Monday, December 12, 2011

Ranges Mobile Library update

The Ranges Mobile will be off the road tomorrow - Tuesday 13th December.
We will keep you updated as to any progress with the repairs.

Paul.

New eBook titles added to the eLibrary

We have recently added another 2000 eBooks to our eLibrary. These are all ready to be downloaded and read now. Amongst the titles you will find online are:
'Red Dog' by Louis De Bernieres
'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo
'And another thing - the world according to Clarkson' by Jeremy Clarkson
'Nine Dragons' by Michael Connelly
'Chelsea Mansions' by Barry Maitland
'The Fry Chronicles' by Stephen Fry
'After Romulus' by Raimond Gaita
'The Graveyard Book' by Neil Gaiman
'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert
'Death by Water' by Kerry Greenwood
'Jamie's 30 Minute Meals' by Jamie Oliver
'Impractical Jokes' by Charlie Pickering
'The Happiest Refugee' by Anh Do
'The Eye of the Storm' by Patrick White
'American Journeys' by Don Watson
and many, many others.
If the eBook has been checked out already you are able to put a reservation on it and will be sent an email when it is your turn to borrow.

Happy eReading,
Cheers, Paul.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Library displays win competition

PLVN Children's Week Competition for the best promotional display for the
Let's Go Baby-O! Storytime. 
Ferntree Gully won First prize in the Metropolitan Section which means they will have a visit from the author and illustrator of the book Andrew and Janet McLean. 


Ringwood took out Second Prize winning 20 picture books and additonal posters for their entry.

Knox Mobile Library and Wantirna Mall

The Knox Mobile will not be attending the Wantirna Mall site until further notice. This is due to car park redevelopment.

The nearest site to Wantirna Mall is Bayswater.
The mobile stops there:-

Tues 9.30 - 11.30
Thurs 3.00 - 5.00
Sat 9.00 - 12.00

Paul.

Ranges Mobile Library Urgent Repairs

Our apologies but the Ranges Mobile Library will not be on the road today - it requires some urgent repairs. We will keep you updated.

Paul.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

On the road again - Knox Mobile Library

The parts have turned up, the mechanics have fitted them and the Knox Mobile is on the road again. Normal services have been resumed. You can visit the Mobile in Scoresby at 3pm this afternoon.

Paul.

Problems with the Knox Mobile Library

Our apologies but we are not able to put the Knox Mobile Library on the road until we have fixed a problem with its brake lights. It is at the Knox depot at the moment and we are waiting for some spare parts to be delivered. Once the mechanics give us the go ahead we will have it out and about once again.

In the meantime if you have any items to be returned they can go back to any of our other branches or you can ring us on 1300 737 277 to renew your items.

Paul.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New audiobooks in eLibrary

We have just added another 334 audiobooks to the eLibrary collection available through our website by clicking on the 'eBooks eLibrary' button. All of these audiobooks are available to download from home. Amongst the literary gems you can now listen to are Bill Bryson's 'Downunder', Joanne Harris' 'Chocolat', Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'.

Enjoy!

Paul.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Knox Mobile off the road Friday 24th November

Our apologies but the Knox Mobile Library will not be visiting Wantirna Mall, The Basin and Alchester Village today.

Paul.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Croydon Library closed Wednesday night

Our apologies but due to a burst water main the Croydon library will not be open tonight - Wednesday 23rd November.

You can renew items by telephoning one of our other branches or by going online and renewing via our website.

Paul.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mobile libraries off the road

The Valley and Ranges Mobiles will be off the road on the following dates:

Ranges mobile will not be on the road - Monday 21st November 2011.
Valley mobile will not be on the road - Thursday 24th  November 2011.

Items can be returned any of Eastern Regional Libraries' branches or you can phone 1300 737 277 to renew.

Apologies for the inconvenience.



Monday, November 14, 2011

Mooroolbark Growers & Weeders Lunch at Paperbark Cafe - Kuranga Native Nursery

The Mooroolbark Growers & Weeders will celebrate the end of our gardening year with a lunch and guided tour of the Kuranga Native Nursery.

Kuranga Native Nursery is a retail nursery specialising in Australian native flora. Widely regarded as one of Australia’s foremost native nurseries, Kuranga has been propagating and selling Australian native plants since 1983.

Enjoy a relaxing lunch with our gardening group, browse through the huge range of Australian native plants, maybe pick up a Christmas present or two in the gift shop.

When: Wednesday  30th November 1pm
Where: Meet at Kuranga Native Nursery, 118 York Road Mt Evelyn at 1pm. (Melway ref: 52 K3)
Cost: Lunch at own cost
Bookings essential phone 97268200 or book online - Kuranga

Cheers, Maryanne

Dreaming of Dior: Charlotte Smith discusses the amazing Dartnell collection

In 2004 Charlotte Smith’s Quaker godmother left her a magnificent collection of clothing dating from 1723 to the present. The Dartnell Collection features the world’s greatest designers and has been continually augmented by donations and bequests from companies and fashion conscious benefactors. The collection features over 5500 items and is a must see when visiting Sydney.

