies.

For those that don't know, 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 21st October show


History Week and Childrens' Week, from the 25th - 31st of October makes for a very busy time in our libraries. There are a range of activities and exhibitions from Local History groups which are interesting for the light they throw on our region, and also can provide some extra data for family historians. Several of the photographic displays have photos for which the organisers are seeking identification. If you have some local knowledge, or family connections, you may be able to help fill in some of the gaps for the Historical Societies. Kathy Smalley reminded us that Ann Dixon will host a talk and display Hats, history and the Cup at Yarra Juntion Library on Wednesday the 28th of October, and that the Military History group is meeting at Croydon Library on Friday the 30th of October.

Kathy wanted to let family history researchers know that the two databases which are available on public internet access in our libraries, Ancestry and Find My Past, have not made available the newly published 1911 UK Census. It is available to individual subscribers, and public libraries will continue to lobby to have it made available to organisational subscribers. We will keep you posted.

An interesting upcoming event for family history researchers is  Introduction to  Italian family history for Australians which will run at Lilydale Library on the 23rd of November, don't forget to book.

At this point most of the activities for children are booked, but there are still places at Boronia Library on Friday the 30th for Halloween hullabaloo for kids, and some presentations on literacy for 2 and 3 year old children presented by visiting librarians from the United States, at Lilydale on Friday the 30th of October.

Music today was from At the drop of a hat by Flanders and Swan.


On 28th October show

Pia brought along a great range of children's and teenage books along today including Troll by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts which is a quirky take on The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Two stories are being told at once, a tale of  strangers trip trapping over Troll's bridge, and the tale of some pirates far out to sea. The pirates are moving from island to island finding treasure and getting hungry, but not enjoying their food. Gradually the two stories come together with a surprise ending.

Noodle Pie by Ruth Starke is about Andy's father (a former refugee) returning to Hanoi for the first time in over twenty years along with Andy. Vietnam is a shock to Andy. His relatives seem to be money grubbing and their restaurant is not the big place he expected it be. But he, and the reader, learn about Vietnamese culture and life at the same time. A wonderful, funny read.

Miki Falls: Spring by Mark Crilley is a teenage graphic novel, Manga style. It is Miki's final year in High School and she's determined to make it the best year yet. Enter a mysterious new male student. Hiro is very self possessed and doesn't seem to need  friends. Miki finds herself falling for him...

Ripple and the horses of White Cloud Station by Trudy Nicholson tells of Suzy, Alexa and Lucy who live and breathe horses. Unfortunately for Suzy her allergies prevent her from having a horse of her own. Until, that is, she finds Ripple. He has been gathered up in the annual round up on White Cloud station ready to be sold at auction. Through some happy circumstances Suzy finds herself Ripple's proud owner. A book about horses that young girls will love.

The fantastic undersea life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino relates the fascinating story of Jacques Cousteau, the undersea explorer, the undersea world he discovered and the inventions he helped build and design to enable himself and the world to see it better.

Cheers, Maryanne

Ranges & Valley mobiles & Croydon library closed

Thursday 19th November 2009 CFA has declared Total Fire Ban for Central Victoria.

Both Valley Mobile and Ranges Mobile will not be on the road today. Croydon Library is closed for electrical maintenance from 10am-1pm. Services as normal on Knox Mobile and all other library service points,  unless otherwise notified.

 
Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2010 Knox Short Film Festival - Green Foot Flicks Committee


Knox Youth Services are seeking enthusiastic young people to join the Green Foot Flicks Committee.

Join a committee of young people aged 10-25 years to meet people from event management and film industries, select films to be shown at the National Youth Week event (10- 18 April 2010) & create, promote and run the event
    The first meeting will be held from 5-7pm Thursday 19th November at the Youth Info Centre, 2 Capital City Boulevard, Knox Ozone, Wantirna South

    For more information or to let us know you’d like to attend our first meeting, contact Kate Clark: t: 9298 8550 e: kate.clark@knox.vic.gov.au

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Croydon Library closed tomorrow morning

    Croydon Library will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 19th November, from 10am - 1pm for major electrical work. We apologise for any inconvenience. You may renew your items via our web catalogue. The nearest branch is Ringwood Library.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Italian Christmas afternoon tea

    Join us for a celebration of Christmas - Italian style. Our own Federica will be the hostess and invites everyone to join us as we celebrate in the Italian tradition. All welcome.

    When: Thursday 10th December 2pm
    Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92941300

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    WiFi is here...there...and everywhere

    If you're looking for free and easy WiFi access to the Internet you need go no further than your local public library. Eastern Regional Libraries were the recent recipients of a State Government grant that has allowed us to install WiFi equipment at all of our branches. At the moment the WiFi rollout has taken place at the Knox, Ferntree Gully, Rowville, Boronia, Mt Evelyn and Lilydale libraries with Ringwood and Croydon soon to follow.

    Margaret Hall, the IT Manager for ERL, said
    "We are very excited that we are able  to offer this enhanced service to our members. It means that students can log on quickly and easily to the Internet through their laptops. We expect to have all of the branches throughout the region up and running with WiFi by the beginning of December".
    There is no charge for the service but people need to be aware that they need to be a member of the library to use it. Those members who already know their PIN can log on straight away otherwise all they need to do is ask a friendly staff member for help in getting a PIN set up. For those people who don't wish to become full members of the library they will be able to apply for a special WiFi/Internet Membership  that will give them instant access.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Montrose Gardeners - The Art of Tussie Mussies

    Helen will demonstrate the fine art of making a "Tussie-Mussie" or word poesy: a small circular nosegay of flowers & herbs, tightly gathered and designed to carry a special message in the language of flowers.  The traditional tussie-mussie is composed of fragrant herbs surrounding one central flower,a rose.

    Please bring some flowers, greenery & herbs from your garden (Helen will supply some materials) and take home a beautiful "tussie-mussie" .

