Thursday, March 31, 2011

After a quick evacuation/false alarm Knox Library are re-opening

The latest update is that the evacuation has ended and Knox Library has re-opened.

Cheers, Maryanne

Knox Library has been closed due to an evacuation of Knox City Shopping Centre

I've just had a phone call to say Knox Library is closed. Knox City Shopping Centre has been evacuated. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Shoe and Tell - a look at the history of shoes. Only a few places left...hurry

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

A shoeaholic event!

When: Wednesday 6th April 6:30pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Cr, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online - Shoes

Cheers, Maryanne

Join us for an evening with Henry Lawson..well at least his poetry

An evening of entertainment and open readings based around the iconic writer and poet Henry Lawson. Bring your favourite.

When: Monday 4th April 7pm
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 98700177 or book online - Henry Lawson

Cheers, Maryanne

Wagon rides and historical commentary around Yarra Junction Timber Tramway Routes

Join the Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society for a gentle 20 minute ride during their annual Crank Up.

When: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle St, Yarra Junction
Cost: Adult $10, Children over 10 years $5, Children 10 - 5 $2, Family - 2 adults and 2 children $22
Children must be accompanied by an adult . Pay on the day.
Bookings essential phone 59671588 or book online - wagon rides

Cheers, Maryanne

In tomorrow's Literary Lunch find out how Louise Wilson researches her novels

"It is a pleasure to read something that has such meticulously detailed research, combined with an easily readable storyline..."
Louise Wilson has the ability to combine exhaustive research with an enjoyable writing style which is much appreciated by her readers. Her books on First Fleeter Robert Forrester, Second Fleeter Paul Bushell and the histories of the Dennis and Piersenne families received favorable reviews from readers in both Australia and the UK.

In her working life Louise Wilson held a number of senior positions in the finance industry and previously used her talents writing reviews and articles for financial journals.

When: Thursday 31st March 12:30pm
Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave
Cost: $10 includes lunch
Bookings essential phone 97547266 or book online - Louise Wilson

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ilsa Evans, author of the Laundry series, comes to Rowville Library. Join us!

Join us as we host author Ilsa Evans who will talk about her books including Broken, Sticks and Stones and her hilarious Laundry series of books.

When: Thursday 31st March 7pm
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Rd, Rowville
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - Ilsa Evans
Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, March 28, 2011

Live it Up in Yarra Ranges and learn new skills

Pick from a range of family, food and fun. Join the Council in a new 4 week program where you can learn new skills and live it up in the Yarra Ranges in 2011

Register for any of these sessions online

For further information contact Alison Fogarty, Community Climate Change Officer on: 9294 6821
Olive preserving
Angie Lloyd will tempt you with techniques and recipes for pickling and preserving the humble olive.
When: Tuesday 29th March  6-8pm
Where: Yarra Glen Living and Learning Centre, 12-14 Anzac Avenue - Melways 274 K1
Cost: Free

Pizza oven making
For the more adventurous home cook, this session will be a learn by doing session were participants get some hands on experience, building a pizza oven for the home.
When: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 9am-1pm
Where: Morrison's, Old Hereford Rd, Mt Evelyn - Melways 118 B9
Cost: Free

Clothes swap
Local 'ladies' are invited to bring along those pieces that you love but that never queit make it out of the cupboard door - this is their opportunity to be appreciated by someone else.
When: Tues 5th April 10-11:30am
Where: Belgrave South Community House, Gilmore Court - Melways 84 F4
Cost: Free

Master class for home brewers
So you have brewed before but you'd like to sharpen your skills or get a little more adventurous. This session hosted by Colin from Brewer's Choice will help answer some of those more technical questions.
When: Saturday 9th April 2-4pm
Where: Mt Evelyn Library, 50 Wray Crescent - Melways 118 B12
Cost: Free

Getting started with herbs
Karen Sutherland will help walk you through some of the uses of herbs. Giving you some hints on how to grow your own for cooking, teas and a range of other uses.
When: Saturday 9th April 10:30-11:30am
Where: Chirnside Park Community Kitchen Garden, 239 - 241 Maroondah Hwy - Melways 37 G5
Cost: Free

Test your fitness: what does it take to be a police officer or fire fighter
This fitness session will run you through a number of physical tests used by the State of Victoria, giving you a sense of whether you have what it takes.
When: Tuesday 12th April 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Belgrave South Community House, Gilmore Court - Melways 84 F4
Cost: Free

Skateboard and BMX maintenance
Simply Skateboard will run a skateboard and BMX maintenance session designed to help you get the most out of your wheels.
When: Friday 15th April 1-2pm
Where: Gary Cooper Pavillion, Anzac Avenue,Yarra Glen - Melways 274 K1
Cost: Free
RSVP not required

Swap shop
Join the Freeza crew as they host a clothes and music swap shop - bring along items that you can swap and share.
When: Friday 15th April 12-4pm
Where: Gary Cooper Pavillion, Anzac Avenue,Yarra Glen Melways 274 K1
Cost: Free
RSVP not required

Food and Wine Pairing in Yarra Valley
Join us for a truly enjoyable evening of sampling local wine and produce as Sean from Barrique reveals the art of food and wine pairing
When: Session to be confirmed
Where: Maroondah Highway, Healesville Melways 270 C12
Cost: $25

For more information contact Alison Fogarty on 1300 368 333

Cheers, Maryanne

Ferntree Gully Library closed for maintenance on the evening of Wednesday 6th April

Ferntree Gully Library will be closed for maintenance work on Wednesday 6th April from 5:30pm onwards. It will re-open Thursday morning as normal with ae new checkout machine.

