Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur at Belgrave Library tomorrow

Continuing our theme of Library Lovers' Lunches we are delighted to present New York Times bestselling author, Keri Arthur.

Keri started her writing career at age twelve when dissatisfied with a story ending she rewrote it to her satisfaction. From that day on she has been writing, although for many years it was a hobby. Her writing genre has moved from pure fantasy to paranormal romance and it is here that she excels, her Riley Jensen Guardian series has featured on the New York Times Bestseller list. Now the author of twenty five books Keri has won the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for her fiction. Keri has several books awaiting publication with two to be released in 2011.

Please join us for lunch.

When: Thursday 24th February 12:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - Keri Arthur

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Update: Due to extensive water damage Lilydale Library will be closed until Monday 21st February

I've just received news that Lilydale Library will be closed until Monday 21st February, as a result of last night's flooding.

The bookchute is currently open for returns. If you know your PIN you can renew via the web catalogue. Otherwise please contact any other branch with  renewals or enquiries over the phone at 1300 737 277 or via the online contact form.

Cheers, Maryanne

Library website now has a new events slideshow

I've just uploaded a new slideshow for the front page of the website to highlight upcoming events. Clicking on Book Now on the images will take you to the events calendar booking form for that event or more information.

I'll be updating this regularly.

Check it out at

Cheers, Maryanne

Lilydale Library is closed today due to flooding last night

Due to flooding Lilydale Library will be closed today. We will advise when it re-opens. 
Storytime for Toddlers has been cancelled. The U3A computer class will go ahead in the training room as scheduled.

Currently the bookchute is open for returns however this is weather permitting. The bookchute had to be closed last night because of water flooding under the door.
We apologise for any inconvenience. View the opening hours at neighbouring libraries.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Knox Library will be closed for maintenance from 7th March

Knox Library will be closed for maintenance from Monday 7th March, re-opening Monday 21st March.

Work includes reshelving the entire branch and the introduction of checkout machines.

The bookchute will be closed during this period. In addition, members will need to organise their holds to be picked up at another branch. To assist with this, starting now Knox Library will not be an option on the web catalogue for hold pickups. Members should choose another convenient branch.

Apologies for an inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

Support our booksale for the Victorian Flood Relief Appeal and pick up a bargain

For all the booksale lovers we are running a centralised booksale in February with proceeds going to the Victorian Flood Relief Appeal. Not only can you pick up some great bargains, including donated books and ex-library books but you will be helping those affected by the floods.

When: Thursday 24th February
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood

Cheers, Maryanne

Book in quick for an evening with ABC Radio presenter Jon Faine

In 2008 Jon Faine and his son Jack left Melbourne the trip of a lifetime from Australia to London across some of the most challenging terrain on Earth. Their four wheel drive adventures were a journey of discovery both of exotic places and the father and son relationship.

Jon Faine is one Australia's best known radio voices, respected for his fearless interviews and personal integrity.

Please join us at the Karralyka Centre for a fascinating evening.

When: Thursday 24th March 6:30 pm
Where: Karralyka Centre, Mines Rd, Ringwood East
Cost: $35 includes wine and finger food. Concession holders: $30
Bookings in person at any ERL branch, by phone 9870 0177 or 9294 5640 or book online Jon Faine

Cheers, Maryanne

Join us at Boronia Library as we strut through the history of shoes from the 1850s to 2011

Join Ann for a fascinating look at the history of shoes from the 1850's to the modern day heel. Classic and modern styles. Shoes on display.

A shoeaholic event. I have a fantastic idea - show up in your favourite pair of shoes.

When: Wednesday 16th February 6:30 pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online Shoes

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Meet celebrated romance author Stephanie Laurens at the Library Lovers' Lunch on Monday

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for a special Valentine's Day lunch with celebrated romance author Stephanie Laurens.

Stephanie migrated from Sri Lanka to Australia at age five, and after completing her education in Melbourne travelled the world before spending some years in London. Her chosen career as a scientist in cancer research was both demanding and successful. Regency romances had always been a means of escape from her teen years as a reader of Georgette Heyer. The need to find a Regency romance she had not read led Stephanie to write her own romance novel which was published by Mills and Boon in 1992.

Many books later and now a full time author Stephanie is on the US best seller lists and loved by readers across the globe.

Stephanie's books will be available for sales and signing.

When: Monday 14th February 12:30pm
Where: Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Stephanie Laurens

Don't miss out on a fantastic event!

Cheers, Maryanne

First meeting of the Rowville Thursday night bookclub tonight at 7pm

Looking for a bookclub to join? Well come along tonight to Rowville Library's first bookclub meeting for the year.

When: Thursday 10th February 7pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Rd, Rowville
Cost: Free event
No need to book, all welcome

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Click on the Cybersafety Help button available on ERL kids & teen pages #saferinternetday

Today is Safer Internet Day and I've added a Cybersafety Help button to the 4Kids and TeenOnline pages on the ERL website. Clicking on the button will take you to the Australian Government's Cybersafety Help and Advice site.

People can talk to a counsellor about cyberbullying, get advice on Internet Safety or report an issue.

We are also running an information session for parents on cybersafety.