    When: Tuesday 17th November 1pm
    Where: Montrose Library, Corner Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road & Swansea Road Montrose
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 9728 4224

    Cheers, Maryanne

    The Fire This Time with Robert Hillman

    2009 saw many crises in our world and Robert will speak on the impact of the fires from a local perspective.

    When: Tuesday 17th November 11am
    Where: Yarra Junction Library, Library Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 59671588

    Cheers, Maryanne

    User is stopped alert on the catalogue

    I've received feedback regarding the message User is Stopped when library members log in to their account.  This messsage will appear if you have any outstanding charges or overdue items on your card.

    If you see this message you will not be prevented from renewing your items, just click on Renew My Materials and make your selections to renew.  Items may only be renewed once and items on reserve for another borrower cannot be renewed.
    Cheers, Maryanne

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    What's on tomorrow at ERL?

    It's a busy day tomorrow with several great activities.

    First up it's the Belgrave Genie Exchange. Come along and meet fellow genealogists in your local area. Swap research stories, help others and in turn be helped with your own research.

    When: Thursday 12th November 10am
    Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
    Cost: Free event
    No need to book, just come along

    Also at 10am we have Bookchat at Mooroolbark Library. Have you read anything interesting lately? Come along and share it with others.

    When: Thursday 12th November 10am
    Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
    Cost: Free event
    No need to book, just come along

    At Croydon Library at 12:30pm, Book Bites welcomes author Lisa Lang. Lisa Lang has been garnering prizes for several years, starting with storywriting competitions including our own ERL competition. She was awarded the a place in the Australian Society of Authors Mentorship Program in 2007, and this year she was named as the joint winner of the prestigious Vogel Award. Her manuscript Utopian Man a fiction work based on the life of E W Cole will be published by Allen and Unwin in mid 2010.

    In the meantime Lisa has also written the excellent small biography based on her researches into Cole of the Book Arcade Chasing the Rainbow (2007).

    When: Thursday 12th November 12:30pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Sq, Croydon
    Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Croydon Library

    Croydon Library will be closed on Thursday 19th November 10am-1pm for major electrical work. We apologise for any inconvenience. **note new day**

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Monday, November 09, 2009

    Victorian libraries survey - Tell us what you think

    Did you make a trip to the library today? Please complete the Victorian Libraries survey.

    Complete the Victorian public libraries survey

    All Victorian public libraries are participating in a survey of users about how you use the library and the benefits you get. A particular focus of the study is to show the value of public library services to the community in specific dollar terms.

    The information from the study will be used to show government how valuable libraries are to people in Victoria and the benefits obtained from the money used to provide them.

    Your responses will be kept confidential. They will only be reported as an Eastern Regional Libraries group.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    WiFi at Ferntree Gully Library

    We now have a WiFi hotspot at Ferntree Gully Library. What do you need to access WiFi? Firstly you'll need a device with a wireless network adapter like a laptop, PDA or phone. Secondly you'll need your library card number starting 20023 and PIN (library staff will be able to look this up if you don't know).

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Ranges Mobile

    The Ranges Mobile is off the road today, Monday 9th November, due to rostering difficulties. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Items may be renewed through our web catalogue or via the phone at any of our branches, phone 1300 737 277.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Friday, November 06, 2009

    A workaround for viewing My Account in Opera

    Thanks to Andrew for suggesting a workaround for Opera users when using the Review My Account screen.
    1. Go to our catalogue in Opera at http://swft.erlc.sirsidynix.net.au.
    2. Go to Tools > Quick Preferences > Edit Site Preferences in the browser menu at the top.
    3. Click on the Network tab
    4. Select either Identify as Firefox or Identify as Internet Explorer from the drop-down box. Also works if you select Mask.


    I tested it with Opera 10 and it works fine. You'll be able to see the checkouts and holds.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Thursday, November 05, 2009

    New WiFi & Internet application form

    We frequently have visitors to our libraries who just want to access the Internet or WiFi hotspot but aren't necessarily wanting to borrow from our libraries. So we have created a new type of membership. It's creatively called WiFi/Internet membership. You'll be able to join up to the new WiFi & Internet membership from Monday 9th November.

    A few things you need to know:
    • You don't need to join up again if you already have an Eastern Regional Libraries membership card.
    • The membership will expire after 12 months. Once it expires just see staff and they will renew your membership again.
    • You can always have your card activated so that you can borrow books if you choose.
    • You'll need a parent/guardian to sign for you if you're under 18 years.
    • You'll need to show identification to join (e.g. licence)
    • You'll also get access to our online resources
    At present we'll get people to join up in person at the branches.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    WiFi now available at Lilydale Library

    We now have a WiFi hotspot at Lilydale Library. What do you need to access WiFi? Firstly you'll need a device with a wireless network adapter like a laptop, PDA or phone. Secondly you'll need your library card number starting 20023 and PIN (library staff will be able to look this up if you don't know).

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Wednesday, November 04, 2009

    Scrapping and cropping

    Bern is coming to Lilydale Library on the following days to demonstrate the craft of scrapbooking. Come along and join her for a chat about this growing trend of preserving personal and family history in the form of photographs, printed media, and memorabilia, in decorated albums and scrapbooks.
    No bookings required. Each session is roughly the same content.

    When: Wednesday 11th, 18th, 25th November, Wednesday 2nd December 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
    Cost: Free event

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Memories of "Weary" Dunlop


    Meet Valda Street, former secretary to Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop, and hear her stories about the man behind the famous POW on the Thai-Burma Railway during WW2.

    Morning tea provided.

    When: Wednesday 11th November 11am
    Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings appreciated phone 59671588

    Image: Brass relief of Edward Dunlop from his memorial statue in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (from Wikipedia).

