Friday, December 31, 2010

Eastern Regional Libraries branches close at 3PM on New Year's Eve

Have you got your New Year's reading yet? You better get in early today because our branches close at 3PM today, Friday 31st December (Healesville Library is closed today). All libraries will be closed on Saturday 1st Jan, Sunday 2nd Jan and Monday 3rd Jan 2011.

We'd like to take the opportunity of wishing you and your family a Happy New Year. Thank-you for your support, both in the branches and through the website.

Cheers, Maryanne
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Memory boxes, juggling and monsters at the library holiday activities. Book now!

Have you booked your kids into January's holiday activities? Lots of free or minimal charge activities for kids. Activities include:

Memory Box craft creations
Decorate a box for your special treasures. We have some great decorations for you to use! BYO Box.
When: Wednesday 12th Jan 2–2:45pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon 92945640
Book into Memory Box craft


Juggling Workshop
Learn to juggle with Pete. Free event
• 1st session at 11am. Age: 5-9 year olds Book into juggling 5-9 years
• 2nd session at 11:30am. Age: 10 plus Book into juggling 10+ years
When: Wednesday 19th Jan (two sessions)
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle St, Yarra Junction 59671588


Paper monsters & make some slime!
All ages. Free activity
When: Thursday 13th Jan 11am
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully 92948140
Book into Paper Monsters

View and print our holiday program (PDF, 2 pages, 343 KB) | Book into any event

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Eastern Regional Library Show 29th Dec 2010 Eastern FM 98.1

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 the today's show
 
Brass bands for everyone, but if you want to hear some rousing music and great musicianship, you can't go past The Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Their recent CD Reach for the skies includes melodies from movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and Those magnificent men in theire flying machines to Danny boy and The wind beneath my wings.
 
If classical music is your preference, a 2 disc compilation titled Classical 2010 includes both vocal and instrumental musicians of major stature, such as Nigel Kennedy, Sarah Brightman and Placido Domingo.
 
And from a different genre again, Marcia sings Tapestry, we have Marcia Hines singing lovely renditions of the folk songs of Carole King's iconic album. Tapestry remains the longest charting album by a female solo artist and was ranked number 36 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. You will find the original Tapestry in our collection and Tapestry revisited : tribute to Carole King, which records a TV special which included King and other stars such as Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin singing her well known songs.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, December 24, 2010

Mt Evelyn Library closing for 7 weeks from Monday 10th January 2011

The Station House - Mt Evelyn Library will be closed for major structural work (new toilets and relocating the air conditioning) from Monday 10th January and will re-open on Monday 28th February. We apologise for the short notice.
  • I have arranged to have the due date for items extended until the 1st March 2011. This will also include items recently checked out at Mt Evelyn that would be due in January. They will now also be due on the 1st March.
  • The after hours book return chute will NOT be available during this time.
  • Reservations can be collected from Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale during the closure
  • Holiday activities will not be run at Mt Evelyn. New holiday program
  • WiFi will still be available at the café but public PCs will not be available
The nearest libraries are:

Montrose Library
Cnr Mt Dandenong Tourist Road & Swansea Road Montrose 3765
[Mel Ref 52 D7]

Lilydale Library
Anderson Street Lilydale
[Mel Ref 38 F5]

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Eastern Regional Library Show 8-15th December 2010 [Eastern FM 98.1]

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 8th & 15th December's shows

The last three weeks have whirled by, and so there are several topics covered in the radio show which we need to catch up on.

Firstly, the children's and teenager's books which Pia reviewed are as follows.........
Gorgon in the gully by Melina Marchetta which is part of a great new series from Puffin. Priced to be affordable from a kid's pocket money, and great stories from popular authors. Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod and Freya Blackwood contains several short stories about Maudie and her friend Bear, with beautiful illustrations. A fantastic new book to share with young children..

Wonky donkey, words and music by Craig Smith, illustrations by Katz Cowley. A crazy story/song for primary school age that will have you laughing out loud. Ultimate Dino-pedia by "Dino" Don Lessem, illustrated by Franco Tempesta is a fantastic book for dinosaur fans to enjoy. Torment by Lauren kate is the second in a romance/adventure series, perfect for those teens who love the paranormal.

For family history researchers, there is the good news that you can access Ancestry and FindMyPast databases via Wifi in all our libraries. This means that you do not need to book a library pc, but can research with these resources on your own laptop as long as the library is open. And not to forget the excellent resources available through the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies www.aigs.org.au and the Genealogical Society of Victoria www.gsv.org.au

Music on our recent shows has been from So Frenchy So Chic 2009 and Cafe Musette by Enrique Ugarte.

Cheers, Maryanne

What will you be reading during the holidays? Let us know

If you're like me you've got a pile of books you need to read before the end of January. My list includes:
  • Bad blood by John Sandford
  • Sex, bombs and burgers : how war, porn and fast food shaped technology as we know it by Peter Nowak
  • Breath by Tim Winton
  • The art of war by Sun Tzu
  • The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf
  • Adobe Flash CS4 Professional how-tos : 100 essential techniques by Mark Shaeffer

What's on your list?

Don't forget once you've finished reading to send us a review at Reader's Corner Reviews. A few lines is all we need....we'll do the rest.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Book in now for the January school holiday activities

The January school holiday program is out, so book early! Activities include:
  • Paper monsters and slime (FTG)
  • Dancing skeletons (Knox)
  • Fabric collage (Lilydale)
  • Richard Galbraith's Cartoon workshop (Mt evelyn)
  • Juggling workshop (Yarra Junction)
Download the holiday program PDF 2 pages, 343 KB

Cheers, Maryanne

On your next visit ask staff to set you up for SMS notification of holds and overdues

Eastern Regional Libraries now offers SMS notification for holds and overdues. On your next visit advise staff you'd like to have it set up on your account and provide us with your mobile phone number.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Closure dates for maintenance on Belgrave and Boronia libraries in 2011

Belgrave and Boronia libraries will be closed in January/February for some maintenance to be completed. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Belgrave Library
Closed Monday 31st January - Wednesday 2nd February for recarpeting.

Boronia Library
Closed Monday 31st January, reopening Monday 14th February for work on the public toilets, flooring and kitchen. We are also installing security gates and check out machines at the same time.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, December 10, 2010

All libraries will be opening at 1pm on Monday 13th December 2010

All Eastern Regional Libraries branches will open at 1pm on Monday 13th December until their regular closing time (if they are open on Mondays). This is so that all staff may attend a regionwide training event.

Bookchutes will remain open during the morning for returns.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Eastern Regional Library Show 8th December 2010 [Eastern FM 98.1]

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

Another way to cope with the heat is to pull the curtains and put on an entertaining dvd. There are some wonderful TV series which have made it onto dvd, going back as far as The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, The rag trade with Sheila Hancock and Reg Varney or Wycliffe, to the latest series of CSI Miami or Inspector Rex. Some of my favourites are the more quirky series which don't always run to more than a couple, such as Pushing Daisies or Black Books. Pushing Daisies takes the premise that a young boy can bring the dead back to life, but with a couple of tricky conditions, who as an adult assists a private detective to solve difficult murder cases. It is very funny, with many eccentric and endearing characters. Black Books is equally eccentric, but a lot more cynical about human nature and relationships. Bernard is the Irish book shop owner who spends his day drinking wine, smoking and reading books, and is matched against his niave and optimistic assistant Mannie, and his friend Fran from the shop next door who is both dippy and crafty.
There are great documentaries such as Who do you think you are? UK series. I have just finished watching series 2  which included wonderful programmes on  Jeremy Paxman, Sheila Hancock and Stephen Fry. In the process of delving into people's family tree, a lot of social history is revealed too, in a very effective way.

I probably don't need to remind you of the great British costume dramas, covering works of Dickens, Austen, Hardy and more.  However you may not have come across Middlemarch by George Eliot, which highlights the frustrations of an intelligent young woman circumscribed in what she is allowed to do. It also features the excellent actor Rufus Sewell as the love interest. Another good reason for watching.