Cheers, Maryanne

Please fill out the Library Survey for Yarra Ranges Council

Yarra Ranges Council is conducting a review into the library services they provide. They would like you to share your views and ideas about how they could improve your library experience. Please complete the following survey at

Your involvement in the research is entirely voluntary, and the information you provide will be kept confidential. In adherence to Council policy, all materials will be kept in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Further information
If you would like any additional information regarding this survey, please contact: Alison Wastie (Manager, Economic & Community Development)

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Apologies to anyone that received a blank email notice. Please contact Croydon library 92945640

Due to an error it appears that Croydon members may have received blank email notices today. Please contact Croydon library on 92945640 and staff will let you know what the notice was about (with an exception of Favourites notices).

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, March 18, 2011

Have you got an unusual garden? Bring a photo along to the Mooroolbark Growers & Weeders meeting

Why not add some charm and character to your garden with some unusual plants, ornaments and pots.

Bring along an unusual plant or photo of an unusual garden if you have one, join in the fun of gardening and share in some creative ideas.

You are welcome to join us! Refreshments provided

When: Wednesday 30th March 2pm
Where: Mooroolbark Library, 7 Station Street, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97268200

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Everyone has the brains for Mathematics. Find out how to solve problems quickly

Bill Handley from Learning Unlimited Australia will demonstrate how to:
  • Solve problems simply and quickly using his speed mathematics system
  • Master multiplication tables in minutes
  • A simple method to check answers
Ideal for students, parents and teachers.

When: Saturday 26th March 11am
Where: Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction
Cost: Free event
Bookings appreciated phone 59671588 or book online - Mathematics

Cheers, Maryanne

Lifestyles in the library: Sweet treats with Jill Hess

Come and enjoy a selection of sweet treats that can be served during Easter.

When: Thursday 24th March 2:30 pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Sweet treats

Cheers, Maryanne

Join Eastern Regional Libraries in celebrating Harmony Day - Everyone Belongs!

Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21st March each year. It's a day where all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity. The day is also the United Nation's International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

About Harmony Day

We will be celebrating Harmony Day with activities in several branches

Ringwood Library

When: Wednesday 30th March
10:30am - Concert performed by students from Blackburn English Language School
11am - Toddler Time
11:30am Refreshments
Where: Ringwood Library, 4 Melbourne Street Mall, Ringwood
Cost: Free event
No bookings necessary. Come and join us.  All welcome. Enquires 98700177

Rowville Library

Join us for morning tea to celebrate our multicultural community. BYO mug.

When: Monday 21st March from 10:30am
Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Road, Rowville
Cost: Free event
No bookings necessary

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Get an insight into mental illness with Kathy from the Mental Illness Fellowship

Join Kathy from the Mental Illness Fellowship for a talk about understanding mental illness and the support that is available for people living with an illness,  as well as their family, friends and carers.

Kathy, who is a Facilitator, will explain ways of creating pathways for people with a mental illness to connect with education, employment and the broader community.

Mandy will also share her journey and recovery living with mental illness. Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced and achievements made.

Please come along and join us for this free talk.

When: Tuesday 22nd March 7pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92943120 or book online - Mental Illness

Cheers, Maryanne

Monday, March 14, 2011

Storytime for Dads, Grandads & kids

Come along for some fun stories and songs! Bring your teddy, Dad or Grandad too.

When: Monday 21st March 7pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 92948140 or book online - Storytime

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, March 11, 2011

Cooking Asian food with local Chef Stephen Wilson: a Cook's Kitchen event

Do you like Asian cuisine? Stephen Wilson will demonstrate how to make rice paper rolls and Asian soups.

When: Thursdsay March 17th 1pm
Where: Healesville Library, 110 River Street, Healesville
Cost: $3 per person
Bookings essential phone 59624423

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Learn how to save money, be debt free and cashed up with Cath Armstrong

Join Cath Armstrong from and author of Debt free, cashed up and laughing for a fun night. Learn how to save money, be debt free and cashed up.
When: Wednesday 16th March 6:30 pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Cres, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online - debt free

Cheers, Maryanne

All libraries are closed on Monday 14th March for Labour Day

All branches and mobiles of Eastern Regional Libraries will be closed on Monday 14th March for Labour Day. Normal branch and mobile hours will resume on Tuesday.

If you know your PIN you can renew via the library catalogue - find out how to do this with the catalogue help. Items may be returned via the bookchute, except for Croydon and Knox (both chutes are closed).

List of all public holiday closures.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Teens - write a song about your local library in the acoustic battle of the bands!