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Mt Evelyn Cookery Club - Christmas gifts with Jill Hess

    Nothing is quite as personal as a homemade Christmas gift. Jill will demonstrate some great cooked gifts. Light lunch and lots of tasting included.

    When: Monday 9th November 12:30pm
    Where: Mt Evelyn Library, 50 Wray Crescent, Mt. Evelyn
    Cost: $10
    Bookings essential phone 97363851

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Meet the author - Shirley Jones

    Join Shirley Jones as she signs copies of her book, A Quiet Painter James Alfred Turner. Shirley will be in the Library for those who would like a chat about her book.

    When: Sunday 8th November 3pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event
    No need to book, just come along.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Christmas/New Year hours


    Where has the year gone. Its November already and time to start advertising our Christmas & New Year hours for our branches and mobiles.



    View the Christmas/New Year hours for 2009/2010.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Maroondah Festival

    Join us at Croydon Library on Sunday 8th November for the following fabulous events during the Maroondah Festival.

    Cartoon workshop with Richard Galbraith
    Bring your cartoons to life. BYO pencil

    When: Sunday 8th November 11am
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92945640


    Meet Leigh Hobbs
    Leigh Hobbs' art work can be found in places as diverse as the National Gallery of Victoria and Sydney's Luna Park. He is probably best known for Old Tom, the hero of five books and star of the cartoon series shown on the ABC. His other memorable characters include Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig and Mr Chicken.
    "If Roald Dahl hadn't had Quentin Blake to illustrate his books he'd have loved Leigh Hobbs"
    Meg Sorenson, Sydney Morning Herald
    Leigh's books will be available for sales and signing

    When: Sunday 8th November 2pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Melbourne Cup day - Libraries & mobiles closed


    Rounding the first turn in the 2005 Melbourne Cup (courtesy of VRC)

    All branches and mobiles of Eastern Regional Libraries will be closed for Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 3rd November.

    Branches and mobiles will resume normal hours on Wednesday 4th November.

    You will be able to return items through the bookchute during this time. Note: Croydon bookchute is closed.

    So plan early, either return your items on the weekend or, if you know your PIN, you can renew your items via the library catalogue. Follow the instructions in the catalogue tutorials. If you don't know your PIN, apply for it now through the library website.

    For the latest news and events on the Melbourne Cup Carnival, visit the Victoria Racing Club's Cup Carnival website. I'm off to the Derby tomorrow, should be fun. Hopefully the weather's a bit better.

    If you're looking for something else to do on Tuesday check out what's on at Melbourne CitySearch.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    The latest news on WiFi, new PCs & Internet membership

    Lots of things happening in IT at the moment, especially in November.

    WiFi in November & December

    The WiFi testing at Knox has been going well. Electrical work & furniture additions are happening in our Knox & Maroondah branches, as well as Lilydale. We are looking at the implementation of WiFi hotspots at Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Rowville, Croydon, Ringwood and Lilydale libraries in November. The other Yarra Ranges branches look to be getting WiFi access in December.

    What do you need to access WiFi? Firstly you'll need a device with a wireless network adapter like a laptop, PDA or phone. Secondly you'll need your library card number starting 20023 and PIN (library staff will be able to look this up if you don't know).

    New PCs in November

    Also in November, 45 new PCs will be rolled out to our Knox branches, courtesy of a grant obtained by Knox City Council.

    The PCs have arrived and are sitting behind me ready to be imaged.





    Internet Membership available in November

    A new Internet membership is going to be promoted and available in November. This membership is for WiFi, Internet and travelers who only want to access the PCs or WiFi network. There will be no loan rights for these cards and they will be valid for 12 months. They can be upgraded to an ordinary member with borrowing rights at any time if needed. We'll be advertising this soon.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Opera & the catalogue upgrade

    There is a known issue with the Opera browser when you're on the My Account - Review My Account page all you see are the tabs Account Summary, Checkouts, Holds. The rest of the information is hidden.

    I have passed on the feedback that several of our members using Opera are having difficulties with the new layout. SirsiDynix, the software provider, list the following supported browsers - Internet Explorer 6 & 7, Firefox 2x & 3x, Safari on a Mac. I suggest trying one of these. I've got Internet Explorer 8 & Firefox 3 on my PC at work and it works on those. I've also tried it out on Google Chrome and although it isn't supported it seems to work fine.

    Download Internet Explorer
    Download Mozilla Firefox
    Download Safari


    Cheers, Maryanne

    Monday, October 26, 2009

    Changes to the catalogue

    I'm currently working on a font issue with the catalogue when Internet Explorer users have their font set to smaller or below in the browser. I should have that sorted out by the next reboot tomorrow. In the meantime if the font looks a tad small go to View > Text Size and set to medium.

    I have had one feedback so far about the new tab layout for My Account - preferring the old style with everything on the one page. What does everyone think? Not that I have much control over it but I can pass the feedback on and see what I can do.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Growville Growers

    Join Neil from Amgrow to learn all about exciting products to make gardening easier. Amgrow are one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of home garden products, distributed to garden centres, hardware outlets, variety stores and supermarkets across Australia, including potting mixes, mulches, soil conditioners and Wettasoil soil wetting products.
    When: Friday 6th November 2pm
    Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92941300

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    18th Yarra Junction Library Bird Walk

    Join Ken Simpson for a circuit walk along the Yarra River at Warburton. Bring hat, sunscreen or coat if raining and binoculars if you have them.

    Morning tea provided.

    When: Saturday 31st October 8am
    Where: Meet at the Senior Citizens building on Dammons Rd (north side of the river). Melways: 290 A4.
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings appreciated phone 59671588

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Friday @ your library - Well groomed fillies

    Join Ann Dixon for a nostalgic look at Melbourne Cup fashions from the 1860's onwards.