Music today was from Cafe Musette, featuring Enrique Ugarte on accordion and Peche a la mouche, from Rue de la Trompette (the last is a personal cd)

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Do you need help with your mobile phone? Volunteers will teach you how to text or help solve issues in it's use

Having problems using your mobile phone? Sally from the Telstra Shop and her volunteers will be here to assist you with any brand of mobile phone.

When: Wednesday 8th & 15th December 2pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - mobile

Cheers, Maryanne

Power is back at Belgrave Library

Power has been restored at Belgrave Library. The public PCs are now available for use - please book online through our Book a PC page.

Cheers, Maryanne

Belgrave Library currently has no power, no Internet, phones

Belgrave Library is currently without power. They are expecting to open as there is enough natural light. However there will be no Internet and staff will be checking items out manually by writing them down. Please limit the number of items borrowed.

There are also no phones. Please contact the library via our website or phone another branch for renewals and enquiries.

The power company estimate that the power may be out until 2PM but this may change due to the weather.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

This Christmas don't get caught out by scams and ID theft

This Christmas don't get caught out by scams. Consumer Affairs Victoria can help you avoid the scammers. Also learn about how to protect yourself from ever increasing identity theft.
When: Friday 10th December 2pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Cr, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online - Scams

Cheers, Maryanne

Get treated to a visit from Santa at Croydon's Christmas toddler storytime

This is the last toddler storytime of the year and it includes a visit from Santa himself bringing treats for the children. There will also be bubbles, Christmas songs and stories. It's good fun all round.

No need to book, all welcome.

When: Friday 10th December 11am
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, December 06, 2010

Croydon Library have now re-opened after the recent flooding

I've just been advised that Croydon Library have now re-opened. Apologies for any inconvenience caused as a result of the flooding.

Cheers, Maryanne

Croydon Library will be re-opening by 11am on Monday 6th December

Croydon Library will be re-opening to the public on Monday 6th December 2010 as close to 10am as possible - by 11am at the latest. The closure was to dry out carpet after a recent flooding.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Croydon Library closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday due to flooding

As Croydon Library has extensive carpet damage due to flooding they will not be open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Depending on the progress of "drying out" the decision to re-open will be on a day-to-day basis.
Items may be returned to one of our other branches, the nearest is Ringwood Library. Alternatively, you may renew online via the web catalogue. phone or in person at one of our other library branches. If you have any difficulty please contact us via the website.

Cheers, Maryanne

Are you passionate about your library? Yarra Ranges Council want your input



Yarra Ranges Council is developing a five year Library Strategy and Action Plan which will be important in shaping the future of our libraries. Through the Yarra Ranges Views Online forum we are seeking community input on their current library service and what they believe their library should look like in the future. Discussion leaders will help to encourage conversations with thought provoking questions and comments.

The feedback received from the online forum will help in the development of a Library Strategy. The draft Library Strategy will go out for public comment and focus groups will also be held to discuss. in detail the input received from the community.

The forum will open on Monday 29th November and will close on Friday 10th December. Feel free to share this post to encourage participation in this important discussion. You don't need to be residing in the Yarra Ranges to have your say in the future of our library service.

You can have your say on Your Library – Now and into the future!

Cheers, Maryanne

Update: Croydon closed, Yarra Junction open but with no public PCs

After yesterday's deluge and flooding, Croydon Library is closed today. There is flooding to 2/3 of the library. The only dry areas are the front desk and by the window near the pond. They hope to have a restricted opening tomorrow for returns only.

Yarra Junction Library is open today but there will be no public PCs and that area will be off limits.

All other libraries are open as usual.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Croydon Library closed for the rest of the day

Because of the rain we have had to close the Croydon Library for the rest of the day. We'll keep you posted as to the state of play tomorrow.

Paul.

Yarra Junction Library closed for the rest of the day

Yarra Junction Library has also fallen victim to the rains today. Water has fallen down onto the public PCs and desks. Unfortunately we have had to close for the rest of the day.

Paul.

Croydon Library is being evacuated due to flooding

Croydon Library is currently being evacuated due to flooding at the back of the library in the workroom, therefore will be closed until further notice. We'll keep you advised via the blog & Twitter.

Cheers, Maryanne

Valley Mobile update: it is off the road all day Wednesday 1st December

I've just been advised that the Valley Mobile will be off the road all day today while damage to the door and lock are fixed after a break-in last night. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Any items may be returned to another branch or mobile or please contact us via the website or phone if your need to renew your items.

Library contact form
Library phone numbers

Cheers, Maryanne

The Valley Mobile is off the road this morning for repairs

Due to repairs being undertaken the Valley Mobile will not be on the road this morning. Once repairs have been completed we hope to be able to make Wonga Park this afternoon. I'll keep you advised.

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, November 29, 2010

Your Library - Now and into the future!

The Yarra Ranges Council is developing a five year Library Strategy and Action Plan which will be important in shaping the future of their libraries. As part of that strategy they are looking for feedback from people in the community who are interested in how our libraries currently operate and how they may change in the future.

This is from the preamble to the community forum website they have set up at Yarra Ranges Views:

"With people's lifestyles and technology changing at a fast rate, how do we make sure libraries are still meeting the needs of the community? Your feedback is important and we encourage you to think creatively and express your ideas openly through this online forum. You can also see what other people have said and decide if you agree or not with their thoughts."

You can join the discussion and post your thoughts and views on the website at:

Your Library - Now and into the future!

Cheers, Paul.

PS: The forum runs for two weeks from Monday 29th November to Friday 17th December.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yarra Valley & Diamond Valley Singers to perform Handel's Messiah in Wandin on Sunday

The massed voices of the Yarra Valley and Diamond Valley singers and soloists will be performing Handel's Messiah this Sunday 28th November.

When: Sunday 28th November 2:30pm
Where: Wandin North Public Hall, Clegg Rd, Wandin (off Warburton Hwy roundabout. Melways 119 C11)
Cost: $20 (Concession $15) Pay at the door
For further information please contact YVS Jeanette Box 9844 2548 or Shirley Wendt 9879 2380, DVS Ian Lowe 9435 5841

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Eastern Regional Library Show 17th Nov 2010 Eastern FM 98.1

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 the 17th November's show
Every year there is a new CD issue called So Frenchy So Chic, which is the 'Unofficial Soundtrack to the Alliance Francaise' French Film Festival. The 2009 edition is a bumper 2 CD set which is full of fun and romantic music. Previous years are also available in the collection.  For unashamed romance, you can't go past any of Paul Potts' CDs. Today we played from Once Chance which is full of lovely singing, including 'Nessun Dorma' and 'Music of the night'.  There is an abundance of good music arriving at our libraries constantly, and if you would like to keep track of the latest, just click the New Titles link on the left of our web page, and on the next screen you will see a wonderful range of options from CDs, to DVDs to latest books.

Don't forget too that from the web page, you can access the Family History Newsletter and Military History Newsletter via Family History. In the October issue, reviews of new books include Getting the most out of Findmypast.com.au by Rosemary Kopittke and Saltwater ink : Voices from the Australian Seas. In the first title the author points out that subscriptions to online history and genealogy research sites are not cheap so it pays to know how to use them most effectively, and she includes many examples and tips on how to achieve the most from your searches. The second title covers a selection of sea‐diaries, amateur newspapers and letters from the 1800’s and covers the sea voyages made by immigrants to Australia. They had little else to do on the ship, beyond childcare and other domestic tasks, for on the ships they did not need to work for their food, so many took up their quill pen. They could be called Victoria blogs.

---- Lesley

Summer Reading Club starts 1st December - Scare up a good book to win great prizes



Join up, read 10 books and get stickers, tattoos and wristbands
Go into the draw for some great prizes!

The Victorian Kids Summer Reading Club starts in December so make sure to stop by with the kids to register and collect a reading record.

Rewards include stickers, temporary tattoos and wristbands. All club members who completely fill their record are eligible for the fantastic Summer Reading Club Party and will go into the draw to win a really cool prize.

If your kids haven't participated before the club is a fun way for them to earn rewards by reading. Upon registration members receive a reading record. Kids read books appropriate for their reading level and add the details to their record. Stop by the library to get the record validated. Kids may need to answer a question so we make sure they really read the book.