This superb collection has been celebrated in Charlotte’s two books Dreaming of Dior and the companion volume Dreaming of Chanel. Charlotte comes to us fresh from her US tour.

We will be serving a gourmet lunch box especially created by chef Stephen Wilson together with a glass of bubbly… or two.

When: Wednesday 30th November 12:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library 1010 Burwood Hwy Ferntree Gully
Cost: Cost $20 or $18 concession includes lunch and wine
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Dior

Cheers, webgurl

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas craft for kids - Snow globes

Join in the Christmas craft fun at the library: make a snow globe and an origami star decoration for your christmas tree.

BYO small jar with screw top lid (must be water tight)

When: Thursday 24th November 4pm
Where: Healesville Library, 110 River Street, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Ages: 4+ years
Bookings essential phone 59624423 or book online - Snow globes

Cheers, Maryanne

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lifestyles in the Library - Ideas to decorate your Christmas treats with Jill Hess

Jill will show you decoration ideas and techniques for your sweet treats at Christmas time

When: Thursday 24th November 2:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Literary Lunch - Meet Dolores Bellemo, author of Crazy for Italy

Dolores Bellemo was born in Malta and arrived in Australia at the age of seven. Whilst Australia is home she has a love affair with Italy. Dolores studied Italian at university and first visited that country in 1975. Since then she has been back many times and her book Crazy for Italy celebrates her love for the country its inhabitants. The book is illustrated by her husband architect and artist, Aldo Bellemo.

Dolores is the author of a number of other works and currently teaches Italian at Emerald U3A

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, November 11, 2011

Antiques evaluation with Lester Devere

Back by popular demand, Lester Devere. Bring along a piece or two for Lester to evaluate.

When: Wednesday 23rd November 6:30pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online - Antiques

Cheers, webgurl

An evening in Antarctica, Marion’s spin on the frozen continent

Join expert spinner Marion Wheatland as she talks about her adventures and take the opportunity to donate to Mawson’s Hut Foundations to help preserve Antarctica’s history. All welcome.

When: Friday 18th November 6:30pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - Antarctica

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What makes the perfect pavlova? Find out with the Boronia Cooking Club

Join the ladies of the CWA and find out how to make the perfect Pavlova

When: Friday 18th November 2pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online - Pavlova

Cheers, Maryanne

Valley Mobile update

The Valley Mobile will be off the road on the following dates:

Valley Mobile will not be on the road - Thursday 10 November 2011

Valley Mobile will not be on the road - Thursday 17 November 2011

Valley Mobile will not be on the road - Friday 18 November 2011

Items can be returned to any of Eastern Regional Libraries' branches or you can phone us on 1300 737 277 to renew.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Paul.

Calling all quilters for a quilt-in at Rowville

Calling all quilters and those who aspire! Join us at Rowville Library for a session of quilting – including demonstration, show and tell and sharing. BYO quilting projects to this relaxed and informal afternoon. All welcome.
When: Friday 18th November 2pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - quilting

Cheers, webgurl

Discover aromatherapy for health and wellbeing

Join us to learn more about the safe and personal applications of pure essential plant oils, known as Aromatherapy, for home and family use. Jane Margaret is a Health Educator and Clinical Therapist in Aromatic Medicine. She offers supportive treatments using oils, flower essences, health counselling and therapeutic massage. Jane is currently writing books for publication on her experiences and successes in this work, with treatments which can be safely used to support health and wellbeing.

When: Thursday 17th November 2pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - Aromatherapy

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Traditional Christmas lunch with a twist from seasoning a roast to puddings

Jill Hess will give us some exciting recipes to make your Christmas lunch a gourmet delight. From tasty starters to seasoning the roast and of course ideas for that Traditional Christmas pudding!

Join us and sample some of the wonderful dishes you can prepare at home to make your Christmas Day an amazing success.

We will start with a glass of bubbles! Limited places available book early!

When: Tuesday 29th November 1:30pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: $4 per person
Bookings essential phone 92943120 or book online - Christmas lunch

Cheers, Maryanne

The Eastern Regional Library 9th November 2011

Library staff members Lyn Baines, Jessica Bonner 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 week for a great show.

On today's show 
Today on Eastern FM, Jessica recapped the success of a couple of recent ERL events, namely the Boronia Salvos Parade and the Halloween Hullabaloo at Knox Library. Big thanks to the vendors, sponsors and of course the managers and staff who organised these fantastic events.