When: Heat 1 - Thursday 24th March 4-5:30pm
Heat 2 - Friday 25th March 4-5:30pm
Heat 3 - Thursday 31st March 4-5:30pm
Grand Final 7th April 4-5:30pm

Where: EV's Youth Centre, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd, Croydon
Cost: Free event

Get your music out there and win awesome prizes for writing a song about your local library (acoustic set)!
  • Registration open to ages 12-18 year olds
  • Download registration form and check out all the details at Maroondah Youth Services
  • Limited spaces for bands to registers, so claim your place for EPIC fame and glory! Special prizes for old school retro librarian get up (aka dress up!)
 Cheers, Maryanne

Want to do 2 hours study in 10 minutes? Bill Handley will show you how

Saturday 12th March 11am -- Yarra Junction Library, Hoddle Street, Yarra Junction --

Bill Handley from Learning Unlimited Australia will demonstrate how to overcome exam nerves, learn more in less time, with less effort. You'll be able to memorise what you read as you read it, what you hear as you hear it, and recall it under pressure. You'll improve your concentration and understanding
    Students will be using the methods immediately.

    BOOKINGS: Free event! Bookings essential
    Phone 59671588 or book online - Bill Handley

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Interested in wildlife photography? Stephen Powell shares his photos of Africa & Australia

    Thursday 10th March 2:30pm -- Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully --

    Stephen Powell is an Australian wildlife artist, photographer and tutor. He has traveled through Australia and Africa to gather reference for his work. Steve specialises in mammals, birds and reptiles. Join us for a very entertaining afternoon viewing these photographs. Refreshments provided.

    Stephen Powell website

    BOOKINGS: Free event! Bookings essential
    Phone 92948140 or book online - Stephen Powell

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Joel Magarey discusses his journey to Alaska & Bolivia & his triumph over OCD

    Thursday 10th March 12noon -- Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon --

    At age 25 and recently diagnosed with OCD Joel Magarey left a budding career as a journalist and his long term love and embarked upon an odyssey of discovery which took him from places as diverse as Alaska and Bolivia. The Age described his book Exposure: a Journey (2009) as
    'intensely human, brutally honest, often touching and a paean to the enduring value of a journey of self-discovery.'
    – Bruce Elder,The Age
    Joel's journey of discovery helped him to triumph over his disorder. He now works as a Hansard reporter in the Victorian Parliament and is working on his second book.

    BOOKINGS: Bookings essential -- Cost: $10
    Phone 92945640 or book online - Magarey

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Tuesday, March 08, 2011

    The Eastern Regional Library Radio Show 2nd March 2011

    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 tomorrow for a great show.

    On last week's show
    Lyn Baines hosted the radio show this week with a new mystery novel & some old books in fresh new covers.
    Ann Cleeves wrote the very successful Shetland Quartet but her latest novel, Silent Voices, features her other series detective, Vera Stanhope. When Vera reluctantly joins her local gym in an effort to lose some weight, she doesn't expect to find a dead body in the sauna. The Vera Stanhope novels have been made into a TV series in the UK starring Brenda Blethyn. Hopefully we'll see the series on Australia TV soon. 
    Lyn also highlighted some novels that have recently been reprinted. Gladys Mitchell is a mystery writer from the Golden Age of detective fiction. If you've read all of Agatha Christie, you might like to try her novels featuring psychologist Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley. Persephone Classics have reprinted some wonderful novels & short stories including Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski & The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Capuchin Classics have reprinted We, The Accused by Ernest Raymond, a suspenseful novel about a man who kills his wife & goes on the run. Everything old is new again with these revivals of great fiction from the past.

    ---- Lyn

    Friday, March 04, 2011

    Got a question? Ask a Librarian. We'll guide you to the best resources in print and on the 'net

    Whether you need assistance locating a title, have a question about our library service or need help with a homework question, our librarians are available to assist.

    Just click on the need help? ask me icon at the top of the website and fill out the form. We'll respond within 24 hours during the week.

    Cheers, Maryanne

    Book Launch at Rowville Library - Long Live Us! by Edel Wignell

    Edel Wignell's Long Live Us!, illustrated by Peter Allert, will be launched by Stephen Whiteside (GP and performance poet).

    Long Live Us! is a fractured folk tale starring a very hungry troll (from 'The Three Billy-goats Gruff') who interacts with characters from other folk tales, hoping to enjoy a delicious meal. The ending is a surprise to both the troll and the readers of the book.

    Long Live Us! is published by Interactive Publications.

    Books will be available for purchase on the day.

    When: Tuesday 8th March 2pm
    Where: Rowville Library, Stud Park Shopping Centre, Stud Rd, Rowville
    Cost: Free event
    Bookings essential phone 92941300 or book online - Wignell

    Cheers, Maryanne

    $2000 raised at the booksale for the Victorian Flood Relief Appeal

    On Thursday 25th February Eastern Regional Libraries held a booksale at Ringwood Library to raise money for Victorian Flood Relief. We sold a large number of library bags filled with books - all for $10.

    $2000 was raised which was a great result.Thanks to everyone that supported the booksale and the staff that volunteered.

    Cheers, Maryanne