Friday, August 31, 2007

Boys 'n' books

Join Glenn Manton for the launch of the great new program, Boys 'n' Books, which aims to increase reading awareness.

A 200 game player with the Carlton and Essendon football clubs, Glenn is a co-founder of the charity Whitelion providing mentoring opportunities for some of the most at risk youth in the community. A former teacher, he is now a broadcaster and author with a commitment to helping young people acquire the life skills they need to achieve success.

Find out how you can get your sons reading.

When: Tuesday 18th September 7pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood

Bookings phone 98700177

Cheers, Maryanne

Adult Learner's Week

Next week is Adult Learner's Week and it's a good time to venture out and see the wide range of courses in your local area.

Eastern Regional Libraries
Eastern Regional Libraries offers the following regular courses:

University of the Third Age
U3A are running the following session at Knox Library. Come along and spread your wings with U3A Knox - University of the Third Age. Brochures and information available.
Tea, coffee, biscuits provided

When: Friday 7th September 11am
Where: Knox Library 425 Burwood Highway Wantirna South Ph: 9801 1422

Other courses

Don't forget these great sources for courses:
To finish up, let's look at a wonderful site on the Internet where you can learn to do just about anything.

eHow (e.g. How to lay out a curving path or plant bed border)

So make an effort to learn at least one new thing next week, then send me a comment to tell me all about it.

Cheers, Maryanne

Gully gardeners

Join Susie for a talk on Companion planting and beneficial insects in the garden.

When: Thursday 6th September 1:30pm
Where: Coonara House, 22 Willow Road, Upper Ferntree Gully, 3156
Mel Ref: 74 D7

Bookings Ph: 92948140

Cheers, Maryanne

Investing for a Successful Retirement

Come along to a free investment education seminar with Michael Ferguson from SMIG Education that will provide an introduction to stock market investment and risk management.

Learn to:
  • plan your retirement
  • understand your superannuation
  • manage your risk
When: Thursday 6th September 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event

Light meal will be provided
Bookings essential. Ph: 9294 1300

Cheers, Maryanne

SMIG Education is a registered training organisation (No 21728) providing nationally accredited education and training.

National Simultaneous Storytime

The National Simultaneous Storytime is on next week. Staff at libraries around Australia will read the same book at same time to participants in their storytime. This year's book is

The Magic Hat Written by Mem Fox

When: Thursday 6 September 2007 at 11am
Where: every branch of Eastern Regional Libraries

The simultaneous storytime aims to promote reading, Australian authors and storytimes in public libraries so come and join in the fun.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Review - A long way down by Nick Hornby

On a cold New Year's Eve in London, four very different people meet on the 15th floor of Toppers Tower, a notorious suicide location. You could not imagine a more diverse group - a middle aged TV presenter who has lost his family, job and self-respect; a single mother with a severely disabled teenage son; eighteen year old Jess who seems determined to self-destruct; and an American rock 'n roll musician whose band and girlfriend have deserted him. They decide to postpone the moment and go in search of Jess's no-good boyfriend, since this is all she wants to make her life worth persevering with. The gradual building of fragile trust and hope is fascinating, funny and moving.

---- reviewed by Lesley

I'm working on a few changes with the library website and one of the things I'd like to include are members book reviews. Just wondering, would you read a review blog/wiki and send in some reviews? Please send me a comment...cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Two Eastern Regional Library shows in one day

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

We're a little tardy with last week's entry and super-prompt with this week's one so you get two for the price of one....hehe.

On last week's show

This week I was joined by Pia Butcher and Jill McCallum to give an overview of the books which were shortlisted, and those which won, in the Children's Book of the Year Awards. I have added a link to the web page for the Children's Book Council so that you can go and investigate for yourself.

Jill was a member of the panel which judged the Eve Pownell Award for Information Books and she brought along with her a book called Queenie : one elephant's story, which has special resonance for Melbournians. Queenie was a famous attraction at Melbourne Zoo during the 1930's and 40's, and her story has been passed on with the generations.

One of the remarkable qualities of books nominated for the Awards is that they often are a worthwhile read, whatever your age. Another pleasure is to read a book to the children in your life, and these books would all be a joy for both reader and listener. If you would like to browse through the shortlisted titles, most of our branches have displays at the moment, and copies can be reserved for junior borrowers (under 18 years) for free.
Children's Book Council.

--- Lesley

On today's show

Music to suit every taste is available from all our branches. I indulged in music from some of our recently arrived CD's today. From the album Now : Winter 2007 I played silverchair's Straight Lines, and then to something completely different, Andre Rieu's album Celebration! and the track Tea for two. The third track played was from Pat Benetar's album Greatest Hits, Heartbreaker.