Books on review included:

Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

From the author of the notorious Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's Lullaby is a modern, dark fantasy that recounts the adventure of an unlikely group of companions in search of destroying all books that contain an ancient "culling" poem that is lethal to anyone it is recited to. Witty, sardonic and with the usual flair for wild inventions and subversive ideas, this is a fast pasced book for those who are fans of all things quirky.

Dark Lady: Winston Churchill's Mother and her world by Charles Higham

This is a compelling account of a very interesting and stunning woman. Jennie Jerome, is said to have had over 200 lovers, some younger than her own son. She was married many times, went through bankrupt several times, yet always managed to be at the top of polite society in her Parisian gowns, despite her reputation for vanity and frivolity. She was even sat in a special pew dubbed the "loose box" at Westminster Abbey during the coronation of King Edward in 1902 that was specifically reserved for royal mistresses.  Fantastic read!

Music today was "All Around Me" by Flyleaf.

---- Jessica

Continental Christmas recipes with chef Stephen Wilson

Australia does not have snow for Christmas but we can have some of the delicious dishes that are loved by generations of European families. Stephen Wilson will show you some fabulous recipes which will become part of your Christmas traditions too.

When: Thursday 17th November 10:30am
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: Free event or cost
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - Continental Christmas

Cheers, webgurl

Montrose Gardeners presents All about Herbs

Bernadette Touhy is a long-time enthusiastic member of the Herb Society of Victoria. She has been growing and using herbs for many years and is always inspired and excited by the diverse world of herbs.

Bernadette will bring lots of fresh herbs to demonstrate their aesthetic, sensory, medicinal & culinary qualities, many of which have been in use for hundreds of years.

The Herb Society of Victoria was formed more than thirty years ago by a small group of enthusiasts, and has grown over the years to a large organisation with branches throughout the state.

Tea & Coffee provided

When: Tuesday 15th November 1pm
Where: The Bridge Community Garden Centre, 49 Durham Road, Kilsyth
Cost: Gold coin donation
Bookings essential phone 97251932 (The Bridge) 9728 4224 (Montrose Library) or book online - Herbs

Cheers, webgurl

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Healesville Library will be closed on Wednesday 16th November

Healesville Library will be closed on Wednesday 16th November 2011 from 9am-5pm due to a major power supply upgrade. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cheers, webgurl

Valley Mobile will not be on the road today or Thursday

The Valley Mobile will not be on the road today or Thursday. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Items amy be returned to any branch or mobile or renewed once via the web catalogue.

Cheers, webgurl

Findmypast is seeking descendents of the HMAS Kuttabul

The following is a message we received from Findmypast.
"Next year is the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Kuttabul. In brief, three Japanese midget submarines attacked vessels in Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942. As a result, the converted ferry HMAS Kuttabul was struck by a torpedo and 21 men were killed.

Findmypast is looking for the descendants of the men that perished on this vessel. On 31 May 2012 it is planned that a commemoration ceremony will take place to remember the 21 men who lost their lives on this day. We would like to connect the descendants with the organisers so that they can be involved in this special event.

Please email Findmypast if you are a descendant of one of these men or have any information.

To the right is an image of Horace Charlton Beazley who left the Kuttabul just before midnight on 31 May 1942 to take up watch at Garden Island. The second torpedo fired by the Japanese submarine M24 ran ashore near where he was stationed but fortunately it failed to explode. He passed away on 12 November 2010 aged 90 years. He was very lucky to have survived and lived to such a good age!"
Source: Findmypast

Cheers, webgurl

Get Reading - Meet author Jessica Rudd

Jessica Rudd, 27, had three career changes in as many years - law, PR, politics - but is now going steady with her life as a writer. She hopes Ruby Blues, sequel to Campaign Ruby, will give her readers as many laughs as she had writing it. Jessica is based in Beijing.

Jessica will be signing her new book. Afternoon tea provided

When: Monday 14th November 2pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library 1010 Burwood Hwy Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
 Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Jessica Rudd

Cheers, webgurl

Photography Focus - travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway

Jim Reid has travelled extensively throughout the world. One of his favourite holidays was on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This train connects Moscow to the Sea of Japan - the longest railway in the world.

You are welcome to join us to view Jim's fantastic photographs of an incredible journey of a lifetime.

When: Thursday 10th November 2:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Railway

Cheers, Maryanne

Book Bites – Maggie Millar reads Elizabeth Jolley

Elizabeth Jolley (1923-2007) ranks as one of Australia’s greatest writers. Born in the UK she spent more than half her life in Australia. Her first book was not published until she was 53, but from then her works garnered three Miles Franklin Awards, two Premier’s Awards and earned her both an Order of Australia and a place on the list of 100 Greatest Living Treasures compiled in 1997.