    When: Friday 30th October 12noon  
    Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 98011422

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Join us for History Week

    Discover the wonders of Victoria's past during
    History Week 25th October - 1st November

    We have a busy week of exhibitions and events including:

    Belgrave Library
    Monbulk Historical Society
    Photographic display of the artisans of Kallista, The Patch and Monbulk localities
    When: Monday 26th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
    Cost: Free event


    Research queries
    General research queries answered.
    When: Wednesday 28th October & Thursday 29th October 10:30am-1pm, Friday 30th October 2-5pm
    Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
    Cost: Free event


    Croydon Library

    Military History group - Hidden military tunnels
    Local amateur archaeologist Mark Rawson will give a talk about the hidden military tunnels from the areas of Mt Evelyn, Merri Creek & Dandenong Ranges.
    When: Friday 30th October 2pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Sq, Croydon
    Cost: Free event


    Croydon Historical Society
    Heritage walk leaving from Croydon Hall, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon

    When: Thursday 29th October 10am
    Where: Croydon Hall, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon
    Cost: Free event


    Historic display
    Historic display in the Museum Room, Croydon Library Complex
    When: Saturday 31st October
    Where: Museum Room, Croydon Library Complex, Civic Sq, Croydon
    Cost: Free event


    Healesville Library
    Healesville & District Historical Society
    Photographic display
    When: Tuesday 27th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Healesville Library, 231 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
    Cost: Free event


    Knox Library
    Knox Historical Society
    Photographic display
    When: Monday 26th October - Sunday 1st November
    Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna Sth
    Cost: Free event


    Lilydale Library
    Lilydale & District Historical Society
    Help with research queries
    When: Sunday 25th October, Saturday 31st October, Sunday 1st November
    Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson St, Lilydale.
    Cost: Free event

    Guided tour of the Lilydale Cemetery
    When: Thursday 22nd October 1:30pm
    Where: Meet at the main gate Lilydale Cemetery, 120 Victoria Rd, Lilydale
    Cost: $5 per tour
    Contact Ruby on 97350294 or Beth on 97395466

    Churches & pubs tour
    When: Thursday 22nd October 1:30pm
    Where: Meet at the Athenaeum Theatre, Castella St, Lilydale
    Cost: $5 per tour
    Contact Ruby on 97350294 or Beth on 97395466


    Montrose Library
    Montrose Historical Society
    Photographic display
    When: Monday 26th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Montrose Library, Cnr Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd & Swansea Rd, Montrose
    Cost: Free event

    Open Day
    When: Saturday 31st October
    Where: Historic Montrose Cottage, (Montrose Town Centre, near library) Cnr Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd & Swansea Rd, Montrose
    Cost: Free event

    Antiques & Collectibles appraisals
    When: Saturday 31st October 12noon - 4pm
    Where: Montrose Town Centre, near library, Cnr Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd & Swansea Rd, Montrose
    Cost: Free event


    Mooroolbark Library
    Mooroolbark History group
    Memorabilia & photographic display celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mooroolbark Community Centre and the Red Earth festival.
    When: Monday 26th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station St, Mooroolbark
    Cost: Free event


    Mt Evelyn Library
    Mt Evelyn History group
    Mt Evelyn through the Artist's Eyes exhibition in the Mt Evelyn Community Resource Centre
    When: Monday 26th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Mt Evelyn Community Resource Centre (aka the library), 50 Wray Cr, Mt Evelyn
    Cost: Free event


    Wandin & District Historical Museum Society
    Photographic display
    When: Monday 26th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Mt Evelyn Community Resource Centre (aka the library), 50 Wray Cr, Mt Evelyn
    Cost: Free event


    Ringwood Library
    Warrandyte Historical Society
    Photographic display
    When: Monday 26th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne St Mall, Ringwood
    Cost: Free event


    Ringwood Historical Society
    Photographic display focusing on a drive for material on North Ringwood for the upcoming North Ringwood Heritage Weekend. The Ringwood Historical Society are undertaking a number of oral histories of ex-North Ringwood residents.
    When: Monday 26th October - Sunday 1st November
    Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne St Mall, Ringwood
    Cost: Free event


    Book Launch - From horseshoes to High Fashion, a history of Eastland by Richard Carter
    When: Tuesday 27th October 8pm
    Where: Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood
    Cost: Free event


    Yarra Junction Library
    Upper Yarra Living History group
    Photographic display for identification. Help identify local photos.
    When: Tuesday 27th October - Saturday 31st October
    Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne St Mall, Ringwood
    Cost: Free event

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Opening the doors to early literacy

    Whether you're a parent or caregiver for young children you'll pick up some great tips from the following US librarians. Participants will learn ways to promote early literacy skills using activities and ideas for parents, caregivers and service providers who interact with young children.


    9:45am  Birth to two years of age with James Thomas
    James has worked as a children's librarian since retiring as a Library Science Professor at Texas Women's University. He has undertaken postdoctoral studies in early childhood literacy, and is the author of a number of books. James will be demonstrating rhymes and finger plays for parents and carers to use with under two's.


    10:15am Two Years Old with James Thomas
    In this session James will demonstrate stories, rhymes and games specifically designed to promote reading readiness for the 2 year old age group.


    11am Ready to read - Three to five years with Shannon Schinagl
    Shannon is a Children's Librarian with the Seattle Public Library in Washington State. She holds a Masters in Library Science and specializes in children's literacy.

    Shannon will be working with 3 - 5 year olds demonstrating stories, songs and activities to promote reading to pre-schoolers.


    11:30am Sing in to reading with Nancy Stewart
    Nancy has been performing for young children since 1985. She has entertained children across West Coast America and is a sought after performer and presenter with many awards to her credit.

    Come along for a fun performance with Nancy.