When: 1st December 2010 - 14th January 2011
Where: All Eastern Regional Libraries

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, November 22, 2010

Literary Lunch - Author Donna Williams' personal experience with autism

Remarkable...an eloquent, disturbing account of harrowing transition from severely withdrawn autistic child to college-educated writer.
This was the Boston Globe's reaction to the first of Donna William's books Nobody Nowhere, a worldwide bestseller which dealt with her personal experience of autism.

When: Thursday 25th November 12:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 97547266

Cheers, Maryanne

People from different cultures share interests at Rowville Library's Multicultural Interaction Group

Rowville Library's Multicultural Interaction Group is about bringing people from different cultures together to share ideas, information, traditions and interests such as knitting or perhaps play scrabble and practice English. Everyone is welcome to attend this group.

When: every Thursday 10:30am
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
No bookings required. All welcome.

Cheers, Maryanne

State Library Exhibition: "Look! The art of Australian picture books today" opens 3rd December

The Look! exhibition at the State Library celebrates the worlds and stories revealed in children's picture books. It features original artwork by Australia's most talented illustrators.

The exhibition is open 3rd Dec 2010 - 29th May 2011, 10am-5pm daily (to 9pm Thursday, closed 25th Dec-3rd January)

Free Opening Celebration
Enjoy entertainment by Play School presenter Jay Laga'aia and Christof! the clown, storytelling and drawing with popular authors and illustrators, tours and creative activities in the Play Pod!

Authors and Illustrators:
Anna Walker, Ann E Stewart, Terry Denton and Elizabeth Honey

When: Saturday 4th December 11am-4pm
Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne


Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Troubleshooting some slowness issues so I'm temporarily taking Twitter feed off website

While I troubleshooting some slowness issues I will temporarily remove the Twitter feed from the front page of the website. I should have it back soon.

Cheers, Maryanne

Logging into your membership record

These are the things you only find out once you go live with a website. The obscure login link on the far right of the website was actually a login area for editors of the website. We've had some feedback that members were trying to login to their account using that link.

The members area to login to view your account and place holds is on the left, image below.

I've now hidden the editor login link. The home link is up at the top-right of the website.

Cheers, Maryanne

The library has a new website and it's blue for Movember

We're pleased to launch our new website today, it's a big change!

The infrastructure of the site is based on a Content Management System written by staff member David Funnell that we have previously used for our Intranet. David and I have worked together to adapt and develop it for our website. It will mean that several staff members can assist in keeping the content updated.




Quick catalogue search & member login

You'll notice the member's area on the left hand side. You can search for books, CDs, DVDs from there. Also login if you want to place holds and check your account.

What's happening at our libraries - Twitter feed

The What's happening at our libraries articles are now displayed as a feed from our Twitter account. I've also linked our blog to Twitter so whenever I publish a blog post it posts to Twitter and the front page of the website. So you'll always stay up-to-date. While I'm mentioning Twitter, do you have an account and have you followed us yet? @EasternRegional

Flickr photos of our libraries

I've set up Flickr accounts for all of our libraries and we've been uploading photos of libraries and activities. e.g. Yarra Junction Library

You'll find some of these photos featured on the branch pages.

Navigation

I've done a bit of work on the navigation, always trying to make it easy and clear.

Contact forms

I've added one new form for members to advise staff of a change of address.

Actually you can use the website feedback form to let me know what you think. Just click on the Contact link at the top right of the website. I'm tweaking a couple of things but I always want to know any issues you might be having.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Libraries will be opening at 1pm on Monday 13th December 2010

All Eastern Regional Libraries branches will open at 1pm on Monday 13th December until their regular closing time (if they are open on Mondays). This is so that all staff may attend a regionwide celebration of achievements for 2010.

Bookchutes will remain open during the morning for returns.

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Mobile is off the road on Tuesday 16th November

Due to scheduled maintenance on the Knox Mobile (overhaul of the brakes and new tyres) the mobile will not be operating on Tuesday 16th November. Items may be returned to any branch of Eastern Regional Libraries or renewed via the catalogue. If you have any difficulties please contact us via the website contact form.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Check out the ERL bookclub title list, updated November 2010

Did you know that Eastern Regional Libraries has sets of books for loan by community book groups. Each book club set consists of 10 copies and there are notes supplied for many of the titles. We have just increased the annual fee to  $220 (including GST) per bookclub. Further information is available at any branch of Eastern Regional Libraries. Please note that we cannot assist you in joining a bookclub that uses this service.

I've updated Reader's Corner with the list of bookclub titles available for bookclub members. The title list with sysnopsis will be updated as soon as I receive it.

In addition the cost of membership to the Eastern Regional Libraries bookclub has increased to $220.

Cheers, Maryanne

New hours for Healesville Library

Healesville Library has re-opened in the new building with some new hours.

Monday - Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-7pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-12noon
Sunday closed

Check with library staff for the best times to visit if you need assistance with reference enquiries.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Croydon Library open 10am-4pm Sunday 7th November - Maroondah Festival

Croydon Library will have extended opening hours for the Maroondah Festival, opening from 10am-4pm on Sunday 7th November.

Activities include:

Music Storytime
Come and have fun -  singing, stories and musical instruments

When: Sunday 7th November 10am
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event

Badge workshop
Make badges for your bag or clothes. Teen activity

When: Sunday 7th November 1-3:30pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event

Flamenco guitarist
When: Sunday 7th November 2pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday @ your library - do you know your shopping rights?

Refunds, repairs, lay-bys and faulty goods - do you know your rights as a consumer?

Staff from Consumer Affairs will be talking about shoppers’ rights and will also be happy to take questions about your consumer problems.

When: Friday 19th November 12noon
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 98011422 or book online - Shopping

Cheers, Maryanne

Lunch in the Library – Meet Nick Anchen for a celebration of the Dandenong Ranges

Writer/photographer Nick Anchen grew up in Croydon in sight of the Dandenong Ranges. He has explored the Dandenongs on foot, bicycle and by car documenting their beauty and history. Since establishing his publishing firm Sierra Publishing in 2007, Nick has produced a number of publications on the Ranges including Images of the Dandenongs, Puffing Billy in the Modern Era and Macarthur Job's Disaster in the Dandenongs.
Join Nick for a celebration of the special place that is the Dandenong Ranges

When: Thursday 18th November 12:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Nick Anchen

Cheers, Maryanne

Spells, squibs and howlers! Come along to the Harry Potter quiz to end them all



Take your place in the quiz halls of fame and glory! Our Harry Potter quizzes are enjoyed by both hardcore and casual fans.
  • Dress up as your favorite character 
  • Magical creatures true or false
  • Name that spell quiz
  • Seen that scene (video quiz)
  • Magical feast and tasty treats (pizza and snacks)
  • Door raffle to win great prizes
When: Wednesday 17th November 5:30-7pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640 or book online - Harry Potter

Cheers, Maryanne

Montrose Gardeners presents "Salvias for Everyone"

Karen Meewissen, a member of the Salvia Study Group of Victoria will introduce you to the fascinating world of Salvias, at The Bridge Community Garden Centre.

Did you know:
  • that Salvias flower all year round?
  • that Salvias can be propagated by cuttings, division and seed?
  • that there are many different flower colours - pink, red, white, blue
To see Salvias in bloom at any time of the year, you can visit the Salvia Display Garden at Nobelius Heritage Park in Emerald. And for more information including how to become a member of the Salvia Study Group, visit their website www.salvias.org.au

Tea & coffee provided

When: Tuesday 16th November 1pm
Where: The Bridge Community Garden Centre, 49 Durham Road, Kilsyth
Cost: Gold Coin Donation please
Bookings essential phone 9728 4224 or 9725 1932  or book online - Salvias

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beginning Family History, where to begin with Ann Dixon

Interested in researching your family history but not sure how to begin? Start the hunt for your ancestors with Ann Dixon.