Maggie Millar is an Honours graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she won the Gertrude Lawrence Award for Best Performance. Maggie has performed with the Old Vic Theatre Company, the Elizabethan Trust and JC Williamson to name but a few. Television viewers will recognise her from her roles in Bellbird, The Sullivans, Prisoner and most recently as Rosie Hoyland in Neighbours. Maggie brings to life the writings of some of our best loved authors.

Maggie is not only an actor but an accomplished artist, advocate and public speaker.

Join us for a meeting of these two remarkable women.

When: Thursday 10th November 12:30pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97363851 or book online - Jolley

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, November 07, 2011

Mainly for Men - Before the iPod, a history of mechanical music

Retired engineer John Wolff has long been fascinated by technical antiques, especially mechanical calculating machines and self-playing musical instruments. He has amassed a significant collection of both calculating and musical machines during his travels around Australia. John has restored many of these machines to working order, and has documented their history and mechanisms in a popular website.

In this session he will talk about some of the mechanical instruments that provided folk with recorded music in the days before iPods, LPs, or wind-up gramophones. The focus will be on the technical and social history of "mechanical music", with plenty of hands-on examples. There will be opportunities to examine and play some of the typical domestic instruments of the time.

Refreshments available

When: Wednesday 9th November 7pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97363851

Cheers, Maryanne

Any birdwatchers? Come to Birds of the Yarra Catchment

Peter Mason will talk about the new publication Birds of the Yarra Catchment: and where to find them.
"An excellent guide for birdwatchers visiting or living around Melbourne. Stretching from the mountains to the sea, the Yarra River catchment covers an area of approximately 4,000 square kilometres.  For each selected habitat along the river, there is a selection of birds that are likely to be seen, with particular attention given to "local special" birds."
Peter, along with other members of the Yarra Valley Branch of BOCA (Bird Observation and Conservation Australia) have been heavily involved in producing this informative book. Copies of this publication will be for sale - would make a great Christmas present!

Tea & coffee available

When: Tuesday 8th November 1pm
Where: Montrose Library Corner, Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road & Swansea Road, Montrose
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97284224 or book online - Birds Yarra

Cheers, Maryanne

Beginning Family History - get started with Ann Dixon

*Update: Apologies but we have had to cancel this event....webgurl, 7/11/2011

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

When: Tuesday 8th November 1pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92945640 or book online - Family History

Cheers, Maryanne

Congratulations to the winners of our National Poetry Competition

Thanks to every person who participated in this year's National Poetry Competition. The winners and commendations are:

Open Section: $1,000
Winner: Nelson, Parkdale – On Testicular Failure

Commended:
Nelson, Parkdale – Stardust
S J, St Kilda – Blowhole
Caitlin, Heidelberg Heights – Generation Now
John, Ashfield NSW, - Alla Noia
Gita, Kew – Night Kitchen


Local Section: $500
Winner: Donald, Belgrave – Dick and Jane on TV

Commended:
Ron, Kalorama – In the Buffet at the Station
Jenny, The Patch – What Job Do You Do?
Lia, Upwey – Hypatia’s Lost Theorem on Love
Marian, Belgrave Heights – Mission to Narnia


Teenage Section: $300
Winner: Christel, Three Bridges, - Australian Serenity

Commended:
George, Wesburn – Creating God
Rhianna, Wheelers Hill – Undine Song
Genevieve, Tecoma – Remember
Damien, Mt Waverley – Grand Final and Diversity (two commendations)


Junior Section: $200
Winner: Taman, Upwey – Defying Gravity

Commended:
Simone, Chirnside Park – War Horse
Gaia, McMahons Creek – Prophecy
Antonia, HawthornWaiting
Roland, The BasinThe Castle
Dewmi, Mount GambierThe Cottage

The Presentation Ceremnony is on Thursday 10th November 6:30pm at Croydon Library. Cr Samantha Dunn will be presenting the prizes and Alicia Sometimes, the Judge for the Competition, will read her report.

Cheers, webgurl

Ranges Mobile will not be on the road today

The Ranges Mobile will not be on the road on Monday 7th November. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Items may be returned to any branch or mobile or renewed once online via the catalogue.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Boronia Library's Fashion Parade raised $700 for the Salvos

Last Friday night Boronia Library hosted the popular Salvos Fashion Parade. The night was a great success for everyone with The Salvos raising about $700.

Thanks again to 'my' models - Judy, Bernadette, Jessica, Jasminder, Lauren (Judy's niece) & Emma (a member's daughter).

Here's a few photos from the night:

Emma


Judy



Lauren


Cheers, Linda
Boronia Library

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Ranges Mobile will not be on the road today

The Ranges Mobile will not be on the road today. We apologise for any inconvenience. Items may be returned to any branch or renewed online once via the catalogue.

Cheers, webgurl

Friday, October 28, 2011

The ERL National Year of Reading Children's Ambassador is...Adam Wallace

2012 is the National Year of Reading and we'll be celebrating big-time with a year full of events to promote reading.