It's easy to keep up with the latest arrivals in the library, all you need to do when you go to the Catalogue on our library website is check the bar above the Quick Search box for the New Titles link. There you have the option to look for new cds, dvds, fiction, non-fiction for both junior and adult collections, and new large-type books.

Another option is to nominate subjects/authors you are interested in, so you can be alerted via email to new arrivals. To do this you need to login to the Catalogue, and when you have the details of a specific item on screen, you will see an option on the screen to either Tell me when new materials by this author are available or Tell me when new materials on these topics are available. The other way to do this is to go via the My Account link on the Catalogue page where you can nominate authors and subjects under the My Profile button.

---- Lesley

I will be activating the Profiles feature soon so you should start receiving emails once this is done. I'll advise everyone through the blog once this is activated.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Local to Local - Secrets your Doctor can't tell you

Can we live medicine free? Why are so many people ill with chronic disease? Join Dr. Nicole Moore from Optimal Wellness for an informative talk on your health. Bookings Essential

When: Tuesday 4th September 6:30pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark Ph: 9726 8200
A free event

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday @ Your Library - Scrapbooking with Andrea Byles

Come along to this free seminar and learn how to best display those priceless memories from photographs to memorabilia.

When: Friday 31st August 12noon
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
Bookings essential Ph: 9801 1422
Tea / coffee provided

Cheers, Maryanne

Lunch at Your Library - Tim Richards

Tim Richards is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the world. He is a frequent contributor to The Age and has been retained by corporate clients such as Telstra and World Vision. Widely travelled and an accomplished photojournalist, he is a writer for Lonely Planet including the recently published Lonely Planet Guide to Eastern Europe.

When: Thursday 30th August 12:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Ph: 9754 7266
Cost: $7.50 includes lunch

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Library New Books

Browse and borrow the latest books at Knox Library.

When: Thursday 30th August 10am
Where: Knox Library 425 Burwood Highway Wantirna South Ph: 9801 1422

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Meet Craig Sherborne

A former winner of the Wal Cherry Play of the Year Award, Craig Sherborne is a poet, playwright and journalist. His childhood memoir Hoi Polloi was shortlisted for the Victorian and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.

His second book Muck will be launched at this year's Melbourne Writers' Festival.

When: Thursday 13th September 7pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Rd, Rowville

Free event. Bookings essential Ph: 92941300
Books available for sale and signing

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Children's Book Week

Some of the events happening this week:

Kim Wormald and "Ilsa's Journey"

Celebrate Children's Bookweek with local author Kim Wormald , discover her beautiful picture book about guide dog "Ilsa" and learn how the book was published.

When: Thursday 23rd August 4pm
Where: Yarra Junction Library Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction Ph: 5967 1588

School Age children
Gold coin donation ( to Guide Dogs Victoria)

Children's book week bedtime storytime

Wear your Pjs and come along and listen to some of the winning books

When: Thursday August 23rd 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Healesville Library 231 Maroondah Highway Healesville Ph: 5962 4423

Meet Andy Griffiths

The kids can meet Andy and have their favourite Andy Griffiths' book signed.

Books available to purchase.

When: Sunday 26th August 2pm-3:30pm
Where: Ringwood Library, Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood

Bookings Essential 9870 017

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, August 17, 2007

Update on the Ranges Mobile

The Ranges Mobile is off the road again today. Hopefully it will be back next week.

Cheers, Maryanne

Children's Book Awards

The winners of the Children's Book Awards have just been announced at a special presentation at the Hawthorn Town Hall. Our Corporate Manager of Youth Services, Jill McCallum was one of the judges of the Eve Pownall Award. Well done Jill! Do you agree with the winners? What was your favourite Australian book this year? Let us know by adding a comment.

Children's Book Week runs from 18th - 24th August and the theme is READiscover.

The Winners are:

Book of the Year: Older Readers
(NB: These books are for mature readers)

Lanagan, Margo - Red Spikes
Allen & Unwin

Honour Books: Older Readers

Cornish, D. M. - Monster Blood Tattoo: Book One Foundling
Omnibus, Scholastic

Dubosarsky, Ursula - The Red Shoe
Allen & Unwin

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Bateson, Catherine - Being Bee
University of Queensland Press

Honour Books: Younger Readers

Flynn, Pat - The Tuckshop Kid
Illus: Jellett, Tom
University of Queensland Press

Laguna, Sofie - Bird & Sugar Boy
Penguin Books

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Gleeson, Libby - Amy & Louis
Illus: Blackwoood, Freya
Scholastic Press

Honour Books: Early Childhood

Costain, Meredith - Doodledum Dancing
Illus: Allen, Pamela

Wild, Margaret - Chatterbox
Illus: Niland, Deborah

Picture Book of the Year
(These picture books are arranged by illustrator and some may be for mature readers.)