When: Saturday 13th November 11am
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9294 1300

Cheers, Maryanne

Supernovae and other great astronomical events with Dr James Murray

Supernovae, eclipses, comets and meteor showers. We can explain them all now but to the ancients they inspired fear and awe and portended great events on Earth. From the comet in the Bayeux tapestry to the Nativity star James Murray brings modern astronomy and ancient history together in a tour of great astronomical events

When: Thursday 11th November 6:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: $4
Bookings essential phone 97547266

Cheers, Maryanne

Photography Focus - Discover Europe

Denise Hibbs has just returned from a trip around Europe.  She will be showing some spectacular photographs of her travels. Come along and enjoy this presentation.  This is the last session for 2010. Refreshments provided.

When: Thursday 11th November 2:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All branches and mobiles of Eastern Regional Libraries are closed for Cup Day


All branches and mobiles of Eastern Regional Libraries will be closed on Tuesday 2nd November for Cup Day.

Items may be returned through the bookchute (note Croydon Library bookchute is closed). If you know your user ID (library card number starting 20023) and PIN then items may be renewed via the web catalogue.

Cheers, Maryanne

Ranges Mobile is off the road today Wednesday 27th October

The Ranges Mobile is off the road today due to a lack of drivers. Apologies for any inconvenience. Items may be returned to another branch or mobile, renewed via our website catalogue. If you have any issues please contact us via the contact form on the website.

Cheers, Maryanne

Find out how to use Ancestry and Find My Past in your Family History research

Frustrated with not getting the most out of Ancestry.com library edition and the Find My Past database, then attend this talk presented by Gail White.

Refreshments provided

When: Saturday 6th November 11am
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Ringwood Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 98700177

Cheers, Maryanne

At the next Growville Growers - Learn all about Bonsai

Join us for an informative talk as we host speakers from the Waverley Bonsai Club at our Growville Growers' November meeting.

When: Friday 5th November 2pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gully Gardeners growing heirloom vegetables

Graeme George from Earthcare Permaculture, will talk about the advantages of growing tradition heirloom vegatables in the home garden, rather than the 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: Thursday 4th November 2:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Gold coin donation
No need to book, come along, all welcome.

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Family History resources at Eastern Regional Libraries

On the Eastern Regional Libraries radio show last week Kathy discussed the latest Family & Local History books at our libraries:

Family History
Saltwater in the Ink: Voices from the Australian Seas by Lucy Sussex
This book covers a selection of sea‐diaries, amateur newspapers and letters from the 1800’s and covers the sea voyages. Many immigrants had little else to do on the ship, beyond childcare and other domestic tasks, for on the ships they did not need to work for their food, so many took up their quill pen. They
could be called Victoria blogs.

Researching Your Family History with Victorian land Records. AIGS
This book describes types of records and time periods, gives source locations and basic research principles.

Write Your Life Story: How to Organise and Record Your Memories for Family and Friends to Enjoy. 4th ed., by Michael Oke
This book takes you through the whole process from thinking about it to starting to write, then once it is
finished; there are suggestions for how you want it presented and options for publishing your words.

Getting the Most Out of Findmypast.com.au by Rosemary Kopittke
Subscriptions to online history and genealogy research sites are not cheap so it pays to know how to use them most effectively. Getting the most out of findmypast.com.au includes many examples and tips on how to achieve the most from your searches.

How Did They Get Here?: Arrivals after 1924 by Cora Num
Topics covered include: Using the National Archives of Australia resources, passenger records, naturalisation records, alien and internee records, Hamburg passenger lists, FamilySearch, child and youth migration schemes, online newspapers, Google books, Trove, finding ships' pictures, pictorial databases, Immigration Photographic Archive and Welcome Walls.

Family History on the Cheap by Shauna Hicks
'Family History on the Cheap' examines a broad range of topics including family sources, whether someone has already researched the family, when to use professional researchers, how to obtain discounts, what sites are free, how to plan and organize your research and how to maximise research results from your trips to archives and libraries. An Australian book

What Was The Voyage Really Like? A Brief Guide to Researching Convict and Immigrant Voyages to Australia and New Zealand by Shaun Hicks
Many of us wonder what the actual voyage was like and there are numerous resources that can be used to compile a detailed account of the voyage and what our ancestors would have experienced during the trip. Passenger lists outline who was on the ship ‐ how many people and how many births and deaths occurred on board. There may also be health officer's reports and other ship reports to be found in the Colonial Secretary's correspondence in the various State Archives.

Vietnam Remembered: Updated Edition. Ed. Gregory Pemberton
This thorough account is the whole story of the Vietnam conflict, covering Australia’s foreign policy, national politics, and social attitudes. It contains an updated Roll of Honour of those who served in the Vietnam War.


Local History 

North Ringwood Uniting Church Fifty Years: 1960-2010

City of Knox Historical Street & Road Names by Ray Peace
(Covering Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Lysterfield, Rowville, Scoresby, The Basin, Upper Ferntree Gully, Wantirna and Wantirna South)

The Yarra Valley Historical: A brief look at early life in the valley and outer eastern suburbs during the mid 1800s to the 1900s.

Valley of hidden treasures : exploring the Warburton Highway 2010
A community volunteer publication featuring the Warburton Highway tourism highlights.

Yarra Junction: A Pictorial History compiled by Val Smith

Cheers, Maryanne

History Week 24th - 31st October - come along to the fantastic events at the library

It's History Week this week and the library, in conjunction with various historical societies, is putting on a range of events.

Check out the History Week program of events

Events include:

The Cup: history and fashion
Thursday 28th October 2:30pm at Ferntree Gully Library
Ann Dixon will discuss the history of women’s fashion at the Melbourne Cup, showing fashion images from the races and women’s fashions from 1860-1960. Ann will bring a selection of fashion items.

Price It! Antiques appraisal and valuation
Friday 29th October 12noon at Knox Library
Bring along ONE treaure to be appraised and valued by antique expert Lester DeVere.
 
Cheers, Maryanne

SMS notification for holds and overdues

Library users now have the option to be notified via SMS when their hold is ready to be collected or when their items are overdue.

On your next library visit, please advise staff you wish to adjust your membership record for SMS notification, it only takes a few seconds. Make sure you provide staff with the correct number.

We also have email notification, for members who prefer to receive emails.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, October 22, 2010

Composting and worm farming, create a more sustainable household

Join Shannon,our Shire Waste Collection Officer for an informative talk on worms and create a more sustainable household.

Morning tea provided.

When: Saturday 6th November 11am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle St, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59671588

Cheers, Maryanne

Some photos of the new Healesville Library

I've been busy uploading photos of the new Healesville Library that will also share facilities with Swinburne University and the Shire of Yarra Ranges. I'll be adding descriptions next week, I just wanted to upload as many as I could.

Healesville Library Flickr

Cheers, Maryanne

Spooky stories with Galosh the Gnome at Halloween Happening

Halloween is a special time and to celebrate Galosh the Gnome will be joining us for a special spooky Storytime. Stay on for a piece of our spookalicious Halloween cake.

Suitable for ages 5 – 10

When: Sunday 31st October 1:30pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson St, Lilydale
Cost:  $3 per child
Bookings essential phone 92943120

Cheers, Maryanne

Celebrate Children's Week 2010 with Mary Mary and her canary

Loads of fun with children's entertainer Mary Mary and her forgetful canary Clare.

When: Wednesday 27th October 11am
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9754 7266 or book online - Mary Mary

Cheers, Maryanne

Andrew Fraser - Snouts in the trough withdrawn from sale in Victoria

Just passing on some news for anyone with holds on Andrew Fraser's book Snouts in the trough, concerning corruption in the Victorian Police force. It has been withdrawn from sale in Victoria so the Eastern Regional Libraries order will not be fulfilled. At present there are 2 copies circulating in the Swift Consortium however there are already 29 holds on the copies.

Cheers, Maryanne

Sing and dance with Paul Jamieson at a Teddy Bear's Picnic during Children's Week


Sing and dance with the Music Man Paul Jamieson. Bring a picnic and have lunch beside the lake. BYO teddy bear.

