Thursday, March 29, 2012

Library web server upgrade tomorrow - website unavailable 8-9am

Due to a webserver upgrade the website will likely be unavailable for a short time between 8-9am Friday 30th March.

We apologise for any inconvenience. We'll try to make it as seamless as we can.

Cheers, webgurl

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

At the stroke of midnight Thursday night Harry Potter will be available on our Overdrive eLibrary

Harry Potter ebooks & downloadable audiobooks will be available for loan from our Overdrive eLibrary from midnight tomorrow (Thursday) night. The launch has been brought forward by a month. 
We have a couple of copies of each title and we already have a waiting list of 10 people for the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone audiobook, so there may be a wait.  
You may place yourself in the waiting queue for one of these titles via the Overdrive eLibrary website

Cheers, webgurl

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Library catalogue will be unavailable from midnight tonight

Due to a planned upgrade the library catalogue will be unavailable from midnight tonight until approximately 4am. We apologise for any inconvenience.

So for all the night owls, please plan your renewals and holds earlier than usual or wait a few hours.

Cheers, webgurl

Friday, March 23, 2012

Yarra Ranges Outreach will not be at Yarra Glen today

Apologies for the late notice but the Yarra Ranges Outreach will not be at Yarra Glen today. Items may be renewed online via the web catalogue or returned to another library. If you have any difficulties please contact us via the website

Cheers, Maryanne

Friday, March 16, 2012

Upcoming Beginner's Internet & Basic Email training in our branches

If you know anyone needing Beginner's Internet or Basic Email training, book them in for the upcoming training sessions:

Basic Email - Wednesday 21st March 1pm Boronia
Beginner’s Internet - Tuesday 27th March 1pm Croydon
Beginner’s Internet - Thursday 29th March 10am Knox

To book into one of these sessions please call Maryanne 9800 6438. The only prequisite for Internet training is that trainees must be able to use a mouse. For email training trainees must have a basic knowledge of Internet use or have done the Beginner's Internet session.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Do you use the computers or WiFi at the library? Please help us with a survey

The More Knowledge for Library Advocacy Workgroup is conducting a study of computer and internet use in Victoria’s public libraries. This study will report on who uses these services, what tasks they perform and the benefits of free computer/internet access to public library customers, their families and communities.

If you use the public PCs, Internet or WiFi at our libraries could you please give us a hand and fill out the survey?

Computer & Internet use survey

Cheers, Maryanne

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Learn eBay tricks and tips with Cathy at Boronia this week

Do you have things lying around which you would like to sell?

Are there some treasures you would like to buy but dont know where from?

Come along and learn some tips and techniques of how buy and sell on Ebay with Cathy.
When: Friday 16th March 2pm
Where: Boronia Library, Park Crescent, Boronia
Cost: Free event
Bookings essential phone 97624099 or book online - ebay tips

Cheers, Maryanne

Colin Penrose discusses home brewing - Mainly for Men

Colin Penrose is passionate about home brewing. So much so, that he has set up a busy online supplies business.

He is very keen to show people how to get the best out of this art, whether beginner or experienced home brewer.

When: Wednesday 21st March 7pm
Where: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free event
Bookings preferred phone 92948140 or book online - home brewing

Cheers, webgurl

Finding your way around e-books and e-Library with @LibraryGod

Want to download an audiobook or an eBook? Have a smart phone, iPad or eBook reader?

Paul Burden aka @LibraryGod will share his experiences with this exciting new technology. Come along and learn all about it at our information session right here at Lilydale Library.

It's easy!

When: Tuesday 14th March 2pm
Where: Lilydale Library, Anderson Street, Lilydale
Cost: Free event
Bookings preferred phone 92943120 or book online - e-books

Cheers, Maryanne

ERL website is back up

Well that was quick. I fixed the issue and the website is now available. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Cheers, Maryanne

Eastern Regional Libraries website is currently unavailable

Apologies, our library website is having an unexpected outage. We are currently troubleshooting and should have it back online shortly.

If you wish to use the catalogue please go directly to

Cheers, Maryanne

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Eastern Regional Libraries branches closed Monday for Labour Day

All branches and mobiles of Eastern Regional Libraries will be closed on Monday 12th 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.

List of all public holiday closures.

Cheers, Maryanne

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The Man from Snowy River a popular choice in Boronia Library's 366 event

Recently Boronia Library offered members a unique opportunity to participate in an event to promote reading in the National Year of Reading - 366 people reading The Man from Snowy River simultaneously.

In excess of 300 people participated in two locations (another location was added due to the inclement weather).

Thanks to all who participated, including staff and students from Boronia K12 College, St Joseph's Primary School, CWA, Fernwood Gym, Wesley Do Care, Home Library Service, Outer Eastern Literacy and library members.

Everyone read from The Man from Snowy River for one minute. Participants at the library enjoyed it so much they continued reading.

Well done!

Cheers, webgurl

Library charges have increased to 30 cents per item per day

As from 1st March 2012, the charges for overdue items are:
  • 30c per day for adult item (up to a maximum of $10)
  • 30c per day for each junior & teenage item (up to a maximum of $5)
Items borrowed before 1st March will incur charges at the previous rate.

Once charges on a card reach $10, you will be unable to renew or place holds on items through the web catalogue or check out new items on our checkout machines.

Don’t forget you can avoid overdue charges by:

Cheers, webgurl

Friday, March 02, 2012

Join the fun at Ferntree Gully Library for the Knox Festival this weekend

Ferntree Gully Library is the place to be this weekend as it's Knox Festival time. The library will be open with extended hours for the festival.

Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Address: Ferntree Gully Library, 1010 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully
Google map - Ferntree Gully Library

The library has a range of activities for kids:
Saturday 3rd March
Bopping with Bethany 
When: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm
Dance along with Bethany as she sings some of the latest hits - High School Musical, Hanna Montana, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and many others. Learn some new dance steps

Create a Cartoon with professional cartoonist Bradfield Dumpleton
When: 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, 3-4pm

Sunday 4th March
Clowning Around with Ron the Clown
When: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Create a Cartoon with professional cartoonist Bradfield Dumpleton
When: 11:30-12, 12:30-1pm, 1:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm

All Weekend
  • Read along with Sue: Storytime on the big screen
  • Have your face painted
  • Create a piece of art with Artrageous
  • See the local primary schools art project
  • Free Wifi and Internet
  • Information point for the Festival
Transport & parking: A free shuttle bus between Ferntree Gully Railway Station & Knox Festival from 11am to 5pm - leaving every 20 minutes on the hour. Shuttle can only accommodate two wheelchairs per trip.

Parking - St Joseph's College (entry via Brenock Park Drive) $2 (spaces limited). Disabled parking is available at St Joseph's College, or on site through the Glenfern Road gate.

Drop Off Zone - Family Drop Off Zone is along Brenock Park Drive to drop off and pick up children and family attending the event. 
Cheers, webgurl