Tan, Shaun - The Arrival
Lothian Books

Honour Books: Picture Book of the Year

Rippin, Sally - The Rainbirds
Text: Metzenthen, David
Lothian Books

Spudvilas, Anne - Woolvs in the Sitee
Text: Wild, Margaret

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Norman, Mark - The Penguin Book: Birds in Suits
Black Dog Books

Honour Books: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Davidson, Leon - Red Haze: Australians & New Zealanders in Vietnam
Black Dog Books

Fenton, Corinne - Queenie: One Elephant’s Story
Illus: Gouldthorpe, Peter
Black Dog Books

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ranges Mobile

Due to mechanical problems the Ranges Mobile will be off the road this morning (Upwey). I'll keep you all advised if it will be back on the road for Belgrave Heights this afternoon.

Cheers, Maryanne

The Basin/Boronia Sustainability Group - Soap Making

Learn to make quality soap in your own home with a demonstration from soapmaker Robyn Green from Robyn's Soap House. This sounds like a lot of fun.

A range of Robyn's soaps will be available for purchase.

When: Thursday 23rd August 10am
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Ph: 9762 4099

Cheers, Maryanne

Montrose Gardeners

All you ever wanted to know about Composting and setting up a Worm Farm.

When: Tuesday 21st August 1pm
Where: Montrose Library, Corner Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road & Swansea Road Montrose
Bookings essential phone 9728 4224
Gold coin donation

Cheers, Maryanne

Meet Alice Pung

Melbourne lawyer Alice Pung’s book Unpolished Gem recounts her years growing up as a member of a Chinese-Cambodian family in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Come and meet Alice at Knox Library

When: Monday 20th August 7pm
Where: Knox Library, Knox City Shopping Centre, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
Free event
Bookings essential 98011422

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Library Giant Booksale

Grab a bargain at Knox Library's giant booksale.

When: Monday 20th August
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South Ph: 9801 1422

Cheers, Maryanne

Winter Warmers with Jill Hess

Frittatas and Risotto
Looking for some inspiration in the kitchen this Winter? Jill Hess will teach you the secrets of Frittatas and Risotto. I think I could do with this session. I once made a Frittata and it looked an awful lot like my omelettes. I think I zigged when I should have zagged. Hmm......

When: Monday 20th August 12:15pm
Where: Mt Evelyn Library, 50 Wray Crescent, Mt. Evelyn
Ph: 9736 3851

Cheers, Maryanne

The Eastern Regional Library Show

Library staff member Lesley Conway runs 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 this week's show

Keeping up to date with Military History is as easy as receiving the bi-monthly newsletter which Alan Bennett at Croydon Library has begun producing. Alan plans to produce the newsletter a couple of weeks before his bi-monthly Military History Group session which happens at Croydon Library. (The next date by the way is Friday 28th of September, 2pm-4pm).

Alan says the interest in the group is huge, and the range of interests is broad, from the American Civil War to the Vietnam War, from Australian records to records for the Indian Army. In fact one of the wonderful things about a group like this is the knowledge that many people bring with them, which allows others to benefit from their expertise. There are two gentlemen who have in depth knowledge about the Indian Army for instance, and Alan is happy to be the go-between to put enquirers in contact with people or organisations which have specialised information.

The newsletter will keep you up-to-date with new databases and resources available at Eastern Regional Libraries branches, with workshops and talks, and also with current news stories which relate to aspects of military history.

If you would like to receive this newsletter either by mail or email:
Contact Alan Bennett at Croydon Library
Phone 9294 5640

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Bead Jewellery Workshop

Join Heidi and learn how to make beautiful bead jewellery.

Make a necklace & earrings and be the envy of all your friends.

When: Saturday 18th August 1:30pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: $10

Bookings essential. Ph: 9294 3120

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Croydon Library update

Just thought I'd better let you all know that Croydon Library is open. Power was restored last Saturday.

Please advise staff if you tried to return or renew items at Croydon last Friday night.

Cheers, Maryanne

Meet Andy Griffiths

Now this is huge! Are your kids mad about Andy Griffiths? Well here's your chance. The kids can meet Andy and have their favourite Andy Griffiths' book signed.

Books available to purchase.

When: Sunday 26th August 2pm-3:30pm
Where: Ringwood Library, Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood

Bookings Essential 9870 0177

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, August 10, 2007

Croydon Library - closed Friday night

Also, news just in...... As a result of construction at the neighbouring Croydon Leisure Centre Pool, Croydon Library will be without power. Therefore Croydon Library will have to close from 5:30pm tonight (Friday).

Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.