Cyber Safety for Kids & Teens - An info session for parents
  • What is Cyber bullying?
  • What can I do to make the Net safer for my kids and Teens?
  • Cyber safety tips and ideas
  • Light refreshments will be provided.
    Bookings essential.
When: Tuesday 15th February 5:30 pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Sq, Croydon
Bookings essential phone 92945640 or book online cybersafety

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, February 04, 2011

Knox City Chinese Social Club meets at Knox Library every Monday afternoon


Every Monday 1pm to 3pm, Knox library provides its activity room for the local Chinese people to have social activities.

每月第一个星期一   分享报刊文章
每月第二个星期一   学习基本英语对话
每月第三个星期一   商讨未来活动
每月第四个星期一   互帮互学电脑,请有手提电脑者自己带来。

1st Monday of the month - Reading and sharing newspaper articles
2nd Monday of the month - Learning basic daily English dialogue
3rd Monday of the month - Meeting and planning for future activities
4th Monday of the month - Learning computer skills from each other*
*If you have a laptop, please bring it on the day.

若您想了解更多情况,请向讲普通话的图书管理员Emma 查询。

For any further enquiries, please feel free to ask Emma, the Mandarin speaking library staff member.

When: every Monday 1-3pm
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
Cost: Free event

查询电话:98011422找 Emma
Enquiries phone 98011422

Cheers, Maryanne

New water-saving toilets being installed at Boronia Library

Knox Council are replacing the public toilets with new water-saving cisterns and new vanities in Boronia Library. In addition they are replacing the old kitchen in the staff workroom area and staff toilets facilities and doing some resurfacing at the entrance.

Boronia Library will re-open on Monday 14th February. The bookchute is open for returns during the closure.
Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Belgrave Library re-opens today with new carpet

After three days closed, Belgrave Library re-opens to the public with a new look in the form of black carpet.

So if you've missed the staff and library, be sure to drop by and check it out.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Love Story - a Literary Lunch with a difference with Anne E Stewart

We all enjoy a good story told by a really great storyteller. Celebrate Library Lovers’ Month with storyteller Anne E Stewart as she weaves some magic tales of love and lovers from today and yesterday.

Why should children have all the fun of a good story?

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Public PCs at our branches are back up

You can now access the public PCs at our branches. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

Congratulations to all participants in the Summer Reading Club. Wow, 5490 books read!

We'd like to thanks and congratulate all of the children who participated in the Summer Reading Club. We had 828 registrations, with 411 reading records completed and 5490 books read. Well done! I hope you found some new authors you like.

Cheers, Maryanne

Public Internet PCs are currently unavailable at our branches

As a result of a radio connection issue at Administration, public Internet PCs are currently unavailable. This does not affect the public wifi, which is available.

I will advise members as soon as it returns.

Cheers, Maryanne

The Eastern Regional Library Show 2nd February 2011 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 week for a great show.

On today's show

Summer is still with us so Lyn Baines has chosen some perfect books to read while trying to stay cool. For lovers of ghost stories, Peter Ackroyd's latest book The English Ghost, will send a chill up your spine. The Story of England by Michael Wood looks at the history of England from Roman times to the 20th century through one village in the heart of England. Following the Detectives edited by Maxim Jakubowski looks at the real life cities where fictional detectives live and work. Chapters on Inspector Morse's Oxford, V I Warshawski's Chicago and Rebus's Edinburgh are illustrated with maps and photos so you can visualise your favourite detectives at work. Three new book on WWI take a different angle on the conflict. Six Weeks by John Lewis-Stempel, Digging up Plugstreet by Martin Brown and Richard Osgood, and Strange Meetings by Harry Ricketts.

Music this week was from Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.
---- Lyn

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

First meeting of Gully Gardeners & Growville Growers this week

Two of our gadening groups start back this week with meetings of the Gully Gardeners and Growville Growers.

Gully Gardeners

Lee Morris is our local permaculture expert. Lee will be talking about her adventures in the last few years in Upper Ferntree Gully and northern Victoria. Afternoon tea will be in the shady surrounds of Coonara House.

When: Thursday 3rd February 2:30pm
Where: Coonara House, 20 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully
Cost: Gold coin donation
For further information, please contact either Tracy at Coonara House on 97587081 or Julie at FTG Library on 92948140

Gully Gardeners - February

Growville Growers - Ripponlea Gardens

Phil Tulk, National Trust of Victoria's head gardener, is coming to Rowville Library to take us on a virtual journey of discovery around the many varied and beautiful gardens that can be found at Ripponlea. All welcome.

A small number of free passes to Ripponlea will be awarded on the day.

When: Friday 4th February 2pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Rd, Rowville
Cost: Gold coin donation appreciated
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - Growville Growers

Cheers, Maryanne

Armchair Travellers returns to Mooroolbark - Spinning a Yarn in Antarctica

Marion captures the imagination of people she speaks to about Antarctica. She has just "lived her dream" of visiting the coldest place on the planet and spinning yarn there to raise money for the restoration of Mawsons Hut. What an adventure!

Tea & coffee provided.

When: Thursday 3rd February 2pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Gold coin donation please
Bookings preferred phone 97268200 or book online - Antarctica

Cheers, Maryanne