Monday, November 29, 2010

Your Library - Now and into the future!

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

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

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

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

Your Library - Now and into the future!

Cheers, Paul.

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

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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

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

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

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

---- Lesley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, November 22, 2010

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Logging into your membership record

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

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

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

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

Quick catalogue search & member login

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

What's happening at our libraries - Twitter feed

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

Flickr photos of our libraries

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

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


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

Contact forms

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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

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

Bookchutes will remain open during the morning for returns.

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Mobile is off the road on Tuesday 16th November

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Check out the ERL bookclub title list, updated November 2010

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

New hours for Healesville Library

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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

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

Activities include:

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers, Maryanne