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

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 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 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 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.
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


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

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 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

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