The nearest library is at Ringwood (4 Melbourne Street Mall, in front of Eastland Shopping Centre). Items may be returned to any of our branches. If you have your PIN you can renew online through our catalogue (renewal instructions). Alternatively you can phone any of the branches open.

Cheers, Maryanne

Update on the Love of Reading Talk

I've just been notified that the talk at Rowville Library next Thursday, The love of reading : nurturing through conversation, rhyme and story, has been cancelled.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Eastern Regional Library Show

Library staff member Lesley Conway runs 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 this week's show

Keeping up with what is new in the library is as easy as checking out this blog; or via the Catalogue button on the library website, and clicking on New Titles; or if you keep an eye out in your local library for their monthly newsletter. Most of our branches now produce a newsletter, and I can tell you that at Lilydale in August there are two interesting activities coming up.

On Monday 13th August from 12.30pm is Reading Cafe with guest speaker Rosemary Cameron, the Director of this years Age Melbourne Writers Festival. Rosemary will talk about the activities planned for the Festival, and some of the writers who will be attending. There will be a light lunch provided, and there is a cost of $7.50 for the event. Bookings can be made at any of our branches.

And on Saturday 18th August between 1.30pm and 2.30pm there will be a workshop on Beaded Jewellery. If you would like to learn how to make beautiful bead jewellery and be the envy of all your friends, book in for this activity, costing $10 for materials.

I brought along some new books from the shelf at Lilydale today, they were Punchneedle Creations by Pamela Gurney and The Natural Paint Decorator by Lyn Edwards and Julia Lawless.

Note: The New Titles link in the menu at the right will take you to our library catalogue. From there clicking on a link to New Titles in the menu at the top will deliver a menu where you can choose New Adults DVDs, New Adult Fiction, New Audio Books etc. Unfortunately because of the consortium setup I'm unable to directly link to this list.
Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The love of reading : nurturing through conversation, rhyme and story

Don't know how to encourage your young child to develop a love of reading? Come along to a talk for parents of babies and young children presented by Leanne Fox, Librarian, primary educator and Mother Goose teacher.

When: Thursday 16th August 7pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville Please book Ph: 9294 1300

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Eastern Regional Library Show

Library staff member Lesley Conway runs 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 this week's show

Sometimes a favourite author runs out of puff, or just stretches out their characters for too long. Lyn Baines and I had a bit of a chat about the detective novels of Martha Grimes featuring Detective Inspector Richard Jury. Martha Grimes is an entertaining writer with a great eye for the quirky and offbeat. However, her hero has been in something of a personal limbo for over 30 years now, and the setbacks in his private life have become irritating rather than arousing sympathy. There is still some entertainment value in her latest Dust, but it might not leave you panting for the next in the series. The same cannot be said for Marcia Muller and her PI Sharon McCone, who has grown older and wiser with the years. The latest title featuring this detective is The ever-running man, mixing murder and industrial espionage.

Another author whose invention is as fresh as ever is Alexander McCall Smith, with a new title in his Scotland Street series, featuring a very precocious six year old called Bertie. The world according to Bertie is the latest of the collated serialised stories which McCall Smith writes every week for The Scotsman newspaper. The chapters are short, ideal to read while consuming tea, toast and marmalade for breakfast and guaranteed to set you up cheerfully for the day ahead.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Reading Café – The Melbourne Writers' Festival

The 22nd Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2007 begins on Friday 24th August and runs until Monday 3rd September. Amongst the writers taking part this year will be Clive James and American author and publisher Dave Eggers.

Join Festival Director, Rosemary Cameron for a preview of the events and writers showcased in this exciting literary happening.

When: Monday 13th August 12.30pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: $7.50 includes lunch

Bookings essential Ph: 92943120

Cheers, Maryanne

Sponsoring your relatives to Australia

Registered Migration Agent, Mr. Shengguo Lu will give a talk for local Chinese residents.

When: Saturday 11th August 10:30am-11:30am
Where: Knox Library, 425 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South

Booking is essential Ph: 9801 1422

Cheers, Maryanne

Rowville Library New Books

Come and borrow the new books added to the collection at Rowville.

When: Friday 10th August from 10am
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville Ph: 9294 1300

Cheers, Maryanne

Book Bites - Meet Arnold Zable

Arnold is a well-known Melbourne author who has written several non-fiction works in addition to his novels. 'Jewels and Ashes' is a moving account of Arnold's family and their experiences in Europe and Australia. His novels, Cafe Scheherazade and Scraps of Heaven have both won critical acclaim. Arnold will talk about the craft of writing, the migrant experience and literature in multi-cultural Australia.

When: Wednesday 8th August 12:30pm
Where: Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon
Cost: $7.50 includes lunch.
Bookings essential Ph: 9294 5640

Books available for sale and signing.

Cheers, Maryanne