We are thrilled to announce that poet and cartoonist Adam Wallace has agreed to be the National Year of Reading Children's Ambassador for ERL.

Adam writes poetry that really appeals to kids, especially boys. When he presents a workshop he presents in rhyme, also lots of fun!

We look forward to seeing quite a lot of Adam next year.

Adam Wallace - official website

Cheers, webgurl

p.s. I only wish I could have written this in rhyme

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Our libraries will be closed for Melbourne Cup Day

All Eastern Regional Libraries branches and mobiles will be closed on Tuesday 1st November 2011 for Melbourne Cup Day.

Items may be renewed online if you have your library card number (userID) and PIN. If you need to apply for your PIN you can do so on our Get a PIN form. With the public holiday it might take us a little longer to work our way through the PIN requests and website feedbacks that have come in over the weekend.

Items may be returned through the bookchute at our branches.

Have an enjoyable Melbourne Cup day everyone. If you're looking for something to do this weekend check out That's Melbourne and CitySearch. For anyone going to The Cup, check out the official Melbourne Cup site and book early.

Cheers, webgurl

Cook's Kitchen: Fresh and Fabulous with chef Stephen Wilson

Delicious vegetables and crisp salads are perfect on their own or as the accompaniment to any meal. Join chef Stephen Wilson for some fabulous dishes that you can prepare for your family and friends, including:

  • Gresh pasta salad with tomato and rocket
  • Indian Pakora
  • Tzatziki dip
  • A nut free seed mix
Stephen Wilson is a chef with over twenty five years of experience in a career that has taken him around the world and includes time spent at the Savoy and the Hilton in London. He has now returned to Melbourne where he is the proprietor of Chilled Out Cooking Classes.

When: Thursday 3rd November 1:30pm
Where: Healesville Library, 110 River Street, Healesville
Cost: $3
Bookings essential phone 59624423

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Eastern Regional Library Show 26th October 2011

Library staff members Lyn Baines, Jessica Bonner 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 week for a great show.

On today's show 
In recent years publishers have rediscovered great authors of the past & brought their books back into print. The success of Philippa Gregory's novels of the Tudors has led to novels by Jean Plaidy, Margaret Campbell Barnes & M M Kaye returning to the shelves in beautiful new covers. Georgette Heyer has never been out of print but her novels have recently been reissued again & a new biography by Jennifer Kloester has just been published. Winifred Holtby's South Riding has been made into a TV series (coming to your library soon) & more of her novels have been reprinted. Winifred's great friend, Vera Brittain, wrote a moving memoir of WWI, Testament of Youth, & the 1980 TV series based on the book has just been released on DVD. 
Lyn also promoted forthcoming talks by Maggie Millar on Elizabeth Jolley & Jessica Rudd about her new book.


---- Lyn

Valley Mobile will not be at Chum Creek or Dixon's Creek today

The Valley Mobile will not be visiting Chum Creek or Dixon's Creek sites today. We apologise for an inconvenience. Items may be returned to any branch of Eastern Regional Libraries or renewed online via the web catalogue. If you have any difficulties please contact us via the website.

Cheers, webgurl

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ranges Mobile will be off the road on Monday

The Ranges Mobile will be off the road on Monday 24th October. We apologise for any inconvenience. Items may be returned to any branch or renewed via the web catalogue.

Cheers, Maryanne

The Eastern Regional Library Show 19th October 2011

Library staff members Lyn Baines, Jessica Bonner 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 week for a great show.

On Wednesday's show 

Next week is History Week & there are a number of talks on local history happening around ERL.

Lyn focussed on history with some new books just arrived on the shelves. Athelstan by Sarah Foot is about an Anglo-Saxon king whose achievements have been overshadowed by his famous grandfather, Alfred the Great. Matilda by Tracy Borman is the biography of Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror. Young Henry by Robert Hutchinson tells the story of Henry VIII's childhood & his first glorious years as King before he became best known for executing his wives. A N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a survey of life & society in the reign of Elizabeth I.

History Week events range from Murder & Death in Ringwood with Russ Haines to Tall Tales of the Yarra Valley with Ernest Buckmaster. All the details are on our website at www.yourlibrary.com.au - just click on Calendar of Events on the right.

---- Lyn

Valley Mobile will be off the road Thursday and Friday

The Valley Mobile will be off the road today and Friday. Apologies for any inconvenience. Items may be returned to any branch or renewed online through the web catalogue.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Look good for less - come along to The Salvos Fashion Parade

'Look good for less' with The Salvos and Eastern Regional Libraries. All the fashion paraded is pre-loved and available for sale on the night. Seating is limited so bookings essential.