When: Monday 25th October 11am
Where: Lilydale Lake Cottage, Swansea Rd, Lilydale Melway Ref: 38 G6
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 972943120 or book online - Music Man

Cheers, Maryanne

Celebrate Children's Week 2010 with author Lee Fox & the Ten Little Hermit Crabs

Join in the adventures of the Ten Little Hermit Crabs presented by author Lee Fox. Suitable for ages 0-6 years.

When: Saturday 23rd October 11am
Where: Mt Evelyn Library, 50 Wray Crescent, Mt. Evelyn
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97363851 or book online - Lee Fox

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dust off your ghost or Batman costume & celebrate Halloween Hullabaloo for kids

Come celebrate Halloween dressed in your spookiest costumes, for a performance of Where are the wild things? by Carp Productions.

Finish off the night with some freaky food. Be there or be scared.

When: Friday 29th October 6:30pm
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
Cost: $4 per child pay on the night
Bookings essential phone 98011422 or book online - Halloween

Cheers, Maryanne

What's in a Name? Stories behind the street names of Lilydale

Sandy Ross, President of Lilydale & District Historical Society, will talk about 50 of Lilydale’s streets and their names. Sandy is the author of the book What’s in a Name? and has spent years researching the stories behind Lilydale’s street names.

When: Tuesday 26th October 7pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92943120

Cheers, Maryanne

Are we safer in the air than on the road? Meet aviation expert and author Macarthur Job OAM

Macarthur Job has spent his working life in the aviation industry, firstly as a pilot, then with the Department of Civil Aviation as Senior Inspector of Aircraft Safety, and finally as the author of numerous books and articles on the subject of aircraft safety.

His book Disaster in the Dandenongs published in 2008 deals with the fatal Kyeema air crash on 25th October 1938, 72 years ago.

A former managing editor of the prestigious industry journal Aircraft, Mac Job was awarded an OAM in 2003 "for services to the promotion of aviation safety".


Refreshments provided.

When: Tuesday 26th October 1pm
Where: Montrose Library, Corner Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road & Swansea Road, Montrose
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97284224

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Enjoy Bollywood dancing, fancing painting & storytime at Healesville's Fun 4 Kids Day


Bring the kids along to Fun 4 Kids Day proudly brought to you by Yarra Valley Community Health Service


 Activities include:
  • Launch of the High Risk Bushfire Kit
  • Music and fun with Mary Mary and her Canary at 11am
  • Bollywood Dancing
  • Face painting
  • Storytime
  • Healesville Sanctuary
When: Tuesday 26th October 10am-1pm
Where: Healesville Memorial Hall, 237 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Enquiries phone 1300 131 381

Cheers, Maryanne

Gully Gardeners - visit Australian Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.

October's Gully Gardeners will be a bus trip to Australian Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. BYO lunch or enjoy a meal at the Boonerwurrung Café, with enticing views over the Australian Garden.  Approximate time of arrival back at Coonara House is 3.30pm.

When: Monday 25th October 10:30am
Where: Meet at Coonara House, 22 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully at 10.15am
Cost: $13.55 (entrance & 1 hour tour of the garden)
Bookings essential phone 97587081

Cheers, Maryanne

Book now for 3 amazing events in Oct/Nov - Holly Kerr Forsyth, Lise Rodgers, Di Morrissey

Eastern Regional Libraries is excited to have the following guests in October/November:

Brunch with Holly Kerr Forsyth
When: Sunday 24th October 10am
Where: Rose Cottage, 251 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Monbulk
Cost: $30 ($27 conc) includes a delicious brunch

Garden designer, historian & author. Holly's gardens have been featured in Vogue Living, Home Beautiful and Country Style. Holly writes a regular column for the Weekend Australian.

Book online Five Star Holly


The Three Rs According to Jane: Reading, Writing & Romance
When: Friday 5th November 7pm
Where: Montrose Town Centre, 935 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose
Cost: $30 ($27 conc) includes dinner

The charm of Jane Austen is captured in this, the latest performance by actor Lise Rodgers

Book online Five Star Lise


Morning Tea with Di Morrissey
When: Tuesday 9th November 10am
Where: Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood East
Cost: $10 ($7 conc) includes morning tea

Take this opportunity to meet one of Australia’s best loved and biggest selling authors over morning tea at the Karralyka Centre. Di will talk about her latest book Plantation. Copies of Di’s books will be available for sales and signing. This is a great chance to buy that early Christmas gift.

Book online Five Star Di

More details:
Five Star Series brochure (PDF, 2 pages 722KB)

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Guitar hero show down held at Croydon Youth Centre EVs a success

On Friday the 8th October Eastern Regional Libraries (ERL) Youth Services Librarians co-ran a guitar hero game competition entitled Guitar hero show down with the Youth Services team of Maroondah City Council, held at EV's, the local youth centre in Croydon.

The competition was fierce and the guitar skills were masterly, after a sudden death round involving the remaining three survivors a victor was clear and a prize ceremony followed, bestowing iTunes vouchers, movie tickets from the local cinema and epic amounts of fame and glory to boot. Fun was had by all, with mighty competitors and cheering groupies all sharing pizza and laughs after the competition.

A big thanks to the friendly Youth Services staff of Maroondah City Council for supplying a worthy venue and much needed equipment. An equally big thankyou to ERL Youth Services Managers Janet and Lorraine for their much needed support.

Such events promote library awareness, local teenage outreach and valued networking opportunities between ERL and Maroondah city council. stay tuned for you next exciting adventure in library outreach @ ERL
Adam, Youth Services Librarian
Croydon Library

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Melbamania: A Diva's Day Out - Sue Thompson chats about Australia's first diva

Melba was Australia’s royalty and rock star of the 1900s. When it was announced she would return to Lilydale during her visit to Australia since becoming famous on the world stage in the 1880s, the whole town galvanised into action.

Writing of her one-day whirlwind visit on November 8, 1902 the Punch magazine report said Melbamania had hit Lilydale.

Author Sue Thompson spent many months researching that visit for her book A Diva’s Day Out and will give a talk about the phenomena that is Melba and why she became our nation’s first Diva and was treated like royalty and mobbed like a rock star by the masses of Melburnians.

A History Week special event presented by the Lilydale & District Historical Society.

When: Saturday 23rd October 2pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92943120 or book online - Melba

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, October 11, 2010

Marion Wheatland discusses Antarctica and spinning

Marion is leaving for Antarctica this December and she will be taking her spinning wheel. Marion will spin on the ice and the yarn will be auctioned proceeds going to Mawson's Hut Foundation. Her results will be presented in an event in March.

www.spinningyarninantarctica.com
When: Thursday 21st October 2pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640

Cheers, Maryanne

Not sure where to go next with your hunt for ancestors? Come along to Further Family History

Started researching your family history but not sure where to go next? Continue the hunt for your ancestors with Ann Dixon.

When: Thursday 21st October 2pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - family history

Cheers, Maryanne

Stringbark Festival Dunny Door competition launch at Rowville Library

The Dunny Door competition is on again at the Stringybark Festival. To celebrate we are launching the competition with a special competition of our own – the Ten Minute Dunny Door. Come in and decorate a miniature dunny door in 10 minutes. Festival Director Malcolm Russell will pick a winner. At the end we will celebrate with cake. Awesome!

When: Tuesday 19th October 4pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - dunny door

Cheers, Maryanne

Rename the Swinburne building & go in the running to win an iPad

Entries close for the 'Rename the Swinburne Building competition' on Tuesday 12th October. The winner of the competition will receive an iPad, to be presented at the centre’s official opening to be held in November.

The centre has been designed to be a place where all members of the community can come together through the provision of a range of services, information, events and activities and community spaces; a place where you feel welcome. Services that will operate in the centre include a Community Link, Eastern Regional Libraries, Swinburne University, the Toy Library and Healesville Historical Society.

View the iPad entry form (pdf, 278KB, 1 page) Entries can be left at any Yarra Ranges branch/mobile library.

Cheers, Maryanne

Buy ex-library bargain books at Eastern Regional Libraries' Monster Book Fair

The Rotary Club of Croydon together with Monkami Centre and Eastern Regional Libraries will hold a Monster Book Fair over two days.