    When: Friday 30th October (sessions as above)
    Where: Lilydale Lake Community Room, Lilydale-Montrose Rd, Lilydale (Community Room is at the far end of the Main Car Park) Melways Ref: 38 G7
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92943120

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Friday, October 16, 2009

    Wifi update

    The WiFi pilot at Knox Library has been going very well. Currently we are setting up furniture and doing electrical work at Ferntree Gully, Boronia, Knox, Ringwood & Croydon libraries in readiness for these WiFi access points. Hope to have some more news in the next couple of weeks.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Swinburne Living Library...... with webgurl

    Swinburne are having a special event in October - the Swinburne Living Library. Come in and spend 15 minutes chatting to a living, breathing book. In other late breaking news, I have just been asked to be one of the books and speak to readers about cybersafety.

    When: Friday 29th October 10:30am-12:30pm
    Where: Swinburne University Library, Wantirna Campus, 369 Stud Rd, Wantirna
    Cost: Free event
    No need to book, just come along.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Timepieces

    Join us for a chat with Kevin from A Watch in Time about the concerns, history and care of timepieces. Patrons are welcome to bring along an item for Kevin to look at and chat about. This event is related to our Antiques Collection at the Croydon Library.

    When: Thursday 29th October 7pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Literary Lunch - Meet Catherine Bateson

    Catherine Bateson is an award-winning poet and writer for younger readers and young adults. The Wish Pony, her latest book for younger readers was recently awarded an Honour book in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. Marriage for Beginners, her third collection of poetry has just been published by John Leonard Press. Catherine has also taught Professional Writing and Editing at TAFE colleges for the last seven years.

    View the Catherine Bateson official site

    When: Thursday October 29th 12:30pm
    Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
    Cost: $10
    Bookings essential phone 97547266

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Wednesday, October 14, 2009

    New catalogue called e-Library launching tomorrow

    Tomorrow is a big day as we'll be launching our new catalogue. The catalogue will now be called e-Library and I'm sure I'm hearing lots of applause from all of those folks that never liked or understood the use of the previous name iBistro. I guess at least it's not iBistro 2.0.
    So what actually has changed? You'll probably notice some of the cosmetic changes first, but if you look a bit closer you'll see the following:
    • Links to feature films on DVD & documentaries on DVD available from the front Quick Search page.
    • Links to some of the sites from Reader's Corner appear on the front Quick Search page.
    • My Account now has a new tabbed layout. Click on checkouts to view your checkouts, holds to view holds.
    I've uploaded a document with a list of the changes onto the website at:

    http://www.erl.vic.gov.au/using/ERL_eLibrary.pdf (pdf 205KB)


    FRIDAY'S UPDATE: This is now happening Saturday.Made lots of changes and they're trying to catch up on them all.


    Cheers, Maryanne

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Halloween Hullabaloo for kids

    The biggest event in the ERL calendar is almost upon us. Yes it's Boronia Library's Halloween Hullabaloo for kids. Come dressed in your best costumes (oh yes, there are some incredibly creative ones and we love when the parents get in the spirit as well (pun intended). See Carp Production's show Where things go bump in the night! and eat freaky food. Be there or be scared.

    Even though Carolyn (left) has moved to Knox Library she will still be co-ordinating Halloween. What crazy costume will she be making this year? Hmmm.....I don't even know.

    Bookings are essential & you'd better be quick.

    When: Friday 30th October 6:30pm
    Where: Boronia Library, Park Cr, Boronia
    Cost: $4 per child pay on the night
    Bookings essential phone 97624099

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Hats, History and the Cup

    Ann Dixon will talk about the history of the Melbourne Cup and fashionable wear from the 1860's to the present day with an emphasis on hats from her collection.

    When: Wednesday 28th October 1:30pm
    Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 59671588

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Image courtesy of salsachica at StockXchng

    Music @ your library – Croydon Library

    As part of a 3 month program of music in the library at Croydon, browse the shelves to the sounds of Alex Legg, singer/songwriter/guitarist with a rich acoustic flavour. Fantastic!

    When: Sunday 25th October 2pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Ranges Mobile

    The Ranges Mobile will be closing at 4pm today at Mt Dandenong. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    An afternoon with Lucy Malouf - A Cook's Kitchen event

    In 1998 Lucy Malouf traded in her life as a Wall Street analyst to pursue her passion for food by marrying a chef and becoming a waitresss.  Although neither of these moves proved successful in the long run, they were the starting point for her new career as a food and travel writer. Lucy has written a regular recipe column for the Australian and co-wrote the best-selling food and travel books: Arabesque, Moorish, Saha and Turquoise.

    When: Thursday 22nd October 1:30 pm
    Where: Healesville Library, 231 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
    Cost: $3
    Bookings essential phone 59624423

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Chataboutabook club

    Travel the world through books with Lilydale Library's new club Chataboutabook. Chat about the latest books you've read and browse the latest books at Lilydale. Tea & coffee will be provided.

    A special guest in October to launch the group is Ann Creber. Ann is not only a food writer, journalist, stylist and editor, she hosts the Good Life on 3MDR on Mondays 3-5pm. Ann spent many years as a regular on ABC programs and has a slot on Radio National. Publishers seek Ann out to interview their authors, and she is invited to numerous literary events.

    Join us for this great new group and share your favourite books.

    When: beginning Wednesday 21st October 2pm-3pm
    Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92943120

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Historical folk & family costumes

    Tiani returns to introduce us to family research through costumes and how to construct them. She will talk about folk and regional costumes with several costumes on display. Tiani will also demonstrate how to put on a sari. Bring and share anything you have at home. Afternoon tea provided.

    When: Wednesday 21st October 2pm
    Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
    Cost: Free event or cost
    Bookings essential phone 59671588

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Antique Quilts

    Bernie and Eileen Donnelly talk about and show you their collection of antique quilts.
    When: Wednesday 21st October 1:30pm
    Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 97624099

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Antiques on the road

    Join antique expert Lester DeVere for a visit to the auction rooms of Leonard Joel in South Yarra. Here we will view the items for the Thursday weekly auction, with expert guidance from Lester.