When: Friday 28th October 7-8:30pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099

Cheers, webgurl

Dust off that old teapot you inherited. We've got an antique evaluation with Lester DeVere

Lester Devere has over 25 years experience in the antique business as an auctioneer and commission agent. Please bring along an item for Lester to appraise.

Afternoon tea provided.

When: Friday 28th October 2pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97268200

Cheers, webgurl

Celebrate Children's Week in our libraries with storytime

National Children's Week - 22nd - 30th October 

"Lets go, baby-o!" storytime
Join us for a special storytime to celebrate Children's Week with "Lets go, baby-o!" by Janet and Andrew McLean. Morning tea provided.

When: Thursday 27th October 11am
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 98700177 or book online - Baby-o Ringwood

When: Friday 28th October 11am
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Baby-o Ferntree Gully


Bayswater West Community Café storytime
Join us at the Bayswater West Community Café for a special storytime. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate - Gold coin donation.

When: Thursday 27th October 2pm, Monday 14th November 9:30am, Thursday 1st December 2pm
Where: Bayswater West Community Café, Guy Turner Reserve, Phyllis St, Bayswater
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Community Café

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

National Year of Reading 2012 - Our Story - Read the 6 shortlisted books & vote for your favourite

This summer, discover six wonderful books with a Victorian flavour, and help State Library of Victoria choose the winning book. The shortlist, including fiction and non-fiction, will be announced on 18th October. 

Get reading over the summer break, and vote for your favourite by 6th January, online, at any branch of Eastern Regional Libraries or bookshop. 

The winning book will represent Victoria in the national Our Story program in 2012. For details, visit slv.vic.gov.au/our-story.

Our Story is part of the National Year of Reading 2012, and the Victorian program is coordinated by the State Library of Victoria in collaboration with the Public Libraries Victoria Network.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Eastern Regional Library Show 12th October 2011

Library staff members Lyn Baines, Jessica Bonner 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 week for a great show.

On Wednesday's show
Wednesday on Eastern FM, Jessica reviewed a selection of books ranging from the creepy to the crafty.  

Dracula's Guest by Michael Sims - This is an anthology of classic vampire short stories from 19th century Victorian era in tribute to Bram Stoker's classic Dracula. In a time where vampire novels are flooding the market, it is refreshing to come across a collection of stories that speak to our fascination with the undead at a grass roots evel. Authors include well renowned poet Edgar Allen Poe, Lord Byron and Alexei Tolstoy. Fascinating read, classically eerie and will leave you looking over your shoulder at night!  

Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran - This is a cleverly written account of the life and career of the famous waxworks sculpter, Marie Tussaud. Set in France at the beginning of the French Revolution, it follows how Marie Tussaud survived the guillotine by making a deal to make the death masks of those who were executed, many of whom she knew. This novel is rather well done and well paced, as it highlights just amazing how this woman survived that turbulent and violent period.  

World of Geekcraft by Susan Beal - This is a craft book purely centred on creating crafts with a sci-fi, gamer and techie flair. With projects ranging from Star Wars terraniums, Space Invader embroidery to Coraline Sewing Kits this is definitely worth checking out and getting in touch with your inner geek!!

---- Jessica

Patchwork & quilting get together at Ferntree Gully library today

Come along and share your stories, ideas, patterns and chat. Bring along a project if you have one. We will be discussing ideas for quilts for charity.

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, October 10, 2011

Writing catalogue reviews just got easier with Facebook and Twitter logins

ChiliFresh have just added Facebook and Twitter integration into it's reviewing system. This means when you click on Write a review on a record in our catalogue you can click the Login with Facebook or Sign in with Twitter buttons and use these existing social networks.

You will need to login to your account and with Twitter you need to authorise the application however the application will not be able to:
  • Access your direct messages.
  • See your Twitter password.
Give it a test drive and let me know if you have any issues via out contact form or on Twitter.

Cheers, webgurl

History Week: Travel back in time with Marion from the Mooroolbark History Group

The Mooroolbark History Group are compiling a book on the history of Mooroolbark. Marion will talk about Mooroolbark's history, the heritage listed english style village of Bickleigh Vale, which was landscaped by Edna Walling and the history of the Mooroolbark Station.

Share some memories, bring along your memorabilia and have a cuppa and a chat with other local residents.

Tea and coffee provided.

When: Thursday 27th October 2pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free event
Bookings preferred but not essential phone 97268200 or book online - Mooroolbark

Cheers, Maryanne

Free parenting information session - Talking about sex - a parent's role

Knox Youth Services is offering an interactive presentation aimed at parents/carers of secondary aged children, providing practical tips for talking with your child about sexual issues including:
  • what do young people want to know from their parents about sex? 
  • what are the challenges? 
  • young people and sexual development the stats - sexual behaviour of adolescents in Australia
The information session features guest speaker Mandy Stevens from Family Planning Victoria.