When: Friday 15th October & Saturday 16th October 10am-4pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon

A large quantity of quality library books will go on sale and a wide choice of categories will be available. Books will range from fiction paperbacks through to hard cover fiction and non-fiction books, children’s books and educational publications. All books have been made available for sale by Eastern Regional Libraries as a result of its ongoing book replacement program.

This is a rare opportunity to browse such a diverse range and to find those special books that will be offered to you at bargain prices. Come along to the fair and pick up your bargain.

Proceeds will support local Rotary Community Service projects, Eastern Regional Libraries and Monkami.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, October 08, 2010

Winners of National Storywriting competition announced

We are please to announced the following winners and commended authors. Congratulations!

Open Section
Winner: Kate, Allans Flat - Butterflies and Dragons
Certificate of Commendation: Beverley, Heathmont – Baby Talk

Local Section
Winner: Zoe, Yarra Junction – The Persimmon
Certificates of Commendation:
Jack, Selby – Old Uncle Sir
Marian, Menzies Creek, – Climb

Teen Section
Winner: Jessica, Rowville – Buttons
Certificate of Commendation: Holly, Ringwood East – Bigger

Junior Section
Winner: Kaiden, Mount Waverley – Sibling Rivalry
Certificate of Commendation: Erin, Lilydale– Under the Sea


PRIZE GIVING EVENING

You are invited to join us for the presentation of the prize winning entries in the ERL Storywriting Competition.

Cr Adam Gill will present the awards following the reading of Rose Michael’s Judge’s Report.

When: Friday 15th October 6:30pm
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South

RSVP Janet Nolan by Thursday 14th October
Ph: 9800 6409
Email:

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New 3 month temporary memberships with access to online resources and holds

Eastern Regional Libraries is now offering a 3-month membership to the library service. Members get a temporary user ID and PIN, get instant access to the online resources and can place holds on titles in our collection. To receive a permanent library membership the person will need to visit a library to show current identification and receive their library card.

Current library members already have access to our online resources, including Britannica, ANZ Reference Centre, NovelistPLUS and Road to IELTS.

Cheers, Maryanne

Maths can be fun..find out with Bill Handley

Join us as author Bill Handley demonstrates how maths can be easy and fun. Great for those who struggle with maths and also those who like maths. Bill is the author of the Speed Mathematics books and all ages are welcome.
When: Friday 15th October 6:30pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300

Cheers, Maryanne

Not sure where to start with Family History? Come to Beginning Family History

Interested in researching your family history but not sure how to begin? Start the hunt for your ancestors with Ann Dixon

When: Friday 15th October 10am
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Ringwood Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 98700177 or book online - Family History

Cheers, Maryanne

Learn some easy manipulation techniques at Photography Focus

Lance Fishman showed his photographs on New Zealand in the June meeting.  Now Julie Adams will show her photographs of their trip to the South Island of New Zealand.

Julie will show you some quick and easy manipulation techniques and tips to try at home.

Refreshments provided

When: Thursday 14th October 2:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Enjoy lunch with author & poet Tess Evans at Ringwood's Reading Café

Tess Evans has spent a number of years working in the TAFE system teaching and counselling a wide variety of students. This diverse experience is evident in her first novel Book of Lost Threads (Allen and Unwin 2010)

In the years prior to completing her novel Tess has won a number of awards for her short stories and poetry most notably the C J Dennis Award for Poetry in 2005. Tess is currently studying for a Diploma of Professional Writing at NMIT.

When: Thursday 14th October 12:30pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Ringwood Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 98700177

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Eastern Regional Libraries' website goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

You may have noticed a slight change to the website. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we've turned our website pink to highlight the fantastic efforts of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible, no matter who they are or where they live.

BCNA supplies free information resources, including the My Journey Kit, which is a comprehensive information resource for women newly diagnosed with early breast cancer and the Hope & Hurdles Pack for women with secondary breast cancer.

Visit www.bcna.org.au or call 1800 500 258 for more information.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, October 01, 2010

We're making a few changes to our telephone auto attendant at Eastern Regional Libraries

I'm currently working on some changes to our telephone auto attendant. The first option will be:

For renewals and enquiries press 1
For opening hours press 2
For Administration press 3

I'm also grouping the branches according to size and the number of loans, so the large branches with many members renewing will appear first. This will also assist those members who don't know what council area they are in. The groups will be:

Knox, Croydon, Ringwood and Rowville
Lilydale, Belgrave, Boronia and Yarra Junction
Mooroolbark, Ferntree Gully, Healesville, Montrose and Mt Evelyn

I should have the changes uploaded to the system sometime next week.

Cheers, Maryanne
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Spring Carnival @ Mooroolbark : Ann Dixon presents 'The Cup', its history and fashion

Come and join us for a wonderful presentation about the history of the Melbourne Cup and its fashionable wear dating from the 1860s to the present day.

Ann will bring along some examples from her collection of vintage hats and costumes. All welcome. Tea and coffee provided.

When: Wednesday 13th October 2pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free event
Bookings preferred phone 97268200

Cheers, Maryanne

Today is #followalibrary day on Twitter...follow @EasternRegional and tell us what you ♥ about ERL

Friday October 1st is #followalibrary day on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, follow @EasternRegional. We'd love to know what you love about our library service as well as any ideas for improvement.

We use our Twitter account to keep you updated on all that's happening at Eastern Regional Libraries

Cheers, Maryanne
@imwebgurl

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Victoria's daylight saving starts this weekend

Victoria's daylight saving starts at 2am on Sunday 3rd October 2010. At 2am move clocks forward one hour to 3am. Daylight saving ends on Sunday 3rd April 2011.

Cheers, Maryanne

e-Library catalogue is back up, you can login and renew, search, place holds

UPDATE 9:05AM - The e-Library catalogue is back up. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

e-Library catalogue is currently unavailable

The e-Library catalogue is currently down. SirsiDynix are investigating and we'll advise when the catalogue is available. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please try again later in the day.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Don't know how to change a tyre? Come to Under the Bonnet - Car maintenance for beginners

The Under the Bonnet workshop provides an opportunity for those who are not necessarily mechanically aware - or who are new comers - to find out what makes their car tick and how to look after it, and to leave them feeling confident and road ready!


TOPICS
  • Under the bonnet
  • Change a tyre and basic tyre care
  • Jump start a car
  • Understanding what service staff are talking about
  • What to do if involved in a car accident
  • Breakdown situation
  • Safety tip - perfect seating position for driving
When: Tuesday 12th October 6:30-8pm (approx finish)
Where: Ferntree Gully Mazda Workshop,1020 Burwood Hwy., Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9294 8140 or book online - car maintenance

Cheers, Maryanne

Take a tour of Sri Lanka - The Island Jewel at Ringwood Library

Travel with John on a fascinating journey through the heart and soul of Sri Lanka. John is an experienced traveller and has many tales to tell. All welcome, refreshments provided.

When: Monday 11th October 7pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9870 0177

Cheers, Maryanne

Gully Gardeners - Learn to create a 'No Dig Garden'

Meryl from Pakenham Garden Club will demonstrate how to create a no dig garden.  No dig gardening or a raised garden bed, consists of layering organic materials on top of the soil to create a nutrient rich environments for your plants.

When: Thursday 7th October 2:30pm
Where: Coonara House, 22 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully, 3156
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bookings essential phone 9294 8140

Cheers, Maryanne

Author Ilsa Evans visits Montrose Town Centre

Ilsa Evans has written seven books, all published by Pan Macmillan. The first five books (including the three that make up the Laundry Series) are filled with fun and laughter and the reality of life in the suburbs. The sixth, Broken, is a more serious read that stems from the findings of a PhD (on the long-term effects of domestic violence) that Ilsa completed in 2005. The Family Tree, released in Feb 2009 is a mix of both the lighter and darker shades of life. Her latest book Sticks and Stones, a sequel to Broken will be released in September 2010.