    We meet at Croydon Library for morning tea and then it’s onto the bus and off to South Yarra. Lunch will be in a room provided for us by the auctioneers. Leave South Yarra at 2pm to be back in Croydon by 3pm. 

    When: Wednesday 21st October 9:45am
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: $21 includes bus trip and a lunch box from Banksia Nurseries Café
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Friday, October 09, 2009

    Favourite books of all time

    In June Borders ran a poll of your favourite books of all time. Well the results are in. Curious what made the top 10? Something old, something new? Check it out.

    Favourite books of all time

    How many have you read? Would you choose something different? I must say I'm surprised Janet Evanovich's One for the money didn't make the list. In fact the list looks suspiciously like our bookclub list.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Thursday, October 08, 2009

    Montrose gardeners presents Heirloom Vegetables for the home garden

    Graeme George, from Earthcare Permaculture, will talk about the advantages of growing Traditional Heirloom Vegetables in your home garden, rather than modern hybrid commercial varieties. These are the hardy, tasty varieties that have stood the test of time, that are still around because home gardeners prefer to grow them. Varieties suitable for our cool temperate climate will be emphasised.  There will also be seeds available for purchase.

    When: Tuesday 20th October 1pm
    Where: Montrose Library, Corner Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road & Swansea Road, Montrose
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 97284224

    Cheers, Maryanne

    The Eastern Regional Library Show 16th Sept, 30th Sept, 7th Oct

    This blog update comes with mega apologies. As I've been on leave for a couple of weeks I haven't posted the last few radio show updates.

    For folks that are aware of The Eastern Regional Library Show, 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.

    16th September
    What do you know about Graphic Novels? All our branches have collections of these, but Belgrave has the SUPER collection. This is a style of book which has always been around, but has experienced a huge surge of popularity flowing from the boom of Japanese anime (a particular style of film cartoon) which has transferred over to book. However, it is not just the anime style of illustration which is being used, there is a wide range of brilliant illustration styles being used for both original stories, and for bringing classics and well known novels to a new audience.

    I picked up Serenity [Graphic novel] : those left behind at Belgrave recently, because I love the TV series Firefly and movie Serenity, on which it is based (both of these are available for loan). It retells some of the story but also bridges the gap between the movie and the series. The style of illustration is partly comic strip and partly full page illustration. All the Graphic Novels use illustration in ways to best bring the story to life, so there is a wide range of story styles, from The curious case of Benjamin Button, Macbeth, The Discworld, to John Constantine, Hellblazer. Just do a keyword search with 'graphic novel' to see how wide the selection is.

    Music today was from the soundtrack of Hairspray, and Travl'n light by Queen Latifah.

    30th September
    When the rain lashes down, and the tv is uninspiring, put on a great dvd. What? You don't have anything new? Then take a brisk walk down to your local library and browse the great dvd collection. I'll tell you about some of the dvd's I've been watching lately. As a bit of research for the French theme of Lilydale's first Chataboutabook on October 21st, I watched The last Metro, directed by  Francois Trufaut and starring the delectable Gerard Depardiue and Catherine Deneuve. Set in Paris in 1942, it portrays the difficulties faced by an actress who is both hiding her Jewish husband from the Germans, and trying to keep the theatre that he founded from being closed down. Another movie of the theatre, Being Julia is set in England between the world wars. A woman at the peak of her stage career falls in love with a younger man and finds the experience both rejuvenating and challenging. However, the young man is not as open as he seems, and soon she finds herself undermined on several fronts. How Julia (played with great charm by Annette Benning)  triumphs in the end makes for a very satisfying conclusion.

    For a completely refreshing, laugh out loud experience, you could try any of the dvd's of poet Pam Ayres live performances. I have recently watched both Pam Ayres : in her own words and Pam Ayres : live on stage. They are wonderful viewing, for the poetry, the linking stories which are just as funny as the poems, and the warm rapport she has with her audience. A different type of humour, sometimes whimsical, sometimes black, sometimes totally hilarous, is to be found in the tv series Northern Exposure. This ran to six series, so there is a lot of compulsive viewing here. The range of quirky and endearing characters who populate the Alaskan town of Cecily are a challenge to (and challenged by) the new doctor, a New York Jewish sophisticate who is in Alaska very much against his choice.

    Finally, another tv series that I missed when it went to air, but has been recommended to me by a great many library users is Cranford. Set in an idyllic English country town  during the 1840's, this is depicts a village society dominated by the strong and eccentric women of the town, who are decidedly averse to change. There are many challenges to the status quo personally and on a larger scale. The new young doctor who brings innovative ideas on medical treatment, the overseer of the local manor's property who would like to see education available to all, and the threat of the railway. There are extremes of drama and pathos in the story, but also a very happy romantic ending.

    Music today was from cd 1 of a 3 cd series of Ella Fitzgerald, A-tisket A-tasket


    7th October
    You heard it here first....Lyn Baines is not going to buy a single book in 2010! I might be jumping the gun here, but on today's program Lyn was enthused by a new book from Susan Hill, Howard's End is on the landing. Hill is well known as detective fiction writer, but this book is an  autobiographical tale which began when she went hunting for her copy of E.M. Forster's Howard's End.

    She came upon a book she had forgotten that she had bought a year previously, and resolved to spend a year reading through her own large collection , rather than buy any new books. It is a whimsical investigation of books she has loved, new books and reflections on her life. This title is not due out until November, but Lyn will put a record on the database within the next couple of weeks in case you are interested in ordering it.

    A new autobiographical work from Margaret Drabble is on our shelves now. The pattern in the carpet grew from a period when Drabble was anxious about her husband who was being treated for cancer. As a relaxation she began making jigsaw puzzles, and became fascinated about where they came from. This book is an interweaving of the history of jigsaw puzzles, childhood memories of her aunt, and later relationships in her life. A poignant and gentle read.