When: Wednesday 19th October 7-8:30pm
Where: Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South 3152
Cost: Free event
To register, or for further information, please contact:
Knox Youth Services
Sarah Waters 9298 8311 or sarah.waters@knox.vic.gov.au


Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Literary Lunch - Author Adrian Hyland discusses the heroes of the 2009 bushfires

"This is a masterpiece of storytelling about the most terrifying natural disaster in Australia’s recorded history."
Kerry O’Brien

Adrian Hyland’s latest book Kinglake-350 records the experiences and heroism of those caught in the 2009 bushfires. The book has garnered warm praise from readers and reviewers alike.

Adrian’s two previous books, Diamond Dove and Gunshot Road are set in Central Australia and feature Aboriginal sleuth Emily Tempest. Diamond Dove was the winner of the Ned Kelly Award for First Fiction in 2007.

Adrian is a lecturer at La Trobe University.

When: Thursday 27 October 12:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 97547266

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

From the first settlement in Healesville and beyond

Bryn Jones from the Healesville Historical Society will take us back to first settlement in the Healesville area and how this has expanded to become modern day Healesville.

When: Wednesday 26th October 1:30pm
Where: Healesville Library, 110 River Street, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59624423 or book online - Healesville

Cheers, Maryanne

Understanding clutter - what it is and how to get rid of it

Understanding clutter - know what it is, where it comes from, and how to get rid of it. Presented by Angela Lo Valvo, a member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers.

When: Wednesday 26th October 7pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Tell Tales of the Yarra Valley - The A.M.E. Bale Mystery

Artist Ernest Buckmaster said he was encouraged to live in Mt Evelyn by the artist A.M.E. Bale, after seeing a sketch of the house Grantully in her home. He later bought the house with his Archibald Prize money.

A.M.E. Bale maintained that Grantully had belonged to Governor La Trobe, but it has taken a long while to establish that this might have been the case.

Who was A.M.E. Bale, and what did she know about Mt Evelyn that we don’t? Art historian Liz Ward will talk about the woman who is emerging from the oblivion women artists often experienced in the past. A book about the work of A.M.E. Bale is to be published this year.

Refreshments provided.

When: Tuesday 25th October 2pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92943120

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Russ Haines talks murder and death in Ringwood

Russ Haines (President of the Ringwood & District Historical Society) will speak on murder in Ringwood. Russ has been researching an episode in the history of Ringwood, which led to lengthy litigation.

When: Monday 24th October 7pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97363851

Cheers, Maryanne

Hop on the Gully Gardeners annual bus trip to visit an amazing garden

Join us on our annual bus trip - this year we are going to visit the incredible garden of Karen Meeuwissen, a finalist in the Gardener of the Year for ABC Gardening Australia. Antique roses are her passion, but her enthusiasm for constructions, whether pergolas, archways or pathways shows in her property.  Karen is only too happy for us to take cuttings from any of her many plant series. Karen spoke to our group about salvias in July 2010.
  • BYO picnic
  • secateurs and plastic bags for cuttings
When: Monday 24th October 10am
Where: Meet at Coonara House at 10.00am - 22 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully 3156 - Mel Ref: 74 D7
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

The Comfort of Water: A river pilgrimage by Maya Ward

Maya walked from the sea to the source of the Yarra. In her personal, poetic and impassioned story, she weaves together the natural and cultural history of the Yarra, ancient Wurundjeri dreaming stories and will share with you new ways of understanding the land we live within.

Some of our local identities feature in this special story.

When: Saturday 22nd October 10:30am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59671588 or book online - Maya Ward

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, October 03, 2011

Do you know someone who struggles with maths? Book them in for Speed Mathematics

Join author Bill Handley for another session on speed mathematics, a great confidence-builder for people who struggle with maths or an ingenious method for those who enjoy maths. Try it and see!

When: Friday 21st October 6:30pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - Speed Maths

Cheers, Maryanne

Jacinta discusses sustainable clothing and the 9ine Lives Project

Jacinta, owner of local boutique Black Cat, will talk about sustainable fashion and the 9ine Lives Project. From the Black Cat Boutique website:

"We are sourcing clothing that has been made locally especially in Victoria and the Yarra Valley, from more sustainable fibres including  recycled and reclaimed textiles.

We prefer to source from fair trade accredited factories."
Black Cat Boutique - 9ine Lives Project


When: Friday 21st October 10:30am
Where: Healesville Library, 110 River Street, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 5962 4423

Cheers, Maryanne

Talks in English & Mandarin - Chinese Astrology and Feng Shui

Edgar (Lok Tin) Yung will present a session with topics including; Chinese Astrology is not just 12 animal signs and What is Feng Shui and tips to improve harmony! The first session will be held on Thursday 20th October at 6:45pm and the second session will be conducted in Mandarin for our Chinese Friendship Group at 11am on Thursday 27th October. Free event. All welcome. Bookings please.