When: Monday 4th October 12noon
Where: Montrose Town Centre, 935 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose - Melways Ref 52 C7
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97284224

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Be inspired at the mixed media drawing workshop at Yarra Junction Library

Draw, paint, share ideas and have fun. All welcome. Tea & coffee provided.
When: Saturday 4th October 10am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
No need to book, just come along

Cheers, Maryanne

Cooking from the garden with Ann Creber

Join us for a special luncheon as Growville Growers hosts Ann Creber for the October session. Note the special time of 12:30pm and there will be a charge of $7.50 to cover lunch. All welcome.

When: Friday 1st October 12:30pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: $7.50 (includes lunch)
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - Ann Creber

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday @ your library - Gardens for wildlife

Want to attract wildlife into your garden? Then come along and Nadine Gaskell can show you how to create your own garden, with the help of The Gardens for Wildlife program.


When: Friday 1st October 12noon
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 98011422 or book online - gardens

Cheers, Maryanne

Ranges Mobile won't be at Belgrave Heights today 23rd September

The Ranges Mobile will not be going to Belgrave Heights today 23rd September due to rostering difficulties. We apologise for any inconvenience. If you are unable to return items to another branch or mobile stop or renew online, please contact us via the contact form on the website.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fractured fairytales at Croydon Library this morning



This morning the local parents and their children were treated to a brilliant fairy show provided by Carp Productions. It was loud, exciting and hilariously silly to
boot. We had an overall crowd of around 60-65 parents and kids, with some walk-ins to make up numbers.

Fun was had by all, especially the kings and queens from the audience that got to tell everybody what to do! A big thanks to Carp and a big thanks to Croydon
staff for managing the sudden child influx in the library.
Adam, Youth Services Librarian, Croydon Library


We've got lots of cool actvities on at Eastern Regional Libraries during the holidays so check out the holiday program (pdf, 199 KB, 2 pages) and book online via our calendar.

Cheers, Maryanne

Changes to the Ranges and Valley Mobile schedules today Wednesday 22nd September 2010

Due to extreme rostering difficulties, the Ranges Mobile will only be at Sassafras today (no service to Olinda and Ferny Creek). The Valley Mobile is only going to Wonga Park (no service to Chum Creek & Dixons Creek).

We apologise for an inconvenience. If you are unable to return items to another branch mobile stop or renew online, please contact us via the contact form on the website.

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Library closed due to a burst water main in Knox City Shopping Centre

Due to a burst water main the whole of Knox City Shopping Centre will be closed until further notice, including Knox Library. The book chute is open for returning items. We apologise for any inconvenience and will keep you updated once it is open again.

Leader News: Burst water main shuts Knox City

1:54PM UPDATE: Knox Library will re-open at 3PM Wednesday 22nd September

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Having problems using your mobile phone? Get help at this event

Having problems using your mobile phone? Sally from the Tesltra Shop and her volunteers will be here to assist you with any brand of mobile phone.


When: Thursday 30th September 2-4pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - mobile phone

Cheers, Maryanne

Ranges Mobile won't be at Macclesfield today Tuesday 21st September 2010

The Ranges Mobile won't be at Macclesfield this afternoon (2:30-4:30PM). Apologies for the inconvenience. If you are unable to return your items to another branch or mobile stop please contact us via the website and we will extend the due date for you.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, September 17, 2010

Montrose Library bookchute was accidently closed...sorry

We apologise that the Montrose Library bookchute was accidently left locked last night. Please speak to library staff if there are any issues regarding this.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Join author and publisher Nick Anchen at our Literary Lunch to share his love of the Dandenong Ranges

Since his childhood in Croydon Nick Anchen has always had a love of the Dandenong Ranges. He has explored the area extensively and his publications testament to that knowledge and attachment. In addition to his own work Nick has published two books by Macarthur Job, the second of which, Into Oblivion is a change of format and geography being concerned with the loss of the aircraft Southern Cloud in the Snowy Mountains.

Please join us for a fascinating literary lunch.

When: Thursday 30th September 12:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - Nick Anchen

Cheers, Maryanne

Do 2 hours study in 10 minutes. Bill Handley will show you how

Bill Handley from Learning Unlimited Australia will demonstrate how to
  1. Overcome exam nerves
  2. Learn more in less time,with less effort
  3. Memorise what you read as you read it, what you hear as you hear it, and recall it under pressure.
  4. Improve concentration and understanding
Suitable for secondary school students.

When: Wednesday 29th September and Saturday 9th October 11am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59671588 or book online - 2 hours study

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ranges Mobile is off the road tomorrow 16th September 2010

Due to rostering issues the Ranges Mobile is off the road tomorrow 16th September 2010. This affects Upwey Shops and Belgrave Heights sites. Apologies for any inconvenience. Items may be returned to any of our branches or renewed online. If you can't do either of these please contact us via the website contact form.

Cheers, Maryanne

Join us at Boronia for 'Storytime in the Mall'


Come join us in the Boronia Mall (next to the Post Office) for some very special storytimes.

Monday - Under the Sea
Tuesday - Stomping Dinosaurs
Wednesday - Cheeky Monkeys
Thursday - As Quiet as Mice
Friday - Bob the Builder

When: Monday 20th - Friday 24th September 10am & 2pm daily
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099

Cheers, Maryanne

Recycled fashion parade

Boronia Library in conjunction with The Salvation Army will be hosting a Spring Racing Carnival fashion parade in the library.  All clothing & accessories are recycled.

All clothing modelled on the night will be for sale.  There will also be other goods for sale separately.  All proceeds to The Salvos.

When: Friday September 17th 7pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Clothing on the night will be for sale
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online fashion parade

Cheers, Maryanne

Hearing Australia conducting free hearing tests for pensioners

Pensioners - do you suspect you may have a hearing problem? Hearing Australia are offering free hearing tests for pensioners at the Rowville Library. Individual appointments so bookings are essential

When: Thursday 16th September 10am-1:30pm.
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 9294 1300

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New art gallery on the 4 kids website

Mikayla aged 13
I've made a few changes to the 4 kids site including the expansion of the 4 kids art gallery to it's own page.


If you've got kids that like to draw and want to send me a drawing I'll scan it and upload it to the 4 kids website for everyone to see. 

View 4Kids art gallery 

You'll also notice that I've added information for storytimes, toddlertime and tinytots to the 4 kids page. It's the one palce to go for kid's activities

Cheers, Maryanne

Ranges Mobile is off the road today 14th September

Due to rostering issues the Ranges Mobile is off the road today 14th September 2010. This affects Walmsley and Kirkbrae Villages and Macclesfield. Apologies for any inconvenience. Items may be returned to any of our branches or renewed online. If you can't do either of these please contact us via the website contact form.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Having trouble with Maths? Bill Handley makes Maths fun

Speed Maths
Learn to solve problems simplier and quicker with Bill Handley's Speed Maths.  You'll be multiplying 96 x 97 in your head in no time!  For the whole family.  Teachers welcome.

When: Saturday 11th September 10:30am
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099


Fun with Maths
Bill Handley from Learning Unlimited takes the work out of learning and makes it fun!

Discover learning and math strategies that will astound you! A session for children and parents together.

When: Tuesday 14th September 6:30pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97268200

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Mobile will be off the road tomorrow, Friday 10th September 2010

Knox Mobile will be off the road on Friday 10th September due to rostering difficulties. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Items can be returned at any of our branches or renewed via the web catalogue if you know your PIN

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Rowville Library will be re-opening on Thursday 9th September



I've been setting up the 3 Self Check units at Rowville Library today and they look fantastic. I've named them Bella, Buzz and Buffy.

Rowville Library will re-open at 9am tomorrow morning and staff will be guiding you in their use. It's really easy.

Cheers, Maryanne

Our Chief Executive talks about the introduction of Self Check at our libraries

Joseph Cullen, Eastern Regional Libraries' Chief Executive, answers some questions about the introduction of Self Check in our libraries in his latest blog entry.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Report has finished, records are unlocked and you can place holds

I just got back from the long weekend and caught up with the news that the report that was causing grief on Friday finished at 8:02PM on Friday night. This means there is no longer an issue with locking records and you can get back to placing holds.

All items that were returned on Friday will have been checked in and back dated to that date so there are no charges.