    Finally, Bluestocking by Jane Robinson is a history of English women's struggle to gain access to education and acknowledgement of their acheivements. Even though women were allowed to attend lectures and study at Oxford and Cambridge from the mid to late 1800's, it was not until 1920 that Oxford gave women degrees, and not until 1947 at Cambridge. This is a fascinating study of the women who challenged the status quo, and paved the way for women of our century to participate fully in our society.

    Music today was from A-tisket A-tasket by Ella Fitzgerald.

    ---- Lesley

    Wednesday, October 07, 2009

    Andy Griffiths comes to Stringybark

    Much loved children’s author Andy Griffiths will be a special guest at this year’s Stringybark Festival. Come and meet Andy and hear him talk about his much loved books.

    Andy's books will be available for sale and signing.

    When: Sunday 18th October 1:30pm
    Where: Rowville Community Centre, Fulham Rd, Rowville Melways Ref 72 J12
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 97363851

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Ray Smithies talk postponed

    The talk & book signing by author Ray Smithies (Scorpio's Lot) has been postponed until the Maroondah Festival (Sunday 8th November 1pm at Croydon Library).

    Also, the Speed Reading event at Lilydale on Thursday 8th October has been cancelled.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Tuesday, October 06, 2009

    Ranges Mobile

    The Ranges Mobile will not be on the road tomorrow Wednesday 7th October due to rostering difficulties.

    Apologies for the inconvenience. Items may be returned to any branch or renewed via phone on 1300737277 or online via www.erl.vic.gov.au

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    The Planets

    An insight into the astonishing discoveries being made about the universe. Learn about the discovery of new planets and solar systems, planet formation and the early universe.

    When: Thursday 15th October 7pm
    Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 97547266

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Mooroolbark Library special gardening event with Andrew Laidlaw 774 ABC

    Andrew Laidlaw is an award winning garden designer and ABC Radio personality, landscape Architect with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and has been responsible for some iconic landscape projects,including the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden.
    We welcome Andrew to Mooroolbark Library in October for an informative talk on gardening and garden design.

    Coffee and tea provided.

    When: Thursday 15th October 1pm
    Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 97268200

    Cheers, Maryanne

    What is autism?

    Come and listen to Orla from Irabina, a specialist early childhood intervention service,  and a parent of a child with autism answer this question.

    Irabina Childhood Autism Services

    When: Tuesday 13th October 7pm
    Where: Lilydale Library Anderson Street Lilydale
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92943120

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    October's Plant swap & chat

    Jot down the following date in your diary (Tues. 13th Oct) for the next Plant Swap & Chat at The Bridge Community Garden Centre, 49 Durham Road, Kilsyth

    When: Tuesday 13th October 12:30pm
    Where: The Bridge Community Garden Centre, 49 Durham Road, Kilsyth
    Cost: BYO Lunch, a plant to swap & a gold coin donation.
    Bookings essential phone 97251932

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Friday, September 25, 2009

    Book signing for Scorpio's Lot

    Join first time author Ray Smithies as he talks about his new book, Scorpio's Lot. Ray's book will be available for purchase and signing.

    When: Saturday 10th October 1:30pm postponed until 8th Nov
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event (apart from book purchase)
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Speed Reading (But not as you know it!)

    Well known author Ilsa Evans will be hosting this unique event. If you love reading and want to share your thoughts on favourite books & authors, come along and join in our version of speed reading - 5 minute chats, then change partners.

    Afterwards join us for refreshments. No charge but bookings essential

    When: Thursday 8th October 1:30 - 3pm - cancelled
    Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92943120

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Grow your own vegies

    Come along and meet Pete the Permie for this free talk on growing your own vegies. Bookings essential
    When: Saturday 3rd October 1pm
    Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92943120

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    Growville Growers - Salvias

    For the October meeting, Growville Growers will host speaker Lindi Garnett from the Salvia Society. Come to hear about the varieties, propagation and uses of Salvias (commonly known as the herb sage). There will also be Salvias for sale and you can bring your Salvias in to be identified. All Welcome. Bookings essential.

    When: Friday 2nd October 2pm
    Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
    Cost: Gold coin donation would be appreciated
    Bookings essential phone 92941300

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Armchair travellers - Fascinating Malaysia

    One of Malaysia's key attractions is its extreme contrasts. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden homes built on stilts and five star hotels sit several metres away from ancient reefs.

    Malaysia is full of surprises, eclectic cultures and natural wonders...you are invited to come and hear Kim tell us about this fascinating multicultural country at Armchair Travellers.

    When: Thursday 1st October 2pm
    Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 97268200

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Knox Mobile

    Just found out that the Knox Mobile will not be operating today. We apologise for any inconvenience. Items can be renewed over the phone on 1300737277 (select any branch) or via the online catalogue.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    Pete the Plumber rides the Water Cycle

    An interactive show with singing, dancing and musical instruments made from plumbing equipment. Meet DROPPO, his pet drop of water as it slips and slides through the water cycle. Both educating and entertaining.

    Check out Pete the plumber's website.

    We have 2 sessions on the one day; Mooroolbark & Yarra Junction

    When: Wednesday 30th September 11am
    Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
    Cost: $4 per child
    Bookings essential phone 97268200

    When: Wednesday 30th September 2pm
    Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
    Cost: $4 per child
    Bookings essential phone 59671588

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Spinning demonstration

    Join Marion from Fancy Spinning a yarn? while she demonstrates spinning wool.Sounds like a relaxing way to spend the morning.
    When: Tuesday 29th September 10am-1pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Monday, September 14, 2009

    Music @ your library – Croydon Library

    Browse the shelves to the sounds of three wonderful musicians in this 3 month program of music in the library. September's artist is Michael Lloyd, a singer and guitarist with a mellow tone.