When: Thursday 20th October 6:45pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - Chinese Astrology


Talk in Mandarin
The session will be conducted in Mandarin for our Chinese Friendship Group.

The Chinese Friendship Group meet monthly. It does not matter whether you speak Mandarin or Cantonese, all Chinese background people are welcome to join the weekly gathering at Rowville library. We provide free tea. You may chat, read newspapers, surf on the Internet (library computers have Chinese input functions), borrow or read books, magazines and DVDs in English or Chinese.


When: Thursday 27th October 11am
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
No need to book - all welcome

Cheers, Maryanne

Family History talks for beginners and beyond

Whether your just starting out or have been researching your family's ancestry for a while we've got some great talks you'd be interested in. 

Using Find My Past in your research

When: Thursday 20th Oct 1:30pm
Where: Healesville Library, 110 River Street, Healesville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59624423 or book online - Find My Past

Frustrated with not getting the most out of FindMyPast.uk and FindMyPast.au? Join us at Healesville Library for this informative talk presented by Gail White.



Beginning Family History

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

When: Thursday 20th Oct 2pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - Beginners

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, September 30, 2011

Join us for the 24th Yarra Junction Library Bird Walk

Join Ken Simpson at Lillydale Lake for a pleasant bird walk. Meet at the main South End Carpark. Melway: 38 G7. Morning tea approximately 11am

BYO Binoculars, suitable clothing, a thermos of hot water and a mug. We will supply tea, coffee and a snack.

When: Saturday 15th October 8am
Where: Lillydale Lake - Meet at the main South End Carpark. Melway: 38 G7
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 59671588 or book online - Bird Walk

Cheers, Maryanne

Photography Focus - achieve great travel photos with minimal fuss

Paul Lucas who is a well-known local photographer will present some of his gardening and travel photographs from around the world.  He will share his hints and tips to achieving great photographs with a minimal of fuss.

When: Thursday 13th October 2:30pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Photography Focus

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Readers’ Café - Meet author, editor & social commentator Sophie Cunningham

Since commencing her career as an editor at McPhee Gribble Sophie Cunningham has established herself as a respected writer, editor and social commentator. Sophie spent from 2008 to 2010 as the editor of Meanjin magazine.  She is the author of two novels, Geography (2004), Bird (2008) and has recently finished her third book, Melbourne, a work of non-fiction.

Sophie is a sought after guest for her skills as a speaker and interviewer. Please join us for a fascinating literary lunch.

When: Thursday 13th October 12:30pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 98700177 or book online - Sophie Cunningham

Cheers, Maryanne

Hard times, great food - nutritious meals on a budget

The family budget is under pressure but that should not mean that meals become less varied or nutritious. Stephen will give you some ideas to stretch the budget further and still create delicious meals.


When: Thursday 13th October 10:30am
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - Budget meals

Cheers, Maryanne

Mainly for men - Learn about Enterprize, Melbourne's Tall Ship

A tall ship and a star to sail her by…

Hills resident Ian Watkins is a proud deckhand, committee member and sometime pirate on the square-rigged two-masted schooner Enterprize, a newly-built replica of the ship that brought the first settlers to Melbourne in 1835.

The Enterprize can often be seen plying the waters of Port Phillip Bay and the south-east coast of Australia.

From keel laying to launch took six years of dedication by craftsmen assisted by teams of volunteers.

Ian will share his love affair with the Enterprize: its important heritage and  meticulous construction in an evening of tall stories and stunning photography.

Refreshment available

Official site: The Enterprize - you can book sailing trips on the website

When: Wednesday 12th October 7pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Ranges Mobile has left Ferny Creek due to the storm

Due to the weather forecast of approaching storms, the Ranges Mobile has left the Ferny Creek site. Apologies for any inconvenience. Items amy be renewed online or returned to any branch or the Ranges Mobile on its next visit to Ferny Creek.


Ranges Mobile timetable

Cheers, Maryanne

Get Reading: Dual Walkley Award winning journalist Caroline Overington discusses the move to fiction

In her career as a journalist Caroline Overington won two Walkley Awards for Investigative Journalism and the Keith Murdoch Award for Journalistic Excellence.

She is the author two nonfiction books Only in New York and Kickback which won the Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature.

In 2009 Caroline wrote her first work of fiction Ghost Child and followed it in 2010 with I Came to Say Goodbye. Both books were critically acclaimed. Matilda is Missing, Caroline’s third novel, will be published in October 2011.

Caroline comes to us today as part of Get Reading, a federal government sponsored initiative. Please join us for a most interesting lunch.

In the meantime follow Caroline on Twitter - @overingtonc

When: Thursday 20th October 12:30pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 92943120 or book online - Caroline Overington

Cheers, Maryanne