Sorry for any inconvenience

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, September 03, 2010

Records locked causing an issue with some items being checked in

Due to a consortium report that has been running all day in error and editing all items in the database some items are locked when staff attempt to check them in. If the report does not finish tonight, please note that all items will be clearcharged from members cards as soon as staff are able to do so. This will clear the overdue charge on the card if the item is not checked in on the day it was returned.

Also, you will probably still have issues placing holds via the e-Library catalogue. Keep trying over the weekend.

We apologise for any inconvenience. This issue is out of our control.

I will try to update everyone via the blog over the weekend.

Cheers, Maryanne

Our natural environment - unique plants and animals of Healesville

Celebrate Landcare Week. Karen Garth from Mt.Toolebewong Landcare Group will talk about the unique plants and animals of the area and discuss living in harmony with the local environment.

When: Thursday 9th September 2pm
Where: Healesville Library, 231 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59624423 or book online - environment

Cheers, Maryanne

Beginning Family History - start the hunt for your ancestors

Interested in researching your family history but not sure how to begin? Start the hunt for your ancestors with Ann Dixon.

When: Tuesday 7th September 2pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92943120 or book online family history

Cheers, Maryanne

Some issues placing holds via e-Library this morning

You may have experienced some difficulty placing holds via the e-Library catalogue this morning.

A consortium report has been running and has locked records causing some difficulty in the branches and with placing holds. Its out of our control and the report should be finished soon. Perhaps log in later in the afternoon and try placing the hold again.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, September 02, 2010

What my library means to me ....er you - some of your entries

Rowville Library recently ran a competition - "What my library means to me"

Thanks to everyone who responded...here are just a few of the entries:

"My library means to me a castle of books. It is where my mood changes and in here I am able to find every book of the world. It is a bank of knowledge and information. It gives me flying ideas and encourages me to create the best think in the world" (Sejal, winner of the children's prize)

"My library means to me a very special place to be.
Memories of my kids at storytime,
Singing and learning a nursery rhyme.
Stories feeding childhood imagination,
Looks on their sweet faces pure fascination
The place my children first picked up a book,
Delightfully squealing "Hey mummy come look!"" (Vikki, adult winner)

"My library is better than home – the air is clean, brightly lit and spacious. It is comfortable and inspiring. From the sea of strangers, I meet my community here."

"I tell my friends what a brilliant asset my library is – it has moved with the modern age. The online facilities in particular are so convenient and also so powerful; being able to find holdings around the state and reserve for pickup where I want is wonderful"

"My library is a fantastic source for entertainment and information. It is so easy to use and convenient – a facility that has really leapt into a modern age with an on line system that really works for users benefit. I am amused, entertained and informed – courtesy of my library"

"Smiles & services, stimulating & switched on, savvy & scholastic, solace & soul sustenance, science & students, sociable & snug, silence & shelter, special & safe, a stupendous smorgasbord"

"My library is a great asset and source of entertainment and information. No grumpy staff, just people willing to assist with books, dvds, cds, course, information talks and access to online facilities. The ERL hours and branches are convenient and the online search, renew and hold is brilliant."

"The Rowville Library is my sanctuary, somewhere to escape, somewhere to relax, somewhere to be free, free of time, free of chores, free to be me. Thank you"

What does the library mean to you? I'd love to read your comments.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Confused with buying and selling on ebay? Free workshop at Yarra Junction Library

  1. Want to dispose of redundant goods
  2. Have an eye for a bargain
  3. Need help with the technology
Please Join Egon Fink, a successful "ebayer" for ten years, demystify this popular means of selling.

When: Thursday 2nd September 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59671588 or book online - ebay

Cheers, Maryanne

Composting and worm farming - let worms do the work for you

Shannon Smythe, Waste Education Officer, Shire of Yarra Ranges will introduce you to the world of worm farming and composting. Learn how easy it is to let worms do the work for you in return for feeding them kitchen scraps.

When: Thursday 2nd September 1pm
Where: Healesville Library, 231 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59624423

Cheers, Maryanne

Want to know about home brewing? Come to a Beer Tasting at Boronia Library

Have you ever wanted to try making your own beer? Peter Howell from The Brewer's Den in Boronia will be offering his homebrew for you to sample.  Peter will be available to answer all of your questions too.

We still have plenty of place still available.

When: Wednesday 1st September 6:30pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online - Beer Tasting

Cheers, Maryanne

Enter the competition to rename the Swinburne building. The prize is a new iPad

Yarra Ranges Council are calling on all members of the Healesville community to put their thinking and creative hats on to rename the Swinburne building.

The centre has been designed to be a place where all members of the community can come together through the provision of a range of services, information, events and activities and community spaces; a place where you feel welcome. Services that will operate in the centre include a Community Link, Eastern Regional Libraries, Swinburne University, the Toy Library and Healesville Historical Society.

View the iPad entry form (pdf, 278KB, 1 page) Entries can be left at any Yarra Ranges branch/mobile library

Cheers, Maryanne

Rowville Library closed 6th-8th September inclusive

Rowville Library will be closed from Monday 6th September re-opening on Thursday 9th September for security gates and self check units to be installed.

There will be 3 self check units at Rowville (I'm naming them Bella, Buzz and Buffy) and we'll be on hand to show you how to use them. Its very easy.

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, August 30, 2010

How to recognise a scam and what to do if you have been scammed

A scam is a scheme designed to take your money dishonestly or deceitfully, and give you little or nothing in return.

In 2007, 1.3 million Victorians were exposed to scams, of these, 87,500 fell victim to a scam losing a total of $250 million.

The staff of Consumer Affairs Victoria will provide information and answer questions on how to recognize a scam, and what to do if you feel you have been scammed.

Stay on for afternoon tea following the talk.

When: Wednesday 1st September 1pm
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59671588

Cheers, Maryanne

Make suncatchers and snow globes and more at our holiday activities Sept 20-Oct 1

The September/October holiday program has just been uploaded on the website and its packed with lots of amazing things to do - Drumming workshop, Suncatchers, Rocket Snow Globes and Bopping with Bethany. View the holiday program (pdf, 199 KB, 2 pages)
Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, August 27, 2010

Today's the last day for entries to the Storywriting competition

Have you finished off your story and submitted your entry to our National Storywriting competition? Entries close today 27th August 2010.

You can drop off your entries at any of our branches or mobiles. If you are posting entries to us then they must be postmarked with todays date. Any entries posted after today will not be accepted

Download the entry form (PDF 257KB, 2 pages)

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fromelles Soldiers - recovery, identification and re-burial

Major-General Mike O'Brien will give a presentation to the Eastern Regional Libraries Military History Group, on the recovery, identification and re-burial of the World War One Australian & British Soldiers discovered in the Mass graves at Pheasant Wood, France.

For this Special Presentation, it will be hosted at the

When: Friday 27th August 2pm
Where: Croydon RSL Clubrooms, Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon (near Civic Sq Melways J 4)
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640

Cheers, Maryanne

Find out about Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Have you been recently diagnosed with Diabetes or is there a family history of the condition? Come along to a presentation with Lynne Pharoah-Hamer, diabetes educator and cardiac nurse (Knox Community Health Services) about diabetes, nutrition, pre-diabetes and the warning signs.

When: Thursday 26th August 2:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, August 20, 2010

Australian Children's Book of the Year award winners

The winners of the Children's Book of the Year Awards have been announced and can be viewed at the Children's Book Council website.

Congratulations to:

David Metzenthen - Jarvis 24 (Older Readers)
Odo Hirsch - Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool (Younger Readers)
Lisa Shanahan - Bear & Chook by the Sea Illus: Quay, Emma (Early Childhood)
Gregory Rogers - The Hero of Little Street (Picture Book)
Peter Macinnis - Australian Backyard Explorer (Eve Pownall Award Non Fiction)

Cheers, Maryanne

New design for What's new @ your library & Reader's Corner Reviews blogs

You may have noticed that I've been tweaking the design for the What's new @ your library and Reader's Corner Reviews blogs. This is so that it matches the design for the new website I've been working on.

I hope to have some screenshots of the new site for you next week.

Cheers, Maryanne