    When: Sunday 27th September 2pm
    Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92945640

    Cheers, Maryanne

    WiFi pilot at Knox Library

    We're currently testing a WiFi hotspot at Knox Library for Internet access and are looking for volunteers to give it a test run using laptops, PDAs, phones etc. Your device needs to have a wireless network adapter and you'll need to login with your library card number and PIN to connect.

    Please note that you won't be able to print from your wireless device. Just save your work onto a USB stick and print via the 10 minute PCs.

    If you have any feedback on the service please pass on your comments to staff.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Jewellery workshop on Grand Final Day

    Calling all teens, mums & grans - if you're not otherwise occupied with the all-Melbournian AFL Grand Final join Heidi and make a beautiful set of beaded jewellery - necklace, bracelet and earrings.

    Suitable for ages 12+ years.

    When: Saturday 26th September 2-4pm
    Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
    Cost: $15
    Bookings essential phone 92943120

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Friday, September 11, 2009

    Fun with Maths

    Join us when Bill Handley, author of Speed Mathematics books, demonstrates how maths can be easy and fun. Those who struggle with maths will be amazed how easy maths can be. Those who like maths will appreciate Bill's methods. All welcome. Please note the first session is just for children aged 6-14 years, the second for all ages.

    When: Friday 25th September 1:30-3pm (for 6-14 year olds)
    Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92941300

    When: Friday 9th October 6:30pm (for all ages)
    Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92941300

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Literary Lunch – Meet Chris Flynn

    Chris Flynn is the Belfast-born Melbourne-based editor of Torpedo fiction quarterly. He has worked on magazines in Paris, London, Los Angeles and New York. He writes reviews for the ABC Book Show on Radio National and The Australian Book Review. He is currently working on a short story collection, a novel and is translating a Jules Verne novel.

    This lunch will interest both readers and writers alike.

    When: Thursday 24th September 12:30pm
    Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
    Cost: $10
    Bookings essential phone 97547266

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Eastern Regional Libraries presents At Home with Jane Austen

    Using Jane Austen’s own words actress Lise Rodgers recreates the world of Georgian England.

    Lise Rodgers is an accomplished Melbourne actress whose interest in the world and characters of Jane Austen, is the inspiration behind her series of "Jane" performances.

    When: Sunday 20th September 10am
    Where: Rose Cottage Restaurant, 251 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Monbulk
    Cost: $20 includes a delicious brunch
    Bookings essential phone 98006409

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Michael Cathcart talk cancelled

    The talk by Michael Cathcart scheduled for Thursday 17th September at Belgrave Library has been cancelled.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    The Eastern Regional Library Show 2nd September 2009 & 9th September 2009

    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. We've got updates for the last couple of radio shows.

    2nd September
     
    Devotees of Jane Austen do not tear your hair. In spite of the title, Lyn Baines thinks the novel Jane Austen ruined my life by Beth Pattillo is a good read. Here is the review she placed on Reader's Corner Reviews -  
    "I’m not a fan of the many Austen sequels, prequels & other novels cashing in on the popularity of one of my favourite authors. This novel is an exception as it uses Austen’s life & work in an intriguing way. Emma Grant is an American academic. Her life is falling apart. Her husband has been unfaithful & she’s lost her job due to an unfounded allegation of plagiarism. Emma has been contacted by Mrs Parrot, a mysterious woman who hints that she has access to over a thousand unpublished letters by Jane Austen. Emma sees publishing the letters as a way of regaining her academic reputation. So, she goes to England to meet Mrs Parrot. Emma is sent on a series of journeys to places associated with Jane – Bath, Lyme, Winchester - & must pass tests at each place to be allowed to read more of the letters & discover more about the secret at the heart of Austen’s life. Emma also meets up with Adam, an old friend who is also in London doing research. Is his interest in Emma altruistic or is he chasing the same prize? The plot has a few holes in it, but Emma is an engaging character & a tour of Jane Austen’s England is always a pleasant way to spend an afternoon."
    The other title Lyn reviewed today was House of treason by Robert Hutchinson. It deals with the fortunes of the Dukes of Norfolk from the second duke who fought at Bosworth for Richard III to plotters who were beheaded both in the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The book also paints a broad and grim picture of life under the Tudors, Hutchinson sees Tudor  England  in the same light we view Hitler's Germany or Stalin's Russia, a world of spies, informers, rigged trials and lack of compassion. A "riveting story, splendidly told".
     
    Music was from The cook and the chef : our favourite music and B B King.
     
    9th September
     
    A bit of a mixed bag today, making the most of the opportunity to let you know about  databases and resources which you might not otherwise have discovered. If you have not already checked out what is available through our Online Resources, take a look today. The Health and Wellness Resource Center is a wide ranging database which is informative on 'Diseases and conditions', 'Alternative medecine', 'Drugs and Herbal remedies' and 'Health Assessment'. If you are after a specifically Australian resource, the Victorian government has a terrific web site 'Better Health Channel' at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au which has  fact sheets on specific conditions, resources and tools, suggestions and recipes for healthy eating and links to health services and support groups. There are many similar and useful links available from  Webs Link Wiki : Health on this site. 
     
    And finally, for those keen to explore ebooks, go to Global Books in Print, via Online Resources on our webpage and follow this series of steps....Click on the Advanced Search button ion the GBIP home page, scroll down to the last box in the Limit Your Search Results area which is headed Full Text. In the drop down menu select 'ebrary' and if you then click search you will have access to a list of some 92/614 titles. Of course if you would like to narrow your search down a bit, you can enter appropriate search terms in 'Keyword in title', 'Author' or 'Subject.
     
    Music today was from David Jones' Colour of the drum and Two men with the blues, a wonderful collaboration between Willy Nelson and Wynton Marsalis.
     
     
    ---- Lesley