Friday, January 28, 2011

Apologies to anyone that received a blank email notice. Contact the library

Due to an error it appears that Belgrave members may have received blank email notices this week. As Belgrave Library is closed for a few days next week please contact the library via the Contact form on the website and we'll let you know what the notice was about.

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, January 21, 2011

Libraries are closed on Wednesday 26th January for Australia Day

All Eastern Regional Libraries branches and mobiles are closed Wednesday 26th January for Australia Day. Items may be returned through the book chute (except for Croydon and Mt Evelyn libraries). Renewals may be done through the web catalogue with your library card and PIN. If you don't know your PIN, fill out our Get a PIN form and receive it via email.

Not sure what's on in Melbourne for Australia Day? Check out the Australia Day events program

The treasure hunt in the Fitrzroy Gardens looks like fun. How will you be celebrating?

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, January 14, 2011

Bookbrowse subscribers vote The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as the best book of 2010

Subscribers to the wonderful fiction guide, BookBrowse voted The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as the Best Book of 2010. Henrietta Lacks (HeLa) was a poor Tobacco farmer, whose cells were taken without her knowledge and were used in the development of the polio vaccine and other medical research.

Read the BookBrowse review

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at your library

Cheers, Maryanne

Apologies for any confusion caused with Final Overdue notices this week

Eastern Regional Libraries would like to apologise for the confusion caused when some Final Overdue notices were sent out on incorrect stationery on Monday.

The items listed are still outstanding, it was the stationery they were printed on that was incorrect.

Any questions regarding your account please contact your local branch or contact us via the website contact form.

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Eastern Regional Library Show 12th Jan 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 Wednesday for a great show.

On 12th January's show
Our summer holiday is quickly slipping away, and in February we will be diving into a full program of activities, bookclubs, book chats, internet and family history training. Check the Calender of Events on our web page to see what is coming.
A computer help group which has continued running at Lilydale Library right through January is the Seniors Computer Club. It runs each Monday for 2 sessions, in the morning from 10:30am - 12noon and the afternoon from 2 - 3:30pm. The group is conducted by some very helpful volunteers who have a wealth of knowledge to share, and is informal and unstructured learning. You don't have to book in, just come when convenient, and be helped with the specific issues you are dealing with in relation to the internet or your computer.
Music today was from Vintage Comedy Collection vol. 3 and References, piano music of Ravel.

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Findmypast (UK) is now available directly from our Family History website, no login needed

The Genealogy online resource Findmypast (UK version) is now up and running via our website on our library computers.

It is now even easier to access as you don't have to login.
  1. Go to our Family History site
  2. Click on the Find my past link on the left hand side.
Note: Findmypast and Ancestry are only available using the library computers

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Do you want a pre-overdue email notice? Provide your email address. Starts 17th January

Would you like to be notified BEFORE your items are overdue?

Well then you'll probably love our pre-overdue reminder notices. These will be sent to everyone with an email address attached to their card. So if you haven't given us your email address yet, this is a fantastic incentive.

The service will not start until 17th January. After the members with current email addresses on their records will regularly receive email reminders 4 days before the items are due.

This notice is only available via email and does not affect the way you receive your hold and overdue notices (SMS, paper, phone, email)

UPDATE: I have added a sign up for pre-overdue notices to the Get a PIN form

Sign up for pre-overdue notices (now called Due Date Reminders)

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

We are currently experiencing issues with the UK edition of findmypast

We are currently having some issues accessing the UK version of findmypast. The Australian version is working with no problems. We are working on a fix with the vendors.

If you are after information from the UK census' please search Ancestry from our Family History website although not the 1911 census.

I'll advise everyone when this is fixed.

Cheers, Maryanne